Art Studio Visitors

As a “dog person” for most of my life, I am amazed to find myself fostering not one but two cats.  I foresee several amusing distractions during upcoming projects.  You may be wondering how two cats could be helpful in an art studio.  Let’s find out…

Quality Control

Cat with Paint & Brushes

“I earned a master’s degree in watching paint dry.”

Inspiration

Cat Yoga Poses

“I get some of my best ideas while doing yoga.”

Stress Relief

Pet Me

“Pet me and we will both feel better! And get rid of that dog pillow! It’s freaking me out.”

Design Development

Two Cats on a Cat Tree

“Remember, everything looks better with cat hair on it.”

Design Ideas

Can We Talk?

“Can we talk? Make more cat-themed crafts, which are edible and tuna flavored!”

In the best possible way, the art studio will never be the same  

Thanks for Reading & Happy Crafting!

2022 Year of the Tiger

February 1st marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.  This is the Year of the Tiger.  There are many things we can learn from tigers, and we could all use a little inspiration. 

Independent & Confident

Confidence, independence and feeling comfortable in your own skin are attributes to aspire to and strive for on a daily basis. 

Beautiful & Exotic

A tiger’s stripes are as unique as fingerprints.  Each of us is a rare beauty, both inside and out.  Don’t be afraid to share your gifts with the world. 

Cunning & Watchful

Survival depends upon awareness of the environment.  Whether you live in the wilderness or an urban center, developing the ability to differentiate between opportunities or pitfalls will serve you well. 

Powerful & Courageous

Sometimes you just have to roar to be heard.  It takes courage to know when and where to assert yourself. Stand by your beliefs. You’ll be glad you did. 

Nurturing & Protective

Our families and friends bring love, companionship, and fulfillment into our lives.  Be grateful, appreciative, and supportive to let them know they are loved. 

May the Year of the Tiger be your best one yet! 

Happy New Year & Happy Crafting!

Happy New Year 2022

Once again, we find ourselves at the threshold of a new year. With infinite possibilities, it is up to us to decide what to accomplish next. Be sure to schedule some much needed “me time” to relax, unwind, and have a little fun. 

There is always something new in the arts & crafts studio. I hope you will find something that piques your interest and enables you to express your unique artistic flare.

We may not know where the path will lead us, but rest assured we will travel it together, finding inspiration along the way and letting our creativity soar to new heights.

Hope 2022 will be a happy, healthy year and may all your dreams come true!

Thank you so much for reading, following, liking, and commenting!

Happy New Year & Happy Crafting!

A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

Thankgiving
Everyone across the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, however this holiday experience varies depending upon geographic location, climate, local customs, and food specialties.

Hawaii & New England
Sometimes it’s nice to see how other people celebrate. It gives you a chance to see the holiday from a fresh perspective. Below is a side-by-side comparison of two Thanksgiving celebrations: Hawaii is on the left and New England is on the right.

Sandy Shores Rocky Coast
Landscapes: Sandy Beaches versus Rugged Rocky Coastline

Rain on Petals Frosty Leaf
Weather: Warm Tropical Showers versus Cool Crisp Air & Snow

Pineapples Gourds
Decorations: Pineapples versus Pumpkins & Gourds

Plumeria & Chrysanthemums
Flowers: Wild Plumeria versus Potted Chrysanthemums

Torchlight & Candle Light
Lighting: Outdoor Torchlight versus Indoor Candlelight

Bird of Paradise & Cornucopia
Centerpieces: Exotic Flowers versus Harvest Cornucopia

Tropical Cocktail & Hot Beverage
Drinks: Cool Tropical Cocktails versus Hot Beverages

Fresh Fruit & Hot Soup
Appetizers: Tropical Fruit versus Hot Hearty Soups

Roast Pork & Roast Turkey
Entrées: Roast Pork versus Roast Turkey

Vegetables
Vegetables: Pacific Rim Blend versus Roast Sweet Potatoes

Chocolate Coffee Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie
Desserts: Chocolate Kona Coffee Cheesecake versus Pumpkin Pie

Fire Dance & Fireplace
After Dinner: Fire Dancing versus Relaxing by the Fire

I hope these celebrations will inspire and enrich your next family gathering. You might want to consider a change of venue or a change of décor to shake things up a bit. Whatever you decide, there are two constants you can always count on: Love and Gratitude shared with Family and Friends

Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Crafting!

Celebrating 500 Followers

Fireworks

It is amazing to see that I have reached a major blogging milestone: 500 Followers.  My sincere thanks to each and every one of you.  Whether you stop by for a quick read, or settle in and stay for a while, your presence is greatly appreciated. 

Inspirational Sunset

We share images and words, sending a ripple of inspiration across the Internet and around the world. 

Arts & Crafts

We express ourselves through photography, music, poetry, arts & crafts, and many other ways too numerous to mention.  It does not matter what approach you choose.  By sharing our gifts, we help each other to grow, learn, and discover hidden talents on this creative journey called life. 

Watercolor Thank You

Thanks for reading, liking, commenting & following!

Happy Crafting!

Scarf Bandit Update

The Prime Suspect
Back in December 2020, I posted the true story of a squirrel stealing a scarf from an outdoor Christmas elf.  (To read the full story, please click here.)

I am truly amazed by the accomplishments of this squirrel.  It must have taken a lot of tugging to remove the scarf.  I wish I had pictures of him dragging it across the lawn and jumping up onto a tree trunk with it bunched up in his mouth.  From time to time, he stopped to readjust the scarf with his paws.  I was sure he would drop it, but he hung onto it.  At one point, the scarf was caught on bark and branches, but the squirrel kept tugging with his whole body until he pulled it free and took his hard-won prize into his nest.  Such determination and skill!
Shredded Scarf & Straw
I did not expect to ever see that scarf again.  We recently had several snowstorms.  The mounds of snow on our lawn resemble icebergs and are very slow to melt.  Much to my surprise, I discovered shredded pieces of the stolen scarf mixed with pieces of straw, as shown in the photo above.  I assumed the scarf would remain in one piece to be used as a blanket.  Instead, this creative little squirrel invented outdoor insulation!  What will this clever home improvement specialist do next?  Stay tuned!

Happy Crafting!

Countdown – Top Six Posts of 2020

Time Travel
In the movie, “Back to the Future”, Michael J. Fox traveled back in time.  As a new year begins, it’s interesting to review the best moments from the previous year.  As voted by you, the readers, below is a list of the Top Six posts of 2020, in ascending order:

Number 6: Say It with Flowers
Creative Flower Arranging
Flowers have been used for centuries to decorate, commemorate and celebrate the moments of our lives.  Whether you choose fresh cut or silk flowers, the artfully arranged blooms are both a challenge and a triumph for the dedicated crafter.  To read more, please click here.

Number 5: Celebrating 100th Post
100th Post
Today marks a very important milestone – my 100th post!  It has been a wonderful experience, and I thank all my readers and followers.  To read more, please click here.

Number 4: The Beauty of Wood Crafts
Beauty Wood Crafts
Wood crafts are a fun and inexpensive way to express your creativity.  From birdhouses to toys and home décor, there’s something for everyone and these projects are great activities to do with the kids.  To read more, please click here.

Number 3: Tropical Splendor
Tropical Leaves
Ah the tropics!  I’m sure we all wish we could be basking in the sun on a tropical island -sand under your feet, a soft ocean breeze, and a cool fruity drink within reach.  Our travel plans may be on hold for now, but we can dream.  A tropical project may be just what we need to brighten the day and lift our spirits.  To read more, please click here.

Number 2: Thank You
400 Followers
With many thanks to all of you, I have reached an important milestone: 400 Followers.  Thank you to all my readers and followers for liking, commenting, and sharing this creative journey with me.  I am so grateful for each and every one of you.  To read more, please click here.

Number 1: Fun with Photo Editing
Photo Editing
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could simply change a gloomy sky to a gorgeous day with a wave of your arm?  We might not have that ability now, but we can certainly achieve this monumental task through the power of photo editing.  To read more, please click here.

Future Projects
Art Supplies
And there you have it – the top 6 posts of 2020.  Now we have a new year, a clean slate, and together we shall explore the world of creativity.  There are always new ideas, new mediums for experimenting, and I’ll be sure to include more of your favorites.  Your opinions are greatly appreciated, and I look forward to so much more this year.  If you have any suggestions for future posts, please let me know.  Thanks for reading!

All the best in 2021 and Happy Crafting!

Happy New Year 2021

Beautiful Sunset
The beginning of a new year is often a time for thoughtful reflection. As children, we so easily see magic in the world. As time goes by, the obligations, worries and responsibilities of adulthood weigh so heavily upon us that we fail to appreciate the grandeur and beauty around us. Let’s recapture some of the magic!

Graphic Arts Tulips
The coming year will be filled with projects and topics to spark your creativity and inspire arts and crafts to share with friends and family. Rekindle the joy.

New Years
We find ourselves in a new year filled with infinite possibilities. May 2021 bring you Happiness & Love, and may all your dreams come true!

Thank you so much for reading, following, liking and commenting!

Happy New Year & Happy Crafting!

The Christmas Bandit

A dramatic retelling of an actual event…

The Scene of the Crime
Scene of the Crime
This cute little elf proudly stands in the front yard, bringing Christmas cheer to passersby. Then one day, without warning, he was robbed! What kind of creature would steal a scarf from one of Santa’s helpers?

Surveillance Video:
Evidence
Eyewitnesses only saw limited glimpses of the perpetrator but security cameras captured scenes of the crime in progress.

Evidence
Unfortunately, the thief seemed to know where the security cameras were positioned and successfully avoided showing his face.

Evidence
Amazingly, the thief gathered up the scarf in his mouth and leapt from a maple tree to an adjacent pine.

Evidence
After diligent work, he dragged his ill-gotten property through the pine branches. Eventually the scarf disappeared from sight, presumably lining his adjacent abode.

Police Line Up:
The Police Line Up
The police detectives rounded up potential suspects for a line up. It wasn’t hard to spot the guilty party.

The Prime Suspect:
The Prime Suspect
In a recent television interview, the suspect maintained his innocence. As to how he came to have a similar scarf in his possession, he claimed it was a cherished gift knitted by his dear mother.

Prior Records:
Prior Mugshots
A few old mugshots surfaced, trending across social media. Undeterred, the suspect claimed to be a new man, having put indiscretions of his youth behind him.

Dining at Home
Dining at Home Tree
In the absence of any hard evidence, the suspect was released with a stern warning to mind his step in accordance with the law. In the spirit of Christmas, I decided it was best to forgive and forget. After all, he probably has a family that needs to stay warm during the cold dark winter…

Rubbing It In:
Rubbing It In
Until one morning, I spotted the “alleged” thief and a group of accomplices on my front lawn bragging about their latest escapades and brazenly feasting upon a cup of hot cocoa!

New Security System:
New Security System
Having no other recourse, a new security system, utilizing bait (scarves) and trap (teeth) technology, has been installed and appears very promising indeed.

The Christmas Bandit
Christmas Bandit
Don’t become a victim! If you see this unsavory character on your property, secure your outerwear! The thief is still on the loose!

May your holidays be filled with laughter & joy! Happy Crafting!

Scarf Bandit Update:
Shredded Scarf & Straw
Back in December 2020, I posted this true story about a squirrel stealing a scarf from the neck of an outdoor Christmas elf.  Once that scarf was dragged into his nest, I didn’t expect to have a follow-up story.  We recently have had a lot of snow and the mounds are finally starting to melt.  Much to my surprise, I discovered shredded pieces of that scarf mixed with pieces of straw, as shown in the photo above.  I assumed the scarf would remain in one piece to be used as a blanket.  Instead, this creative little squirrel invented outdoor insulation.  What will this clever home improvement specialist do next?  Stay tuned!

Happy Crafting!

Giving Thanks

Busy Airport
We used to take so many things for granted – the ability to travel; gathering with family and friends, being entertained in stadiums & movie theaters; and walking around wherever we please without the need for a mask or social distancing. The arrival of Covid-19 has changed all of that.

Thanksgiving Family Dinner
Here in the United States, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. Historically, the day before Thanksgiving has been the most heavily traveled day of the year. Celebrations include family and friends.

Dinner for Two
Due to the pandemic, our Thanksgiving celebrations will be on a much smaller scale, with most people simply staying at home.

Holding Hands
Visiting usually means reconnecting and sharing…

Virtual Kissing
But this year many will have to settle for phone calls and video feeds.

And yet there are still many things to be grateful for. Obviously we all depend upon local resources for food, gasoline, utilities, etc. One thing I hadn’t considered was the origin of many of the items I use on a daily basis, and I was surprised to discover that it really requires a worldwide effort.

World Map on Hands
In the margins of the above photo is a partial list of the items I use and their countries of origin.  It’s astounding! Each of these items connects me to people all over the world.

World Flags
This year on Thanksgiving I’m going to be thankful for everyone everywhere – people I may never meet, but whose presence in my daily life will be forever appreciated. Take a closer look at your own life and you will discover how truly connected we are like one big family.

Thanks for Reading & Happy Thanksgiving!