Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lovejoy--Happy New Year!

Lovejoy
© 2017 Fannie Narte

Lovejoy.  A feeling.  A condition.  A life choice.  A noun.  A verb.  An adjective.

How's your heart?

The stories we tell and keep alive live in our hearts.  If they're stories that serve us, then we feel lovejoy.  If they're stories that do not serve us and bring pain, dissatisfaction and offness, then we could feel burdened, or angry, alone, fearful, etc.

What stories live in your heart?

The condition of our hearts are determined by the stories that live in our hearts. Do your stories bring you love, joy and freedom? Do your stories bring you pain?

Until I discovered my stories and learned to understand each of them and their purposes and gifts, I did not realize the power that these stories had on my well being. When I was able to see and receive the transformative gifts that are included within my stories, then I was able to appreciate all my stories, especially those that brought me pain. Lovejoy!

Once I collected my gifts, my painful stories served its purpose and were released. They no longer occupied space in my heart. Yay! Space for creativity! Lovejoy!

Our stories bring us joy and pain.  If we keep the joyful stories in our hearts, then our interactions with others will be joyful. If we keep the painful stories safe, protected and honored in our hearts, then over time, those stories and all its pain will leak into our hearts and flow into our words, thoughts and actions.

Keeping and releasing stories. New beginnings. Ahhh. Happy New Year!

Collecting gifts from my stories. Growth. Ahhh. Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas every day in 2017.  Ahhh . . . 

You are loved! Lovejoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Love Notes -- A Donation Quilt

Love Notes, Quilt
© 2016 Fannie Narte

Tonight is the Christmas party for military families in Louisiana.  Tell a quilter that, and you know what's going to happen, right?  A homemade quilt! A homemade quilt says, "This is how much you are appreciated and loved."

Ku'ulei and Ku'uipo are holding this quilt, which will be a part of tonight's festivities.

The quilt is machine pieced with a simple, modern design, piano keyboard border, and hand quilted with leaves and waves representing growth and journey.  The edge was stitched closed by hand.

Quilted and stitched with love, comfort, peace and joy, this is my wish for all the military families in Louisiana and for all military families everywhere.  Thank you, each and every one, for your service. You are loved!

A Lovejoy quilt!
© 2016 Fannie Narte

Tremayne is hiding behind the quilt in this photo, not because he wanted to hide, but because I wanted him to hold it "higher," and it just ended up that way.  ;-D  Thanks, Tremayne!

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lovejoy Flourishes

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

Lovejoy Flourishes
at 
Christmastime

Courtesy in the checkout lines,
     Courtesy on the roadways.

A smile, a nod.

Kindnesses, patiences,
     allowances,
          unrudenesses.

Lovejoy.

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.