Friday, March 4, 2011

Brave Girl Blog Hop and Day 5/6

Hello and welcome to Words of Me Project!! This is my first ever Blog Hop...sooo happy to be participating in this with my fellow Soul Restoration sisters:) If you are following the Hop you came here from "My Brave Soul"...thanks for visiting, to continue the hop you'll visit "Colorful Moments". 

To add to the fun I am giving away a Brave Girl's Prize Pack!!! This amazing journal is my favorite. Filled with 100 pages of watercolor paper...this book holds up to lots of paint, Mod Podge, etc.

Love this journal!!!
I turned this book into my Soul Restoration Art Journal...

The goes everywhere with me, reminding me of my TRUTHS!!
Along with the book I am throwing in ribbon, vintage images and a few other goodies. Be sure and leave a comment at the end of the post to be entered into the Blog Hop give-away!:)

So happy to have my regular readers here this weekend, too. This month we are busy with our 31Days Creativity Challenge...our weekend challenge will be posted towards the end of this post.

Earlier this week I shared a bit about Melody Ross and her Brave Girl vision. Melody is one of my mentors...I strive to live my life like her...with honesty, integrity, love and joy. The Soul Restoration class I took in January and February were life changing for me-truly. There are no other words to describe it but phenomenal

One of our assignments was to create a Time line of our life...for many women this was the hardest part of the class. For me, however it was my absolute favorite. THIS was the project that impacted the way I'm living my life today.

The vintage images are from the class.
This page reminds me of all  I've overcome and that JOY awaits.
The last page in my journey so far...such peace and beauty.
This darling accordion album comes with the class.
Melody and her Brave Girls invite you to sign up for this amazing class!!

"Join us for the powerful and fun online workshops taught by Melody Ross that are being enjoyed and loved by women all over the world! Soul Restoration on-line classes-NOW expanded to TWO sessions: Soul Restoration Part 1-"Finding Your Truth" (6 weeks) April 5, 2011. Session: $99. Register HERE. and Soul Restoration Part 2-"Living Your Truth" (6 weeks) For graduates of Soul Restoration 1 only. June 7th, 2011 Session $99-Register HERE." {I am already signed up for Part 2!}

This class will...

change the way you see yourself
help you understand that everything you went through was necessary to get you here today
boost your creativity level to the MOON!!!!
will put a dance in your step;)
will feel so very, very right.

On to our Weekend Challenge!!!

Weekend Challenge #1

This Challenge is just tooooo fuuuun. Love it!!!:)

  Take five to ten dollars to your local Dollar Shop or Thrift Store. As you walk through the aisles look at everything as if you may use it in your next project. Ask yourself..."Where could I use that?" "How could I make that look different?" "What supplies do I have at home that can be used with that?" Lose yourself in the store for a few hours {if you can spare the time}.

Yesterday afternoon I spent 2 hours searching for birds, unusual shaped glass ware, flower pots, words, anything that may have been the spark I needed to create something just for me. Here is what I found. A book filled with paintings of Van Gogh, an old date book and a birdhouse.


To be honest none of these things is what I was looking for...but they were such nice surprises! The Van Gogh book is wonderful and I can't wait to show you what I'm gonna do with it!! I mean look at these pages...





Soooo many possibilities....;)

Then this date book from 1984...look inside!! Oh my heck!



It is filled to the brim with vintage images, poems and stories!!

And did I mention all the BIRDS?!?!?:)

They are throughout the book just waiting...



When I first saw it I thought I would cut the images out and use them on collages and stuff. But then I realized that this book is a treasure just the way it is. I'm gonna add to it!! I will show you a few pages later next week...

Then there is this...my birdhouse.

To be honest...I don't like the butterfly or flowers on this nor do I particularly like those pastel colors. But what really drew me in was the shape of this quaint, little house....it reminded me of this...

My Soul House I created in Melody's class. Pretty great, right? Looking forward to sprucing this up, maybe adding some words and flowers, a different color...Can't wait to see what happens.

So, girls...go shop! Go seek and you will find. Your next great find is out there just waiting for you to alter and make it your own. I truly can't wait to see what you all find!!!

“A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.” — Gerald G. Jampolsky

51 comments:

  1. number 1...is this where you post for the giveaway???lol...ok i am thanking you for the fun i had over the last 2 days...i got inspired by the word smile...if you have time would love for yoy to check it out...okies...love that challenge for the weekend too, tho having a few hours this coming week will be tricky, but i will definiotely give it a go...that book looks amazing with all the delish images...life is good...better go...gotta cook some cupcakes with Maddie...9...and so into cupcakes...lol..take care...xxx

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  2. Having a ball on the blog hop. Number 2 is my favorite number. I would love to know where you found this book. I need one for my class that I am taking in april. I am so looking forward to brave girls.
    Your challenges are fun too. I am happy I hopped I found a new blog to visit.
    Blessings,pea

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  3. Dear Leslie-I LOVE your journal!! All the images, words and colors are just over the top beautiful. Thanks so much for opening up these pages for us! I love the personal diary element along with the artwork. I have been thinking about taking the Soul Restoration clsss...I have heard SO many amazing things about it! Am taking Holly's class right now...BYW. With everything I have going on...can only take one class at a time!
    Will post pics of my inspiration board soon...I am SOOOO loving it! For some reason I am just obsessed with projects these days! Oh! and you know of Lionel Hampton? And Sai Baba too...totally impressed:) Big hugs xxx

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  4. Phenomenol really is the only way to describe Soul REstoration!

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  5. Oh my...that Van Gogh book!! And I love that you decided to use that 1984 book as another one to work IN, instead of cutting it up!!
    Just gotta get moving on the 31 day challenge.

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  6. Amazing post about Soul Restoration. You really captured the spirit of it. ♥ So glad to go thru this journey with you Brave Girl. Hugs!

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  7. One of the best things to come of the Soul Restoration class for me is discovering your blog! The 31 Day Challenge is perfect for where I'm at right now and a great follow-up to the SR class. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Ok, I'm going to sign up for Soul Restoration! And you're giving me a license to shop? I LOVE IT!!! Have a Happy Weekend!:-)

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  9. so glad to share your thoughts on SR, and to see your work. Love your date book find... a very cool alterable.

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  10. Hi Leslie, Your timeline is inspiration! I am one of the SR brave girls who hasn't done her timeline yet (still working on other SR lessons in the truth book.) Thank you for the dollar store challenge, I am going to venture in with new eyes and enjoy the discoveries! Blessings, Julie

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  11. leslie, Thank yoU ... your time line is so very kool ... I will def. sign up for a BG Soul Rest. class this year ... your soul house is most awesome and I will be surfing the blog hop this weekend

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  12. Love your timeline! You are awesome Leslie!

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  13. Hello fellow Brave Girl and SR friend... great blog post!!!!! (love your background hehehehe)

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  14. Thank you Leslie for sharing your Soul Restoration experience - I enjoyed viewing your timeline. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  15. You did a Great job on your timeline!!
    I love remark about the MOON!! :)
    It's been great doing the class with you! Your 31 day challenge looks interesting, I'll ceck it out later, now off onto the next hop!! Thankyou!

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  16. Beautiful work.thanks for sharing:-)

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  17. Hopped on By~ Great Work!

    http://adgb.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-hop.html

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  18. hi
    loved your blog and your tutorials
    Thanks!

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  19. Lovely blog, I will have to come back when I have more time to look at all your inspirations.

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  20. Leslie,
    So lovely to meet you I am just about to embark on the 'Soul Restoration Journey.'
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience.
    Your artwork is gorgeous!!
    Keep smiling and creating

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  21. Enjoy your blog. I'll be back again and again.
    VictorianGypsy

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  22. Love the date book, that will be fun to create in!

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  23. Very cool thrift store finds! Your journaling is awesome and very inspiring as well as the cool challenges you have going on. I just found a new blog to follow, YOURS!

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  24. Love your challenge. Great idea.

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  25. What a fantastic giveaway!
    Sm loving your 31 day challenge! Your journal is wonderful - what a great way to do the timeline!

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  26. I like the time line idea.
    Your challenge is right up my alley. I am forever seeing things that I can use in my art.

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  27. Hi Leslie! Great post and where every you found your Van Gogh book would become my "go to" place. Happy creating and thank you for sharing your SR pages, beautiful!

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  28. I'm loving this blog hop! But I feel rushed to get to all the giveaways(just being honest)and to see what lies ahead in the next creative space. My bookmarks are going to look like a Brave Girls Convention! :-)

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  29. Leslie, love your challenge.
    I do the same thing, at my favorite stores: business supply and hardware stores. Right now, I look for interesting shapes to use as emboss/deboss stamps on my multimedia pieces. The nearby Habitat for Humanity Re-Store has bunches of loose plumbing pieces that I am looking forward to using soon!

    <> to you, Brave Girl!

    --Rebecca

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  30. The empty <> was meant to be a HUG!

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  31. What a fun challenge!!! Hope you share what you do with that house...

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  32. Leslie, you are so right, the workshop is phenomenal! I love seeing your timeline... mine is still sitting in my workspace mocking me...lol. I will finish it. Thanks for showing me how wondeful it can be :)

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  33. Love visiting you Leslie, always so happy and full of the best whimsey ever!! Huggs to you sister!

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  34. What a great book! I also really love the birdhouse.

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  35. Love your journal, your timeline is fab. I love the timeline. I am still working on mine, because I am taking time to really think about my life and all that God has blessed me with. See you next round maybe.

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  36. I love that you shared your timeline - I felt similarly and posted mine on my blog if you get the chance to see it: http://katskrops.blogspot.com/

    REALLY intrigued by your challenge and I will be back to check it out!! PS I thought of your Soul House when I saw the bird house you found too - how perfect a find was THAT?? =oD

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  37. So happy I joined BGC and thrilled to see the invite to the blog hop. So excited to see your creations from SR1. I am signed up for the April session and just can't wait!! I love your journal and would of course be thrilled to win one. Thank you for your part in the hop. I am going back up the page to Follow you... Hugs.. KRis

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  38. I just joined Brave Girls and found your blog through the community. I can't wait to see what you come up with for your project!

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  39. ahhh...a writer and a creative soul...perfect combination for SR's visual journaling. not sure if this is your first venture into art journals, but keep it up! you're on a roll!!
    lovely post brave girl!

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  40. Love your vintage work! Thanks for participating and sharing.

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  41. So inspiring :) Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I love your little works of art - you are very creative! I can't wait to see what you end up doing with that birdhouse!

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  43. Love that you shared your timeline... I still haveing finished mine yet, but have a good start. Hugs!

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  44. Uhm, sorry... haveing meant haven't. :)

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  45. Thanks for sharing, Leslie! I love the Challenge idea!

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  46. Love your post! Are you a fellow Coloradan?

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  47. Hi - I'm late to the BGC blog hop, but I just saw it when I was surfing the Brave Girl site this morning. I went to BG Camp in February and it was a-ma-zing! The timeline was the hardest assignment at camp, too - but like you, once I got started I LOVED doing mine. I learned so much from it! Your timeline is lovely! So glad to have found your site - new follower. :)

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  48. I love the date book, it looks amazing, can't wait to see what you do with it. Glad to have found your blog.

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I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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