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

Journaling Ideas & Prompts for December

With everything else going on this month, it can be hard to find time for journaling. I tend to keep written entries short (see below for some ideas). Sometimes, I’ll comfort myself with the promise that after Christmas, I will clear the schedule and spend time putting together December joyful journals. This month, I’ve got a date post-Christmas scheduled to complete my 2018 joyful journal. This year I started collecting the items to add to the joyful journal in a big manilla envelope. The envelope system decreases the clutter and little paper piles around my room. Plus, there’s something calming … Read More

Painting Ideas for December

Christmas is coming! I love, love, love Christmas BUT it is hard to find the time to spend time creating. While it’s true that we set aside the time for the things we prioritize, there are so many things to prioritize this month! How to find time for a little bit of painting? I won’t diminish how challenging it is to find time to create.  This is how I find/make/intentionally set aside the time. I keep my projects simple (think the #15minutecreativity sessions), keep it light and set up times in my calendar. Organzing the time in my calendar sounds … Read More

New Christmas Watercolor Workshop

It’s getting to be the most wonderful time of the year. Also, the busiest, craziest, quickest time of the year, right? Insert the sobbing emoticon right here! One activity that brings some calm to my life each year is continuing the practice of creativity and play. I’m thrilled to invite you to ‘Enter In: Creating a Season of Comfort & Joy.’ It’s a watercolor course where we will be painting homes and spending time playing with watercolor, festive ideas and letting ourselves enjoy the sweetness of the season. There are 4+ hours of content. You can go through all the … Read More

How to Prioritize Time to Paint & Journal During the Busiest Time of the Year

You’re gonna think I’m weird, but I consider the start of the holiday season to be in October. I’m NOT talking about Christmas, but all things celebrating autumn and Thanksgiving and then merging into the Christmas celebration and finishing with New Year’s. In the past, I used to be consumed with the doing of the season. I was trying to create the perfect Thanksgiving, Christmas and other festive events. That meant a lot of busy work. In the middle of all that, I lost the joy and wonder of the season. Part of that loss was that I let go … Read More