Feeling Empowered

Inspired and Grateful “Here’s to strong women, may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” -Unknown Last month, I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine enjoying the Golden Globe Awards on TV when Oprah Winfrey came onstage to accept her lifetime achievement award. She talked about women.…

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Art Wishes and San Miguel Dreams

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver I received a newsletter in December from my favorite art journaling teacher Orly Avineri. In it, she listed all the workshops she would be teaching for the entire coming year. Orly is a fantastically magnetic artist…

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Perfection Is Overrated

I have a confession to make: Sometimes I leave a pile of clean laundry on a chair in my bedroom. Unfolded. For days. And sometimes I put on my running clothes but instead of running I go get a muffin and a latte. And sometimes I crawl back under the covers instead of getting my…

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21 Secrets Conversations ~ The Interview

I was completely surprised and honored last year when Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio asked me to be a contributing teacher in her online art journaling workshop 21 Secrets. I was equally surprised and honored when she asked if she could interview me for her blog series 21 Secrets Conversations. It was such a…

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Flying Solo

  “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” ~Frida Kahlo This weekend, by a complete and total fluke, I ended up with about 24 hours alone. 24 HOURS ALONE? That might not sound like much but, for a girl from a big family who lived with roommates in college…

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Don't Forget To Remember & Remember Not To Forget

This morning as I was getting my kids ready for school my brain was spinning like the Tasmanian Devil. With one child in kindergarten and one in third grade, THERE IS SO MUCH TO REMEMBER! I write a lot of it down but it just keeps coming at me: emails from school, notes from the…

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3 Things I Learned This Week

I have come to the conclusion that life is just a series of lessons. We are all here on this planet together, moving about… willy-nilly, figuring things out as we go along. Every experience has some sort of lesson in it if you look closely. I am always asking myself questions and seeking the deeper…

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The Artsy Blahs

When I sit down to write a post I usually stop to ask myself: what would be inspiring to write about? What is going on around me that pertains to art or passion or just plain inspiration? How could I pass a little bit of that art and inspiration on to you guys? But here’s…

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Creative Everyday ~ 3 Ideas For Making Art With Kids

I have a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old and we pretty much ALWAYS have art projects going on in our house. I am not a child development expert nor am I an expert on teaching art to kids. I’m just an artist who also happens to be a Mom so I thought I would share some…

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Limping Across The Finish Line

We have 4 more days until summer vacation. 4 more days. It feels like an eternity. These last few weeks of school have dripped by like molasses. At the beginning of the school year everything is fresh and exciting but somewhere around mid-May, all the moms at school-pickup start to look tired and well, over…

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