Suncoast seabird sanctuary

Posted November 20, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

Thank you to all of my wonderful customers this month, I was able to donate enough to

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary to Adopt -A-Bird this month.

(More details when I get the info from them.)

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The Spirit, Refreshed

Posted November 16, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: Music

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I remember now… my spirit has been renewed. I look at life once again through the eyes of a child on Christmas Eve. That is how I need to remember why I do what I do. The look of a smile, when someone picks up an angel to hang on their tree. The sparkle, the lights, the glow from within. This is why I make Christmas ornaments, all year. This is why I love what I do. I create for others, to make a little magic. To bring a little joy, to remember what it feels like to be a child, laying under the Christmas tree, looking up at the lights, the sparkles,  glowing…

How did I bring back my spirit? It really just needed refreshing, it had been a bad week or two for me, things were not going real well..I had tickets to see my favorite Christmas band, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. That is all it took. I think this was the 8th time I have seen them in concert, every time it brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart and ears! Think about the power of music, Music is a gift from God

“It’s every gift that someone gives Expecting nothing back It’s every kindness that we do Each simple little act…

And so it’s good that we remember Just as soon as we’ve discovered That the things we do in life Will always end up touching others”

-Paul O’Neill

Christmas Eve and other Stories

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

“..Equal parts The Who and Charles Dickens….”-The St. Petersburg Times

Explosion

Posted November 13, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art, Sculpting in clay, tutorials, Works in progress

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You can’t have any successes unless you can accept failure. ~George Cukor
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Just when I thought things were going well, sales were picking up for the holidays, had many custom orders, I was actually ahead of schedule…..
Having a bad day. It happens to use all. Sometimes things just go wrong, it just sees to happen a lot recently. I think that the computer on my kiln reverted to the last program I used, which was a quick , fast gold firing, instead of the very slow bisque firing I usually do. I expected the kiln to fire around 100 degrees in an hour, I returned to check on it in and hour and a half and it was over 700 degrees, with this result.I am trying desperately to stay upbeat. I stayed up late last night night working on the orders that broke. Many of them did, some, miraculously survived. I lost around 3-4 days of work in this small disaster. Life goes on. I just have less time than I thought. After all tomorrow is another day….

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas Edison

About blogging and learning

Posted November 12, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

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About blogging…. there are many things I don’t know, many things I usually do wrong. I am very new at this, and so are a great number of people. Some days i write about things nobody wants to read about, or cares to read, some days I ramble on for I am sure it is like hours, other days I am stumped as to what to write. I have tried many things, talking about my sculpting, with photos, promoting other artists. I have found that I really need to set up a pattern to make it easier on me and my readers, but how why where am I going to learn about this…
Anyone who wants to learn …..I have found where! A great group of fellow artisans has a Blogtalk Radio program. It is on Monday night at 9 pm EST. You can listen to this at anytime by clicking the radio link I have provided,all prerecorded, or join us in a chat room and listen in live on Monday’s and chat with others as they try and explain life’s mysteries to us all. This has great information folks, Learn how to make money, promote your blog, shameless self promotion and loads of fun, come and chat, listen in and just have fun.

This is a link to his blog about the show.

For more information click here Blockhead Radio
Link to the shows

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blockheadrod

Memory and Remembrance

Posted November 11, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society … shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

After I wrote this morning’s post on Veterans Day, I remembered something that I did several years ago. My son was a boy scout, My Dad, my brother were both Eagle scouts. To get my son motivated to continue scouting I decided to become a volunteer with his troop. I was working on an upcoming court of honor for the boys, it was around this time of year and we had a meager number of awards to present. So I did some reseach and discovered one of the boys Dad was a Veteran. We decided to do a veterans Tribute during our Court of Honor and asked the Dad if he would like to speak after the tribute. He accepted. All was going well during this Court of Honor, we played patriotic music and had all Veterans, including grandparents, family members, saluted by the boys and everyone attending. At this time the father came up to speak. He started thanking everyone for this honor, talked a bit about his experiences and broke down. He said this was the first time EVER he had been honored for being a veteran. As a Vietnam veteran, there were no parades, no prayer vigils, no yellow ribbons for these troops who were drafted into this unpopular war. He had never even been thanked for his service to this country until this day. What an eye opener for these boys! It made a huge impression on them and everyone sitting in the audience. To this day, I remember this man, and what our simple little tribute meant to him, and to all of us. It touched my heart more than any award I have ever won, I feel that this was one of my proudest moment, to bring tribute to someone who had never been thanked, or even acknowledged for his contribution. I received a wonderful thank you note from him a few weeks later, it was simple but sincere. I think my little tribute made a difference to one man. And that was enough.

Veterans Day

Posted November 11, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Bob Dylan (1941 – )

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an Armistice Day a legal holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

Remember veterans you know and you don’t know. Think of all of the sacrifices they made for you and your country. My Dad is one of them; he is a Korean War veteran. He is one of our country’s many heroes.

This recent election has made a lot of people proud of their country. Proud to be an American. Hope for the future. Pray for everyone in harms way today defending our country, whether or not you believe they should be there, they need to be in our thoughts and prayers, these are the Veterans of tomorrow. They are sacrificing themselves, their lives, their families, to protect us, our country, and our way of life.

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Christmas Dreams

Posted November 10, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art, Finished work

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Inspiration comes in many forms for me, a painting, a song, this song reached out and touched me when this album first came out. For those of you who don’t know Trans Siberian Orchestra, please check them out Stories of hope and inspiration and belief of a better future for us al

WHILE SHE AWAITS EVER PATIENT

SHE AWAITS RARELY SEEN…

…AND A TEAR FALLS UPON HER SNOW-WHITE HAIR

AND IT RUNS TO THE END WHERE IT LINGERS THERE

THEN IT FALLS THROUGH THE AIR OF A WINTER’S SKY

TILL IT CAPTURES A DREAM AND IT’S CRYSTALIZED….

Captured Dreams

Captured Dreams

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