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Friday, July 12, 2013

Shoes and Questions for Paint Party friday!

So funny how blogging is! This post took on a life of it's own
bringing about many questions and memories!
This is my contribution to Summer of color week four red and yellow, ICAD
and Paint Party Friday all amazing blogs to visit!

Are you someone who needs or wants to be noticed?
Do you think it's important to be noticed?
I once had a friend who was so meek, no matter where we went
they always forgot to serve her coffee or take her  food order!
Since she's gone through menopause she's less tolerant
and  found her voice!

What do you focus on?
 I have always focused on my immediate family even when I worked full time
they were always my priority.  When times were tough I took solace in their support.
 In turn I have been paid back ten fold with a really loving close knit  family!
Now I focus on art too!!

Do you celebrate your creativity by making fancy cakes,
dressing funky, decorating your house with color,
 putting on the Ritz for special occasions?
I used to have pink seat covers in my jeep, and several bumper stickers! The only ones I remember are  "Princess" for my daughters side and "Goddess" for my side, plus"Mean People Suck" and " Mean people breed little mean people"along with a license plate holder that said " Love Goddess"  
The best part was watching in my rear view mirror as people discussed or chuckled at my window stickers! Now that I create art I no longer have any bumper stickers!
Do you know your worth, to your family, your friends, your community, your blog buddies?

My friend told me that her daughter, a single mom of two children had taken a poem off my blog,  printed it out and framed it. Each day she'd read it to  get through the tough times!  I'd have never known had my friend not told me!
I was honored!

Are you Happy?
My friends baby died six  years ago, 
I was so upset that I had no way to help her.
Her younger friends busied with organizing the funeral
and family watched her disabled son. 
 I wrote  a poem in a blog post to honor my friends child. 
When I arrived at the funeral 
everyone in attendance was handed a leaflet.
 I read the leaflet shocked to see only my poems  
with the photo I had posted to my blog. 
Beardo looked over at me, tears streaming down my face
 and said,"Well, you wanted to help, looks like you did!"

To read an abridged version of their beautiful story of joy after grief go here!
Are you able to show your true self to the world?
I’ve  never fit in my  family
With my quirky little style
Colorful, brass and brazen
I stayed just a little while

I must have been an Indy kid
Back in the hippy day
Swimming tumultuous waves at home
Just to find my way

Different clothes, shoes and tastes
A philanthropist at best
Misunderstood by many
Neutral with all the rest

Life took a glorious twist
I found my own tribe
People who could appreciated
My unusual vibe

My parents died not knowing
The artist trapped inside
Creating funny  characters  
With a monumental pride

Often an embarrassment
Not willing to conform
Wearing Christmas lights at a dance,    
deflecting  the norm

Weird is wonderful I say
Not boring or contrite
It’s the act of artistry
It makes the colors bright!!!

Written by Happy tiler 2009

Do you ever feel like a weirdo?
  When I was eight months pregnant I went to a little restaurant across the line.  Of course pregnant ladies always have to pee. When I returned from the  bathroom my husband asked, "whatcha got there?" I turned around to see a trail of toilet paper leading from the rear waist of my pants all the way down the isle around the corner to the bathroom..Unbeknownst to me, my inner weirdo came  out to play without my permission!  I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants!!
Are you a homebody? Do you love your home?
 With an recent  train derailment explosion that took out most of a town in Quebec and the  floods in two major cities in Canada rendering people homeless, we have been so in love with our home which isn't always perfect, but it's perfect for us!

Over half of my index cards done for the month of June!
  Many people needing love and comfort this week, 
just know I  am thinking of you and sending you love and light!


Faye said...

All your shoes are beautiful this week with some very marvelous backgrounds, Sherrie. I love your writings and your poetry, as well. I do giggle sometimes over your posts and I sometimes tear up. I wouldn't miss visiting you every Friday for anything. Have a great weekend.

joy said...

Another wonderful post, Sherrie. I love your poem and I love all of your shoe ICAD's. You have a special way with words and it is a joy to visit your blog!

Valerie-Jael said...

Great post, love all the shoes! Valerie

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your poem really spoke to me, Sherrie. I've always expressed my artsy side in the way I dress. I've been called a suave, dapper, and/or snazzy dresser. However, some people don't like it and criticize such items as my hats or shoes. Either way, I wear the things I do because I like them, regardless of what others think. The only thing I haven't done is the diamond stud I mentioned to you before - LOL! Blessings, my friend.

Netty said...

Terrific poem and love all your wonderful shoes. Happy PPF, Annette x


Susan said...

Outstanding post today! And being a shoe person (and who among us isn't?) I loved your art.

sharon said...

Love your post today. Especially the poem, Ive always been outsde the herd and usualy showed it by the colours I wear - bright. Loved all the icads grouped together, make a wonder piece of art if you glued them onto a backing.

Irene Rafael said...

to be yourself seems like it should be the easiest think, but... the emerson quote is a good reminder. i love your colors and all of the shoe variations this week.

Ginny said...

Your shoe collection is amazing. I love coming here because you always make me think. You questions are great and I always am ready to answer them. I feel like we are having a conversation although I am in the room by myself.

I am so glad that your friend is learning to be seen. Noone should be invisible to the world. We all have too much to offer.

So glad you can enjoy the ocean. It is a very special place.

Christine said...

lovely post and a great shoe collection!

Pia Rom said...

OMG always such a pleasure to read your post...always a garant for deep meanful words and thoughts! How I love your little funy stories and of course the gorgeous collection of shoes ♥ Conny

MeOfCourse said...

All your shoes are awesome and very colorful. Loved your post. Thank you. gloria

Miriam said...

Such a lovely post and wonderful shoe collection.
the menopause...a strange and difficult time and when you are through it life becomes good again. So happy for your friend.

dawn said...

I love this post, you have a gift and I'm so glad you share it with others!

How sweet that your poems could help others thru hard times, keep doing that it's GREAT!!

LOVE LOVE all of these!!!

Sending you light and love this day!

Lynn Cohen said...

I love that your poem was found to be healing and useful
And you could then feel helpful.
I know right now that wanting to help, but not being let in feeling. I keep making arty things and sending them to her, and little gifts. A pair of Laurel Bruch socks, a Mimi art journal about our lives together, I know they'll make her smile. I think that's being helpful from afar. I know you'll agree. And yes all the colorful shoes are fantastic! Hugs, xo!

Kristin said...


Anne Manda said...

Love your shoe collection and the wonderful poem! Great, big, fun and also heartbreaking post! How great that your creativity comforted your friend in the time of her grief.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Love your poem and your stories always....I believe the best thing we can do is honor our inner weirdness because we all are aren't we. So glad you could create powerful words to help your friend after she lost a child. That's coming straight from the heart and soul and people can see that about you. What better feeling to have. xox

Monique said...

Your shoes all look great!
Happy PPF, have a great weekend.

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

I love to see all your shoes together. They are amazing. A shoeaholics dream come true:)

SAMARA said...

Hi Sherrie - your post really touched me. I don't know how one child can be like none. I know Cupcake is your world and I have always thought we were alike in many ways which is why I've loved reading your stories and how dedicated your posts are to Cupcake. This poem of yours - yes yes yes. Do you fit it? OMG - never. My therapist said (when I was doing my MA) give it up and stop trying. What a relief that was! At 40 I finally stopped trying. My dad is dying now so I don't know what that part feels like and I am so sorry for your experience so young, so very sorry Sherrie. Your Cupcake is your world, I know that. So I know you totally understand about Jordan, Ayla and Taylor. And Sherrie, 3 is just 1 x 3. They are all 1. Seriously. I never saw them as 3. It was impossible for me because I live so in the present. People faulted me for this but it was the only way I could do it. I so hear you and I love that. I so love you hear me. My friend, you are magnificent! Lovies to you always, Samara

Jessica Sporn said...

Great questions, great wisdom, great shoes!

miz katie said...

You have been sooo busy! Look at all those shoes!! :D I giggled at your weirdo story. I have a few of those myself. heehee I enjoyed reading your blog post, as always. You give me lots to think about each time. :)

Aga Gasiniak said...

Wow! What a post!! Thank you!!! so much! for heart warming and wise thoughts and stories. your words really touched me and made me think about myself. Your words and thoughts helped me to feel just right. Lovely and big shoe colletion. Thank you so much for sharing. I cant wait to visit your blog again.

Sharon Fritchman said...

Your shoes are always so fun and amazingly creative! I love them all! and your poetry, too. So happy that your poem can help others!!!!!

Shahrul Niza said...

WOWWW!. You are such a JOY to the world!. I'm glad that you listen to your heart and just BE :). I'm sorry about your friend's lost, but I take refuged knowing that you had helped her in the most beautiful way :). You are a poet, most certainly!

LOVE all the shoes painting, most especilly the cute-eyed pink canvas!. I have to LOL at your 'P' situation :). I LOVE to see your bumper sticker " Mean people makes little mean people".

Linda said...

awesome post Sherrie!!! I LOVE all your colorful shoe cards and they look fabulous together too! At first your poem saddened me a bit(hmm...perhaps thinking about me?) but what a great way to express your thoughts and in a creative way! You won't always know who you may touch or how, but just know that you do-and more than you may ever realize. Hugs!

Tammie Dickerson said...

I love the part about letting your inner weirdo out to play! Wonderful post, as always!

Gloria said...

You always make me think. I think you should be honored as the "Wise Woman" of the tribe. Love all your quirky shoes and your quirky self! :) Thank you for your comment on my blog.

lorik said...

Love your post! Each shoe has such a life of its own- so expressive - the collage is the finale:)

Ritu Dua said...

Your art is amazing and the poem truly reflects the person you are :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As always, I LOVE your shoes. But most of all, I love what you write about them. I actually cried when I read what you did for your friend's funeral. I would say you were a HUGE help. Bless you.

Debbie said...

I enjoyed reading your interesting post and seeing your wonderful shoes. hugs!

denthe said...

Oh Sherrie, those poems are so wonderful. It doesn't surprise me that they used it for the funeral service. And I'm so happy to read that they were blessed with healthy twins after all they went through. You really have a way with words and colors, love it!

Kim said...

Still lovin' those shoes. HPPF!

Ariel said...

Sherrie, your posts always make me think and laugh at the same time. It brings in a lot of memories too. Your shoes' sketches are getting more and more beautiful.
Hugs and Have a lovely week.

janice smith said...

Your shoes are amazing. I love seeing them all together that way and, as so often happens, your words have given me much to think about. I, too am grateful to have my art as an outlet...a way to express what is deep in my heart and a way to (hopefully) bless others now and again. I hope you know that your positive words and colorful art bless me immensely!

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Your shoes and poems are amazing, dear Sherry. As a shoe Lover too :) I love to see all this shoes in your wonderful Colors. I would wish to see this in real life, real shoe! Happy weekend and hugs

Janet said...

You have a way of either making me laugh or cry, and sometimes both. I love your stories and your art...the shoes are great! Never change!!

Natasha said...

I love all the shoes together, they are fabulous!! Love them. :)

NatashaMay said...

I always enjoy reading your blog posts and your shoe collection is fabulous! :) I must say I focus a lot on myself and my pets. Weird, ha? :) I'm also a homebody but when I make myself go out I enjoy it. It's tragic what happened in Canada. My thoughts go out to all.

Dawn said...

I just love the fun and whimsy of all your shoes! They're fabulous!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I look forward to your blog and art each week. You have such passion. I hope you are writing a book with your inspirational poems.

Jane Wetzel said...

great post..great shoes...always a great blog to visit!

Jeannette said...

OOoh Iam Looove your all shoes,very beautiful,and all so diffrent,i love espeically the one with the eye,your art and style is great and faboluos,i love shoes always to :-)

Greetings Jeannette

Cynthia Schelzig said...

wow, for a minute I thought you raided my closet....love your shoe collection!!

Meihsia Liu said...

What a beautiful shoe collection! Love your post! <3 :)

JKW said...

Your light shines for all to see in your words, actions and art. Many Blessings, Janet PPF

Grace Amaury said...

Very beautiful poem and each one of the shoes is so very unique! :) Great post!!

lorik said...

What you wrote is so uplifting positive and so easy to relate to. One of the simple things I have started doing as I get older - is wearing bright colours and rainbow beanies:)) Maybe next I will wear spotted shoes:))
Thanks for your wonderful words and pics.

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