January 21

In My Studio – January 21


Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

Last year, I started an art journal project using prompts from Art Journal All Year E-Course from Red Velvet Shop. The course offers an art challenge and a journal challenge for 52 weeks. This week, I finished up Weeks 39 & 40.

Art Journal S&W

As promised, here are the cards I made at the card club I hosted on January 13.

January Card 3

A lovely Valentine card.

January Card 4

An “I Love You” card.

January Card 5

This card was made from a kit…just peel and stick the decorations.

 This Week’s Inspiration

Something new I’m doing in 2013…Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration.

Last week’s inspiration was NURSERY COLORS, and here is my interpretation.

Nursery Colors Girl 2

This week’s inspiration comes from a list of ideas I wrote down during my Artist Date at Down To Earth. I wrote down “day of the week.” To pick the day of the week, I wrote the days on slips of paper and drew one from a jar. The winner was TUESDAY, so that’s my inspiration for this week.

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January 20

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 3


I’m starting 2013 by reading Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. I picked this book because I’m trying to figure out the place I want painting to play in my life.

This week…Chapter 2, “Stoking the Coals,” has a series of conceptual, visual and verbal exercised to ignite the idea-generating part of your brain and train your imagination to rise from the mired realm of worry to the inspired world of play.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

I had two favorite exercises from this chapter.

The first involved a series of questions that took me from a vague idea to a specific task. It began with the question, “What is the one essence that you seek to bring out in your life and in your work? Okay, I wrote down more than one:

Specialness, Uniqueness, Hope & Possibilities, Creativity, Peace, Friendship, Love, Gentleness & Kindness, Relationship (one-on-one & groups)

Ten more questions followed with the intention of transforming a vague longing into a concrete goal with a specific list of tasks. The final question was, “If you were to commit to this project tomorrow, what would be the first tiny step you need to take? I wrote down:

The project – Apply for an art fair.

The first tiny step – Research and compile a list of 10 art fairs I’d like to participate in.

I really appreciated this process of questions. It did take a little time (30-40 minutes) but I think knowing your intention and the essence you want to bring is essential to coming up with meaningful goals and projects.

CLWL Part 3

The second exercise asked me to list the tasks I enjoy doing most, what environment I’d like to work in and what fields I am interested in. I wrote down:

My ideal tasks include…writing, painting, talking to people and teaching.

My ideal environment is…My private studio, short-term situations, environments that are fun, creative, unique, appreciative and cooperative.

My ideal field is…Selling my art, writing and teaching.

These exercises were pretty easy for me to work through because I’ve been thinking about the role I want painting to play in my life for awhile. It’s good for me to write them down though, because I can get so many things rolling around in my mind, that working through these exercises and getting them on paper can only strengthen my focus.

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January 19

The Eatery | Reads & Things


Every Saturday, I’m going to take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This week, my Artist Date is at The Eatery | Reads & Things.


Of all the places I’ll go this year for my Artist Dates, this is the place I love the most.

ERT 10

Why? because this is where I work when I’m not painting.


Over the last few years, we have transformed our church building and campus into a wonderful resource for the community…Granger Commons.


The perfect place for a little quiet time for yourself…


…or a great place to meet friends or co-workers.


The Eatery offers fresh, interesting soups, sandwiches, wraps and salads along with a full coffee service.


Reads & Things offers helpful resources and inspirational gifts.


There’s even a Reads & Things jr.


With a lot of nice things for kids.


See why I don’t want to quit my day job. I think I’ll take advantage of this beautiful space for many Artist Dates.

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January 18

Poetry & Kindness 2.0


For years, I’ve wanted to read more poetry, so this year, I’m going to share a poem every Friday.

I’m also hosting a kindness challenge called Kind is Kool. Each week, I’ll post a prompt of something you can do to make the world a kinder place.

I want to offer both the poem and the kindness challenge without any obligation, so I’ll turn off “Comments” every Friday. Enjoy.

Poetry 2


In The Day’s When We Are Dead

Listen! The end draws nearer,
Nearer the morning, or night,
And I see with a vision clearer
That the beginning was right!
These shall be words to remember
When all has been done and said,
And my fame is a dying ember
In the days when I am dead.

Listen! We wrote in sorrow,
And we wrote by candle light;
We took no heed of the morrow,
And I think that we were right,
(To-morrow, but not the day after,
And I think that we were right).

We wrote of a world that was human
And we wrote of blood that was red,
For a child, or a man, or a woman,
Remember when we are dead.

Listen! We wrote not for money,
And listen! We wrote not for fame,
We wrote for the milk and the honey
Of Kindness, and not for a name.

We paused not, nor faltered for any,
Though many fell back where we led;
We wrote of the few for the many,
Remember when we are dead.

We suffered as few men suffer,
Yet laughed as few men laugh;
We grin as the road grows rougher,
And a bitterer cup we quaff.

We lived for Right and for Laughter,
And we fought for a Nation ahead,
Remember it, friends, hereafter,
In the years when I am dead,
For to-morrow and not the day after,
For ourselves, and a Nation ahead.

Henry Lawson


Kind is Kool Challenge

Kind Is Kool 500x200

Week 2 Challenge – As you see pieces of litter on the ground this week (inside or outside) pick them up and throw them away.

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January 17

Inspiration Results – January 17


Something new I’m doing in 2013…Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration. I think this will be a fun exercise for me and keep me painting. It will also allow me to discover and share my “process.”

AEDM 2012 Day 27

This week’s inspiration comes from two little girls I painted during the Art Every Day Month Challenge in November.

AEDM 2012 Day 28

Every time I thought about them, the words NURSERY COLORS popped into my mind, so that’s what I used for my inspiration this week.

I started with the background.

Nursery Colors Canvas

I planned to do something in yellow and green, but it ended up with a lot of pink.

Nursery Colors Girl

I liked the simplicity of the “inspiration” girls, so I kept this girl simple too.

How to be HAPPY!


Every Thursday, I’m participating in How to be HAPPY! a weekly challenge from Jay of The Depp Effect. It’s easy to participate…

Take a picture and write about one thing that makes you happy in some small way. Then, head on over to The Depp Effect and link your post.

I was putting away my earrings the other day and thought, “I love my silver safekeeper.”

Silver Safekeeper Box

Silver safekeeper is a type of lining used in jewelry boxes that keeps silver from tarnishing. It’s great because you don’t have to reach for a favorite piece of jewelry only to find you can’t wear it because it’s black with tarnish. What a great invention.

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January 16

New Favorite Notions


Here a few of my new favorites from the sewing notions department:

Rule Your Rulers

Rule Your Rulers – Over the years, I’ve collected a variety of quilting rulers. I don’t use them often, so as I put together my craft room, I wasn’t sure about the best way to store them. That’s when I saw this clever little item. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who uses their rulers frequently, but if you don’t and want a simple solution to keep them all together, this works.

Deodorant Removing Sponge

Deodorant Removing Sponge – This is a favorite of my daughter’s. Have you ever put on a top only to discover that some of your deodorant has transferred on the fabric? This takes it off.

Deodorant Removing Sponge Inside

Gingher Seam Ripper

Seam Ripper – This is a super handy tool to have whether you sew or not. Thanks to my sister, I own this super beautiful Gingher seam ripper, but a really nice seam ripper can be had for under $5. They’re great for removing tags from clothing and scarves and for opening pockets on new clothes that are sewn closed.

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January 15

Introductions – Casper


Every Tuesday in 2013, I’ll post something about the houndies. To start, I’d like to introduce Freedom, Casper and Nikki. This week, it’s Casper’s turn.

It Is Me, Casper

It is me, Casper.

Casper is my darling boy. Casper is a retired racing greyhound. His racing name was Try N Ryan, but, like Freedom, he didn’t race for long…around 10 races and no wins. Casper is 4 years old.

Make Me An Offer

Casper is the baby of our pack. He is sweet, goofy and everyone’s favorite. Casper just has that special something about him that makes everyone love him.

Popular Casper

Casper is the king of passive-aggressive.  He often wants whatever bed Freedom is on or whatever toy she has (except the hedgehogs…the hedgehogs are sacred and Freedom’s alone).  Here’s his method…he slowly, slowly, slowly  approaches Freedom and circles around behind her.  Freedom jumps up and starts barking and snarling.  As soon as she jumps up, he flops down on her bed or gently reaches over and takes the toy.  Freedom gives an extra snarl and then moves on.  It works for him every single time.

DI 262

Casper is the runner of the group. He loves to race around the backyard. He is also the only one of our hounds who does “after bath zoomies.” We laugh our heads off every time Casper gets a bath because he tears out of the bathroom and spins and runs and spins and runs all over the house.

Sweet Pea

Casper is also a connoisseur of beds. He particularly likes them piled high.

Casper is as sweet and gentle as he looks. He’s my little baby boy…no matter how old he gets. Love you, Caspie!

Special Announcement!

P&P Bucket World Tour Badge

We are participating in Pip and Puddles’ BUCKET World Tour. Pip is our friend and his blog is Pip Gets Back In The Game. Pip is probably around 15 years old and has been having some problems with his heart, but you can’t keep a good Pip down, so he’s heading out to check off all the things on his Bucket List. We’re going to help. Stay tuned for more details.

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January 14

In My Studio – January 14


Here’s what I’ve been working on…

I’m still plugging away at my art journal.

Art Journal Best Days

I started this last year and I’m following the prompts from an art journal course called Art Journal All Year E-Course from Red Velvet Shop. The course offers an art challenge and a journal challenge for 52 weeks.

Art Journal Magic

I also had BOTH of my card clubs this week.

January Card 1

These are the two cards we made at my Thursday card club. I’ll post the cards from my Sunday card club next Monday.

 January Card 2

This Week’s Inspiration

Something new I’m doing in 2013…Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration.

Last week’s inspiration was DARK, and here is my interpretation:

Dark Lady 1

This week’s inspiration comes from two little girls I painted during the Art Every Day Month Challenge in November. For some reason, every time I thought about them this week, the words NURSERY COLORS popped into my mind, so that’s my inspiration for this week.

I am sharing this post on Inspire Me Monday and Creative Every Day.

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January 13

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 2


I’m starting off the year reading Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. The cover of the book says that it is “A practical course in career design for artists, innovators, and others aspiring to a creative life. I decided on this book because over the course of last year, I discovered how much I love to paint, and I want to share my painting. Out of that desire have come some ideas, but not well formulated ones and not traditional ones in a business sense. When I saw this book, I thought it might help me come up with a plan.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

I was pretty happy early on when Carol states that the book’s task is “to apply the artistic process to building a career” because “for creative people, living by an internal system is the only way. ” This resonates with me because I don’t find myself drawn to a traditional business path. Here is what Carol says she hopes her readers will take away from the book:

“…first, a clearer vision of what you really want and a commitment to that vision; second, a step-by-step plan for achieving that vision; and third, a daily process that develops strong, healthy work habits and keeps your vision in sharp focus.”

Chapter 1, “Ecstatic Task,” reminds me of The Artist’s Way‘s Morning Pages and Artist Dates. It introduces the idea of a daily action. The daily action is “…fifteen minutes of a focused activity performed every day at the same time of day. Choose an activity that creates an empty space where your creativity can reassert itself. Let the action be solitary and process oriented. You are giving yourself fifteen minutes of emptiness within the blur of living.”

CLWL Part 2

I know this type of activity works for your creativity like exercise works for your body. My daily action is to write, doodle and make lists in a notebook.

So that’s where I’m at this week…opening up some space and reorienting my life.

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January 12

Down To Earth


Every Saturday, I’m going to take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Here’s what she says about the Artist Date:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

Down To Earth Sign

This week I went to a local natural food store…Down To Earth.

DTE Shop Fair Trade

I love this store. It has a great natural food store vibe.

DTE Aisle

In some ways, it reminds me of an old-fashioned grocery store.

DTE Soap

You can get everything from soap…

DTE Apples

…to organic produce.

DTE Menu Board

They also have a great little cafe area where you can get a coffee, smoothie, fresh juice, soup or wrap.

DTE Peachie Keen

I had the Peachie Keen smoothie which was like eating a meal. Very delicious and filling.  It was great to get away by myself and just spend some time thinking privately.

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