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True Free Spirit - new class!

I'm so thrilled to announce a new class offering for the new year. I'm trying something a bit different for this will run all year long with one new project each month. I have lots of fun, amazing things planned for 2013. Things like: True free spirit girl (see above), totem spirit animal, art inspired by the "masters" and lots more. 
I love the idea of allowing projects come organically as the year goes on so expect surprises around every corner. We will learn what it means to be a TRUE FREE SPIRIT girl as we embark on the journey of our imperfections and vulnerabilities. Those very sacred intricacies bloom into your own chalice of knowledge. Realizing what we then saw as flawed, suddenly becomes a strength that we cling to....defining our true essence.
We will become explorers of our TRUE selves....tapping into our hearts to find that piece of magic. I believe, finding those heart-fluttering moments takes time and persistence. Trying different things an…

my heart

We lost Dudley this past Sunday morning. Saturday night he experienced a seizure that left him gasping for air and foaming at the mouth. We rushed him to the ER vet and they put him under seizure watch to see if he had another one and what exactly it looked like. They called us at 3:00 am sunday and said that he'd had another and that he was having a hard time breathing. We asked the vet if it was her dog what would she do and she said that he was suffering and to put him through surgery or anymore testing would be hard on him. We had to say goodbye. just 3 weeks after losing my Cosmo. I can't really describe these last few weeks. I think when the hurt is so bad, you instinctively turn to nature. The little becomes big. The minute, amplified.

I wrote this 2 days before we lost Dudley. To help explain my pain for losing Cosmo.
but really can you? i tried.

my heart
Alertness beckons beautifully in the mist of the unknown
with each leaf rustle, i feel the pain of letting go.

Ornament online workshop

I'm so excited to announce I'll be a part of Christy Tomlinson's 12 Artsy Ornaments online workshop!!

here's the project for my portion of the class....
and here is all the info written from Christy about the class:
When does it start: Tuesday December 4th
what is it: It's a Five day mini workshop. Each day for five days (tuesday-saturday) 3 new ornament/holiday projects will be posted by one of our fabulous teachers!  We will have all sorts of fun projects including ornaments, holiday decor, gift giving projects and more!  
who is involved: This workshop will include the following teachers:  Margie Romney-Aslette, Jeanne Oliver, Chrissy Gardner, Alisa Burke, Mindy Lacefield, Juliette Crane, Shea Fragoso, Debbie Murray, Junelle Jacobson and Christy Tomlinson.....

only $24.95 or if you sign up before thanksgiving weekend, its only $19.95!


Dudley Elf and Santa Poodle
We said goodbye to our poodle of 14 years last night. He was a tough little guy. He was diabetic for 6 and a 1/2 much longer than the average 2 years life expectancy of a diabetic diagnosis.
This is us yesterday at the end.
When I knew the decision had to be made to let him go.
I'm hurting. empty.  numb to certain surroundings yet some of the most minuscule are amplified the simple is bigger. the big now small.
we grew into our own together. he loved snout kisses barking at our neighbor dog Zeke Carlisle. he loved watermelon  and rides in the car. he stood aside as Dudley rooted his way to the water bowl patiently waiting.
He was simply the love of my life. 8/15/98 - 10/31/12

During this time, I'm taking a break from all that now seems small.....Facebook, email, twitter, etc.  For the next few weeks, I must take this time to fully feel and grieve. I'll be deactivating my facebook account on Friday (11-2) and won't be answer…

Lifebook giveway WINNER announced!!

Congrats to Jane, whose favorite numbers are 3 and 8!!! you won by way of selection through a random number generator. please email me at: mlacefield13 {at}

....and i'll get you in touch with Tam at Willowing.

congrats again!! thanks to all of those who participated. I had a blast reading about all your special numbers and what they mean to you.

have a great weekend!!



I'm hosting a giveaway right here! for LifeBook 2013
Registration for the highly anticipated 2nd installment of LifeBook has begun.  I am so excited to be among the teachers sharing their expertise  in journaling and helping you tap into what is so uniquely you. All year long you will get instruction from a different teacher each month and at the end of the year, you will have a stunning book of so much YOU-ness and magical mixed media fun.  I hope you'll come join us
To enter my giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment here telling me what number/numbers have special meaning to you and (if you feel comfortable)....WHY?
My special numbers are 8 and 13.  all my close relatives have 8's in their birthday (and the lots and lots of my friends too!) 13 was my basketball number. i continue to see these two numbers pop up in my life.
please share with me yours.  (i know this doesn't have anything to do with lifebook, but I thought I'd be fun)
I'm going to use a random numb…


I find it increasingly more difficult to come here. The presence I want to embody here isn't about spelling out every detail of my life. Every motion. Every new adventure and move. The thing that is most aching to be seen, is something deeper than that. Its a little girl, who's shy. Who needs to escape from time to time. With "the facebook" as I like to call it, you can get the little glimpses into my travels and comings and goings. New art. So what is this space to me? Its something more sacred I believe. When I say it here, it better be pretty much the most ME than I can make it. This space is about the slowing down. The being still. Forget about making sense. I don't like writing that way. To give my readers everything handed to them. That's like going to watch a blockbuster summer movie. I'm more about the obscure documentary. It might even leave you hanging. I'm not sure this space (or me) is to that point yet, but that's my goal.

I'm the…


kelly, me, and jennifer at kelly's table at the Squam art fair

I wrote these words on the last full day of Squam...on the dock....after yoga.....

The moon and stars cradle us to sleep
crackling fire. scarves. trail. rocking chair
a lingering embrace
a loon's call unexpected in the middle of the day. 
two of them.
they call out to one another. 
a song only for each other.

Reaching out. 
Listening with hands on chin.
so deep. realizing that someone gets you.
in their eyes you see your own vulnerable self
you were waiting for a knowing you couldn't imagine possible
Here it is before me.
I share this time with you 
and it fills up my soul
until I feel it well up to my throat
I tell you I love you
and I've only just met you.

thank you Jennifer and Kelly. You inspire me to write. You inspire me to laugh and play. and to remember to be myself no matter what. you make it so easy to tell you I love you....


Squam. it was a place for wishes to be set free
to arrive at this very moment
for convening on the dock
for pointing your toes to the sky
and hugging the ones you love
for nestling down by the cabin fireplace
 and for creating friendships you know will last a lifetime
the dock my feet wet making prints that only my own bare toes could imprint a mark not consistent with their shape slowly fading its memory only known by the wood holding it there in the grain
while others visit, our marks meet creating unity rippling out into the life of the wood
sounds are the same air and water trade moments falling and ascending creating new sources a conduit of creativity and motion
we are here to witness the sparks of light as they convene and embark on their own journey mark making footprints and meeting where the wood held us up
joining and connecting those who.... may have never met if not for the dock.

a rabbit noticed my condition

a rabbit noticed my condition print available here
inspired by the poem written by St. John of the Cross

and in online workshop is a sneak peek into Frolic. a mini bunny class. hoptastic!
coming later this fall! stay tuned for more details...

in the meantime check out the new Classroom
where you can find both of the self paced classes 
Paint Your Story
Neat Stuff


This reality beckons me back but is it the truth?
with closed eyes I feel more in spirit than the waking occurrences
maybe that is all that there is
an occurrence in time that slings us through life at lightening speed
only stopping to bask when things quiet down.

why can't we ask this inner nagging voice to Be Still
to escape some time away from the "need to's" and lists
why is there always something i should be doing.
and when i do finally get there,
the mind automatically jumps ahead to the next "should"

the voice becomes a constant chatter
insisting on being heard

i believe the subconscious is more powerful
and would like to give the voice a good slap i'm sure.

once asleep my mind feels more free.
awake its is hostage to the voice
moments spent in creative work quiets the voice
sub takes the reins

inspiration is a portal to the subconscious 
the opening for the spirit to enter
when the conscious mind is in control, creativity is impossible
to create from a place of pure…

Art and Soul - Portland

Hello Wednesday, Hello August!!

Today, I wanted to feature another retreat that I'm teaching at......Art and Soul Portland

Animal Guide class October 2nd

This Animal Guide class was inspired by Pixie Campbell. I had the amazing opportunity to meet Pixie last fall at the Serendipity retreat in Nags Head, NC. I was chatting with my girl, Lisa Parks and told her I'd love to give the host of the retreat, Michelle a gift. Lisa informed me that Michelle drew a bear card earlier that day in Pixie's class. So something similar to the above evolved from my paint brush. I was so inspired by Pixie and her energy and nurturing spirit that a few more of these animal guides came out of me during the retreat and upon returning home. My hope for this class is to play with color. to let your inner animal play. to speak loudly with a roar from your subconscious. 

Twirl Girl Journals October 3rd

These journals are inspired by using simple materials......cardboard, ringbinders, paper and paint. …

Nurture your Creative Seed

Hello good people.....

I wanted to give you an update on some of the workshop goodness that is coming up in the next several months. Today I'm featuring Nurture Your Creative Seed, hosted by my scarf sister Serena Berry.
Here is Serena.....a photo I took in Sedona last year.
The retreat is nestled in a beautiful location in the Pacific NW at Harmony Hill Retreat Center.... go ahead, check out their stunning photos.
I will be teaching alongside the talented Jeanne Oliver "wake up to the life you are meant for" available here
In 2009, I attended my first art retreat.....and my life has never been the same. At this retreat is where I met Serena. We laughed....we walked on the beach....we drank wine late into the those few days we were forever connected. I hope you will join us. Serena will foster a light in your soul...... You will meet kindred spirits that "get" you...... You will create with magical energy that you didn't realize you possess.
The …


On this hot morning, with the AC blasting and the fan whirling.....i snuggle up in my red quilt to read Alena Hennessey's book again - Cultivating Your Creative Life.

Alena really speaks to me. She reminds the reader to slow down and by doing so you'll coax the magic spark that lies deep in each and every one of us. I'll admit, the struggle for me to slow down has been something I've struggled with. From now on, when I have those times of struggle.....i will pick up this book. Peruse the beautiful art. Take part in the tips and prompts. and let go. Right now, this is my favorite art book. Thank you Alena for inspiring me. thank you for giving so much of YOU that is so magical and so uniquely you.
One of the prompts she gives is "weeding". I began this process of writing and it turned into something else. (i think that's the magic of being still) It begins to evolve and take you places.
Fresh in my mind, was a conversation with my friend, Carissa Paige yester…

Neat Stuff - journaling class is open for Registration

Neat Stuff: a nostalgic journaling adventure  is OPEN for Registration!
I’m so ready to hit the ground running on our journals. My wish for you and this class is to discover something inside of you that may have been lying dormant for a while. Some creative energy that is aching to get out. I want our journals to be a safe place to experiment and make mistakes in. As well as a resting place for the words that we write by telling more of the story behind the art that is YOU! To be so uniquely you that there be no need for comparison. Your journal is ALIVE, evolving and growing with each day. It becomes a chalise for your soul......shining bright and emerging into that which is so uniquely you.
We are going to make stamps, paint a realistic face, paint figures, design words, write from the heart, and sketch tokens. All these elements will build up gradually to add to your journal.  Come join in on the brightly colored fun!!

Paint Your Story - student work

I'm so in awe of my student's work in my Paint Your Story online class.Discoveries were made and just absolute FUN commenced.....and the work is still trickling in over on the Facebook page. I'm so blessed to have this amazing group of supportive women, who show up and support their fellow classmates. thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

here is some of the stunning work by my students:

Michelle Renee Bernard
Tracy Morgan Whichard

Carissa Paige
Juliette Crane
Mary Ann McKeating
Lisa Towery
Heidi McDonald
Julie Brastad
Lia Collis Kent
Rascale Richel Hutt
Nadine Pinkley Smith
Dana Loffland
Lynda Malachesky Metcalf

 Stephanie Shelton Goodin

Susie Lafond

And this piece below, by Sue Carey just sums up the whole experience of this class and the beautiful people I had the blessing to teach. We are all one. Connected. Much love to all of you. For showing up with an open heart and a spirit that Shines all over the World.
 by Sue Carey

You can still sign up for the self-paced class here .…