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    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.

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    Identity ~ As We Enter a New Year

    As I had a little quiet time this morning, I was thinking about entering the New Year and how important it is to remember my identity. I don’t mean my name, where I was born, etc. but rather who I am – deeply rooted who I am. Some things that came to mind and apply to you as well is that you are loved, cherished, unique, have purpose that only you can fulfill. You have the ability to have an impact, are valuable (no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, the mistakes you’ve made). For me my faith plays an absolute role in who I am. Because I am a…

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    Word of the Year – Good Expectations for 2015

    This past week it was so appropriate that I received an early copy of Jewelry Affaire that contained an article and necklace tutorial on my word of the year for 2014. 2014 was a year of sadness, uncertainty, and challenge filled with some times of joy, accomplishment and celebration as well. My word of 2014 was TRUST and I created a necklace to remind me of just that. My word for 2015 is COURAGE and my verse, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men (and women) of courage; be strong.” ~ 1 Corinthians 16:13. I enjoy creating something as a reminder throughout the year of my word and goal. I want…

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    Right Now Monday – Ringing in the Season – Some Ideas from the Archives

    Hello all .  . . Right Now, on this Monday . . . I am thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday and Christmas.  I’m getting excited about some familiar traditions and new ones. I hope that you all enjoyed the 2014 annual Handmade Holiday Blog Hop.  What inspiration!  With that in mind . . . Thanksgiving is on the horizon and Christmas not too far off. Today I thought I’d share a few projects from the archives that might inspire you as you craft Christmas. Here’s s Joy wall hanging tutorial decor to ‘Deck Your Halls’ . . . This can be a gift for your Shabby Chic friend.  An…

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    On the Road Again & A New Look for the AF Blog

    Greetings all. First off I want to say thank you for being here.  These past three years or so have been the most challenging of my life.  Not necessarily the cancer fight (although it wasn’t a cake walk and I’m not considered ‘cancer free’ for another four years) but we’ve had some other trials that have been incredibly tough.  But nonetheless, I am grateful that I know hope and  have truth and promises to stand firmly on. About a month ago, my blog went blank.  Come to find out our hosting company changed their format to WordPress which I was happy about however my subscriber list and all my former…