Put a Splash of Valentine’s Love in Your Home

You don’t have to spend a fortune on new pillows to add a little Valentine’s spirit to your living room.  With a Silhouette Cameo and an inexpensive pillow cover, you can create your own design inexpensively – then simply cover an existing throw pillow with the pillow cover until the holiday is over.  Having just the cover with a holiday design makes for easy storage after the holiday too!  Although I may decide to keep this particular one out all year long, since love is what we are about in our house!

If you would like a copy of my design, email me – I would be glad to share it!   Shalom!

Brighten Your Home With These Christmas Crafts

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Today’s battery operated LED lights allow you to make all kinds of decorations for the holidays without the need for cords running to electrical outlets, and without the worry of having hot bulbs up against something flammable.  The photo above shows a truffle dish that I fill with gold balls every year for our table centerpiece.  The difference this year:  I interspersed a string of battery operated LED lights with the balls so that it glows beautifully on our table every evening.

 

christmas-lights-1There are several types to choose from.  They all have a switch to turn them on and off; some use a small watch battery (included); others, like the ones shown here, use AA batteries.  These have a timer on them.  They stay lit for 6 hours from the time you turn them on, then turn off for 18 hours before automatically coming back on again.  This allowed me to bury the unattractive little box with the batteries in it in the bottom of the balls without the need to reach the on/off switch every evening.

The possibilities with these lights are limited only by your imagination.  There are more examples below:  I have interspersed some into a green centerpiece that I put out on my counter every year.  They are also great for putting into glass “construction blocks” that you can purchase at Hobby Lobby – again, because they are battery operated, they can be placed anywhere.

Enjoy creating.  Shalom!

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The blocks below are made with vinyl I created using a Silhouette Cameo.  To learn how you can create these for yourself, or to place a custom order, shoot me an email!

 

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Lift Your Spirit with Some Creativity

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It’s the facts.  Our creator made us to be creative.  No matter who you are, you are creative, regardless of what you may think.  If you think you aren’t, then you just haven’t found your niche yet.

It can be difficult to find time for creativity in today’s hectic pace, but when you force yourself to slow down and take the time, what a difference it can make.  This week has been a crazy one for Art Centric 2me, and I almost didn’t make it to this class at Art Centric Studio in Lakeland, but I am so glad I did.  An evening spent creating and socializing with other creatives was just what the doctor ordered.  I can’t begin to express how good I felt when I left this class.

If you aren’t familiar with Art Centric Studio, check out their website.  They are partnering with Randy Glotfelty of Jen-Ken Kilns for these Mug-A-Month classes (the mugs will be fired and glazed for us at Jen-Ken too!), and they also offer painting classes for adults and children.

Jen-Ken also offers classes, in glass (I have enjoyed a class there myself and am blessed to have a Jen-Ken glass kiln), as well as pottery throwing.  Looking at their current offerings, I could keep a smile on my face for a long, long time!  Now if I can just add a few more hours to every day …

Shalom!

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June 10: “A Nook of Your Own”

“In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.”  Virginia Woolf

Sara tells us that in 1928, Virginia Woolf taught that women, in order to create, need privacy, peace, and personal incomes.  Sara’s Studio modifiedchapter today has so many aha tidbits for me.

Five years ago, my husband blessed me with the opportunity to quit my office job and stay at home full time to create – to write, to play and record music, to paint.  There was just one problem:  I never seemed able to take full advantage of it.  It seemed no sooner was I home full time, then I was plagued with one health issue after another, and I never found my way to making my dreams a reality.  Eventually I went back to work.

Since that time, Danny has created an art studio for me.  A bedroom in our home was transformed into a place of my own where I could create art and jewelry, paint, write … anything my heart desires.  With my own space and a door to shut out the world, I have finally found my ability to focus and be creative as I had once dreamed of doing. Continue reading “June 10: “A Nook of Your Own””

What a Wonderful World It Would Be …

ep431-own-sss-steven-pressfield-3-320x180I pulled up an old Super Soul Sunday episode last night.  It was Oprah interviewing Steven Pressfield.  A prolific writer, he was exactly who I was needing to hear from as I work at getting myself in my studio to write on a more regular basis.

Steven talked about what keeps us from doing whatever it is we are meant to do – whether you are a writer, an artist, or an entrepreneur, it doesn’t matter.  When there is something that you know that you know you were put on this earth to do, why don’t you do it? Why are there so many miserable people out there, working in jobs that they know they don’t belong in?  Steven calls it Resistance.  I call it the enemy.  The closer we get to being in the zone of where God put us here to be, the harder the enemy works to keep us from it. Continue reading “What a Wonderful World It Would Be …”