He is Risen. Happy Easter.

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was... Continue Reading →

Let us give thanks…everyday

Back in 2010 a book came out called "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. Maybe you read it too? It was a life changing book, and I don't say that lightly. “I want to see beauty. In the ugly, in the sink, in the suffering, in the daily, in all the days before I die,... Continue Reading →

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: 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 →

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 →

God Created us to Create

I've thought a lot about creativity lately; and why we, as humans, are creative. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 This is God's first act of creating something from nothing. He is the ultimate artist. Later, in Genesis 1:27 it says, "God created mankind in his own image..." When... 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 →

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 →

Creativity Takes Courage

"Creativity takes courage." Henri Matisse said that. Henri spoke truth. Why does creativity take courage? Because what we create is a personal expression of ourselves. Not everyone will like what we create. Not everyone will get it. Not everyone will think it is worthwhile. It takes courage to put a piece of your heart out... Continue Reading →

Art Journal :: Zentangle Art

Continuing on with my One Word, CREATE this week... Here is another new-to-us project we just discovered called Zentangle. What is Zentangle? Basically, it's doodling on steroids. But, it's more than doodling. It's structured doodling that is good for your brain, providing inner focus and relaxation. Why Zentangle? The designs we create with Zentangle are... Continue Reading →

Springtime Re-do

Somewhere around the first of January I chose my One Little Word for 2015. I was stoked when Create whispered to my heart. I chose the word create because that is an area in my life I felt I had neglected for some time. I busied myself with collecting supplies, making a small space to... Continue Reading →

To Live a Creative Life

Words have power. Words can uplift or destroy. Words inspire me to live a creative life. This quote is the perfect inspiration for my One Word, Create, so I designed this fun print available in my shop. Also, this design is available on coffee mugs, throw pillows, phone cases, and tote bags. Add a little... Continue Reading →

String Art Project for Valentine’s Day

My One Word for 2015 is Create. Thanks to Pinterest I have a serious case of Create Envy. First up on the create list is this string art project for Valentine's Day. Do you remember making string art in grade school? I vaguely remember making a gold and orange owl mounted on a brown piece... Continue Reading →

Create Your Vision for 2015

My One Word for 2015 is Create. No sooner than I found my word, I was invited to a vision board party. (Kind of wishing I had thought of this party idea myself!) You may know what a vision board is, or you may be thinking, "What the heck is a vision board, woman?" "A... Continue Reading →

30 Things: Art | Chihuly Exhibit

The following photos were taken at the Denver Botanic Garden's Chihuly exhibit, showing through November 30th. It's the little things to give thanks in. Thirty Things: 30 Days of Gratitude | If you missed the FREE gratitude checklist and quote, you can download it here.

Make Your Life a Work of Art

Henri, you speak the truth. My oldest daughter gets frustrated when creating art. The watercolors aren't laying on the paper right; the paint is too think; it isn't working out the way she envisioned. I tell her that art is not perfect. It's not meant to be. Art school taught me this. She will not... Continue Reading →

Spread the Love + Free Printable

I love a good love story...And for the past few years, I’ve witnessed an epic love story that even Hollywood couldn’t write. It has scenes of desperate broken-hearted girls, born into unthinkable poverty, used and abused by this world, fighting to survive… But then, the Rescuer comes. And He takes the bruised and shattered lives,... Continue Reading →

Ways to Say I Love You

I Love You.   The three sweetest words in the English language. My daughters and I have a little nightly tradition. At night I say to Alexandra, "I love you all the way to the moon and back." She says, "I love you all the way to the moon and back 400 times." Then, I... Continue Reading →

Craft Tuesday

Stepping Stones: Bubble Art: (Bubbles, food coloring, a straw and watercolor paper) Now, go create something. And, when you're done...create something else.

Damn you Pinterest!

Damn you Pinterest for making me a digital hoarder of: Clever organization ideas  for my cupboards and closets that I am too lazy to implement; Ridiculously handy home projects that I am not handy enough to complete; Yummy treats that I can never eat because I am on a never-ending diet; Places that I can... Continue Reading →

Summer Art Club For Kids

Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means...I need to keep the kids busy! My girls are such little artists so I have started compiling art projects to keep them busy. And, thanks to Pinterest, I can find so much stuff! Inspiration from Elvie Studio. These little birdies are so easy, even my... Continue Reading →

Passing the days

We got 3 new mice this weekend. The girls made this lame attempt to say it was my "mother's day gift" but really they wanted the mice. They did allow me to pick one out for myself but I foot the bill! Mother's Day...bah humbug! I hope you were one of the lucky mothers out... Continue Reading →

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