Sunday, July 31, 2016

Christmas in July....not this year.

This is part of an art journaling project for Gauche Alchemy..
stay tuned for the complete tutorial in August

Happy Sunday!  Can you believe is it is almost August?  Last Christmas, when I was making, creating, celebrating and shopping, getting a little lost in the frenzy of the season...I thought back to July when Hobby Lobby begins to put out Christmas and how it all makes us crazy and we think..."Come on -its way too early for this." I told myself that I should have started in July....Fast forward to today, July 31st and no, I haven't started Christmas Creating, Celebrating or Shopping...but it will all be ok come December 25th!

Travel is where I am today.  We are getting ready for our trip to Europe..It's definitely exciting much like Christmas...We anticipate the day, the presents, the feast, the family, the memories and then it goes too quickly.  Of our trip to Europe, my youngest said "We plan this for months and then it's goes so fast and then it's over!" Time does fly when you are having fun.  This is so true of all the things we love...whether it is a day in the studio, a day at the park, a great movie, a vacation or Christmas Day.

When we see the Christmas aisles in July, what we are really saying is {perhaps}we want to live in this moment not 5 months from now.  Retail has a calendar, what to sell and when.  To them it makes sense, to us it seems to rush us into the future.  So for now, I'll put Christmas in December, embrace it when it arrives..and yes, plan ahead (perhaps, I'll start in August) just as we did for this European vacation..Today, I will keep my thoughts in the present, my heart in the cities we visit, embrace the moments...and create lasting memories.

Until next time, Embrace the moments here and now, I hope that your days are filled with those you love, doing the things you love and watch time fly and then when the days are long, we can look back at these moments that have become cherished memories.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."
                                        -Dr. Seuss

By the way, there are only 147 days until Christmas...we have plenty of time!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Gold Ribbon Moments Journal - for Gauche Alchemy Studio

Gold Ribbon Journal 

Happy Friday!  I wanted to share with y'all today my first Design Team post for Gauche Alchemy! I received a wonderful creative packet full of color, inspiration and gorgeous papers, embellishments and other artistic elements.  I chose to use these gorgeous handmade papers to create a journal for those Gold Ribbon Moments - firsts, bests, changes, victories... really everyday is a Gold Ribbon day and there are Gold Ribbon moments...just look around and you'll see things through Gold-colored glasses.  For the full article including the techniques visit Gauche Alchemy today!!

Until next time,...hoping you Go for the Gold each and every day!!!

Write each day what matters most....

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Classic Centerpieces with ICE Resin®, vintage bottles and your creativity

Elegant Centerpiece with ICE Resin®

Happy July!! We are home from our time in Florida...Ohh, how the water, waves, sand and shore can renew and refresh my spirit... I hope you have a place like that....I actually have a few places like that......the Beach being one of them but also my home, my studio, my little plot of earth....It nourishes my heart and gives me time and space to create, to cultivate and to...clean....that is part of everyday living, isn't it?  Well, on the ICE Resin® blog, I found a few moments to create and celebrate with an elegant, Classic centerpiece that can be made just one time or a million times.... It's perfect for weddings, showers, parties or just your kitchen table.  Grab a few vintage (or new) bottles, ribbon and of course ICE Resin® as we see how wonderfully easy it is to cast images either in sugar craft molds or molds using our silicone putty.  Here's the link to creating and inspiration your centerpieces....After it's done, you might have just a little cleaning to do:)

Until next time, Find that place that can nourish and renew your spirit....and yes, a little bit of cleaning too.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Art Inspirations from the Sand and the Shore

A few art inspirations from the Sand and the Shore. 

Until next time, enjoy your view and see the inspiration all around. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Delight in the day

Here is one of my favorite traditions when I'm on vacation-to create a "Delight" tag. This is the 4th year I have done this and it truly fun to see how each year is a little different. Different color. Different paint and texture. Always the same sentiment -delight... In the creative process, In the day, in the place you live, in the people you are with and for me to delight in the Lord. (Psalm 37:4)

Until next time, I hope you will take a moment to delight in the moment, right where you are and with those you are with. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

From the sand and the shore - part 1

Forgive me for being MIA on the blog since April ... I actually posted the day before my rotator cuff repair surgery. It has been a long road and I'm still on it. I am thinking, pondering, reflecting on this journey and how it has impacted my life.  But before I begin to write those thoughts and reflections, I wanted to share a little stenciling fun- this is a work in progress. Everything right now takes me a lot longer than normal.  I was happy to be able to create the background for my paste papers ( and even using my left hand for some of the stenciling...I'm right handed).  I'm not sure what these beginnings will become but that is the fun in beginning- to see where it goes and how it grows. 

Here's a list of what you need...


Heavyweight paper pad
Paper towels 
3 acrylic paints  -varying shades in the same hue
White and/or black acrylic paint
Lumiere iradescent paints-choice of color  
Art screens (Ann Butler Design) by ColorBox
Plastic credit card or spreader
Paint palette


1.  Using plastic credit card or spreader, randomly apply medium shade of paint to paper to create a background with color. 

* I keep the paper attached to the pad and slip a paper towel between the sheets. It gives stability to the piece of paper and protects my workspace. 

2.  Place stencil over painted area in a random fashion, moving after each time you apply paint. 

Using the dauber, apply the varying shades over the selected area. Finish with white and or black to create bold areas and places of contrast. 

3.  When finished, flip to a new page and place the painted side of stencil down onto the paper and with paper towel, apply pressure over the stencil (See picture on the left). Lift off to reveal a new beginning of a background paper. 

My papers are drying and will be ready for the next part in the paste paper journey. 

Until next time, whether you  have limitations right now or are limitless, I hope you'll find a little time to create with what you have, where you are  and what you can do. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Round Top Treasures in my Rearview mirror

At Marburger Farms

We make reservations..we put it on our calendars...we look forward to it... we count down the days... we make lists, plans and it seems that it takes FOREVER to get here and then in a blink of an's over, gone, done, in the history books and then..... we make reservations...we put it on the calendar and then the WAIT begins......This is not the theme to the never ending story but it is the story of Antiques week which happens twice a year in Round Top Texas and the surrounding small communities and cities that display their wares of antique, vintage, retro and new. WE LOVE IT! We have been going since 2000 and I feel like it is home for 12 days of every year- 6 in the Fall and 6 in the Spring.  I love this place so much that yes, I looked at the window of the local  Round Top Realtor where there were flyers on the window and thought (I actually said to Presleigh)- "We might should look into  that 4 bdrm, 3 bath on 7 acres so when we come down, we would have our own place."  Ok, so 12 days does not make a majority of our time here but the anticipation, the joy, the backroads, the friendships, the people, the treasures, the restaurants and  the traditions  we have continued since we started -all feel like HOME.

This Spring, we started on our journey...Tuesday morning is Chik-Fil-A and then on the road through South Dallas Highways to just before Waco where we make our first stop along the way to Ross Antique Mall.  It's right on the would be a crime not to of course, we stop.

Right off the I-35

After searching for treasures up and down the aisles of all different booths and vendor, we make our purchases and head back down the highway to Rudy's in Waco for lunch and then just around the corner is La Salle Antique Mall for another round of treasure hunting.  After La Salle, it's onto HWY 77 which gets us out of the mainstays and onto the country 4 lane highways that feel like a Sunday drive in the middle of the week.  Pastures, Fields and small towns are in full view and all of life begins to slow, there's breathing space, there's dreaming space....For the rest of the week, it's revisiting the past, refreshing the spirit and refocusing on the possibilities.  It's seeing memories and special times as we walk through the fields- saying "Oh my grandmother had one of these...Isn't this an old_______? Why did they use those?"  It's treasuring the past and being grateful for the present.  It's putting fresh purposes onto worn-out, out-dated and the cast aways.

A bit overcast but look at road...we are the only ones
on it!!

I wish I would take more pictures but I get lost in the moments, or perhaps I'm in the moment that a smart phone doesn't seem to fit in to the view.  But I did manage to take a few and with Presleigh's pictures also, you just might see why this is HOME (for at least a few days of every year) ...And for now, marked on  September 27th of our calendars, we anticipate, we make lists and we plan....and we wait...

Here are a few more pictures of our trip...
New - old stationery that has never been used....

The best steak house...we eat there twice!!

A wonderful friendship 

Perfect spot for a picture

A few of our treasures....

BEST KOLACHES EVER!! We eat there every
morning!  They actually know our order!

Breathing Space....

Wish I could sit under that tree with a good book...

A carefree day with the cows

Love the Buntings and the Coca Cola sign...

The Coffee Bug- best ICED Coffee!

Treasured Classics

Cows next to fields....

Brick oven Pizza at Marburger Farms

Dreaming Space

Until next time, Hope you'll find a little breathing space and dreaming space right where you are...