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help find Lela’s voice. an original up for auction.

I am auctioning an original piece to raise awareness and help Lela and other children with CAS. I will pay for shipping and as the bid gets higher -the possibility of extra goodies being tucked in your package gets better and better. I am starting the bid at $80. Please watch Lela’s video on youtube in the link below. If you are unable to donate but would like to help – please share my post with your family and friends! If you want to bid – just add your amount in a comment here or my fb page – I will keep both updated. If you would like to look at the piece that is up for auction – here you go! solitaryGIRL Lela has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) which is a speech motor planning disorder in which she has trouble saying sounds, syllables and words. With CAS, the …

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a declaration of you. celebration.

  I am so happy to be a part of The Declaration of You’s BlogLovin’ Tour, which includes over 200 other creative bloggers. Learn more — and join us! — by clicking here. The Declaration of You, published by North Light Craft Books is ready and waiting for you to dive into the pages and find your own creative voice. This week’s posts are all about CELEBRATION. Celebration of our creative that is present in all us. And how we share it. And love it. Perfect timing for me. I just returned from an adventure with my cohort in crime, Marilyn. We packed her car full of art supplies and a couple of clothing changes and headed down to LA at Studio Crescendoh for the opportunity to learn from one of my favorite artists, Jennifer Mercede. I started this year with the resolve to learn how to embrace my process with more love (for …

some people.

so much truth in this. the good, the bad and the ugly. sometimes there is nothing to figure out or rework. most of the time it is exactly what it is. and btw, i love this piece. i covered up old. for the second time. and it felt good. more on that later.  

defining a true personal strength.

  i thought i would verbalize my complete disdain for all things IT related. oh. and learning new computer programs. this is the thing (a mantra of sorts). in order to determine if you have a true personal strength for something that seems to bring out the worst in you or saps you of your good energy – a task, a skill, a trait – you need to answer YES to two questions. (and there cannot be a considerable pause when answering – not even a little bit) Are you good at it? Do you like to do it? Pretty basic. But really. That is it. YES to both. I am good at learning new programs. I am relentless in my quest to conquer the beast. I will NOT give up. And I do feel pretty frickin good when I master it. BUT I HATE IT. I hate thinking I …

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a little paperbag studio love and blog hop)

so excited to share all this goodness. (and be sure to read to the end. because. well. it’s a blog hop.) i have long been an admirer of roben-marie roberts-smith and her amazing work. i am pretty sure there is isn’t a surface, medium or tool that she doesn’t shine at using or transforming. her videos are the bomb. her projects rock. and her stamps. SIGH. awesomeness. so get this. i am so excited to be on her design team! she sent her new mixed media essentials stamp set to me last month to play with and i had SO much fun integrating them into my art. PROJECT #1 he loves her. my first foray into adding a he-man into my work. love him. and the real life one i married. i water-colored the background and then used the same circle-doodle stamp (with a taupe-colored ink) over and over to create a consistent …

I swim to save my soul.

When I go for a drive I like to pull off to the side Of the road, turn out the lights, get out and look up at the sky And I do this to remind me that I’m really, really tiny In the grand scheme of things and sometimes this terrifies me But it’s only really scary cause it makes me feel serene In a way I never thought I’d be because I’ve never been So grounded, and so humbled, and so one with everything I am grounded, I am humbled, I am one with everything Rock and roll is fun but if you ever hear someone Say you are huge, look at the moon, look at the stars, look at the sun Look at the ocean and the desert and the mountains and the sky Say I am just a speck of dust inside a giant’s eye I am …

the art of being too sensitive and relying on the kindness of strangers

sometimes you have to let go of being noticed. and not in the SPOTLIGHT kind of way. like the a speck of dust on the woodwork. here is the thing. i am TOO sensitive. i get it. and when TOO sensitive is standing in line at a candy shop (let’s say the day before valentine’s day) she becomes a speck. because it’s the day before valentine’s day and everyone is there. and everyone is irritated and frantic to grab the last of anything. although they do stop to smile when the Chief Client Supervisor asks if you would like a candy. then they smile. so TOO sensitive is just standing there and waiting. then the girl says something to the bearded man. and TOO sensitive interjects herself because she actually really likes talking to strangers because she can be exactly who she is. snarky and funny. a good listener. even …

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badass unicorns and a BIG dose of refocus.

Tomorrow I begin my 30-day social media rehab course with Tiffany Han, Life/Creative/BIGdream coach. Quite honestly, I don’t know what is in store for me. But. It has to be better than my haphazard attempts to piece all this stuff together. There has to be a better way to feel connected, to focus on my art and myself. Pretty sure that I can just throw it out there HERE (on this website) because my audience is limited. Safety in small numbers. So, with all of that said. I am applying for a new job while I am gone. director of nevertheless, badASS, happy & co. hope the interview goes well and i get the gig. it’s a start-up and I know the chick who is doing the interviewing (she is quite a perfectionist/pessimist/wallower/hand-thrower-up-in-the-air/stomp-her-foot in the unfairness of it all kind of girl – at least that’s what I have heard …

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brilliant.little.flashes.

flashes of little-ness. a girl and. pink crinkly bricks. full. of sugar. smiles. and something. not quite sure. what. she can’t put her finger on it. but. nevertheless. it is sweet.

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and I thank my lucky stars

Just as stunning on the inside as the outside. cuteGIRL. she makes her mom smile. even when her mom doesn’t want to. a complete whirlwind of ____________. you pick, any word will work. when she was a newbie on this earth, she had colic. like push-her-stroller-off-a-seaside-cliff colic. (its true. she has heard the story many times and laughs every time) and i think i listened to the best hits of james taylor about, oh, a million times. and it was sweet. And I thank my lucky stars That you are who you are i hear him now on pandora and i have to stop and smile. good stuff people. flashback for those of my generation: your smiling face.