Time to Just Bee!

My latest linocut available on T-shirts or Greeting Cards

It would be easy to get stressed out over all the things that you wanted to do before the holidays rolled around, or things you wanted to do this fall–but now it feels like winter.    Personally I had every intention of painting a sheep to submit to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival to (hopefully) win the poster contest…and I meant to come up with four new holiday theme woodcuts to prepare for Christmas cards for my fall shows…and I expected to have all the walls at the new Maryland Homebrew Supply painted with cool wall murals by now, but alas….

But it is okay.  Life does that sometimes.  I did find the time to paint six wall murals at the Westminster Women’s and Children’s Homeless shelter, I took a week vacation in the Outer Banks of NC with my husband and dog, and found time to pull a muscle in my lower back that kept me from lifting or bending for two weeks.  And here it is the day before Thanksgiving…the Byrd clan is coming here tomorrow for dinner…and the next day I will be setting up a two-day show in Baltimore at the American Visionary Art Museum’s Holiday BazaART.  It just happens when you let life BEE!

So my advice to you is don’t sweat the small stuff, go with the flow of life, set goals–but if you get diverted–that’s okay too.  Enjoy today.  Give hugs and kisses generously, and forgive yourself for unfulfilled intentions.  You are probably your harshest critic, so forget about it.

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, come the BazaART!  http://www.avam.org/news-and-events/events/bazaart.shtml On Saturday it is free to the public, and you won’t find a more fun art/craft show in town for sure.  I’ll be there with my friend Sara helping me with my hand-printed shirts.

Next weekend, December 3-4, I will be part of the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour from 10 AM  to 5 PM. http://ccartists.com/ About 12 artists studios will be open to you for exploration and holiday shopping.  Come see me.  It’s the first time I’ve participated in a studio tour and I am very excited….I’m baking cookies every other day for the event, so don’t make me eat these cookies by myself!

If the holidays tend to get you down, don’t let it happen this year.  Smile, do fun things, and don’t think twice about the things you don’t accomplish.  Come have a cookie with me.  Cheers!

Melinda