New Christmas Card Collection for 2020

August was filled with creating new artwork, searching my heart for what would brighten hearts, homes, and mailboxes this holiday season. With the help of a few friends, my mom, and my youngest sister, we came up with five cards that I hope will resonate with your heart this year. In previous years I would spend quite a bit of time at my favorite stationery store, Papyrus (now, unfortunately out of business) searching through the dozens of designs, looking for the right card to send to family, to friends, to colleagues, and clients. I’ve come up with five designs for … Read More

3 Reasons Why to Pull Out Your Art Box and Create this Christmas

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to teach live in Jessi Camacho’s Splash Art crafting group. It was fun and just a little nerve-racking because sometimes creating with eyes on you does not turn out well. The paint gets a mind of its own and goes everywhere!!! I did my best to go with the flow. Despite the nerves (and the temperamental paint!), it was a blast. One of the joys of the holiday season is getting messy with some projects and enjoying that sense of satisfaction when we make things. That’s why, when I began to dream … Read More

Why Celebrating the Christmas Season is Essential

For those of us who celebrate and host holiday events, the Christmas season is where we shine. The holiday season is where we do some of our most important work. You may not see your contribution as a holiday leader as important, but it is. What you contribute during the holiday season makes an impact. A few years ago, I wrote Don’t Let Christmas Kill You, A Woman’s Guide to Avoiding Financial Disaster, Relational Crisis & Holiday Hysteria. It was a book mostly about the interior:  the interior of our hearts, minds, and calendars. And I thought it was time … Read More

New Hummingbird Watercolor Originals and Prints Available

Early this summer a friend asked for a commission painting of a hummingbird for a gift. Now I recall what my Grandpa said about commissions. In short, he wasn’t a fan. It can be so stressful to try to create a painting of something that is not in your first nature. But one of the sweet lessons I’ve learned in life is that we are all gifted differently. What is frustrating for one person is a joy to another. This project was a bit nerve-racking, but I ended up loving it and creating a small collection of hummingbirds. Their rich … Read More

How to Finish 2020 with Grace & Gumption

  I’m writing this from a hospital waiting room. My mom went in for a total hip replacement late this morning, got into the OR around 1:00 and then proceeded to have a procedure that lasted twice as long as planned. Because of the health crisis of the year, I can’t go back to see her in recovery (I’m quite thankful that I’ve been able to wait in the waiting room!) but I did get to talk to her on the phone. The pain is insanely awful, to say it mildly. We both know the next couple of days will … Read More