the journey continues

3/25/2011
She Found Her Joy Within

I recently took Christy Tomlinson's class She Art. To say it changed my creative life is an understatement. For at least the last 6 months I have been having some major artist/creative block. I just had a hard time making and enjoying it. I thought for the price of the class what the heck we will give it a go and see how it goes. I am so glad I spent that little bit on me. This class is great for those wanting to get into mixed media, but what it is also great for is those who are familiar with mixed media but want to get a spark to do it again. Christy is amazing, she is sweet as can be, encouraging and very real. This is not a stuffy class by any means. Also the support of all the other students give each other in the community Christy has created is ah-mazing! This class is the sole reason why I have been able to create again and want to create, create, create all the time. I am so thankful for this class.

So the first round of the class just finished up but she is starting round two on April 11th. And in an effort to pay it forward to how grateful I am for this class I am going to pay for someone to take the class. My hope is that whoever wins takes full advantage of this great class and someday in their own life pays it forward to someone else in need of a creative boost.

So, comment here telling me what brings you joy I will pick a winner April 1st (hows that for a great April Fools Day?) Make sure you give me an e-mail address otherwise I wont be able to gift the class to you, got it I NEED your email address! And if you dont win and you truly want to either learn about mixed media or you want to get a little creative inspiration, please please please spend that little extra cash on yourself. You deserve it. Mean it.

(more info about the class can be found here.)

35 Comments:

Alisson said...

What makes me happy and creative? colors, vintage paper, the sound of scissors cutting paper and fabric, and often some of my best ideas come when I am sleeping! Ever since you have started posting about this class, I have been drooling over your art work. I would love to be able to learn some of these techniques, they give the collage so much depth! I hope I am chosen and thanks for being so giving with your creative spirit!
my emails is alisburda@yahoo.com

beki said...

Because of your link to this class I've been thinking about it. That old creative rut has been bringing me down! I think it is time to explore some new territory.
What brings me joy? sunshine, color and laughter!!

Lynda Gail said...

Good music, dark chocolate, laughter, sisters, family, painting...life would be unbearable without them! I love Christy's style, can't wait to take her SheArt class.

lyndagail at g mail dot com

susie926 said...

I never felt I was artistic or creative, always stood by with envy as people put their hearts into their art and out to the world. First I stumbled upon Brave Girls and found that I, too, have a creative voice. From there, of course, I found a world of creative workshops, especially She Art! Untrained, untried, I long to learn more, to do more. The joy of creating has captured my heart and all I want is more time to pursue that joy!

"Girl" said...

The beauty of nature brings me so much joy. The trees are getting their leaves right now, the green is so bright and new. My roses are sprouting up and I actually see a couple of buds appearing. I can't wait for my first flower. The birds are busy working on their nests, preparing for little ones. I am continually amazed by the beauty in my own backyard.

Melanie said...

The last few years brought many changes to my life. I was dx with multiple sclerosis, we moved, and our daughter, only child, moved out. Not just out, but 2000 miles away. UGH. LOL Soon (we hope) to move closer when her husband gets job here! BUT, in all of this I have found my joy in having a grateful heart. Each of these things brought me back to my art which had fallen by the way side over the years. So honestly what brings me joy is just the plain and simple daily things. Coffee, my animals, phone call or skype with my daughter, my garden, mostly my art. Its back in my life. I am working to learn and re learn so much! But I am grateful. I have joy!

jenn h said...

My children playing sweetly with each other brings me Such joy. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in christys new class. Eclaireham at yahoo dot com.

Michelle said...

Conversations with my boys brings me joy..... Both are on the verge of teendom and both hormonal and testing boundaries but my heart swells when we actually converse and enjoy each others company rather than grunt,argue and yell! Those moments are few are far between but even thinking about the possibility that that time is coming brings me joy. My youngest enjoys art and I would love to create with him,a friend told me about the she art workshops and I have only recently found Christy's blog and looking forward to having a go, thank you for offering this special giveaway! Michdaws at westnet dot com dot au

Anonymous said...

paying it forward, secretly, brings me joy. As does my soulmate, who has a birthday on April 1st. and my little ball of fun - Benji the dog.
Thanks for the opportunity to win this place in Christy's workshop. It is on my wishlist.
Dianne in Aus

Tara said...

i hopped over here from christy's blog - would love a chance to take that class. art and creativity USED to bring me joy, but lately my mojo has packed up and moved continents. i'm hoping this class might help it find its way home.

email is tarasimmons dot pa at gmail dot com

tina kirk said...

I would love an chance to win this! I have heard it is amazing! What brings me joy? ART! my email address is ibtinakirk@yahoo.com Thanks!

nomoredietcoke said...

I think I'll make a list because it doesn't take a lot to thrill me. Therefore, quite a bit brings me joy...

*Being able to show and speak God's grace and love to my kids.
*Crafting in my scrap room when it's really nice and tidy. Sometimes we call it 'Moor Parc' which is something else spelled backwards.
*Giving gifts.
*Trying on shoes because my size doesn't change like my jeans size often does.
*Taking my dogs to Dog Beach.
*Dark chocolate.
*Free stuff.

nomoredietcoke said...

ooops. nomoredietcoke comment is from nomoredietcoke@gmail.com!

dahlhousedesigns said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with how much everyone enjoyed this class. I would LOVE to have the chance to take it. My crafting gives me joy but I want to EXPAND and GROW. I would LOVE to find joy in mixed media and have no direction. It is on my MUST DO list!

Lisa arana

dahlhousedesigns said...

fudge, it didn't ask for my email... dahlhousedesigns(at)yahoo(dot)com

lisa arana

Debbie said...

How sweet of you to pay it forward! Here's hoping I win! cocains@yahoo.com

snazzykc said...

Joy is the smile on a friends face or the hug from my grown children or just my husband asking me to come cuddle on the couch. Joy is the Family I have around me...

This class sounds amazing-thanks for the opportunity.
karin
snazzykc@gmail.com

charmi said...

My daughter,my art,my hobbies,my family...all collectively bring joy and make my life better !! Thanks for sharing such a generous giveaway and a chance to win !!

charmi
charmi.shah@gmail.com

JJ Sobey said...

My kids bring me joy - my life just wouldn't be the same without them.

Art brings me some peace. I've been taking the She Art class as well, and loving it. IF I won your draw, I would give the class to a friend who has been 'fence sitting'. :)

kilroy@ videotron. ca

Cmmargaret said...

What a wonderful opportunity! And such a sweet sentiment. I get the most joy out of watching my daughter. I never would of guessed that being her mom would of been one of the most satisfying things I would ever do! Thanks, Margaret cmmargaret@aol.com

scrappin_in_AK said...

I love the joy of each new day - new opportunities, new beginnings, new challenges

angie gutshall said...

Great canvas art! I have been wanting to take her class. What makes me happy is my family :) I love seeing them smile!

Nicole Austin said...

wow, this class looks like a whole lot of fun! what brings me joy? my family, friends, sunshine, art! just to name a few. :) thanks for the chance! nicole
kinueko (at) gmail (dot) com

Cathy said...

My grandson would have to be at the top of my list but art supplies and time to create bring me a lot of joy. This is very generous of you. I just found Christy's blog recently and I would love to take her class.

Kathleen said...

First off, thanks for the opportunity to win. It's very generous of you. I am looking forward to the She Art Class, but winning it would be even better. So many things make me happy: hanging out with my dh and kids, lovely days, creating art, playing in photoshop, the good feeling after you exercise, hearing the voice of my heavenly Father and much much more.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Your She Art girl is adorable!!! What brings me joy is watching my children grow and flourish. Listening to them laugh and play and know that they are loved and safe... thank you for the chance to win!!

megan saunier said...

Finding my inner creativity brings me joy :)
Thanks for the giveaway - you are going to bring joy into some lucky persons' life.
megansaunier at yahoo dot com

KateB said...

right now? healthy family members bring me joy; we've been on a health roller coaster for the last 2 years...and oh yeah, me almost becoming a great aunt for the 1st time in 3 weeks brings me great joy!!

mizzkb00@hotmail.com :):) tfs!!

Melissa said...

Right this minute Spring break is making me pretty joyful! I'm in an intense radiology program and am in student mode all of the time.

This week is spring break for me and I get to step back into mom and wife mode.

I've never found such joy in being the one to take the kids to school, make lunches again, vacuum in the middle of the day, do the target run at 8:00am before everyone else gets there, and make a well thought out dinner.

Oh! And we've only seen the sun 5 times this month and today? Today is Sunny!!!!

Joy!

melissa_wu@hotmail.com

Lilly St Studios said...

Joy for me is finding something that makes you smile, finding you can be creative no matter what you think your talents extend to and breaking through the "I can't do that !" barrier, realising you can and can make other people happy in the process. Thanks for the opportunity on what looks a super course to take.

lianne said...

summer brings me so much joy, we are heading into winter here now, not so joyful but time to do lots of crafting. Would love to win a spot in Christi's class. randlgray at xtra dot co dot nz.

Cmad said...

The little things bring me joy. I love finding inspiration from blogs and turning them into my own work of art. Watching my little girl discover the world. Bonding with my family and helping out those in need. I also loved Christy's class. She can inspire us all. Thank you for paying it forward!!! madridcristina@yahoo.com

Teen Queen said...

Gosh, so much brings me joy. I am always thankful and joyful that I am able to participate in different forms of expression. And that I can share that creativy with the kids in my neighborhood. I can only imagine that the class is as great as everyone has been saying. iactts@yahoo.com

dominika said...

What brings me joy? My family, my friends, art, when I can make someone smile, my dog, chocolate, good music. I have learned to be happy for every little thing. And this class would be awesome. dominatorka5@azet.sk

Juel said...

What brings me joy....Just being the Mom I have always wanted to be to my children. I have been forunate to be a SAHM for 25 years and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

I have already taken the She Art class, so please don't include me in the drawing. I am hoping Christy will offer her She Has Three Hearts a second time. Just can't swing it right now.

Your work is wonderful!!

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