Whats Your 2015 Word?

Do you pick a word for the year? It can be a word that sets a goal, means something to you or even just a word you want to focus on in your art. Your word can be anything you want it to be.

My 2015 word is Simplicity. 

Simplicity in life is something that I struggle with. My interests and goals are too many. My life is bogged down with too much stuff. I get lost in the chaos of life. My word this year will mean streamlining my life and interests so I can focus on what makes my heart sing. Simplifying my commitments, my crafts, my possessions and daily life will help me focus on what is most important to me. I want to enjoy God, my husband, my daughter, my birds and my family more. I want to get down to what is most important to me and commit myself whole heartedly.

Concentrating on what is important is impossible for me when I let chaos into my life. One example is my art. If art makes my heart so joyful, then why do I spend so much time doing other crafts that aren't even that important to me. I find myself addicted to doing more and more. Its time I strip down my interests and commit to what makes me the most happy. In my crafting that means I pick my top 5 loves and let the rest go.

Simplifying my daily life and getting rid of "stuff" will also help me not feel so weighted down. I will have more time for devotions, family time, daughter time, chores time, and me time. 

So be gone chaos! You have hung around too long! Move over and let Simplicity have a turn. 

What will your 2015 word be?

A New Season Has Begun

Life has been pretty amazing as of late. We welcomed our darling new daughter into our lives in 2014. This January she celebrated her 6 month birthday. As a first time Mama, I can not help but be filled with the wonder of new life. Ordinary things have become fresh looking through the eyes of our daughter. As i'm sure you can see from her smile, she brings more joy than I ever imagined. I am smitten.

As a new year begins, I want to commit more time to my blog. I want to share bits of life and my art with my readers. My daughter has brought a twinkle in my eye and skip into my step that I have not had in a long time. So many adventures I want to share with you as a new family of three. Let this years journey begin!

I want to wish you all a very blessed 2015! 

Crochet a Minion ... or Two

When my nephews visited earlier this year, I found out the two oldest like Minions. Being the crazy Auntie I am, I decided to attempt a couple crocheted minions for our next visit which happened to be a little over a month away. I did not have enough time to create a pattern, so with the help of google, I found this free Minion pattern by Linda at "WolfDreamer Off the Hook"

As you can see, the minions were a hit. Especially, by the youngest of the two. He carried his minion around wherever he went and insisted it go to sleep with him. Eavesdropping by his bedroom door as he was suppose to be sleeping, I saw him holding his minion in the air by both arms and was saying "Bee-Do, Bee-Do, Bee-Do". If you are a minion fan, you know exactly what that means. Haha. I had to pick up my heart off the floor because it melted into a puddle. 

My nephews were adorable and watching them cry out the window as we drove away broke my heart into a million pieces. 

Art Getaway - I will never forget

An Art Retreat on Bainbridge Island with two of my favorite Artists? What could be better?

When I found out that Serena from Nurture Your Creative Seed was hosting an art retreat with Junelle Jacobsen and Christy Tomlinson, I called my husband straightaway. 

Being a supportive husband he said "Book it!". I immediately messaged Serena and found there was still room! Since taking my Utah art trip, I dreamed of going on an art retreat that lasted more than a day. This was simply providential. The perfect teachers and the perfect location. We have family in Washington state and were in desperate need of another road trip.

I didn't document the retreat like I should have, because I was so involved in all the artsy fun. But I did manage to take a few photos along the way. 

Look at the treasure Junelle found! Isn't it the cutest little Lamb head?

This was the trip of a lifetime! Christy and Junelle were delightful teachers and Serena spoiled us rotten. I even met a few friends along the way. If you ever have the chance to go on one of Serena's retreats, take it! You wont be sorry. 

Look at all these beautiful and talented Ladies!

Photo with my fabulous art teacher; Junelle