Sunday, October 2, 2011

I wish I may...

...I wish I might....have the wish I wish tonight. 
As you probably have noticed, I have been writing, posting and talking about the e-course I am taking with Stephanie Levy. It is called Creative Courage. We just finished up our first week and WOW what a thought provoking and productive week it has been. We have had amazing interviews with  Susannah Conway  and Jessica Swift both wildly creative, talented and successful women. I have had the opportunity to meet other like minded artistic souls and we have discussed things like, creative visualization and dream overload. We have done exercises to make us more aware of our dreams and goals and help empower us to vocalize, clarify and solidify them. It is a lot of heart-work, but so rewarding. One of the things Stephanie told us in the very beginning of the course was to actually write our answers out and not to just think them in our heads (haha she must know me!) She said, "Your "homework" is to actually answer these questions. It's easy to read through the exercises and imagine answers, but it truly makes a difference if you take the time to write things down. Writing down your dreams, goals and next steps is the first step to making them come true!"
I definitely think it makes a huge difference to take the time to define your thoughts and visualize your answers. I have been having a wonderful time being thoughtful with my answers and illustrating them as I go along.
On Friday (our last 'lesson' for the week) Stephanie assigned us a weekend project. It was to make a 'wish jar'. She said she got the idea from Keri Smith and thought it would be a great project for this course.
All we had to do, was get or make some sort of container. It could be a jar or a box or any vessel to hold scraps of paper in which we would write down our  wishes/goals/dreams. Of course, we could add to our wish container at any time and it would be something we could revisit at any time to remind us of our wishes/goals/dreams.
I, of course, was super excited to have this lovely reason to make something fun and creative.
And I even have a fun story to share with you as a result...
About two months ago I purchased this really cool jar a thrift shop for $3.00. I love this jar. Here is a pic:

I think it is super cool and I thought I would use it for my 'wish jar'. 
Then, on Friday, I stopped at another thrift shop, a thrift shop all the way across town from me (but it is just down the street from my daughter's apartment...) and here I saw another very cute jar/vase. It was a round glass vase and had cute daisies painted on it. It was only $1.99 but I decided not to get it, well, because I didn't need it and I figured I would use the cool jar I already had. Needless to say, when I arrived home on Friday night and began to gather my materials for my wish jar project, I took all of the candy out of the jar pictured above and set it at my art table. I was thinking about my wishes and how I wanted to make my art and fill my jar and suddenly I knew I COULD NOT USE THIS JAR! It had a lid!! I realized I could not have and did not want my wishes to be contained! I did not want to keep a lid on my dreams! My wishes needed to be able to go out into the Universe! They needed air and flow! I called my daughter immediately and asked her to go to that thrift shop and find that vase and bring it to me on Sunday (she was coming over to get a manicure and do laundry, so I figured it was a fair trade!) So Saturday morning she went and found it (I guided her over the phone) and here it is...
I call it my Wish-Full jar! It is Wonder-Full and I am so Great-Full!

I am happy. Just looking at it makes me feel that all my wishes will come true! Silly? Maybe. But I don't think so! Here is a peek at the 'wish-full stones' I made...

It is a great project and exercise. If you are inclined you should try to make one for I placed each stone inside, I held it and read it out loud. I could actually visualize each wish coming true. It was a very gratifying feeling. Thank you Stephanie and the 'team' you have put together for the wonderful inspiration, ideas and motivation. Yay for wishing and dreaming!


  1. Love the art and your thought process. Thank you.

  2. awww... i love reading this.. .and hearing your story about the jar and the rainbow wishes.... very nice.... you are such a great example to me! love your spirit and creativity.

  3. love this kristen! so colorful and beautiful! ciao!

  4. Oh, I just left you a note and my unhelpful computer jammed! I was saying that I like the imagery of you not putting a lid on your dreams, and that I really like the smooth glass stones as a protective cover. I have some of those; do you mind if I copy that part of your idea?
    See you in class tomorrow!

  5. These are so cute! If I had a wish jar, the first wish was to be able to make my wishes as cute as you made yours. I wouldn't know where to begin, so very creative. They make you want to pull them out and look at them.

  6. I love the idea of not containing your wishes under a lid, too :) And calling it a 'wish-ful jar - how beautiful :) AND the daisy vase - it's very cute!
    Just wondering how you made those stones! They look amazing!!

  7. Getting back to you - thanks so much for the lovely comment on my blog :) I have added the Followers tool to my side bar - I've had lots of unresolved issues with doing that, up till now... I think I'll call it Creative Courage ;)

  8. I adore your jar! I know your wishes will come true. Xoxo

    Im going to make one of these :)

  9. This is so cute and colorful. I loved them. Nowadays I have been working very hard and I could not find a time to create a wish box yet:( But yours gave me a huge inspiration.
    I am very happy to be with a talented artist like you in this course...

  10. Yay for the lidless jar, and your wishes look beautiful!

  11. Great idea! I love how the you used multi colored paper for the wish stones! Patsy from

  12. Hi gorgeous Kristen...this course sounds fantastic and i LOVE your little wish jar...we're soooo much on the same track you and I and I wish we could go for a long walk on the beach an just talk art and passion and dreams! Maybe we'll get the chance to meet when I teach at the Sweet Freedom Retreat next year...hugs Tracy x

  13. This is so beautiful Kristen! I love your interpretation of our wish jar course "assignment." Such a creative, colorful way to do this - and I'm all with you about keeping the lid off - you can always add more wishes :) Thank you for sharing! xo

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  15. Oh, how delightful! And you get to see your wishes as tiny little works of art--such a clever and pretty display.

  16. What a great idea! And your individual wishes are so pretty. I might have to start one for myself. I hope all of your wishes come true!

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