Monday, April 29, 2013

Thank You Give-Away

You all are wonderful and so supportive of this little blog.  
I don't express nearly enough how grateful I am for you visiting.
To say "thanks",
I would like to giveaway the following goodies to one lucky winner:  

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A Cahier French notebook.
The spring 2013 issue of Art Journaling Magazine
(Pictured here are pages from Pam Carriker's journal.)
A pretty little date stamp.
And ephemera from my own paper collection.

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To enter, leave a comment here with your name.
Contest ends on Friday.  
I'll announce the winner then.  :) 

****  Comments are now closed. I"ll announce the lucky winner at 8pm, EST (May 3rd)  **** 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Journal Pages

This week's pages, 
prepped with magazine clippings.
And a sneak peak at an upcoming giveaway.  :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Gratitude Journal - Road Tripping

This past weekend, my little family & I packed up my car 
and headed out to visit Jason's mom in West Virginia.
It takes us just about 6 hours to travel from PA to WV.
But our mini-getaway was a breath of fresh air.  
Jason drove both ways.  
I was grateful to be able to clear my head and watch the scenery from my seat,
my feet propped up and my pillow tucked by my shoulder.
We took turns spotting cows and sheep and silly billboards.
(I think I have the best mother-in-law too; she makes us not want to come home.)

journal pages in watercolor and ink

My heart was full.
I can't think of anyone else with whom I'd rather be "stuck traveling".


Do you do road-trips?  Where to?  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Inspiration - Real Beauty Sketches

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Thank you, everyone, for the sweet congratulatory comments.
I have a little something up my sleeve to celebrate soon - stay tuned. :)
. . .

In other news, I've been working on a portrait of a  
Llasa Apso named Emiko.
I was asked by a friend to draw her.
Emiko sadly passed away not too long ago.
From what I can tell, Emiko was dearly loved by her whole family.
It is an honor to be able to memorialize her.
I hope it helps to bring back warm memories of sweet snuggles.
. . .
"The best and most beautiful things 
in the world cannot be seen, nor touched,
but are felt in the heart."  
- Helen Keller - 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Art Journaling Magazine

I'm so excited to share with you that my Gratitude Pages have been published 
in the April 2013 issue of Art Journaling Magazine. 

It's packed with great artists.  
How cool to be printed alongside them.
(I might just have to have another giveaway soon to celebrate! ;))

These were some my favorite artists from the magazine:

Tina Koyama

Patti Sokol

Julie Valentine

Carrie Todd


You can purchase the magazine at and your local bookstores.
There are lots of goodies and tips inside.
Happy Journaling!

Monday, April 8, 2013

April Journal Pages

My usual supplies:
 watercolors, white ink, and washi-tape.

"She stood in the storm, and when the wind 
did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails."
- Elizabeth Edwards - 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Is it Kind? Is it Helpful? Is it True?

watercolor and white ink in my 3x5" Handbook Journal

Last week's journal pages.
(My writing is blotted out this week.  I didn't want to bore anyone with my everyday, life stresses!)

I used to get frustrated with myself because I think so deeply about lots of different things:
politics, people, planning, etc.
"Is it normal to think this much?"

While I definitely agree that analysis paralysis can be a real issue,
this is something incredibly magical about thinking...

After all,  great actions spring from our hearts and our thoughts.  

So I'm going to keep thinking,
and keep doing.  


What reminders or guidelines would you add to your "thinking list"?

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Most Musical Person I Know

My grandfather has always been the most musical person I know.
I've posted before about how much he means to my family and me.

As a kid, I remember him bursting into joyous songs from The Music Man
I remember him taking us grandkids to deafening Scottish Bagpipe festivals.   
Even up into his 80s, he played his clarinet in marching bands with big, barrel-chested pride.

He has recently moved to a nursing home, and
I am responsible for carrying out his end-of-life wishes.
While it is an honor, it has also been a trying, hectic time for me.

In the midst of going through his important paperwork, I found old pictures, letters, and poems.
No drawings or paintings.  But still, they were pictures of his life. 
It reminded me to slow down, 
to not let the unimportant things get to me as much and as often...
 to enjoy the music and rhythm of life.  
"Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven,
It is the beating of a loving heart."
- Henry Ward Beecher -

Who has brought music into your life?