My Recent Adventure: Making a Soul-Shirt from a Cast-off Jacket

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An old jacket hung unused in the back of my closet. It had great lines, but was unusable in its present condition.  I pulled it out one day and decided that it was time to do something with it. But what? First, I removed the fake leather strips that covered many of the seams and trimmed the front ties.  Ah, that was better.   The princess  seams which had been covered before seemed to ask to be covered again. So I pulled out scraps of fabric left over from a previous quilting project, cut them in half lengthwise and sewed them together …

Valentine’s Day can be painful for CASIGYs with Broken, Hurting Hearts

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Many CASIGYs feel lost in the Sea of Despair on Valentine’s Day.    Valentine’s Day can be painful for CASIGYs (Creative, Alert-Aware, Super-Sensitive, Intense, and/or Gifted You-s) with broken, hurting hearts. When we have lost a loved one, when our marriage or love relationship is in trouble or has broken up, when we despair of ever finding someone to love and truly love us back, our deep pain can be magnified even more than usual during this time when the whole world seems to focus on romantic love. It can also be tough for us when we have financial challenges and …

Life Lessons Learned While Quilting

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If it has to be done, make it fun. Look everywhere and see all there is to see, even if no one else sees it. See life through the eyes of an artist Look for life’s colors, shapes, textures, and shades of light and dark. Don’t shut down when you face problems; open up to ALL of life’s experiences. Learn the same thing as often as necessary until you know it by heart. Multi-task without multi-tasking, make what you do accomplish several things at once. Take whatever comes to you in life and transform it into a beautiful adventure. Scrap …

Creative and Contemplative Handwork Is a Deep Practice

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Creative and Contemplative Handwork is a deep creative, spiritual, emotional and emotional practice. The process of making something which tangibly demonstrates our inner state and represents our inner process reaches deep within us, taps into and brings out emotion and experience that cannot be found or expressed otherwise. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture that the Self creates is worth a hundred thousand words. We create something for which we have no words; we express experience and emotion for which we have no explanation. Then as we contemplate what we have made, words emerge and return …


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When we make things with our hands that represent our inner process, the practice of making them helps us grasp that lasting healing, growth and change don’t happen in an instant. They take time, creativity and action, the same as crafting our symbolic objects does.   ScrapLady Sharon Related Posts:Valentine’s Day can be painful for CASIGYs with…Contemplative Handwork™Happy CASIGY™ Mother’s DayHow to Spring Into LifeTransforming Compassion FatigueCreative and Contemplative Handwork Is a Deep PracticeMy SoulShirt PlayShopTransforming Burnout

How to Transform as You Come Back From Adversity

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Hannah, a doll made from a stray sock, is quite a helpless creature. Hannah sometimes has days with her face in the dirt, like a caterpillar.     When she can’t take any more of life’s dirt, she creates a cocoon for herself, Where she can heal, rejuvenate and recreate herself. But eventually the cocoon becomes a prison, and she finds a way to break out. As she emerges, she discovers that while cocooning, she has been transformed. Hannah is helpless no longer; she can fly wherever she pleases. Helpless Hannah has become the Comeback Queen! By following Hannah’s process …

Facing Pain Truthfully

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Only those who face their pain truthfully can let go of it and move forward with their creative energy and self-esteem intact. David Viscott Related Posts:Be Willing to Share PainConsciousness Brings More Pain, but It Also Brings More JoyWilderness – a Place of Learning, Spiritual Growth andSimplify – SimplifyWe Cannot Go Back. We Can Only Go ForwardBalancing Your CASIGY™ LifeFinding Beauty in Life’s ScrapsMission Statement

The Largest Bonfire

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The largest bonfire is built one stick at a time. Soul gathers the sticks; Spirit lights the fire. ScrapLady Sharon Barnes Related Posts:Happy Holidays – as the light returns to the NorthHas Your Life Gone Up in Smoke?SoulBurstGreat Innovations7 Sensitive, Gifted Secrets to Have the Love You Want…Art and SoulContemplative Handwork™Life is an Art

Until You Make Peace with Who You Are

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Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. – Doris Mortman Related Posts:Five Keys to Taming the Mayhem MonsterIs Your House Haunted by the Mayhem MonsterMerry Christmas! (What Does That Mean?)The Changing of Seasons is a Perfect Time to Make Changes inLife is What We Make ItMedia PlacementsMy Scrap Angel: Life Lessons Learned While QuiltingLife Lessons Learned While Quilting

Here’s How to Laugh

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Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either. –Golda Meir Related Posts:The ClockLive as Much From the Heart as From the HeadHas Your Life Gone Up in Smoke?7 Sensitive, Gifted Secrets to Have the Love You Want…Tips for Starting the New Year Off RightLife Lessons Learned While QuiltingSensitive Gifted New Years ToolsA SoulShirt™ = Wearing Your Soul On Your Sleeve –…