Expressions of Love Update

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A quick shop update. I always felt that we should express our love and appreciation to those we care about every day and not limit it to one day a year. And that was my motivation in creating this new line, Expressions of Love.

These 5×5 inch paintings were created on a thick 1.5 inch canvas so have the choice on how to display them. You can hang them in a small area or you could buy several and hang them as a nice grouping on your wall. The other option which I love with this thick canvas is that you can easily stand it on it’s side making it perfect decor for a desk, shelf or counter.

They are happy and fun paintings that will brighten up any space. They’ll come packaged in a pretty cellophane bag and tied with ribbon. These are the first two paintings I have available in my Etsy Shop and I’ll be adding more this week.

What do you think?

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Handmade Art Journal

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I love books and creating my own journals, it’s wonderful. When I heard that Amy Maricle of Mindful Art Studios and Ali Manning of the Vintage Page Designs were hosting a free online workshop called Botanical Books on how to make a beautiful handmade journal I was thrilled and couldn’t wait for the day to come.

Well, yesterday was the big day and I loved every minute of it! Ali did a wonderful job teaching how to create the journal itself and Amy taught how to fill it with botanical designs. I was able to create my the first two paintings in the journal and I’m looking forward to filling it up 😊

For the covers I used a watercolor paper design from my stash which I always like to have on hand. This one had a botanical design from a handmade leaf stamp I made so I thought it would be perfect for this journal. Plus it was really popping with color.

Definitely check out both of their websites as they’re packed full of fun courses, ideas and lots of inspiration. You can also find them on Instagram @AmyMaricle and @VintagePageDesigns.

Also, Amy is hosting a challenge next week The Power of Starting Simple. Just hop on over to find out more details about the challenge and join in on the fun!

Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend, thanks for stopping by!!

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“Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” ~Unknown

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True Love Whimsical Village

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I made this little village a while ago and bring it out every year as part of my Valentine’s Day decoration. It was created on an 8×10 inch canvas which I painted first. If you don’t have a canvas, a sheet of watercolor paper would also work just as well.

While the paint dried, I designed and cut some wonky, whimsical homes from Valentine themed cardstock. The doors and windows were made using shaped punches but you could easily cut them by hand.

Once I had all of my parts cut, I made sure everything fit together before gluing it on to the canvas. I added a few stickers, rhinestones and sequins for interest. And finished it off with some doodles, shading and highlights. Of course lets not forget the glitter for the bit of sparkly magic.

There are so many variations that you can make, just use your imagination and supplies you have on hand!

Hope this inspires you in some way, thanks for stopping by!!!

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“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” ~Michael Leunig

    Sunday Afternoon Art Journal

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    I recently came across a pencil sketch I did a while ago of this vintage 30’s girl. I really loved the styles back then so I thought it would be fun to create her in my 9×12 inch Strathmore Watercolor journal and bring her to life with some color.

    I named this one A Sunday Afternoon because she gives off a vibe of being completely relaxed wearing her pretty Sunday dress and hat. Her eyes are closed as she takes in a deep breath and gives thanks for all the beauty that surrounds her 😊

    How do you like to spend your Sunday afternoons?

    Hope this inspires you in some way, thanks for stopping by!!!

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    “Flowers are the music of the ground, from earth’s lips spoken without a sound.” ~ Edwin Curran

    Thoughtful Thursday History of the Polaroid Camera

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    Today pretty much every cell phone has a built in camera to snap a quick picture, freezing that special moment in time to cherish forever. I remember as a kid the long process of taking pictures, dropping the film off at the store and then having to wait that long, excruciating week to see how they turned out.

    Then I remember the day dad brought home a Polaroid camera. It was the coolest thing ever! You could take a picture and the photo was ready in minutes, right in your hand. No long wait to get your photos developed, you knew instantly if you took a good shot. It was amazing!

    The Polaroid camera was invented by Edwin H Land, an American scientist. The story goes while on vacation in 1944, Edwin had taken a picture of his 3 year old daughter. She asked him why she couldn’t see the picture he had just taken of her with his camera. So this amazing inventor came up with the camera design, film and chemistry in a single day! It did however, take three years before he was able to present his instant camera to the public for the first time.

    In 1948, the Polaroid Land Model 95 camera (shown below) made it’s way to the American consumer. It was a monumental breakthrough in the history of photography. The original camera combined two rolls of film, a negative and positive plus some chemicals to create the images. Polaroid only manufactured 60 of these cameras at first and they sold out in a single day! The company completely underestimated the consumer’s demand for this new invention.

    Polaroid Instant Cameras are still being made today and have improved a lot from the original 1948 version. There are 3 models including a smaller “Go Camera” which is compact and perfect for traveling.

    I love photography and use my digital camera all the time but there’s something nostalgic about the Polaroid Instant Camera. So I think this year, I’ll have to put one of those on my wish list 😊

    Hope you enjoyed this snippet of photography history today. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    “Photography is the beauty of life captured.” ~Tara Chisolm

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    Expressions of Love CollectionπŸ’–

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    I love Valentine’s Day but it’s sad that it’s only celebrated one day out of the year. Our love for others should be celebrated everyday and not limited to a single day. So I decided to fix that and came up with the idea to start the Expressions of Love Collection.

    I thought it would be a great way to tell some one how much you care and appreciate them. They could be perfect gifts for weddings, anniversaries, or a simple I love you! You could even gift one to show your appreciation to a special some one for all that they do.

    The four paintings shown here are a work in progress so stay tuned. They’ll be available in different sizes and styles to fit your specific needs. Best of all, they will available all year.

    What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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    “Forever and always, from me to you. My love is pure, my love is true. It is gifted to none other than you.” ~Truth Devour

    Fresh Start Art Journal

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    I finally finished my art journal layout. I tried new techniques with this one but wasn’t so crazy about it. I had to keep switching out my ideas because things kept going sideways but that’s a part of the process. So I’ll have to rethink this a bit. But nevertheless, it was lots of fun experimenting.

    Since it’s still just a few weeks into the new year, I found the words “Fresh Start” in a magazine and thought it went well. One thing I really like is how her blue hair turned out with the gold highlights.

    Some of my supplies came in so I’m going to work on creating a few new paintings. How are you going to spend your weekend? Hope you have something fun planned 😊

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    “I am open to the mystery and magic this new beginning brings.” ~Unknown

    Thoughtful Thursday Brendon Burchard Quote

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    I received some great news, Stampington Art Journaling is going to publish my angel journal. So I’ve been busy writing and rewriting the article trying to get the words just right. I’m uber excited but also a bit nervous. But I know it will all work out perfectly fine.

    I’m keeping it simple today with so much on my plate. I came across this quote by Brendon Burchard that I thought was really good and put it on my Imagination Abstract Painting:

    “Amplifying what is great within you will accelerate your life faster than fixing what you think ‘limits’ you.”

    Hope this inspires you in some way.

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    Valentine Ribbon Card

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    This was a fun Valentine’s Day card that’s fun and super easy to make. You can make it fit any size card. All you need is a cut out of a heart from heavy cardstock that fits on the front of your card and some ribbon.

    What you do is glue the ribbon to the heart cut out, letting the ends of the ribbon extend past the heart. Make sure to use enough glue because you want the ribbon to be firmly attached. Once the glue has dried, turn the heart over and trim the excess ribbon with a good pair of scissors. Then glue the beautiful heart to the front of your card. Add embellishments and stamped images or hand write your own. And that’s it!Β 

    Another idea is use strips of fabric and follow the same steps as for the ribbon. There are lots of possibilities, just use your creativity 😊

    Hope this inspires you in some way!

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    “I do love nothing in the world so much as you.” ~William Shakespeare

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    Valentine’s Day Paintings

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    Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already knocking on our doors and is only one month away? It’s one of my favorite holidays, but I wish it was longer than just 1 day. I always felt you should celebrate love every day of your life and not limit it to a single day πŸ’–

    I’m working on some new paintings but the ones in this post are currently available in my Etsy Shop. I’ll keep you posted with the progress on the others, but for now I’m waiting on a few supplies to come in.

    I really enjoyed making all of these bright, fun mini paintings filled with lots of love. I love how the confetti makes it look like a celebration, it’s just fun! With that said the canvas panels with the creative lettering are my favorite. Which one is your favorite?

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” ~Roy Croft

    Thoughtful Thursday 15 Motivational Quotes

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    The beginning of a new year is a chance for most to set new intentions to create the life of their dreams. But things don’t always go according to plan and we can get discouraged and even give up.

    In my personal experience I’ve found that sometimes all you need is to hear the right words at the right time to get you back on track and reignite your passion. I’ve collected these 15 uplifting and inspiring quotes to help keep you motivated this year:

    • “When obstacle arises, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.” ~Zig Ziglar
    • “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” ~George Horace Lorimer
    • “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
    • “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” ~Tony Robbins
    • “Do not fear ridicule or rejection; fear the consequence of an unlived life that comes from not expressing yourself or pursuing your own path.” ~Brendon Burchard
    • “Not having the best situation but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness.” ~Marie Forleo
    • “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~Jim Rohn
    • If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If your are anxious, you are living in the future. If your are at peace, you are living in the present.” ~Lao Tzu
    • “Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life.” ~Deepak Chopra
    • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle
    • “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
    • “Whoever loves much, performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
    • “Faith is the bridge to all dreams.” ~Bryant McGill
    • “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistance.” ~James N Watkins
    • “You can’t just wish for a better life, you must go out there and create it.” ~Joel Brown

    I hope these words of wisdom will lift your spirit when you need it most and fuel your passion so you can work towards your dreams!

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    Watercolor Flower Journaling

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    I wanted to share with you a fun journal page I made in my Strathmore 6×12 inch watercolor journal. I started with a loose, watercolor wash for the background and once that was dry, I drew in the flowers using a Sakura Micron 003 pen. It’s a good way to have some old fashioned carefree fun! As most of you know, I have a thing for sparkly magic so I added accents of glitter throughout the design✨

    Hope this inspires you to create art today😊

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!!!

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    “Flowers are the music of the ground, from earth’s lips spoken without sound.” ~Edwin Curran

    For the Love of Outdoors Art Journal

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    I came across an old issue of Romantic Homes Magazine and fell in love with some of the images. So I thought it would be fun to cut them out and turn them into a journaling layout.

    I started with blank pages where I wrote thank you notes to all of my family members who are no longer here but inspired me on my artistic journey. It felt good to create this journal layout with all that gratitude as the foundation for these pages.

    It took a bit of time to finish because there were quite a few layers and I had to be patient and let things dry. I was going to for a romantic and dreamy vibe. And I wanted to pull the viewer into my magical garden. What do you think?

    Hope this inspires you create a fun journal layout with some images you love!

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    “Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.” ~Jack Canfield

    Thoughtful Thursday Draw Yourself Calm Book Review

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    Last year I had the pleasure of participating in Amy Maricle’s Inchie Challenge which was a lots of fun. I had so much fun that I bought her book, “Draw Yourself Calm.”

    It’s a wonderful book that is well written and teaches you to simply slow down. The best part is you only need minimal supplies to get started. I find the practice of creating these mini works of art very calming and relaxing, a good way to destress. It’s also a good warm up for me to get the creative energy flowing.

    In this video you an see the inchies I made for Amy’s 2022 Challenge that I put into a handmade book I created. I hope you’ll hop over to her site, Mindfulartstudio.com and learn more about Amy and her work. Highly recommended!

    Stay inspired and create some art!

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    β€œArt is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Degas


    Welcome 2023 Special Offers

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    I’m setting up a newsletter to give you insider information and keep you informed of special offers, new releases, exclusive deals and more! Emails will be sent periodically and you can unsubscribe at any. Just click the link below to join:

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    Thank you for your Support, it’s Greatly Appreciated!!!

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    In art she found herself Mixed Media Canvas

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    Thought I’d share with you a mixed media canvas I made a while ago titled “In art she found herself.” I created this on a 9×12 inch canvas using cut pieces of patterned paper, acrylic paint, lace, ephemera and pretty much anything else I could think of.

    The little bows on the kite were the hardest. They’re very small and made from crepe paper that was painstakingly folded and tied off with a thread. Then I had to carefully glue them to the canvas. The style at the time was basically a face without any detailing. But I always look at it and feel it isn’t done. What do you think?

    βœ¨πŸŽ‰Wishing you a New Year filled with Much Happiness, Good Health and Great SuccessπŸŽ‰βœ¨

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    Thoughtful Thursday Reach for the Stars!

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    Hard to believe the New Year will be here in just a few short days. There’s so much to think about during this time as we get ready to welcome a new era into our lives. I’ve been very busy plotting and planning my goals for the coming year and working on my battle board.

    I’m determined more than ever to make this new year count and to reach the goals I set for myself so that my dreams will become my reality. But you have to take the first step and set goals. Don’t set so many they’re hard to attain and don’t make them too easy, they should challenge you. I’m sticking with 3 major goals and prioritizing the rest. I’m also adding deadlines for when I’ll reach these goals to keep me more accountable.

    Once you finalize your goals, you need to come up with a plan to reach them. Outline the steps, in detail on what exactly you need to do to get there. Do you need to read a book or take an online course to learn new skills to reach your goal? Or is there physical work that you need to do like start an exercise program and eat a healthy diet? What ever you need to do, write it down.

    The last step for success is to actually start following the plan you designed for yourself. Look at your goals everyday and do at least 1 thing daily to bring you closer to your goals.

    The sheer act of starting your plan will make you happy. After a few days you’ll be excited that you stuck to it and your confidence and self esteem will grow tremendously. So remember to keep going and reach for the stars because anything is possible!!!

    Here are a few motivational clips and tutorials to help you get started:

    Hope this inspires you today and thanks for stopping by!!

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    Dr Wayne Dyer Quote

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    I’m taking a much needed break before the holidays so I’m sharing with you a very inspiring quote by the late Dr Wayne Dyer on my watercolor painting titled “Change.”

    “If you change the way the look at things, the things you look at change.”

    Hope this inspires you in some way. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Stand out in the Crowd Watercolor Painting

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    I wanted to share with you a fun watercolor painting I created a while ago. This is one of my favorite happy color combinations. For this piece I actually made 2 paintings. One was used for the background and the other was used to create the birds which I traced from a stencil, cut out and adhered to the background painting.

    One thing I love about watercolor is that you can lift the paint off using various techniques. For the birds I used a stencil and a Wet Ones hand wipe to lift the paint off the paper. When using this technique, you want to make sure you have a fairly dark background so you can see the color variations where the paint was lifted.

    To make the blue bird at the top even more different from the others I painted it with clear glitter paint. I also used a stamp with white embossing powder to add more interest. The quote in the bottom right was getting lost so I added a border to give it more pop.

    You only need a few basic inexpensive supplies to create art and have fun. So what are you waiting for? Start creating some happy now 😊

    Hope this inspires you in some way, thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Thoughtful Thursday Cold Remedy

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    With the cold and flu season here I wanted to share an old remedy that my mom used to make. She believed that honey and garlic would cure anything a cold or flu could bring and she was right. Although I’m vegan, this is one thing I didn’t give up.

    Growing up honey was a staple in our home. We used it on toast, in recipes and to sweeten tea. It was always delicious! Honey has lots of benefits including:

    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Strengthens the immune system
    • Eases sinus issues
    • Helps suppress coughs
    • Promotes the healing of burns and wounds
    • Boosts memory and more!

    Now add some garlic to the honey and you have even more health benefits like:

    • Contains antioxidants
    • Helps protect against illness including colds
    • Reduces blood pressure
    • Improves bone health
    • Improves cholesterol levels and more!

    When you combine these two superfoods along with a bit of onion, no virus or germ can survive. I’ve used this remedy for years and it shortens my illness without fail every time.

    It’s easy to make, just put the onion and garlic in a mini food processor and puree. Then transfer it to a small bowl and add enough honey to cover the pureed mixture (I always add a little extra 😊). Store it covered in the fridge. Normally when you refrigerate honey it becomes thick and crystallizes. However, with the added onion and garlic, it becomes more fluid like a syrup.

    Now I’m not going to lie, the garlic and onion can be strong so don’t chew it, swallow it like cough syrup. Take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day and you’ll feel worlds better in no time!

    Ingredients:

    • 1/8 onion
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • Enough honey to cover the minced onion and garlic.

    Hope this helps you stay healthier this winter. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    We’re in the home stretch!

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    It’s hard to believe Christmas is just 12 days away! I hope that you are doing well and not stressing over the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year. But if you still need some last minute gifts there are lots of beautiful, original works of art available in my Etsy Shop.

    I welcome you to hop on over and take a look!

    Wishing you a lovely day, thanks for stopping by!!

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    “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

    Candlelight Angel

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    I hope you’re weekend is off to a great start! I thought I’d take a little break and play with some new ideas and techniques. I like the way she turned out but I’m not completely sold on this style. Looking for something more dreamy.

    What are your thoughts?

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    Zig Ziglar Quote

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    With the New Year fast approaching I wanted to share a motivational quote with you by Zig Ziglar on my Determination Painting, it reads:

    β€œTime can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals and your determination to use every available minute.”

    Time seems to fly by faster and faster. But for me, the worst feeling is to have time fly by and feel that I made no progress and spun my wheels in the mud. Time is always moving so we need to move right along with it so it doesn’t pass us by.

    Are you ready to grab time and make it your ally this coming year?

    Hope this inspires you in some way. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Flamingo Mixed Media Painting

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    I love flamingos, they’re such cool birds to watch. It took some time but I was able to finish my pink flamingo. There are lots of layers and texture in this 6×12″ painting. When I first started, I had no idea that a flamingo would end up here, but there she is. And she is my first 😊

    Now I need to give this painting a title. Would love to hear your ideas. The ones I have so far are pretty nerdy πŸ˜‚ So your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    The photos below are a progression of this painting. I probably should have taken more but I really get into the creation process once I start and don’t always think about the photography part. But I hope she inspires you in some way.

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    A few interesting Flamingo facts:

    • The word flamingo comes from the Spanish and Latin word flamenco which means fire.
    • There are 6 species of flamingos in the world.
    • Chicks are born either gray or white and take 3 years to get their beautiful pink colors.
    • Chicks are born with a straight bill which curves as they age.
    • Adult flamingos hold their bill upside down when eating.
    • Flamingo colors range from pink, orange to red.
    • Their color comes from the carotene in the food they eat.
    • Flamingos can up to 5 feet tall but most are about 3 feet.

    Thoughtful Thursday One Step at a Time

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    It’s hard to believe today is already December 1st and year is almost over. This is the perfect time to give some thought to the coming new year. As human beings we have the incredible ability to see the end result of something before we even get started. So where do you see yourself in a year from now or 5 years from now?

    It’s so important that you envision where you want to be because you’re going to end up somewhere in the next year or the next five but the question is where will you end up? Are you going to spin in circles with no aiming point or are you going to make your dreams a reality? The choice is yours so pave your path to the future you want for yourself. Start by acting as though what you desire is already yours. This will help you envision it more clearly so it will become your reality.

    All of your thoughts, actions and decisions have brought you to where you are today. But to get to the future you envision for yourself, you most likely need to make changes. They don’t have to be drastic but start with 1 thing that will bring you closer to your dream. Keep doing that 1 thing everyday until it becomes a habit. Then change 1 more thing and repeat the process.

    Before you know it, you’ll be 10 steps closer to your vision. And if you reach your destination and decide it’s not for you or you have a change of heart along the way, then change your path and envision something new. Remember anything is possible but you must take that first step so life can give you the opportunities and circumstances to make your visions, your reality.

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    New Ornaments

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    I really love the spirit of Christmas and making others smile, it warms the heart 😊 I’ve been very busy getting the last of the ornaments and paintings up in my Etsy Shop in time for the holidays!

    What warms your heart during the holiday season?

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    Thoughtful Thursday Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Time seems to fly by faster and faster because Thanksgiving is here once more. Hopefully you’re able to slow down a bit and enjoy this special holiday. Take the time to really savor the intimate moments with family and friends and create some special memories.

    I want to thank you for your continued love and support and for joining me on this creative journey! It really means a lot to me πŸ’–πŸ’–

    Wishing you a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

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    Family Art Journaling

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    With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought I’d share these special journal pages with you. They were created by my family 😊

    It was a fun time talking and laughing as we passed the journal around. The idea was that each person takes a turn drawing a line in the journal. You keep passing it around and adding more lines until it’s mostly filled up. It’s pretty funny to see the images that emerge from all the random lines. You can add some color if you like and you’ll end up with a fun family art journal that you can keep as a memento for your special day.

    Hope this inspires you to create some fun memories this Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Thoughtful Thursday Book Review – Grace Notes by Alexandra Stoddard

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    With this year coming to an end, faster than I’d like I thought I’d share this book review with you. It’s written by Alexandra Stoddard and is titled “Grace Notes.” In this book Alexandra offers 365 daily meditations of grace, one for each day of the year. So with January 1st fast approaching now is a good time to get the book so you can start the new year off on a positive note.

    The book is beautifully written with inspiring words of encouragement, love and grace. She even gives you a few lines at the bottom of each day to write you own thoughts if you like. Alexandra also includes with each day famous inspirational quotes and her own personal insights. You can find Grace Notes on Amazon where you can also preview a few sample pages to get a better idea of what the book is really like.

    With as crazy as things have become, this is simply a nice way to start each day. It’s a gentle reminder of how to live life with grace. I highly recommend this book!

    I hope you enjoyed this book review, thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Santa’s Workshop

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    I’ve been busy in Santa’s Workshop making new Christmas Ornaments. Some of the designs were more time consuming than anticipated but I thought the end result was worth it.

    I still have a few finishing touches but what do you think so far?

    Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Thoughtful Thursday Hope

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    Hurricanes are not to be taken lightly. They can cause loss of property and life. The state of Florida was hit by Hurricane Ian on 9/30/22, and it caused mass destruction across the state. Now Hurricane Nicole has caused even more. Nicole missed us thank goodness but the east coast of Florida, north of us was battered by winds, flooding and King Tides. King Tides are the highest possible tides in a calendar year and that only compounded the already serious issues caused by the hurricane.

    I’ve been watching the news and am horrified to see homes in Daytona that are literally crumbling and being washed out to sea. The devastation is terrible and breaks your heart. One resident, a widow had lived in her home for over 30 years and thought she was in her forever home. But sadly her home is now uninhabitable.

    I wish I had something happy to share with you today but I’m at a loss of words I guess. I can’t imagine how these people must feel at this time. My thoughts and prayers to go out to all affected by these storms.

    Thanks for stopping by!!

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    “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.” ~Socrates

    Owl Mixed Media Art

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    Juliette Crane a very talented artist who creates visually stunning whimsical and ever so magical paintings. I love her work!

    Juliette is presently offering a free online workshop on her website JulietteCrane.com. So needless to say, I couldn’t resist! It’s a quick owl painting that takes about 30 minutes and is lots of fun. She peaked my interest with some new supplies that I will definitely be getting and exploring with.

    Thought my little owl turned out pretty magical, what do you think?

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    Angel Journal Covers

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    Many of you followed me on my art adventure as I filled this journal with angel paintings. I love painting them because they give me a sense of peace, an inner harmony. With as crazy as the world has become, when I sit down to paint one of these angels, my outer world simply disappears and I drift into a place of complete joy.

    I was happy and sad when I filled the journal because I knew it was time to start something new. I wanted the covers to reflect the love and magic these paintings exude. It took a little bit of time but I was finally able to create some pretty cool covers for the journal.

    Now for the hard part of sending this journal off to Stampington in the hopes that it will be published in their Art Journaling Magazine, wish me luck 🀞

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    “Every great move forward in your life begins with a leap of faith, a step into the unknown.” ~Brian Tracy

    Thoughtful Thursday Fall Essential Oil Blends

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    Living in the South you don’t get to enjoy a lot of the autumn colors and scents so I’m always looking for ways to bring the warmth of the season into my home. One of my favorite ways is to use a diffuser and add drops of essential oils to make some of the most tantalizing autumn scents.

    The fragrant oils can affect your mood and give you a sense of complete joy and harmony. They may even bring back some wonderful memories. There are a lot of premixed synthetic oils but most are full with harmful chemicals. Plus many people can’t tolerate them and that’s why essential oils are great because they’re natural.

    These are a few fall diffuser blends I found online. If you don’t have a diffuser I would recommend buying one. You can check out the websites below for recommendations or Amazon has plenty to choose from with reviews to help you find the best one. But don’t go crazy buying lots of essential oils. Pick 1 or 2 blends from the choices below and start with that to see what you like. Let me know how it goes.

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    EssentialOilHaven.com gives recommendations for oils and diffusers.

    CountryHillCottage.com gives easy ideas and recipes for living well.

    TheOilDropper.com has useful information on using essential oils.

    Words of Wisdom by Winston Churchill

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    I was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend so I didn’t get much done in the studio so I thought it would be fun to share some encouraging words by Winston Churchill:

    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    Really love this quote. It gives you the power to persevere just when you’re thinking about giving up.

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    New Abstract – Grow a little love

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    This is a new abstract I finished this week. It’s painted on an 8×8 inch wood panel. It took quite a bit of time to complete. The textured background is what made it hard but then a heart emerged. I guess it was a labor of love.

    I was thinking of titling this one “Grow a little love” but wasn’t sure. What do you think? Any ideas for a title?

    Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

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    Thoughtful Thursday Jack-O-Lanterns

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    I always wonder how things got started and who started them. With Halloween approaching in just a few days I thought it would be fun to learn about jack-o-lanterns.

    The term jack-o-lantern started in Britain in the 17th century. At the time it was common for the British to call a person Jack when they didn’t know his name. So now we know where the “Jack” part of the term came from but what about the o-latern?

    The o-lantern term was also commonly used in the 17th century to refer to a man carrying a lantern or a night watchman. And since they may not have known his name the term jack-o-lantern was born. But how did we go from the term jack-o-lantern to carving a pumpkin for Halloween?

    Well there are quite a few theories on that. One is it was a Celtic pagan practice to carve out turnips or some other type of root vegetable and then illuminate it to ward off evil spirits. The custom was then carried on by Christians during the feast of All Hallows Eve.

    Another more creepy theory is centered around an Irish folklore. There are several versions of this folklore but they all have certain common elements like a man named Jack, the devil and an illuminated turnip with which Jack’s soul aimlessly wanders the earth.

    But here in the states during the 19th century, young kids who liked pranks would carve a grotesque face out of a readily available pumpkin to scare unwary people. Eventually this prank became known as jack-o-lantern. Today this has became a widely used and artistic tradition by many for Halloween.

    Which is your favorite theory?

    Hope you enjoyed this little history snippet. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    A work in progress

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    I wanted to share with you today a little about my process. When I start paintings I don’t usually have a plan other than adding texture to the canvas. Normally, I just let things unfold and follow my intuition.

    This was a 20×20 painting I started a while ago and it sat because well, nothing was coming to me. I would look at it as I walked by and my mind was blank. But that’s okay because sometimes that’s just how it goes and it’s part of the process.

    I guess what I didn’t like was some of the greenish colors that emerged when I painted it. Over the weekend however, I added bits of color and liked where it was going. Now I’m working on adding shapes and more color. The slides below will show the progress of this painting so far. It’s still not finished so stay tuned to see where it ends up…..

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    Stephanee Ann Art

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    “I’ll be outside” by Stephanee Ann Art

    Last Sunday I was surprised to find the Las Olas Art Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL was open. I love attending art festivals to get inspired and see what other artists are creating.

    At the festival I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanee Ann a local artist from Fort Myer and I fell in love with her beautiful painting titled “I’ll be outside.” Her use of bright fun colors and whimsical style makes her paintings happy and uplifting and that’s what I loved about this one.

    This 20×20″ painting ended up coming home with me and it puts a smile on my face every time I look at it 😊 If you’d like to see more of Stephanee Ann’s work, visit her web page at StephaneeAnnArt.com. You’ll be able to view her gallery and get her contact information if you want a painting of your own. Stephanee Ann can also be found on Instagram at @stephaneeann_

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    Thoughtful Thursday Bird Rescue

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    It’s funny but you would think all the birds in our neighborhood have our address memorized. Whether they’re hungry, thirsty or need help, they know exactly where to go.

    Last Saturday, hubby came home and saw something odd in the street in front of our house. When he took a closer, he saw it was a young bird, a fledgling. You could tell he wasn’t doing well because he was slumped over. It was getting dark so we put him in a box in the garage till morning because the rescue center had already closed for the day and mama bird was nowhere to be found.

    We tried giving him some water but he refused so we just kept him safe for the night. First thing Sunday morning, we took him to the South Florida Wildlife Center where they rescue over 10,000 animals every year.

    I couldn’t figure out what kind of bird he was. I’ve seen these birds a lot on my walks and the adults are gray with a bit of brown and a black patch on the head. They have pointy beaks and are everywhere here.

    After searching the internet I finally found a bird that looked like him. It was a gray catbird.

    Apparently these guys make a call that sounds like a cat’s meow and thus their name. They are masters at mimicking the calls of other birds and are known for singing beautiful songs. Sometimes they sing for as long as 10 minutes at a time. Very impressive!

    I found this short video on Youtube that gives some pretty interesting facts about these birds.

    I called the Wildlife Center to check up on the little guy and they confirmed he was indeed a gray catbird. They did everything they could but sadly weren’t able to save him πŸ˜₯

    I was really saddened by the news because I had high hopes. We gave it our best effort and sometimes that’s just how it goes. That’s life I guess. I will say that I keep my eye out for these catbirds on my walks and really appreciate their beautiful songs even more.

    I hope that you get to enjoy these beautiful birds in your neighborhood too. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

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    I am… Mini Mixed Media Art Journal

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    I finally finished my handmade 3″ x 4.5″ mini watercolor, mixed media art journal. I filled it with uplifting and powerful “I am…” quotes so I affectionately titled this journal, “I am…”

    My favorite pages are the Frida Kahlo quote “I am my own muse…” I love the bright colors 😊 What are your favorites?

    I hope you enjoying your weekend, thanks for stopping by!!

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    I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be… Mini Art Journal

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    These are the last 2 pages in my mini 3″ x 4.5″ watercolor mixed media art journal. I added a great quote by Diane Von Furstenberg:

    “I did not know what I wanted to do but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.”

    Have an amazing weekend and thanks for stopping by!!!

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    Thoughtful Thursday Yellow Crested Night Heron

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    Yellow Crested Night Heron Fledging

    I was very blessed this spring to watch these beautiful birds make their nests high up in the oak trees that line our streets. A few years ago we started with only 1 nest and now we’re up to 5 nests in all. As I went on my daily walks, I was eagerly watching each nest as babies began showing their heads one by one. These new birds have now taken up residence in our neighborhood and I see them often by the lakes.

    When they were very young we would come home at night to see them walking in the middle of the street. I guess they were still trying to figure it all out. They would even visit me in our backyard every now and then.

    These herons forage for food at dusk and into the night. However, you may also see them foraging during the day. They tend to walk slowly on land or in shallow water and will sometimes stand completely still waiting for dinner to come to them.

    Yellow Crested Night Herons are primarily found in the Southeastern parts of the United States. Adult herons will lay anywhere from 2-8 blue-green eggs in a nest. Both parents will incubate the eggs for 21-25 days. Once the eggs hatch it’s up to both parents to feed the babies. They haven’t been studied enough so there is no data as to when they take flight and leave the nest. Fully grown they measure 1 ft 10 in to 2 ft 4 in. They are simply beautiful and amazing to watch.

    I hope your enjoyed this little snippet about the Yellow Crested Night Herons and are able to see some. These are some of the photos I was lucky to get on my walks.

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    “Beyond even the darkest clouds the wide, open blue sky goes on forever. Trust, let go, and allow yourself to take flight. So fly! Only then can you soar.” ~Martta Karol

    John Adams Words of Wisdom Abstract Art

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    Today I thought I’d share a motivational quote with you today by John Adams on one of my abstract paintings:

    “Courage and perseverance have a magic talisman before which difficulties and obstacles vanish into thin air.”

    These are encouraging and uplifting words of wisdom to live by. Hope this inspires you in some way today!

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    I am what I am Mini Art Journal

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    I hope your weekend is off to a good start! I’ve been working in my mini 3″ x 4.5″ journal. I have 2 more pages to go and then it will be finished. I found this inspiring quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and thought it was a good fit for this journal:

    “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”

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    Thoughtful Thursday Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

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    Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite treats for Thanksgiving but that only comes once a year. So to get into the spirit of Autumn sooner I love making pumpkin smoothies.

    When you slowly sip this savory drink bursting with flavors of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg you can’t help but to sit back and take a moment to truly enjoy the season. This recipe is very easy to make and is super delicious! I always try to use organic ingredients when they’re available.

    Pumpkin Smoothie

    • 1 C Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • 1/2 Can Organic Pumpkin Puree
    • 1 Small Ripe Banana
    • 3 Tbsp Organic Rolled Oats
    • 2 Organic Pitted Dates
    • 1.25 tsp Cinnamon
    • 1/4 heaping tsp Ginger
    • 1/8 heaping tsp Nutmeg
    • 1/2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
    • 1 C Ice
    • 1/2 Hass Avocado (optional) *

    Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Top with sprinkled cinnamon and enjoy! (Makes about 2 glasses)

    * Note: If you prefer a thicker, creamier smoothie the avocados do the trick. They have a mild flavor and give you more of a milkshake consistency. But I would try it first without the avocado because you can always add it later, it should be thick enough without it πŸŽƒ Another trick is to use 2 Tbsp Organic Chia seeds. Soak them overnight in water and add them to your smoothie mix and blend.

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    Candy Corn Witch Hat

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    When I was a kid, candy corns were one of my favorite Halloween treats. They made awesome vampire fangs πŸ˜‚ So it’s no wonder I used them to make a witch’s hat.

    For this project I recommend getting clay candy corns. You can use real ones and coat them in Mod Podge, but they won’t last whereas the clay ones will. If you want to get even more creative you could make them yourself 😊

    This is a fun and easy Halloween Decoration to make for your home and is great for kids too.

    For this Project you will need:

    • Large Paper Mache Witch Hat (about 12 inches tall)
    • Acrylic Paints: Folk Art School Bus Yellow and Black
    • Clay Candy Corns
    • 18″ white netting
    • Black Pom-poms: 1 large and 1 small
    • 2 small wiggle eyes
    • 2 Yellow/Orange Chenille Stems Pipe Cleaners 
    • Letter Rubber Stamps
    • Staz On Stone Gray Ink
    • Small Orange Boa, 18-24 inches long depending on your hat
    • Sponge brushes (makes painting big sections faster)
    • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
    • Glue Gun
    • Scissors
    • Wire cutters
    • 1/2″ flat brush
    • Clean water, paper towels, wax-coated paper plates for paint palette
    • Mod Podge: Matte for sealing (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Basecoat the top of your witch hat in black paint using the 1/2β€³ brush. Apply 2-3 coats and let dry in between coats.
    2. Basecoat the bottom and inside of the hat with 1 coat of the black paint using the 1/2β€³ brush. Let dry.
    3. Basecoat the rim of the hat, on top in yellow paint using the 1/2β€³ brush. Apply 2-3 coats and let dry in between coats.
    4. Using the glue gun, randomly glue candy corns around the top of the hat.
    5. Stamp you letters around onto the rim of the hat. If you’re not going to seal your hat with Mod Podge go to Step 8.
    6. (Optional) Using your sponge brush apply a coat of Matte Mod Podge to the entire hat to seal it. Let dry. Once dry you can apply a second coat of Mod Podge if you so desire.
    7. (Optional) Apply 1 coat of Mod Podge to the bottom and inside of the hat. Let dry      
    8. For the spider, glue the small pom-pom to the large pom-pom using tacky glue.
    9. Using wire cutters, cut five 2β€³ pieces of the yellow/orange pipe stem. Bundle 4 of the pieces and twist the 5th piece around the center of the bundle to hold in place. Spread out the pieces and shape your spider legs. Cut off any excess.
    10. Glue your spider body to the legs with tacky glue. Next glue the wiggle eyes to the front of the small pom-pom. Let dry.
    11. Apply a generous amount of tacky glue to the inner seam of the hat where it meets the rim. Wrap your boa around the hat and cut off any excess. Let dry.
    12. Cut a 12″ piece of netting and tie the center into a knot. Apply tacky glue to the tip of the hat and place the center of the knot over the hat. Let dry.
    13. Gently insert the spider fee into the netting holes and you’re done!

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    Pure Joy Mixed Media

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    Happy October!! I hope you’re doing well. The temps have finally cooled down here a bit and it’s really nice being outside without roasting πŸ˜ŠπŸ‚

    I thought I’d share with you a fun and whimsical mixed media canvas I made a while ago. I painted it with bright fun colors and used lots of different techniques and mediums including pages from a book, buttons, ephemera and stamped images.
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    What do you think?

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    Inchie Challenge Journal

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    I had lots of fun creating the inchies for Amy Maricle’s 2022 Inchie Challenge and now they needed a home. I came across this 2.25″ x 3″ mini journal I started a while ago. I had set it aside because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to fill it with but the inchies seemed to be the perfect fit. So I assembled the journal, painted it and added my inchies.

    Thought the video turned out kinda cute. What do you think?

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    “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Degas