Monthly Archives: January 2010



You may have noticed that my posts are increasingly art-related, serene art of course, but no new serenity/stress management tools in a while.  Well ok, before we have a mass revolt, think about this – I’ve already given you most of the important ones!  Today, you get a new tool to add to your toolbox anyway.  This is a really fun activity that is appropriate any time, and maybe particularly applicable for the new year (look outside – it’s still January!).

This new tool is called a VISION BOARD, and it’s ths simple.  Gather a bunch of old magazines and cut out any images and words that appeal to you.  Don’t overthnk it; just cut out anything that speaks to you – no reasons needed.  Then take  poster board or a large sheet of paper, and tape/paste your words and images onto your background paper.  You’re going to feel like you’re back in kindergarten, and everythink was fun back then!  So allow the child in you to come out for a few hours.

Put your new Vision Board above your desk or anywhere you will see it daily.  Bacause this is a “right brain” activity, your vision board will inevitably include some of the things that are important to you, things you want to accomplish, things that make you feel good.  And here’s the best part – because your visions are in front of you daily, some of them are going to be realized.  It’s not magic.  It’s the gentle but constant reminder of what you want that will motivate you to take the steps you need to take to make these things happen.

Here’s the Vision Board I did wth my artist group about 18 months ago:

And here are the items I MADE HAPPEN since creating this Vision Board, things that were not planned at the time of “vision board creation:

I have a piece of work published in Lark Books, 500 Art Quilts.  I also have a piece in the Feb/March issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine, and that wasn’t even on my Vision Board.

My husband and I have gone on two wonderful trips.  One to the Southwest where we spent time hiking in 2 national parks, Zion and Bryce.  Zion is now one of my favorite places on eath.  Our next trip was to Italy where we spent time in Tuscany, not enough time of course – must go back.  What a beautiful country!

I have spent alot of time at the Chicago Botanic Garden enjoying nature and scenery that changes regularly.  Every time I go there, things look different.

I’ve done alot of stitching.

I did not get a dog but, amazingly, my next-door-neighbors did get that exact yellow lab on MY Vision Board.  His name is Charlie, and I can play with him any time I need a dog fix.


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Two pieces of news…

Beginning in February, my hand-dyed and screened scarves will be available at Simply Chicago Art, 1318 Oakton Ave, Evanston, IL.  Here are a few from yesterday’s studio session:


“Stormy”, my piece that is traveling with the SAQA Transformations 09 exhibit is published in the Feb/March issue of  Quilters Newsletter Magazine.  This piece is also listed for sale on the SAQA website.

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500 ART QUILTS, the new publication by Lark Books, arrived at my door yesterday.  My piece, Floating Leaves Revisited, is on page 77, and I am so honored to be included.  This book is overflowing with “eye candy” from some of my own “hero” fiber artists including Carol Bryer Fallert, Jane Dunnewold, Barbara Barrick McKie, and Barbara Schneider as well as many others too numerous to name.   There are also many artists whose incredible work was not familiar to me.  You can get your copy from or directly from   Many thanks to Karey Patterson Bresenhan (, juror.

Here are the first two pieces of my new series, described in my 11/12/09 post, “Ancient Messages/Modern Messages”.

“Modern Messages I – Ti Amo”  (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

“Ancient Messages I – Wall Art Pompei” (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

For these pieces I used hand-dyed and screened fabric, rust-dyeing, photo transfer and stitching.

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