I did it!

April 5, 2017

Yes, I did it!  I have finished my workshop schedule!  All are posted on my SoulCollage® website, and below is the list of dates.  Wahoo!!

My Blue Sunshine

Workshops with You in Mind

Rejuvenation, Self-Care, Creativity

Do you need some time away?  Time to rejuvenate?  Time to create? Time to write?  Time to listen to your heart?  Time to heal?  Time for self-care?

Give yourself permission to do just that.  My workshops allow you to explore, to reach down into your heart and soul, to just breathe.  Workshops are held in my inspiring home studio and/or peaceful garden.  You are a special individual and you deserve to be treated kindly, respectfully, and lovingly.  You deserve and require time to step back, reflect, and discover who you really are and what your life’s purpose is on this earth.  In addition, all workshops come with a small token of my appreciation, and maybe a little goodie, too!

 Enclosed is a list of my upcoming workshops.  In this safe and motivational atmosphere, you will not be judged.  You will only feel peace and encouragement.  We keep news and politics to ourselves.  We support and sustain each other. 

I am also a SoulCollage® Facilitator.  If you are interested, check workshop dates on my SoulCollage® site, or workshop schedule.  Check out my blog, too!

http://www.soulcollage.com/laura-campbell

https://mybluesunshine.wordpress.com 

If you have any questions and/or you decide you deserve this, and are ready to choose a date(s) and register, contact me at mybluesunshine@att.net

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Affirmation Cards Series Cost $200 for 5 sessions, or $45 each.

Affirmation Cards contain positive thoughts and affirmations for women who want to, need to, or continue to, cultivate strength, love, joy, self-confidence, focus, and power. They just down right make you feel good!  Tell those negative thoughts to take a hike and join the celebration!

In this series of workshops, you will create your own Affirmation Cards. In each session, there will be a topic open for discussion and note taking.  Ideas and thoughts will fill the room (you may want to bring your journal)! You will then create a thoughtful and inspiring card that you can refer to often to help you remember what a wonderful person you are and how important you are in this world.  Some cards may be serious and thought provoking, some may be fun and make you laugh out loud.

No experience necessary!  No two cards will be alike.  You create them as you, and only you, wish to.  You will have access to my stash of papers and embellishments!  Scissors and glue are provided. Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

Mornings, 9am – 12pm, May 2nd to May 30th

Evenings, 6 – 9pm, May 2nd to May 30th

Affirmation Cards to Share Cost $45

In this workshop, you will create Affirmation Cards to share with others.  For a gift, for a friend or family member that might need a bit of sunshine, or to leave in a public place to make someone smile…a random act of kindness!  You will have access to my store of papers and embellishments, scissors and glue.  Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

May 12th, 1 – 4pm

May 21st, 1 – 4pm

June 11th, 2 – 5pm

June 15th, 9am – 12pm

Journaling Series Cost $175 for 5 sessions, or $40 each.

Journaling comes naturally to some, but for those who have not made it a practice, or begin and forget to follow through, this is the time to start and honor your life, your hopes, your story, your purpose.  There are many different kinds of journals: Daily journals for your personal history.  Happiness journals.  Nature journals.  Art journals.  Etc.

This series of journaling workshops will be a combination of all of the above, and more!  You need not be creative.  You need only to have a heart and the ability to write.  If you already journal, you go, girl!  But join us and possibly try something new or different.

In each session, we will have a topic open for discussion and sharing.  You will then have time to reflect and write.  You may want to add pictures, mementos, drawings, or art to your pages.  This is your time.  I am here to encourage and provide a safe, casual, and inspiring place.  You will have access to my stash of papers, pens, punches, glue, and scissors.  Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

 Mondays, 6 – 9pm, May 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd, June 12th

Fridays, 9am – 12pm, May 5th, 12th, 19th, June 2nd, 16th

Journal Days Cost $25

You will choose a space in the studio or garden to have some quiet time to reflect, draw, and write.  You will have access to my pens, markers and colored pencils if you want to add a bit of your creative side.  Some topic ideas will be available, or you may come with something you need to work out, let go of, celebrate, remember, or simply to put your day in writing.

May 13th, 10am – 12pm

May 31st, 9am – 11pm

June 17th, 2 – 4pm

Journaling Workshops open to All!

“Your” Vision Board Cost $40

Do you have trouble visualizing your ideas, your ventures, your new home, your space, your plan?  Vision boards are a wonderful way to envision your dream!

In this workshop, you will create a Vision Board that speaks to any topic you like.  Vision boards contain images, words, artwork, embellishments, etc. that reach out to you.  You take these pieces and arrange them together on a plain board that comes to life in front of your very eyes.  You can revisit it any time you need a little push, a little reminder of your hopes and goals.

Vision boards are used in many different ways.  Our vision boards will honor you and your deepest wishes.  They can be hidden away, for your eyes only, or hung up in a special place for you to gaze upon at all times.

Vision boards can also lead to some thinking, and journaling!  The board can get your mind wandering and your heart thumping. 

You will have access to my stash of papers, pens, punches, glue, and scissors.  Bring your own cutters, blades, self-healing mat, or any other personal supplies you’d like.

Start now, looking for and saving images and words that would work together to create your “vision”.  Look through magazines, on-line, in books, old & new photos, etc. to begin your quest.  I will have magazines and books available to look through, but that could take up a lot of your creative time and you may not find what you are specifically looking for.  If you have more than one idea, great, collect for a few different ideas and decide which you want to work with first.  The others can be saved for another board, another time.

April 24th, 6 – 9pm

April 25th, 9am – 12pm

May 13th, 1:30 – 4:30pm

May 22nd, 9am – 12pm

 

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More dates will be scheduled soon!

Workshop schedules are subject to change.

I would love feedback/comments, requests and/or suggestions!

 

I’ve done it!

April 4, 2017

Yes, I’m just about ready to publish my workshop schedule!  This month is a little busy working on a Creative Arts and Yard Sale (coming this Saturday, which may be cancelled due to rain!! – but may still do the Creative Arts Sale), and a 75th Birthday Garden Luncheon for my mom.  I’ve stuck a couple of classes in this month, but will start full force in May!  I’ll be sending the schedule out tomorrow at the latest.  You will also be able to check them out on my SoulCollage® website, http://www.soulcollage.com/laura-campbell .

To begin, I will be offering SoulCollage®, Journaling, Self-Care, Affirmation Cards, and Vision/Mood Boards in my home studio.  I’m slowly getting it ready for my guests.  Here’s a little peek…

I’m pretty excited, a little scared, and, of course, hoping I’ll have plenty of guests!  I truly want to share things I have learned with others, and maybe assist them on their way to healing with positive affirmation of their worth, purpose, and talents.  I love looking for and researching ideas for creative and inspiring activities and can’t wait to share them with everyone. 

 

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Love, Love, Love this!

 

Some new adventures in creativity…

March 21, 2017

An update on my new and changing life.

I have been doing research, creating workshop plans, and just about ready to put out my schedule and descriptions of the different classes I’ll be offering. 

I’m will be returning to my SoulCollage® workshops and am planning several more including Vision and Mood boards, Journaling, Art Journaling, and Self-Care ideas.

In my research, I found and read a lot about different “Mood” Boards. I hadn’t really heard of them until I spotted them on Pinterest.  Oh, what a wonderful world that is!  So many ideas from women who have shared their passions and creativity with the rest of the world.  How blessed we are!  Congratulations to them for following their heart and taking that first step.

Anyway, I wanted to share something I did a couple of days ago.  I created a mood board with photos I’ve taken or found on-line.  I will be offering a workshop on creating one with your own hands, but I wanted to try something a bit different.  It was truly a wonderful experience taking my time and putting it together. I look at it, and say,”Yes, that’s me”.  The word I had chosen was “Listen”.  It came to me when I saw the picture of the fairy sitting in a carpet of blue flowers.  She is listening to the sounds of the forest, the birds, the water, and to the universe.  From there, it was easy to find other pictures that spoke “listen” to me.

Anyone could do this if you allowed yourself some time, chose a subject or mood, and to dig deep down in your soul and find pictures that speak to you.  I used Powerpoint as I think it is the easiest to use.  I turned my creation into a .jpg, and now it is my desktop!  So lovely to look at every day!

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I plan on journaling about my “Listen” board, too.  Try doing one yourself.  I’d love to see it.

Rich’s Bulb Garden 2017

March 19, 2017

I visited Rich’s garden today!  It was a little cloudy, but it was supposed to rain next week and I wanted to take some pictures.

It was just beautiful as it always is.  Most of the daffodils were still in bloom, and lots of tulips, anemones, and ranunculus.  There are still some waiting to open and show their faces.

There were a lot of visitors in the time I was there.  Yes, I was there quite a long time taking pictures!

Here are a “few” pictures I’d like to share…

 

 

 

 

 

I’m going to try and go by again sometime this week hoping for more blooms, and more photos!  If I do, I’ll share.  If you live in the San Jose area, and want to check it out, he has his garden open through the 26th, from noon to 5pm each day.  The address is 850 Gateview Court, San Jose, 95133.  You can check his website for more information.  He’s quite a character with a lot of talent.

http://www.the-bulbguy.com/

 

Meet Hope and Charity!

March 14, 2017

Today was the day!  I’ve been thinking and dreaming about it for about a year now.  I’ve been in the pet store many times to pick up dog food for Bella.  I’ve looked and admired them.  One time, almost got one, because she was so beautiful.  Rebecca hates birds!!

But today was the day!  The little blue and white parakeets touched my heart.  The one with the beautiful white crown had to be mine.  I looked into her eyes and knew I needed her.  Of course, she needed a friend, so I decided on the another one with a blue crown with a little white spot. 

I went back and forth.  I shouldn’t spend the money.  It’s not the right time.  Rebecca hates birds!!!  I looked at the cages.  I looked back at the birds.  I looked at the cages, and again back at the birds.  Such a hard decision.  Why?  I had just spent five hours cleaning an elderly couple’s home.  I had money in my purse.  Yes, today was the day!  I just couldn’t leave these birdies there.

So, I picked a cage and a few other things, waited for my birdies to be put in their travel box, and headed home with a smile on my face. 

Okay, so Rebecca was not too happy.  My mom doesn’t like birds, either.  But, my dad was so excited to meet them.  He likes birds! Brought back memories of Pete the bird he had as a child.

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They seem pretty happy to be here!  I love them bunches.  Hope is taking a nap, and Charity is posing.

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Truth Cards, something new!

March 12, 2017

Another class!  Today I went to a class in Manteca (long story) to see what Truth Cards are all about.  I recently registered for the Brave Girls Symposium 2017 I will be attending in July.  One of my favorite artists, Kelly Rae Roberts, will be speaking. I watched her speech from last year, and I could so closely relate to her story.  I want to hear more. 

Anyway, after registering for the symposium, I checked out the link to the Brave Girls’ site, and from there I found a local facilitator offering a class I was very interested in.  Below is the description of the process:

Truth cards are beautiful little messages of love and truth that are written directly to our souls…telling us the TRUTH when we are tempted to believe words that are keeping us from believing the love and truth about ourselves.

You don’t need to be an artist to create Truth Cards.   Using inspiring collage art, some prepared messages, a little glue and some beautiful bits and pieces, you’ll create some personalized messages to your soul.

So, I drove to Manteca (which was the same route I took yesterday to Alden Lane – just a bit farther) and met Sheri and was welcomed into her home and amazing creative “studio”.  I was so happy I went.  Just seeing her space and how she had decorated it was worth the trip.  If you don’t know, I have changed my living room into my “studio” and have been making plans to jazz it up.

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We spent some time talking about truths and lies, and how un-truths can damage our souls, which in turn can affect how we feel about ourselves and live our lives.  It is so important to be true to ourselves.  We were given five pages of written “truths” to go through, and choose the ones that speak to our truths. 

Once we had done this, we moved to a wonderful table to create cards to add our truths to.  Each of us were given 5 cards, but I only finished three.  No matter, I can work on the rest at home.

I really enjoyed the class. It gave me more ideas for creating and soul searching. 

Green, Green, and more, Green!

March 11, 2017

Such a wonderful day!  I had signed up to take a Fairy Door making class at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore.  You really should check them out.  It is an amazing place and a wonderful experience!

It was a bright, sunny day, and the drive was spectacular.  As I drove closer to the foothills, the green began.  The hills were that vivid spring green you only see for a short time each year.  The sky was so clear and blue it looked like you could reach up and touch the top of them.  I felt so much awe, and was filled with so much gratitude.  I opened the top of the van and turned up the music.  The sun on my head and the wind in my hair felt glorious.  Yellow mustard flowers were everywhere, and patches of sunny orange poppies were spread here and there.  Cows and horses were grazing, and flocks of blackbirds were flying low and resting on the barbed wire fences along the road.  I love, love, love the song of blackbirds. You’ll have to imagine the scenery, or take the drive yourself as I couldn’t just pull over on the freeway to take pictures…. not that I really, really didn’t want to!

As I got off the highway and turned onto the road to the nursery (Vallecitos Road), I spotted two deer in the shady grass amongst some trees and then a few wild turkeys!  I arrived at the nursery to find vintage bathtubs filled with bright yellow daffodils, and even in the parking lot!  And as I walked through the passage way to the back, a multitude of colors and scents touched my soul.  Flowers truly speak to me.

Well, when I asked where to go, I was directed to the kid’s art area, and I thought, uh-oh.  When I got there, there were a few women wandering around.  I think we were all worried we were a little too old 😊.  But as it got closer to the beginning of the class, there were many women, and a lot of young people, too, in attendance.  Whew!

The class was held under a huge, gnarly oak tree.  I snagged a spot in some shade and proceeded to “create”.  It was fun so now I have ideas to make them on my own… just in case I need any more.

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I, of course, strolled around the flowers, and under the trees.  It’s like heaven.  I did go home with a few flowers I couldn’t live without.  But I forgot to get this one!  I saw it when I walked in, but forgot all about it.

Isn’t is gorgeous?

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The ride home was just as lovely.  The sun was lower in the sky, so the color of the hills and sky were vastly different.

Again, I really, really wanted to pull over!

 

Spring, the perfect time of year to start fresh!

Yes, the perfect time!  In between the rainy days, the sun shines on my face and on my garden.  It is blooming those little hopeful spring blooms like my purple grape hyacinth, a little bit of lavender, a few bright, yellow daffodils, beautiful tiny blue forget-me-nots, and tons of little white daisy-like chrysanthemums scattered around the front garden.  Oh, how they can multiply!  Love it!

Yes, the perfect time!  For change.  In the garden, in the world, and definitely for me.  My job was eliminated at work and my last day was February 17th. I had a couple of months’ notice, and almost a month since, and have been looking and applying for jobs, and doing a lot of thinking.  Thinking, dreaming, planning, gathering courage and gumption, and trying to make decisions.  It’s all in the planning, right?

But how to begin?  All these ideas in my head and in my heart, but where and how to start?  So, dive right in!  I am doing some research and making a list…what to do next, and after that, and after that. 

Money.  I need that.  After networking, it looks like I may have a part time job as an admin assistant as an independent contractor.  What is that?  I’m learning.  I meet with a gentleman on Monday to see if it is a good fit for me, and for him.  This is a learning experience that may help me on my new journey.

My passion and need to create and share.  I need that, too, and actually should be number one on my list.  I am going to work this passion into my life.  Things happen for a reason.  It is time to try a more creative and fulfilling, and hopefully, lucrative business plan.

First, I’m back to blogging!  Next, updating my LinkedIn page.  Next, taking my love of thrift shop hunting, and discovering I like to create shabby chic whimsy using small furniture pieces and little treasures.  Next, planning out and calendaring SoulCollage® workshops.  Next, planning out and calendaring other workshops, like journaling, vision boards, fun crafty stuff, etc.  Next, learning how to put up a website…yikes!

As you can see, I have a lot running around in my mind.  And a lot to do.  It just takes time and energy. 

For now, I am spending my days cleaning house and purging, purging, purging!  Researching and writing.  Lots of notes.  Lots of ideas. Painting a table and chairs soon.  Painting some shabby.  Planning.  Calendaring.

If you’d like to share how you keep up the energy, keep focused, get motivated, I would love to hear from you.  Encouragement and smiles, are welcome, too 😊.

And ladies, Happy International Women’s Day!  Take time to celebrate you, and being a woman on this amazing planet.

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Have a beautiful afternoon!

Laura

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello again!

It has been awhile, but I feel the need to write.  Looking in my own yard and neighborhood, and driving around, I see the beauty of fall.  And the rain!! Oh, how we have needed it so badly.  The hills have a green hue to them, the lawns are greening up.  Even the lawn in my backyard is coming back to life.

I am so very thankful for the crisp, clean air; the beautiful leaves glowing in the morning sun as I start my day, then again in the afternoon as the sun begins to lower in the sky; and the seedlings and bulbs that have lain dormant for months as they begin to emerge.

How is your Fall Bucket List going?  Did you make one?  I’m enjoying my list and know it’s perfectly okay if I don’t get to them all.  I have visited a pumpkin patch, stomped on leaves, spent a day at the beach, went to the Alden Lane Quilt Show, decorated the house for Halloween, went to the homecoming game at Rebecca’s high school and watched the 50th anniversary fireworks, made squash soup, found tons of acorns, held my first SoulCollage(R) workshop (more on this later), and in my search for the most beautiful leaf ever, I found more than I can count!  Speaking of the leaves, I have been reveling in them this year.  Perhaps it’s the rain, perhaps it’s the cold spells we’ve had, but the leaves this year are just gorgeous!  I am blessed to work right across from a park that is ablaze with color.  Driving in and out each day I go slowly to take it all in.  One day I even had to pull over, get out, and take a few pictures.  I only had my cell phone, but I think some of them came out pretty well.

Below are a few from my own yard…  The wisteria is turning colors and the Japanese Maple in the backyard has decided to give us some color this year, too!  Generally his leaves just turn brown and fall.  And a special treat, many of my lavenders are in bloom and ready to be harvested a second time!

I hope this finds you well, joyful, and in anticipation for the upcoming holidays!  I am, and I’m ready to get in the attic and take down the Christmas décor.  It’s never too early, you know!  Well, okay maybe not as you take the Halloween decorations down.  But with the cold days and the need for some magic, I am looking forward to sparkling lights and sweet music!

Wishing you a Thanksgiving Day filled with family and friends, and gratitude for all that surrounds you.

On Friday, let the Christmas Season begin!

In gratitude for those that touch my life,

Laura

A Glorious Sunset

September 30, 2015

What a sunset we had last night! I had been working at my computer for, well, let’s just say too long. I got up and went in to the kitchen and the backyard was glowing! Literally. You know, that golden glow that sometimes reflects off the sunset in the evening? I went out the back door and to my amazement was a beautiful orange, yellow, purple, and blue sky. And this was looking to the East! I grabbed my camera and tried to get some photos, but I know they could never do the beautiful evening sky justice.

Looking East in the backyard...

Looking East in the backyard…

Love the silhouette of the weather vane on my shed!

Love the silhouette of the weather vane on my shed!

I grabbed my keys and went out front. The sky was blazing! I snapped a few pictures and walked as far as I could to see if I could see the sun, but there were too many houses and trees in the way.

Out the front door, looking west....

Out the front door, looking west….

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I thought about jumping in the car and going to the park, but I figured by the time I did, it would be gone. So I walked back home, enjoying every moment, and was blessed with a sense of peace and calm.

The sun was gone, the sky was getting darker, but I seized the opportunity to enjoy it.

You know, the sun rises and sets every day. Take the time to enjoy it often!