Friday, November 30, 2007

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for November 30, 2007

Mountain Moments

As I gathered the string
of the woven shades
the shadow of two birds
shown through
the soft brown weaving
Flown away as I pulled
rainbows appeared
dancing on the wall
sun pulsating through
the glass prisms
a male cardinal
sat in the bare limbed
redbud tree
startling red against
the browns and greys
a glint of yellow shown
through the window
the forsythia has
while the birdbath
has a layer of ice
the mountains rise
majestically against
the soft blue sky

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Secret # Eight

Carol's email:

Make ART every day.

What a difference this makes in your life.
Art is a very powerful force. It is the fire that
burns within your soul. Let the flames ignite and

What are some ways you create each day?

Lani answered:

How I came to create this secret is pretty simple. As an art therapist in NYC, I was way too busy to make art every day. AND I thought art had to be perfect or something. I know, I know, there I was telling everyone else, just try, you'll love the process and you may even start to love the product and you'll even start to love the art creator a little better, but I wasn't listening to my own rap. So after uprooting myself from that life and finding more time for ART, thank goodness, I said to myself, hey, all that stuff I was saying in NYC was really true. Make art every day!

Now, as per Julia Cameron, I journal every morning, a few words and a little art. So if I'm not doing a swap or something fun, at least I've done my art journaling in the morning.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for November 26, 2007

Mountain Moments

The house is quiet
A large cardboard
box made into a train
sits on the back porch
Red crayon colored wheel
attached with duct tape
to drive the imagination
of a five year old
windows designed
and cut out to specifications
cardboard tickets made
Left overs line the shelves
of the refrigerator
pumpkin cheesecake
with sour cream frosting
on a graham cracker crust
sits while mashed potatoes
disappeared Thursday night
Monday morning dawns
with silver mists of fog
leaving behind memories
of a loving Thanksgiving
Advent begins this week
a quiet time of reflection

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for November 24, 2007

Mountain Moments

Coming down the steps
the moonglow caught my eye
the ground was frozen solid
shimmering as if a layer
of snow lay on top of it
heavy frost lay on the
cold, cold, ground.
Granny's Art House
was filled with creative
enthusiasm today
as a four year old
learned the magic
of cutting with scissors
another four year old
used finger paint
and colored
so intently
she was unaware
we were making
holiday ornaments
out of clay dough
Adults made corn shuck dolls
A five and seven year old
printed using potatoes we
cut into various shapes
Four children, five adults
playing, creating and having fun.

I received this from a friend and thought I'd pass it along. She also asked to please share the information with others.
When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

14 Secrets Autumn Inchies

14 Secrets Autumn Inchies created by Heather, Holly, Jill, Andrea, Mary, Diana, Marilee, Carol, Lore, Cyn, Gena and Deb (in no particular order). Slide show by Deb.

Just lovely!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for November 19, 2007

Mountain Moments

The clouds
were curling
like smoke
among the curves
of the mountains
smokey mountains
we called them
as children
when we came
up from the flatlands
There is a Native American
Story of the god of the sky
leaving his home
for a little peace and quiet
bringing out his pipe
to smoke
letting the smoke
curl over the mountains
It nestles in
the valleys
hoovers over the
rolling hills
Magical mountain moments

Saturday, November 17, 2007

14 Secrets helps decorate a Christmas Tree

Carol Moore was asked to decorate a Christmas tree for the local museum so she did with the help of Cynk, Lore, and Jan Bartlett. Ray Moore took pictures. Beautiful work!

Carol Moore's Altered Fairy Book came home

Photos by Carol Moore

Secret Fairy Jars

SuziBlutube's Fairy Jar instructions

Secret Fairy Stuff going on at 14 Secrets!

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for November 17, 2007

Mountain Moments

Frozen tundra
sunlight catching
heavy frost
laying on the
cold, cold ground
silver, glittery
rainbows darting
around the room
from warm sun
beaming through
the window panes

They have gathered
together outside
for the annual fall clean up
A large machine
ready to clean
out the gutters
of decades of debris
Fallen leaves are
captured by rakes
Reminds me of the
Margaret Mead quote
" Never doubt that a small, group
of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world.
it is the only
thing that ever has."

Small thoughtful steps leading to change...
from bundling up to protest the war in Vermont
to being assigned to duty in Iraq from Mississippi
making fairy jars for someone in California
sending pom poms to Paris
writing a poem
celebrating this moment

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Secret # Seven

Secret # Seven
Find something to love about where you are every day.

Carol said:

This secret really reflects my love for the mountains.
The moments spent looking out and being in the mountains.
I have felt that I am living in a National Geographic Special each and
every day.

What are somethings that you love about where you are?

Lani said:
I created this secret because I remember wasting a lot of time in life not feeling comfortable where I was. I thought about jobs I've had where I got myself into a real misery cycle and I started thinking "what would have happened if I had looked for things to love right where I was?"! I'll bet it would have broken that cycle very quickly, faster than finding a new job! (new house, new town, new state, new country, new husband, etc.)

Patti said:
Here is my view from the third floor renovated attic studio, where I contemplate all creative dreams. I don't have to work hard to find something to love about where I am....

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for November 10, 2007

Mountain Moments

Driving up Country Boy Hill
the sunlight came pouring
through the leaves
the trees banked
into the curve
of the mountain road
an iridescence
of red, yellow, and orange
a glowing burst of colors

Just turning your head
for a moment
to see the sunlight
A moment in the mountains can make a difference of a lifetime.

Art Classes for the Week of November 12

Monday November 12
ABC Come Play With Me 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Preschool art and storytelling
Class limited to four children
Cost for class including materials $10

Tuesday November 13
Come Play!
Make a collage, a card, or just enjoy creating.
Cost is $5.00 per person including materials
Each Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Art Necklace
Cost is $10 per person including supplies.
Bring some pictures of your family you have copied
To the size of 1 x 3 inches, 2x2 inches, or 1 ½ x 1 ½
To be placed inside the necklaces
Or make ornaments out of them
Class limited to nine persons. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 8
Rubber Stamping
Come by to play with rubber stamps and embossing powders.
Make a collage.
Cost is $5.00 including materials 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Pop up Cards
Remember the joy of pop up books..
opening the book and wow..
a character was right there popping up on the page
Nathan Turner will teach you how to make holiday pop up cards.
Cost is $7.00 including materials. 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 24
FAMILY Holiday Arts and Crafts
Corn shuck dolls, paper garlands, grapevine wreaths, dough ornaments,
And much more…
Beginning at 10 :00 a.m.
Don’t worry about lunch, we will order pizza.
More information coming next week….not even up on the website yet.
Please email if you are interested playing and creating on Nov. 24.

Please remember to register for classes through the website

Granny’s Art House is located at 106 Clinton Avenue East in Big Stone Gap. It is right next door to Christ Episcopal Church. Art classes are held
On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and one Saturday a month.

Private Art Classes are available upon request.

Come by to see the Holiday Tree decorated by Granny’s Art House at the Southwest Virginia Museum .
All ornaments on the tree are pieces of art created by both children and adults.
Artist trading cards hanging on the tree were made by artists from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada,
and the United States to celebrate the spirit of Granny’s Art House to create, play, and have fun.

14 Secrets Postage

This was a fun swap, or it was fun creating this postage, since the swap isn't done yet! How to: create a smallish collage in photoshop, duplicate image into a 8.5 X 11 document, take jpg file to your local copy shop and copy onto a sheep of label paper. Separate images with scalloped scissors. (click on the image for a larger version)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for November 7, 2007

Mountain Moments

All was quiet at the feeder
Sparrows perching
then swoosh
off they flew
Blue jays
Took over the feeders

This morning I watched
as a blue jay flew across the yard
Blue and white feathers
wings spread
I hear the cawing of the blue jay
Warning the birds

White clouds lay in layers
across the blue sky
Sunlight peeping through
A white pink color filters
across the mountain

Morning moments in soft colors in the moutains

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Gioia's Mail Art Day!

From Gioia:
"I got amazing art mail!!!! I got my Beach tip-in (everyone did the correct size and they are AWSOME!)and my Altered Book back--wow it's great!!!; and Lani's altered book to
work in-super!. Thank you everyone!!"

Don't you just love a happy mail day?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments November 2, 2007

Mountain Moments

Waking up to a small voice
saying granny
smells of cinnamon
flowing up the stairs
a discussion about
birthdays happening
once a year

a moth found its way
into the house bouncing
from the ceiling
to the light
settling into
a dark room
only to be lured
out by the light

leaving in a few hours
to travel
into the mountains
of western North Carolina
where I counted
ten mountain ranges
on a clear day

A NOTE to Mountain Moments readers:
We will be in Asheville for a few days for a family wedding.
There may or may not be mountain moments for the next few days.
It depends upon internet access and family activities.
Wishing you all a wonderful fall weekend.
And if you haven't been to the website lately, Jettie has made
just a few changes for November.

May your day
dawn like the morning in the mountains
filled with the glory of light,

Happy Birthday to my sister