Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bidding Farewell to 2014

Recently, I saw the term Sacred Subtraction on Facebook, but sadly I don’t remember who talked about it or who coined the phrase to begin with or I would give credit. I read it in passing, but it stuck and kept floating in my mind. Sacred Subtraction - what a great way to think about letting go of things that no longer serve us.

I find it so useful now that 2014 is coming to a close and I think about this past year and all the wonderful things that happened (none of which I would have subtracted in any way...).
With my dad in Lyon, France.
*Traveling to Germany, France and Spain, seeing Family, friends and exploring places new to both of us. We didn't expect this, but we totally fell in love with Spain! I would go there again in a heartbeat.
In beautiful Madrid, Spain!

Ah, the food! I'm not sure where this was, but much of our trips is centered around food! :) 
*My sister and her family coming to visit us for the first time. Not the first time for my sister, but it was for our brother-in-law and our nephews. We had so much fun together!!

*Camping in the Smoky Mountains and a quick trip to New Orleans.

*Spending the summer and fall painting and painting and finding my very own artistic voice. I just kept experimenting until I fell into this space that feels like it’s me. Such a happy place to be!

*Getting ready for my dad’s annual visit at the end of the year and our cruise together to the Caribbean. We had such a good time. We were joined by three other family members and just loved every minute of it. My favorite part was just sitting and watching the ocean. Most of cruising is totally lost on my - I’ve never been to a show, I don’t gamble, I don’t participate in the endless games that are going on. I simply love to feel the expanse of the wide ocean.
My dad and I in Savannah! 
Leaving Fort Lauderdale. 
Beautiful St. Lucia
At the fort on gorgeous St. Kitts
With my cousin leaving one of the islands
On the beautiful island of St. Lucia
Anchored near Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas
And that’s where I did my planning for 2015. I used Leonie Dawson’s awesome workbooks (click here if you want to check them out) both for life and my business. As I made plans for the next year, I also thought about what I need to not do or let go of from the previous year. Some things are just ready to be given up in order to make room for more.
Sacred Subtraction. With that thought swirling in my mind, I am weeding out books, art supplies, clothes and anything that I either don’t use at all and (and this is so important!) anything that makes me feel bad when I look at it. We all have that, don’t we? Books that seemed like a good idea, but in all honesty we’ll never read, clothes that are from a previous life and won’t ever suit us again, crafty projects that are unfinished, etc. I am looking at anything like that and either put it on my list of things I really want to do or I let go of them. The physical parting with these items also allows me to let go of whatever feeling was tied to them.
Sacred Subtraction. This doesn’t just apply to tangible items, but also (and probably more importantly so) to our habits, to our thoughts and to the emotions tied to those thoughts. With finding my very own voice, I am finding that I am letting go of a whole lot of self-image that really isn’t mine. Things I took on because I thought I “should.” Or I thought it might make others happy. Some of these thoughts have been with me for a very long time. It’s thrilling to let go of them and see what’s underneath.
And when you unearth the core of you that is really and only and uniquely you, then you are really able to allow your very own self to shine!

Here's to Sacred Subtraction and to a Shiny 2015!!

Happy New Year!! 

P.S. One of the words I want to let go of immediately is "should." I find it to be incredibly discouraging as you can never ever "should have done" anything. It's not possible. Words have power. That's why I'm kicking this one to the curb! Bye bye "should." You'll have to find somewhere else to hang out!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Learning Something New

Hello, beautiful people!! Do you like learning something new? I sure do. I get so excited when I begin a new learning journey. And right now that is Photoshop for me.
Daniel knows how to work with photoshop, but I don't know anything about it. And when he gets so busy with his own work, I don't like to ask him to do projects for me as well. Plus, I love to know how to do things myself. Don't you?
One thing I wanted to learn was to combine my art with some of my favorite quotes. I've always loved quotes - good ones go straight through my brain into my heart and stay there for a while to be absorbed.
It's the same with my paintings - the shapes and colors go straight to my heart and soul.

So...combining the two, how can that not be an excellent thing?! And by doing so, I'm learning some basics about photoshop, adding type, picking colors, drop shadows, etc. And whenever I think it looks great and show it to Daniel, he has just a few tiny suggestions that make it look sooooo much better! Lots to learn...
I have a feeling that this will be a year-long learning project. And a fun one, which makes me happy, happy, happy!

Do you have something you want to learn how to do?

With love, color and happy thoughts,


Friday, December 19, 2014

And ... I'm back!

A few days ago we got back from a beautiful Caribbean cruise and it couldn't have been more perfect! It was inspiring, relaxing, FUN, warm, delicious, gorgeous and invigorating. We traveled with wonderful family (there were six of us) and all had the best time together. The water was spirited for most of the trip and rocked and rolled the ship, which is something all of us love. The food was amazing, the islands beautiful, but to be honest, my favorite place on any of our cruises is right here:
On our veranda, overlooking whatever is in front of me and relaxing, reading, talking, knitting or thinking. And on this cruise: planning!
I brought a notebook with me and as I thought about this year and where I want 2015 to go, I filled it up - completely! Being unplugged from the internet and day-to-day life, the ideas just came flooding in. I'm so excited where I'm going to take my art, my blog and life in general! This year was all about finding my own voice and this next year will be about sharing myself, my art and my life.
That also means that there are some changes coming! One of them being that I'm going to close my knitting/jewelry Etsy shop at the end of this year. Of course I'll keep knitting (best therapy there is!), but only for Daniel, myself and for gifts. My main focus will be on my art and my blog.

In the meantime, if you would like to purchase something, use the coupon ENDOFYEAR in the coupon box (in both of my Etsy shops - knitting and art) to get 20% off through the end of the year.

Dear friends, this is such a special time of year and I hope you are enjoying it to the fullest. Life is good here in Savannah and I hope for you as well!! My wish for all of us is one of inner peace and deep joy.

With much love and gratitude for your presence in my life,


Monday, December 1, 2014

I'll be back soon...

Life is going to get very busy with travel and family over the next couple of weeks, so I leave you with this colorful and happy painting!
I hope you will have two wonderful weeks and I'll see you when we get back!

With lots of love and happy thoughts for you,


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Color on a rainy November day

Why is it that when life is gearing up to be very busy, all I suddenly want to do is paint?!?
Oh well, it's ok with me, especially when the result is such an intense wolf face! Love it!! He looks straight into my soul it seems.
This following week is going to be busy and so much fun. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving, my very favorite american holiday and then for family coming to visit.
And the week after we are all leaving together to cruise the Caribbean for a while. I can't wait!! But it's still more than week before that happens and there's much to do to get the house ready for our house/pet sitter.
And there's still more to paint! I have another one in the works as I'm writing this. I might even get it finished today... The next one is less intense and more playful again.
And here...drumroll please...are my new business cards! I love them!! These are from and they do such a great job.

I leave you with a wish for a color-filled week for you! If you celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy this time of family, friends and abundant food. And if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, still enjoy your family, friends and abundant food.

With much love and gratitude,


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moments in time

A new painting, already sold and traveling to it's new home later this week. This one makes my heart very happy!
Ramses saying: "Good morning! Now feed me!!!"
Winslow and his buddy Zachy keeping me company while I paint.
A cozy evening by the fire.
Whole wheat pancakes with wild Maine blueberries for breakfast last weekend.
Mussels and homemade bread for dinner a couple of nights ago.
Evidence of painting.
Two of my favorite things. Knitting and painting.
My art on a tote bag. Isn't it fun?!
My art on my iPhone. Eeeek!!!! Can you tell I'm excited! I got these items through my Society6 shop.
I hope your week is filled with many fun moments!! I'm going to bundle up now and take Winslow and Zachy out for a walk in the cold.

Much love,