Hi everyone! So today we posted on our Etsy.com shop prints of Lorenzo’s two newest works, Amber the mermaid, and the Lovable Lion. They are the first of many new drawings that begin as pencil and/or ink drawings and bloom into color with detailed computer graphics coloring. Lorenzo has taken his playful colorful style to a new level. We hope you enjoy them! See our etsy shop for pricing and background stories.
YoYo is our youngest “son.” Yes, we are one of those people that think of our pets as our children, sort of. He is very vocal, and loves to eat. He’s a pretty good cuddler, and he is also a peace maker. When Zen and Bambi, our two female cats, start a noisy fight he comes running and puts himself in between them. Here he is as I am about to give him a treat.
YoYo runs on top of the fridge when we have guests. After a while he comes down to investigate. I have to feed him the most wet food, so the other two cats have time to eat theirs. Otherwise he will eat his and try to steal theirs.
He used to try to play with our old dog Barney, though Barney never seemed to get the joke. Every time I would bring Barney in from a walk, YoYo would lie in a special hiding place. Then I would take off Barney’s leash and harness, and Barney would do his victory run through the house. YoYo would jump out and ambush him. Barney ignored him so really YoYo would only swipe at Barney’s backside as he ran by. YoYo was always so pleased with himself every time, and it was so adorable how he never tired of this game.
Here’s to our chubby, playful peace maker. One of the wonderful spirits that makes our home home.
OK so I think the serenity prayer for clothing from the earlier post must have helped. I also did meditation and “read” my own energy. I donated one box of books and two big bags of clothing today. I was pretty amazed at the reasons why I kept extra possessions, going all the way back to childhood. I have a feeling the energy of excess possessions will be a popular new topic for my readings with clients.
Our website www.BarneysHomeDogBoarding.com is finally up and running! Please check it out, and be gentle with your feedback! 🙂 Please also forward it to the dog lovers in your life.
Remember ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first! Here’s a prayer I just wrote for myself, as I begin to once again give away all the extra clothes I keep for no good reason at all. Well, since I read energy I know there are pretty complex reasons we keep clothes we don’t really need or even wear. I also know it would be really helpful for me to give them away, to lighten my load so to speak. Perhaps you need this prayer too? I’ll let you know on Wednesday if it worked! 🙂
OK so the website and yelp page will be done within a few days, but I just can’t wait any longer. Starting Monday, Valentine’s Day, we are all ready to begin Barney’s Home Dog Boarding! Lorenzo and I will board one or two cat-friendly mellow dogs from the same home only. We are fully insured and ready to talk to any dog owners you know, who need a calm safe home to board their dog(s) when they travel. Our rates are $40/night for one dog, and $55/night for two dogs from the same home. We offer $10 off the first night for new clients. We both work from home and we have a yard, so we offer so much companionship both night and day, and a literal home away from home. Please help us spread the word to dog lovers everywhere.
If you are interested in getting email updates on this, let me know and I will keep you posted. Otherwise check back here for periodic news. This image is a tiny preview from our website. For more info call me at 773-728-7884 or email us at JL@BarneysHomeDogBoarding.com
This is an “11th hour” blog post, just squeaking in as a “Wednesday” blog post. Today was a series of unexpected bursts of creativity, leading me to half start about half a dozen projects. Hopefully tomorrow I will have the kind of creativity that helps me to finish those projects! Let’s just say I will have really big and good news for Friday’s blog post, God willing…..
I am now listening to a custom Jazz station I made on Pandora.com. If you haven’t tried the Pandora.com website, I definitely recommend it. It’s free. There are occasional ads, but they are very rare. You could upgrade to a paid version with no ads that is inexpensive. But free is good. You can make and save a virtual station based on music similar to any artist at all. After such a creatively divergent day, the Charlie Parker station I have on Pandora is so perfect. It is cheerful, as if to say, “Good for you Janet for starting six things today! Why not!!!!”
I am listening to Pandora with my iPhone 4 right now. I showed my lounging cats to my friend the other day with the “Face Time” feature, since she also has an iPhone 4. That means you basically see live video during the call. She got to see how cute and relaxed my cats are when no “strangers” are around. This photo of our male cat YoYo is a good illustration of such a look.
OK so time to post. Big news Friday!
Last week’s Snowpocalypse Chicago snowfall is still everywhere on the ground and with this week’s upcoming low temps, it isn’t going anywhere. My absolute favorite snow photo was this one given to me by a reading client.
But really, since we’ve still got a while more with winter, I decided to stop fighting it, and stop complaining about it. Outwardly I do not complain much at all, but today I realized that inside I was really whining about the snow and cold, missing my green tree leaves, missing my summer clothing and warm breezes.
Many people are more disconnected from nature in winter, and this can lower immune systems, and increase stress. A connection with nature and the earth benefits each of us, like having strong roots making you feel more centered and peaceful. So is the answer moving to Hawaii? Well, not today at least. 🙂 One option is to recognize your inner emotional battle with this weather, and let go of it, make peace.
So for the rest of the winter I will make peace with it. I will ease myself out of an inner whining state, and let go of fighting it. After all, I choose to live in Chicago and this comes with the territory, as they say. This photo is me making peace with the snow and the cold. It was fun to make this today. I kind of felt like a kid again.
Art prints of Lorenzo Ross’ work are for sale on Etsy.com. But wait, what is Etsy? While Etsy is a hugely popular site, I believe it has a lot of room for growth in the future. Etsy.com is like eBay for all forms of handmade art, sold directly by the artist, but much more. Etsy’s fees for the artist are much lower than eBay, and furthermore they send adorable, encouraging emails to the Etsy “shop owners” to help the artists grow in areas like pricing, promotion, product photos, the psychology of sales, etc. After all, just because you are creative and make a lovely product doesn’t mean you know anything about business. Add that to the fact that Etsy is all about handmade, and it is a huge forum for shoppers who want something quirky and unique. Etsy has a convenient search engine with easy viewing and buying, and the feel-good factor of communicating with and buying directly from the artist.
So as you see I could go on and on about Etsy, but we’ll save that for other blog entries. So how can you begin to use Etsy? You could follow this link to our PsychicUnicorns Etsy shop my husband and I have http://www.etsy.com/shop/psychicunicorns
While original paintings of Lorenzo’s cost hundreds of dollars, our prints with paper size 8.5″ x 11″ are $18.00. Lorenzo will be doing a big range of styles in the future, so stay tuned. While we can never constrain Lorenzo’s inspiration, upcoming art themes may or may not include diverse images of women, lions, cupcakes, cats and dogs, Obama, and yes perhaps even unicorns.
Feel free also to check out other art on Etsy. There is a staggering range of art, as I said. For example I love peacock feathers, and I have enjoyed searching for all the art that comes up when I search for peacock on Etsy. You can just browse, or make your own Etsy account as an artist or as a shopper. With your own Etsy account, you can choose an entire shop or an individual art piece as your “favorite.” This helps you to remember things you like and may buy later, and also helps the artist because it increases their exposure to other shoppers, and validates they have a fan base.
Etsy itself will be just one of the many topics I cover on this Mon, Wed, Fri blog. Future etsy-related blog entries will include more Etsy search ideas, and features on other Etsy artists. Other blog topics I will have here are more about Lorenzo the artist, our rescue cats, our in-home dog boarding adventures, fun info about my life as a psychic, and our yummy Albany Park neighborhood, on the NW side of Chicago. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all about Etsy, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to assist you, or you can go right to the source at http://www.Etsy.com.
Well sometimes they say it’s hard to think of what to write about, but not today! For days now people have been talking about the snow storm that was coming. We stocked up on groceries and filled our gas tank on Monday, and Tuesday afternoon and evening we watched the blizzard out of our windows, all safe and warm at home. At first it looked like a snow globe that someone kept shaking, with all the blowing snow, but then it was snowing and blowing just too much, and looked more like some scene out of a movie.
It’s a great time to be a renter with a garage space, since the building owner’s son is due to come this afternoon with a big snow blower and plow out the alley. Lorenzo has chronic back issues, so thankfully he is not tempted to help with the shoveling.
Currently he is working on coloring on the computer an original hand drawing he did of a lion, with a great big mane and a pretty cute face. It’ll be up in our etsy shop by mid February, and I think it will be a big hit.
Lorenzo Ross is my husband and we sell prints of his original art work in the PsychicUnicorns etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/PsychicUnicorns
Lorenzo has his own room where he creates his art. We didn’t rush into living together, and when we were planning what we would need in our first apartment together years ago, we knew we would each need separate work rooms. Enter the glories of 3 bedroom apartments. We are now in our second apartment together, and once again we have a 3 bedroom apartment. We have our bedroom, Lorenzo’s art room or his “office” as we now enjoy calling it, and my home office “reading room” where I read clients.
If I ever need to go into Lorenzo’s office to ask him something, I always knock on the door first, and generally wait for his response. I think energetic boundaries are important to one’s creative process, so I always respect that his office is his alone.
We are fortunate to be able to have separate rooms to help us with boundaries, but I think there are many ways for people who live together to respect each other’s creative boundaries. As a psychic reader I have read couples who do not allow each other enough alone time. Time alone, whether in a separate room with the door closed, or in the same room undisturbed is a great way to nurture and allow the creative process for people in a home. Lorenzo needs time to draw, and I need time to meditate. We each need different environments for our work, and time and respect from each other to allow this.
Here’s to hoping that your creative process gets a metaphorical, or literal room of its own.