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Friday, December 31, 2010

No New Years Resolutions for 2011

This year I've promised myself not to make any new years resolutions. I figure I'm already too hard on myself, why add one more expectation to the long list I've managed to make already?  Nope, I'm going to try something a little bit different this year. I've decide to continue on my journey of getting to know myself, who i really am in spirit and beginning to appreciate me for me. No new expectation, just being myself, the way I am right now, and being ok with the me i am. 

You're welcome to come with me on this journey!
Just being ourselves will take courage, faith and a conscious commitment. It's going to be a process of stripping off the layers of false beliefs we've wrapped around our true selves. Things that we've told ourselves, like we have to look a certain way, know the right people and impress them with our wisdom, saying the right things, have the best experiences, all so we can be happy and successful in life. Just being ourselves may be scary and may not fit into what we want to believe about ourselves, it will not be easy and may even put us off kilter at times, heck it may leave us feeling a little lonely. However, don't you think being our authentic selves will be liberating, even exciting? So much of the stress, suffering and worry will simply fall away when  showing our truest of selves and having the courage to be who we really are, without apology or falsehoods.

This is not going to be easy, we're going to slip up once in awhile, but that's ok.  We're only human, what's important is we're making a conscious choice in getting to know who we really are, doing our best to live life as our authentic selves.

Here are a few things we can do to help us deepen our awareness, show the world our truest, bravest authentic selves this New Year.
.•Find love and acceptance for who you are. What do you love about you that has nothing to do with your external you? not what you do but who you are.  the more we're able to uncover what we love about who we are, the more confidence we'll have to show the world our true colours and live in a place of peace and self-love.
•Be truthful to yourself.  How much self-worth do you base on your actions, who you know, and what accomplishments you've made?  Let go of defining yourself by your external self, it will give you the freedom and power to experience your purest truth.  Getting honest with yourself may bring you to the realization, you really don't know who you are without your external layers. Yikes...this going to seem a little scary at first, but it's good and may even give you the tools to understand and experience the true spirit and soul of YOU.
•Practice just being YOU.. You may not like this but we've had alot of practice at being phony or being someone we think the world wants us to be.  This is going to mean making alot of conscious decisions,  just be the real you and bringing only your truest of reactions to outside situations.  You must be aware by paying attention to your true feelings, your thoughts, what you choose to say, honoring your authentic self. This is about letting go of who you think you should be and just letting the world see who you really are in the moment.

Lets not take this too seriously, lets have fun with it, share it with the people we trust, being gentle with ourselves on this journey—this will be a big step for most of us.  I'm excited to meet myself and soooo ready to introduce ME to the rest of the world. Wishing us all the best of being ourselves this 2011!!!  Peace, Light and Hope to you all :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Pretty Three Piece Set of Pearls

 Love the combination of pretty charcoal grey pearls paired with silver accents.     This lovely set was a special order from a favourite repeat customer.  Her friends birthday just happens to be at the end of this month...just in time for New Years Eve!

Regina Spektor - On The Radio [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Insight Course

Insight Course

This course is beyond price! It helped me realize that it is actually okay (and safe) to love everyone. That was a really powerful insight for me. Thank you. ~ Ursula D.

A little inspirational Christmas gift from me to all of you! Hope you'll join me in this on-line course :) Merry Christmas, Joella

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas at the Notte's

Having a real christmas tree has come to be our holiday tradition. Our tree has no sense of colour coordination or theme, but holds ornaments crafted by my children, ornaments given to us by friends and family, some even hold photos of my children celebrating christmas' past. 

My kids cringes when I ooh and ahh over their handmade ornaments but I know, years from now, they too will look at these as christmas treasures and the sentimental value they hold.

Starlight Starbright...

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

GIVEAWAY...celebrating 388 fans and followers !!!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Three Pretty One Artsy Chick Neclaces

Jolie Fleur (Pretty Flower)  Necklace

Beaux Pétales (Beautiful Petals) Necklace (SOLD)

                                 Coeur Romantique (Romantic Heart) Necklace

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nine Oh So Pretty Necklaces

La Fleur Romance Necklace (SOLD)

The Purple Haze Diamond Heart (SOLD)

 Snow and Ice Diamond Heart Necklace (SOLD)

Romance Heart and Pearls Charm Necklace

Industrial Chic Necklace

Silver n' Pearls Necklace

Flower in Diamonds and Pearls

Elegance in Silver

Industrial Chic N0. 2 (SOLD)

Long n' Lovely Necklace

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Art, Heart and Healing Assignment 2 Part 2

Like many girls I felt left out at times, like I somehow just didn't belong. I had plenty of friends but I was not the queen bee and this sometimes got in the way of forming true friends.  Not because I didn't want to but because as children we are often swayed or manipulated into doing hurtful things to those we consider friends in fear of being targeted ourselves.  All too often I was the one being targeted and the circle of friends I had come to trust turned their backs on me, knowing where they stood on the social ladder.  This is where this assignment comes in... I was asked to look back on my childhood and find a situation we wish

 we could change or make different.

 Because of where I stood on the social ladder I never really felt like I had a BEST friend, I had plenty of good friends but not the kind I could trust would stick by me no matter what.  This is the one thing as I child I wished for and the reason why I chose to paint this childhood dream. 

"The circle of true friendship is never ending"

The girl in the middle represents ME with the two BEST friends I dreamed of having as a child !!

Today I have an abundance of good people in my life who I consider great friends, all with different attributes and personalities. Each of them touching my life in different ways, ways that no one person could ever fulfill and I am thankful for all of them.

I really enjoyed doing this assignment.  Some of the old insecurities and feelings of sadness came rushing back, but with this came a greater understanding of why I never really had a "one true" Best Friend.  It wasn't because I wasn't worthy or good enough, it's something much more complex than that, something I'll save for another blog entry.  I would like to share one more thing with you before you go, we are all our own best friends and we should accept that gift from ourselves and hold it close to our hearts... I do :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Art, Heart and Healing Assignment 2

In this week's assignment, our instructor Tam, has us altering a children's (hard page) story book.  She asked us to find a single picture of ourselves under the age of  3.  "Thanks mom for taking the time to find this little beauty" :)  Next we were to reflect back on our childhood and reinvent them by writing down what we wished  for ourselves as young children.

Having a Big family with three brothers and an older sister, sometimes meant sharing mom and dad's attention.  Although I had a happy childhood and wouldn't trade those times for anything, I do remember sometimes feeling invisible, many times thinking of ways to standout from my siblings.  I suppose this was the beginning of  my creative expression as an artist...i remember drawing pictures as a child and sharing them with my parents, hearing their loving words always filled me with such pride.  I guess some things never change! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Na'vi Avatar Hallowe'en Costume

So you've probably guessed by the costume that I'm a BIG Avatar fan!  The visuals in this movie are breathtaking and I knew after watching it I wanted to recreate the look for Halloween. I had so much fun doing my own body art and I must say it turned out better than I had originally thought.   

Me and my hubby, Clint Eastwood has never looked so good!! 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Journey

I woke up to the sound of the rain this morning, a wave of melancholy washed over me and Mary Oliver's poem 'The Journey' crept up on me like a long lost friend.

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice - - -
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.

'Mend my life!'
each voice cried
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations - - -
though their melancholy
was terrible.

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do - - - determined to save

the only life you could save. 

It's days like this I'm thankful to have my art, guiding me through the melancholy and through to the other side. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Celebrating Life

I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
~Bruce Lee~

This past weekend was about celebrating life with the women closest to me.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to spend time with all of them  but each and every one of them were in my thoughts.  I'm finding as I'm getting older I want to celebrate life's twists, turns, ups and downs... you know, the stuff that really matters!

By celebrating I don't mean with material things but by connecting with others and sharing what it is that makes us truly happy.  So many of us are trying to be someone we're not, going against the natural flow of who we are and what we believe. I'm tired of trying to impress others just to fit in, it's just too exhausting and it's suffocating me...who cares who's got the biggest house, nicest car, who had an affair, who seems full of themselves, or who goes on trips three times a year.  It's who we are and what speaks to our souls, and it's mirrored back to us in the way we treat ourselves and others. I'm tired of the game "To be the BEST you have to IMPRESS" if you don't like who i am or you're not wowed by my company...OH WELL!  I'm not interested in being the most exciting, funny, smart, beautiful or interesting person in your life but what does matter is that friends and family know I care deeply trust that I'm as an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on when they need one.

WARNING:  I'm not perfect and I WILL slip up from time to time... sometimes even the best of intentions fall short.  Lets make a promise to ourselves and each other to stop looking to others to to fill our cups up with happiness.  Only you can truly make yourself happy, I'm just here to share in the celebration and be the "lucky" one who get to walk beside you on your journey !!!

After reading this post I hope you'll find time to CELEBRATE Life and breathe in all the happiness you can!!!  xoxoxo

Pretty Things Giveaway

Making Elegant Jewelry for Special Occasions has 30 yummy projects using pearls, crystal, and wire in beautiful elegant styles, worthy of the red carpet!  Lori Anderson of "Pretty Things" is offering this very magazine in a giveaway on her pretty little blog! 

For more details follow this link and while you're there checkout her blog!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cozy Shabby Chic Handwarmers

Fall weather has long since set in and winter is on it's way!  I thought it fitting to make myself these little cozy hand warmers to celebrate the changing of seasons.  Of course I had to add a couple of old vintage buttons from my stash to add just the right amount of flair.
Warning: When wearing, happiness may occur!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Art, Heart and Healing

Assignment #1  - It is ok to be who you need to be...

My portrait represents me, not the me that shows on the outside but the image of my soul. 

                     Learned so much about myself...

Tam had us write all our negative thoughts and feelings about ourselves down in our journal.  We then took a deeper look at why we were feeling and thinking these thoughts...writing down a positive affirmation relating to these thoughts.  We than painted over all negative feelings, replacing them with our positive affirmation.  We also learned art journal spread techniques, background layering and tips on creating a front facing portrait. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

You Are Beautiful

Title: You Are Beautiful

Medium: Mixed Media

Size: 9x12

Look inside your heart and know YOU are BEAUTIFUL! This piece is a mixed media piece with blues, pinks, purples and every shades in between. Notice at the top of the painting I've added a little note which reads:

Write a love letter to yourself. Tell your mind what your heart already knows; you are enough, your are beautiful in every way, you are everything you are suppose to be. Breathe in your existence and breathe out self doubt.

To purchase this piece go to my One Artsy Chick Studio facebook page and click on the SHOP NOW tab found at the top of my page!!/pages/One-Artsy-Chick-Studio/119946684714951 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wean Green Environmentally Friendly

Wean Cubes are a safe, environmentally friendly food storage alternative. The design team at Wean Green have designed these quality containers with mommies, daddies and babies in mind - they are durable, easy to clean, and can go everywhere you and your baby go.  These containers would be perfect for a day at the park, an afternoon at the beach or the roadtrip to grandmas.

To learn more about these excellent quality environmentally friendly containers go to

Monday, October 11, 2010


Be sure enter your name in to win a set of beautiful handmade earrings!!!   ummm and you may want to check out the rest of her blog...she's got some amazing stuff! 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Spirit Answer Feathers

Answer Feathers

It is believed that answer feathers help ones spirit find answers to questions one faces on their journey through life.  When your feather is selected, find a quiet place and offer your question to your spiritual Creator, secretly keep your answer feather with you until your answer has been received. Once your answer has been received, give thanks to your spiritual Creator and you can either release it back to Mother Earth or cleansed by the moon light to be used again and again.

For more details or to purchase please visit my One Artsy Chick Studio and click on the SHOP NOW tab found at the top of my page.!/pages/One-Artsy-Chick-Studio/119946684714951

(Nee Chee) Friendship Feathers

Friendship Feathers

Spirit Feather Friendship (Nee Chee) These pieces symbolize strength in friendship. Give as a gift to your friend and keep the other as a symbol of honour for the friendship you share. In Native culture feathers have a long history of symbolism. In respect of this tradition I offer you 'Spirit Feathers to hold close to you as you travel on your life path.

To purchased these one of a kind spirit feathers please visit my One Artsy Chick Studio and click on the SHOP NOW button at the top of my page

Friday, October 8, 2010

Memory Photo Necklace

Take your precious memory with you wherever you go.  Made with black chain, pretty blue marbleized beads and a single photo frame pendant. This necklace measures approximately 18 inches.

To order this piece please visit my One Artsy Chick Studio shop.  Become a fan of my page and receive 10% off your order and FREE SHIPPING

Monday, October 4, 2010


Romance Necklace Giveaway at my One Artsy Chick Studio Facebook Fan Page!!!

Hello All!  Just wanted to let you know, I'm hosting my very first giveaway over at my One Artsy Chick Studio facebook fan page.  Click on my One Artsy Chick Studio fan page button to your left, "LIKE" my page and leave a comment on my GIVEAWAY post, to be entered in to win this Romance Necklace!  Good Luck to you all and please feel free to share this with all your friends :)!/pages/One-Artsy-Chick-Studio/119946684714951?ref=ts

Friday, October 1, 2010

Romance Jewelry

Long black and gold multi chain necklace adorned with pearls...

                          Chérie, tu es ravissante ce soir.

Raw pearls and gunmetal.

Raw pearls with gold hoops wrapped in gunmetal.

Gold chain with pretty charms.

Silver and blue, mon cheri!

Long multi chain necklace with gold antique style pendant.

Mother of pearl beads with gunmetal accents.

Simple mother of pearl beads with silver accents.

Voila, I hope you like :)