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"Dreams Take Flight"

The above title is the title of my tag from yesterday which is posted below.
That's what I'm attempting to do, let my dreams take flight. I haven't read Kelly Rae Roberts book, "Taking Flight". But I do have Sheri Gaynor's book, "Creative Awakenings". I also have "Make Your Creative Dreams Real" by SARK and I have "Celebrate Your Creative Self" by Mary Todd Beam. All are excellent books with the same theme-let your dreams become reality. Unleash the artist within and allow your imagination to soar. I love reading the books and I'm even attempting some of the exercises in them. All with the intention of encouraging my inner voice to let loose and trying desperately to keep my inner critic QUIET! I'm really my own worst enemy when it comes to critiquing my work. Many projects get tossed by the wayside because I let that little devil critic have her way. She doesn't think some of my work is worth it, she keeps leading me down the wrong path.
WELL, I've had it with my little critic and I'm going to decorate a cigar box and put her in there seal it up and be done with her! How's that for waking up your creative self?
So, this tag marks a new beginning for me. I'm letting my imagination run wild.
Stay tuned to see what I end up creating.

Just had to show you these luscious lilies. My husband gave them to me last week for our anniversary. They smell delightful!

Also--presenting FRESH, homegrown tomatoes! FINALLY! It is now getting close to Labor
Day and I am finally able to have a fresh tomato from my deck garden.
Celebrating tonight with a BLT for dinner. YUM!

Live your Life Creatively~ And mean it!


Terri Kahrs said…
I ADORE the idea of embellishing a cigar box for your "inner critic"! A Pandora's box, so to speak!!! Many times I look at my work and can't find one positive thing about it. I'm my own worst critic and/or enemy. And I don't think we're alone, Cathy. I think it's an artistic "bug" of some sort.

Can't wait to see what happens next with your work! You always have something wonderful waiting in the wings! Love & Hugs, Terri xoxo

PS Once you get your Critic into the box - glue it shut with E6000 so she can't get out!!! LOL
Cathy said…
THanks so much Terri! I will definitely put her in there and get the tube of E6000 out! Great idea,
that glue will hold her captive for years.
Terri said…
I love your work and tour tags are just beautiful
I would like to extend an invitation to do a tag swap with 10other women ..theme Alice in Wonderland..if it is of interst to you please stop by for the details and pick one of the remaining characters.
Janine said…
Your bird is taking a flight to the Kremlin, doesn´t it?
Have a lovely weekend, with lots of more wonderful ideas
Sea Gypsy said…
Cathy you are such a talent!!!!! We all struggle with that inner critic. I love the idea of putting it in a box and sealing it shut:) I was just taking a look at your doodle( I love it!). I have decided to work only from my doodles because I am trying to tap into my art or rather what is coming out on paper when I am not trying so hard and it also seems to be helping my inner critic because I am doing pieces just to do them( If that makes any sense). I can't wait to see what you do next. The pic you took of the lily is just beautiful! Happy Anniversary!
Cathy said…
Thanks so much Terri, Janine & Kim.
Sory I've been absent from posting.
I've been working on many projects.
Can't wait to post what I've been doing!
Have a great week!
You are now prominently mentioned in my blog - of course I don't know if anyone actually reads my blog...
Loving your music!
Cathy said…
Thanks Shelley. It's really sweet of you to mention me on your blog.

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