• Art,  Art Journaling,  Crafts,  Creative,  Mixed Media

    Eileen Hull’s Card Case Album ~ Botanical Book

    Hello. If you missed Sizzix’ and Eileen Hull’s Chapter 2 release, you can find that in the post prior. I shared a favorite project on that blog hop/release that I created with the dies. I love this little book that you can pack with goodies. I created this book with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull. This book packs a cute punch with it’s easy to adhere pocket. I envision that you could create a book filled with encouraging quotes, notes, and more. you could even include a little gift card. I included a little tag book in my pocket. I used bits and pieces to create the cover and other…

  • Cards,  Crafts,  Creative,  Mixed Media

    How’ve You Bean? Card and Inquiry

    Truly . . . ‘How’ve You Bean?’ I haven’t blogged in a while. Our family went through some sickness, but we are back in the swing. We are working on taking care of ourselves. Thought I’d share a card I created with some fabulous Sizzix dies and other products. See a list below. I sent this card to our girl who is living her best life in Iowa. Miss her, but she is really one amazing girl. Here are the products I used to create this card: Encouraging you to reach out to someone today that you’ve bean thinking about. Wishing you a beautiful week.

  • Art,  Faith,  Life,  Thoughts

    Putting Yourself Out There

    I’ve been thinking a lot about how brave it is when we ‘put ourself out there.’ Maybe it’s sharing your art on social media, going for a job interview you didn’t get, facing a fear, or learning something new. No matter what it looks like . . . it’s brave, healthy, and promotes amazing growth. Sometimes things may not go as we planned when we allow ourselves to be vunerable, but other times, we grow, connect, and advance. Just know that no matter what, there is value in the journey, even if it didn’t turn out the way you expected. There is no one stopping you from putting yourself out…

  • Art Journaling,  Faith,  Handcrafted Journals,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Navigating through Troubled Waters

    Oh how life can throw you some curve balls. Tough and hard stuff that is difficult to navigate through. Unfamiliar valleys so deep that you feel blind and have to find your way through them. I’ve had my share. Whether a physical or emotional challenge; a loss of loved one, facing a serious illness, unthinkable surprises that hit you out of the blue, dreams that are thwarted, or whatever it might be, you need tools to help you navigate through those troubled waters. Here are some things I’ve found that have helped me during these deep and difficult times. These are just a few tools that have helped me when…

  • Holidays,  Life

    2022 Logan’s Candy Cane Tour Interest

    Hello friends, I hope this finds you well. Many of you know that for years, we’ve made it a tradition to enjoy Logan’s Candy Cane private tour. You can see more HERE and photos below. At this amazing place, you are able to watch and sample amazing fresh candy canes made, and experience this tummy tingling tradition. Not sure you’ve ever tasted such an amazing candy cane inyour life. They are such a wonderful family at Logans and they have become dear friends to us. They welcome us with open arms each and every year. I spoke with Jerry (‘the Candy Man’) and we are expecting another wonderful year. This…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Life,  Mixed Media,  The Homestead,  Thoughts

    Uncertainty – A Parallel in Art & Life

    I’m not sure about you but these days I’m feeling more uncertain about some things than I ever have. Rising prices, friends and co-workers who have had sudden illnesses, grocery shortages, and more. Having gone through a serious illness before, things can change quickly from one day to the next. Things can be uncertain. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite thoughts and helpful hints when uncertainty might come your way. They help me. Stand on your faith. Read a devotional book or an encouraging story. Take a break from the news Go outside and take a walk in nature Create art Share a cup of coffee with…

  • Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Food,  Life,  Nature,  The Homestead,  Thoughts

    Enjoy the Beauty Close to Home

    Recently, my hubby and I headed to the beach early one Saturday morning. Of course we love the beach. I grew up in Sunny Southern California and remember my first Boogie board, meeting friends at the beach, family dinners at the Spaghetti Factory in Newport, the Fun Zone at Balboa, Balboa bars, skating, flying a kite, sailing at least 2-3x a week during high school, and more. My husband has lived in California now for several years and enjoys the beach as well. He enjoys walking the shores, early morning quiet, fishing, and more. With that being said, we headed down to Newport. If you’ve never been to Dory’s Landing,…