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All change starts from within. And we are the change we seek. If you’re ready to increase your vision & clarity, this is the place to BE! I’m SO excited to share this experience with you! I AM leading a Vision Board Immersion Workshop on the 26th of March! If you’re in San Diego, you don’t want to miss this event!!!

Click on image below to register for this Glorious Day!!!

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Gain Clarity and LIFE Vision with this Experience. Learn visioning practices that can transform your thoughts and manifestation skills.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL GET

*Clarity on what you really want (No more settling for someone else’s dreams).

*Space and time to map out your ideal outcomes in each area of your life.

*Connection with like-minded peers (No Negative Nellies permitted!).

* A method to clear out the natural “gunk” that arises (Time to let go!)

*All the tools and time to create your own powerful Vision Board.

(You don’t have to bring a thing. I’ve got all the materials you need right in the room!)

*Your very own Vision Board to take home and effortlessly attract your ideal outcomes.

* A full day of breathing room and dream-time.

(The very thing you keep telling yourself you’ll give yourself but never do!)

*Gourmet Vegan Fare

*Surprise Bonus: Vision Activation Kit! (retail value $33)

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As you can see it’s been busy  over here on the rock. My head is swirling with inspiration, imaginations and images.  I am over at Studio Jru again for show & Tell. Participating in this Friday engagement keeps me on my toes and definitely makes me more cognizant of my work/s in progress. 🙂

Thread, needles, beads, findings, embellishments and curiousities are abundant. And I dare not show you a wide angle view of the work area! Scary. But I will be doing some scooping, storing and organizing in the studio this weekend to make it more roomy and bearable. Sometimes I am so overpowered by the muse/s I actually forget where I am and what I’m doing. Moving from skrap to skrap, objet to objet, image to image. It consumes me. Perhaps too much.

Honestly, sometimes I just can’t turn it off. I need to learn how.

Nonetheless, it’s been a relatively productive week. I am gaining momentum and excitement about the potential for said new line of hair adornment/s. I am stuck on the name. I would love to enlist you to help me and give some feed back as to which name you think best suits this pursuit?

So far I’ve come up with with:

 

blüm by ila blu


or


flora by ila blu


Of course the blüm is pronounced bloom and flora is pronounced flora.

Which do you prefer? I like them both and think either could work. So???……

I am wishing you an oustanding weekend. I hope you start or continue something you love, preferably creative.

One Love, walk good, gone to get some sunshine…

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Traditionally, flowers have significant meanings attributed to them. In times past, folks gifted flowers with intended messages. Red flowers and particularly roses can symbolize, passion, desire, red hot, love, and energy.

This vermillion beauty is definitely a dose of sexy. Worn as a hair adornment or on a blouse, purse or shoe, as a fascinator, a pretty drop of red goes a long way. This simple accessory can take your winter blahs to fabulous! I am a huge fan of hair adornment and head dressings. Honestly they make my day! More often than not, I clip a little beauty into my big ol’ bun o’ hair (natty dreadlocks minus the dread) to pull my look and self together. It adds such a cheerful element to my face and outings. Often a conversation opener and always an eye catcher!

I am so loving and inspired by my recent floral explorations. I think I am almost ready to offer them for sale. I feel myself blooming in new directions with this craft that draws on so many of my gifts. It is challenging and gratifying and eco savvy as I am incorporating primarily reclaimed fabrics. Yay!

What do you think?

Might you consider adding one, two or three, of these to your wardrobe experience?

One Love, walk good, hope your day is red hot!

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Today, I share with you a short list of reasons every day should be a huge international celebration of Women! If you are a woman (more than likely if you’re reading this blog, but don’t feel any way if you aren’t, a woman that is) love up yourself and all the women you know and cherish. Send whispers, hugs, flowers, good food gratitude and pure blessings to the women in your life!

1. Mother Nature is a Woman

2. According to the Grateful Dead, “The Women are Smarter”

3. The words man and male are both consumed by the words Woman & Female

4. No matter who, or where, you are, (chances are) you came out of a Woman

5. Our daughters will grow to be Women

6. Africa is a Woman

7. Patience

8. The Moon

9. Strength

10. My Mom (and yours)

 

For every woman everywhere…

For every woman

in the world

There is a love Divine

We are capable beyond

our wildest dreams

and before our oldest memories

it will be her story again

it is her time

together, we can heal

ourselves

our families

the planet

and the wounded

hearts

The goddess reigns

see her

in the weather

dancing

on the coasts

reaching

for the yellow orb

in the sky

see her

alive and well

One Love, walk good, Happy International Women’s Day!

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Paint, digital and textile media are running things in the studio this week. Today I am featuring infamous, studio patron goat, Luma. She is not entirely random, I am after all, a capricorn. And this is my goat.

I’m over at StudioJRU again for Sneak Peek Studio Friday! Lots going on in this lil studio as of late. I am occasionally blessed with flash floods in the form of creative brain surges (i.e., ideas). The last few days have been a consistent onslaught of artistic imaginings. Inspiration doesn’t sleep. I lay awake visioning, untangling, planning, problem solving. I am practicing inhaling gratitude. It is at the root of everything. Sincere, humble gratitude for life, breath, sunshine, greens, time to create, fruit, my hands, my family…

But perhaps most of all this week, I am grateful for the abundance of the ilaful, strikingly beautiful, color saturated, coat of mother nature that dances daily across the horizon.

Super excited about branching into flora adornment, head dressings, blooms of color, etc. Above is an example of my recent explorations and musings with floral creations. I am currently focused on durability and the versatility of wearability. Ideally, accents and accessories of this fine blend can be worn as brooches, hair pins, or clips, etc. More ideas and lovelies soon come.

It’s the last week of painting class and I’m already missing it. I thrive on the consistency and challenge of keeping up with assignments, community encouragement, feedback and all. I am still catching up as I find painting time slips away into the oblivion. The thing is the only way to do it, is to do it! So I’m gettin’ busy with many mediums but most of all paint. I have a long way to go. And I am thrilled to be painting often. 🙂

 

In the meanwhile, I am wishing you a fabulous weekend. Full of color, floods of inspiration, rest and relaxation, and anything that you find beautiful!

One Love, walk good, living in gratitude, especially when things get sticky…

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I am consistently delighted and surprised by the herbal medicine to be discovered in my own yard. If you belong to the baby boom generation your memories of this product may not be entirely pleasant. Apparently, “back in the day” it was used to induce regularity where there was none. My mother (a baby boomer and biologist) unearthed these seeds on a hike through our land last week.

Turns out, castor oil and particularly Jamaican, black castor oil, has been used for a variety of ailments and benefits for centuries. When picked, dried, opened, roasted, boiled, this seed produces a naturally wonderful oil good for a variety of internal and external uses. Since ancient Egyptian times this plant gained popularity for it’s smooth, cleansing effects on the skin and growth factor for hair. The leaves can be used as a bug repellent and the oil can chase away ringworm. Many a pregnant woman has swallowed this foul tasting stuff to induce labor. But did you know that it can also help the softening and dimnishing of wrinkles and stretch marks? Hmmmm talk about affordable alternatives to night cream.

Ultimately, a great cleanser for inside and out, Castor oil can also be used as a purgative. Given that it is Monday (again) I share this bit of herbal folklore and history in the hopes of inspiring a clean slate. Move out (purge) what isn’t working for you, invite in more of that which makes you smile. Inhale renewal, exhale the stale. Clean out the proverbial purse, kitchen drawer, glove compartment, “to do” file, etc.

Start anew. Embrace the possibility and inspiration of Manifest Monday.  You can be or do anything! Start something you love! Go on, rub yourself up in some good ol’ fashioned Castor oil. I promise you and your week will feel smoother and brighter!

Do one tiny thing to sanctify the arrival of a new week and watch the parade of possibility unfold before you…

One Love, walk good, Happy Monday!

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta put it out there. No matter what folks say, think or do. You gotta be you. It’s true, the older I get the less I am intimidated or concerned with what people think of my choices. Quite frankly, a huge relief.

One humongous decision I’ve made in the last couple of years is to put it out there. To share my work and hope for the best. To find comfort in a space of suspended vulnerability. Grace, confidence and a shield from the naysayers are my armor.

So far, so good. I could not have fathomed the positive response I would receive with respect to my artwork. I am growing in trust and personal style. Finding my eye, voice and mixed media passion. I am pushing through the learning curve. I am leaning in to my work, myself, my gifts.

The thing is, once it’s out there, it’s out there. It’s fruitless to try to take it back, cover it up or run away. Better, it is, to move forward to that place that can ignite, create and release. I’m getting there. But it hasn’t been easy. In fact, in the beginning I was petrified. Not to do the work. That’s the easy part for me. I love it and can lose hours, days in a blissed out creative trance. Nope, it’s the sharing that’s hard. So today I am giving myself a pat on the back. I’ve come so far and am propelled to continue. Trusting my intuition. Embracing instinct. Doing what feeds me and scares me. Loving it!

The photo above is Lifelines, 12×12 inch, acrylic on masonite. My first assignment for my painting class. Yup. There it is. I’m putting it out there. You saw a few glimpses of it in my studio post, last friday. Now, my friends, the finished piece.

Insert big exhale here. What will you do this month, week or day that scares you?

Go on, be vulnerable…

One Love, walk good, embracing, improving and sharing my gifts…

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