Tag Archive | Cats

Let Bruce Hilvitz Immortalize Your Pets in Portrait

I did a short interview with Bruce Hilvitz, who is a very talented cartoonist, who is in the process of getting a new comic strip syndicated and also captures your pet’s essence through his digital pet portraits. I wanted to do a follow up with more examples of his work. Here is Reggie J. Rabbit:

Bruce captured Reggie's essence.

Bruce captured Reggie’s essence.

I really love the fine detail of this cat:

cat by bruce

and someone’s Canine kid:

caninet by bruce

And here is the artist himself:

Bruce Hilvitz is a very talented artist.

Bruce Hilvitz is a very talented artist.

If you are interested in immortalizing your pet go to

www.flatwurks.com

Bruce asks that you send him a high resolution photo. Tell Bruce “Visions Alchemy sent me.”

Ready for a new Multi-Media Ebook series starring an inter-species family?

Fiona and me. I believe that our cat, cleo who passed a day before told her Mother that she needed to live with us. This is a story I will share in the book.

Fiona and me. I believe that our cat, cleo who passed a day before told Fiona’s Mother that she needed to live with us. This is a story I will share in the book.

I love the ease of creating a new ebook and putting it  on the web. It can take very little mazoola to produce it. If I want to make hard copies of my book that can be a reality. Recently I had a reading with a good friend, Tana Newberry,  at Angel Heart 4 You, in Bencia, CA who talks with Angels. And we are conversing with the Angels about the music project I am currently working on to raise funds and awareness for the Bat World Sanctuary.  Things seem to be on track. The angels say everything is in place. My feedback is to keep meditating and ask for guidance If I start feeling fearful or overwhelmed. Then my friend, Tana (Newberry) asked me if I had thought about writing a book. I had been toying over that idea because we have so many great experiences living with our 4-legged kids, I have been wanting to share more stories about our family. We really have a unique family tree. Two humans, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, 7 house plants and various crystals and stones and we all co-habitate under one roof. Do I communicate with every-one in the house-Yes! We may be in different body types, but we seem to communicate to the degree we are able. Now I am not a botanist, but when It comes to my plants, I can feel their energy when they want water or healing energy. And when I am connected to them, I can feel a energy that I interpret as pure joy. I have a special Elestial crystal I named Angelica. She feels like a youngster and when I hold her I can sense a giggling kind of energy. She loves being with the plants on the mantel. Sometimes I will hold her and rock her. I can feel a presence in her. I read that Elestials are very good in healing childhood trauma. We also have a nice size Rose Quartz and crystal Quartz that I use in my healing circles. I use a lot of selenite for keeping the energy in the house balanced and peaceful. I meditate everyday and 2 to 3 times a week I do a major Angel Therapy meditation that clears and balances the house, our family and friends. Why do I want to write a book about our family? Because I want other people to know that families that have human and non-human kids have struggles, challenges, loss when a family member dies, but there are also so much joy, love, compassion, happy surprises that we encounter on a daily basis. I have been taking more photos of the 4-legged kids and shooting more video that will go in the book. I want other people to see how much joy a rabbit can feel when they are doing their daily thing of interacting with their family. Or a cat that developed his own hand signals to communicate with me. I also want to share the experiences when we had to say goodbye to some of our kids when they crossed “The Rainbow Bridge”. It was sad, but so many blessings came out of this too. One thing I can share now is that they communicated with our family after they left their bodies to let us know they are ok. So I am excited on this new project. I am still working on a title. But I am leaning towards “Our Family Tree”.

Visions Alchemy Creates Trixie Le Mioux

Visions Alchemy changed "Marilyn" in to Trixie Le Mioux

Visions Alchemy changed “Marilyn” in to Trixie Le Mioux

I love creating things. Changing the elements of one design into something new. I started painting with water colors when I was 43. I also went through a phase of working with Pastels, and colored pencils. But Watercolor painting with Watercolor pencils still is what I love working with. As an artist, I feel my art, my creative spirit is always evolving and changing. The reason I call my art Visions Alchemy is because I love to take greeting cards, old calendars, my own watercolor painting designs and recycle them and change them into something new. I seem to be moving more and more into 3D art. I admire what Paper engineers can do creating 3D designs by using a ruler, pens and scissors. I am creating more and more 3D art and seem to love making 3D cards that can be changed into a wall hanging. Recently, a friend gave me this really cute birthday card designed by English artist, David Parsons. His line of cards is called Kat-Stars. I loved the card so much that I wanted to turn the design into a wall hanging for my music studio. I guess you could also call my art – “reclycled art”. And if you saw my art studio, you would see many things that I have saved because I never know when I will need them.Trixie Le Mioux upclose1

The original birthday card

The original birthday card

I started the design by taking a photograph of the card and then resizing the design to fit an 8 x 10 cat food tray I decoupaged and turned it into a shadow box. The design was then redesigned to create the layers I was to use to make the new design. It is time consuming because I use Mod Podge on most of the layers of the sheets I use to make it more sturdy. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to finish the design, but I wanted to create a feeling of feminine energy and playfulness. I will show more of my designs in my next few posts. When I interviewed Bruce Hilvitz of Flatwurks, It was an artistic kick in the rear, it is time to re-focus on my art. And so it is!

There is Abundance Everywhere

This was sent to me from my new friend, Donna Malus, creator of the Bowed Psaltery website, Psalterystrings.com This website, I am starting to see as my extended family. We all share a love of this very wonderful, magical Ethereal sounding stringed instrument. I love the picture of the dog and cat celebrating brother-sisterhood for all on this day of Gratitude. I have been doing group meditation with my guides and friends who want to continue to create in our physical world all the abundance, joy, love and beauty everywhere on the planet. The more experiences I have of Abundance showing up in my life when I focus on those experiences-I am shown that when we all do that, the world changes too. We can change the world by focusing on the abundance that is already here. When our virtual group comes together and we combine our mind-focus on the love, peace, compassion, generosity, abundance, balance, wholeness that is here in our lives-everywhere present in the world right now, we  can rest assured we will see an example of the changes we are all creating. When we see it, we can say thank you for the “beauty” I am seeing when I look at my Four-legged kids, or when we see the mother who is lovingly holding her child, we can say, I am grateful seeing more of the love in the world and then we will see more of that. When I say Thank you for the deep love that my husband and I share; thank you our dear friends who are supportive, or the courteous driver that allowed me to safely merge into the lane. When we acknowledge the experiences, more comes to us. We start stretching our visualization skills and we will see these amazing things materialize. Start seeing the beauty and abundance in your life, it comes to you. Immerse yourself in the qualities of love, gratitude, joy without filters, they come to you. Then take it a step further-start visualizing for another-love and joy in their lives and see what happens. Abraham says that if we can visualize something for at least 27 seconds or more the changes start coming. We are sending out “rockets of desire”. Can you imagine that if a group of your friends came together and did this exercise, what wonderful things you could create for yourselves and others? I see that now. Today right now I am visualizing the world wrapped in love, joy and gratitude today.

Moms are pet parents too!

This little boy-cat and I have a special connection.

We pet parents know that our babies love us, how they shower us with affection with gentle nuzzling, leg rubbings, purring or patting us on the cheek. it is this love that can’t fully be described, you have to experience it. It is because of our love for them that they feel safe showing their love to us. If I had human kids, I wouldn’t love them more. So when I read the ASPCA email with the title “Mothers are pet parents too”, My thought was It’s about time!

I know many, many families that are made up of human and non-humans. I can see the love they shower on all their kids, whatever form they are in. Is that to say we don’t recognize our cats, dogs or rabbits as the beings they are? No, but we give them the same love, respect and affection we would for our other human family members.  I am so glad that the consciousness is growing, Pet-Moms are being recognized. I am asking my boy-cat, Oski to respect my boundaries more and respond quicker for a Mother’s day gift. I can feel he is pondering over that one. I believe he will agree. He does his best to please us. he is a loving cat.

We have 5 wonderful 4-legged kids, but Oski (shown at the left) and I have a special bond. He just turned 10 and as he has matured, he listens and responds to my requests. He will now sit and look at me when he wants a snack. He uses sign language to let me know when he wants to be on my lap. He also gives hi-fives and shakes hands. He will use his feline cadence to carry on a conversation and tell me about his day. Because I know that animals do listen and a cat learns a vocabulary of 50 words, I know he is getting the jest of my conversation. He still likes to be carried and cradled like a baby and he still loves the baby talk. When he wants to show affection he will pat me on the cheek with his paw.I remember one day I was crying at a sad movie. He was in my lap. He turned to me, looked at me intently and then put his paw on my cheek. This is a demonstration of love. It isn’t an instinctual response to some stimulus.

For all you pet parents out there, why don’t you share some of the ways your 4-legged kids show you love and this year, for your friends who have four-legged, furry, feathered or gilled, send them a Mother’s day card. We will appreciate it!

The Realization of life

I can create possibilities into Realities.

I took this title from a song I wrote. The name of the song is “The Realization-this song will be be going on my next CD. This is the 3rd step of what we “New Thinkers” call Affirmative Prayer. Actually I believe it is technically called “Recognition”. This is the step you are declaring that what you want in your mind is already here. When you name it and claim it-it is yours. I was telling a friend the other day that I feel as If I walked through the door of good fortune and many, many things are coming into my life. I have a wonderful job making a good income and working in a wonderful location-my home. In this job I utilize all my talents in fulfilling ways. I work for people who I respect who respect me. This is a dream job. I am also pursuing my interests as a singer, painter, writer, animal activist, photographer and videographer and getting paid. I have a loving marriage with a man who is fun to be with-has a good outlook in the world; he loves and respects animals as much as I do. He still knows how to make me laugh and can make me feel shy as if we were first dating (although we have been together almost 13 years. We have a close-knit multi-species family. Besides humans, cats and rabbits living in our house we have many plant babies. As I have gotten more tuned in, my plant babies will call me when it is time to water them.

I am not writing this with an intention to brag but to declare that when we realize that all good things deserve to come to us, that is what we receive. In Science of Mind, Reality means, your personal truth. So if I believe I can make money doing things that I love-I do. If I believe I deserve to be loved by a loving, sweet, sexy man with a generous heart, then he shows up (he did 34 years in high school and then reappeared in December 1999-I married him in 2001). If I can believe I can meet interesting people for my TV show, I do. If I believe that when ever I have a challenge I will be led to a solution-it comes in at the perfect time.  This Reality is not only for the “chosen few” it is for anyone who is willing to go out of their comfort zone and open up to the possibility that you truly can create a life you enjoy. This consciousness came in for me in little bits and pieces at first, then as I got comfortable recieving, more and more things came in a consistent flow. Yes I have so much to be grateful for, I Realize this, accept this and claim it. And so it is!

Come one, Come all to my concert

I finally got the PSA (Public Service Announcement) to play on my station, VCAT, Channel 27. I just wanted to share with you all. It is also on YouTube right now. Here it is without any further delay:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4P2ZEdFMMo

CD Cover for Let Their Voice Be Heard

The voices behind the Concert/Benefit

I am so excited. I just sent my concert evite to everyone in my email address book. If you are in the Vallejo area, I would love for you to support not only myself, but the rest of the guest singers/musicians participating. Here is the official flyer:

This is the official flyer of the Let Their Voice Be Heard concert!

You can also go to my “Visions Alchemy Visionary Events. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but this is a dream of mine for 10+ years. It is finally manifesting. Part of the concert will have a presentation given by Rita from Loma Vista Farm to educate the community with all the wonderful things Loma Vista Farm has to offer. And because I am so grateful for my brother, Gabe and fellow musicians/singers, Ed Rosenback, Lee Wingfield and his son, Jim Wingfield. I wanted to give you some information on the caliber of talent that is sharing the stage with me:

Ed Rosenback-I have known Ed since 1997 when I started going to the church. He is truly an inspirational  and dynamic singer.  Not only is he a gifted singer, he is an equally talented songwriter and wordsmith. I’m excited to have him as part of the lineup.
 A professional musician since 1963, Ed has performed in a variety of styles and venues with groups in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Louisiana, with featured performances in Nashville and Las Vegas. He has recorded prolifically, is a Life Member of the Musicians Union, and holds a B.A. degree in Music History, Theory & Composition from San Fransicco State University, an Honorary Doctorate in Metaphysics from the Universal Life Monastery in Seattle, Washington, and was ordained as a Minister of Divine Science by the Dean of the United Divine Science Theological Seminary in 2011. Ed is a veteran performer and singer-songwriter, and is pleased to lend his talents to this most worthy cause.
 
Lee Wingfield-I met Lee when I came to the church and for 3 years we worked together (along with his son Jim ) as the music ministry. Because Lee and my vocal ranges were exactly an octave a part, we created some rich harmonies in our Sunday service arrangements. When I took a sabbatical from the church, he continued to flourish as the music director. 
Lee is the current Music Director for the SOM Church in Vallejo and has been involved in the music program here for about 16 years. He is the author of approximately 35 new thought songs. Also as a satirical literary writer, Lee won the Vallejo Arts Councils writer of the year award in 1998

Jim Wngfield-Jim ia also a talented singer and prolifiic songwriter. He is the kind of musician that can improvise and add musical color to any style of music you  can think of,  when  you come to the concert you will experience this first hand. He along with Ed and Lee are part of the “Free Spirits” music group that plays every Sunday at the Church. There will more to information to follow. He is such a busy musician. I will sit down with him so he can fill me in with his upcoming and current music projects.

Gabriel De Los Santos- Gabriel is my younger brother, but there are times I forget. His very rich and soulful voice will engulf you in his songwriting creations and in the arrangement of Amazing Grace he will sing with me.

If you are not in the area, please let your family and friends who are in the area to help support this wonderful event.

Ain’t Love Grand?

This is the front of the Valentine's day Card I gave to my Honey, David

Yes, “ain’t” is a word in the dictionary. Today is Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate love, proclaim love from the deepest parts of your soul to your special someone (or someone’s if you are are in a plural Marriage like the show that was on TLC, “First Wives”). It sure takes a lot of self-esteem not to get jealous of your husband showing love to your other sister wives, I could never do it, but I admire people who share a common foundation that works for them. As long as it is in agreement between all parties, and it doesn’t hurt anyone, why not? I watched the series on NetFlix and was taken with the deep love and respect they have for each other and their kids. And guess what, you have other people to help with the housework and child raising, and if you are not in the mood, you can ask your sister wife to “take the bullet for you”, so to speak.

But I digress. I am so grateful for the love that my husband, David and I share. We  say “I love you” everday. We do special things for each other, make coffee for each other or fix meals for each other, take over the household chores if one is swamped with work. Because we are both artists besides the work we do for the company we work at, Divineware, David is the webmaster at the Humane Society of the North Bay, that is an ongoing project. He gets to do his cartoon art on the website. He is in the midst of promoting their annual fundraiser, Barkitecture, that is another full time job.

I have my art work. I am producing my “Let Their Voice Be Heard” concert fundraising project to go to places in the country promoting the

This is Fiona showing you what Dad and the Four-legged kids got for me. The kids gave me the "Hello Kitty" Chocolates. Fiona says she resembles "Hello Kitty".

message of peace, respect, love and dignity between animals and humans (as well as other beings on the planet). I am writing more songs. I started working with a guide,a well-known singer/songwriter who passed on, that is helping me fine tunng my piano playing skills.

I just agreed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the church I belong to the Vallejo Center for Spiritual Living. I am also the Chair of the Public Relations committee (I am still in the process of bringing in the committee). So between all our activites. We are constantly taking care of a project. And then besides our work we also have 5 active four-legged kids. So constant cleaning to the cages, litter boxes (our rabbits have their own litter boxes). We don’t free feed our cats or rabbits, and our bunnies get fresh organic veggies from the garden or the store.

But that is some of the things that keeps our 11 year marriage growing strong. I was talking to a lady from our church recently, Linda Moore-Watts and asked her what makes her 24 year marriage work? One of the first things Linda said was “patience” the second thing she said is “listening”. She also mentioned that it is important to have your own interestes besides things you do together.

When I have posed this question to people, who I can tell still have that spark for each other, I hear similar responses. One of my favorite phrases is “don’t take anything personally“. The times that David and I argue, we may say some pretty intense things, out of anger, but I know that in spite of these verbal barbs thrown at me, he loves me. He has since were sophomores in high school and this fact, reminds me when I want to storm out of the house and say “That’s it!”

I want to leave you with a valentine email we got from our boss:

“Its a special day to us because it was  vday 11 years ago that I proposed the idea of starting the company to Virginia  so that I could spend each and every day with her.” 

What a wonderful declaration of love. And one of the big tests they have passed of how well they not only love each other, but like being with each other is that they leave their home in the Sabastopol area and travel in their RV and stay in  San Diego with their two cats. Now that is togetherness!

Thinking outside the box in a different way

I hear this phrase , “think outside the box” all the time. So I started thinking, instead of thinking outside the box, why not go inside the box and re-shape it into a shape you like? who says the box is made out of a rigid substance? maybe the box is make of pipe cleaners or clay? It is like being a visionary alchemist. We use things that may not fit in our life and visualize them into something else. Just a thought…

Amy is a happy girl who loves to dress up.

Today I finished my art project for the Humane Society of the North Bay’s Denim and Diamonds Barkitecture fundraiser. What is this. I will go into details in a moment.  The project I created is an 3D  8 X 10 wall hanging . A cat  I named Amy. Amy is wearing a jacket and skirt made of denim to go with the theme. The photo I have included doesn’t really show the 3 dimensions, but it is still cute. My designs will tell me what to name them. Amy was made with watercolor paper,  gold fabric paint, clear rhinestones, 3d scrapbook roses and a touch of decoupage sealant. The frame I got from a thrift store. It was a little weathered, but the frame was well built. I took two coats of Indian Blue acrylic paint and two coats blue glitter paint. I never worked with fabric before or made a jacket or skirt, but for the first time, I am very pleased with her. I really want her to go to a good home.

What is the Barkitecture fundraiser for the Humane Society of the North Bay? It is an annual event in which organizations and individuals build dog houses and cat domicile’s and then they are auctioned off. They also have a silent auction (that is where Amy will be) and people write down their bids. They also have fabulous food and drink.  This is one of the Humane Society’s well attended and successful events, the dream child of the HSNB Director, Peter Wilson. I have known Peter for quite a while. We both met when we worked at Pet Food Express.  If you are in the Vallejo area, please plan on attending. Like I said it is really a lot of fun and a very good cause. For more information go to www.barkitecture.net