• Art,  Mixed Media,  Uncategorized

    Angels ~ Christmas and Beyond

    ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ . . . ‘Angels We Have Heard On High’ . . . ‘Sing Choirs of Angels, Sing in Exultation’ . . . and the list goes on.  Christmas is such a time we hear so much about angels.  While Angels are for every season, Angels are especially mentioned during Christmas.  Angels brought Good Tidings of Joy and the message of the Christmas season to Kings, the ordinary and mankind. I created a few angels a while back reminding me of the messages they share.  I’ve sold some and there are two left that I just listed in the Artsy Findings Store.  The two left are .…

  • Life,  Uncategorized

    Boutique for a Cause Part 2

    If you’re up for a fun event tomorrow . . . you will enjoy this wonderful festive venue.  It’s called Jingle and Mingle.  The morning starts with some goodies, some Christmas carols, comedian, sneak peek at the boutique, then the boutique (around 60 vendors) from 11 a.m . – 2 p.m.  You’ll enjoy all the food trucks as well! If you missed part 1 of a ‘Boutique for a Cause’ you can find it here. Here are a few other items I created for tomorrow . . . Hope to see you there!  

  • Art,  Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Jewelry,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  Uncategorized

    Boutique for a Cause

    tis’ the season.  I hope all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  I did although I have been struggling with a bug.  But I’ve been trying to push through it and I’m gearing up for a boutique that will be held at Voyager’s Church in Irvine on Saturday the 6th.  It will be a wonderful day of inspiration both while singing some carols and listening to a funny, lighthearted speaker.  I’m hoping I may be able to raise some funds so that our sweet girl can participate in a trip to Washington D.C., where her chorale group will compete as well as a trip to Costa Rica ~ she was chosen by…

  • Art,  Jewelry,  Leather Working and Chip Art,  Mixed Media,  Tutorials and How to's,  Uncategorized

    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…

  • Art Journaling,  Mixed Media,  Uncategorized

    Throwback Thursday – Window of the Soul Art Journal Tags Tour

    It’s Throwback Thursday of a different kind.  I’m adding content I previously lost . . . of some oldies (videos, tutorials, projects).   ADD PHOTOS OF TAGS This one here . . . several years ago I taught a different kind of book club class.  We would read a chapter or two of this awesome book by Ken Gire called Windows on the Soul, convene together, talk about what we learned, I’d teach a technique on a tag and then we’d each create an art journal page with portions of the book that spoke to us.  This is a little tour of the tags I created for the class/techniques I…

  • Art Journaling,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Uncategorized

    Right Now Mondays – Do not Doubt

    Greetings, It’s another ‘Right Now Monday‘ and are you ready to share?  Ready to art journal? If you missed the last ‘Right Now Monday‘ post , or wondering what Right Now Monday is about . . . . here it is . . . Right Now Monday Initial Post. Right Now I want . . . This could be something you desire to have (maybe not a need but a want – a house, a new job) or maybe this is a goal? For me . . . Right Now and Today I want and desire for  . . . my daughter, my husband, my mother, my friends, my family,…

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

    Right Now Monday – Be True to You

    Right Now, Today, This Monday . . . Right Now . . .  today, I am focusing on the importance of caring for myself and being true to me.  So often, we think that caring for ourselves is selfish.  Well, it’s not.  We need to care for ourselves so that we in turn can be better friends, parents, employees, spouses . . . whatever role we fill.  We aren’t of any help to others around us if we aren’t healthy. I’m speaking to myself here but possibly it will be something that speaks to your heart.  Right Now, taking care of and being true to myself involves; Set safe and healthy boundaries.…

  • Art,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Right Now Monday; Servant Leadership and an Art Adventure

    “The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader.  The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves.”  ~  J. Carla Nortcutt Right here . . . Right Now . . . this Monday (better late than never) . . . I feel grateful.  Grateful for the opportunity to have attended a wonderful course, to be placed in an awesome group and to learn more about serving others, leadership and loving on people.  More about Right Now Monday can be found here. Recently, I completed Series II of a Servant Leadership Course put on by the…

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

    Right Now Monday: Be Kind to Unkind People, They Need It The Most

    Wow . . . I read this statement earlier in the week and didn’t know it would ring so true.  It was posted (and then reposted) by a radio station.  It especially made sense when I had an experience (and opportunity) to be kind to an unkind person. If you don’t mind reading for a moment . . . one of you may need to hear what came to mind as I experienced a very angry and unkind individual.  But this presented an opportunity. I was headed to meet my daughter and mom.  I entered a very busy shopping center and found an individual that was getting ready to leave.  I…

  • Thoughts

    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…