Monday, April 30, 2012

Journaling the Exciting Journey

I've been daring to dream,
setting exciting goals,
and believing.

I think when I was younger
I didn't think
I had so many opportunities
to change my mind,

find my heart,
dig deep within,
and be myself...
because I didn't know myself
and I didn't even know I could try to find out.

I think I just thought life happened
to me,

instead of that I was a part
of a universe
and that I needed to do something
that was special to me
being me.

I really think that we were all created for
a very special reason.

It's important to the balance of this world
that we be and become ourselves.

You really are special!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Art Journal Pages

We are all connected.

The energy from one of us
touches all of us.

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom!

I hope when I am 80
I can feel that my energy
touched the world
in a positive way.

Wouldn't that be great?

I'm going outside now
to gather energy from the sun.

It's shining today.



Friday, April 27, 2012

An Open Window...and Oh! My 500th Post!

This is the background spread that I made almost two weeks ago.
I finally felt inspired to write on it!

I have been busier than usual lately,
and it's difficult for me to clear my head enough
to focus on one wonderful thing when my brain is involved
to saturation point
in so many things.
You know how that is, I'm certain!

But then after another negative surprise at work
and a SLAMming door,
that wonderful window opened up,
and well,
I felt inspiration
to play in my favorite place,
my journal.

I wish for you
that when someone tries to bore a hole in your spirit,
you fight like heck to not
let them cut through.

Don't absorb their negative...
hold fast.

Focus on
the part of you that loves
and gives
and is fresh air.

The window will open
soon after that door slams shut.

This is my 500th post!
I couldn't be more thrilled!
It had to be a happy one!

Thank you! I am bustin' that I have been invited
to share 500 thoughts with you.
I thank you for caring and commenting
when you visit.
I love it.
Happy weekend, friends!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Journaling a Gratitude Garden

It snowed on all of our blossoms & gardens
but the sun is shining
in my paper and paint garden.

Hope it's shining in yours, too.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Enjoying Life's Little Pleasures

Is it just me, or does this just have FUN written all over it?

They say Creative people can be messy...
...gosh, I hope I'm Creative.

Playing with my newly carved stamp
and tape ♥
in my most favorite place.

Thanks for playing with me.

It really doesn't pay to worry.
I was concerned about picnik going away,
but I think I like PicMonkey better.

It makes me want to play more.

uh oh.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Carving a Stamp

Rainy Saturdays are good days to avoid excess housework...
and carve a simple branch instead.

Happiness is...


Enjoy your Saturday!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

An Ordinary Day

Nothin' wrong with enjoying a peaceful,
run-of-the-mill kind of day...'s actually kind of nice!

Hey, I even let go of Picnik without realizing it! worked fine, even when I
just took this picture in my dim living room.


It's good for today.

I'm glad you're here.
Thank you,

Sunday, April 15, 2012

What I'm Learning

...or maybe relearning

When life seems to be out of your control
and is coming at you from all directions...

Take baby steps.

You can't get anywhere
if you don't start somewhere.

I want change,
therefore I have to do something different.

Starting today!

Here's to spring's New Beginnings.

much love,

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Paper Play and April Thoughts

This unfinished spread above, was inspired by these
beautiful cactus flowers below.

I have no idea what they are,
but the color
(even in this poor quality photo ~sorry~)
is exquisite.

And, are you wondering, too, where April is going so quickly?
It's mid-April already...
the month that sometimes looked like winter,
sometimes like Spring,
and sometimes even like summer
a few days ago.

I walked Ellie to the dead-end
hoping to see red fox
or a bunny
or a deer
or even a duck
instead found the need to carry a camera
next time
~the buds are springing out everywhere
and I just have to take some pretty
blossom photos to use

ah, April leads to beautiful May, too!

So much to look forward to!

Wishing you a weekend


Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Strength of a Memory...the Power of Love

...a real hydrangea blossom from last year's blooms, dried.

A special day.
A special journal page this morning.


Makes my heart pound.

I choose to 'miss good'
not 'missing bad'.

I love you, Dad.

With arms raised high,
and looking to the bright heavens,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

An Un-Saturday Sketch

Last night, I sat in the corner of my living room
and sketched this.
It's the first time I've tried to draw a man's face
...for at least 30 years.

While I enjoy drawing eyes, I have difficulty
with the male mouth.

My husband told me to put a foot in it.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Journaling Clarity

I noticed that I have been journaling in brown a lot lately,
so today I was in the mood for my favorite color: green
...and some peacefulness
and attention to my Word for 2012,

I felt the mood of the stenciling, the spraying,
the soothing magazine images,
the stamping.

I played with text and colors...
and yes, tape.

The green doesn't look quite this loud
in my journal...!

Are you going to do something soothing today?

•thanks for this visit•

Monday, April 9, 2012

Journaling Thoughts...

I have this whole week off and
I couldn't possibly be more thrilled or grateful.
I am resting, thinking, creating, and
thinking some more. Can't help it.

Seems my Ellie is resting and thinking, too.
She is looking out at the deck...

thinking about when the heck a squirrel
will come along.

Take care.
Be good to yourself,

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012


has never been a favorite number...
3 is...23 is...33 is
...but the significance lately has been, well,
So, on this April 6th, Good Friday,
SIX it is. 
It seems that the sum of my parts
is finally being discovered by physicians,
and I WILL feel Whole again.

Over the past 6 months, and particularly
over these past 6 weeks,
I was hit by 6 major
any one of which hurts.

I am coming back
and I thank you
for staying with me
and supporting me.

And I thank my son
who helped so much.



Sunday, April 1, 2012

Oh Glory Days...journaling

Happy Sunday, friends.
Here's to making the MOST of every, glorious day.

Thanks for visiting.