The Best of 2015

Well, this is the last day of 2015 and there are a few of my goals for the year that I am clearly not going to meet.  But that’s okay because there is so much more that I DID accomplish.  I made more art than ever, averaging about 2 pieces a week.  I did a much better job keeping up with blogging.  I added many more workshops, had some work published, and in general just faithfully kept showing up and putting myself out there!

In case you missed them, these were my most viewed posts in 2015, even though some of them date back to previous years!

Citra Solv Discovery

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followed by Painted Purse Tutorial.



Free Word Art Coloring Page

Isaiah 55

Psalm 147:4 Sunday Doodle

Ps 147.4

and finally… Citra Solv Special Effects

Citra Circles watermark




Goals for the New Year

Open blank pages of old book on wood background“Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you have always wanted to do but could not find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you do not think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You will look 10 years younger. Do not be afraid to say, I love you. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.” – Ann Landers

As I work on my schedule, plans, and goals for the new year, I am trying to keep these wise words from Ann Landers in mind.  I have so many fun exciting things in mind for 2016, but I am also going to schedule in some slow time and make sure I don’t miss the important things!

What is on your list for 2016?

Blogger Recognition Award


I was recently honored with the Blogger Recognition Award awarded by Keri of Repurposing Junkie, a great blog about transforming ordinary things into something beautiful.  You should go check out some of her projects!  I also appreciate the frequent, encouraging comments she gives me on my own blog posts.  So appreciated!

When I started this blog almost two years ago, I was sooo intimidated!  My posts were few and far between because I felt like I needed to have something earth shattering to say.  But really all I want to do is share my own creative journey,humble as it may be.  Gradually I have gained a little more confidence in exposing my art and my thoughts for the world to see.

Like most things, the most important part of blogging is that you actually do it!  So, I keep showing up and sharing what is going on in my creative world.  My advice to anyone starting a blog or for that matter anything new…. just dare to show up, and keep showing up!

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In turn, I have a nomination of my own to make!

Atop Serenity Hill is a wonderful site full of all kinds of creative activity.  Consie has regular posts on art journaling, mail art, bookmarks… and is also a face painter.

I know there are many other wonderful blogs out there, I just honestly don’t have as much blog reading time as I would like! I also ran into the issue that some of the ones I would have nominated have already received this award!  So for now, I have one honoree!

Here are the rules for this particular award:

-Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (check)

-Attach the award to the post. (check)

-Write a post to show off your award. (check)

-Give a brief story of how your blog started. (check)

-Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers. (check)

-Select 15 other bloggers you want to give the award to. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

-Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them. (check)



Papa’s Christmas Gifts

My husband (aka Papa) out did himself for Christmas this year.  I have been dying to share his progress, but of course everything had to stay top secret!

For our first and second grade granddaughters,  he built a versatile lemonade stand/puppet stage/store.  We didn’t get a photo while it was all together, but here is the basic structure:

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It also had a curtain to go across the back when being used for a puppet show, along with a couple of puppets.  We also included lemonade, a pitcher, and cups, as well as a homemade “cash register” with a tray for money and a giant calculator mounted on top.  The little entrepreneurs are already dreaming up all the things they can sell at their new stand!

For a younger set of three granddaughters he made a modular dollhouse.  It was based on plans found on Ana White’s inspiring blog, but ever the engineer, he made a few modifications like a garage that doubles as storage for furniture and people.  He also added some stairs, and designed some of his own furniture. We opted to buy accessories (like people and pets) by Melissa and Doug, and for the one year old twins some baby safe Fisher Price people.


(Do you see the tuckered out Santa in the background?) The cool thing about this house is that each section, or room, is separate, so they can be stacked like blocks in different styles of homes.  So fun!


We are already brainstorming about what to make for our youngest grandchild next year….  any good ideas?

A New Thing!


I spent today feeling a little under the weather, so have been just taking it easy.  I can’t stand to not be doing SOMETHING though, so making a coloring page was the perfect slow paced activity.  Plus, I got these new pens in a fun little travel case for a Christmas gift, so I had to try them out!

Next I made a short trip to my upstairs studio and sprayed both pages with Dylusions spray ink, and stenciled with this beautiful bird stencil which is actually cut from a Cricut Design Space design.


I still plan to color the words with markers this evening, maybe some other doodling too.

If you want to put your feet up and join me, here is a coloring page for you! I chose Is. 43:19 because it seemed appropriate for the new year coming up.  My thoughts are turning to goals and plans for 2016, but I am reminded that my plans must always be held in the context of what He has planned for me!  Just right click on the image below, download and print!

Is 43.19