Thursday, April 17, 2014

Liberate Your Art Blog Hop

I participated this year (for my second time) in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art postcard swap. I was so excited to get my own cards out there. But I was honestly too busy to really pay attention to the cards as I received them.  In addition to the six cards I received in the swap, I got two other postcards during the same time period.  Here is what I received:

The original mail art from Mel and the card from Miriam were outside the swap. And I was amazed that with over 200 people who actually participated, I managed to receive cards from blog friends Mel and Rinda. How cool is that?  Now that we are to the blog hop part, I do plan to contact each of my recipients and let them know I received their card. I hope I will hear from some of the people who received mine!

Go here to see other Liberate Your Art Blog Hop participants:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zoom In Zoom Out

I bought myself this little bunch of flowers at the grocery store, just so I would have something to photograph:


I love the way the sunlight hit the bouquet






















Then I zoomed in to get this shot.  Quite happy with the results.

I'm linking up with this week's version of Helena's Zoom In Zoom Out. I have really missed playing along!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Year of Kindness - Challenge Week 15

So did you spread a little social media love last week? I had fun trying to find some place each day to leave behind a little happiness.

I was offline all weekend. Spring has finally decided to happen in my neck of the woods! We have had four days in a row of sunshine and temperatures in the 70's. The daffodils blossomed, the forsythia and dogwood came out, and lots of trees have buds now - no leaves yet, we are still too early for that. But it means that Spring really and truly is coming! Yay!  Of course, the temps are dropping to the 60's tomorrow and 50 on Wednesday and returning to rainy and grey. It is going to be hard to take after this teaser...

Which brings me to the challenge for this week - and I'm circling back to self-kindness. This week I want you to be kind to yourself by taking some time away from work and chores and your never-ending "to do" list to JUST PLAY.  Whether you paint or draw, create a scrapbook page, do a Zentangle... whatever. Do something you love to do for FUN just because you can. Break out your happy colors (for me that is turquoise and lime) and make something! And if you are feeling up to it... blog it and share a link in the comments so we can all see your happy playful creations!

And my quote for the week, topped on a photo of a canvas I'm still "playing" with:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Year Of Kindness - Challenge Week 14

Hope you all had a great week and found lots of books to pass on. I love the joy that reading brings and love sharing books I enjoy.

So the winners from last week's drawing are:

Mixed Media Workshop: Karen Moss
Painted Pages: Carola Bartz (Carola, I will need you to send me your mailing address)
Taking Flight: Karen Walker

I am hoping to get these books in the mail on Wednesday as I also have a bunch of care packages going out to college students!

I know there must be literally hundreds of ways to show kindness. But every week when I start this post, I'm faced with the question of where I want to direct kindness this week and what other suggestion I can offer, keeping in mind that I am trying to offer as many "no cost" options as possible. Sometimes I come to the post creator knowing exactly what I want to offer. Sometimes, like last night when I started this post, I have no idea. But this morning I woke to find this on my Facebook feed:

Cheri Andrews, kind thoughts coming your way today
Good morning! We're honoring lawyers today for SELECT-A-SONG at 8:20 a.m., it's National Be Kind To Lawyers Day!
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And I thought it was really cool that my friend Rachel had seen this and thought of me and was sending me kind thoughts. What a beautiful start to my day!

So the challenge for this week is to send someone kind thoughts via social media. Whether you make a post on their Facebook page, send a tweet, or an Instagram, forward a link you think they would enjoy, leave a positive comment on a blog post, whatever. This week make use of the various forms of social media to make someone's day! And have fun doing it! :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Year of Kindness - Challenge Week 13 & a blog giveaway

So what did you do this past week to lend a helping hand? I had a couple of opportunities to hold a door open and returned a grocery cart left in the parking lot (by choosing to use that one on my trip in). And (from prior challenges) also found myself spending a lot of time just LISTENING and filled out a couple of surveys regarding repair work and purchases. Funny how quickly these things can become habits! But I feel like my attempts at adding more kindness to my day are truly starting to be integrated into everything I say and do.  How about you? Is this challenge helping keep kindness at the forefront of your mind?

This week's challenge is likely to give me a better idea of just how many people are actually reading these weekly posts.... The kindness challenge for this week is in the Pay It Forward category. The specific challenge - pass on a book you have finished and do not need to keep for your personal collection. Whether you give the book to a friend, have a drawing on your blog, donate it to your local library, hospital, nursing home or shelter, or to one of the many charities that accept books, passing on the gift of learning is a beautiful kindness!  Click HERE for a site with a list of places (including international) that would love your gently used books.

To kick off the Pay A Book Forward campaign, I have three books that I have read (twice each), enjoyed, and decided I don't need for my permanent collection.  If you are interested in one of these books, please leave a comment with the title that catches your interest.  I'll draw and announce winners on next week's Kindness Challenge Post.  All three of these books are PACKED with gorgeous images!

This first title has mixed media projects (not just canvases) from six different artists, half of them male. If you are interested in the masculine side of mixed media or looking for ideas for projects for that guy in your life, you may find some inspiration here:

Painted Pages is all from artist Sarah Ahearn Bellemare.  While I'm personally not a fan of her particular style as shown in this book (and all the best painty pages are at the end), the text (her ideas about supplies, warm-up activities, journaling, etc.) is a very good read.

Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts has beautiful images and lots of great food for thought. The text describes Kelly Rae's personal journey into an artistic life, includes thoughts and inspiration from contributing artists, and gives you a great peek into Kelly Rae's techniques. 

Remember, to be in the drawing for one of these books, just leave me a comment with the title that catches your interest!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Zoom In Zoom Out Mixed Media

I made a canvas panel (8x10) for my sister Deanna:

 Her "One Little Word" for this year is "Let Go" and I wanted to give her something that would encourage her in this practice. Lots of embedded messages.  And a totally vintagy, shabby chic look.

Linking up with Helena's Zoom In Zoom Out meme.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

One Little Word

The assignment for March was to create a vision board or dream board about our word and what we wanted to invite into our lives. I decided to go digi with mine...

This layout features elements from 22 different digital artists. I can't wait to see it in print!