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Word of the Week: Harmony

Michelle Larson

This week's word is H A R M O N Y...

1. agreement; accord; harmonious relations.

2. a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity. 

3. Music...the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear.

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony." ~ Paulo Coelho

"No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for  WE are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives." ~ Louise L. Hay

Michelle Larson   - I find harmony in my life when I stay in the gray area, where nothing is black or white, but somewhere in the middle where I am open the mystery unfolding as it may. This is where the magic happens.

Michelle Larson - I find harmony in my life when I stay in the gray area, where nothing is black or white, but somewhere in the middle where I am open the mystery unfolding as it may. This is where the magic happens.

Julie Cimpko   - Hoping to create some Harmony with our new guitar : )

Julie Cimpko - Hoping to create some Harmony with our new guitar : )

Chelsea Hipley   - Peace. Love. Harmony.

Chelsea Hipley - Peace. Love. Harmony.

Susan Shepardson   - Harmony: a pleasing arrangement of parts.

Susan Shepardson - Harmony: a pleasing arrangement of parts.

Word of the Week: Blue

Michelle Larson

B L U E :  The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. However, not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic — an engaging color that expresses exhilaration. 

Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I'm on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding - yet beautiful - Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space. ~ Buzz Aldrin

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore. ~ Lord Byron

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.~ Vincent Van Gogh

Michelle Larson   - I had so much fun with Susan Shepardson experimenting with indigo blue dye using the shibori technique. These are the results... : )

Michelle Larson - I had so much fun with Susan Shepardson experimenting with indigo blue dye using the shibori technique. These are the results... : )

Julie Cimpko   - The color blue always takes me away to another place...somewhere far away. I immediately think of stillness and serenity.

Julie Cimpko - The color blue always takes me away to another place...somewhere far away. I immediately think of stillness and serenity.

Chelsea Hipley   - The current blue situation on my living room floor.

Chelsea Hipley - The current blue situation on my living room floor.

Karen Mateer   - As I walk in and out of my bathroom many times during the day, I see my oil painting I did last year in a palette knife class. It may have been inspired by Van Gogh's words "I never get tired of the blue sky." Or it may just have happened by chance that I painted the different blues in the sky because they simply were beautiful. In any case, I'm grateful for the many wonderful 'blue' moments and smiles it produces each day.

Karen Mateer - As I walk in and out of my bathroom many times during the day, I see my oil painting I did last year in a palette knife class. It may have been inspired by Van Gogh's words "I never get tired of the blue sky." Or it may just have happened by chance that I painted the different blues in the sky because they simply were beautiful. In any case, I'm grateful for the many wonderful 'blue' moments and smiles it produces each day.

Madeline Lovejoy   - So many luscious shades of blue: midnight, indigo, cobalt, indigo, royal, sky, periwinkle.  My favorite shade of blue is indigo, it is the color of the sixth chakra, seat of the third eye, intuition and enlightenment.  

Madeline Lovejoy - So many luscious shades of blue: midnight, indigo, cobalt, indigo, royal, sky, periwinkle.  My favorite shade of blue is indigo, it is the color of the sixth chakra, seat of the third eye, intuition and enlightenment.  

Susan Shepardson   - Recently I learned about shibori - a Japanese dying technique that dates back to the 8th century. The main dye used in shibori is indigo which happens to be my favorite color so naturally I wanted to try it. I gathered all of the necessary materials and asked my friend Michelle to join me. We had so much fun creating napkins, tea towels and tank tops. The process is real open ended and produces unexpected and beautiful patterns. It's fun and easy to do; now my head is swimming with shibori ideas.

Susan Shepardson - Recently I learned about shibori - a Japanese dying technique that dates back to the 8th century. The main dye used in shibori is indigo which happens to be my favorite color so naturally I wanted to try it. I gathered all of the necessary materials and asked my friend Michelle to join me. We had so much fun creating napkins, tea towels and tank tops. The process is real open ended and produces unexpected and beautiful patterns. It's fun and easy to do; now my head is swimming with shibori ideas.

Word of the Week: Simplicity

Michelle Larson

S I M P L I C I T Y  is the state or quality of being simple. Something which is easy to understand or explain; uncomplicated.  Freedom from complexity, intricacy, absence of luxury, pretentiousness or ornamentation.

"A designer knows she has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." ~ Antoine del Saint-Exupery  

"Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." ~ Leo Babauta

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." ~ Coco Chanel

Michelle Larson   - My favorite color is white. I love the simplicity, the feeling of clean and serene. It's calming, divine nothingness.

Michelle Larson - My favorite color is white. I love the simplicity, the feeling of clean and serene. It's calming, divine nothingness.

Julie Cimpko   - Three simple words that make all the difference.

Julie Cimpko - Three simple words that make all the difference.

Chelsea Hipley   - Simplicity: Nothing fancy.

Chelsea Hipley - Simplicity: Nothing fancy.

Susan Shepardson   - I'm really into watercoloring right now. I love the simplicity of soft abstract paintings. Here is a sample of my work...

Susan Shepardson - I'm really into watercoloring right now. I love the simplicity of soft abstract paintings. Here is a sample of my work...

Madeline Lovejoy   - Simplicity:  line, color, structure, shape, intricate in its form and beauty.

Madeline Lovejoy - Simplicity:  line, color, structure, shape, intricate in its form and beauty.