Art, photography, and random musings by a woman of spirit. An online journal of the ordinary moment.
mish-mash ; a motley assortment of thingshodgepodge, potpourri, patchwork, smorgasbord, salmagundi, miscellany.
Come join me for 30 days of playful, soulful inspiration from my home studio, kitchen and camera. I'll share my favorite art projects, recipes and photography tips. You'll receive a daily newsletter which includes prompts, tutorials, recipes, random videos and heavy doses of Deb Did It!
Each week of Mish Mash features a different theme from playful photography, cooking, creating and finally a reflective week of “Be. Here. Now.” This will be a fun, quirky, casual, homegrown play-at-your-own-pace workshop.
You can connect with me and other Mish Mash friends in a private FaceBook Group and Flickr Group. That's where we will gather to share our creations and ideas, develop community, grow friendships and offer each other support. I believe you will manifest magic and feed your soul by connecting with others who share the same passion and desire to nurture the creative spirit within.
Cost $49. We begin September 1, 2013. Registration ends midnight August 30.
Q & A
“I'm a great cook, accomplished artist and already busy with access to Pinterest, Blogs and You Tube, why would I want to join your workshop?”Because it will be fun, playful and inspiring to be a part of a small tribe. Connecting and resonating with others always feeds my own creativity, so this is what I am offering. You can save your newsletters and links forever, and refer to them whenever you wish. Our Facebook and Flickr community will remain open forever, and just maybe we can meet up in real time someday!!“Where did you come up with that name 'Mish Mash'?”In the early 80’s, while working at a Texas Steak n Ale Restaurant, there was a lunch item on the menu titled Mish Mash. It was a chopped sirloin patty, served open face with gravy of stewed tomatoes, pepper and onion, sprinkled with cheddar cheese. I have always loved that quirky name and used it randomly to describe things that “crash into each other”"What can I expect to receive from your workshop?”You will receive daily Happy Mail to your inbox, full of inspiring ideas to SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL the Creative Muse within! Also, your real time mailbox will receive a Happy Snail Mail from me, if you choose to share your address! BONUS: discount in my Etsy shop for the holidays!“Can I gift this workshop to someone else?”Of course, just include their email address when you sign up
some say this and that
"the awesome times that I have spent with Deb creating, sharing, and laughing have created a confidence and rejuvenation in my life. I hold all of it so close to my heart. She is so amazing at guiding you into a better creative you! During the times that I have spent in Debs guidance to be artistic I have left each moment with more than just art...it has been an extreme gift!" Kim Neidel, Austin, Texas"Deb, I love your attitude when doing workshops - Create with WILD ABANDON !! You have taught me to create with no judgement about my own work. Thank you" Nancy Quinn, Calgary, Alberta"I refer to Deb as my creative muse. From mastering the art of cooking to sharing her knowledge for multi media art, her passion for life and personal expression is contagious." Amy Boland, San Antonio, Texas"Arting with Deb is a huge creative jumpstart! You will be energized by her bright shiny personality. She is wonderful at sharing skills and ideas. You will come away much the richer for having spent time with her. I know I always do." Laurie Moeck, Tustin, Michigan"Deb's zest for life is contagious, and you will feel lighter and brighter for having attended. If you think you are vaguely interested in learning whatever activity she is offering, I urge you to do it – you will come away with a project that satisfies you, and experience a lessening of the stresses in your life. Art heals. It really does help you remember what is important. So, go play with Deb and be amazed at how much better you feel while having fun." Keira Clark, Houston, Texas
Sometimes things aren't what they seem. We settle in somewhere, thinking it's going to be safe and hospitable and just what we hoped for, a magical haven that provides us shelter from harm. Then reality sets in and we realize that we were mistaken. That soft place to land turns out to be quite a bit less soft than we'd anticipated. In fact sometimes things get downright hard and cold and unforgiving. Not at all what we expected. Do we stay and make the best of it or fly away to build a new nest somewhere else? Sometimes the most valuable lessons come from learning to see the beauty right in front of your eyes. Sometimes we bloom most gloriously when we learn to thrive just where we are and come to love just what we have. Maybe each of us is exactly where we need to be, learning lessons custom-made for us.
Haiku My Heart i invite you to imagine living in peace one day at a time I have to admit that I'm finding it hard to celebrate the birthday of my country having declared its independence from Mother England, when the country was founded on institutionalized slavery, the idea that white men were created equal but but black men were less than and women weren't even considered. We tend to glorify the "all men are created equal" phrase without looking at the reality. We can do better. We must.