The Launch of an Exciting New Project: When Fashion & Nature Collide

What happens when 4 friends collaborate, sharing their passions for nature, art and fashion…one word, MAGIC!  I am beyond the moon excited to announce our creative project, “When Nature & Fashion Collide”!

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Meet the Fabulous Four:

Dominique from  https://3cstyle.com

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“Personally, it is a dream come true as nature and art have inspired my fashion sense for many years.  I feel so much joy to be working with such creative artists and dear friends.”

 

Lisa from  https://lismorepaper.com

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“I love fashion and have always loved the vintage frills. I have created private artwork with fashion, but had never shared it. It’s exciting, because of this project, I will have the opportunity.”

 

Darren from   https://artyplantsman.wordpress.com

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“I am delighted to be working with such lovely and talented people on a project that celebrates friendship as much as it does our shared love of the natural world.”

And Me, Roda

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“There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature.  For me, it is not just about photography… it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.  I feel honored to celebrate Mother Nature with these three beautiful souls!”

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning on March 21st, you will experience outfits styled by Dominique, that are inspired by my critter photography and Darren’s flower photography.  Lisa will then pull these three beautiful elements together, through her stunning artwork, to create a new masterpiece each month.  We have all been inspired by Mother Nature’s beauty and hope that our exciting adventure will encourage you to seek inspiration from Mother Nature, as well.

Stay tuned for our respective posts for “When Fashion and Nature Collide” on Wednesday, March 21st. That’s in 2 days!   Tomorrow, I will share an interview with Lisa, herself!  You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to learn more about this fabulous artist, up close and personal!

Have an inspirational Monday!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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The Gift of Gratitude: Creativity

Today celebrates Day 21 of my 31 Days of Gratitude: Creativity

I love to create!  As a child, if I could not be in the woods looking for critters, I would be in my room creating.  I am still that creative soul.  There is something magical and therapeutic about creating.  All of my worries just vanish and become trapped inside thick layers of paint.    Painting is not my only “go to” form of creativity.  Honestly, I enjoy any form of artistic expression.  When an idea pops into my little head, I can’t help but make it a reality!  Our laundry room was one of my favorite creative projects…

There was a blank wall above the sink that needed something.  But knowing it could end up wet, I had trouble coming up with an idea.  Then it hit me…why not create a mural!  Then the magic happened…

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A few goodies to start with!
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Framing
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I designed the mural, on the card table, and then placed each piece, one at a time…
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Gluing, one by one…
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Making progress…
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Messy!
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Almost finished…

 

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Finished!

“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” ~Brene Brown

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

Let the Festivities Begin!

It is that time of year…Halloween! For the next week, we will transform Indigo Acres into a haunted farm! Nothing bloody and gory, mind you… Just nice, traditional, spooky Halloween!

This year’s theme is “Year of the Vampire”!  On Friday night, we will haunt out Indigo Acres for about 40 teenagers, sending them on a scavenger hunt to 12 different themed stations, throughout our property.   What is our job during this time?  To sneak up on innocent children, when they least expect it. We always invite a few friends to help us out with this task!  A fun time is had by all!

Monday night, we headed out to the barn and up the stairs, to the second floor, where all of the spooky “toys” are stored.  Granted, Wifey calls them “toys”, but I question this.  Some of them are just down right creepy!  When we started haunting the farm 3 years ago, I made her promise to turn all of the sound and motion sensors OFF when we are up, working in the barn.  I took a deep breath, for it was time to begin the unpacking process and organize the scary “toys” by theme.

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Our large Halloween friends were excited to come out and play!
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Unpacking the graveyard items!
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The upstairs of the barn will be transformed into Dracula’s Castle!

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It took us about 3 hours to unpack all of our items. Keep in mind, the photos were taken during the first hour of our unpacking!

We have been very busy in the under garage creating, as well!  Why not build a few stone columns to add to the cemetery display…

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Wifey loves to build things!  She built the foundation of the column with old lumber and polystyrene.
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My job is to make her structures come to life! I used a wood burning tool to carve/ melt the foam board.
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Making progress…
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The carving is complete!  Now for paint!
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Applying the base coat…
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The base coat is complete!  Now for some detail…
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Wifey is joining in the painting fun!  You can see another one of her DYI creatures, in the background!
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What a perfect way to use pruned tree branches!
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Meet our mad scientist!  His hands were created using spray foam. His hair is up next!
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As Wifey continues to paint the accent color, I enjoy adding detail with cans of black spray paint!  

It is late and 6 a.m. will be here very soon…  More Halloween updates coming soon! BOO!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda