A Quite Brilliant Idea (and a need for your help)

I am a firm believer that ideas and inspiration are given to us, are chosen for us, land on us, and are not from our own mind. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about this in her wonderful book, Big Magic, and it makes so much sense. If an idea lands on you, you must quickly accept it…

A She-Shed of One’s Own

Every women needs a she-shed. We call mine “the studio.” My word for 2023 is Artist, and my studio helps make that word more attainable. What do you devote yourself to? In the past, I devoted myself to thirteen different jobs and constantly burned out, looked for worth through productivity, and lacked satisfaction. Now, this…

Vision Board Party

My daughter, Shyanne, and I host a Vision Board party every year. This is our sixth year putting on this fun event. We usually do it the first weekend in January, but since Shyanne gave birth to her perfect little son December 30th, we gave her a few weeks to settle in! I made a…

When One Must Create (weaving shawls)

When one has a spirit to create, they are not completely content or joyous unless they are actively creating in their life. This I have learned most keenly. For me, over the last four plus decades, that has been a mixture of poetry, writing, painting, fashion design, choreography, sewing, crafting, and weaving. I adore weaving!…

Memories made Bookmarks

I am truly sentimental and have regretted ever throwing anything away. All these lovely mementos, invitations to my daughters’ weddings, baby shower invites for my grandchildren, cards made by my granddaughter, a thank you card for being his mama from my son, how can I get rid of these? But what to do with them?…

Appliqued Pillows and a Wish (Homemade Christmas pt. 4)

The last homemade Christmas project I want to share with you is another easy gift to make. Appliqued throw pillows are a lot of fun! I drew out the pattern I wanted on craft paper and cut it out. I bought three fat squares of fabric in different patterns. You can get them for as…

Paintings and Portraits (Homemade Christmas pt. 3)

Another unique gift that will surely be loved by the recipient is a painting. Think you have no artistic talent? You may surprise yourself! There are a few tips to follow for a great outcome. Painting is therapeutic and a lot of fun. I wanted to paint my friend, Vanessa’s children. Painting a photograph exactly…

Painted Boxes (Homemade Christmas pt. 2)

Another one of my favorite things to create for homemade gifts is painted wooden boxes. Already made boxes, toys, and things like bird houses, and shelves are all available at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores. If you catch them on sale, they are very inexpensive. I bought boxes and toys this year that ended…

Cloth Dolls (Homemade Christmas pt.1)

My studio is warm and bright with windows and an electric fireplace. I can hear the rooster crowing and a duck that I raised from birth waits outside the she-shed door. Christmas records are turning on the record player and I am busy at work in my workshop. One of the positives of everyone we…

Trading Skills

My husband and I started a non-profit animal sanctuary, Encanto Sanctuary, almost a year ago. We got our 501(c)(3) status and I went to work full out with website, social media, brochures, fund raising sites, and started taking in more animals that needed a safe place to live their lives. “Farm Animal Sanctuary and Learning…