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The Chakra Series- The Third Eye Chakra

The Chakra Series- The Third Eye Chakra

  We are almost to the end of our Chakra Series! Today’s post is all about The Third Eye. The Third eye Chakra, also called Ajna in Sanskrit, means “to perceive” or “To Know.” This chakra is located above and between the eyebrows. This is […]

The Chakra Series- The Throat Chakra

The Chakra Series- The Throat Chakra

  Today we continue with our Chakra Series with our 5thChakra, which is located at the throat. In Sanskrit this chakra is referred to as the “Vishuddha” which means “Purification.” When working with this chakra we are looking to purify our intention in regard to […]

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

Can you believe we are already in the month of September? Time has gone by so fast! But that means it’s time to do my favorites for August and wrap-up!

 

Favorite reads of the month

Didn’t finish any major novels this month but as usual, I did read a number of graphic novels. This is one of my favorite mediums for storytelling and I can read them fast, which is great when you have a busy schedule! So the novels that get an honorable mention this month are….

Winter Woods by Cosmos + Van Ji

Winter Woods.

This one is a little bit out of the box since it is actually a webcomic, which you can read through Webtoon. I’m a huge fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, so this comic was prefect for me because it has a very similar idea. Overall this story was so touching and human (no pun intended), and I easily binged it in a few days.

If you would like to give it a read, please click HERE.

 

Giant Days by Allison + Treiman + Cogar (Volume 1)

Giant Days by Allison + Treiman + Cogar (Volume 1)

Love the style of this comic and the story was just fun! It follows 3 young ladies through their misadventures in friendship, college, and life. It was such a funny and easy read. I’m definitely hooked and looking forward to reading more!

If you are interested in learning more, please click on this LINK.

 

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

For all the fans of the animated movie The Secret of Kells, this is the book for you! The style of the art is similar in feeling to that movie, which means it’s completely adorable and detailed. The story was simple but sweet, and as someone who grew up with a pretty active imagination—I can relate to the daydream aspects. Definitely a great book for kids who aren’t easily scared, since some moments can be a little on the creepy side.

If you would like to know more about the author, please go HERE.

 

About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau

About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau

I have to say…I think I saved best for last. This book is by far my favorite out of all of these, both for the story and the art. About 99% of this book has no writing in it, so the whole thing is told through the pictures alone. It was such a powerful story and one I highly recommend everyone to read. Silent sequential stories like this are some of my favorites, and I admire them a lot because it’s not an easy way to tell a story, let alone a great one like this.

If you would like to learn more, please go HERE.

 

Art Wrap-up

I didn’t get many finished pieces done in August, mainly because I have been working on my summer sketchbook for this year. That being said, there were some really cool projects I did this month, and I recently hit 1000 followers on my art Instagram account. So I will be putting together a little event to celebrate that millstone!

Collaboration with Richard McConochie

In august I was approached by a fellow artist who has been following me and I him for a little while now, to do a collaboration! This was very exciting since I hadn’t yet done a collaboration like this. So after going back and forth discussing some ideas, we decided to choose a common theme and then create a piece for the other to complete in some way. I created a colored piece for him ink and he created some very cool line art for me to color. The theme we decided on was steampunk animals which was something I had never done before.

Here is my colored portion, which is a little hyena character I ended up naming Blue Jack.

Blue Jack by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @Ciarra_13.

And here is his cool raccoon lady line art which I then colored!

Collaboration with Richard McConochie (Line Art), coloring by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @Ciarra_13.
Line art by Richard McConochie, coloring by Ciarra Stebbins.

This was overall a very fun collaboration, and I definitely look forward to working on more like this in the future. If you would like to see his original line art and how he completed my piece, please go check out his Instagram HERE!

 

Oil and Water

Oil and Water by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @Ciarra_13.

This small watercolor mix media piece was one of the few that I finished in the month of August. It’s an idea I’ve had floating around in the back of my mind for a while now, and I’m so happy I’ve finally put it to paper. These two are new characters that I’m working on creating a story around. I love coming up with stories for the illustrations I make, so don’t be surprised if you see more of them in the future.

 

Leo

Leo by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @ciarra_13.

My finally piece for August was of course the first in my relaunch of a much older series on the 12 Zodiac signs. I purposefully completed Leo first since much of August belongs to this sign. You can read more about the process and this zodiac in this blog post HERE. 

 

Photo-shoots

100 Dollar Outfit Challenge-Outfit #1, Black and White

If you have been following this blog for a while or any of our other social medias, then you may know about our sister blog, Amy Stebbins Couture. There you can find out all about what we are doing on the fashion side of things!

Two new blog series that have started over there are our Vintage Photo Challenge and $100 dollar outfit challenge!

Both of these were a lot of fun to work on, and I’m certainly looking forward to what we will be doing this September for these challenges.

The vintage Photo Challenge-Photo #1

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Overall, August was a pretty good month. In the last week of the month, my fall semester started and it is already shaping up to be a whirlwind of activity. Lots of interesting projects and new artwork to create. I will of course update you guys on that throughout the coming months!

How was your August? What are you looking forward to in September?

Let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

The Chakra Series-The Heart Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Heart Chakra

Getting to the “heart” of things…. Continuing on with our Chakra series, today we will be discussing the “Anahata” or Heart Chakra. This chakra is our 4thchakra, and is located at the center of our being…the heart. The heart chakra lingers between the two worlds […]

All about Succulents & Cacti: My propagators!

All about Succulents & Cacti: My propagators!

Hello again everyone, and welcome to the second part of my “All about Succulents & Cacti” series where I go over some of the things I’ve learned so far about these neat plants. This time I will be talking about 3 of my most prolific […]

30 Day HIIT and Mini Band Challenge

30 Day HIIT and Mini Band Challenge

30 Day HIIT and Mini Band Challenge

The challenge-

Today we are going to share with you something we have wanted to do for a long time; A fitness challenge! We wanted this challenge to be one that everyone can take part in, and that didn’t require a gym. We knew we wanted to pick a workout plan that wasn’t too lengthy, and that is easy to fit it into a busy schedule. We decided to go with a HIIT challenge and mini band work, to firm up those legs and glutes!

What is HIIT?

Many of you probably already know what HIIT is, but in case you don’t, it stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a quick paced, “balls to the wall” type of training that is very effective at burning fat, yet preserving muscle. It’s a win win workout! You don’t need any special equipment for this type of workout, and you can do it anywhere.

Mini Band Training-

To our 30 day HIIT we will be adding mini band training. This is simply a big rubber band that you place around your ankle or thighs in which you preform resistance exercises to strengthen the hips, legs, and glutes. If you have ever been in physical therapy for knee problems, then there are chances you have already performed some of these exercises. We will do the mini band training BEFORE we do our HIIT training. Why is this you ask? It warms up your joints, and activates the muscles you will using in your HIIT program.

Where to get your Loop/Mini bands-

You can pick up these bands at just about any decent sporting good store, and you can every check places like Walmart and Target. Amazon of course carries them as well. They are cheap, yet effective tools!

30 Day HIIT & Mini Band Challenge! Join Us!

If you don’t wish to do the loop band portion of this challenge, you don’t have to, yet I highly recommend it. It is just another added layer in the fitness program that will get you results sooner than later.

The workout….

Starting September 1st, We will begin this challenge! We will be taking part in the 30 day HIIT challenge from DareBee.com, which you can access HERE.

30 Day HIIT & Mini Band Challenge! Join Us!
Darebee.com

For the loop band pre-HIIT exercises you will do the following (before you do you HIIT)….

30 Day HIIT & Mini Band Challenge! Join Us!

I will be adding this challenge as an addition to my regular weight lifting routine. I love it because it is simple and does’t take a lot of time to get it done. If you notice with each workout you will see three different levels. Start with the level you find challenging. If you have never tried HIIT before, I suggest starting with level 1. If after a couple weeks, you feel you need to amp it up, try level 2 and so on. Please consult with you medical professional before starting any exercise, and please be smart! If something hurts ( I mean hurts like an injury) then please stop! If you feel faint or dizzy, then STOP! Listen to your body! It is trying to tell you something.

Make sure to include a healthy eating plan with this program consisting of whole, unprocessed foods. Stay away from junk food. Your body will thank you.

Are you ready to give it a go?….

So who will be joining us in our challenge? I hope so! Are you ready to get your sweat on? I am! LET’S DO THIS!!!!

Please leave a comment if you are going to give this a try, so we can support each other! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Happy Workout everyone!

Until next post,

www.gossamerydreams.com

30 DAY HIIT & MINI BAND CHALLENGE! JOIN US!

Gluten-free Brownie Cookies

Gluten-free Brownie Cookies

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today I will be sharing with you a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for a while now—Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies! These were pretty interesting cookies to make, because they required an ingredient I had never tried baking […]

The Chakra Series-The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Solar Plexus Chakra We are continuing our chakra series today by discussing the 3rdchakra, or solar plexus chakra. If you didn’t read our root chakra or sacral chakra posts, you can check them out here, and here. In Sanskrit the solar plexus […]

The Chakra Series-the Sacral Chakra

The Chakra Series-the Sacral Chakra

The Sacral ChakraThis week in our Chakra Series, we will be discussing the svadhisthana chakra, or sacral chakra. If you missed our first post on the 1stchakra or root chakra, please go read it now here. In the root chakra post I suggest a great book to start with.

In Sanskrit the meaning of svadhisthana translates to “sweetness” and the associations with this chakra correlate with all the things in life that make it “sweet” like pleasure, sexuality, movement, nurturing, an change. By working with your sacral chakra on a regular basis, you will help those issues in your life pertaining to emotional, sexual, and creative balance.

The Sacral Chakra
The symbol for the 2nd chakra, The sacral chakra

The Sacral Chakra (2ndchakra)…The Basics

Location: between naval and genitals.

Name and meaning: Svadhisthana/ sweetness

Color association: Orange

Main issue: Emotional balance/Sexuality/ creativity

Glandular connection: Ovaries/testes

Associated body parts: sex organs, bladder, prostate, womb

Element and ruling planet: water/ Pluto

Astrological Associations: Cancer / Scorpio

Associated sense: taste

Fragrances/Oils/incense: Jasmine, rose, sandalwood

Crystals: Citrine, Carnelian, golden topaz

Animals and Archtypes: Fishtailed alligator, Sovereign/martyr

Physical dysfunctions: impotence, frigidity, bladder and prostate problems, lower back pain

Emotional dysfunctions: unbalanced sex drive, emotional instability, feelings of isolation

Sacramental association: communion

Foods: liquids

Developmental age/life lesson: 8-14 years. Challenging motivations based on social conditioning

The Sacral Chakra

HOW DOES YOUR SACRAL CHAKRA SPIN?….

The goals of emotional stability, creative expression, and pleasure all relate to the sacral chakra (2ndchakra) This chakra is continuing on from the base or root chakra (each chakra builds on the one before it) The archetypes of this chakra are the sovereign and martyr, which relate to abundance and how much we feel that we believe we deserve to enjoy in life. They are associated with the two polarities of pleasure and fulfillment, as well as suffering and sacrifice. So how is your sacral chakra currently spinning? Here is how you can tell;

Chakra is too open (spins to fast)- emotionally unbalanced, a fantasist, manipulative, sexually addictive.

Chakra is too closed or blocked (spins sluggishly or not at all)- over sensitive, hard on him/or herself, feels guilty for no reason, frigid or impotent.

Chakra is balanced (spins and correct speed)- trusting, expressive, attuned to his/her own feelings, creative.

When a person’s sacral chakra is balanced, you will find these individuals take on a very charismatic and personality, and you enjoy being around them! In contrast when someone has a sacral block, it can be draining associating with them, and they tend to love to push guilt over on everyone else, because they themselves are feeling it intensely. The balanced person will see the positive opportunities to every situation, and even when things fail, learn from it, and move on, or try again a new way. They take the good with the bad and grow, instead of wallowing in self pity and defeat.

The Sacral Chakra
A chart showing the basics

If you would like to read more about this subject, I suggest starting with this book. If anyone else has any good book suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment below! I would love to check them out! Sharing is caring!

I hope you found this post informative, and that you consider giving chakra work a try! Our next post will cover the solar plexus chakra.

Until next time,

www.gossamerydreams.com

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

Hello everyone, and today will begin my 12 zodiac series of illustrations and blog posts! I have had these illustration ideas waiting for their final phase for quite a while now, so I’m excited to finally be sharing these with you. I spent a lot […]