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November 2010

Terra Art & Frame

  • Quality Custom Framing
  • Acid-free & conservation mats, backings and glass
  • Thousands of frame and mat choices
  • Samples can be viewed in your home or office
  • Re-framing art to coordinate with new décor OR to up-date to conservation materials
  • Commissioned art
  • Art hanging and rearranging

To set up an appointment for framing, call Deborah at 314-544-2555

Terra Decorating Services

  • Color Consultation
  • "Use what you've got" make-over.
  • An "idea" visit
  • Shopping for your home décor needs
  • Room Accessorizing, art hanging and rearranging
  • Re-upholstery and window treatments Real-estate staging for quick home sales
  • Event décor for a family party, a house tour, a home wedding or event

Call Deb to set up a consultation appointment for your room make-over or for any of your decorating needs 314-544-2555.

Dear :

We are coming to you later than usual this month because Chris Warren, the graphic designer for this newsletter, has been tending to her very ill mother. Please add Chris's mom, and all her family to your prayers. Thanks.

In “The Artist’s Way,” author Julia Cameron instructs her reader (the one setting out on the search for a personal creative vein of gold) to go on a weekly “Artist’s Date.” The reader is instructed to take him/herself out ALONE to do something that “fills the well.” Julia Cameron says, “In filling the well, think magic. Think delight. Think fun. Do not think duty…. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery.”

The Artist’s Date has been the hardest part of “The Artist’s Way” for me. I began reading “The Artist’s Way” in 2008, have led six groups through the process. I have faithfully written three “morning pages” in my journal (almost) every day. I have thoughtfully done the weekly “tasks.” But the Artist’s Date had me baffled.

One friend from the first Artist’s Way group jumped right in on the “dates.” She understood the concept immediately! I listened to her stories of the fun she had on her “dates,” the interesting people she’d met, and I watched her grow in self-confidence. NOTHING stops her now! I wished I could have some of what she was having! But I was missing a piece of the puzzle. I had “heard” the description of the “Artist’s Date” in my mind as needing to relate to art or to creativity in some way. Not so!

In the past few months, the concept has finally “clicked” for me. I have attended a class on backyard chicken rearing, gone to a lecture (and subsequent class) on “The Living Classroom” (a concept to open teachers and students to deep connection and personal growth). I have gone to garage sales and antique malls on “treasure hunts.” Yes, I’ve gone to art-related events, but only to those that really spoke to me. In short, I have personalized what an “Artist’s Date” is for ME. I now check the events sections of many local publications and hunt for activities that sound interesting TO ME. How simple.

This past weekend I chose to call 3 activities “Artists Dates” because all filled me up. Smelling spices from far-off lands at Penzey’s Spices fired my imagination and fed my desire for mystery. A WONDERFUL arts and crafts show at the Hawken House in Webster brought in new ideas to get my creativity churning. And then…I touched ALL the yarns at the craft store until I found a small luxury …the perfect yarn for my next knitting project! Heavenly!

The “Artist’s Date” is a GRAND concept. It’s not necessary to be studying “The Artist’s Way” to borrow this notion. I am always looking for Artist’s Date ideas…any suggestions? What “fills YOU up?” Write your favorite “Artist’s Date” ideas and I’ll share them next month.

As November is the official month to give thanks, let me say a special thanks to all of you who read this newsletter. I have a blast writing it. Thank you for reading and for e-mailing me back with your thoughts. It always pleases me to hear from you.



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