Year of the Rabbit 2023

Floppy Ear Rabbit

January 22nd marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.  This is the Year of the Rabbit. These gentle creatures have a lot to teach us and we can all use a little motivation and inspiration. 

Get Plenty of Sunshine & Exercise

New Year’s resolutions are difficult to keep, but even a short daily walk outdoors will do wonders for the mind and body.

Remember to Rest

Rabbit Resting

Sleep recharges our batteries, giving us renewed energy for whatever the day may bring. What could be better than an afternoon nap?

Appreciate your Family

Mommy & Baby Rabbits

Take care of each other. Sometimes all it takes is a kind word or a smile to let someone know you care.

Learn to Share

Rabbits Sharing a Carrot

Everything is better when shared with a friend.

Stop & Smell the Roses

Rabbit Eating Clover Flower

Appreciate the beauty of nature. When you do, life’s magic will astound you.

Let Someone Else do the Driving

Baby Bunny in a Shirt Pocket

Everyone wants to be in the driver’s seat, but as a passenger you can admire the view.

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

Happy New Year & Happy Crafting!

Happy New Year 2023!

Is it my imagination or do the months go by faster and faster every year?  How could the holidays be over already?  I suppose it is an exciting time as we are presented with a clean slate in a year filled with new opportunities and interesting experiences.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all my wonderful visitors for reading, following, liking, and commenting!  You inspire me every day to create new works of art and to share ideas with so many of you with a passion for creativity and admiration for the beautiful world in which we live. 

May all your dreams come true in 2023!

Happy New Year & Happy Crafting!

Blogger Thanksgiving


At this time of year, I usually post an article about being thankful for the many blessings in my life.  I would like to send a big thank you to the bloggers who inspire me.  I apologize if I miss a name or two and will update this post as needed. 

Wordpress New Blog Post

In the blogroll below, you will see the blog title and a few descriptive words for each.  I hope you find something that piques your interest. 

Hassentidoque – fictional stories with illustrative photos
Chambers on the Road – RV travel & retirement
Surf Kawela Hawaii – Hawaii photography & adorable animals
Jeweled Again by Jessica – jewelry art
One for the Money Two for the Road – travel info & photography
Npchumordotcom – comics
FunWritings – protecting the oceans & environment
Senioren um die Welt – world travel info and photography
Tiffany Arp-Daleo Art – abstract art & photography
Beauty and More – beauty & lifestyle
Scuba Hank NYC – sea life photography and videos
Wildonline – British wildlife photography
Our Right to Write – photos and quotes
5thGeneration Girl – family and second chances
El Espacio de Chus – photography
Fun with Philosophy – self-discovery
My Book Eyes – children’s book reviews
Cheryl’s Blog – travel & lifestyle
Miss Val’s Findings – jewelry components
Helene Brennan – Ireland photography & paintings

Blogging Community

Thank you for sharing your extraordinary talents.  I also want to thank my readers, followers, and those taking the time to comment.  I appreciate every one of you.  Together, we form an online community for sharing, inspiring, supporting, and encouraging each other. 

Happy Thanksgiving and Best Wishes to Everyone!

Blogging Vacation

Sunset at the Beach

Throughout the summer, I usually take a break, by posting every other week.  This year there were so many inspirations to share, that simply I kept going.  I can’t believe it is September already.  Where does the time go?  I will be taking a vacation from blogging and will return in time to celebrate the month of October with lots of Halloween fun.

Metal Owl Sculpture

You may be wondering what I will be doing during the break. First, I have some ideas for new arts and crafts projects to explore. 

Writing a Book

Second, I wrote a mystery thriller novel and hoped to get it published, but the timing wasn’t right.  I will edit the manuscript and start sending it out. I know many of you have written and published books. Any advice regarding publishing and/or literary agents will be greatly appreciated.

Woman in Kayak

Most importantly, I plan to rest and relax, taking in nature in all its splendor.

I will do my best to keep up with all your blog posts and look forward to reading and commenting.  I truly appreciate my followers and visitors and send best wishes to all.

Thanks for Reading & Happy Crafting

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.”


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

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: 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


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!