Celebrate the Season with this Simple Weekly Advent Painting

Perhaps the beauty of Advent is that it is an invitation to quiet reflection and intentional waiting in the middle of turbulent times. In so many Christmas seasons past, it was all systems go. Do all the things. Ignore all the limits. Run, do, make, bake, volunteer, give, support, decorate. But it was important to do something intentional to focus on Jesus and not all the activities, as beautiful as those are. To rest in His love and experience the discomfort of longings that have not yet come to pass. There was a desire for an activity where I could … Read More

Home for the Holidays Christmas Watercolor Course Now Available

I strike a match to light a vanilla-cinnamon candle. The flame erupts and I go to pour myself a cup of coffee in my favorite Christmas red mug.  I curl up in chair and dip the paintbrush into the water. And I let out a sigh. It’s finally time to create. No email. No work. No demands. No food to cook. No pressure. The tree lights are on, blanketing the room in that magical soft light as my favorite Christmas music plays. I close my eyes to consider what to paint first. Maybe it’s lots and lots of wreaths, with … Read More

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