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"Winter Muse", words and art by Violette, appeared in Artella issue 5, Winter Magic and Muse

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Artella's Mystery Muse 2005

Winter is upon us
The air is crisp, people are buttoning their coats and wrapping up in warm scarves to ward off winter's chill
I wonder how the muse shall visit me...
suprising me in the form she will take
but delighting me nonetheless

A sure cure for the winter doldrums!

It's another "anonymous creative exchange" opportunity to share your creativity with someone else!

  • Did you participate in Artella's Mystery Muse in the past, and just love it so much you want to do it again?
  • Did you participate in Artella's Secret Sprites of Spring, and want to be a part of Mystery Muse?
  • Did you miss out on the Mystery Muse and the Secret Sprites?
  • Are you new to Artella, and never heard of either the Mystery Muse or the Secret Sprites?
In any case, you have an opportunity to participate in a secret creativity exchange, because Artella is announcing our Fourth Annual Mystery Muse Exchange!

Last year, we had about 500 people participating in this exchange! Click here to read some of the exchanges of last year's participants on our "Musings" Exchange Forum, to get a sense of the generous spirit of this project.

For Artella's Mystery Muse 2005, when you sign up as a Mystery Muse, you commit yourself to sending one creative offering to your "Muse-ee" during the month of December.

This offering can be anything -- a poem you have written, an ATC (artist's trading card), a tiny piece of needlework, a sketch -- anything. The idea is to create a generous, loving community of words and art, sharing our creations with other people during the Holiday season. For inspiration about creating handmade gifts, you might be interested in a FREE Artella teleworkshop being presented by Marney Makridakis and Dan Gremminger on Tuesday, November 8: "Let Your Inner Elf Out!: Brainstorming Handmade Gifts for the Holidays".

Of course, you may send more that one gift, if you wish, and you may communicate with your Muse-ee via email, either before or after you send your gift.

Deadline Extended to Sunday, November, 27, at midnight EST! At that time, the sign-up form will be closed. Assignments will be made and emailed to the Muses on or before December 1. Your gift should be sent between December 1 and December 24.

If you need more information, or have questions not answered here, you can email Fred (he will be our co-ordinator) at

IMPORTANT: PLEASE do not sign up unless you are serious about your commitment to send a creative offering to your Muse-ee.

It's a busy time of year, so please evaluate your circumstances to make sure that you have the time and energy to follow through on your commitment. Of course, we know that things come up – in that case, PLEASE let Fred ( know as soon as you can, so that we can rescue your muse-ee with an "Angel Muse".

How do you get started? Simply sign up using the form below!


But if you REALLY want to be a Mystery Muse this year, email Bobby at Artella. Perhaps she can be persuaded to put you on the list.