Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Creating a sacred space

Dear friends,

Yesterday was spent shopping with my friend Bridget who's in town from New York (she was our host that you met in this blog...Creating Spring Break.)

We were on a mission to find swings that would work for my beautiful new front porch.  When we originally started researching we were leaning towards a traditional front porch swing and decided we had two problems...

1. My new porch is narrow and only about 4 ft across and we'd have to have one custom made

2. I'm not "traditional" in so many ways and we needed my front porch to greet people in a fun and funky way :)

We're in progress and hoping to finish in the next day or two but here are a few pics of what we have going so far....

The swing :)
The fun paper lanterns we'll hang once I find/get cup hooks

Me enjoying the swing for the first time!
I'm envisioning a mural painted on the ceiling of the porch, and candles and coziness!

It's fun to dream and create new spaces in our new home.  
 
I have an outdoor table to refinish and create a mosaic on for my back deck but that's a project and post for another day!!!




Wrapping you around with infinite love and summer stories,

Christine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Creating the Month of July

Dear Friends,

I'm amazed that it is July 22nd as I sit down in my new kitchen/breakfast nook to write this quick blog.  

It's been a wild month.

On July 4th we moved into our new home with the help of lots of friends.  
 
The strong ladies who helped with the move!

 Not pictured are Shelly and Cheryl who were lovingly cleaning my new kitchen and putting down liners so I would be ready to unpack!
Everyone was so amazing!!!

At the end of the day we went next door where our new neighbors were having

The strong men who helped load/unload 3! trucks

a fourth of July party.  
It was great to meet a lot of the new neighbors - of course I'm not sure of our first impression since we were exhausted after moving - but at least we were clean and semi-coherent!!!
 
My new kitchen! Yahoooo for working appliances!
The first week was spent unpacking the kitchen and getting the guest room in order since my friend, Sheila would be arriving to lead the 4th and final weekend of the Atlanta Interplay Life Practice program.  


(photo by Debra Hiers)


It was nice to take the 4 days to play with Interplay and some amazing friends.

We also got to celebrate Sheila's 75th birthday with a fantastic party and celebration!  The party was at +Hallelujah Truth 's lovely home and we brought gifts of performance!  To the right is a pic of Ruth, Marquetta, +Jennifer Denning and I dancing to Pearl Cleage's poem, "We Speak your Names."  Here is a small except:



"Because we are magical women,
born of magical women,
who are born of magical women,
we celebrate your magic.
My sisters, we are gathered here to speak your
names.
We are here because we are your daughters
as surely as if you had conceived us, nurtured us,
carried us in your wombs, and then sent us out
into the world to make our mark
and see what we see, and be what we be, but better,
truer, deeper
because of the shining example of your own
incandescent lives."





Surrounding Sheila with Love - what a terrific evening and experience
 
Interplay Life Practice Completed!  Sheila is in the white!

 
Since that time there has been more unpacking, the long arduous process of painting the teenagers room - 4 coats - 2 primer and 2 color since we were covering a bright mint green!
The beginnings - will post when it is finished!


We've had tons of visitors this summer - but I'll save that story for another post :)

The last week we've been hanging out in the new house figuring out how things work and deciding on what systems need to be put in place.  I still have tons of unpacking to do and I'm looking forward to putting up the artwork once I'm sure where the furniture is staying. More pictures coming soon!

My view out the back door :)

I for one need to add 15 min of weeding a day to my routine!  I love the yard and I'm excited to be out in it!

Well I'm sure I've missed a few things but I wanted to start getting back into my blogging routine so I'll call it done!

Wrapping you around with infinite love and gratitude,

Christine


P.s.


This collage is made from pictures from my friend's garden - I love it!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Creating a move and so much more....

Dear friends,

I have never wanted to be a minimalist more in my life than in this moment!  Still packing and getting ready for an immanent move once closing occurs on our new house.
 
Yesterday was quite an adventure that I wanted to capture  and since I woke up at 5 with my brain whirring (even though I went to bed well after midnight) I thought I'd jot a few things down.

My friends Shelly and Eric came over yesterday morning to help me dig up special plants to transplant to the new house. I am so grateful for their help and support. One of the plants was my knockout rose bush that has special memories of BLES for me....
 
The beautiful bouquet of flowers Shelly cut
 I was looking around my pink dogwood for baby trees to transplant and found a whole nest of slugs....
 
The cool fat slug in my pink dogwood with little babies everywhere
 We also dug up my bed of purple irises and there was a flowering plant hidden in the shade of the shrubs and irises...not sure what it is but I love it!!!

a mysterious flower
 A storm was rolling in and we had a visitor....

a beautiful Doe in my front yard

not moving this beautiful weed
 Here's my truck loaded with the transplants headed to the new house....
Yep I'm my daddy's daughter
 I met the vent cleaning/air conditioning guys over at the new house and took the load of plants too.  I gave them a good soaking and look forward to planting them in my new yard....
the collection I moved today

Bugs on my rose at the new house - what to do?
 After triple the time I expected the guys were done at the house and my dear friend and neighbor called to tell me to stop by on the way home and pick up dinner for my family....

Homemade Chinese takeout from a dear friend
 I feel so loved and supported by my friends during this stressful time!  Thanks you +Ellen McCorkle for being so awesome! 

We found out our closing got pushed back a day, or two, so I need to reschedule a few things and breathe.  And since I still have a ton of packing to do I think it's all going to work out great.
 
The night was not over yet...
My friend, Maureen, who I've known since I was a kid but haven't seen in at least 20 years, was in town with her husband, Cary and we met at The Highlander in Midtown to catch up.  We had a terrific visit and I realized this morning we forgot to take any pictures!!

Life is full of adventure and yumminess!

Wrapping you around with infinite love and beauty,

Christine

 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Creating Day #8 - I see you Free!

A beautiful garden as you go from the parking lot to the church

Dear friends,

Today was an AWESOME day!  This morning my friend +Ellen McCorkle came and helped me pack up my kitchen so I accomplished something on the house first thing!  Then I dashed off for an Interplay Improv Troupe Performance for the "I See you...Free" conference at the First Congregational Church in downtown Atlanta. 

The program from the event


 First Congregational church is one of the oldest African American churches in Atl and they played a big role in the Civil Rights Movement.  Today's conference was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

One of the oldest churches in ATL
This beautiful quilt hangs outside of the sanctuary

This beautiful artwork greeted us in the rehearsal room.

  


After the performance with the alter in the back - our stage!

Parking lot pic - showing our strength pose!
























The Picture to the right was taken after warm up.  

Our role today was to do Interplay Improv dance as readers spoke an excerpt from Pearl Cleage's poem "We Speak Your Names"
The service was moving, inspiring and AMAZING!  Oh, the places that Interplay takes us!
We met Joan C. Browning, one of the freedom riders, and Mary Frances Early, the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia.  This conference was about women speaking up and making a difference.  It was a spirit filled ceremony that I was honored to be a part of.

Their message was about equality, honoring the work done by women, and men, in the past and the work that continues to be done today.

It was a call to action that I am happy to respond too.  Today as I am filled with love and gratitude from this ceremony I am holding the vision of freedom for all people oppressed in our country and around the world and "I see you free."

Wrapping you around with infinite love and freedom,

Christine



 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Day #6 DCP summer challenge

 Dear friends,

This morning I jumped out of bed and snagged a cup of tea to go so I could meet the contractor at the new house.  He's repairing a few things so the inspector can inspect and we can close and move next week :)

It was nice to be in the new neighborhood early to here the sounds and soak in the atmosphere.  Several things were blooming since my last visit so I snapped a few pics for one of my DCP's today.

The blooming Hosta (guessing I won't have deer in this back yard)
The beautiful Hydrangea in my new back yard

a close up of the hosta flowers

The spot for the future Labrinth




Not sure if this lamp is staying but I hope so :)
 I'm really enjoying getting back into the swing of blogging and documenting my life.  I am filled with gratitude.
I've got a ton of house and moving related tasks to accomplish today so I'm going to call it good on my blog for the day - thanks for reading!

Wrapping you around with infinite love and gratitude,

Christine

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Day #5 DCP Summer Creative Challenge

Dear friends,


Today I woke up in a foul mood!  I think it was the lack of sleep created by a restless kid, restless animals and going to sleep too late due to finishing a good book.  That and I didn't get diddly done yesterday on packing and I was feeling stuck!

So when I started my DCP it was no wonder that I was attracted to a pic of "Medusa." 

I tried to upload her 3 times different ways and she keeps popping in sideways - lol - kinda how I've been feeling lately.
 

The happy Medusa finished :)

I went to Zumba with Joe and about 1/2 way through the class my bad mood lifted and I was so thankful!

I dropped some friends off at the river for a Kayak float and got a call from another dear friend who wanted to come over and help me pack!  Hallelujah!!

 


   
We're making some progress!





Yesterday another dear friend took me to lunch for my Bday and we wandered around the shopping center afterwards we had a great time and I was dreaming of new fun things for my new house....

I'm thinking this rug will look great in my new master bath!

Making progress and feeling good as I wrap up the day.
 
I found some old photos today as I was packing and I wanted to share one...
 
Me at 2 and Katie my baby sister :)
Wrapping you around with infinite love and creativity,

Christine

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day #4 DCP summer challenge

Dear friends,

Yesterday evening I went up into the North Georgia mountains for a training for some upcoming volunteer work at a women's prison. +Jennifer Denning facilitated this as the Atlanta Interplay Regional Director and her collaboration with Reforming Arts.  This picture was our view when the training was over.
 

 I am really being called to this work and using Interplay to do it.  Just like Spirit called me to Interplay.  A song keeps popping in my mind that I love and feels appropriate to what's happening with me right now..."You Gotta Sing."  I found this video and I thought it fit since she was "teaching" you how to do the song...

 
As I pack up my house and am currently living in a level of chaos that makes me crazy, I kept this picture I created a while ago on my fridge (when I packed up the rest of the magnets and do-dads).  Today +Hallelujah Truth asked what was on our fridge alter and it made me smile and realize why I had left this Mandala.  Order, creativity and beauty in the midst of chaos.
 



I am so Grateful for my life - my morning doodle :)
 I will miss my neighborhood and neighbors when we move next week.  Today I took a moment as I drank my tea to give gratitude for all the wonderful blessings this home has brought to me and my family.  A little brown thrasher came twice and pecked at the window to say hi (didn't catch it in the photo).
My view this morning as I drank my tea
 I had a wonderful Interplay Skype session with Ruth this morning and out of it came my DCP creative piece for the day.  She asked the question, "Who are you as you do the work of packing up your house?"  In response....


Wrapping you around with infinite love and grace today,

Christine