Thoughts and feelings on the challenges and gifts of life.

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    I am Grateful for Reflection

    Dina Wakley’s Challenge this month is “I am Grateful for Reflection.” So true . . . there is certainly some good time at the moment with staying home to reflect. I have been reflecting on the future, how I can have an impact, how I can bring encouragement to others, and more. It’s so important to reflect in order to learn, grow, and to look to the future. I wonder what you’re reflecting upon. Even though things can look bleak, I do hope that you are reflecting on things that bring you encouragement and hope for the future. Warmest creative wishes,

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Crafts,  Creative,  Faith,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Sketching,  The Homestead,  Thoughts,  Tutorials and How to's

    Artsy Findings E-Magazine – Issue Two

    So much has happened in a couple of months. I hope each of you are doing well despite the challenges we are facing right now. Please take a moment for yourself, grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the read. See Artsy Findings E-Magazine Issue Two. Feel free to share the link with another that you think may enjoy as well. This is a gift from me to you. I hope it brings you hope, inspiration, and well-being.

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

    Logan’s Candy Cane Interest ASAP – Social Distancing Practiced

    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. At this amazing place, you are able to watch and sample amazing fresh candy canes made, and experience this amazing tradition.  Such a wonderful family at Logan’s and staff who have become dear friends. They welcome us with open arms. I will be putting together another private group tour/demonstration once again this year, but one exception from years past . . . there will be Social Distancing, Safety precautions, and a limited number of participants.  I spoke with Jerry (‘the…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Mixed Media,  Sketching,  Thoughts

    Staying Grounded – Thoughts and an Art Journal Page

    Oh these days . . . the world can be distracting, busy, loud, uncertain sometimes, and more. It’s so important to ‘Stay Grounded.’ For me, staying grounded includes practicing my faith, believing and knowing that in the end it will all be okay. Being grounded includes enjoying art, and loving those put in my life. It’s a weird and wild world out there right now. Staying grounded is so vital. What does staying grounded look like for you? Here a few more thoughts on being grounded . . . Being Present. Warmest Creative Wishes,

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    10 Ways to Use Stickles Glitter Gels – #9 and #10

    Ranger’s fantastic luminous medium; Stickles Glitter Gel is so versatile. I’ve shared in the past 8 ways and here are the last two for a total of 10 ways to use this amazing medium. Missed some of the ways? Check back on the former blog posts. Without further ado . . . here’s the last two ideas I have for you on how to add some sparkle to your crafting. Use the gel as a paint to brighten up an embellishment, dish or a pot. Use it like paint. It is thick but if you use a painting spatula you can place the Glitter Gel on the item and then…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Art Journaling & Perspective

    The world is full of different perspectives, especially right now. An art journaling page, some sketching and a reminder to me that we are all coming from different experiences, places, backgrounds, and perspectives. Knowing this, let’s be patient with one another. Products used on these pages: Pink Fresh Washi which I actually purchased at Stamp Fever for you locals Gel Press (Hexagon Shape) Warmest creative wishes to you friends,

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    Organizing – With What You Have

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the money to purchase a large organization cabinet with all the bells and whistles or to redo every container to match. Would I like to, yes, but I’m being real here. Getting your art studio or creative space organized with what you have or inexpensive options can boost creativity and productivity. I think if I had the choice and won the lottery tomorrow, I just might purchase a bit of a better system but I’d keep it eclectic and where I could see it. I do like my system now, it’s just it could always use improvement. But one of the…