Halloween pics - From you

I'll be posting our Halloween pics here.

I'm an amateur makeup artist so Halloween means full face makeup and custom costuming for everyone in my house.

Here's on of my favorite pics from 2 years ago. It ran this past Sunday (10/28/12) in the Raleigh News and Observer Sunday paper in Section 1 on page 7A. http://triangle.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?p=A&c=71018&s=24888435&i=1&sort=#SD

I thought we looked cool in a retro, classic kind of way.

There's some creative costumes in the gallery too. Don't forget to check them out while you're there.

My method of creating:  I do makeup first, THEN have them put on their costumes and pull accessories/accents as I need them to round out the outfit, then finish blurring the makeup into the edge. This order means I don't have to worry about staining up the clothes. But I do have to worry about getting done. My kids don't sit still long enough for me to get the makeup down to their clothes' line once they've changed clothes. And since they were running out the door to trick-or-treat, I rush out to catch them. Oh well. Maybe I'll get to do the finishing touches this year.

This year, I've been told I'll have 2 zombie boys to make up. Me? Maybe a fiery devil or temptress. I never know until it's all done. Whatever strikes me when I go to the closet and the mirror tomorrow.

What do you like to dress as? What will you be this year?

Don't forget to take pictures before you head out. A 12 megapixel camera is all you need to get shots that can be uploaded or printed and framed.

Hint:  A plain wall makes the best backdrop.

Then I love Shutterfly for making themed, hardcover picture books. Now that I've got a decade of Halloween pics, I can't wait to make a new Halloween book.

Hope you have a safe, happy, candy-filled Halloween wherever you are.

Dark Forest (Happy Halloween!)

This piece, Dark Forest, is part of the Fairy Tale series I started with Mirror Mirror. I've added all the darkness and suspense of Halloween to the forest of darkness that haunts us during those dark times of our lives.

Whether our valleys are communal (like Hurricane Sandy) or private (like a breakup, divorce, illness, death, etc.), I hope you can find some joy to hold on to.

On your walk, Beware the craggy tree limbs that snag and grab like disembodied hands grasping. Beware the watchers and gossipers. Beware the apple of temptation, whatever yours may be. Find your light and fan those flames to banish the fears.

Happy Halloween!



Mirror Mirror

The idea behind the collage, MIRROR MIRROR:

My collage art is all about finding the light="good" in the darkness=trouble, anxiety, uncertainty, fear, etc.

Mirror Mirror is the first in a series of collages with a fairy tale twist. See the innocent young woman being tempted by the woman in the mirror. What lies behind the red door--salvation or damnation? Beware your temptations. Beware what you seek. Good and evil exist. Don't be betrayed by some fleeting desire. Protect your flame and shine your light.

I LOVE fairy tales because of the battle between good and evil. I love the journey and transformation process that the heroes and heroines must go through to make it to the other side.

I HATE fairy tales because most often some prince comes in and saves the day for the princess. No more. Current writers make sure the women can hold their own, or be the rescuers. And who doesn't love a strong, bold woman? <3

Check out Once Upon a Time on ABC to find some butt-kicking heroines in Snow White, her daughter & even the Evil Queen Regina. Yes, I'm an evil queen fan.



Introducing God Girl Goth


These days, you'll find me "working" less and creating more. I find myself waxing philosophical and poetic for hours with the friends who will indulge me.

But don't worry. I don't plan on taking that much of YOUR time. I plan on keeping postings brief and not innundating your inbox with too much content.

I want to spark you to think about your own life and go deeper into figuring out who YOU are now, not who you were or who you thought you'd be at this stage in your life.

Did you just wince when you read that? Yeah, me too.

So why challenge the status quo? Why should you do anything other than what you've done? Because you've settled for LESS THAN and it bothers you. It bothered me, too, for way too long.

Call it a midlife crisis. The timing is about right. So two months ago, I was discontented, sad, and angry in spite of  my many blessings.

I knew I should feel better, so why didn't I?

So I set out to treasure my life and my work while working to really appreciate and feel the blessings already within my grasp BEFORE my birthday. My progress wasn't without tears, sleepless nights and lots of soul searching, bitching and moaning. My newfound outlook on life was worth it all.

So this is me, happy on Halloween when I could be whatever I chose. And witchy, vampy, devilish, and angelic...they all suited me just fine. But then ordinary time took over and I felt adrift once again.

No more. I wouldn't live going through the motions. I have 2 children who are watching my every move. I wanted to model a better life for them, for me.

In other words, I'm like you.

I have many roles.
  • wife
  • mom
  • daughter
  • writer
  • photographer
  • collagist
  • adult with unmedicated ADHD
  • highly spiritual person trying to learn more about my discernment and exhortation gifts
  • a Christ-follower

  • intellectual
  • lifelong learner
  • recovering amnesiac
  • walker
  • hiker
  • asthmatic
  • stay-at-home mom
  • small business owner
  • paranormal/Goth
  • woman
(Those bolded ones are those I'm exploring in depth at this point in time.)

I'm interested in the shadow side of our lives so much that my small talk at parties began with "Tell me your deepest, darkest secret now because you will eventually."

Those roles aren't more or less important than the others.

What else should you know?
Well, some people would call me goth, weird, artistic, creative, honest, too school for cool, funny, talkative ...

Like you, my greatest attributes and greatest foibles vary from day to day.

My greatest passion in life is to make the most of what I have, what I've earned and most importantly, what I've been given or entrusted with.

My greatest goal is to love God and inspire people to love. When I die, I hope people will say, "She was a God girl; she was a good girl. And she was soooo funny. You know, she was a great role model, even if I didn't realize it at the time."

And if they add, "she was a goth girl" or "her darker side made her interesting" or "Did you know that she could..." well, all the better. It means that I touched them in some way using the gifts God gave me, even if most people shied away from me and them. I'm okay with that.

I'm on a mission to be the best me ever. I've chosen to choose the life I have right now. Not the life I'll have in the future, but the one I have right now. Not that I won't be working toward goals. But unlike in my past where I never measured up to my own standards, I'm too blessed to be anything but joyful.

Join me as we explore. There's always light, even in the darkest night.

Love, Donna