Is it posible to find Joy in our chaotic world through creating?

Yes, I think if you put on the lens of creativity you can find it. Here are some of my examples of how I have found joy through the process of creating.

Maybe it's just me but when you are in your zone or feeling the flow of creating something, you live in the moment, you are not thinking about anything else in this life but what you are creating. This goes with cooking, painting, anything that is using the left side of the brain. Why?

Teaching our selves to live in the moment I think is one of life's biggest's challenge, for a long time, most of my life I would be thinking about everything else and not live in the moment. I would be in a beautiful moment with my family and would miss the whole point of the day... and feel unfulfilled. Ouch! For example, I am a dreamer, I love to dream, and sometimes I need to be pulled back to earth... so Art, in essence, helps me stay grounded, those dreams are then put onto paper, and I can live in the moment. Which brings me to having peace in my life.

Think about what impact learning to live in the moment could do if we all take some time to do a bit more art with our kids, would it help them to know what it really means to be in the moment?

This picture was taken during our Art Mornings, when the kids are home from school, we do Art Mornings, this was bubble printing, something I love to do when I want some fun and color in my life! use Distress ink with some bubbles, this was a tutorial on CreativeBug, that I fell in love with! and My kids love this!

Chistmas Cards to send to family and friends

I love these brush stroke stamps from Penny Black, they are so fun to work with! Pair that with some watercolor and you have a beautiful stamp for the Christmas season!  

Of course I love bells during the Christmas season so I had to make this card! Doing a simple background really adds a lot to your card, I am a believer in the simpler the better. 

As Christmas gets closer I will be busy, so this may be my last blog post of the year! I hope not but life is crazy and it's important to me to spend time with my kids that are in elementary school and I don't get all day with them as much! 

So here is the tutorial for how I made this Card!

Penny Black Christmas Cards with video on what I did!


I love Christmas cards, I think you can make them almost all year round and then have a bunch to give away! I thought I would share with you what I have done this Christmas with Penny Black stamps.

I am entering one of these cards into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Comfort and Joy with watercolor

Need a quick piece of art that looks like you spent forever on it? Look no further!

Memory Bound in Ankeny has watercolor printed panels, think watercolor coloring page, The work is already done for you, just add water and your favorite watercolor!

I thought I would share with you a video tutorial on how to paint the pine needles for this. You may want to practice a bit before you dive in, but it's so fun and easy, The hardest part is going into memory bound with kids to get one... Oh wait that's me, but you get the idea!

You can paint along with me while watching this video, I would love to see your watercolor panel! If you have any suggestions for the next couple panels for me to do, either quotes or flowers I would love to hear your suggestions!

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