Painting Ideas & Inspiration for January

January is a great month to paint words to inspire our new year, comfort foods for the cold days and memories of the special places we visited in the past year. This January, let’s paint: Inspirational quotes Cups of coffee (because it’s freezing out and I need to warm up) Paris! January is a good time of year to dream a bit on where you’d like to go with art this year. Do you want to paint weekly or seasonally, by yourself or with a group. (or maybe a little of everything?) Check out ideas for a painting plan on this … Read More

How to Create a Painting Plan for 2019

My sister and I have been watching the Great British Bake Off with a zany sort of zest the past few years. We compete for who can pick the winner, we rewind the show to get close ups of details and we revel in all the drama. All. The. Drama. Because, in the kitchen, when there’s lots of people and pressure and a competition to see who can bake the most beautiful, delicious, amazing five-layer cake with three different decorating aspects, there’s a lot of tears, nail-biting, groans, laughter and all around entertaining conversations. My sister and I have talked … Read More

What to Journal In January

What to journal in January? Start with a list of hopes & dreams Journal about your wildest hopes & dreams, not just the expected (and sometimes dull) resolutions or responsible goals, but the dreams in your heart you rarely speak of Feeling a bit weary from all the work of the holidays? Journaling listicles are fun and can open the mind to new ideas without feeling like it’s overworking. I’ve included a download of 30 ideas and listed out (haha) a few of my favorites. Print out a picture from your phone each week, cut it out, tape it in … Read More

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward

  The week between Christmas and New Year’s causes me to pause and reflect each year. The last few years I’ve spent time reflecting on the last year and then looking forward to the new year. Looking back is important, but it can be a bit of a pitfall. While I would like to paint myself as a happy, glass-half-full kind of person, the truth is that I’m a bit of an Eeyore. My natural tendency is to see things as woulda-coulda-shoulda with a strong tinge of regret. I’ve worked -and keep working- to see things in a positive light. … Read More

17 Ideas for DIY Christmas Gifts

There’s a lot of pressure around the holidays to give gifts that are just right for the recipient. Over the years I’ve discovered gifts given from the heart don’t have to be complicated. Here are fifteen ideas for creative semi-DIY gifts you can make this year, even if there is only a week or two left before the holidays. My nephews are still thrilled with Legos and Nerf Guns, but for the adults in my family whom I’m giving to, these gifts are sure to please. Most of the ideas in this list are from my book, Creating a Simply … Read More