Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lovejoy Flourishes

Lovejoy Flourishes, Acrylic on Canvas, 18 x 24"
© 2016 Fannie Narte

Lovejoy Flourishes

Courtesy in the checkout lines,
     Courtesy on the roadways.

A smile, a nod.

Kindnesses, patiences,


This becomes more visible during the holiday season.

Lovejoy, that is.

Perhaps it's because the season represents family, giving, joyfulness . . .

A time when the volume of our minds decrease, which allows the lovejoys of our hearts to increase in volume.

That is when Lovejoy Flourishes appear.

A part of this essay is written on this painting.  I love alphabets, text, letters, words. Words are keys. They lead you or guide you to their meaning and intents.  Finding the right word to say the right thing is not always easy, and sometimes the dictionary doesn't have "that" word.  So we make one up to fit what we're trying to say. 

Such is the case with "Lovejoy."  My recent posts have been about Lovejoy mostly because that's what's been on my mind.  

My granddaughter, Kiana, (we call her "Kiki"), spent some time with me in my "Tea Room," (my studio).  We made story spools and painted and wrote stories and sketched and . . . anything and everything we could think of.  We played with paints and fabrics.

I guess "Lovejoy" was on my mind when she was here because of the note she left on my desk for me.  We had so much fun together.  Our time together was definitely "Lovejoy"!

May you experience Lovejoy with your friends and family every moment of every day.

Share Lovejoy today and every day . . .

You are loved!  Enjoy.

Friday, November 18, 2016

How to Make a Napkin Rose -- A Tea Time Tutorial

© 2016 Fannie Narte

Make a rose napkin using store-bought or homemade napkins.  The roses pictured above (except for the rose napkin in the tea cup) are made from store-bought napkins.


I made this two-sided napkin from two cotton fabric squares, 17" x 17".

Step 1

Fold napkin into a triangle

Step 2
Bring folded edge up about one-inch.  (Tea cup with rose is used as an anchor for picture-taking purposes only.)
Step 3
Continue folding towards tip of triangle leaving about one-and-a-half to two inches unfolded.
Step 4
Turn over or "Flip It" (A funny for some of you.  You know who you are.  ;-D)
Step 5
Begin rolling folded section towards the left.  (Note:  It doesn't matter which side you roll, right or left.  Whatever side you pick, roll towards its opposite side.)
(Some words are coming to mind here, opposite:  duality, contrast, contrasting light.  ;-D)
Step 6
Keep rolling ...
and rolling until you have about two to two-and-a-half inches remaining.  I'll refer to this remaining section as the "Flap."
Next, you'll tuck the "Flap" into the fold of the rose as pictured above and below.
Step 7
Flap tucked in.  All nice and cozy.  Nite-nite.  ;-D
Step 8
Pull down points of triangle,
which will be the rose's leaves.
Make it snug and pretty, just like it says and shows in the picture above, snug and pretty, ahhhhh.
We're almost done.

Step 9
Now turn the rose over--for some of you, "Flip It" again!  Hah!  Yes, another "Flip."

Now you're D O N E !

Invite a friend to tea (or coffee) and give her or him (we're inclusive friends, right?) a homemade rose napkin (or store-bought, if you like).  Share hearts, stories and make memories.

What time is it?

It's Tea Time!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Defining LoveJoy -- A Tea Time Soulversation

© 2016 Fannie Narte

I love Tea Time.  I miss Tea Time, with my friends, that is.  We share hearts in a safe space.  We call that "soulversations."

If I were with my friends, we would talk about us first, of course, right?  Then we would talk about the things we see in the world.  We share our ideas and what-ifs and whys and why-nots.  In that stimulating space, we oftentimes come up with new words because the dictionary doesn't have a word that fully expresses our ideas.


That's a word that was born at Tea Time.

Our new words are not easily defined, but can be understood better in a story, a Tea Time story, that is.

This or That?
A Tea Time Story

To be right.  Righteous.  What does this mean?  If one is right, then the other is wrong?  Does this idea serve?  Who is right?  Who is wrong?  Every idea has its purpose.  If that group is right, then is the other group wrong?

Such is the world of duality.  This or that.  Them or us.  You or me.

Duality seeing.  Looking at opposites helps us see.  We collect the information on a subject, then we decide what side fits us--this side or that side.

But are sides really clear, to see, that is.  Can you really see what is on one side and what is on the other side?  Are there pieces of one side that can be found on the other side too?  And if so, what does that mean?

Alike.  Not alike.  Same but Different.

It seems to me we are still trying to figure all of that out.  We don't know yet.

We think it should be this way.  They think it should be that way.

Only two ways?

Can someone other than me see that there are many ways -- not just two, that is, ways.


One way can never fit all.  If that were so, we would be robots.  Are we robots?  Are we not robots but moving towards becoming robots?

If this happens, then we should do this.  If that happens, then we should do that.  This.  That.  Dualities.


Should we choose this way?  Or should we choose that way?  That is a question we face every day.

What happens once a choice is made?  How do you live the choice?  How do they live the choice?


Seeing all of this reveals who that one is, or that one, or they or them.  How we live our choices tell the stories of who we are, presently, that is.  Who we are changes depending on what and how we see.


Duality or all?  How do you see?  Duality, this, that or a combination of some of this, a little of that, a pinch of another, a dash of something else, a sprinkling of LoveJoy.

Oops!  Who said that?


There.  I said it again.


I don't know the answers to the questions.  I'm still looking, observing, trying to figure things out. I'm looking to see not only what fits me, but I'm also making room to see what fits you and that one, and those ones and all.  And while I do that, I do so in LoveJoy.  Because when we blend things, combine things, unite, and choose Love, how can we not end up with 


There.  I said it again.  LoveJoy.

I am me.  You are you.  We are One.

We don't know all the answers.  But we know LoveJoy.


LoveJoy.  That word is made from two words, combined.  It's plain to see.  You can change the meaning, but to do so would change the word.  It would no longer be LoveJoy if you define that word from the perspective of its opposites:  HateSad.

LoveJoy.  That's it.  There is no space between the two root words.  They are One word.


Perhaps we need to see in a new way.  Perhaps new will help us see, and, therefore, live Love and Joy.