• Life,  Nature,  Travel,  Uncategorized

    We’re Headed North – What’s on Your Travel Bucket List?

    “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world.” ~ Gustav Flaubert. We have had the opportunity to travel the world and for that I’m grateful. Many of you know that we lived in different countries for several years. There were amazing things about each but I still think Madagascar holds a very special place. I live in the United States and you don’t have to travel far to see what a gorgeous country this is. Our National Parks are amazing. From sea to shining sea, our country is beautiful and diverse. We love Yellowstone and the beauty of Big Sky Montana. It’s part…

  • Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Life,  Uncategorized

    Soap Making and Essential Oils

    What a fun evening we had on Friday night with our friend Bonnie who invited us for a soap making event, dinner and a time of learning about essential oils. We enjoyed our time together making beautiful and luscious soaps. It was so simple and has so many possibilities. My girl got really creative with the fresh flowers and created some amazing designs. Bonnie shared with us how to make several different types of soaps from Castillo and Honey to Goat’s Milk and one which we added Cocoa. Check out the results. Bonnie and I are talking about some future make and take options that I’m thrilled to share in…

  • Life,  Sketching,  Uncategorized

    Inserting Art (or your passion) Into Your Career

    I’ve always had a desire to create and from a young age and enjoyed participating in art contests and creative events. I even had an opportunity to draw/create a logo for my softball team in Elementary School. As I matured, I always kept an art element in my life. I never had any formal art training but I would paint, create, teach, sell some of my artwork, collaborate and write as well. Another passion of mine . . . from a young age was the desire to serve my community and to enter into a law enforcement career which I did for most of my life. Throughout my law enforcement…

  • Art,  Mixed Media,  Sketching,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Artists that Inspire

    I know when I’m with creative like minded friends and people, it’s like these little sparks go off and ignite a great creative fire. There is so much inspiration in this world and so many different kinds of art. I am inspired by a variety of different artists that use different mediums. These are a few. Eda Kaban is a favorite with her whimsical fun characters and scenes from life. You can find some of her work HERE. Eda Kaban Dennis Wunsch is a personal and dear friend and former next door neighbor. Dennis is an award winning illustrator who has been featured in articles, magazines, books and advertising. His…

  • Creative Planners,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Planning in 2019

    Bo Bennett said, ‘A dream becomes a goal when action is taken.’ So true! This year I chose to go with a smaller planner that I could tote to work or around town. I chose the Jane Davenport Planner as I love teal! I really try and make it my own and add little mixed media elements throughout the year. I thought I’d share with you some sights from my planner for January. Whether you’re a planner or not, I encourage you to write your dreams and goals down! Sending warmest creative wishes,

  • Life,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Fun Activities on New Year’s Eve

    For the last several years we head to one of my dearest friends home and play games until we countdown the new year. We then make some noise, toast with apple cider and we pray for the coming year. It’s a precious time with friends. This year I will be at home with a quiet evening with hubby recuperating from the flu. I am grateful however it’s just the flu and this too shall pass. I have a new blog banner up and I have some goals set to attempt to accomplish. I was thinking over the years all the fun games and laughs we’ve had. I thought I’d list…

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    Handcrafted Christmas Cards

    So I should have started Christmas cards in October. I did have an opportunity to create a few and I’m really enjoying card making once again. Below are a few cards I created with Tim Holtz, Ranger, and Growing Meadows stamps, Lawn Fawn dies, watercolors and other elements. Know that while you may not have received a hand created card, my warmest Christmas and Happy New Year wishes are coming your way. I guess you can consider this a digital version. I’m so grateful for your ‘presence’ in my life. May you experience peace and love this season and in 2019. Warmest Creative and Christmas Wishes,

  • Mixed Media,  Tutorials and How to's,  Uncategorized

    The Gift of Crafting Together

    Saturday was a gift crafting with new and old friends. I had the pleasure of teaching a holiday make and take using fabulous Colorbox products. Check it out below. It is always a gift to craft together. The laughs while creating with your hands is good for the heart. See below a couple ways to use this technique ad these products. Also see some crafters who enjoyed the make and take. It got very busy so these were the only crafters I was able to snap in a photo. Love their smiles. Wendy Crafts, you do an amazing job at your events. Thank you! For the poinsettia tag below, here’s…

  • Life,  The Homestead,  Tutorials and How to's,  Uncategorized

    Easy Sweet Crafted Candy Canes

    Need a quick mini gift or something to beautify the top of a gift? Here is a quick, fun, inexpensive idea.  What you’ll need: Chenille pipe cleaners in red and white, a pair of scissors, Smooch Spritz (I used Spun Sugar – one of my favorite colors), scrap piece of fabric, safety pin, small ‘shipping’ tag and some plastic to cover your area. The How To: Take red pipe cleaner and wrap it diagonally around the white pipe cleaner until used up. Trim the excess. Bend your red/white striped pipe cleaners into a candy cane shape. It doesn’t need to be perfect, in fact if it’s not, it gives it…

  • Creative Planners,  Uncategorized

    The Importance of Planning in December

    The holidays can almost be a blur because of the busyness that can come with the season. I want to make sure however that I enjoy the family time, the traditions and the giving season. One thing that helps me get a head start for the season is my planner; whether it’s a shopping list, keeping the festivities or appointments straight or just handling the everyday tasks. It can be a crazy season and planning helps to ‘keep the spirits bright’ and organized. I thought I’d share my planner view . . . it’s certainly a ‘blush’ palette. Somewhere along the line I lost my lovely pen. I absolutely love…