Friday, February 28, 2014

Mesquite Furniture, Fire & Flames

'Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames' -Rumi
Mesquite heart and flames by Lou Quallenberg
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames -Rumi

Several friends have lost their homes to fire, so seriously - we mean no disrespect here. That is not the kind of fire that we mean. We are talking about that all consuming passion to create, write, sing, dance, make mesquite furniture or share whatever your LOVE or HEART is. That thing that keeps you up at night.  Surround yourself in talent, share openly, stay focused and positive.  Insulate yourself from the negative whether it is thoughts, words or people. Avoid the time consuming, mind numbing diversions of television and other so called forms of entertainment. If it is not inspiring you, then why are you wasting your time with it?  Make sure your thoughts, words and actions are all love based. When you come from a position of love you cannot go wrong. This is particularly important when you are talking to yourself. Do you treat / talk to yourself like you would a friend? You should.

Do not let fear get in the way of creating your life in this way. If it scares you then you are stretching and growing. It SHOULD scare you if you are doing it right. If the fire gets so hot everything blows up, then be patient. You can and will rise from the ashes. I promise.

Hopefully we will have some mesquite furniture / art to post about next month.  This month I will be stretching long and hard as I speak at the Llano Library:

Come celebrate spring and new beginnings at the Llano Library by interacting with a panel of four speakers dedicated to healthy living, diet, exercise, nutrition, mind/body integration, self healing, spiritual journey and more.

The Wellness Workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9-12 noon, will be the first in a series of quarterly programs dedicated to body, heart, mind and spirit.

Healthy snacks will be served during short presentations by the panel, after which the program will be opened up for participants to ask questions or express concerns.

The panelists include:
Laurie Jameson, ThD; W.C. Jameson, PhD;  Nicky Immel, LMT; and Cheryl Quallenberg, BS.
Read more HERE

How is this for inspiration?   

“When you make something. When you go through the process, all the steps, and at the end you have a finished product, that you made with your own hands, out of your own mind, that is your own design; it’s a reflection of your soul.”
- Eric Hollenbeck / The Ox
Master Wood Craftsman

Watch this inspiring video by Ben Proudfoot at Breakwater Studios

A few more FLAMES:

Don't miss the @LAST Llano Art Studio Tour held annually the LAST Saturday in March in Llano, Texas. Check out these incredible artists in their work spaces.
These folks will inspire you. 
We are so glad to have each one of them sparking and fanning in our lives.


Ira Kennedy home studio
painting / acrylic / ink
Jerialice & The Enchanted Rock Band
Texas Tin Lizard: Kathleen Smith
mixed media / bottle trees
Dust Devil Diver Photography: Briley Mitchell
Tom Suarez Photography
Llano Fine Arts Guild & Gallery
Guild Artists
Nailhead Spur Company: Richard Wendt
metal art / custom fabrication
Gridiron Gallery: Jack Moss
claythings: Lynda Hallmark Gammage
Jane Lynch - altered art
Kathleen Riordan - pottery
Sheri Zoch (sapphire) home studio
fused glass / oils
Charles & Euneen Wendt home studio
spurs / iron / fused glass / gourd art
Gayle Hardaway - leather work
Myrick Studio - Harriet Myrick
mixed media
Lou Quallenberg home studio
sculpted mesquite
Ralph Moresco - copper wind spirals
Check it out 
Saturday March 29th 2014 10am-5pm
Afterparty with the artists 7:00pm Llano Fine Art Guild & Gallery
Demos and Giveaways throughout the day!
Maps available at the studio locations, local businesses all over town, the Llano Visitor Center and the Llano Fine Art Guild.

FINALLY Do not forget to add some fuel to the FIRE!!!

Need wholesale mesquite firewood? or oak firewood?
JP Wood Supply
Joe Prest
Menard, Texas 
JP Wood Supply Menard, Texas
JP Wood Supply in Menard, Texas