Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


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Blog Anniversary Giveaway Week 1 Winner……

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on the Week 1 Blog Giveaway post. The winner’s name was drawn this morning using a highly scientific process:

Seven names were written on sheets of paper, folded, and placed into a box:

The lid was placed on the box:

I shook the box for about 30 seconds:

The lid was removed and I chose a piece of paper:

And the winner is……

Linda Easton is the winner. Linda, you’ll receive a copy of Steve Pressfield’s book “Do The Work!” and one of my Lucky Soulful Sprites. Congratulations Linda!

Do The Work! book cover

Lucky Sprite

Thanks again to everyone who participated. Check back this Friday, 8/12, to see what you can win in Week 2 of my blog anniversary celebration.


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Happy 2nd Blogiversary

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Musings from the Moonroom!

Well, technically, the blog’s second anniversary was last month but I was on this little trip to France and, well, it is better late than never.

This year, I’m offering readers a chance to win one of my collectible Friendship Bowls. Just leave a comment at the end of this post and your name will be put in a drawing to win the Friendship Bowl.

It is always fun to review the past year and the second year of blogging has seen some changes.  For one, I’m not as anal (yes, I am not afraid to use that word) about blogging. When I first started blogging, I was determined to blog 5 days a week. That, in reality, became way too stressful. I admit to being a bit of a perfectionist about some things, hence the high standard I set for blogging frequency.  It is possible that some of the gray hairs that have found their way to my head are due to my self-imposed stress. I do feel some twinge of guilt if I don’t blog at least 3 days a week…but I usually get over it. And I’m definitely not ready for a full head of gray hair yet. (And if my mother’s gray hair track record is any indicator, I’ll be in my 80’s before mine really start blossoming.)

I originally intended to blog about creativity and my art creations. Boy did that change. Sometimes I feel the content is all over the board. Some may say that isn’t a good thing. You know, choose a niche, a brand, a market, and stick with it.  Sorry, ain’t gonna happen on this blog. I’ve too many interests, too many thoughts, and sometimes too many distractions to keep myself on a narrow path.  You know how us creative types are.  Bruce Baker has referred to artists with multiple art medium interest as M.A.D (multiple artist disease). I think the same can be said about my blogging topics.

This past year I even attempted a second blog devoted to fitness; the trials, tribulations, and funny stories that result from exercising. I didn’t get very far with it or the exercising for that matter. It was hard enough maintaining one blog, a business, and the other things that life throws at me and trying to keep up a second blog.  However, I had to try it, realized it wasn’t going to work, killed the other blog, and moved on.

Robin Williams once said, when asked about some of his less popular movies, “we don’t make mistakes, we make interesting choices.”  I like that attitude. No mistakes, no failures, just interesting choices.

Here are the top 10 posts over the past 365 days. Do you have a favorite?

Art Date: Frida Kahlo Art Exhibit

Why Keep Art Curriculums in School?

Sarasvati and Ceibhfhionn

Stone Cairns-The Beauty of Balance

Chakra Energy Angels-The Group

The American Craft Council Show Part 1

Laurie Mika Workshop

What Does An Artist Look Like?

Book Review: 500 Handmade Dolls

There is a tie for the 10th spot:

Reflections on Gratitude-Word of the Year

The Yes Men

And about that Friendship Bowl.

These bowls were inspired by the Quaich, which is Scottish Gaelic for “friendship.” A quaich or friendship bowl was used to hold whiskey or other libation. The whiskey was then shared among friends with each person taking a sip from the bowl. Some of the early quaiches had glass or clear bottoms. When the leaders from two or more clans would gather, the clan leaders would share a drink in these clear bottom bowls. The reason? As one would drink from the clear bottom quaich, it allowed him to keep an eye on his rival.

This particular Friendship Bowl has an Asian influence. Made entirely of polymer clay, this bowl features the hand carved kanji symbol for “thanks” and hand carved bamboo leaves. Around the rim of the bowl is hand formed polymer clay bamboo. A turquoise wash brings out the carvings. The bowl measures approximately 4″ in diameter. A display stand and story card are included.

AsianFriendBowlThankYou

So leave a comment below and you might win this Friendship Bowl.

Thanks for your visits!


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Happy First Anniversary!

It seems like only a short time ago I wrote my first post on this blog and here it is, 7/1/08, and I’m celebrating my first blog anniversary!

When I started my blog, the intent was to share my thoughts on inspiration and creativity, to share what inspires me, and to share images of new work. Little did I know that my blog would promote that and much more. Having a blog has put me in contact with people across the United States and around the world. It has definitely made the world feel much smaller.

Admittedly there are days when I don’t know what to write and days when I can’t get the words out fast enough. I originally intended to write five times a week. In setting such expectations I inadvertently created more stress for myself (we humans are so good at setting high expectations, sometimes unrealistically). Eventually I allowed myself to post as often as possible and to not feel too bad if I hit a writing drought (which is what I’ve been feeling these past few weeks.)

So thank you to everyone who visits my blog and to everyone who leaves a comment. It is nice to know that something I wrote or a picture I posted touched you in some way.

And just for fun, here are some stats for what has transpired over this past year on Musings from the Moonroom.

Number of Posts: 209
Categories: 53
Tags: 415
Comments: 452

Top Posts
Book Review: 500 Handmade Dolls
Stone Cairns: The Beauty of Balance
Chakra Energy Angels: The Group
Show Economics
Willow Art

Most popular link that visitors click on the blog: Moonroom Crafts

Most popular search terms: John McQueen, Chakra, Art Dolls, 500 Handmade Dolls, and Stone Cairns

Busiest Day: 6/3/2008 (335 visits)

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