Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide

  • Life,  Thoughts

    Warmest New Year Wishes

    Hello dear ones. First, I’d like to thank you for the blessing you are to me. I am so grateful! I am wishing you a very joyous New Year. I love that each year and even each day, is a new beginning. Anne of Green Gables said, “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.” Beautiful! Warmest Creative Wishes,

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Gel Press Creations,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Got Five Minutes?

    Just five minutes? The Ugly Art Club (TUAC) hosted by the fun Tiffany Goff Smith, Kristin Petersen, and DeeDee Cantron, offers a five-minute challenge to create and promote a daily habit of creativity. It’s a blast. Any medium. While I’ve had a lot taking place at work and home and haven’t been able to take those five minutes a day. But that doesn’t stop me from trying when I can. I find it so therapeutic. Feel free to follow the TUAC on Instagram HERE and follow along. Hopefully we follow one another on Instagram as well. Create along with me HERE. Here was my couple of takes thus far .…

  • Life,  The Homestead,  Thoughts

    Hope for the Holidays

    For me and mine, we celebrate Christmas during this holiday season. It’s a time of hope, comfort and joy. Even with loss and challenge, we still find the joy in the season because of all that it represents. You may celebrate the season differently. Whatever the holiday season looks like for you, know you’re thought of and cared for. For us it’s been quiet and different. We’ve had some healing to do and are laying low. But nonetheless, we pray we’ve been able to share some joy to others, and know we have experienced great blessing ourselves. I’d like to leave you with a little encouragement especially if this year…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Mixed Media

    Instagram Jam

    Instagram is such a visual platform. A lot takes place there. Some of you may be Instagram peeps, others not. I find it interesting that there is certainly a different group of people on Instagram, than on Facebook. I did want to share some of my Instagram activity that I haven’t shared here on my blog. Maybe you’d like to pop on over just to take a peek. You can check it out here. Either way, I’m wishing you a lovely week. Warmest Creative Wishes,

  • Art,  Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Holidays

    Artistic Christmas Gifts

    Recently I attended a boutique/craft fair and met the sweetest artist, Mindy Thompson. While she and I favor different mediums, we had plenty to talk about and chatted for quite some time. I’ve used resin (her medium of choice) on smaller scales for jewelry. To see her work on larger scales was so wonderful. I took some photos of her work (with her permission) and even bought a few things. I recently saw her at another boutique and she was probably one of the busiest booths. Her work is gorgeous, and prices are so reasonable for such unique pieces. She incorporates resin on platters, dishes, wood trays, coasters, shelves and…

  • Crafts,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Jewelry,  Mixed Media,  My Breast Cancer Journey

    Using your Gel Prints in Projects

    During this month of October, Gel Press is doing a fantastic print-a-long. Check out all the fun HERE. Different mediums, techniques, and substrates, this fun Print-a-long, is sure to inspire you. Gel Press shared a video today that I creaded using fabric as texture. What do you do with the prints? For me, all kinds of things, but in this case, I created a jewelry bezel with the print. The print adorns the inside of the resin bezel seen below. Of course I had to use some pink, as it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, I’ll be sharing some projects for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Gel Press ribbon…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Life,  Mixed Media,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  Thoughts,  Tutorials and How to's

    Pink Ribbon Pumpkins & Breast Cancer Awareness

    Each day is a gift! It has been nine years next month that I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I’m so thankful that I am here today. HERE is the original post and initial thoughts when I was diagnosed. Possibly it could encourage another. I’m forever grateful for the love and support of of family, friends, co-workers, the artist community, and more. So humbled and so grateful. Dear ones, can I please encourage you to make sure if it is time to get your annual check, you make that appointment or you do a self check. Men, encourage those ladies in your life, to get those checks. Some of you…

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    Creative,  Life,  Thoughts

    Turn Up the Music

    Creativity is an amazing commodity in today’s world. I worked with a fellow artist for many years who helped forge a break through in fighting cancer. You see, science and math are not the only things that can help ‘find a cure’ or develop the next amazing invention. ‘Out of the box’ thinkers and Creatives also play a key role in solving problems or developing something that will enhance our lives. We all play a role. Some of us are mathematians, others artists, still others are good with fixing things. If you’re like me, I’m not a great mathematian, however I am creative. Like I shared, creativity has great value…

  • Art Journaling,  Gel Press Creations,  Life,  Mixed Media

    Mixed Media Favorite Resources

    Oh how I loved to combine, make old things new, and jazz up my art journaling pages. I thought I’d share a post about just a few of my favorite Mixed Media Resources. Be prepared to be enabled. Gel Press – mono printing at it’s best, these tools create one of a kind prints to frame, use in art journals, on cards, and more. Can purchase at Gelpress.com or at Joggles.com Stampington and Company – several inspiring publications that are sure to spark ideas and to view the amazing work of Creatives. UmWowStudio – Dee Dee Cantron has some amazing fun goods you can purchase at the UmWowStudio. They are…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Faith,  Gel Press Creations,  Handcrafted Journals,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Life & Art

    Life can get busy. This month has been no exception with work, celebrations, living, caring for yourself, and more . . . time can fly. Art is definitely therapy for me when facing the stressors of life. Well, here we are at the end of the month of August. I thought I’d share a very brief recap. A group of ladies attended our annual Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach for our annual outing. It was fantastic this year and one of my favorite so far! Here are some highlights as to some art I’ve created in August. Is there a message that speaks to you? How are you…