If you are like me,
You have made mistakes,
You have felt inadequate and compared yourself to others,
You have fallen a thousand times,
And got back up a thousand and one,
You have love and lost,
You have felt embarrassed,
You have regretted,
You have struggled,
Pretended not to care,
Put others before yourself,
Felt fleeting moments of brilliance,
And not so fleeting moments of doubt,
You have wondered why,
And wished to understand,
You have ached for something familiar yet unknown,
You have looked for a different way,
Made your own rules,
Slowly fell in love with your body,
Believe gratitude is the third eye,
You have sensed a spirit, an intoxicating oneness,
You worry about hurting others,
When you need to speak your truth,
You feel powerful one moment,
And helpless the next,
Your life has become a prayer,
At the altar of your soul,
You are just trying to do your best,
And hoping each day that,
This is enough.
Come with me! On a journey to a sweet, quiet island. To paint, create, laugh, explore, nurture and re-new your Self. To celebrate your beauty. Your power. Your innate creativity. Your wings. It is your time.
Something magic happens when women gather together to create. There is a primal dance that takes place. A flow. A river of joy. Wholeness and ease. We feel our power.
For me, when I am surrounded by women, I am constantly aware of how natural it feels. My heart whispers, “This feels right.” I am acutely aware of how isolated we as women are from one another, and I crave these moments of connection that seem to refresh my mind, body and soul.
In the spirit of sisterhood, you are invited to join me for Wild Joy Blooms on September 23-25th in the stunning coastal town of Southold, NY on Long Island.
We will paint and enjoy other nourishing creative activities and exercises.
There are 20 spots! You can register here.
There was painting, dancing, pranking, singing, swimming, hot-tubbing, star gazing, beach combing, eating, shopping, laughter, tears, and all the things that women need in their lives.
Dvora, the organizer, and Deb, the homeowner, are two of the most gracious and generous people I have ever met. They have this magical way of immediately making you feel at home. The atmosphere they create is really unlike anything I have ever experienced. What really impressed me was how much they paid attention to details to make everything special for us. They put a personal touch on everything they did and went out of their way to make us feel loved and pampered.
Two highlights that I will be using in my own workshop…
1.The Radiate Sessions! Each person had the floor for 20 minutes to discuss an issue in their life or art that they were looking for insight on or wanting to get feedback for. This was powerful, helpful and revealing. We all learned so much from each other’s topics, not just our own. Brilliant!
2. Dvora had little envelopes for us to write notes to each other. So sweet. It’s nice to feel loved, ya know?
This whole experience was out of a storybook. I had no idea what to expect, but everything exceeded anything I could have imagined. The food was delicious thanks to Dvora’s mad chef skills, and the home itself is gorgeous, warm and designed for people to enjoy being together.
We will also be creating collaborative paintings for each of us to take home! Always a workshop favorite of mine, and we did this at the recent retreat as well. Here is the detail from one of them.
Hope you will join me. I honestly cannot wait to get back to this magical place! And have another incredible, life-changing, life-affirming experience. There is so much beauty to create together.
Excited to announce a new offering in my shop…
It seems fitting that my flowery art is paired with a company that uses pure beeswax, which like honey, is made from the nectar of flowers.
How perfect is that?
There are 3 heavenly scents to choose that my bestie and I selected based on their scent and their magical properties to promote wellness in our lives!
Rose Geranium (Love, passion, romance, increases motivation, releases divine energy and light, uplifts mood and confidence)
Lavender (calming, peaceful, anti-depressant, reduces stress, eases exhaustion and insomnia)
Sage Verbena (revitalizes the senses and awakens, uplifts the spirit, encourages activity, relieves tiredness, brings mental focus and clarity, offers harmony and a sense of enthusiasm)
A few weeks ago, one of my besties, Melissa, and I took a tour of their factory.
We were blown away by the entire vibe: handmade quality of the candles, the upbeat people and the scent of the place. Neither one of us wanted to leave!
What makes Big Dipper so impressive is that each candle is HANDMADE at every stage from hand carving the molds to stirring the pure essential scents to pouring the batches to placing the wicks into each one.
The artistry and personal touch made me swoon. Each candle is made with love and thought.
Most of the beeswax comes from Oregon and Canada, but they do import wax on occasion for special projects from places such as India and Nicaragua (pictured below).
The Indian wax smells like Indian spices, while the Nicaraguan smells a bit like tobacco.
This makes sense since these are the plants the bees are pollinating in those areas, but it still floored me!
I was also fascinated to learn why one hundred percent pure beeswax is such an ec0-friendly option for candles.
The beeswax is filtered with a natural clay process that cleans the wax of impurities using water rather than synthetic chemicals and allows the wax to retain its inherent color and aroma.
Lastly, I have to give a shout out to the busy bees out there making these candles possible! I am so grateful for these little guys.
Here are a few interesting facts I learned on my tour about these special creatures…
- *Honeybees must fly 150,000 miles to collect enough nectar to yield one pound of wax.*
- **Every 75 pounds of honey produced by a hive will yield one pound of wax.**
- ***Honeybees visit over 10 million flowers to produce one pound of wax.***
Save the bees! XO.
You can purchase these candles in my Etsy shop here.
While doing a book signing at the Craft & Hobby Association Show last month in Los Angeles, I met the most talented artists and fellow North Light authors.
We became fast friends and have decided to share the love with a blog hop book giveaway! You can sign up to win our books by visiting our blogs and commenting to win.
Without further ado, here are these gorgeous souls and their incredible books…
Gina Rossi Armfield of No Excuses Watercolor
And of course my book, Painted Blossoms!
Enter to win a copy of my book here.
And, visit My Friends to enter to win one of their fabulous books here:
Cincinnati, I’m coming home and want to create with you!
I am so excited to offer the following workshops at Evendale Cultural Arts Center while I am in town for a book talk/signing at Joseph Beth on August 13th at 7pm (be there!) and to visit family and friends.
Here are all the details…
Saturday, August 15th from 9am-5pm: Nourish Your Creative Soul Retreat
Join me for a day of nurturing yourself as we practice gentle yoga, create mixed media art, decorate ourselves with henna (optional) and more.
Bring your own art supplies (list will be provided).
Cost is $150 (includes lunch, yoga, art instruction, sisterhood circle, and special surprises.)
Saturday, August 15th from 6pm-9pm: Open Studio Time
Join me for a relaxed studio session to paint as you watch me paint if you wish to see my process. This is not formal instructional time, rather a chance to paint freely in a creatively-energized environment. We can socialize, listen to good tunes and create stunning art.
Bring your own art supplies, snacks and beverages!
Cost is $35
Saturday, August 22nd from 10am-noon: Adult & Child Loving Creations!
Create two or more masterpieces with your child thru adventurous collaboration. I will guide you thru the process that allows for free expression and demonstrate how you can create a floral painting together.
$40 per pair (plus $10 additional for each extra child). Dance parties and snacks included.
Bring your own art supplies (list will be provided).
Saturday, August 22nd from 6pm-9pm: Open Studio Time
Join me for a relaxed studio session to paint as you watch me paint if you wish to see my process. This is not formal instructional time, rather a chance to paint freely in a creatively-energized and welcoming environment. We can socialize, listen to good tunes and create stunning art.
Bring your own art supplies, snacks and beverages!
Cost is $35
I am beyond touched by the kind notes and raw, honest stories of struggle and hope that people have shared with me since Painted Blossoms was published. Art has a magical way of healing and bringing kindred spirits together.
For now, I’d like to share some of the GORGEOUS artwork inspired from the book.
So much talent–I am overwhelmed and in awe by each of you!
Wow! Keep up the inspiring work, everybody. If you sent me pics but don’t see your artwork here, please re-send it because it means I either haven’t received it or somehow misplaced it.
Remember to join me on social media by using #paintedblossoms on Instagram and joining our Facebook page dedicated to all things Painted Blossoms here–a place to inspire, support and celebrate each other!
I am having a HUGE fundraiser sale on originals in my Shop right now. I want this to be a win-win for both of us, ya know? You get some affordable original art, and I help support my son’s baseball dreams.
If you don’t see a painting you love in there, now is the time to make me a deal on one that you do want. Some deals I can accept, while others I can’t but it never hurts to try! So visit my shop here to view the specials and contact me here or email carrie[at]carrieschmittdesign[dot]com if you have any questions.
Here’s the story…
My 11 year old son, Blane, recently was invited to go to the MLB Academy in California to tryout for the 12U USA Baseball National Team. 100 kids from across the country were invited and 18 will be chosen to represent the USA in the Baseball World Cup in Taiwan this summer.
USA Baseball takes over all costs after the first cut, which 34 kids make. However, travel, food and lodging are not paid for for the first 3 days of tryouts. Blane is also training extra hard in preparation, and this cost $$$ as well. So, all proceeds from this BIG sale are going to cover training and traveling costs.
Thank you in advance for supporting the love of my life’s childhood dream. He works hard, has the gentlest heart and is such a kind, humble soul. He’s a keeper, this one.
Blane is excited to document and share his adventure so I will keep you posted with pics.
Many many thanks. May your generosity be returned to you tenfold and my many blessings come your way.
Hope you all had a lovely holiday!
Wanted to share what’s new with my art these days. I am excited to be featured in Professional Artist Magazine’s Feb/March 2015 issue. Here is a sneak peek at the article. You can purchase a copy here.
I also have some new products out with DiaNoche Designs, including bedding, shower curtains, pillows, towels, rugs, ottomans, and more! Below is a sample. You can view the whole collection here.
Looking forward to sharing more new offerings and products this year so stay tuned Happy 2015!
Recently, I had a photo shoot for my book with the lovely and talented Noelle Johnson. I loved and hated it at the same time. I LOVED buying hundreds of flowers at the farmers market. I loved picking out what to wear. I loved feeling kinda glamorous (surprised myself with that one!) because being in front of a camera isn’t something I normally do.
But, I also hated/felt absolutely ridiculous POSING IN FRONT OF A CAMERA. It was decadent and exciting but also unnerving, awkward and a little hilarious too. I just tried to have fun and laugh at myself.
Still, I would say everybody should do this at least once in their lifetime. Give yourself a photo shoot with a professional photographer (they know what they are doing!) focused on capturing your essence.
During the shoot, I realized a few things…
1) Despite my discomfort at being alone in front of a camera, I am finally comfortable with what I look like. It might have taken 38 years, but I have accepted myself and can even find beauty in imperfections. Before any formal photos in the past, I have brushed and straightened my hair and tried to put makeup on. Things I really don’t ever do most days (okay maybe never). By the way, this is what happens when I try to use makeup. (Skylar found this hilarious and took a pic to capture the moment!)
Apparently, this crap (I don’t even know what you call it–concealer, cover up?) comes out really fast. I put this on and realized I looked like a total stranger. It’s just not me. So I wiped it off right away. I had to scrub really hard, and my face was red and irritated just in time to have photos taken–oops. Then, my daughter told me I could have used her makeup remover wipes. They make those? Damn, wish she had told me before I scrubbed a few layers of skin off my face.
This failed makeup experiment led to one of my best photo shoot decisions… I didn’t want to brush my hair or straighten it. I just wanted to be me.
Finally “me” is good enough–my unkempt hair, blue veins peeking through my skin (when did that happen?) and newly emerging sun spots (when did that happen?). Whatever. Hello, world. This is me. This is how I roll. And, I’m okay with that. I’m not sure if this is new confidence that comes with age or that I just don’t care any more. I think it is a combination of both.
Why this sudden burst of confidence/throw-care-to-the-wind now rather than before when I was younger, thinner, tanner, less wrinkly etc., etc.? Because my messy hair, laugh lines, and lack of makeup is part of my personality. And, I kinda want that recorded because…
2) Everybody deserves a photo of just themselves that captures who they are to pass on to their grandkids. One of my greatest treasures is this picture of my grandmother below. I never tire of it. I love the mystery of who she was at age 17 in this pic and the subtle details that reveal her personality.
If you haven’t had a professional photo shoot with just some images of you being your true wild wonderful self, I say do it! You won’t regret it. It might be awkward and uncomfortable but it is also fun and brings out some humorous moments too.
Celebrate who you are and what makes you unique. Pepper it with clues about your divine personality (whether it is your clothing, jewelry, accessories, hair, surroundings, etc.). Capture your light. Your kids and grandkids will thank you.
“When there are two or more kindred spirits, soul sisters, like minded friends, to share the excitement and want a circle to happen, there will be more creative energy to draw from.” Jean Shinoda Bolen
When sisters gather
And the wind/breath/spirit blows
And seeds are scattered
And nurturing happens even when we are unaware
-Margee (From Sacred Circles)
Recently, Megan Jefferson, Lia Porto, Este Macleod, and Rachel Maroudas (who are all artists featured in my book) and Tonia Jenny (my editor) joined me in dreamy Sequim, WA to create art and celebrate sisterhood.
We came together from all over the world—England, Argentina, Indiana, Arizona, Oregon and Washington not knowing each other (except for Megan and me) but connected by our love for creating art. We had no idea what would happen but bravely followed our intuition that seemed to be telling us each to show up and trust that magic would unfold.
We were not disappointed—magic was in abundance!
There was so so so much beauty. There is magic when women gather. It all happens so quickly and so powerfully. Within a few hours, we felt as though we had known each other our whole lives. Sisterhood was born.
My life expanded by living with these strong, brilliant, inspiring women almost as though a veil was pulled back into another universe. A universe that I believe holds tremendous power and beauty that we all deserve. I realized the following…
Women are meant to be together. I became acutely aware of how much this is missing in so many of our lives. The sounds of women sharing the same space, the incessant laughter, the songs, the talking, the meal preparing, the inside jokes, the support. It all felt so natural and so right—as though a primal need was finally being fulfilled and my heart/my whole body felt full and content.
Sabbaticals are mandatory. This is the first time I have been away from my children since 5 years ago when I went to the Mayo Clinic to be treated for my heat allergy. (But does that really even count?) I returned more at peace and completely refreshed, which has made me a much more patient and fully present mother and wife. I haven’t felt this renewed or re-energized in a long time.
This is the river of my life, and I’m surrendering to the current. I want to create more scenarios that allow women to truly enjoy the magic and fulfillment and joy of sisterhood and making connections with other women. So stay tuned for possible creative retreats being offered in the future!
So much happened that there are no words for, but here are a few highlights…
We gathered in a circle each morning and evening for meditation, reflection, and conversation.
Rachel, who is a sacred ceremonialist and flower essence energy reader, did a reading for each of us and created one of a kind flower essence blends for each of us.
We bonded around delicious food and charming ambiance..
We painted A LOT and enjoyed the beautiful garden and water features surrounding us.
We did a speed collab project and quickly passed 5 canvases around until finished so we could each have one.
We also created this large painting together.
Tonia led us in a reflective and revealing exercise based on Angeles Arrien’s study of universal shapes and their meanings in our lives (based on her book Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them).
We then incorporated some of the shapes we chose into our beaded bracelets that Tonia taught us how to make using a loom.
We hiked among moss and towering greens to Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park. (If you ever are with me when I see a waterfall be warned–I get a little excited. Waterfall HOLLA!)
Our final night we put flowers in our hair, dressed up in goddess attire and went to dinner at Nourish, a charming farm to plate restaurant.
The next morning we gathered for one last time in our sacred circle. Each person spoke, and Tonia shared two words to describe each of us. Mine was Easy Joy, and I’m digging that!
Oh, these luminous women! My soul sisters who shifted something inside me. I have no doubt that we were all supposed to meet at this exact time in our lives. I wish this type of magic for everybody.
We opened a beautiful portal…
The circle is open but not unbroken.