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....northern sky

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Well, it certainly wasn't easy....You all sent such wonderful names, most any one of them would have worked took me a very long time to decide & the winner is...(drum roll & tada!!!) When the Spirit Moves Me, submitted by Tammy @ tismetries It came the closest to describing how I create and inspired me to recreate my blog!! I thank all of you...and if I ever get this blogging business down I may start another one..doubtful...and then I will surely use one of the names on my wonderful list. Thank you all very much!!!! This is much better than the brown, don't you think?

....One World ~One Heart


And my winner is.....Lady Bug at

Hi Everyone...I'm excited to say I'm on board the One World~One Heart Gyspy Caravan! This is a group of bloggers who are giving away prizes!! There are hundreds of us!! I'm be giving away one of my Little Moon Tribe Figures...The event is running from now until February 12th...So this is what you have to do to be the winner...

How to enter

Leave a comment on this post...make sure you include contact information, a blog url or email address. That's it! I will be putting all entries in a hat and drawing one name on the 12th.

And while you're here submit a title for my blog to be entered in my Name My Blog contest! I'll be picking a winner on Friday..

You can check out all the great blogs by clicking on the One World~One Heart logo...Make sure you check out Lisa's site...she is the one who has put this event in motion...
I will be putting all entries in a hat and drawing one name by midnight on the 11th. Entries into my giveaway will close at 10 PM Pacific Time. I will be announcing the winner before noon on the 12th.
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Moon Tribe

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....some names for my blog

Thank you to those of you who have submitted a possible title for my blog...Here is a list of names I've received so far ...I have a few favorites...what do you think?
  • Free Spirit
  • Ancient Spirit
  • Spirit Doll Tale
  • in the Spirit
  • Dolls From Ancient Voices
  • Speaking Spirit Dolls
  • Spirit Diva
  • Vivace
  • Wild Spirit Women
  • Julie Mitchell Spirit
  • heARTfelt
  • The Artful Imagination
  • Creations of the mind
  • The Artistic Blogger
  • Resourceful artistry
  • The Artisan
  • The artful creator
  • Arts Song of Spirit
  • The mindful spirit
  • Mountains Song
  • Creative Creations
  • Spirited
  • Artistic Designs
  • Art from the heart
  • Artistic Impressions
  • Entwined Journeys
  • the spirit of Julie Mitchell
  • Moon Dance
  • Spirit Dance.
  • the jewel in julie
  • jewelie
  • With Spirit
  • Spirit Visions
  • Quest of the doll spirits
  • Tribal Elegance
  • Dance of the spirit dolls
  • creative spirit within
  • Dolls of ancient voices
  • spirit dance
  • dance of the spirit dolls
  • When the Spirit moves me
  • The Ancestors Speak
  • Tranquil Spirits
  • Spirit Maker
  • The Spirited Doll
  • The Spirit Within
  • Soul and Spirit
  • Spirit of Destiny
  • Nu Kua Creations
  • The Goddess Revealed..

These names are so wonderful I don't know how I'll ever pick one...truly. Thank you all so much for taking the time to submit.
See one you really like? Let me know....or haven't submitted a name yet?...I will be picking my name on Friday.

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....a little reception blip

Here's a link to the Fresno Bees blog and a blip about the show written before the opening reception....I think it comes to me in waves that the whole thing is pretty cool!

......a night at the museum

It's been a good week or so....
I think it was a week ago Friday when my art buddy Vivian and I took a day to go down into Fresno to see our friend joAnn Burgess’s featured artist show at the Margaret Hudson Gallery… (It is a really a whimsical little gallery with wonderful whimsical art)...Neither one of us could resist bringing one of joAnn’s wonderful “pixel paintings” home. I love her angels, they make me happy.(I have another one on my altar)…I haven’t found the exact place for this little wonder yet.
We also did a little art supply shopping, had lunch and just enjoyed a day off.
Wednesday was another good day…went to the Art Marketing Salon that I belong to...It's always energizing to talk to other artist about ways to market our art. The idea of having a show together was suggested…something to ponder…it would be an eclectic show for sure…
Then when I got home I saw my daughter coming out of my gate to greet me! She lives in LA and surprised me with a visit!!…So Wednesday was already really, really good and then I got a call that my piece, Moon Tribe VI was selected to show at the Fresno Art Museums exhibition A Vision Unfolds: 60 Years of Art!!!!! …The exhibition includes artists (me) who have never presented their art at the museum before….Pretty excitingThe opening reception was last night and I had so much fun….it was a little surreal..I love this museum, but never really thought I’d have a piece of art hanging there…..One of the thoughts that floated through my head right before I got there was that “they” had changed their minds and my Little Moon Tribe Guys would be in a back room somewhere. Which actually happened to me
about 5 years ago. I arrived at the the reception for the local PBS station’s donated art show to find my Spirit Figure wasn‘t hanging but in a back room somewhere. Now that was humbling!!!!…….it was a definite blow to whatever ego thing I might have had going on that did sell at auction though and that took a little bit of the sting out.
The business of art can be really hard on the ego…It’s not all that easy putting emotions, skill, vision, thoughts all out there…There is no guarantee what the reception will be…none at all! But last nights reception was good, they did hang my piece! Feeling blessed I tried to stay in the moment and enjoy it with my family and friends. I’ll have a picture of the Tribe after I pick it up…

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...a vision I had.

She's watching Miss Deer!

Wow! It is such a gorgeous day….Those of us living in the Sierra Foothills are being treated to a preview of spring. Everything is so green.

In regards to the Deer, I had a lengthy chat with friend and fellow artist Sheila Boyd the other day. She is a lover of animals. They are her passion! She has walked with mountain lions!!! Realizing I was beginning to come from a place of fear with said Deer, she talked to me about enjoying the magic of her visits. Not hard since she is such an engaging creature. And because listened…..I have settled down so Maia & Zoe seem to be ignoring the Deer unless I am outside too…..I think something may have happened that I was not witness to. There has been a change in the relationship between Maia and the Deer…Yesterday when Maia approached the fence Deer bushed up, ears back, head down…..she looked rather scary. She has a long winters coat and when she bushed up, she looked
big and bad!!

We aren’t running her off unless she is “underfoot”. The other night Michael went out to check on her when the coyotes yipping and yapping was getting too close. There she was, tucked under a tree in the back. He has taken to being her nighttime protector, even leaving his “scent” around the fence! I’ve promised him I won’t get too close.

This week Timberline Gallery is starting the first of what may become many, Art Adventures. This is a program we are putting together for elementary aged school children to introduce them to the arts. Since there is no longer art offered in our schools. The first group of children will be coming this Friday to tour the gallery…learn about various mediums and styles, and then get some hands-on fun. My part in this will be to give them a little guidance while they each make a mask.

The first group of 15 are between the ages of 5 - 15, so I think this may be an Adventure in Art for me too! I woke up this morning with the vision of 15 out of control kids covered in feathers, paint, bones and clay! In an art gallery!!!!!

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...the Deer, me and my camera

I looked out my window the other day and saw the Deer and my little cat Satori nose to nose...I wanted that shot but got this instead....she is a nosey girl!
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...back to the studio

Remember to send me some names for my blog naming CONTEST...Little Moon Maiden is waiting to go to the winner....she's not quite done but will be in a day or two..Which means I've got to get back in my studio. My Muse ... she's waiting for me to return to my studio, isn't she fierce? I haven't been in there since before Christmas. The longest break I've taken in a long time. I need to send out some new Moon Tribe figures to Earthtones Gifts and Gallery in Paso Robles. So it's time...

...The Deer

Mybe I should tell you a little bit about me…I live in the tiny town of Coarsegold, 22 miles from the southern entrance into Yosemite Natl. Park. I live with my husband Micheal, 2 dogs, Zoe, Maia…, and our 4 cats Patchie, Satori, CC and Huey Lewis & the News (mostly we call him Mr. Hue). In addition, a deer has adopted us......

I looked out the window one day and I saw Maia running up the length of fence that runs up the side of our property behind our house…at first I thought I was seeing double because Maia is a brindle Great Dane and running next to her on the other side of the wire fence was a doe almost exactly Maias size. They ran up and down, up and down…it’s about a 120 yard fence line and the were going about half way up each time…then the little doe would turn and flip her tail at Maia and do a little spin and then they’d run in the other direction. After about 10 minutes of this Maia was slowing down and the deer ran off. It had been hilarious to watch…they were playing!

That was 5 months ago and The Deer is still here. Our house is on a bit of land in a glen and quite a few wild things...deer, coyotes, bob-cats, skunks, raccoons, and every once in a while Mt. Lions go through here. There is a pond up the road and animals are drawn here.
The Deer came almost every day…coming to the fence and looking in the yard for Maia to come play…I swear she made a little clucking sound one morning to get the dogs attention. I loved it…it was so fun to watch them. The way the doe flips her tail at Maia and twirls around I am positive she thinks Maia is a boy deer…not a buck of course, but a boy deer....

We did have a buck hanging out here for about a week...she didn't like him. One day I came home and they were both near the fence so I hissed and yelled...He ran off but she
jumped into the yard!!.

Maia and I can be walking up from the little pond and if we come upon The Deer she'll stop whatever she's doing and trot our way. Maia isn't really 100% thrilled with this….Maia knows The Deer is a deer,
and that The Deer is a wild animal…a danger, or something to prey, or who might be preying on us. So Maia is a little tense and more than eager to play the chase game with out the fence between.

And The Deer is coming around more and more….Sleeping by the front gate while I walk right by her to get into the yard….I thought she was going to follow me into my studio one day because she saw Maia come in……One night I was walking up to the house from my studio and the outside light didn’t come on and
The Deer and Maia and Me just about bumped into each other.

I started worrying about what could happen if Maia and Zoe, who is a lovely little cow dog, all met up with no supervision around….my imagination went wild….

I decide to call the
animal rehab place to see if they could come and take her somewhere to rehab to her back to wild, a much safer state…deer need to be afraid of domestic animals and people (people aren't all that trustworthy when it comes to Mother Nature and our wild friends)...or maybe a petting zoo...(yes, we can pet her) I'm worried about her getting mauled by the dogs or one of the dogs being severely hurt by those delicate looking hooves. They wouldn’t take her……she’s too old to rehab.geez she's just a year old…..they told me to do everything I can to scare her away…and if The Deer becomes a nuisance they will come and put her in Kill her!

They warned me of the danger
of allowing my 10 year old grandson to be around deer who seem tame but may strike with their hooves.

They told me to get a room deodorizer spray can and chase the deer while spraying (apparently some deer are afraid of the hissing sound, but not this one). The woman said to make a lot of noise, clanging things together, hissing myself, while using the spray. And I have grabbed my spray can, an old wind chime to clang and I run toward her hissing and clanging…making growling sounds.
One day I ran through the yard chasing, hissing, clanging…only to realize that my new neighbors were staring at me with disbelief since they could only see a demented woman, me, looking much like some sort of wild thing myself and the Deer out of their range of vision. She did run off a little ways at first but she's figured out it's me....she likes me and darn it, I like her.

My husband has shot bird shot around her feet and she will run off but she doesn't seem to remember and comes back the next day. But at night if we hear the coyotes close by and the deer is inside the fence he let's her stay.

She hops over our fence with ease and usually to join me if I'm outside..I actually hide from her. was raining here the other day…hard…bits of ice coming down…I hear Zoe growling so I look to see what’s up…The Deer is standing at the door with her nose pressed against the glass…so pitiful… What to do? What to do?
She needs a herd…and it can’t be us.

to be continued...and yes, I'm obsessing about The Deer!

...just sitting here....

I think I have blog block….all of a sudden I’m empty of the Creative Blog Spirit. I’m sure there is one because I've had moments of extreme creative bursts of blogging ideas...but when I sit down to implement them I often get caught up in the technical stuff......

......Woodland Sprite

I haven't spent much time in my studio while working here on my blog...and yes, it is a bit of work for me...I'm just so slow. But I've managed to play a little and completed this Woodland Sprite.
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.....two days with Smile Box…..

I don’t know why I chose Smile Box to use as my slide show…..Well, I know it was offered somewhere a long the line and seemed to be compatible with Picasa…so I decided to give it a try….2 and a half days later I had a slide show on my blog…Took me a bit to figure out how to get my pictures all added to Picasa but then it seems like it took me forever to decide which style to use…I think I tried them all…I know the one I picked is rather grandiose but I really think it’s cool, it’s fun for me to watch. I hope you like! It’s like a family photo album.

Last night my husband, the Bear, asked if I was scared to publish…I said no, but the closer I get it to pushing that button I’m reminded of high school, I want you to like me….to like my blog…..there are so many amazing ones out there. Loads of talented, creative, inspiring writers/artists….Anyway I’m just about there…ready to push the button.

....It's all in the name....

This is the little Moon Maiden who will be the prize for naming my blog....She's small but mighty...filled with good mojo. I need a title easy to remember and of course with spirit....

I'll pick the name on January 30

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