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i taste and savor your little ways

have you heard of floating? i hadn't until lisa twittered about float on which opened recently here in portland. float on has four float tanks (in four separate rooms, each with their own shower) that are filled with 10" of warm salt water (850 pounds of epsom salts per tank!). you rinse off in the shower, then float in the soundproof, lightproof tanks for 90 minutes. when i was looking through their site i discovered that they were looking for artists to come do two free floats then make art inspired by their experience. then when they have enough art they'll print a book! something weird and artsy and free?! oh, i'm so in.

at my first float i was surprised by how it was, um, not as comfortable as i thought it would be. i don't know if i'm extra floaty or what, but i was practically on top of the water. after a while it really started to hurt my back (which was pretty much arched) and neck. i put my hands under my head, which helped my neck. besides that, it was pretty amazing. i didn't get claustrophobic or too hot or bored, i just thought... and thought... and thought (which was lovely) until the music started playing which signaled my 90 minutes was up (i wish i could have done the entire float with the music playing, that was probably my favorite part!).

for the second float i came prepared: i brought a baggie (tested for holes) to fill up with water to weigh down my abdomen so my back wouldn't be as arched. and i used the provided neck pillow which helped my neck. well it turned out the baggie *did* have a hole :/ so i had to fill it up a few times throughout the float, but it did help weigh my middle down a little. this time i thought about some dear friends who were having hard times, and about all the women in my life (including my grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and so on) who had suffered and experienced trials (including myself) and how the warm salt water holding me up was like the tears of all of these amazing women, and how as women we hold each other up with the strength and love that comes out of the suffering we go through. and how grateful i am to these women (even the ones i've never met) and how much love i have for them and for this cycle.

then i came home and covered an 8x8" canvas with all of the pretty little scraps i've collected over the years: paper, fabric, ribbon, lace, pressed flowers and a fern leaf, wallpaper, maps and a phrase i've been saving for just the right time:

* * * my heart twinkling in the dark * * *

That is so beautifully fantastic.
Thanks for sharing the results. :)

Thanks so much for sharing these experiences with us! I was wondering how that went. I LOVE your box:-) And I love you!

Oh what a beautiful experience. Your canvas is great. :)

That page have the amazing collection of Cards designs which are looking very impressive and attractive. I think these designs must be use in Marriage cards, Birthday Cards and other different wishing cards. I love your design selection and i don't have words to explain the beauty.

Those designs are really good we can see the artist’s hard work in it. He must be very creative in his thoughts to bring out these beautiful designs in the form of art work. I was here to pay to do my essay for my self and amazed by your creativity. They are looking Persian style art designs. Different types of design on single float are not that easy to paint.

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Nice work. Designers done well!

Oh, Beautiful design. it is built with hardworking and good experience.

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