My Journey Continues + New Video

Hi Friends,

So I had a really deep / strong awakening the other day.  It was so enlightening and so beautiful that I really wanted to share it here with all of you.

If you are not interested in reading about my journey you can scroll to the bottom where I have a fun creative video tutorial for all of you. ūüôā

I am currently taking a class that helps you find and connect with your Animal Spirit Guides, in addition to working with my Spiritual mentor I have come to know that Swan, as I mentioned before is one of my Power Animals as well as Bunny.

Up until a couple days ago when I was working with my oracle cards I still didn’t know why either of my Spirit Animals were with me, what messages they might have for me or guidance they might give.

So when I was using my oracle cards and had a realization that the Swan was here to help me mourn my loss of innocence as a child and my loss of my childhood.  Growing up how I did, created a situation where I really lost my innocence very young. Below is the deck and the Swan Card from the Deck that I was using.  Until this moment I had not really a great connection with this deck, I loved the imagery but never really connected to the meaning written on the cards.

After my latest class in my Spirit Animal Journey I realized that Swan is here to protect me.   I went into to the meditation and actually was asking Bunny what message he had for me. It started out with visions of sitting on the grass when I was a child, it was sunny and the grass was soft and warm.  There were daisies all around and I worn a crown of daisies (not sure where that came from as I never have worn any flower crown), but I did used to pick daisies in the field by our house, they grew wild there and there are lots of them.  

Swan came up behind me and wrapped her wings around me as if in a hug from behind. ¬†It was then with my eyes closed in meditation that the tears started to flow. ¬†As I laid down on the grass Swan sat beside me and spoke to me. She said ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always been here you just didn‚Äôt know it. I have been here protecting you since you were young. You have a special journey in this life to help others and I am here to be with you to protect you and so you are never alone‚ÄĚ. ¬†At this point tears were just pouring down my face. – now at this point even though all this is happening I’m still thinking “Bunny what is the message you have for me”

Swan continued to comfort me and even though I didn’t want to leave that spot we got up and went into the woods I sat on a log of a tree. Bunny showed up, he let me pet him.  I continued to ask the bunny what his message was for me. I did not get an answer, he just sat there looking at me.

The swan gave me a hug and then offered me a small branch,  she said you are someone who needs something physical to remind you I’m here when you need me. Take this, put it in your medicine pouch so you remember to call on me when you are in need. She hugged me good by and I begged her not to go.  

I allowed myself to cry healing tears when the journey was finished. ¬†As I went about my day I hadn’t really thought much more about my experience as it’s been a hectic day. ¬†As I was outside taking Luna to the bathroom I looked down and, right in my front yard was the branch that the Swan had given to me. ¬†It doesn’t look like much but in my vision it was just like this with that little knot and most of the bark taken off it.

I never got the message I was looking for from Bunny but I suspect that Swan believed I’d had enough for one journey. 

I know to some this story may seem a bit far fetched but I kid you not this is just how it happened. ¬†I took a few minutes to write it down after it happened so that I would remember the details. ¬†I truly believe that if you open yourself up to the healing your heart and soul needs that it will come to you, even if it’s not exactly how you expect it. ¬†I feel strongly on documenting my journey here and I cherish each and everyone of you who has decided to come along for the ride. ¬†Having so many of you in my corner really feels amazing and I appreciate each and everyone of you!!!

Now for some creative fun

This video comes from a place in my heart that I feel strongly about. ¬†So very many people do not want to write or draw in their art journals – lest they “ruin” them. ¬†I’m here to tell you that you most certainly should be writing and drawing in your art journals. ¬†Art journals are personal they are a piece of our own journey sometimes the journey is just in art and that’s ok but you should put your signature on it. ¬†Write a quote, add some marks, create some doodles, you get the idea. ¬†I am here to share with you a couple very simple line drawings that you can add to your art journals to give them that personal touch.

I hope you enjoy todays tutorial and if you did be sure to leave me a comment, subscribe to my channel and if you give this a try tag me on social media so I can see your beautiful artwork. ūüôā

Look for another fun video next week on how to enhance your art journals.

Thanks for sharing your time with me today my friends!  Have an amazing evening!

xxoo – Sherry

Have you ever been thankful for….

I woke up the other morning with this crazy thought after being sick for a week – I was thankful for getting sick.

Now I know you are thinking totally crazy right? I mean who is thankful for being sick! ¬†The thing is getting sick allowed me not just to slow down but it allowed me to STOP! ¬†You heard that right I was almost completely off of social media, I didn’t do any work for my art business, I did very minimal work at home (just things like taking care of the dogs and such). ¬†It gave me permission to just stop – regroup – restore.

I needed this so badly! ¬†I realized that I had been neglecting my needs since my dad got sick and passed almost 2 years ago. ¬†Honestly I can’t believe it took me this long to actually get sick but way back then at that time I was in extremely good health. ¬†Feeling so awful made me realize I have been feeling not all that great for awhile but it took getting sick to force me to make the changes that I should have long ago.

It actually takes me back to the Gratitude Junk Journal Online Workshop that I taught in last November where I did a lesson in Gratitude for Loss and Sadness.  That is still available to take and you receive lifetime access if you are interested in checking it out go here.

You know they always say in an airplane put your oxygen mask on before helping someone else get theirs on Рthere is good reason for this.  If you are not ok, if you are not taking care of yourself you can not help others as effectively.  Or you might help others for awhile until you burn out.

Nourishing my body

Since getting sick I have gone back to my better eating habits. ¬†Eating at home and eating clean organic homemade foods. ¬†It’s crazy that I was eating out so much when I absolutely love to cook. ¬†I have actually stopped drinking coffee and that’s a big one for me. ¬†I am a total coffee nut but I have actually stopped before. ¬†I may go back to it but for now it feels good not to have the caffeine and other things in coffee that might not be so great for me. ¬†This in turn has also gotten me off using the Creamor which I use to use in my coffee. ¬†I have now switched to using a little coconut milk creamer if I feel I want a cup that has a bit of cream. ¬†Here are 3 teas with links to where you can purchase them that I have been crushing on that have become my favorite right now Turmeric Ginger,¬†Chocolate Cinnamon,¬†blueberry green tea¬†. ¬†I am fortunate that I am able to purchase these all from my local Wegmans – which is how I found them ūüôā

I have been cooking delicious hardy soups with the freshest veggies I can find during the winter, using lots of greens and colorful veggies that just feel so good to work with when cooking and are so yummy to eat. ¬†I have been going to bed earlier to get an extra hour of rest at night and I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to wake up rested the morning. ¬†It was so silly of me to be staying up later to watch a show that I can watch the next evening on demand.

Using Essential Oils

Because of all the clean eating and drinking my mind feels so fresh and alive. ¬†I feel like for the longest time I have been in such fog. ¬†Like I’m going through the motions but not really feeling things and not really being aware of what is going on. ¬†The clarity that has come is so amazing ! ¬†I have also been using my essential oils a lot. ¬†I have gone back to wearing frankincense on my wrists, I dab some Joy over my heart and I have been doing steam inhalations with peppermint. ¬†To boost my immune system and cut down on the acid in my system and to make my body more alkaline I have been taking a capsule of Thieves Oil blend with lemon in the morning – 3 drops of each.

Now that I’m feeling better I am back to walking Luna about 2-3 miles a day depending on what we have going on.

Nourishing my mind

I have also been nourishing my mind and soul with books such as Healing with the Angles by Doreen Virtue and Warrior Goddess Training by Heatherash Amara.

I have committed myself to learning and using my Tarot Cards and Continue working with my oracle cards – in the online class Pull Pen Paint which I have been really enjoying learning so much here. ¬†So many people hear the word Tarot and they get freaked out and I honestly never new exactly what they were all about but since working with them and learning about them have found that they are a wonderful tool. ¬†They can give you the guidance just like Oracle Cards in things in life that are a challenge. ¬†They help make sense of things that just otherwise have kinda been a mystery in my life. ¬†They can jump start your creativity and are just really eye opening! ¬†And I have been journaling I mean hand writing journaling like a crazy person because of using these cards and I love it. ¬†It’s so releasing and refreshing. ¬†I used to journal a lot and add art journaling in with it but then when I started showing a lot of my stuff online I cut out the journaling part and it feels so good to get back into it!

I also came across a couple other books that I wanted to share that are interactive РI am thinking about getting both of them I really like the description and what they are used for.  You can choose either the hard copy or an instant download so they are fairly inexpensive if you go with the download.  They are both by Jeanne Oliver and one is called Listening  and the second one is called Salt and Light

First Full Moon Ritual Practice

This Wednesday January 31st we will have the 2nd full moon of the month also known as a Blue Moon Рit is also a super moon or aka blood moon.  I plan to do a moon ritual of letting go of things that I want to rid myself of you can check that out here.

Nourishing my creativity

Below is my latest Art Journaling Video – I am using elements from this month’s newsletter download – if you missed it you can purchase the download here

As always friends thanks for sharing your time with me and I’d love to hear how you are providing yourself with Love and self care this winter!

xxoo- Sherry

 

 

Vlog & New YouTube Series

Hi Friends I thought I would take a few minutes from all the hustle and bustle to have my morning coffee with all of you and share what I have going on. ūüėä

 

I’m so excited to share my new YouTube series with all of you “Art Journal with Me” . ¬†In this series I will be taking you into my creative space to share a time lapse video with no edits (well I did take out when I used my heat gun to dry in between because honestly – who wants to watch that right?!). ¬†I am excited to share my creative process with all of you!! ¬†This is not a video tutorial with voice over – just me sharing my process with all of you fabulous friends!! ¬†Here is the first episode in this series I do hope you enjoy it!!

Thank you friends for sharing your time with me today.  Hope you have the most wonderful Tuesday!!

xxoo – Sherry

Mermaid Madness StencilGirl Blog Hop

Hi Friends and welcome! ¬†What better way to get summer flowing than with a Mermaid Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products and StencilGirl’s Creative team! ¬†There is also an amazing giveaway so be sure to read to the bottom of the post for all the details

Today I have a video tutorial for you showing how I used this beautiful stencil 

Mermaidia By June Pfaff Daley

To me Mermaids are magical, mystical, strong beings.  They seem almost light as air, yet with a beauty that just commands respect.  For my art journal page I came up with a quote that I would like to share with you.

Being a Mermaid means being Brave enough to swim into the unknown                  РSherry Canino

without further ado my friends ……today’s video:

Hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial be sure to leave me a comment here for a chance to win some amazing mermaid stencils. ¬†And Don’t forget to visit the blogs of my fabulous teammates listed below for more mermaid inspiration and leave them a comment for more chances to win, as well as the StencilGirl Blog for more inspiration and another chance to win. ¬†Entry into the contest ends Noon CST 7-16-17. ¬†Be sure to include your email address written like this ( caninosartisticcafe (at) gmail dot com)

Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found here .
Not enough mermaid inspiration for you yet?  Check out the projects by the Designers themselves here
I also have this beautiful Mermaid Painting available for sale in my shop for some Beautiful Brave Mermaid out there that feels drawn to have it hanging on their wall for some mermaid inspiration.  Check out all the details in my shop here.

 

Remember friends Be a Mermaid
xxoo- Sherry