Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bluebird of Happiness continued

    This morning I saw them again-that little flock of bluebirds I saw last week.  So beautiful on such a gorgeous morning!  I recalled seeing two full rainbows in the last month, and optimistic feelings at times about my future.  To me these events are what is referred to as  "tender mercies of the Lord"; little things that have special meaning to me and seem like personal gifts from God.
     In the past few months I have been pondering happiness and free agency (free agency being the power to choose).  Some of us have struggles with our moods and attitudes, myself being one of them.  In the past I have often felt powerless to pull myself out of a funk or to disconnect from negative thoughts.  My little roller coaster continues, but the climbs and descents are smaller and shorter.  This has enabled me to get a better picture of what is going on, and I am getting more control.  I  see progress, and I figure that if I can see it, I must be getting better.
     I think all of this is closely tied to faith in God and true principles.  If we believe and do what is right, things work out.  A lot of the details "mattereth not" (my new mantra).
     Another concept I have been thinking about is contention.  Contention could take up a large post and then some, but today I just want to mention that it is destructive.  It can trigger anxiety, anger, negativity, nasty criticism, judgmentalism, and more. It feeds on itself.  It can be explosive. Reacting to contention or becoming part of it takes away inner peace, and can even disrupt events.  It sucks our faith dry.  Sucks it right out of us.  It is very bad, and a very "big deal".  It is a negative energy source.
     On the other hand, true unity is a positive energy source which is more intense and powerful than contention.  For me, an interesting comparison is the difference between nuclear fission (contention) and fusion--unity (I'm not a scientist...hope this makes sense). 
     Oneness with God is the ultimate unity, I think.  For me that means feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost.  The more I can do that and the more I want it, the less desire for contention I have, and the more peace and love toward others I can feel.  It means focusing more and more on uplifting thoughts and less on contentious ideas and events.  It means less worrying.  It means choosing peace and having faith.
     
 
    
   

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hitty Hatty 1

     I am redoing some photographs and listing new items in my Hitty Hatty shop.  One of the new items is a bag made out of recycled fabrics.  The diamond patterned fabric below is from a felted wool sweater; the red lining is recycled wool. The pieces were fused together before the bag was sewn, giving it structure.  I used my own pattern.
     The brown bag is cut from another felted wool sweater.  I added wool leaf applique to both sides. It is SO cozy and soft!  It is what I would call a Hobo bag...no lining, no stiffness.  I think it could double as a kind of hand muff on a cold day...a cozy place for hands to warm up!  I did not use a pattern for this bag.  I will be listing it this week...check my shop for bag sizes.




    

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Bluebird of Happiness

      My mother loved birds and passed her enjoyment of them to me.  When I was young I received a large picture book of birds, which I spent a lot of time perusing.  I loved nature hikes in school, and became pretty knowledgeable about basic birds.
      One of my favorites always eluded me.  The bluebird.  I have never seen one I could identify.  Until this morning, while on a parkway walk (and I didn't bring my camera....!!!).
     While walking the dog I spied a beautiful blue color to my left; it was a bird.  It perched in a crabapple tree, and I walked a bit closer.  It was still.  I could hardly believe my eyes...it looked like a classic eastern bluebird.  And then I saw that there was not one, but a small flock, males and females!  They seemed to be paired up.  They remained long enough for me to listen and get a good look.  So sweet and so pretty!!
     When I got home I did some research on the computer to verify what I saw, and they were definitely eastern bluebirds.  While reading I found some wonderful stories/symbolism about these birds.  My favorite is native American.  I have included a link below; go to the section "bluebird symbolism in America"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebird_of_happiness
    

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rainbows

     A few weeks ago I took some pictures of the rainbow below.  It was one of the most beautiful I have seen.  I watched it develop into a complete bow, with a faint double above.
     The colors intensified as I watched!  It was gorgeous.  Wish the photo had been able to capture it!



Friday, September 7, 2012

New shop name

    It's finally done!  I have changed the name of my Etsy shop from Dashees Garden to Hitty Hatty.  Check it out to see my new banner/avatar and profile "about" section!  I LOVE my new banner, which was purchased from an Etsy shop called CuriousCrowCreative.
    In the next few weeks I will be making more changes, including adding some new items.  Life has been pretty crazy lately....hopefully things will slow down and I can get back to this blog!!http://www.etsy.com/shop/HittyHatty?ref=pr_shop_more

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Transitions

     Right now my life is transitioning.  As we help one of my sons and his friend prepare to go off to BYU-ID, I am aware that all my family is transitioning right now.  My husband and I will soon be empty nesters, my oldest is job hunting and just moved his little family, and my youngest is in the Provo MTC learning Russian for a major change of life in October, when he goes on an LDS Mission.  Both my husband and I have work challenges right now, with possible changes of one kind or another in the future.  I guess it's a bit crazy and stressful at times.
     I keep reminding myself that I need to look forward with faith.  So far I'm faring pretty well, but I expect to crash after the boys leave home.  Busy, busy...I must keep busy!  Move ahead...push forward!  My composition of life is in a development section right now, and lots of musical material is being played with; inversions, extensions, unexpected pairings, etc., with a few moments of silence.  For dramatic effect, or to breathe?!  Soon it will come to a climax.  Will the climax be traumatic, joyful, a relief....what?  And then life goes on.
     So I try to connect spiritually and hold on.  Right now life is a fast ride through new territory....a lot for this aging woman!!  I do not know what I would do without the spiritual guidance I have felt....that still, small voice (feeling) that stabilizes, comforts, and directs me at times.  I have experiences many "small" miracles.
     Next week I should have some quiet time...one of those silences.  Hopefully I will be able to initiate some changes, including my Etsy shop!
     
    

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In addition to being a violist, I am a wife and mother (three sons). I dabble in writing, handwork, sewing and photography.