It's not about Turkey, potatoes or yams...
It's not about stuffing or sauce,
It's not about biscuits or puddings or pies...
It's about being Thankful for all that we've got
For Family and Friends, the roof over our heads
and mostly for being alive!
This Thanksgiving may not look the same,
our gatherings much smaller this year...
But when we are Thankful for all that we have,
we can't help but be filled with cheer!
so Wherever you are, and Whatever you eat,
and Whoever you spend the day with...
Let us be Thankful for all of our Blessings,
because each day that we're here is a Gift...
Happy Thanksgiving from Nancyfangles
How is it? That music can touch your soul…
Evoking memories of days gone by, and creating the mood for special moments and cherished events?
Music, it can make us happy, make us sad, get us moving, or calm us down,
inspiring us to create, allowing us a reprise from the ordinary moments of everyday life
and transforming them into soul touching, dream making, thought provoking gifts!
How many times do we hear a song, and find ourselves traveling back through the speed of sound to a special place in time, a long forgotten friend, a piece of our soul captured forever in the sound of a note…
The beginning of this summer, my daughter Rose was searching for a “summer night driving song”
Being a musician, she knew what she was looking for, she knew the feeling that she was trying to capture, and she
searched…. through older music now left behind, and new music awaiting an ear, and somewhere within her search
I found my “Summer Feel Good Song”.
It is a song by John Mayer, the first on his new “Moving on and Getting Over” CD.
It is called “Still Feel Like Your Man”.
Something about this song captures me no matter where I happen to be when I hear it. It reminds me of a combination of Motown magic and the smooth jazz of early George Benson. I cannot be sad when I am listening to this song, my body wants to move and my voice wants to sing, and although some might see it as a sad melody of lost love, I see it as the quintessential love that never dies.
It is the kind of song that everyone should have on hand for that time when nothing else can pick you up, not even wine or chocolate!
Piano music effects my fingers…
It travels into my ears, through my heart, into my soul and comes out the tips of my fingers and onto a key board, or
the pages of a favorite journal.
Yes, piano music is my writing muse. If there are words trapped inside, thoughts unwritten, feelings that need to be
released, it is piano music that brings them to the forefront. The unwritten words to the song await my ponderings and flow out like a wave breaking onto the shore and spreading out onto the sand, leaving behind little treasures .
My soul dances to the melody, swaying back and forth inside me, touching every magical place within, filling me up and taking me away to places I can only get to, on the note of a piano key…
What does music do for you? Is there a favorite song that brings you back?
Is there one that makes you Dance? Laugh? Cry?
Is there a favorite musical genre that you listen to when you Create? Cook? Make Love?
What Music holds Magic for you?
How blessed we are to enjoy the beautiful things that this life has to offer…
Music, is the whipped cream on a cupcake, and hot chocolate to my soul!
It is such an honor to be a part of the Field Guide to Everyday Magic Blog Hop.
Women inspiring Women to explore their blessings, to open their hearts and to share the beauty in this ever changing journey we call life...
Yesterday I had artist's block... You know those days when you want to create, and you have time to create, but you just don't know what to create? I walked in and out of my studio, picked things up and put them down, scrolled through some pages on Pinterest, watched a tutorial on YouTube, read an article on pantone's colors, and still could not find my Muse! So I gave up and did some reading in bed... I wanted to create something to share for National Craft Month, since the month is drawing to an end, and I have been really inspired to try and create as much as possible before then (any inspiration and excuse is good) but I just could not! And then there was today! Did I mention being INSPIRED? Did I mention my MUSE? Well today she was waiting for me hidden in a stack of lace collars and doilies, hiding behind a set of Amazing shutters, in a scrabble box, on a children's chair and among a plethora of vintage jewelry components and a few other fun odds and ends. Today I went shopping, Today I found a stash, Today I was inspired! Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring...
Life is full of a series of endings and new beginnings. "Change" they say, "is inevitable", and I must agree... Sometimes we find a path and begin a journey and enjoy every step of the way, and other times we struggle to take one more step. And then, there are the abrupt endings, mixing us up and sending us on a new undiscovered, and perhaps even uncontemplated journey. But lets face it, each new beginning is another chance to try out a new dream, a new idea, or a new interest.
I think one of the hardest things about starting over is that a lot of times, we don't understand why we have to? Why did the last journey end? Why do we have to be pushed off of the current path and maybe out of our comfort zone?
And then there are the what ifs? What if I did this different? What if I said this or reacted like that or If? and we try to figure out the whys, and the what ifs, and hold onto the journey that we are leaving, rather than embrace the new journey that we are about to embark upon.
Looking back, there were so many journeys I have taken through the years. Some wonderful and some not so, but as I ponder each (the ones I can remember anyway) I realize that the ones I welcomed, the ones I embraced, those were the best ones of all!
It really didn't matter so much how they turned out, but mattered more if I was an active participant. And in the end, each of those journeys led me to where I am and who I am now... Some were Grand adventures, some were brief interludes, some were painful lessons learned, but all were important in the transformation of who I was becoming!
We are but a mixture of the experiences that we have encountered. Left in one spot, doing the same thing regularly, we can only absorb so much, but opening a new door and daring to walk through, dreaming a new dream and spreading our wings to fly toward it, climbing up the next mountain to see the direction from the top, these are the things that form us, that empower us that make us who we are!
Embrace the change! Invite the unexpected! Awaken the Possibilities! and Follow the Dreams! Life is a series of journeys,
Enjoy the Trip! (with Love, To Rose)
1. a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
2. the sleeping state in which this occurs.
3. an object seen in a dream.
4. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.
5. a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie.
6. an aspiration; goal; aim:
7. a wild or vain fancy.
Perhaps a vision while asleep, or a daydream materializing in the subconscious of an awakened state...
Or maybe a wild or vain fancy... A Dream
How do we choose which to follow, how do we know which are real and which are given as a vision, only to keep as a dream?
Sometimes they just happen, without a plan and without reason...
Doors open, we walk through and into a Dream come true.
Nancyfangles the Studio/Shoppe was like that , unplanned, unknown but a dream none the less.
It has been 6 months now since I first opened the doors to invite others in and share the dream...
Time has flown swiftly by, and as each day has passed a new piece of the puzzle has woven together to create the vision deep inside seen only by the awakened eyes of my soul.
Not knowing in advance which steps to take, which moves to make, but following some kind of mystical plan, revealed a step at a time, pieces falling into place, out of mid air and right where they belong.
So many pieces, marrying together to form a dream come true...
What will be the next step of the journey? Will it continue to unfold? or will the journey end with no explanation of why, or how?
Closing my eyes I see no direction, opening my eyes I watch for a sign, and inside I wait for divine guidance.
Wait and Create...
Yesterday I created a moon man out of copper wire, glass beads and trinkets... It was in my mind and on my heart.
It felt good to create, if only for the sake of creating. Does there need to be more to it?
I am blessed in this season of my life to see a vision, and have the gift to transform it into a reality...
Something as simple as a meal from a batch of groceries, or as complex as a storefront from a vision and a dream...
It is a gift I revel in, knowing that it is my hands that are being used to create a vision, conveyed through me from "The Creator" of all things.
There is a quote by: Elsie De Wolfe
“I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.”
I feel this quote so deep inside my being, knowing that one piece at a time I can help in some small way to add to the beauty so desperately needed in the world today. That through me, "The Great Creator" can transform a forgotten treasure and twist a tube of latex, into a Smile on someones face...
There are other dreams I hold on to, and sometimes let them out to share.
To be published in a favorite magazine, or to travel around in a teardrop trailer, spreading smiles along the way.
To see my children make their way through this maze that we call life, and find their way to happiness.
To spend my aged years, wrapped contently in my husbands arms.
Who knows which dreams will manifest, or what new dreams will materialize as the years continue to wane their way along... But for now, I will continue to "Wait and Create" and leave my heart and soul, Open to the Possibilities.
Sitting at my workbench, overlooking the magnificent mountains on this the first day of September, I cannot help feeling that something is about to change...
It is about this time every year, that I feel myself starting to travel inward.
Today, as I look out at the trees still green in their summer splendor I can imagine them dancing their last dance under the warm summer sky.
I realize that It wont be long now before the leaves begin their colorful transformation and whimsical descent from the tree tops to the ground below, and the landscape will begin to resemble the multicolored pallet of a watercolor painter.
The hummingbirds will begin their migration to even warmer climates, the butterflies will have fluttered away and I will have had my last dance this season with the dragonflies...
Autumn's splendor awaits... Just around the corner
The crisp Autumn air, the crunch of leaves beneath my feet, Festivals and fairs...
But first, One more dance beneath the starry summer's sky,
It's a Marvelous night for a moon-dance...
Dancing With Dragonflys...
Nancyfangles Brown is a mixed media and up-cycle artist residing in Ellijay Georgia.
Her shoppe ~ Nancyfangles at The Trolley Depot ~ is a Whimsical World of Creativity, formed of visions and dreams and a big leap of faith.
After a short trip "down the rabbit hole" Nancy, inspired with the words "Wait and Create" began an artful journey which would lead her through transition and into Transformation!
"The Studio" is located at the front of the shop, with supplies and creativity on display for patrons to see and enjoy when they come in, “like in your favorite magazine, Where Woman Create” said Nancy's husband Eric, who also helped her to create the store fixtures by re-purposing unusual pieces that seemed to magically appear as needed. Customers say that the shoppe has a “special feeling” to it and that the artwork is just beautiful. Some patrons come in to look and leave hours later as regular customers and new friends.
The doors have also been opened to other artists helping to encourage and inspire their artful journeys.
Nancy enjoys her time in her studio/sanctuary in the mountains, Creating and Waiting for whatever is coming next….