My Friend’s Mother

I am blessed to have a friend who has been a shining light in my life since I was young. Her mother passed away, leaving earth too early. I offered to spirit walk with her and ask for any messages she might have for her daughter, my beloved friend.

I connected with her Mother today in the spirit world. She is a ribbon of colorful energy. She helped me to remember her messages from before and she showed me how beautiful she is now, how happy.

In my first visit with her mother, we flowed together in a stream of energy, it was compassionate, all loving, embracing and she told me that her main reason for being was to bring her daughter into the world. She was so incredibly grateful to have been able to do this and to have been able to be a part of her life. She was grateful to experience this kind of love. When we parted ways, I saw her clearly as a young rebellious, happy teenager walking down a quiet road lined with pine trees. I think she was wearing cutoff jean shorts. She turned around, smiling and shot us a bird then continued jauntily down her path.

Now she is waves and waves of pure color energy, ecstatic in the energy of the Universe.

She is a ribbon of colorful energy, she is like the wind, she is changing colors, the feeling you get when you lean out of the car window and the wind rushes against your face, watching the world go by, content and ecstatic at the same time. She can be tiny, I saw her from far away, spirally upwards in a tall peak and she can be larger than the universe, energy flowing and she is always the colors. She is happy in this form, this is her natural form, this is her. She let me know that she may not be human again for a long time. It was hard to be a human and she is so beautiful, so creative now that she is back in her true form.

Her daughter’s prayers and words to her are like the colorwaves and the wind that she rides, that she is. She hears them, feels them, understands that they are words, but to her they are like colors on the wind, they join in with her energy and fly around with her in ecstasy.

She came into her human form to accomplish one thing and that was to bring her daughter into the world. She sees her daughter now and she feels proud. She sees that her daughter has stepped into her true self and is living a life that is meaningful and authentic. She sees how much her daughter has grown and how much she has brightened the world and she feels that it was all worth it.

  • She has strong Angel energy. I think she was drawn to Angels while she lived and I remember an Angel showing up for her in the first vision I had. I played Angel music while visiting with her then remembered this about her later.
  • This art by MystikAngel on Deviant Art is similar to the colors I saw but her energy was arranged in more of a solid wave pattern.

New pieces

There is this little tree down by the hammocks in the woods that has the sweetest pink leaves in the autumn. They fall down all around the tree, making a little pink blanket leaves fit for a princess to nap on.

I just can’t get enough of different shades of brown together. Dark browns, light browns, orangy browns…I love them all. And this piece with its rich brown burlap and dreamy colors really evokes that sort of mystery that I love when I think about life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

One of our favorite places to go is the river at McIntosh Reserve…sometimes we’ll keep it simple and just go for a walk at the riverside, but other times we’ll all go, toting fried chicken and potato salad. Mark will bring his banjo and it is magic.

This little piece is of course one of my beloved Titmouse photos but it is sealed down to all cd and framed in a nice circle.

Sprucing up the Art Fair Booth

From what I’ve learned every artist must design their art fair booth to accomodate their own specific needs. I use reed screens to hang my pieces and a table to demonstrate and set out the smaller frames but I want to spruce it up a bit so that it is prettier and easier to use. I knew that I wanted a natural style to go with my art but I had two important considerations…

1. a strict budget
2. lightweight walls

So, this is what I did (Using the pronoun “I” loosely here since Mark and Riona have helped a bunch):

1. Purchase a reed screen from Home Depot for $25 and cut it in half.
2. Purchase fabric from Online Fabric Store for super low prices particularly if you have a coupon code for flat rate shipping. I got 8 yards of 60″ natural burlap for 4 panels sized 60″ x 72″. It cost under $20 total….would have been over $32 at the craft store.

3. Purchase garlands at the craft store for half off.
4. Attach a bamboo pole (Mark brought some home from a job) to the top with ropes and jute string then fasten garland on to the top as well.
5. Hang the screen from somewhere in the house and beat the cats off of it every two minutes. 6. Attach the burlap with embroidery string at the top. I did both sides (I want the back to covered in burlap too) but only at the top.
7. Run jute string across and tie at intervals through the entire thing so that you have loops to hang the art from and to attach the burlap to the screen on both sides. Redo this at least twenty times until you have it just right.
8. Redo it again.
9. Hang another garland going down the side.
10. Beat the cats off of it.

I am hanging my frames with clothespins and organizing them sort of haphazardly. It always surprises me how much work and effort goes into a relaxed, sort of natural look…sometimes I think it is a harder style to achieve than all anal and ordered and symmetrical. It’s like natural makeup…an oxymoron.
I had the idea to just write each individual frame’s price on its clothespin…this just seems too easy and efficient…am I missing a flaw here? Hopefully not.

I didn’t really bother to straighten up the frames for this last photo…I was too worn out from keeping the cats from climbing the dang thing, picking up dropped clothespins and moving it so the child or the dogs could run through. It was chaos, this whole project was inspired chaos and guess what? I need to do it all again for the other wall. woo hoo.

My first two festivals

In September, Mama and I set up our booth at Roopville then at the McIntosh Fall Festival and PowWow.

Both were great experiences and we learned a lot. I got a lot of love from the people coming through…some were outright admiring while others were more like…”hmmm…well, that is interesting.” Between the two festivals I broke even and made a little bit of profit which went directly to funnel cakes and bbq and ice cream homemade by these delightful folks at Cavender Creek.

I have so many questions though…where do I fit in with my frames? Arts…Crafts…Folk Art? Who are my people? Do I go to juried arts shows and festivals or more crafty type community festivals?

One thing I have learned and this came directly from a new friend of mine Ron Free of the Big Duluth Creative Studio…find something that you love doing, stick with it and get really good at it…well, something like that but you know, it resonated and I do believe these twiggy twigs are the thing for me.

The next step…make more frames! Painted frames, framed collages, blank frames, custom frames…..anything that can be sealed down is getting framed! And in between that…keep looking for my people.

McIntosh Fall Festival

Teepees set up Photo by L.Heilman

Riona at a bead vendor booth a few years back

The McIntosh Fall Festival is coming up…September 24th and 25th 2011. This is a fun fall festival with PowWow activities…Native American dancing, music, teepees set up, all kinds of cool stuff along with kid’s activities, church bbq and arts and crafts vendors. Also, it runs right along the river…can you tell I love this festival? Well, it is my favorite park after all.
And most exciting (to me) is that I will be camping and vending my frames there this year! Mama, Suzanne and I have teamed up as the Crow’s Nest Collective…offering an eclectic mix of handcrafted goodies.
Annette Hartman presents her beautifully designed jewelry and gorgeous cards…

Suzanne Hartman presents her mossy creations and flower adornments, Woodland Shimmer

and my photography and frames, Wildwood Craftings.

Also, more info to come on Steve’s blacksmithing! So excited to be there this year!

Here’s some more festival info:
“Arts & craft festival featuring Native American craftsman, dancers, musicians, foods, Confederate encampment. Trading blanket Saturday evening. Park offers horse trails, hiking trails, play & splash, primitive camping (no hookups) free to vendors. Beautiful wooded park with wild life, riverside picnic area within minutes of Carrollton, Newnan, and Douglasville. Only handmade arts & crafts!”

My post on this festival from a few years back with more photos is here.

Roopville Homecoming Festival

Train rides at the Roopville Homecoming Festival
Photo by Ricky Stilley/Times-Georgian

The Roopville Homecoming Festival is a fun little festival right here in my own sweet town…this year it is on September 17th and will go from 8am to 9pm. There will be kids’ activities, church bbq, a parade and of course arts and crafts vendors….oh and a car show! Mama, Suzanne and I have teamed up as the Crow’s Nest Collective to vend there this year (my first show!). I’ve been an arts and crafts festival fanatic for years and now I get to show my own work…can you tell I’m excited?!

photo by Laura Heilman

My mom, Annette Hartman makes lovely jewelry and handcrafted cards…

My sister just opened an Etsy store, Woodland Shimmer…her mossy creations are magical…

and my photography and twiggy frames are here at Wildwood Craftings.

You can check out an old post of mine about the festival and some more photos here.

A little more info about Roopville from here

The City of Roopville, was incorporated in 1885, growing from the original settlement started by Martin Roop, his wife, Elizabeth, and their 10 children.
Roop migrated to Georgia from South Carolina and settled in the area in 1855. The Roop family became prosperous farmers and businessmen and contributed to the development of the entire area.
Located on a high ridge in southern Carroll County nine miles southwest of Carrollton, Roopville is a small, close-knit community with a population of about 250.
Historical Building in Roopville, Ga The Roopville Historical Society founded a museum located off U.S. 27 just past the post office to help preserve the city’s rich history. The historical society also sponsors the annual Roopville Homecoming Festival in September. This will be its 70th year and it will include many arts and crafts from local artist.
The municipal address for Roopville, Georgia is:

  • Roopville
  • P.O. Box 165,
    Roopville, Georgia 30170
    (770) 854-7977


For once I can see my path before me…a simple thing but profound…my photography and my frame craft is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. To find something that is spiritually and artfully meaningful to me and then to run with it. Dream, Make, Do…go to festivals…camp out with the family. Work, work, work…I can see what to do now and how to make this happen. What a feeling…wasn’t sure if I’d ever find it.

Ever since that fateful night down at the Goddess Tree when we exchanged gifts, her and I, this path has been waiting for me and now I have found it. I am grateful.