A Completely Blank Mind

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For the last few months I’ve been doing my darndest to avoid thinking – about anything! No, I’m not a Buddhist nor a Native American, but I admire the wisdom of both of those cultures about the nature of humanity and how we can rise above our inherent flaws by first and foremost, releasing ourselves from everything we think we know about the world – about ourselves – about how and why to live – about how and why to die – and about the nature of love, of peace, of wisdom, and of souls. And so, I’ve been trying to teach my brain to simply “Let Go” and think about absolutely nothing. If you’ve never tried this, it is not as easy as it may sound. And it’s even harder if you have spent the last 40 years of your life consciously trying to keep your mind active in order to prevent epileptic seizures! I’d like to share much more about these subjects and my personal experiences with them over the next few blog posts, and hope to start a dialog on these pages with you as I think we can learn a lot from each other. I know that tonight’s (early morning?) post is extremely brief and merely serves as a notice as to what I intend to write about over the next couple of weeks, but I do hope that you will check back here every few days and join (or start) a conversation!

In the meantime, I’d like to pass on to you a link to the latest post, Healing, Harleys & Horticulture of my dear friend, “Dogkisses”. She has a very unique and personal style of writing that draws you in and opens your mind and your heart, even if you come from a completely different background and think you face completely different hurdles.

Oh! I also wanted to let y’all know I just completed updating 4 more of my earlier blog posts tonight, a task that’s been necessary to ensure all the Freebies I’ve posted remain available to you to download. The way I have them set up now, should make my blog pages load a lot faster for you, too! You can check ’em out at the links at the end of this post.

See you in a day or two!

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Free Clip-Art / Icons of the Day

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6 More Updates (just 17 left to go!)

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HEADS-UP! I’ve completed updating the links to my freebie icons and clip-art on six (6) more of my older posts. As previously mentioned (here) and (here), these updates may have some icons or clip-art that was not in the original post, so you might want to check them out. See below for a list of the latest updated posts with links to them.

MORE UPDATED POSTS

  1. New Look Is Here! + Elegance Pt. 2
  2. Elegance (Wow! deez icons got class!)
  3. Halloween Folk-Art Avatars
  4. Avatars March for Sylvan Rights
  5. Who’s yer Avatar see in the mirror?
  6. Something to Crow About

And for this very early morning day’s serving of freebie original images, I offer you Part 1 of my quirky, quickie new series entitled “Pink Jelly”. Enjoy!

Free Clip-Art / Icons of the Day

The following images are either full or reduced size previews. Simply right-click (or control-click) on the preview to save the image(s) of your choice to your desktop. (Unless otherwise noted, downloads are 512px X 512px in .png format). As always, usage of any of the images offered in the “Free Clip-Art / Icons of the Day” section are free for your personal use, subject to the limitations of my Creative Commons Non-Commercial – Attribution – No Derivatives – Share Alike- 3.0 license. (See sidebar for Terms of Use) For commercial or any other use, please contact me for directly.

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WHAT’S NEW ON ZAZZLE

Wm. Morris Window (Premium Magnet)
Wm. Morris’ Window (Premium Magnet)
Class up the joint with this 4×6″ Flexible Refrigerator Magnet featuring YOUR uploaded photograph (or the grandkids, the hottie from next door, or…?) with IconDoIt’s wonderful new frame design (A delightful tromp l’oeil of a richly carved cherry wood window frame, gracefully draped swag curtain panel, all against one of William Morris’ intricate Arts & Crafts movement wallpapers.
Edwardian Photo Frame Plaque
Edwardian Photo Frame (Plaque)
Upload your own photo and personalize the inscription for a simply elegant, thoughtful, affordable gift that’ll be cherished for years to come. Your photo will be surrounded by IconDoIt’s original artwork inspired by an ornate, Edwardian-era (Art Nouveau) brass picture frame inherited from her Grandmother, Sara.
The Puzzling Tale - Tuxedo  Puzzle w/Tin
The Puzzling Tale – Tuxedo Puzzle w/Tin
What Fun! A 110-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring YOUR uploaded photograph (to replace IconDoIt’s with her favorite lamb), surrounded by IconDoIt’s original ‘Tuxedo Frame’ and personalized with the captions of your choice. All in a great storage tin with the completed image on top.

Not A Dry Eye In The House

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I am back, but not completely. My 2 week hiatus from blogging was due to an unexpected, emergency trip back to Pennsylvania. The traveling alone wreaked havoc on my health, but the cruel insanity I was subjected to has broken my heart. I am not one who cries very easily, having been brought up to fear being given “something to really cry about”, as my mother would put it. In fact, I recall only coming to tears once in the last 20 years and that was when two of our dearest, life-long friends passed away within just weeks of each other. But over the last 6 days, I have made up for a lifetime of being the stoic one, by bawling my eyes out, being choked up, and feeling a huge pit in my stomach double me over. I am lost as to how to come to peace with what happened and at the same time feel like a complete fool for having expected anything different.

Once again, I know I have been going on about something that I’ve been very vague about, but I am lost for the right words so figure it’s best to stay silent. While I’m still feeling quite sad now, I am so grateful and blessed to have such a wonderful, loving, supportive Hubby and Son, and so many great friends to come home to. I promise y’all that I will get passed this and be back to my usual cheery, optimistic self and will do my darndest to not let you down.

Free Clip-Art / Icons of the Day

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I FELT that!

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First, too all of my readers of the Jewish faith, I wish you all a Happy Passover. May you always be blessed with freedom – May you always cherish that freedom – and – May you always do whatever you are able to do to help liberate any and all of those people around the world that remain in bondage so that they to may enjoy the same freedom we regard as an “inherent right” of ALL people – everywhere – regardless of their race, creed, religion, gender, sexual preference, or political persuasion.

Second, I once again find myself apologizing for the skimpiness of content tonight as far as having anything particularly interesting, enlightening, funny, or simply thoughtful to contribute along with tonight’s offering of free icons/clip art that I have created just for you. I think I have a fairly good excuse though (or at least a different excuse than my “normal” reason for a minimum of research and essay (which usually is related to my health). What has distracted me from using the time I normally set aside for researching and writing my posts is that I came across a Blog I had previously been unaware of and found myself engaged in a really interesting conversation with that Blog’s two hosts on a wide range of topics that were essentially spokes in a wheel where the central hub is the cross-roads between the recent Health Care Bill (a.k.a. “Obama-Care”) and morality. I have promised to educate myself much more about these two hosts who are both obviously very intelligent and caring while at the same often hold different opinions from each other in their intellectual, philosophical and theological debates. I am intrigued and personally like to know more about them and read some of their earlier posts as I’ve the feeling there is much to be learned from them. If you’re looking to widen your own horizons or have an opinion on such topics that you’d like to share, I highly recommend a visit to their Blog titled “Russell and Duenes“. The particular post which I’ve referred to can be found at this link.

Tonight’s selection of free artwork is a continuation of my series “Felted”. Enjoy!

Free Icons of the Day

The following images are either full or reduced size previews. Simply right-click (or control-click) on the preview to save the image(s) of your choice to your desktop. (Unless otherwise noted, downloads are 512px X 512px in .png format). As always, usage of any of the images offered on this blog are free for your personal use while subject to the limitations of my Creative Commons Non-Commercial – Attribution – No Derivatives – Share Alike- 3.0 license. (See sidebar for details)

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FELT BETTER? (Felt System Icons)

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I’ve actually been having a little fun with this latest icon set. With the framed kelly green felt wallpaper on my desktop, I created a bunch of empty folders and set their icons to a bunch of the felt images from this new series and just played with them creating pictures and stories around them. Just like being in Kindergarten again! I’m thinking of maybe doing a kids book with these. Better yet, maybe some of you guys out there that have young children can let them loose with these and then send in your screenshots and stories that the kids make up and I’ll put them together in a download-able/printable book format for everyone to share and enjoy! Whaddya think?

Tonight I’m posting some basic system icons for those of you that want to have a more practical use for this series. Coming up over the next several days will be everything you need for your system, applications and user folders. I’ll close off the series in a week or so with characters and toys and animals so the young ‘uns (and those young at heart or just plain immature like me) can create their own villages and tales.

Enjoy!

Free Icons of the Day

The following images are either full or reduced size previews. Simply right-click (or control-click) on the preview to save the image(s) of your choice to your desktop. (Unless otherwise noted, downloads are 512px X 512px in .png format). As always, usage of any of the images offered on this blog are free for your personal use while subject to the limitations of my Creative Commons Non-Commercial – Attribution – No Derivatives – Share Alike- 3.0 license. (See sidebar for details)

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Lest We Never Forget, What?

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Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day; a day designated by the United Nations in 2005 for all people all over the world to remember the victims of the Holocaust. I have also used it as an opportunity to reflect on what led up to it, allowed it to happen, and we have – or have not – learned from it.

I was born just 9 years after World War II ended. The proximity of that event to my birth was the same as the attack in the United States on September 11, 2001 will be to the babies born this year. And just as we are still somewhat raw in 2010 over the shocking, hideous loss of 2000 innocent human beings, slaughtered in a single stroke by a handful of obedient, zealous young men who were but the tools of a single, charismatic individual with a belly full of irrational fears, hatred, narcissism and a passion for destruction, my parent’s generation in the mid-1950’s was still struggling to recover from the loss of millions at the hands of Hitler and his Nazi SS. As the years went on and I was old enough to attend Sabbath School, I remember that every week I’d take a portion of my 25¢ allowance to Sabbath School to place in the Tzedakah Box for planting trees in Israel. Living in the lush green state of Ohio, it was hard for me to imagine what it was like to live in a desert or why anyone would even want to, so I was happy to help with these donations so the kids in Israel would have trees to build tree-houses in. (At least, that was the picture I had in my mind.) The classes I attended didn’t really attempt to teach much about spirituality. In the conservative branch of Judaism that I was raised in, the spiritual side of religion was not “taught” as we believe that God lives within us and we each have the individual responsibility to develop our own one-on-one relationship with God. So at Sabbath school our teacher taught us about the 6000+ years history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob up to May 14, 1948 when the State of Israel was declared a sovereign nation. Mrs. Tischler would begin and end each class by reciting, in a deep and solemn tone, the phrase:

“LEST WE NEVER FORGET.”

Maybe I was too young or just an inveterate smart aleck, but whenever Mrs. T. would say this, I’d say to myself, “Forget What?”. I made light of what was the most important lesson that there can ever be because I simply didn’t get it. Why would anyone want to remember the horrors of the Holocaust? Shouldn’t my parents and grand-parents and the whole world try to put it behind them as I was told to do when I would awake screaming from a nightmare?

Somewhere between my childhood and giving birth to my own child, I finally understood. The mantra of “Lest We Never Forget” was not espousing either revenge nor living in a state of shock and mourning for the rest of eternity. What we are never to forget is that while there were evil people in the past, present, and will be in the future, what is far more important to remember is that a Hitler, Ho Chi Minh, Sadaam Hussein, or Bin Laden, were only able to rise to their positions of power and wreak the havoc and destruction they are infamous for, because those who could have and should have stopped them, didn’t. It was those of us are are not evil who failed those who became victims to these monsters. We failed to notice the danger that was coming for a variety of reasons, some of which are the lamest of excuses and others which sound reasonable and righteous and once the danger was finally at our door steps, it was too late to avoid the consequences.

What we must not forget is the power of the individual. Because if we do not use our power to reach out a hand to all who will join us, regardless of race, gender, religion or ethnicity, to raise each other up and take a firm stand against those who only want to hate and destroy, we are dooming our children and our children’s children to a world that has forgotten and did not learn.

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Free Icons of the Day

The subject of my offering of free icons/clip art is relevant to this morning’s post topic as would be John Lennon’s “All We Need is Love” as the idealistic dream resolution for all the world’s problems… Sigh… These are also a good head start for your Valentine’s projects. Enjoy!

The following is a reduced size preview. Simply right-click (or control-click) on the preview to save a zipped file to your desktop that contains all images. Each image is 512px X 512px in .png format.

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Fox Spokane (Copper Art Deco Icons)

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A tiny architectural detail carved into the façade of the fabulous Art Deco building which originally housed The Fox Theatre in Spokane, Washington (and which now houses the Spokane Symphony Orchestra) was the starting inspiration for this series. Evidence of this is only reflected in my version of the building as the User’s Home Icon and on a Diary Application Icon. What developed from that detail though is a multi-part set of brushed-satin copper icons with an art-deco touch which includes icons for basic system replacements, folders, devices, applications, dock, toolbar, clippings, locations, interior library folders, and more.

A comparison between this icon series, my South Beach Series, and my original Art Deco series is a great demonstration of the diversity within the Art Deco genre, and why it can be somewhat difficult to describe in a few short sentences. But, to paraphrase a line from (former) Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, “I know it when I see it!”

Free Clip-Art / Icons of the Day

The following images are either full or reduced size previews. Simply right-click (or control-click) on the preview to save the image(s) of your choice to your desktop. (Unless otherwise noted, downloads are 512px X 512px in .png format). As always, usage of any of the images offered in the “Free Clip-Art / Icons of the Day” section are free for your personal use, subject to the limitations of my Creative Commons Non-Commercial – Attribution – No Derivatives – Share Alike- 3.0 license. (See sidebar for Terms of Use) For commercial or any other use, please contact me for directly.

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