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What Is Temporary Art – New Sustainable Trend

You might be wonder what is temporary art exactly and what purpose doe it serve? Temporary or sustainable art has become a fast growing trend in our modern society and this article will examine it both from the art point of view and touch some issues such as sustainability and some of the ideologies behind temporary art.

Temporary art is created in a way, either by the methods or materials, that it won’t last over a certain time or season. It is created to bring some beauty and sometimes carries a deeper meaning or symbolism.

The artist is fully aware of the temporary nature of the art and often part of the project is to document the creation, by filming or photographing it before the destruction, which might be voluntarily, sabotage or depend on the weather.

When I talk about new trend, I don’t mean temporary art is new in itself, but rather that is has become very trendy recent years in the Western world with the influence on Buddhism and other Eastern religions.

The sustainable aspect normally comes from the fact that the art is created from readily available and free or at least cheap materials, such as plants, sand, ice or snow.

It also means that once the art dispenses, you are left with no real waste that needs to be disposed off. If you are wondering why this is so important, read more about it in my article: How to Protect Earth

It might be religious in nature, rituals such as the sand mandalas symbolizing the all beauty is only temporary or Hindu offerings, which are made to please the gods.

I have by no means attempted to mention all possible forms of temporary art forms in my article. It is rather a taster for what you might find, if you make a deeper dive into this form of art!

Arrangements

This could be a cut flower arrangement for Christmas or perhaps an offering for the Gods in form of oil lamps, incense and flower petals. Or how about these ones made from reed baskets, fruits and flowers for celebration at a Hindu temple in Bali.

Temple Offerings on Bali

Chalk Paintings

Did you ever draw something into asphalt or a wall, just having it washed away by the rain few hours or days later?

This used to be one of my favorite past times on walls and cliffs to the great displeasure for my parents, who hated the color stains on my hands and my clothing.

There are wonderful artists creating amazing paintings on the streets and you have to be fast to catch them before they are gone forever!

Colorful Chalks

Living Art

Living art is a very sustainable form of art. A growing exhibit of a sort that at the same time produces oxygen.

Flower And Garden Shows

Flower and garden shows are extremely popular, especially in England, where gardening is not only a hobby, but been taken very seriously!

Have you ever seen an amazing flower planting when visiting a new city, maybe spelling the name of the city or an important word such as love?

How about visited a temporary flower carpet, such as the one hosted every summer in Brussels?

Brussels Flower Carpet

Gardens And Parks

Either private or public gardens and parks all over the world, such as the famous central park in New York City. Besides for just being beautiful, they are created to be wonderful, beautiful green oasis in the middle of cities, which give us a place to calm down and reflect our lives.

Central Park

Sand Art

Sand is a wonderful, readily available and easy medium for art creation. There are many different forms and I can only provide examples of few in the limited scope of this story!

Sand Mandalas

Have you ever followed a creation of a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala? This secret form of art is traditionally created for large celebrations and religious festivals.

Sand mandala is a symmetrical shape, mandala means Sanskrit work of circle and it symbolizing wholeness and harmony based on Tibetan Buddhist religion.

Buddhist Sand Mandala

It is painstakingly created with special metal tools that allow incredibly fine control during some days or even weeks, depending on its size. After the ceremony is over, the mandala is destroyed and the sand is given to people attending the ceremony as a blessing.

Beach Art

Sand Castles

Every child loves to build castles on the beach and draw things in the sand. It often follows us into adulthood, who has not drawn a heart and their and their partners initials in the heart on the beach?

Or arranged some shells in a form, only waiting to be washed away by the waves when the tide sets in?

Intricate sand mandalas that can be only truly admired from above are created by artists with the help of garden tools!

Heart Drawing In Sand

How about sand sculptures? Pretty much all the resorts are boasting with their own sand sculptures competitions every summer. The sculptures are spectacular, created with the most creative tools, including water spray bottles and metal strings.

Sand Souvenirs

Even been to a beach destination for holiday and brought back one of these bottles with sand painting inside? Beautiful memory, which can be easily shaken for just mess if you forget to pack it well!

Sand Art Bottles

I used to collect these things as a child and I am playing with the idea of teaching myself the technique for creating them.

Edible Art

There are countless edible art forms out there, just think about it! Fancy chocolates are often made into art and how about a ginger bread house at Christmas? Birthday and wedding cakes and other bakeries?

Guitar Cake

Food Art

Vegetable Snowman

Food art is one of the most common forms of art! In fact if you go to a fancy restaurant, your meal is a work of art both culinary and visual wise.

If you try to enthuse your young child to eat his vegetables or fruit, you might consider making it look like an art! Being creative with food and ingredients is fun!

3D Printed Edible Art

3D printing is quickly becoming one of the biggest revolution of our time. It’s sustainable as the plastics fillings are produced from recycled materials and being able to produce things on demand, companies safe both transport and warehousing costs. CO2 emissions are also reduced, which is great for the environment!

3D printing food is a novelty trend. There are already pop-up restaurants that produce an entire 3D printed menu and items such as 3D printed coffee or chocolate cups are becoming popular gift items.

3D printing chocolate cup

Snow and Ice Art

Some of us are luck enough to have access to this medium every winter! In the colder places, such as US and Northern Europe kids and professional artists alike build art from snow and ice!

Everything from snow men, snow sculptures to fortresses, this art last until the weather stays cold, or more often until destroyed by our mortal enemies.

Ice Buildings

In Finland, Sweden and Norway some places even construct entire temporary hotels out of snow and ice. They are built as soon as the temperatures drop permanently below zero and exist between 3-5 months depending on the temperatures!

The design is new every year and normally contains art work from dozen artist, who won a competition specially set up for this. These castles contain large dining rooms, bedrooms, bar and even chapels, which are popular locations for wedding ceremonies!

Kemi Snow Hotel

Here you see a bedroom in Artic Snow hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland! Everything in these places is built of ice, including furniture, such as tables, chairs and beds. Animal furs and winter sleeping bags are used to keep the cold at bay.

Also worth to mention are the igloos, which are not only native to Greenland, but also popular in many ski resorts on the Alps, where they often serve as bars!

Ice Sculptures

In hotter climates, ice sculptures are still very popular for things such as weddings and cruise lines buffet tables. They are commonly carved using chain saws or hand tools such as chisel and hammer.

Swans Ice Sculpture

Natures Own Ice Sculptures

Natures own art! Since ice occurs naturally, nature itself creates beautiful ice and snow art. Everything from large cave formations to tiniest snow or ice flakes! The best kind of snow and ice art there is!

Ice Flake

My Love For Temporary Art

I am a great fan of creating temporary art myself. I favor both sand and snow and you often see me on the beach with a shovel in my hand or kneeling in the snow creating an animal sculpture!

It often gives me something creative to do on the beach, because I find laying in the sun particularly boring! I am also known to take my paints and drawing pad with me, just in case.

Sandsculpture Beware of a turtle

Here is one of my funny creations from some year ago, a huge turtle built on a beach in Italy, it took 4h to create due to its size and it lasted for a week, before some kids decided to destroyed it.

It also inspired kids and adults alike to get creative and the beach was filled with all sorts of creatures! The dragon as the featured image of this story is something I created together with my kids in a very short time just before it got dark!

Snow Goose

Here you can see a snow goose, a bun intended! It was created on the German Alps, just before a particularly heavy snowfall, 180cm in 36h of powder snow, which got us stuck for days. It was made with my hands only, since I had no tools with me.

Besides this, I also love creating food art and the electric guitar cake was created for my daughter on her 11th birthday. It took a whole day to pull off, but I loved the look on her and her friends faces when they saw it.

So there you have it, my very own examples of temporary or rather seasonal art! I hope I have answered to the question what is the new sustainable trend of temporary art.

Do you have something to share? I would love to hear from you! Send me a picture and I will make a section with guest temporary art to this post!

 

Loving Thoughts,

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What Is Coconut Oil Pulling About

You might have heard about the latest health trends involving coconut oil and wonder what is coconut oil pulling about in fact? This article will emerge you to the secret of this ancient Ayurvedic tradition, covering the history, production, the technique and the health benefits of coconut oil pulling.

What Coconut Oil Pulling About Exactly?

When talking about coconut oil, it is important to remember that coconut oil is produced from coconuts and not from palm hearts, like palm oil, which usage has grown controversial due to the destructions of rain forests for the benefits of palm oil plantations. You can read more about this in my own article about protecting the earth.

coconut

Coconut Oil Production

Coconut oil is produced in most parts of Asia, Middle and South America and Africa. It can be produced with two different methods:

  1. Drying coconut meat and mechanically pressing the oil. This process results in raw extra virgin coconut oil.
  2. Coconut oil is extracted without drying. The coconut milk is the first product to be produced. Afterward the oil is seperated from the cobra by boiling, fermenting, refrgerating or mechanical centrifuge. This process is called wet-milling and since the oil is not the product of the first press, cannot be called extra virgin.

 

Making Coconut Oil

History of Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice, dating back 5000 years, helps to balance the three doshas of the body, by detoxifying the body via the salivary glands. Read more about dosha here:

What Is a Dosha – How It Influences Our Lives

Deeply rooted into the religious daily ritual cleansing, one of the long traditions of Hinduism. This was a very important for both maintaining good health in the ancient times and living the religious life described by the Vedas.

Vedas

Although coconut oil pulling is being traditionally practiced in India, the concept was first popularized by Russian Dr. F. Karach in 1990’s for the Western world. Today many health improvement programs promote it’s usage, its most common use today is teeth whitening.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Extra virgin Coconut oil is ant-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, due to which it has various health benefits. It can be used in five different ways:

  1. Ingesting – Eating two spoonfuls of coconut oil daily
  2. Skin – Moisturizing the skin and helping to heal wounds
  3. Hair – Moisturize and nourish the hair
  4. Vaginally – to help to rebalanced vaginal flora in order to treat and prevent yeast infections.
  5. Oil pulling

Only the health benefits of oil pulling are covered in this article.

Healthier Teeth

A lot of the teeth problems are caused by tartar or scale, which is build up of hard plaque. Plaque itself contains bacteria, which are responsible for cavities, root infections and gum disease.

Teeth

Coconut oil  contains Lauric acid, which is very well known for its antimicrobial actions, it prevents the strep mutans bacteria, which cause tooth decay.

Coconut pulling also helps with whitening the teeth, be removing the stains in the enamel, as the mechanical action of swishing triggers an emulsification process and helps to ‘scrub’ stains from the teeth.

Healthier Mouth & Throat

Mouth is the gateway to the body. We ingest a lot of bacteria, viruses and fungus every day when we eat, drink and exchange bodily fluids with others for instance by kissing. These can cause a lot of health issues for the whole body.

Coconut oil pulling helps to rinse your mouth help to heal and prevent:

  • Gum deceases
  • Mouth infections
  • Sore throat
  • Air ways infections
  • Tongue plaque
  • Bad breath

Pharyngitis

Healthy mouth and teeth will remove some of the toxins before they spread to the rest of the body, meaning that that body will remain healthier without toxic stress, the following are the benefits of this detoxification progress:

  1. Reduction of headache and migraines. Build up of toxins in the body and the brain is one of the cause for headache.
  2. Keeps the skin clear. Body cleanses toxins out via the pores. Less toxins in the body means less skin impurities.
  3. Improves the hormone functions zyban medication. Build up of bodily toxins prevent hormones from working properly.
  4. Improves the immune system. Because the body is not fighting toxins, the immune system can concentrate on fighting other causes of illnesses, making us generally more resistant to diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obesity, stroke, heart diseases, diabetes and arthritis are linked to dental problems and gum health.

Coconut Oil Pulling Techniques

While there are several varying techniques for the coconut oil, here are the correct steps:

  1. Brush your teeth and clean your teeth.
  2. Take a spoon full of organic, extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth.
  3. Do not swallow.
  4. If the oil is not in liquid for because it has been stored in cold, let it melt in your mouth.
  5. Move the oil back and forth in your mouth, swishing, making sure it enters all the areas of the mouth including under the tongue
  6. Gurgle with the coconut oil
  7. Spit the oil out. DO NOT SWALLOW!
  8. Gurgle with water
  9. Drink a class of water to get the rest of the oily residue out of your mouth
  10. Do not brush your teeth afterwards!

The variations mostly concentrate on the time the act of pulling lasts and how often it should be performed. 10-20mins are the usual recommendations. Longer, the better for removing microbes. Most people agree to optimal benefits it should be done daily, but some do it twice a day, others few times a week.

There are possible rituals to be performed while pulling the coconut oil if you follow some ancient rites. I will not covering the rituals here as they vary not only based on the religion, but also from region to region. I will however mention that is usual to hum out loud during coconut pulling.

You might ask why it’s important to spit out the oil, instead of swallowing it? Coconut oil is healthy, right? Yes, it’s healthy, but when you use this technique, you are gathering bacteria and viruses from your mouth and throat in the coconut oil and you definitely don’t want to digest that.

Instead afterwards, take an other spoonful and swallow it immediately without repeating the procedure. Most people tend to brush the teeth in the end, which is a mistake. By ingesting an other spoon  full of the oil, you leave a healthy protective layer on your teeth.

My Loving Advice

Here you see my own technique, I personally do coconut oil pulling for 15 minutes in the morning after yoga and cleansing my body, before eating. I both hum and use this time to due a short mediation and reflect inwards. In fact I find this daily ritual very calming.

You want to be gentle with the coconut oil pulling. It is important not to swish too hard or use the coconut oil to brush the teeth with! Do not mix any other ingredients with the oil!

There are several so called Ayurvedic mixtures that contain ‘beneficial herbs’ and sesame oil. It does not give the same benefits that pure unrefined coconut oil pulling does. You can ingest the herbs separately, they do much more good to your body this way.

There are a lot of negative videos of using this technique on the Internet, by people who have no idea of proper use of this technique. Some are also fake showing supposed damage to the teeth with before and after pictures.

Organic Coconut Oil

Also make sure you only use the pure and unrefined coconut oil! I am myself not fortunate enough to be able to produce me own, so I have to rely on organically certified products. Just follow my instructions and be safe!

With Love,

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How To Deal With Depression During Holidays Naturally

Holidays are stressful time even for the ones who’s life is on the perfect track. For the ones, who are suffering from depression, this time of love and happiness is often associate with anxiety and even suicidal thoughts. My article will introduce you into how to deal with depression during holidays using natural methods and techniques. It is dedicated to a friend of mine who suffered from cancer. He passed away 2 years ago on a Christmas Eve to an overdose of painkillers. Nobody knew about his depression and we were therefore unable to help him.

Have you ever felt the anxiety of being in a room full of loved ones happily celebrated and felt completely alone, not being able to catch the festive mood? Let me assure you, you are not alone! Holiday blues is very common!

Or maybe you have just lost a loved one and are facing your first Christmas without this special person. Or maybe this person past away around the holidays, or maybe she or he was essential part of the holiday season and it’s traditions.

You might be facing celebrations alone, having no relatives or friends to share this special time with. Maybe you live far away from your family or you are older and your loved ones have passed away?

My article will teach you 5 powerful ways to learn how to cope with depression during the holiday season. You might try all of them or just pick few, which you find most useful based on my description. However I suggest you give them all some thought for lifting the holiday blues!

1.Exercise and Fresh Air

Going out and doing some exercise, has a wonder effect on lifting the depression. I realize it’s hard to get going, when all you feel like doing is staying in bed all day, but you need to get out!

Exercise produces endorphines, the feel good hormone, in our brain and this feel good hormone will lift the depression in no time. If you are not in a good physical condition, start with walks or perhaps cycling.

Being out and breathing some fresh air also has a wonderful effect in lifting the brain fog, which depression often causes. Therefore I suggest getting out for your exercise session instead of hitting the gym or practicing your sport at home.

MeByTheRiver

Beautiful nature also aids making us feel better, by stimulating our brains visually. Go or a walk in a forest, by the sea shore or a mountain. Find out a beautiful spot somewhere nearby and take a day trip to enjoy the scenery.

Take up yoga! Yoga is a great gentle exercise that teaches the connection of body and mind. You can read my personal recommendations how to get started here:

Starting Yoga Practice – Beginners Guide

You can also read about the benefits of simply doing sun salutations daily in my article:

The Benefits Of Surya Namaska – Yoga Healing

Warrior II Pose

2.Power of Massage

Massage can help to clear depression! Good massage helps to drain the body of toxins and at the same time it also relaxes both the body and the mind, promoting good general health.

You can book a massage, depending on your location and what’s available near to you, consider an Ayurvedic oil massage. They help to strengthen your immune system, help to overcome fatigue and insomnia, which often are caused of depression!

 

Ayurvedic massage

If you are unable to find a good massage place nearby, there are several self-massage techniques to be performed on various body parts such as face and feet with good massage oil, that can help you to experience the benefits.

I myself love Kansa Wands for the almost magical effect on reliefind depression, due to the healing combination of the kansa metal and the wonderful technique which helps to sooth sore muscles and revive the skin. You can read my review here:

Kansa Wand Reviews – Too Good To Be True

The article also highlights the best tools, the training materials and the oil to be used with this powerful self-massage technique!

3.Meditation and Deep Relaxation

Meditation and deep relaxation are both great ways of clearing up the skies. They will teach you techniques to relax your mind and get better sleep, as depression often causes sleep deprivation as we cannot let go of our depressive thoughts in order to relax and fall asleep.

Meditation has also a lot of other health benefits, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety, which often are related to depression. Read more about 10 Benefits From Mediation – Ready To Make A Change

Here is my very own deep relaxation meditation. It will take you to the depths of the ocean and join a dive with the blue whales!

If you want to read more about this meditation, please read:

The Guided Deep Relaxation Meditation

it will demonstrate you the correct pose for this meditation and also give you some back ground information on this technique and it’s benefits.

4.Aroma Therapy

Aroma therapy is a very powerful way of relieving depression.  The essential oils have a subtle, yet extremely powerful influence on our mind and body via our sense of smell.

Candles

Aroma therapy can be enjoyed in many different forms, four most commonly know, all with wonderful benefits, are:

  1. Aroma therapy massage – you or a therapist use a massage oil mixed with essential oils to massage various parts of your body. Most common treatments concentrate on the face and the back.
  2. Aroma therapy candles – Make sure to select one with a natural scent as a lot of the scented candles are not produced with essential oils. Safe bets are scents of spices and citrus. As an additional benefit, candles also help to create a relaxing atmosphere.
  3. Aroma therapy bath – a very effective way to let the essential oils to seep into your body via your skin.
  4. Aroma therapy inhalation – three main techniques are used to release the scent of he oils in to the air:
    1. Burner – a candle is used to apply heat to a ceramic dish which contains a mixture of water and essential oil, releasing the scent into the air.
    2. Infuser – mixes water and essential oil and releases it into the air with water vapor, changing the atmosphere of your home.
    3. Inhaling infuser – uses the same strategy as normal infuser, but contains a part where you enter your face and inhale the water vapor intensively for a certain amount of time. This also doubles as a facial sauna and gives you the relaxing benefit of the heat.
    4. Diffuser – speads the aroma into the air. Read about the best aromatherapy diffusers here: What Is The Best Aromatherapy Diffuser Like?

Aroma Bath

I can wholeheartedly recommend this as we humans often associate certain scents with memories. Remember the scent of Christmas from your childhood? Smell of food and freshly baked cookies or mulled wine? The tree, when it was first brought into the house?

Find some memory about a scent that makes you happy and then search for something with that particular odor. You will not even realize how fast it will lift your moods!

Read more about aromatherapy in my article:

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Dinner table

5.Choose Happiness

This might sounds like a strange advice to someone who is suffering from depression! However what we must realize is the fact that dwelling in our misery will only serve to make things worse.

Cozy up in front of a fire with a good book or take a relaxing bath! Pamper yourself to a facial treatment or manicure.

 

Fireplace

There are several positive thinking techniques to learn to deal with negativity and turn things around even during the darkest times. I have a separate article that deals with the fact that happiness really is a choice we must do every day.

I tell my own personal story, how my cancer treatments, combined with a lot of bad luck, got me down to a very dark place and how I was able to overcome it:

What Is Positive Thinking About – Sattvic Mind

My Loving Advice

Spending time with rejoicing family and friends can sounds a chore to someone who is suffering from depression, but by surrounding yourself with people who love you, can help you feel better.

Open up to someone you trust and let them know about your problems, do not suffer in silence. If you feel you cannot talk to someone you know well, which can perhaps feel intimidating, there are several phone lines and centers setup for the holiday season.

Phone Call

If you are alone during the holidays, there are places where you go attend celebrations together with others in the same situation.  The intention is to bring people together not only for the special occasions, but to form friendships that will help you on the long term.

As these are local, I cannot give you a particular service, you you can easily look them up online or in your local news paper. These services are strictly confidential and free, often staffed by volunteers who have been suffering from depression one time in their lives themselves, so they will easily be able to relate to your story.

I hope you follow me advice, because if you do, I guarantee you will get through the holiday season without anxiety and stress which will only deepen your depression.

I would love you hear the thoughts of everyone who either themselves are suffering from depression or know someone who is. I am here for you in case you need someone to talk to! I have been down that road myself many times and will happily share my experiences in overcoming the dark clouds.

 

Comforting Hug

Sending You All A Comforting Hug and Love,

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Aromatherapy Infuser

P.S. If you want to lift your moods fast, take a look at the Ayurveda aroma experience 

It’s my family’s favorite way to enjoy the benefits of aroma therapy in my home.

Pinterest Decorating Junk – Why I Hate It!

It’s once again the time of the year when a lot of people are heading to Pinterest in search of gift and decoration ideas. You might genuinely believe that what you are are purchasing is original hand made items and it might some as a complete surprise you that most artists are slowly turning their backs to this visual way of selling and heading for other social media platforms in protest to Pinterest Decorating Junk.

When I created my trademark, Art By Heart 5 years ago to be exact, I was frustrated with the fact that nobody really values real art any more. The human striving for perfection has generated a huge demand for mass produced junk, which most people mistake for art.

Part of this problem is created by the social media, which empowers individuals to sell reproduced items fraudulently as original pieces of art, as well as creates heavy price competition.

Time Is Money

Sometimes I am offered so little money for my art, that it won’t even cover the cost of the materials I used. I have however been personally unwilling to adjust my prices under the minimum price of 10 euros per hour, as I do value my own time and work.

Sounds little, right? Well, inn my native Scandinavia it’s well below the minimum wage and yet many artists struggle to make even half. I have been known to rather give my paintings, carving, drawings and clay work away as gifts than devalue my art by accepting peanuts for it.

But even that hasn’t always worked in my favor! Few Christmases ago I gave one of my paintings as a present to the grandmother of my children, as I wanted to show my appreciation for her often helping to take care of the kids while I was at the cancer clinic.

Church Painting

She took one look at it, told me to take it back to the shop and I would get my money back. Or maybe I could at least recover the frame, as she didn’t need any more junk in her house!

Although her reaction hurt me deeply, afterwards I felt a big smug though, because she had mistaken my original piece for perfected and mass produced print!

I have also been asked many times to produce something on commission, only to find that the person who made the order was not interest in my art after all, as it wasn’t as smooth and polished as they had wished for, or the portrait I had painted was too realistic instead of an idealistic image which they had in their mind, based on all the filters they are using for the photographs to cover up all the wrinkles.

Swan Family

As a result, I no longer take up any commission work. I simply produce what ever art I am inspired to make and offer it for my customers. My new motto being;

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!

Just to make you realize how bad the problem is, follow me through with  real life story from one of my good friends. He lives in Denmark and is a passionate wood carver, who create amazing pieces of art inspired by the nature!

Wood

Mass-produced Pinterest Junk

You are redecorating and browse under category art on Pinterest, looking for some unique piece to compliment the new sofas and dining room furniture.

A fantastic item catches your attention! It’s so pleasing to the eye with it’s perfect shapes and colors, a real piece of art. It’s sold cheaply, only 20 dollars including the delivery! You can hardly believe your luck and impatiently wait to have it sitting on your mantle piece!

Pinterest Scandinavian art

Weeks later it arrives, to your surprise it comes from Taiwan, even though the ‘artist’ who pinned it was advertising it as original Scandinavian art. You turn the item in your hands, find the print ‘Made in Taiwan’  and slowly realize you were fooled into buying yet an other piece of Pinterest decorating junk!

Don’t get me wrong! It once was a real piece of art, produced by some starving artist in one or an other developing country. It was purchased for few pennies, molded and then mass produced in the one of the Chinese factories.

Decoration Items

It was then photographed in a favorable light and setting and pinned on Pinterest under a fake profile, for a ridiculously low price which no real artist can compete with, for you to fall in love with as an original piece of art!

So you were fooled, but int he end none of your friends were likely going to notice, the piece was so perfect after all! After all you got something nice that fitted your new interior design, so all was well and no harm done, right?

Devalued Price Of Real Art

In the meanwhile somewhere in Scandinavia an artist spends weeks perfecting a wooden carving. He caught his inspiration from the nature, he lovingly searched for the right piece of wood, while he sketched his ideas on paper.

 

carving

Finally he found just the perfect materials, sharpened his tools and got to work creating his masterpiece.  It was not perfect, because it was after all handmade, but every flaw in fact enhanced it’s beauty.  He sanded it by hand and give oiled it several times to protect the wood.

He grew attached to it and felt bad about letting it go, after all he had put so much work and effort into it, but he knew he needed the money. There were extra bills to pay, kids needed Christmas presents and his daytime job in the factory and the high taxation never left room for any luxuries.

Photo Studio

He didn’t have a studio to photograph his carving, put he did the best he could outside on the back yard. Happy with the results he created an account at the new social media platform known for artists he had learned about!

Excited he pinned his work on Pinterest, imagining global market enhancing his chances of making a sales, because apparently original Scandinavian art was in demand in the United States!

He put the price at a mere price of 50 euros. Not that it was any real representation of the couple of hours of work every evening for weeks of work he had put into it, not to talk about the cost for the oil he had used to treat the wood with.

But he had done his homework and wanted to make the sale as fast as possible. He knew art was not in high demand nowadays, but anything less would just not make any sense!

Wood Carving

Days went by, nobody showed any interest. Finally a week later someone contacted him, asking if he would be willing to accept 15 euros for it, after all it was flawed in this ways and that. The low price of reproduced junk had taken it’s toll on the clients.

With a heavy heart the artist accepted, as at least the client was willing to pay for the shipping costs. Maybe if he was able to find the time to make and sell few more at the local farmers market the next weekend, he would be able to pay for his daughters ballet lessons.

And do you know what’s the saddest thing of it all, something that makes my heart ache? My friend is now actually convinced that his wonderful hobby, which has produced amazing art over the years, is in fact worth nothing.

When I told him that I wanted to feature the carving in question in this story, but he he was too ashamed for his imperfect work, so he didn’t give me the permission to do so.

Support Real Art By Heart

As the moral of this story people, all I ask is that this year, instead of supporting the sale of mass-produced junk on Pinterest, you will actually find a real unique hand made item to use as decoration for your house.

Since most real artists have abandoned the platform, you might have to you head for the local farmers or Christmas market in order to buy a real home piece from a local artist, who created his art by heart.

Butterflies

Or you might be luck to find on of the few who followed my suggestions on creating their own website for displaying their art! I genuinely hope they all make a lot of sales this holiday season!

Here is my own store, but by all means browse the Internet for others works as well! I will be uploading a lot more into it the coming days:

Art By Heart Gallery

Next time when you feel the need to argue about the price, remember that an artist spends days on each piece that he creates. Imagine that he spent 10 hours creating a his painting, which you ended up paying 50 dollars for. Do you honestly feel that 5 dollars per hour is an honest value for the fruits of his loving labor?

 

In behalf of all the artists in the world,

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AromatherapyP.S. If you want to learn how to create a wonderful atmosphere in your home, take a look at the Ayurveda aroma experience

These essential oils have a subtle, yet extremely powerful influence on our mind and body.

 

Unique Christmas Gifts For Women – A Gift She’ll Love

You probably ended up on this page, because you were reading my article about Christmas gift ideas for women and want to know how to pick a unique Christmas gift for women who are picky.

It’s most likely your girl friend or wife, but we might also be talking about your sister or perhaps mother. You are simply out of ideas what to give her, as nothing seems to please her!

I will tell you a little secret, she is actually not picky at all, she just appreciates good quality and has her own unique taste! She likes unusual things and appreciates gifts chosen with insight.

When you pick a gift for her make sure what ever you buy is top of the line, something she can cherish and show of to her friends proudly. It doesn’t have to be expensive though!

My top 3 gift ideas for picky woman this Christmas are:

  1. The Ayurvedic Woman $97.00 $197.00

Ayurvedic WomanGive her to gift to understand herself and her body. So many women are struggling with so called women issues. The are generally brushed under the carpet with the mention: You have to suffer for being the fairer sex.

Not in Ayurveda! This unique DVD set teaches her secrets how to take care of her own body, doesn’t matter what age she is. It will teach how to balance the Ayurvedic doshas and regain the control of your body.

Below is a film of everything this powerful movie will teach you about improving fertility, eradicating PMS and menopause symptoms.

She would never expect you to give her this insightful gift, but she will for sure enjoy learning about these secrets!

The Christmas offer is simply amazing offer with 100USD REDUCTION in price. This course also includes online access to the content, so it can be viewed from the PC or mobile!

2. Meditation Retreat

Boost her well-being by booking her a  yoga and meditation retreat! Sounds expensive? It doesn’t have to be!

Yoga Retreats has the largest selection available from any online yoga travel site.  Most yoga retreats are now advertising their services via this great platform!

She will sure want to heal, and nourish her soul, a meditation yoga retreat is a perfect place to learn about the secrets of yoga and mediation!

On such retreats, you will start finding answers to your needs from within. You will learn to relax completely and reset all your batteries.

There are many wonderful packages to choose at Yoga Retreats from budget trips to more luxurious packages. However they all offer her the time time to relax and really concentrate on herself, she will simply love it.

Meditate Yoga Retreat

This easy to use platform can let you make the selection by destination you think she might be interested in, dates, yoga style she is interested in, or by a type of holiday! In this case I suggest that you select the yoga meditation retreat section.

Amongst the popular ones are yoga and meditation retreats in India and Bali. Book a meditation and yoga retreat for her and give her a gift of rejuvenation. As a bonus she will come home either with a new hobby or a deepened practice.

3. Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets to Inner, Outer & Lasting Beauty

You love herEnchanting Beauty Cover px gorgeous being and you want her to stay that way find here.

If she is more of a person who likes to read rather than watch movies, why not give her a gift which helps her to enhance her natural beauty?

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar brings her vast knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine together with her expertise as an esthetician to give us the foundation for beauty that radiates from the inside out.

This book open a gateway into the Ayurvedic secret methods of enhancing beauty and staying forever young and healthy!

I must warn you though, a lot of women get addicted to these products and methods and although readily available in India and Sri Lanka, in the Western World they don’t come cheaply!

HOT TIP! If you feel that none of these gifts is right for her, make sure to browse around my other gift suggestions for women!

And yes, you can of course still give her that gift card, if you are convince that she is better off selecting her own gift!

P.S. Also take a look at our Competitions and Giveaways! We always have one ongoing for Amazon Gift cards!