100 days to 100% – Day 60

18 Jul

Day 60 – that just snuck up on us, didn’t it? 60 days of our 100 days gone in a flash! 100 days to 100% 

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I’ve been doing my self-reflection journaling regularly now. Every single night before bed, even when it is late and I am really tired. I admit it is hard to do sometimes, but I am learning so much about myself. To really work, you have to be completely honest with yourself, and I think we still try to sugar-coat things even if we are only talking to ourselves.

It is easy to say we are happy with our lives, when in fact we aren’t really happy and would love to make some changes. It is easy to say we are eating right and getting enough exercise, when we are only doing it sometimes. It is easy to say we are taking time for ourselves, when we are really ignoring what our soul needs because it might be inconvenient for the other people in our lives.

How about you? Are you remembering that this challenge is all about taking care of our bodies, minds, and spirits? Nurturing and loving who we are and learning more about ourselves every day? Are you becoming more YOU, whoever that might be?

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

The journaling helps me do those things. It keeps me honest with myself. It helps me track exactly what I am doing. It helps me find me.

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs,  CO 80918

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Week 28 – 365 days of Art

15 Jul

Welcome to Week 28 of the 365 days of Art challenge. The thing that makes me happy is that because of this challenge, I am committing to at least doing a little bit of art every day. Since I am doing inchies and twinchies and tweenchies, I look at every little bit of scrap and stuff that I come across as potential fodder for the daily art challenge. Perhaps that is adding to my accumulation of stuff, however it is also making me look at things more closely. Doing such tiny bits you really need to work small and have small bits because a lot of stuff is just going to disappear at that tiny scale, or use up the entire space. For example, if you use buttons you have to find really tiny ones to add interest or they will take up the entire space. It is making me look at things differently, which is a good thing. :)

Here are this weeks inchies and twinchies and tweenchies.

I did not get a sketch done this week, so I am including an older sketch instead. I used colored pencils and gel pens.

What have you been doing to practice the 365 days of art?

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Are you ready to Fascinate?

14 Jul

Sally Hogshead can teach you how to Fascinate!

To celebrate all of the new insights she’s learned over the past decade of research, she has started Project Fascination, with a goal to show 100,000 people how their personalities add value.

To do this, she’s given me a special code BL-DebPrewitt to give the first 100 people who use it to get her Fascination Advantage® assessment for free! This has never been done before, and will only last until July 25!

And the best part is – they want this to be a chain reaction. So when you take the assessment using BL-DebPrewitt, you’ll receive 100 assessments to share with your circle for free too!

Last year I had the privilege to attend the e-Women conference where she was a speaker and she was ‘fascinating’. But a big part of the fun was all of us that attended took her assessment and spent hours discussing it and how it identified us and specifically how we all responded to our ‘fascination advantage’. It was quite entertaining and enlightening. I admit I wasn’t thrilled with my archetype when it was revealed, but I understood that it was how people see me, not how I see myself. And it was pretty accurate.

Last year I was the Archer (actually it was the Bullseye but the name changed over the year).  I decided to retake the test this year and I am now the Editor-in-Chief. Similar to the Archer but slightly different. Perhaps the change was due to the fact that I was more aware of myself since taking the test last year, or perhaps because I anticipated some of the questions that were asked, or perhaps it was just because we all change over time – we don’t remain stagnant, nor do we want to.

This study is about how the world sees you – not how you see yourself. The results can be a bit disconcerting at first (for some people), but if you talk it over with a friend or two you will see the validity in it. There is lots of information in the study, which you can use or not use as you see fit. But it is interesting to take the assessment, and I like being part of a larger project, knowing that my information is helping her with her scientific study, and seeing where I fall on the scale and how I compare to others taking the test.

Don’t forget – use code BL-DebPrewitt and get your free assessment. And it expires July 25th, so don’t wait. I know you will find it fascinating. :) Let me know what your archetype is and how you feel about it.

Use this code BL-DebPrewitt 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, Co 80918

719-266-1866

 

 

Week 27 – 365 days of art challenge

8 Jul

The year is flying by! We are now done with Week 27 of the 365 days of art challenge. More than halfway thru the year. I feel good that I have posted every day with my inchies and twinchies and tweenchies. They are usually fairly simple, but still engaging my creative side. Here is this week’s bunch. They look rather color coordinated this week. I certainly didn’t plan that. A happy surprise.

I almost didn’t get my sketch done this week. So I think I kind of rushed doing it. I love looking at birds and there are so many bird photos on-line to copy from. I found this pretty blue jay (I think). I didn’t get the head quite right, but otherwise it looks OK. I used colored pencils and a charcoal pencil this week.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Thanks for following my adventure. :)

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

100 days to 100% – Day 50

8 Jul

Day 50 of our challenge! We are halfway there! 100 days to 100%! Yes Yes Yes!!!

I know you are feeling fabulous at this point! You are probably noticing a few changes. Maybe you are starting to look forward to your daily exercise routine. Perhaps you are automatically reaching for fruit for your snack. Maybe you are taking time for yourself and feeling less stress about doing so. Perhaps you are getting more sleep so you have more energy. Can you imagine what you will be feeling like at the end of our 100 days?

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We aren’t just focusing on our bodies for this challenge. We are also focusing on our minds and our spirit. What have you been doing to nourish your soul? If we only work on our bodies, we won’t get the full benefit of making these changes.

Are you reading more? Participating in self-growth workshops? Are you journaling? Are you setting intentions? Are you remembering to express daily gratitude for all that is given you? Are you sharing your journey with your loved ones? Have you found a new love of art or music or dance? Remember we are both body and soul and we need to nourish both.

I have been doing a daily journal about my progress. Tracking exercise and eating and gratitude, etc.  One of the hard parts for me is journaling about the deep parts inside of me. So that has been a big part of my journey. Really digging deep to find out more about me and my feelings and what is in my heart and all those things that make me….me. Sometimes it is scary to actually verbalize some of those feelings – perhaps doing so makes them more real? I’m still struggling with it, but I am paying more attention to it.

What is the hardest part of this journey for you? Please share. No judgements.

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Fabulous EYES!

6 Jul

Everyone really did a fantastic job with the EYES ATCs for the June challenge. We had a nice variety, as usual, with fabric and paper and texture and dimension, etc. A lot of drawn eyes, which are very cool. Several with eye quotes on the backside to go with the art on the front side. Very fun stuff!

Here they are in no particular order. Enjoy the show! I wish you could see them in person, because they really are fabulous!

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And now for the winners. We almost had enough entries to do 3 winners this month, but not quite. So the 2 winners are……….Jan Easter and Sonja Milojevic. Yay!!! Congrats to both of you. I will get your ATCs sent off this week. Thanks so much for participating and I hope you will participate in the July challenge too.

The July ATC challenge theme is BIRDS and I know you will be creating more ATCs that are just as fabulous as these. Send them to the address below, or you can drop them off if you are local.

Thanks to everyone who sent in ATCs!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

 

Week 26 – 365 Days of Art

1 Jul

Week 26. Woo hoo! We are at the half-way mark of the year. So far, so good. How do you feel about doing the 365 day challenge? Are you still hanging in there? Are you learning anything about yourself? Are you having FUN?

Here are my inchies, twinchies, tweenchies for the week.

I did not get a sketch done in my sketchbook. :(  So I am sharing a Zentangle® tile I did, using a flower motif and adding color with the Tombow markers. I’ll get back to my sketchbook next week. Sometimes I have good intentions, but not enough follow-through.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

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July ATC Challenge – BIRDS

1 Jul

 

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

It’s time for the JULY ATC challenge.  We are doing BIRDS for July. I know we did BIRDS one other time, but it was such a popular theme, and we have so many new people joining us now, that I thought we should repeat it. So let your BIRDS fly! I think birds inspire us. We see them every day. But we always want to see more of them. We put out birdfeeders to attract them, we go birdwatching with our binoculars and guidebooks to find those elusive birds. We get excited when we see bird nests with eggs in them or tiny birds out learning to fly. Perhaps we just want to be able to fly too.

Birds have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy. ~Roger Tory Peterson

Or perhaps it is the birdsong that we love so much. The chirps and cheeps and caws that surround us. Waking in the mornings to the early birds chattering away. The hoot of an owl in the forest. The tiny cheeps of baby birds wanting to be fed.

A Bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Maya Angelou

 

Or maybe it is the bird feathers we love so much. Their graceful lines and shapes. The beautiful colors and iridescence that many of them have. The fabulous plumage of the peacock. The vibrant colors of the parrot.

 

 

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. ~Emily Dickinson 

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

I’ll be posting the June EYES ATCs soon. Be sure to check back to see them and find out if you are a winner. We really have some beautiful entries.

For those of you who want to work ahead, the August ATC challenge theme will be AT THE CIRCUS! Fun fun fun!!!!

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person will win all of them :))
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter :)
  • deadline is July 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful to those of you who submit entries. Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. :) It is a great way to practice new stuff.

 

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your BIRDS ATCs!!!!!!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

100 days to 100% – Day 41

29 Jun

Apparently I wasn’t paying attention to the days, so I missed day 40. So today is day 41 of our challenge. :) I love this 100 days to 100% challenge! It is an amazing adventure!

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I know everyone has chosen something different to focus on for the 100 day challenge. No matter if you chose to add 30 minutes of walking to your daily schedule, cut out sugar from your diet, make art every day, do a daily meditation, etc., whatever you are doing you may have started to lag a bit. Maybe you have missed a couple of days, or did less than you intended. Maybe you haven’t really noticed the results that you expected. Maybe you aren’t enjoying it very much. Perhaps you are starting to take it all for granted and not appreciate what you are doing.  That is OK. Just take a deep breath and refocus and get back on your track.

I know I got a bit off track this past week. I’ve been doing Sandra Yancey’s squat squad challenge. And this last week has been very difficult to complete and a couple of days I haven’t done any at all. But I look back on the month and all the squats I did complete and I’m pretty proud of what I did do. It’s way more than what I did the month before (which was zero), so it is a big step forward. I will start again on July 1st with the next round of her squat challenge and do better.

I found this image on FB and loved it.

I found this image on FB and loved it.

We all take steps forward and backward. It is part of our journey. However, we tend to start to doubt ourselves or feel like we don’t deserve to improve or be better than we are now. We start focusing on the 2 steps back instead of the 1 step forward. Our little voice in our head starts chattering on and on about all the negative stuff. Just put a sock in his/her mouth! You don’t need to listen to it.

You are fabulous and awesome and amazing. You deserve to treat yourself well. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to be healthy. You deserve to have FUN! If you have fallen, just get back up again and start moving forward. The fact that you are doing this challenge proves you deserve it.

And after all, the journey is where the fun and joy and enlightenment come from. The destination is good to keep in mind (for example: you want to increase your walking every day so you can complete a 10K walk next summer), but ultimately it is the journey that shapes us and defines us. Enjoy the process. Appreciate your fabulous self and the path you are on.

We don’t want to ever be finished with our journey. There is no distant day in the future where you will be done. (Except when you die.) We are always growing and changing and learning. It is what makes life interesting. So don’t be discouraged if you veer off your track for awhile – perhaps there is something more interesting over there. Just get back on track again and enjoy the journey!

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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719-266-1866

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