Two posts in one day! Not a precedent though. Just a by-product of my Five Lovely Websites series!!
Sometimes when I first get back into my
sacred space studio after a long break, my head is buzzing so much that I almost need to be told where to start. And this is where Carolyn Good can come in really, really handy. Each year, Carolyn comes up with colour recipes for the Pantone Colours of the Year. For a few years now, as a getting back on the bike exercise, I have mixed up the colours and waited to see what happens. I must confess to not being initially very inspired by this lot, but you know what happens next don’t you? This time, being in the middle of an Australian heatwave, my head said Make something with the cool colours Dave Good thought were au courant (You will have to read Carolyn’s blog to see what they were and what this means!!) but blow me down if my hands didn’t start playing with the more rangi changi* shades of Cayenne, Celosia Orange, Dazzling Blue, Freesia and an odd little teal I threw in because I was feeling game.
I read a lot over my travels as I reflected on my Word of the Year for 2014….Yes, more of that later…and a number of the things I have read have then sort of become ideas for necklaces – as they do. This year, in a totally non driven way, I am going to make necklaces to go with different quotes I liked!
And then, as I was making my first beads (flowers in fact – you can see them scattered around the ladies like offerings) wouldn’t you know it but I was suddenly making an icon? (To the right is an early icon) Ah how my heart sang! I think last year some time I declared this to be the Year of the Bodacious Babe. Or words to that effect. I have not made my “goddesses” for so long and when these emerged I felt so good. As I made them I was reflecting on my actual Words of the Year (WOTYs)…be patient, it comes together soon!…and thought Over time , why not make a babe/ icon series for each Word. And then I thought, Why not give the 5 readers who successfully identify when I have rabbited on and revealed my 6 WOTY in posts over time, one of the icons? And when you hear about the first of my WOTYs in particular you will see why this is so CONGRUENT!!! (That was not one of the words by the way! I will be more explicit than that!)
As the observant reader will note, I have several WOTYs this year- five I chose with great thought and deliberation (much of which took place sitting in the car crossing our wide, brown land) and one chosen from my happy bag of words on clouds. And one of them was…. abundance. (Can’t be much more explicit than that for number one!) which for me, is about being able to give abundantly. I want to be like a tree that bears lots of fruit for lots of people because I am getting watered and fed and am planted in good soil. Towards the end of last year I felt a bit like a tree in a drought. Dry, brittle and not really much use for anyone. I have to be aware of a few things….to acknowledge the abundance there already is and to be more careful about making sure I am doing, getting the things that help me to flourish. Sleep being a biggie. Profound isn’t it!?
So, in the spirit of abundance, one of these ladies will be sent to each of 6 readers who, some time in the future, identifies the six Words of the Year! A bit of a challenge – requires some memory skills, comprehension, diligence and all that, but these girls are waiting for special homes! I hope these amply endowed ladies will help me to be mindful of being abundantand doing what I need to do to be sustainably abundant.
*Rangi Changi is the fabulous Nepali word for colourful.
I love your “bodacious babes” Wendy. Each one has personality for sure and what fun you must have had creating them!
We saw the tennis competitions on the TV and saw how there was a real heat wave there. For some reason I never connected it to where you live. We hope you are all keeping well and keeping cool.
Thanks for sharing about my color recipes and so glad to see they got you inspired to make some fun Rangi Changi mixes!
Carolyn it really has been hot our here near the desert but today is cooler! What was your favourite Pantone Colour this year? I will keep you posted about what I do with the other colours.
That is good about it cooling off a bit there. What was my favorite Pantone colour this year? Hmmm…. I don’t know if one really impresses me more than the other — perhaps because yellow greens are my favorite color and look best on me and isn’t included in the top 10 colors. What I do love, however, is that this shade of green can be combined with nearly all of the new Pantone colors and plan to blog about that as soon as I catch up on a pile of custom orders we have been working on.
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