My artist friend Sheila invited me to participate in a 30-day Creative Challenge for the month of September. With the beginning of the academic year and a million other demands on my time, of course I couldn’t resist. I needed motivation to take a few moments for creative joy each day. Throughout the month, I … Continue reading 30 Days of Creative Joy!
I need a break from all the things, but since I can’t take a break from all the things, I’m taking a break from some of the things–the things over which I actually have some control. My blog is one of those things. As much as I look forward to sharing a little beauty, writing … Continue reading Taking a Break, Recovering My Life
I received the most adorable tag this weekend! It came from my penfriend Connie S. I sort of coveted the tag when I saw it in a Facebook photo among several tags she crafted a few weeks ago for a “Little Wings and Tim Holtz” challenge on swap-bot. This one was an extra, so she … Continue reading Are You Happy with Your Story?*
The stage is bare; the crowds are gone. Lord, now’s the time I need your song to give me joy and certainty when no one else is watching me. “The Stage Is Bare.” Lyrics by Gloria Gaither and others Performed by Sandi Patty
A few years ago, following the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, President Obama said “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.” His argument was that we must back up our prayers with action–legislation that makes it difficult for individuals to purchase the type of weapons that can enact a massacre in seconds. “Thoughts … Continue reading Our Hearts Unhinged…
One of the most gorgeous mail packages I received this year came from my photog friend and art journaler, Diane W, aka midteacher on swap-bot. If you’ve been following along for a while, you might remember that she enjoys working her photographs into mixed media works of art using paint, fabric, paper, washi tape, and … Continue reading A Fortunate Find: A PhotoArt Journal
As I mentioned a month or so ago, I’ve been “doing art” to combat some of life’s stressors. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve been able to pull off. In fact, one of my friends loved my doodles and drawings so much that she chose one as her new logo. Wow–right? Thanks to artist … Continue reading Art Mail and Watercolor Therapy
I couldn’t make up my mind about what to write about for today’s microblog, so at first, I decided I wouldn’t post today at all. Then, almost miraculously [slight exaggeration], I happened across the postcard above sent for a “Poetry on Postcards” swap four years ago. The postcard features the artwork of Victorian artist John … Continue reading Acquainted with the Night: A Painting and a Poem
“If I had an extra hour every day I would…” That was one of the topics for “Postcards with Prompts,” a fun swap-bot postcard series I participated in last year. Swapper Susan sent the beach-themed postcard above with her response: If I had an extra hour every day, I would go to the beach and … Continue reading An Extra Hour? What Would You Do?
Have you ever had an encounter with an individual who was so filled with joy that it spilled onto you? That’s how I feel every time my niece, Tiff, posts or sends pics of her escapades with her toddler. As you can see from the photo above, Tiff oozes joy. She always has, and her … Continue reading Joy Break 4 | Catch Some Joy