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Stolen Sharpie Revolution and the Little Cat Who Could

Schatzie Studio 404My day started in a bit of a funk.  I don’t know where it came from but when I woke up, it was in my face enough to make me close my eyes again.  I began thinking about what our home had been like in the years past when my hubby and I shared our bed with our cat Schatzie.  She was our bestie beastie, our forever furry. She had been with us exactly 7 years when she passed this Summer.  The first month after she died, I missed her terribly.  Then I picked myself up and have been scooting along in my new normal.  But today, my heart was aching.

A few years into having her, we discovered she would come to me when I was singing.  Honestly, I think she thought that sound coming out of me meant I was hurt, and she was checking on me!  I developed a song just for her after the Ritchie Valen’s song, “Oh, Donna”.

Schatzie Collage Glow

I have a kitty and Schatzie is her name,
Once she loved me I would never be the same.

I would sing it, then announce her arrival with my best emcee voice….Ladeeeez and Gentaaaaaahmen, please welcome to the stage, Mizzzz Schatzie Payne!  She would hop up on the bedroom pillow, and we would all fall asleep in a pile.

So this morning as I was thinking of her, I began to sing it for the first time since her little memorial service.  But I got choked up enough to stop, knowing she couldn’t come to the big stage in our bed if I sang.  And….I fell back to sleep.

My dreams were wild but felt beautifully magical.

I awoke to quick, hard footsteps coming up the stairs to my bedroom.  Running.  And then they stopped outside the door.  I was on alert.  No body runs in our house, really.

The door opened and my husband excitedly approached me with his cell phone in hand.  He was sharing Alex Rekk’s Kickstarter Video for the Fifth Edition of her book Stolen Sharpie Revolution.  This book has been with us about as long as Schatzie had.  Eric is a Zine maker, and I bought the book for him one of our first Christmas’s together.  Alex is a household word ’round Creativity Tribe Studio!

Eric Stolen Sharpie Revolution

I wiped the sleep from my eyes, sat up, and set my grief aside.  The video started with energizing music, narration by Alex, and pictures of her book in different scenarios.  And then…there on the screen, from the World Wide Web, was our own Super Star Kitty, Schatzie, sitting with our copy of Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2.  Mizzzz Schatzie Payne had come to the stage after all!

Alex had asked for images of her book being used in every day life.  As it happens Schatzie loved to sit on Eric’s zine collection.

After watching the video, Eric and I marveled.  We had both been missing her especially hard today.  And she found a way to affirm ……what? (as I am typing this, I am trying to put my finger on what she was trying to affirm….that we are still connected….that life goes on after death…. that what we had was as important to her as it is to us.  And through my headphones that were meant to block out the noise of the tv in the next room, comes a song by India Arie….I Am Light. I have never heard it, but it is blowing my mind in this instance.)

I am Light India Arie

And she found a way to affirm we are light…and we are more than the body, more than than cat and human, one life form “owning” another.  We were light together. Divinity defined, God on the inside, a star, a piece of it all.  Light.

Glow Cat Creativity Tribe

We are joining the other SSR lovers in supporting Alex and dedicating our support to Schatzie.  Seems fitting.  If you would like to see Schatzie and/or support Alex, head over to her Kickstarter.  Schatzie is the first cat in the video….among many cats who make an appearance.

And to Alex, if you happen to be reading this, we just never know what our message as Creatives is going to say to another or how our daring to share what our heart has to express will touch the heart of another.  Thanks!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Autumn New Moon Wishes and a Decade of Kisses

meaning and magicI adore the story of how I met my husband.  As it happens, today marks a decade since that fateful night.  Time is such a strange way to measure things because in some ways it means something and in other ways it means nothing at all!

time mattersI feel like we only met yesterday, our relationship still feels so new….and yet, I feel like I have known him forever.  We just click that way.  He is my family, my dearest friend, my creative go-to-guy, my biggest fan, my truest critic, and the love of my life.

I met my artist husband under a full moon while camping  out at a wild life preserve.  The evening, like the one below, was magical.

Sister Jo Bangels Play Your Drum

This Polyvore set, created by my artist hubby, depicts the night we met.

We were in costume…. I, as a gypsy, and Eric….a Renaissance artisan. I was on stage, drum in hand.  I spun out a story that talked of following the heart,  falling in love, and wishing on stars.

Up, he walked after my performance.  He seemed more confident than I have ever known him to be since.  In the distance we could see the wildlife moving in the shadows.  The tents for the medieval reenactment group transported us to someplace far away, even though we were not far from our Texas roots.

love is in the air

We sat, visiting and clumsily falling over our words.  I had a hedgehog in my pocket (see it in the corner of the picture he created?) and a little girl named Grace came to play with it…sitting right between us.  I couldn’t help but think her name might mean something.  I imagined myself someday telling someone that when we met, Grace sat between us.  (I have said it at least two dozen times since.)  And I think in that moment I let my heart wish for something MORE in my life and wonder if he might not just be IT.

Later that night he drummed and I danced under the moon and stars with the lake glistening in the background. I could feel the air thick with the stuff dreams are made of…that fairytales are spun from.  That began a short long-distance romance followed by marriage within the year.  We have been making beautiful music together ever since.  (Sounds pretty sappy, but it is every bit true. )

Let the air be thick with possibility for you during this Autumnal New Moon.  What do you wish for?  Begin forming your wish in the comments below and let us all energize those dream seeds together! I have been crafting my life in the manner for some time now, letting the moon take me close to my dreams and letting my dreams spill out into my life.  It is power… simple…. and energizing.  Dig in with hope…. and who knows what dreams may come!

Eric and Rachel 10 years together

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

 

Creativity Zones: Messy Studio Tables

Creativity Zones 2

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the studio life of an artist?  Well, Seth Apter with The Altered Page is asking us to drop the veil and reveal our studio tables.  As it happens I live with several artists, so I didn’t just have one studio table in the house, I had….

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Rachél (that’s me)          Eric (my hubby)         Lisa (friend/roommate)

CT RoomMates

The first, inside the official Creativity Tribe Studio (click for a look at the studio).  All the artists in the house are working on altered playing cards for one project or another.  This is a great, quick project to do in phases.   I have been working on mine here. I especially love this picture because it shows a bit of cash in the corner from a check I got in that mail for some consigned jewelry.  The full circle life of art.  Make it, share it, sell it, buy more art supplies, a cup of coffee or maybe a used book!

Creativity Tribe Studio Table

This second table is an old card table that is set up smack dab in the middle of the living room.  Our roommate Lisa is set up here, with some of our art stuff finding its way there as well.  The table isn’t always there, but Seth caught us with an abundance of studio tables and a mess of cards.  We had an art card party not long ago and have enjoyed having more studio space, so they have stayed out.

Studio Table Shared

The last table is that same kind of card table, but it is set up in my artist hubby’s studio.  Eric didn’t know I was going to shoot his table, so you get to see a bit of his quirky personality shining through.  He is showing off his zines…Atlantis and Collide-O-Scope,  as well as, what was in his pocket for the day…change, wallet, keys, and a few bottles of essential oils.  Yep, I have an oil loving’ man!  And check out the surprise appearance by Mr. Potato Head!

Eric Payne Studio

Hope you enjoyed the tour.  For more uncensored studio tables, check out Seth’s Studio Table project on his blog.  And….thanks, Seth, this was a blast!

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Check back for details this Saturday!!!

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Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Big News: Cre8ive Klatch Revealed

Cre8ive Klatch RP

Behind the Scenes

I love all the big energy coming out of Creativity Tribe right now.  I have been connecting behind the scenes with other Creatives to make some super special projects come to light.

And….The Big News

One of the biggest projects finds its home at Cre8ive Klatch,  Connecting Lives through Cre8ivity.  I am sure if you have spent much time at Creativity Tribe, you will see that my mission here matches up beautifully with the mission being spun there.

Cre8ive Klatch is a brand spankin’ new site rich with potential!  It will feature a variety of enthusiastic instructors sharing quick tips for art projects, DIY adventures, and better living through creativity.

I hope you will hop over and check out the space.  It promises to offer an oasis for you to recharge during the day.

Connect with Cre8ive Klatch

Cre8ive Klatch Website
Cre8ive Klatch Facebook Group
Instagram @Cre8iveKlatch
Pinterest #Cre8iveKlatch

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

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