Thursday, June 14, 2018

Returning To My First Creative Love

We all have one, that first creative spark
that absolutely thrilled us with the end results.

Mine, was working with canvas, Whether it was painting
or drawing, work with canvas has truly been my greatest
creative love.

Turn some music on to inspire me, and I am carried
away, leaving behind the troubles of yesterday, and transported 
to a place of peace & beauty.

That is where I was with my latest canvas work.
My favorite, peaceful vacation spot.
With waters in hues of turquoise, deep blue & pale green,
I reminencsed of the fresh salty air, and the sounds of the gentle waves.

Only one way to relive that moment in time......
A piece of canvas art.

With Faber-Castell Gelato's & Aqua Pencils, and a with little help from Jane Davenport's Inkredible Inks too, I did just that.

I love the blendability of the gelato's, and how well the aqua pencils worked for adding depth and detail.

Using the ink applies with a brush, just enhanced the depth of color.
I can not wait to use ALL of these products again soon.

So today, I challenge you, especially if your creativity is in a holding pattern
(as mine had been for far to long) return to that first creative love, maybe using products that were not available before, and watch your creative heart bloom again!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time.....
Keep On Crafting!

*I was in no way endorsed by Faber-Castell or Jane Davenport/American Crafts.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Finding Peace In Life After The Grief

Hello there.
It has been a couple of weeks since my last posting,
and a couple of weeks prior to that
since I have posted anything crafty.

The last part of April, until 2 weeks ago,
I had been caring for one of our fur babies that
had been diagnosed with cancer.

We weren't able to have children, and chronic illness
left us incapable of adopting.

Our fur babies are our children.

Our hearts are still grieving, as we had to make the heart wrenching decision to end our Emmett's suffering.

If there is any silver lining in this, he truly only suffered egregiously for 2 days, not eating or drinking, and unable to control the sickness.

Sadly this happened over the weekend,
but we wanted him to be in the comfort
of an office & staff he was familiar with 
since he was a pup, for the end.

We knew this was coming,
and had been made aware & prepared.

 On Monday, May 14 at 3:36pm,
we said our final goodbye to
our precious boy Emmett.

We were so blessed to raise him from a pup, 
and enjoyed 8 wonderful loving years
with this remarkable creature.

Not one day goes by that I do not
feel the weight of grief of not
having him here.

I am taking it day by day.

We live in the country, and have a beautiful
wooded lot, with a lovely single shade tree, that I can see from our kitchen window.

He has been laid to rest there.
Soon there will be beautiful wildflowers
and a guardian angel statue there too.

The morning after his passing, as I
looked upon "his place", a beautiful red cardinal, perched itself upon a stray single branch, just above Emmett.

I would like to think it is his spirit, still
watching over us, still being our "guardian" angel.
And I have seen that cardinal every day since.

Now my journey to find a sort of peace & comfort,
beyond the grief has begun.
Some day the pain will be less, but I will never forget
the love & companionship Emmett gave.

Love you forever,
Miss you forevermore
Our sweet boy.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Caring For Our Fur Baby With Cancer

Hello everyone.
I wanted to address my absence
in creative postings as of late.

A few weeks ago, one of our fur babies
was diagnosed with cancer.
We were given the
"make the most of the time we have"
versus the amount of time we have

Much of my days & evenings, are spent 
with our precious Emmett. He has good days, and not so good days. 
Recently has been more of the latter.

So I have been very limited in time,
generally only creating design team projects and posts.

If anyone reading this, would please lift us up in prayer, as we are facing this most
difficult time, it would be much appreciate it.

Our Emmett 💖

With our deepest gratitude.........
Del, Michelle & Emmett

Saturday, April 21, 2018

How To Create A Simple Layered Card In Just 15 Minutes

Hello Crafty Folks!
Happy Saturday!

Are you looking for an easy
way to create a layered card for any occasion?
Even Earth Day?

Then head on over to the Chattering Robin's blog
and see how I put together a "nature" inspired
card, in just 15 minutes
using EXCLUSIVE products
from The Robin's Nest.

Just follow this link for full details:

And for the products I used in this project,
visit The Robin's Nest online store at:

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Hope you visit again soon!