…I am just like me

“I am completely authentic. I don’t pretend to be what I am not. I am what I am, and I accept what I am. I am just like a flower, just like the ocean, just like the sun. I am just like me.”  ~Don Miguel Ruiz

reading that inspiration from Don Miguel Ruiz reminded me of my word of the year AUTHENTIC … on my sidebar … 

here we are over half way through the year … I am finding out that it is pretty challenging being completely “authentic” all the time…

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my art cave gets the morning sun and likes to hold on to the heat into the afternoon on these hot hot days …

even our nights have not been going below the 70’s (20+ celsius) lately…I certainly do NOT treasure the heat 😉

(left card: scrap papers, washi tape, paint, inks “Treasure” rubber stamp… right card: citrasolv background paper with black marker highlights…the card actually says “The HEAT wears me out”…but the ‘wears me out’ was lost in photo taking along with the lower border of the image…sunshine making trouble on our shady back porch too…my fav photo spot usually … images from Alicia’s Altered Bits collage sheet)

I have managed to get up in my art room and play a little with my pink index cards (or skinnies as they are also called) a few times …

(left card: my artwork transferred onto fabric and stitched onto scrap paper decorated with rubber stamping, rubons and fabric bits… right card: torn papers and dictionary page, paint and rubber stamping)

hard to make just one as one seems to lead to two more and so on…

(left card: some Sunday’s we split a salty and sweet caramel chocolate square with our coffee…it comes on a nice brown paper square that I always bring home…the bag is too good to waste too… right card: a piece of torn map from a trip to San Francisco inspired me on this card…we Love SF…a flower stamp seemed perfect too)

I work quickly on these using what I have on hand…

I sure do miss Wednesday Stamper…Wednesday’s are just not the same…

Footnote: this is my 1,400th post

27 responses to “…I am just like me

  1. ohhh I simply love the quote and YES!!! the collages are beautiful!!!
    I’ve been missing my collage art so much, and these are truly inspirational!!!

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  2. Love your cards Patty and that is a really great quote. I think being authentic all the time is so often hindered by our fear of the reactions we will get from others. Inside, we know who we are and we hope We are welcome out there. pen x

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  3. I so love the quote and your art, here, with your cards is amazing! I’m glad you are you and I’m so happy to have connected with you! xxoo

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  4. Patty,
    I love them all but I love the “Happy Place” one best. I loved it even before I saw the San Francisco part. Just such happy, cheerful colors and patterns! Did I tell you that we lived in SF for the first two years in our marriage? We call it our “two year honeymoon”. Wonderful years! Cool in the Black Hills. Thank God!
    xo,
    Suz

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  5. I really love what you’re creating. Loving the treasure stamp and your skinnies are wonderful ;0) Dxx

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  6. you know I also love to use package paper in my work every now and than. Love your choices, all the cards are wonderful. Great quote, although difficult to live by 🙂

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  7. Love the quote too, and LOVE using recycled things. I keep a couple of shoe boxes that I’ve filled with bits and bobs of recycled things — pieces of paper, old cards, bits of ribbon. Never know when you’ll be in the midst of creating a piece that calls for a bit of something. Try to stay cool!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  8. Authentic art by a genuinely authentic girl!

    “Just because” could be your “signature” card Patty – it’s YOU!
    It has such depth, colour, dimension and meaning.
    Will all of these cards be compiled into a book?

    I’m envious of your warm temperatures right now – it’s very frosty here now!!
    hugs with frosty arms coming your way!!!
    Shane :))

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  9. Lovely! You certainly have been creative lately…me, not so much. Trying to get all our ducks in a row for a short, liitle vacation now that lacrosse is over.

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  10. They all are absolutely gorgeuos, love each and every one

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  11. My friend, I scroll through all your posts in a futile attempt to catch up after too many weeks of being MIA. Did you forget I exist? I wouldn’t blame you. Too much stress this summer, too little time and more time on the road than I feel I should spend. I’ve missed your beautiful photographs, lovely teas and most of all, your splendid art! Do stop in and I will do my best. I’m preposted with some fun things and will try to check in from the road!

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  12. I am so impressed with your authenticity…raw and painful at moments but pure revealings of your soul. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have shared with me. Have a great weekend. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  13. Congratulations on your 1,400th post!!! Wow! Love the cards, too…. one does lead to another…. I’ve got to get to my art room and make that first one soon!!! You have inspired me again…. maybe I’ll make it there tomorrow!

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  14. ” Treasure the heat ….”
    I can’t imagine wearing a dress like that on a beastly hot day!
    Your index card a is wonderful. I’ve done a few of those in the last couple of weeks too …. Inspired by Teri Kahrs. It seems to jumpstart the creative process for me.

    I hope things cool off for you soon ….

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  15. I love your art and your cards, dear Patty. Thank you for your comment on my blog earlier today. Have a nice weekend, my friend

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  16. o your cards are all so lovely! what a great size, i miss skinny saturday too…and even though i hadn’t played for a while, i was very sad to see wed stamper end as well…maybe we could all meet at your blog on wed’s like kimmies tea tues…just to see what each other used stamps in…xo

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  17. Congrats to you 1.400th post. All of your pieces are fantastic, my favorites are the …just because… and …happy place… ones.
    If you don’t treasure the high temperatures, please send some degrease to me 😉

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  18. You are doing a whole lot more than I am these days. I find I keep up with the challenges, but not my blog, my basement organization, or myround robin obligations. My big pillar candle that was in the craft room melted! I should take a photo of it. The heat is way too much here, too. I’m just impressed with all you have made, whether they went quickly or not.

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  19. These are once again fantastic works, dear Patty! One more beautiful than the other. I also like the quote.
    Have a nice weekend my friend.
    Hugs
    MARTINA xox

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  20. 1400 posts is quite a feat – good for you!! I came late to the party so haven’t read you from the beginning, unfortunately.

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  21. I’ve been on holiday and have loved seeing all your art now that I’m back.
    These collages are amazing…I especially love the first one.

    Congratulations on your 1,400th post!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Gaby

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  22. I love coming here to see your collages Patty….and you haven’t disappointed me! 🙂 My fav is middle left…definitely makes me think of you.
    xx

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  23. Congrats Patty and thanks for sharing so much beautiful work;o) xoxo

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  24. Fabulously created cards ~ love to hear how you incorporated your living habits into them! Sending you wishes for some cooler weather too!
    Blessings, me

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  25. you’ve been in a flow! love your index cards, they are so you!! just gorgeous

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  26. ahhhhhh, so many inspirational pieces! all in one post!

    Have a lovely, sunny Sunday, Patty.

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  27. hi patty,
    what a great collection of artwork (like every time!) nice to have a look to your work since a lon, long time. 🙂

    summer greetings
    katrin

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