keeping shop….

This week has been heartache and healing
and a whole heap of wrestling between the two,
a lot of taking hold and letting go
and when my hands have itched to grab the problem back up
by the scruff of the neck and just fix it already,
wrangle some control and body slam it,
flip it on it’s back and pummel the threat that I feel
because I want to throw on a cape and pull a rescue
in the worst sort of way….

I’ve given my work-weary hands over to making art in the wee hours,
to pray it out,  this stuff of my heart,  with some handmade love.
For a long while I’ve made a  little bite of art each day just to stretch my soul;
I always give it away because that lights me up,
stokes my joy,
but this month I’m making a gift to myself to stretch a little further
and make two or even a few each day,
one to write and send and another to help  re-stock my neglected little etsy store
and I’m finding the juice again in keeping shop.

For a long while I simply made prints if they were needed
and,  for me,  there was no fun in that;
I decided to either squeeze more juice from this part of my life
or lay it down.
I missed the hefty,  textured,  imperfect mess
of making just one unique original
with my heart splashed all over it
and then moving onto something altogether different.
Unique and one of a kind….that’s what makes my heart twirl.
So I’m throwing open the windows of my shop
and letting the bad air out and letting some fresh life rush in
and oh how it soothes and sorts and settles me.


Feel free to drop by and wander around,
if you like.
I’ll be there all month stoking the fire
and sweeping out the yard:)

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention
on the part of the actor.
It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.
Don’t cheat us of your contribution.
Give us what you’ve got.”
-Steven Pressfield


  1. Elephant's Child on October 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Sending hugs, love and atwe at your creativity through the ether to you. You create beauty which fills my eyes and my heart.

  2. rachel awes on October 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    my order’s in! i’m soooo playing shop with you!!
    gorgeous photos/art, friend! XOXOOO

  3. Julia Bourque on October 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. You always leave me the best comments and you make my heart sing each time.

    I’m still admiring all the beautiful art that you sent me. I have it in front of me on my desk and it’s a constant reminder to truly embrace my heart song. I have found that my heart song is a lot of work but so rewarding. It gives me as sense of satisfaction.

    You have been very busy creating some beautiful art. It must bring you joy and satisfaction. I hope that this week will bring you a lot of healing.
    Warm hugs and much peace dear friend.

  4. Relyn on October 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I do that, too. All the time – pick up my problems and have to lay them back down again. I will be praying that you will be able to let them go permanently this time.

  5. Barbara on October 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I’m sorry you’ve had heartache this week. Art helps mine heal, too, and your art helps mine heal! So beautiful! I hope it helps you ‘let go and let God’…

  6. Wanda on October 8, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Sending you hugs dear one and rejoicing in the fact that you are letting fresh air sweep in.

  7. JBR on October 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you Jen for sharing. Lay your burdens down. Hard . . . Hugs to you my friend and you breathe in and breathe out! That is my slogan these days. 🙂

  8. jeanie on October 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Don’t you find it incredibly healing to create? I do. I think you have to make sure you are up for it, but often if I just start it builds in me. I’m sorry you are dealing with heartache and things that one can’t control. But I’m glad you can control some of your wonderful spirit by turning it into beauty.

  9. Connie Smiley on October 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Sounds like a very creative way to deal with heartache, Jennifer. Hope the ache is replaced by all those joyful colors.

  10. Kathy on October 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Ooooh! Beautiful, Jennifer! I love that you are soothing your spirit through art…and sharing it! I have to go peek in that gorgeous shop of yours! Hoping and praying that you are well, kath

  11. Susan on October 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Hey Sweetie, I do know that feeling of having to wrangle problems, and people, and how frustrating and tiring it is. You sure have the right idea ~ crank that music up, breathe deep and play! Sending soft hugs and gentle thoughts your way.

  12. Naomi on October 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Your poetic soul always inspires. I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Award:

  13. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on October 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thinking of you in these hard times and hoping creativity will smooth a bit the bumps in your heart xo

  14. Lee Ann on October 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I had to go back and read that first paragraph 3 x because
    I LOVED your words so much Jennifer. All of that flipping it over and
    body slamming it etc… with the struggle in the gut between
    the healing and the heartache really gave me a word picture
    that hit home in this heart of mine too. You are so awesome with
    putting feelings into words as you describe things. What a gift you have.

    I know just what you mean about it being so much more fulfilling
    to sell and give away originals instead of prints. I’m so glad you’ve
    chosen to twirl with delight and do what your heart wants to do Jennifer.
    Makes me want to twirl too! 🙂

    Hugs to you dear friend!
    ♥Lee Ann

  15. Donna on October 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Jennifer I love how you wrestle things out. And isn’t using our creative side so helpful in clearing away all that stuff we need to launch. I can’t wait to check out the shop!!

  16. Donna on October 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Jennifer I love how you wrestle things out. And isn’t using our creative side so helpful in clearing away all that stuff we need to launch. I can’t wait to check out the shop!!

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