The Audacity of Self Love

This month I'm excited to share with you a new book that has just emerged entitled 'The Audacity of Self Love - Voyage of the Self Made Woman".  To anyone that's ever taken one of my workshops or read The Little Inspiration Book or the seen the newly published card pack the 68 Secrets of an Illuminated Artist, they will know how dear this topic - loving oneself - is to my heart is and how important it is for all people, and artists in particular, to specialize in self love and self care. 

When I saw Christina Fior's Post on my Facebook newsfeed, I emailed her immediately and  shared that I would love to mention her book her on this blog and  how much it meant to be that she wrote it on this topic.

Without further ado,  this book is about the  guts it takes to be a Self-Made Woman. It takes audacity to bring our feminine genius forward in a world that has been set up for us to be ‘long suffering’ rather than self empowered.
The Audacity of Self Love --Voyage of the Self Made Woman speaks to the universal woman’s ‘heroic journey’ as she cuts through the layers of ‘love deprivation’ and deepens her sources of Self-Love.
This book provide a roadmap for unleashing our feminine genius and recapturing the original brilliance encoded within our souls. This time in history calls us to become feminine ‘change agents’ as we champion a bigger ‘idea’ for our lives, and co-create a new world of enlightened living.
It’s time to literally ‘liberate the genie from the bottle’ within us, and grant our deepest desires.

You can also read the introduction and first chapter online here:

Christina Fior has accompanied her innate intuitive abilities with 35 years of practice in metaphysics, quantum healing and the integrative health sciences. She has counseled hundreds of women, blending her skills as a Wellness Coach, Esthetician, Theta Healer, Holodynamics Practitioner, and a Palm and Handwriting Analyst. Through the insightful and compassionate nature of her work, she is affectionately known by her clients as The Love Whisperer.

Christina Fior

Creative Journalling and Bookmaking

Aglow & happy 
(c) Deb Chaney 2008
9 x 11 " Acrylics on unmounted canvas pad
Original Available
Journalling has been a fundamental part of my art making process for years, well over 10 if I was counting. Morning Pages, free writing, making lists, circle exercise, some of which I discuss in a chapter on journalling in the Little Inspiration Book. But as artist I think its natural to want to push boundaries, explore new mediums and technique and try new things. So after writing and collage and painting and sketching I've been itching to explore book making for a while.
Last year I had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Sabrina Ward Harrison where I met a retired lawyer and artist & book maker - Eris Wagner who was also attending the workshop. Her hand made journal was incredibly beautiful, textured and detailed with thick heavy weight paper she'd glued into an old accounting ledger book and discard photographs she'd glued in, gessoed over and then scraped over so that you saw sneak peaks of the photos and got a faded antique feel. Her journal captivated me so I wrote her and asked her about the process of making it and how I could learn more. 
Here's what she wrote;
"I learned most of my bookmaking skills from Sheeren LaPlantz who died from cancer about 5 yrs. ago. Her books, which are widely available (Amazon) are a good place to start to learn book making.  She goes over all the basics.  Like any art, there's no substitiute for just doing it---practicing over and over...

San Francisco Center for the Book has a nice range of classes and I took a number of them when I lived in northern California. I'm sure there is a Book Guild or other resource in your area that offers basic bookmaking classes.

There are TONS of books available on book arts...I actually learn better from books than anything else....

Another good resource is

Check out the links and then join the listserve and read the posts. If you have any questions you can post them---like "Where is a good basic bookmaking workshop in my area?" [Deb notes that in Vancouver, book making is offered at
Emily Carr University]

From that list, I learned that the
LA Book Arts Center is closing
. Too bad....but I know there's plenty of things happening in Southern California. You might ask Carol Parks..."
Thank you Eris!