Sunday, July 22, 2012

Needing Rest and Relaxation -- Aloe Vera Flower Essence Art

This was me last night—literally asleep at the computer after too long a day of working on art for my Mama Love flower essence shop. I'm turning images I've been doing for a flower essence Tarot deck into greeting cards and making them available as prints. But there are at least 40-50 of them ready now and 30-40 more in the works plus selling them on the internet means I'm also needing to create a web page with Paypal buttons for each one! I spent hours getting 5 ready to be online and 3 actually up this week. Obviously this is a very long term project. How long? I actually had one of those Blueberry Macs when I started drawing the deck! (I work on a laptop now.)

This is the image for Aloe Vera, the flower essence you might use if you're prone to burning the candle at both ends. You can find prints and greeting cards with this image in my Mama Love Print Shop now!

Prices include shipping — sigh! I forgot to say that...another thing I need to add to those pages now.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dinosaurs on Route 66, Revisited

Thought I'd try a different color treatment of this photo I took of the Route 66 dinosaurs in Holbrook, AZ at night. I got a real kick out of this scene. It was such a surreal experience to find this roadside attraction just 45 minutes away from where we used to live. Prints of this image are available in our Etsy shop.

Sedona Sculpture Garden

I loved seeing this kinetic sculpture garden nestled in the trees on a recent stay in the Southwest. This was in Sedona in a district filled with art galleries — really a turning inward on the trip we were on, a period in which my partner Paul and I developed an understanding of how important the arts were to both of us as a direction we wanted to go in our lives. I saw those whirling wind sculptures and I didn't just see the art. It transformed the scene into a magical surreal landscape filled with wonder and possibility. Prints of this image are available in our Etsy shop.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Agrimony Flower Essence Art

There's an old song: "People say I'm the life of the party because I tell a joke or two. I might be laughing loud and hardy but deep inside I'm blue." Agrimony Flower Essence is used for honestly acknowledging and addressing the pain you might try to mask by putting on a happy face.

This image is designed to help you understand the essence of this flower's healing. By buying a print or greeting card to have your home you can use it to remind yourself to notice how you really feel when you're spending too much time pretending you feel differently or partying the pain away. Remembering what's really most important is the first step in having the life you most desire.

People often use our spiritual counseling services when they're looking for help in determining a healthier direction for their lives. When you're ready to have an honest look at what will move your life forward check out our website and give us call!

Are We Famous Yet? Artists on the Move!

© 2012 Paul Hood
Well, probably not. But the Chico Enterprise Record just printed a nice article about us and our July window show at Ellis Arts in downtown Chico today. Check it out:

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Being a Flower Essence Product Maker

One of the things I like most about creating my Mama Love flower essence aromatherapy formulas is the alchemy involved in putting together just the right combination of ingredients for each one. It could be easy: I could add one flower essence known for a specific purpose to one essential oil known for a similar purpose and be done with it. But that's not what I'm all about.

When I created my very first formula I was going through a very rough time, going through a divorce, losing a long time home, and found myself crying all the time. I asked for guidance as to what flower essences and essential oils to use, checked it with book learning, gave it try and found it incredibly effective. I shared the story of that particular experience in this video.

It was inspiring to me. I wanted to help other people with it. And so Mama Love Products was born.

Every Mama Love product is created in a similar fashion. I choose a life issue I think might be helpful to people usually from my own life experience but sometimes also by request. I ask for guidance, combine it with book learning and increasingly my own experience, test it on myself and other people, and when I'm satisfied put it out. What's interesting to me in the process is how my guidance expands my understanding of what underlying issues may be most at play and, therefore, what ingredients would be most effective.

For example, I recently reintroduced Mama Love for Renewed Faith & Optimism, a personal favorite that links ingredients for relieving depression with those for increased patience and a playful spirit. I wouldn't have put those together on my own! "Patience? What's that in there for?" I once thought. But I realized as time went on how much my own sense of discouragement was affected by my impatience and frustration not to be able to see things move as fast as they once did before the Great Recession. It's one thing to maintain confidence and stick-to-itiveness when things are happening; it's quite another thing to do so when spending has slowed down, business owners are more cautious, and you and your products are still relatively unknown. Optimism requires patience, yes indeed.

What I have to offer is unique in the business. I intentionally wanted to create a product line that smells as nice as a decent all-natural perfume. In addition to choosing essential oils for aromatherapy purposes to complement the flower essences I use I think and design like a perfumer. Once I choose appropriate oils I narrow the choices to those that create a wonderfully sensual experience of great base, middle and top notes. But, unlike an actual perfume, it's made to aromatherapy standards so it's safe to use liberally two or three times a day.

I made them for me! And I love using them. But I also love that other people are enjoying them, too.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Independence Day

Our latest newsletter on freedom and independence from self-imposed chains is online...