Monday, January 15, 2018


With snow swirling outside - finally - I thought I'd pull out some blues and whites for this challenge.

I'm trying to get better at challenges this year so I'm starting out by linking up with Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. This week is Anything Goes.

Sadly, I needed a sympathy card this week for a sweet lady and the colors lent themselves to the need.

I chose SU colors Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy and Marina Mist. The Marina Mist is one of the colors in a retired SU DSP - Botanical Gazette. I thought the birds went well with the new set from SU - Beautiful Peacock.

I used Wisteria Wonder base then began the layering with the other two colors. My favorite MS punch, the lace, brought a bit of femininity to the card. The peacock feathers are stamped in Marina Mist and the Peacock in Night of Navy on Whisper White. The trick to working with this set is to use two high contrasting colors against one another. I added Basic Rhinestones in clear to accent the feathers.  The sentiment inside and out is from Thoughts & Prayers. The white and navy circles are cut from the Stitched Framelits SU set. 

That's mine.. let's see yours! Just add the link to your blog post (not your blog URL but the url to the actual blog post) and Mr. Linky will add you to the list so we may stop by to check out your creation!

There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

And remember to grab the Color Challenge button on my sidebar to link your followers here. I'd love to have them playing along!

Monday, January 8, 2018


The big ugly of what I'm dealing with this week. This is my Mixed Media corner of the studio. While I have projects in mind, I am the type of person who can not start a project until every thing is in order. 

To the left of that you see a shelving unit.. was an old stamp display unit from Michaels. This holds my acrylics. Since the main focus on this entire studio was to repurpose items I had on hand, I used one of the 2-drawer filing cabinets to hold painting supplies. The top drawer is all about applicators, latex gloves, etc. The bottom drawer is full of various types of micro-dinner plates, trays, cups to hold paint or use as palettes during projects.

The 2-door cabinet holds all of my blank journals/ papers to work with as well as texturing tools and paints that I don't use very often. 

The main focus of this area is the 6-drawer ikea cabinet. The drawers hold tissue paper, chip board, foam core, cardboard and one other item that escapes my early morning brain. The top drawer is currently empty. I haven't decided what I want to use it for and the purpose will be determined how the top of the cabinet plays out.

Behind that pile of stuff on top there are 2 drawer units I had picked up at Goodwill. Each Unit holds 4 drawers. I wish I'd had the forethought to by more of them. They were $5 each and they had a grocery cart piled full of them.  I've been using them for this and that since moving them from the basement room to the new studio. Now I'm thinking of moving them over to the office corner to store planner supplies in. 

The shelves above will stay pretty much as they are. 
My overall plan for this area is to build a series of cubbies with drawers.. similar to a library card catalog. These drawers will hold embellishments from Tim Holtz and other ideology-type items as well as small crocheted flowers, hardware, etc to use in the junk journals.

Originally, I planned to store the magazine cut-outs in page protectors in a binder. There are days that binders and my hands just do not work well together. Instead, I'm considering a file box with hanging file folders. I can sit the box on the floor in front of the mixed media cabinet area - easy to move if I need to.

The rest of the stuff on the floor ... that's what I'm sorting through and organizing today. The stack really isn't as bad as it looks, just needs taken care of.

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Welcome to 2018!
Are you ready? Have you made resolutions? Do you have Goals you hope to accomplish in 2018?

Boy, do I! No resolutions other than to really use my planners this year. The rest will fall into place.

I hereby set the resolution that I will do my weekly planning on Sunday's as part of my Self-Care regiment. 

I'm taking this week off to finish putting the planners in line and get some projects lined up so that I can kick off next year on track - rather than feeling like I'm behind before I even start. 

Not this year! I took my life back in December and now I'm going to work the plan and ENJOY creating again.

Do you make resolutions? Set Goals. What do you want from 2018?

Leave a comment below to be entered into a Mystery Grab Pack of goodies. Also tell me if which Mystery Grab Pack you want:

Yarns/ Fibers
Stamping/ Paper Crafting
Mixed Media

Drawing is January 25th - this gives you plenty of time to Comment and Share this post.
If the person commenting is NOT one of my regulars, I'll be asking who they heard it from. This could get you extra entries... so SHARE!

Creative Blessings!

Friday, December 22, 2017


For the first time ever, I'm actually participating in a retreat from the very beginning... okay, I'm a couple of days behind but that's because I hadn't checked email. I hadn't noticed the dates to see that I was just getting in at the start date.

I listened to the first video last night about putting our journal together and decorating our cover. I chose this lovely college-ruled composition book from Clementine that I'd picked up at Marshalls. I had no clue at the time what I would use the notebook for but the ombre sunset tones spoke to me so in the basket it went. 

I didn't want to cover up the beautiful ombre tones but knew my cover needed 'something' that spoke about my journey on this retreat. In the introductory video, Amber spoke about about opening the door to our heart. She also mentioned 'monetary passion' - which is exactly the path I'm starting out on in 2018! I won't say she is psychic but the synchronicity of this project and my determination to participate in the retreat couldn't have had better timing.

To keep with the colors, I chose to collage my heart from torn pieces of the Painted With Love Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! Spring 2018 Catalog. 

After gluing the pieces to a heart I'd torn from printer paper, I coated the whole thing in clear gesso. Once that dried, I glued my heart to the front of the journal.

I talked about my concept on the inside front page:

      Something Amber said about the heart spoke to me. Opening our heart's door to the possibilities. 
At first I thought about actually making the heart as a pair of French doors. Then I knew I didn't want to separate the whole. Instead, I chose to make the heart the front of the cover -
   Opening this journal opens up a world of insights into those possibilities.

Periodically, over the 10-day retreat I'll share bits and pieces from my #womanunleashed journal. I look forward to the discovery and how the pieces of my heart's desire fit together to form the whole of my dreams.

Creative Blessings!

Monday, December 18, 2017


While your life may seem really crazy right now - NOW is the time to think ahead to what you want 2018 to be for you. 

For me, my word is ACHIEVEMENT. There are so many things I want to accomplish next year. One is to explore various avenues of creativity... to nurture my style for the things I want to Achieve in 2018

To kickstart my creative motor I've signed up for the #WomanUnleashed on-line Retreat. I hope you'll join me!

Just click on the link below and be prepared to unleash your True Creative Spirit!

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WOYWW #442 - Final Desk of 2017

Good  morning, Deskers!
This is the final shot of my desk for 2017. I take all of December off from blogging to enjoy the holidays and prep for 2018. Fitting that you should see my desk at one of its messiest

From the foreground you can just make out my lazy susan  with my implements of creation and a notebook. From there a SPAM can with my journal markers, to the left of that are 2 spools of lace ribbon I picked up at $Tree last night. They are in with the Christmas stuff. The November Paper Pumpkin box from Stampin' Up! waiting to be opened. Just to the right of that you'll see pieces of burlap ribbon. They are part of the Christmas $Tree video I need to film today. That plastic bag are the remnant pieces I need for the process part of that video. My SU collapsible litter bin and a coffee container that held quarters I turned into the counting machine yesterday.

I'm all about YouTube filming today. Tomorrow, Bob and I will enjoy a quiet day of Thanksgiving. I'll start with the Macy's parade. A tradition for as long as I can remember, then on either side of dinner we'll play card/ board games and be very Thankful for our time together.

We found out yesterday that Bob is off work probably until sometime in January or February. For the first time in 33 years he will be home for all of the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Years.

Also, last week I quit my 'day job' with the publisher. While I understand a fledgling business being built mostly on apprenticeships, we need an income the publishing job wasn't providing. 2018 is all about building my creative business and getting some consumable books published. Doing what I love and bringing in some cash.

I'll have at least one more creative post in the coming weeks but mostly about wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Blessed New Year and winding down our eventful year.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WOYWW #441 & Something's Coming

This is my desk for the week. I left on Friday for the film premier in Poteau OK and just got home last night. I was only in Poteau Friday night - Saturday afternoon then drove to Eureka Springs AR where I spent a couple of days just enjoying the rejuvenation I always find just breathing the air in that little community. I followed that up with a night at my sister's before heading home yesterday.

So, my desk. Not a lot of creativity. the bag holds the grandgirls' Christmas gifts and part of their stocking stuffers. The Tim Holtz stuff is still there since I can't get to that tub to put them away. My initial plan was for Bob and I to create my Mixed Media/ Tim Holtz storage unit last Friday but then I found out last minute I was heading to OK to the premiere and birthday celebration for author Dusty Richards. This was a chance for me to meet the co-writers/ co-producers of the film... an opportunity I couldn't pass up. 

Something's Coming!
I'm putting this here because I know I have some planner folks on WOYWW and I'm hoping you'll join us in 2018.

I love planners. I can remember being a planner person as young as the age of 10. I guess with my life in such disarray, planning 'my stuff' was my way of finding some semblance of order.

Over the past two or three years, I've found a whole new side to planning through people I've met in the planning community on YouTube. I've also learned there are a wide variety of ways to plan.

First there are the 'pretty' vs 'functional' planners. Some are a combination of both. 
There are also various styles of planning such as detailed planning, to-do list or bullet journaling.

I am a functional planner but I do like to make them pretty. My life revolves around color so any time I can add pops of color to a plain page, makes me smile.

One of my favorite people in the planning community is Alexis aka Miss Trenchcoat.

Alexis is a productivity guru, entrepreneur and side hustle mentor. I love her thought process. One of the things I've learned is while it's nice to have pretty and to have a To-Do list (she is big on finding your Top 3), the idea of Planning brings to mind (at least for me) setting GOALS then PLANNING how to accomplish them.  If I didn't plan my projects, I'd never accomplish as much as I do.

My stumbling block is that I don't sit down and 'plan' every week. There are days I know what I want/ need to do but they don't always become hard in my planner pages. So one of my goals for  2018 is to make sure I UTILIZE my planner(s) to the best of my ability.   

Functional planning lets me do both. Here's a video from Alexis with her explanation of Functional Planning:

I thought since WOYWW is such fun, brings a lot of like-minded folks together, that doing a Planner Hop would help draw traffic, give us another venue to showcase what we do and products as well as get to form stronger relationships within the Planner Community.

So beginning in January I'm launching POW - Planning Our Weeks. I'm still formulating a 'plan' but my thought is that we will post the last Sunday of each month as to what are planners are looking like for the coming month. You will also be able to INCLUDE in your blog post any new products you're releasing. The GOAL is to actually use our planners for their intended purpose... TO PLAN! LOL
We'll also have the opportunity to see how others use their planners, share/ pick up tips, etc. 

By mid-December I should have a POW button you can put on your blog/ website. 
You do NOT have to have either of those to participate. You may link to your YouTube channel video (the actual planning video - not your channel in general) 
If you are interested in being contacted when more details come out, please let me know via the contact form and I'll keep you updated.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!