Thursday, January 14, 2016

Participating in Love Notes

Photo Postcard created by Jennifer
I keep in my planner for daily inspiration!

Let me start today by saying just how much I love 
and how I adore her Love Notes Project!
I have been participating since she began,
(I have missed a few rounds)
but I participate as often as I can.
Everytime I jump in,
I gain so much out of the three week experience!

Jennifer created Love Notes
to connect others
from all over the US and countries abroad!
Each time (about four times a year)
participants grow and grow.

We begin by being connected with one writing partner,
we reach out to each other
and the magic begins.
Jennifer gives us a writing prompt to contemplate
during the week,
and then we send a postcard  . . .  a love note in the mail,
responding to the writing prompt.
It is not overwhelming, just post card size!
It lasts for three weeks ... three different writing prompts.
Don't we all love recieiving a bit of love and attention??

The postcard can be purchased or created
(I always choose created by me!)
In the past I have Collaged, Zentangled®, Watercolored,
used Mixed media and more.
I love creating my three in a series,
so my partner has something to keep!

My current set of three postcards for this go round!

Week One mailed out

Here is one of my favorite past cards I created:

Created a Zentangle® postcard my last go round!

I love the experience . . .
of reaching out to someone,
of writing something and sharing my heart thoughts,
of getting my hands into my art for a purpose.
 I love supporting my precious and dear friend Jennifer.
She has taught me that my words matter,
that I am important,
and that connecting with others can be a gift.

The link is on my side bar,
click on it and visit Jennifer's site.
Step out of your comfort zone . . . 
the next time she is offering this project just jump in!
I promise you will love it
you will have three wonderful love notes to keep
and look back at them with fondness.
You will remember the connections you have made
each and every time you participate!
If you are lucky like me . . .
you may actually get to meet your partners
face to face
Now that is a fun experience!!!

Sending love out to you today,
Donna Lee

Monday, January 11, 2016

Still Renewing in 2016

A beautiful bowl full of Kale

I have been working sincerely with my word for the year,
consciously walking with my word each day.
It seems to fit perfectly for where I am in my life right now!

My collaged word for the year ... a gentle reminder!

Health and Diet of course are part of my Renewal,
and I want to feel better, look better and take better care of myself.
Today I attended a 
"Salad in a Jar" workshop,
at my friend Pam Spell's home.
and I am beginning a 30 day challenge today
so having fresh salads prepared for the week
was perfect timing for my journey.

We were asked to bring 4 Quart Ball jars,
a salad green  of our choice
and one salad item to share with others.
Pam spoke of health and renewal,
how important it is to eat fresh foods,
and to have beautiful color on our plates
and to care for our bodies as we age.

So many choices

The table was filled with such beauty,
and we went round and round
creating our own salad designs,
what fun!
I tried to make each salad creation a little different.
There was so much to choose from:
Fresh Quinoa, chick peas, cranberries, chia seeds,
rasberries, oranges, pumpkin seeds,
cabbage, tomatoes, peas, corn, carrots,
different olives, broccoli and more!!!

Salad ingredients everywhere!

The colors popped!

I created five wonderful salad jars,
there was laughter, fun, creativity and so much more.
I was able to connect with friends I hadn't seen in a long time,
of course we had to grab a photo!

Carol, Pam and me ... high school connections

What a fun and amazing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Thank you Pam for your generosity, sweet spirit and for planning this event.
I know I will continue to create salad jars in the future!

My first salad creation

I guess Creativity isn't always about having
a paint brush in my hand!
Creating beautiful works of art with food is fun too!
Even better . . . it is taking care of my body and health!

They were starting to add up ... each one was different!

We were all pleased with our creations,
we went home with more than we brought for sure!
Tonight grilled chicken with one of my creations,
if you get the chance to attend one of these workshops,
I strongly urge you to join in the fun!
You will not be disappointed!

Showing off our creations

New Year, New Beginnings,
that word just keeps popping up in my life!
Take care of yourself,
make healthy choices,
eat fresh and colorful,
drink lots of water
and get as much sleep as you can!
I certainly am off to a great start

Donna Lee