Hooray! The New Website is Here. New Things for You to Know!

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It’s always fun to get a remodel, right? Inspiring. Cohesive. Easy to navigate. Elegant and encouraging. These were some of the words in my mind as the new website came together. So much of life is a blend of the practical + beautiful, at least in my mind. While I’ve been thankful to hodgepodge my way through building a website for the past few years, it came time this year for a pro to rebuild and redesign the site that worked well. Alli Worthington, a podcaster and author, says “with God and Google you can take over the world.” Well, … Read More

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

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

Create a Thankful Board on the Wall

It’s so easy to focus on what’s going wrong. Right now, there are fires burning in multiple places in California. The smoke covers the cities and towns for miles and miles in all directions. It’s funny though. People are pulling together, donating time, money and resources to help those in need. Disasters are funny that way. They remind us of what is important and really, what isn’t important at all. Nonetheless, I found myself tapping on the news dozens of times a day and having a hard time getting myself out of constantly thinking of the disaster. What was needed … Read More

Tips for Taking Great Photos in France with the iPhone 8 Plus

The light is different in Paris. I’m told the light is bluer. Personally, I couldn’t identify exactly what it was, but there was something different in both Paris and in Belgium and almost all my pictures turned out quite lovely. Today I wanted to share some of the things I learned about using an iPhone camera exclusively while on a big trip and why I’m taking my DSLR with me on the next trip. Keep the lens on the iPhone clean. This is basic, but I forget to do it All. The. Time. Holly Becker from Blogging Your Way and … Read More