While I was painting today, in my equivalent of a "smash book" I was thinking about Friendship, as a concept.  Friendship allows us to see all our bumps and bruises as well as all our sparkly shiny spots, whether we want to or not.  I guess we could just ditch the Friendship when this bulldog shitzu stuff surfaces, as I did for years. - or we could acknowledge the "stuff" and get on with life, transform our own "stuff" and not blame the other person for what "we" feel and "we" experience in relationship with "them."

It came to me that a friend - whether that friend is one that is outside of us, or one that is on the inside of us - such as G-d -  is a "To Thine own Self Be True" state of affairs.  We are Gardeners of the Soul - or we are Soul Killers of ourselves and others.  We landscape our Souls, alongside G-d - depending on whether we are cooperative partners or we are resistant enemies in the Spiritscaping contract of our Friendships (and this includes with family.)

I have a friend who creates her own Radio Show, as a way of "Spiritscaping" as I call it.  Her show is on VOICE AMERICA and she is Leah Brenda Smith.  Her topics all fall within the concept of what I call "SPIRITSCAPING" in one way or another.  If you pop over to her show, I promise you that you will be hooked!  Your soul will bring you back for more and more each week, feeling so glad you did!

And then there are other people, such as myself, who choose (as their way of Creative Spiritscaping) to make hundred upon hundreds of cards for Our Troops overseas (and the like), ensuring those in need have cards or art to send back home, send from their hospital room to families at home or send from shelters to their loved ones. I just want them to have cards.  Funny thing about this - too ironic to be true...I personally am NOT a card sender!  I have not yet figured this one out...

No matter what you do, what I do, what my friend does, consider it for a moment...are you a Spiritscaper or a resistant enemy of helping the tree of Friendship (remember - family included) bare its fruits (or not)?  Give it a think...it's an interesting concept to ponder, at least I found it so.

Soulfully Yours,

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Jack White...what a fantastic musician!

For today, I have taken some of the lyrics from "Seven Nations Army Video" and made a card that typifies an all too often scene in my home City - Toronto.

Whether it be in a Park, on the Street or in an Alley, it is so wrong, so sad, so blatantly unacceptable that we, as a community, are complacent to this.  That we move in a direction, that we walk on by - both figuratively and literally.  I am as guilty of this as the next person, seeing it all my life.

But when I decided to do an art piece like for Musically Challenged Challenge, as a DT, - this I thought..."WOW, WAIT A MINUTE SAMARA!  What are you doing to help end this tragedy and what can you do?"

So my path at this present moment is to research the best way possible to make a difference in this aspect of Street Life in the Big City.  To find a way to help those who want to be helped.  To contribute what I can - being a poor turtle myself - and in a way I can, that will hopefully make a small dent in this picture becoming a new picture I will "art" one day.

What do you think - how does this picture and the situation impact you where you live?

I am curious...


HeArtfully Yours,


our sponsor this week is some creators over at Stitchy Bear Stamps. 

This is my DT art for Musically Challenged Challenge.
Pop on over there for some amazing images from Stitchy Bear...
They are truly some of my fav. images, as are the ones below.

As for Christine and her vid...
This is a total crazy video!
While it says, "no harm has come to men in the video"
I am sure there is harm to the psyche of men...
But aren't some videos just like that
All in the name of " video creativity?"
I truly apologize if it offends.
It is meant to be "off the wall" for our challenge...
Not to hurt!

Be sure to check out Kapree's Challenge...
Each bi-week, there is a new Video for inspiration.
And of course, where we go with the video is completely within our control...
Christine took it one way...
We as designer's took it completely another!
Man, if only we made the money she does! 

Lovies, Samara

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