Thoughts on Transformation at Any Age

I've been thinking a lot about transformation lately. Sometimes we can forget who we are, who we once were, or who we wanted to be once upon a time. I think that can happen to anyone but it especially true with mothers. I have been mothering for 15 years now and for all those years... Continue Reading →

Weekend Wandering: Art in An Uncommon Way

"Do common things in an uncommon way and you will command the attention of the world." ~Unknown This is a painting along a bike path near my home. This artwork leads one on the trail through a tunnel running under a major highway. The City of Westminster commissioned artist to create beautiful artwork in unexpected... Continue Reading →

Weekend Wandering: Feeding Your Creativity

When I was in art school there was this notion about being a starving artist. That to be a "true artist" you have to be broke to create. If you're not struggling, you're not creative. Getting a "real" day job is being a sell-out to your art. Well, since I don't really like eating Ramen... Continue Reading →

The Making of Prayer Flags

High in the Tibetan Himalayan, colorful flags of blue, white, red, green, and yellow flutter in the wind. These are Tibetan prayer flags. "Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and... Continue Reading →

May in Photos plus a Recipe

May has been crazy. It's been a frantic race to the finish line to summer break. Every year I say this is the year I grow herbs in a pot. And then I kill it. The cilantro tasted great while it lasted. Sitting in rush hour traffic, with a rainbow in my rear view. It's... Continue Reading →

Wednesday’s Word

At my kid's school there is a custodian. He knows every student by name, he is silly, doesn't hesitate to dress up in goofy costumes for fundraisers, and the kids love him. In the mornings he greets the kids in the drop off lane. And, when I drop my girls off on Wednesdays, he is... Continue Reading →

Art Journal: 5 Random Things About Me

Target isles are fully stocking with school supplies, and that could only mean one thing...summer is almost over. So too is our summer art journaling series. This week's prompt is 5 Random Things About Me. 1. I believe chips & queso should be an acceptable meal option. Just chips & queso for dinner...not everyday, but... Continue Reading →

Journaling Your Travel Memories

We're fresh off our trip up to the Black Hills is South Dakota just a few weeks ago. It feels like longer. The girls and I have been busy working on our summer art journals, already starting a second journal! This week we are taking a break and working on journaling our travel memories of... Continue Reading →

Let’s Party Like it’s 1776…Two Free Patriotic Printables

Free printable #1 of the above is available here. (then, right click the jpg to save to your desktop to print.) The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday in America that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. Let's party and set off some fireworks!... Continue Reading →

Free Summer Art Journaling Series…Collage

Continuing on our Summer Art Journaling Series this week is collages. Or, as I like to call it: Cut & Paste Therapy. It's therapy because it is a technique that is actually used in some therapies, and a whole lot cheaper than shopping therapy. It's also relaxing and one of the easiest ways to make... Continue Reading →

5 Tips For Dealing With Haters of Your Art

One fact every artist knows is this: art is deeply personal. Especially the art YOU create. It comes from deep within. Not everybody will get it. Not everybody will like it. Artists understand that. But, how do you deal with haters when they express their hate for your art? And, most importantly, how do you... Continue Reading →

Free Summer Art Journaling Series…Getting Started

My girls are finally out of school...let summer vacation begin! It feels like this school year just flew by. Now the question is: How do I keep the girls busy this summer? With my free Summer Art Journaling Series, of course. I chose CREATE as my One Word for 2015. And this Summer Art Journaling... Continue Reading →

You Don’t Need to be Called ‘Creative’ to Create

"Creative" is one of the words people use to describe me. I've heard it from a very young age. I had a wonderful aunt and mother who encouraged my creativity. I went to art school. I have a creative job. I create all.the.time. It doesn't occur to me that others don't think they are creative.... Continue Reading →

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