Change Your World with Friendship and Kindness

CHANGE YOUR WORLD WITH FRIENDSHIP AND KINDNESS

Feel it, believe it, Pass it on!

   The Power of Friendships

Ladies, are you in a hum-drum world of stress and boredom? It’s time to change your world with friendship and kindness. I want to help you along the way. My book, Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on! The Power of Friendships is a moving, funny collection of girlfriends having fun. If you think it’s something for you, read on!


The Queen has a life-map of joy and happiness.

The Power of Friendships is sure to enrich your soul.

All women are in search of lasting relationships that rejuvenate their lives with fun and laughter.

  • Let yourself enjoy the right to have fun.
  • Listen to your heart.
  • Put yourself first for a change.
  • Dream in color.
  • Play with your friends.
  • Travel to far away places even if it is in your mind.
  • Wear colors that make you happy.
  • Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Carry sunshine wherever you go. Let your light shine.
  • Invite others to join your crusade.
  • Enhance your wardrobe with bling bling.
  • Listen to your heart and follow your dreams.
  • But most of all pass it on to everyone you meet!
Queen Rose book signing

Queen Rose book signing

Queen Rose is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. These pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by the imagination that rises to the task. 


Please feel free to contact me and let’s discuss ways to help you Change Your World with friendship and kindness! I welcomed a change and it blessed so many of my girlfriends lives. Yes, we joined the Red Hat Society and found what we were looking for.

Our first years, 2002, we met monthly and it was always fun and exciting. We met the queen of the Red Hat Society, Sue Ellen Cooper, at Opryland Hotel and danced with 2,000 ladies dressed in purple and pink with red boas flying around. I heard later the feathers stopped up their vents to the air-conditioner system. Now that is a sight to visualize.

Trolly Ride to Wild Horse Saloon with Red Hats Sistas

Trolly Ride to Wild Horse Saloon with Red Hats Sistas

Luncheons, parties, and travels began for our group and we became a family. Our group is still meeting and enjoying the times we are together to share family stories and events. It’s been 13 years and we are still going strong. I can bet your life will be enriched and you can change your world with friendship and kindness! Join the change for an exciting life.

Doris aka Queen Rose

Self Publishing Part 1

I Think I Can

I Think I Can!

 

Self Publishing is our topic and I am sharing my experience and with all who keep reading.

Maybe you think you will never be able to gather all the research needed. Sometimes it crosses your mind but maybe you don’t have the confidence to forge ahead. It is a over-whelming task unless you take it step-by-step. Begin to rethink the idea. Tell yourself, “I Think I Can self publish.”  I’m here to help you begin. Many other bloggers have excellent blogs with information that can get you on your way.  I’ve been in your shoes. I learn to focus on step 1 and it taught me to realize my potential. Now I want to pass it on!

Steps to consider prior to Self Publishing Part 1:

  1. Do you have a story to tell that will give the reader pleasure?

  2. Are you aware of costs involved to self publish your book?

  3. Will you give your time to make your dream come true?

If you answered yes to these three questions go to Part 1.

Quick Notes

  • Find a room or hide away where you can write and be free from distractions.

  • Purchase a journal or notebook and special pen. ( maybe a pencil is the best choice)

  • Make sure you have good lighting for long periods of writing.

  • Keep a note pad on your night stand. Thoughts come to you when your mind is going over the events of the day.


Self Publishing Part 1

Several ideas come to mind to help you get started. Start research on self-publishing and especially for a rebuttal self-publishing company. There are many companies to choose from with various plans available to help you throughout the process. With so many available, you need to view their credentials and background before you decide. My choice was Outskirts Press  . I know Amazon and others now are in the business too. All it takes is research, research

  1. Begin to write your story with either the use of pen and paper. You might want to use a feature on the internet also.

  2. If you are writing your memories then talk with family members to get their perspective on relatives and events.

  3. A title is very important part of your book. Just think about a catchy phrase to lure your readers. It can wait for you to discover one that fits your . If you have one selected, I suggest you request a copy right to secure it from being used by another author.

  4. Research the internet for a self publishing company to handle your writings. This is an important step and please do read the fine print. You want to own publishing rights!

  5. Engage an illustrator to produce your images and front cover. (You may want to use selections pre-made with your publisher)

  6. Look for photographs or images that speak to you and convey your message.

  7. Make a list of your chapters to be included in your Contents page.

  8. Research images and photographs for your book. Gather some old and new and maybe even some funny ones to give your book humor.


A Self Publishing Company is a great choice on your way to become an author.

I hope you will continue to follow my blog and the second part will be featured in my blog next week. Keep trying to follow your dreams and believe in yourself. I know you too will begin to say,

“Self Publishing is for me!”

Keep your dream alive! Doris

Frida Kahlo & El Señor Xolotl

I love Frida Kahlo and want to share this exceptional post dedicated to her and Diego Rivera.

Considering the exhibition dedicated to her, and to Diego Rivera in Paris, at the Musée de l’Orangerie till January 13th 2014, Luxury Dog The Blog takes the opportunity to focus on an international recognized artist and dog lover: Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo de Rivera born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, who is best known for her self-portraits.

Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national…

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Make time for Art!

 Make time for ART it’s Important!

Make time for Art

       Make time for Art!

Many times, we all need a break from life itself. We wind up stressed and tired from the hassles of life. We go through the motions of living and repeat the same routine each day of the week. Well, that kind of life gets you nowhere! Maybe it’s time to think about your schedule and start to Make time for ART!


HINTS TO HELP YOU RECLAIM YOUR LIFE

Make a list of chores you Must do weekly. (cleaning, grocery shopping, attend church) Complete those chores in record time and don’t spend all day with work. There’s loads of fun and you have to keep moving!

Make a list of chores you can give to a family member. (laundry, walk the dog, empty the dishwasher) It’s only fair that members of a household share in the upkeep.

Make a list of things you want to accomplish but never have the time to do!

Making time for yourself is the best thing you can do for you and your family. Your soul will thank you. I know each day is hectic. We all have very little time for the finer things in life. I’m here to tell you the days, weeks, and years go by fast and one day you look around and you have lost your passion for life.

It usually happens when your last child is off to college and you wind up with an empty nest. Believe me, I’ve been there. If you are nearing a zero birthday, (this is a time to reflect on your life) then it’s time to take charge of your time!

  • Learn a new hobby. (Check out Pintrest for endless ideas)
  • Join a book club. (Check out information at your local library)
  • Take up needlepoint. (I love needlepoint and I take it with me on trips to have something to do when traveling in the car.)
  • Join a health club, yoga, power walking, stretch class ( I recommend because muscles start to weaken at the age of 60)
  • Start a journal. (This is a hobby you can pick up and lay down with ease.)
  • Take an art class to see if you have a hidden talent.( I recommend)

If you want to venture into art I have a quick easy project that will get you started.

I bought several 4″x 6″ flat sketch boards at Hobby Lobby and used my Prismacolor and Copic pens to start drawing pictures from my head. It takes some quiet time to bring you to this point in life. I have may Queen Studio to give me the peace I need.

You can look in magazines for art that speaks you. I again reinforce you trying Pintrest for ideas. It can be your life-line to all kinds of interesting ideas.

I like to add quotes and sayings for added interest. Search out google for famous quotes and poets that speak to you. Just like my Make time for art, it’s important.

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Art Sketch Boards

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Art Sketch Boards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


You will feel at peace and happy when you take charge of your time. Start to include your family to help you with chores. Find a positive niche that speaks to you. Include a friend that likes the same things you do. You will begin to feel stress leaving your body and your mind will feel alive!

Make time for art, it’s important!

It  will take you to your happy place.

Happy day,

Queen Rose

 Queen Rose

 

Looking for Art in all the Right Places

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

Who would have thought it? I fell in love with Mexico after traveling there 3 times and another trip planned for 2016. I am thrilled that my path has led me to a place filled with joy and interesting people. I love the Mexican culture. Smiling faces, strolling Maracihi bands, and parades. I don’t know the language very well but like a crazy lady, (that’s me) I just add a “O” at the end of my words. That’s me, crazy lady that’s right, trying to have fun in this life and making sure I get all the laughter and adventures I can.

Check out this for more about San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


Fun in San Miguel del Alende,Mexico

Fun in San Miguel del Allende,Mexico

My past trips to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico brought joy to my life! My husband, friends and I spent 6 weeks in the town roaming around and finding quaint little shops and eateries. Wow, the food is more than fabulous. Fresh fruits, ice cream, tacos, and even carrot cake in Mexico. The corners of town are filled with little stations of families selling their staples. I love the corner ice cream shop selling raspberry, it’s my friends favorite. Fresh fruits and pears so large you have to save part of it for later. Gosh, it’s all grown there and mostly free from pesticides.


Dia de Muertos

Day of the Dead by Queen Rose

Looking for art in San Miguel is what drives me back to that beautiful place. San Miguel artist are on every street. Small out-of-the-way spaces that seem to draw you in. Colorful pieces of Mexican history are there for the viewing. Day of the Dead figurines, burros, straw hats, talavera plates, cups, and many other items.  I found a love for the Day of the Dead art (I painted a canvas as a memory) and painted a few canvas paintings for myself and for sale.

Check out my blog post, The Queen’s Art Inspiration for more details on art in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


“Looking for art in all the right places”

Queen looking for Mexican trinkets

Queen looking for Mexican Art & trinkets

I especially like the silver and various stones sold in the silver shops. Our last trip I bought several opals and found a jeweler that let me design my ring and bracelet. He could make them and have them ready within 2 days. It is amazing!

Smashingeggs

We participated in a Mexican ritual Cascarones Day involves decorating eggs and when the signal is given the object is to run around “smashing” the eggs on your friends head! (the eggs are filled with glitter, etc) I know, it was really crazy. You can buy the eggs from the local children and families and when night falls someone signals the time and everyone starts cracking the cascarones (in their hand) over someone’s head. The Mexican tradition is good luck to have a cascarone crack over your head is an honor. My girlfriend that traveled with us had a blast. She just ran around everywhere smashing eggs on anyone in sight. We had a really fun time. Some of our clothes didn’t survive that night. It was all worth a few minutes of laughter.


My favorite time spent in Mexico is relaxing in the 85 degree year round weather. We bask in the sunshine and drank margaritas whenever possible. The only problem with Mexican tequila is it is VERY strong! Beware of that if you decide to travel there. Ice would not weaken the taste and the drinks were 90% tequila and 10% triple sec and lime. Too many of them and you will be dancing in the Jardin.(that’s what we did) The Jardin is a gathering place for tourists and Mexican families during the day and night. The Mariachi bands play and it invites you to sit and linger for a while.


My next trip is January 2016 for 2 weeks. Yeh Haw! Traveling with my husband and 2 friends will be over the top fun. We will be celebrating a milestone birthday (2 of us) and looking for art in the streets of San Miguel de Allende Looking for art in all the right places!

Hasta la vista, Doris aka Queen Rose

Queen Rose

Queen Rose

Queen’s Pop Art Decor

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Queen’s Pop Art

Magic colors of Pop Art has a way of bringing a smile to my face. I love the boldness of the dark shades. I use the colors to draw life into my canvas with every stroke I make. Each color pops out like a rabbit in a hole.

Bold colors make a statement and will bring interest to a blank wall or room. Begin with the 60-30-10% rule of decorating and then add the essential items to the room to complete your design.

Here is a quick way to paint a canvas that will work with your style.


PAINTING THE CANVAS

  • Begin by painting the whole canvas in a bright yellow and mix in some orange for interest.
  • Think about using colors that match your home. In my case, I use red, teal, black and white checks.
  • Add circles with checks, swirls, stripes and whimsical stars, or anything you like as a whimsical design. I use those like Mackenzie Childs.
  • Create leaves and whimsical spirals to fill the canvas.
  • Use black and white checks to mimic Mackenzie Child’s. Here I painted a stand that gives the canvas a whimsical look.
  • The flower pot is painted in red and gold stripes as it is a signature look of Mackenzie Child’s décor.
  • Lastly, I painted black stripes around the entire canvas. (the look of a frame is what I had in mind)

Most people like soft natural colors for their home decorating but not me! I have a red sofa, teal walls, and accents of black and white checks. My favorite designer of home items is Mackenzie Child’s. I use my paint brush and other ways to give an old piece of furniture a whimsical look.

Boho Chest

Boho Chest like Mackenzie Child’s 

  • Use your imagination to draw on when planning your next DIY project.
  • Include a variety of patterns within the same color family.
  • Add black and white checks to give your project a whimsical look.
  • Add several papers; craft, wallpaper, tissue paper, even cocktail napkins to complete your project.
  • Mod Podge is the glue of choice for positioning the papers on the DIY project. A second coat to seal the paper and give it a glossy shine.

Pop Art Lady

Pop Art Lady

The Pop Art Lady is my latest project. I actually took a paint class at Lowe Mill Art & Entertainment with a skilled artist I admire.

Learning new skills and new ways to use your skills is the best way to get a broader view of art.

Everyone you meet brings a fresh approach to life!

Take a class, join a group, or learn a new skill. It will help to enhance your hum-drum world. You might find you have raw talent hidden underneath layers of stress.


Pop Art is all around just look for it in home decorating stores, DIY projects of your own, or purchase Pop Art direct from artist on Etsy, Ebay, or from Queen Rose. I will be glad to paint a commissioned piece to match your decor.  Queen’s Pop Art is happy to please and happy to have new visitors to my blog! Drop me an email and we can discuss your one-of-a-kind canvas masterpiece.

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blog writer Doris Campbell