Merry Christmas My Friends

Hello my dear friends and Happy Holidays to all of you.

With Christmas just a little more than a day away I wanted to just pop in and share sometime with all of you.  I have been really just taking time to be in the present and have hardly been on social media or on my blog for the past few weeks.  I have to say that it has been really nice.

I’ve had a chance to really spend some quality time with my husband which you all know I truly adore and we both have been taking it a bit easy.

Our morning routine after getting the pugs and frenchie all fed consists of sitting on our sun porch which is all decked out for the holidays with 2 small trees and a couple special holiday sets – one is a skating rink where the people move around on the “ice” and the little village lights up, the other is a little village scene with a Christmas tree and Santa and his reindeer that move and light up.  We sit sip our coffee, chat and just enjoy each others company.  We talk about past Christmases and holidays from our childhood.  We have been chatting about the new year and things we hope to do and trips we hope to take.  This time has been so heartfelt and enjoyable and if you are allotted the chance to take some time to just enjoy life and your loved ones I highly recommend it.

That’s not to say that I haven’t missed all of you and my art, I truly have, but I have needed this time to just be.

I have so many things that I want to do and share with all of you in this up coming year.  I need this time to really hone in on my plans and figure out a real course of action.

I want to give a shout out and HUGE CONGRATS to the winner of the free spot in the BadAss Art Journal Workshop – Janis Graham!  I want to thank everyone that took the time to stop by and leave a comment and enter the giveaway!

This is truly going to be a wonderful workshop – with so many talented artists if you are looking for that one workshop that you can keep going back to this would be it.  You can check out all the details as well as sign up here .

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Workshop & Giveaway

Hi Creative Friends and Happy Holiday Season,

I hope that you have been enjoying all that the season has to offer with the lights, festivities and coming together to spend time with family and friends!

We have been up to our eyeballs with some renovations we have been doing in our home so it’s been quite hectic add the new puppy to that and you could say I’m a bit exhausted lol.  I really haven’t had a lot of time to make art and keep up with posting.  In the past this would have totally frustrated me and I would have been stressed to the 9’s about it.  But I know that I have a loving community of creative friends here that more than get what it feels like to be overwhelmed and I know that all of you would not want that for me as I would never want it for any of you!! xoxo

So instead of fighting the inevitable I’ve just been letting things go.  Only half my house is decorated for the holidays but it’s ok bc it’s the rooms I am in the most.  I have not made one batch of holiday cookies when I normally would have 10+ batches made and froze by now, I have barely started my holiday shopping (and there’s only a week till Christmas) – but none of that matters because I have my husband, son, pugs and my new puppy.  We are getting out when we can to do some holiday-ish things and I am taking the time to enjoy watching Luna see things like snow for the first time and learning to walk and just enjoying her being a puppy before she’s all grown up.

Let’s talk about…..One BadAss Art Journal WorkShop

Have you been trying to figure out which workshop to sign up for this New Years?  There are a lot of them out there right!  So how you you pick the one that’s right for you?  Well let me help you with a few questions to ask yourself…..

  • Do you want a workshop that will spark your creative spirit in 2018?
  • Do you want a workshop that you can work through at your own pace and not feel like you are “behind” after the first couple weeks?
  • Do you want a workshop that you will have access to for life but not have to download all the videos?
  • Do you want a workshop that is packed full of techniques that you can then use and apply in your own art and art journals?
  • Do you want a workshop that is filled with experienced and skilled artists with years in their craft?

If you answered yes to most or all the above then this is the workshop for you.  Come join me along with 14 other skilled artists as we light that fire of creativity in you in 2018.  Prepare to be Inspired, Excited and Take your art to the next level, By Joining us in the One BadAss Art Journal Workshop

Empower your Inner Badass and use code:  SOBADASS to get $10 off

Coupon Code is only good until 1/13/18.

Giveaway Details

I am giving away 1 free spot in this amazing workshop.  If you would like to enter here is what you need to do:

  1. Share this post on social media
  2. Sign up for my email list here
  3. Leave me a comment below letting me know where you shared it and your email address so I can contact you if you win.

You have until 12/21 8pm EST to enter the giveaway.  Winner will be announce via email in my newsletter that will go out on 12/22.

Good Luck friends!!

xo – Sherry

Changes ahead – Holiday Inspiration & a giveaway

Changing – Growing – Inspiring

Hi Friends,

Lately I have been feeling so overwhelmed with deadlines – commitments – trying to keep on all the sites that I have and just feeling like time is getting away from me – then I came across an article the other day in Happinez Magazine that spoke about the Hindu way and how they believe life is like a circle and never ends.   So in reality there is never “not enough time”.  They think of time as space  – not an hour or minute or day, and so they just take the space that they are in and try to be a better person and create a better life as much as they can while they are in this space.

It really got me thinking about changing the way that I think.

But even more so, it got me moving more towards where I feel I “need” to be and maybe where I don’t need to be.  Making “space” for things that matter and letting some of the other stuff go.

Almost like an omen I came across Monica Garcia’s latest blog post – all about change and letting go – such a beautiful and inspiring post and you can read it here .

So this morning using my butterfly Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue I shuffled the deck asking the question if what I was about to change was right for me.  And this is the card I selected

 One of the big changes that I am making this next year is letting go of Facebook – my business page – my group and my personal page.  Although this is where I got my start – which is why it has been tugging at me to decided to keep it or not.  I know that there are some who have started with me on FB and are not on Instagram – but I will still have my blog and website  and Youtube channel so we can connect in all those places.  There have been many things that have been pushing me to give up Facebook and I think now it’s time.  Change can be hard but to allow space for new exciting and important things it’s what needs to happen.

I want to be able to connect with people in a deeper more meaningful way.

I want to inspire people – touch peoples lives in a positive way

I will also be focusing more of my time on commissioned art – creating more online classes and for the first time in almost 3 years I will be starting in person classes and /or retreats.

I have a beautiful heartfelt retreat that I am currently working on for 2018 and as soon as I can share details with all of you I will.

If you want to be sure you don’t miss out on announcements and inspiration – follow my blog via email – you can find that on the right hand side of my blog.  Also sign up for my email list / newsletter you will receive monthly tidbits with inspiration – details and first to get discounts on all classes as well as a free monthly artsy download. You can sign up here

On to some Holiday Artsy Inspiration

I have a few things to share with you for a creative holiday .  Below is my latest video creating a holiday watercolor wreath.  You could do this for a holiday card or gift.

If you haven’t seen Andrea Gamoll’s Artsy Advent then you need to check it out she does a video a day and I love her style.

I love Alisa Burke’s Simple watercolor tags tutorial – very simple and cute!!

Astrid’s Artistic Efforts is a fabulous blog for Bullet Journaling, holiday cards and more.

If you missed my latest watercolor art journal pages

One more thing….

If you haven’t heard I am a guest Artist – Instructor in The One Badass Art Journal Workshop this year and Tiare Smith is having the most amazing giveaway that I don’t want you to miss out on so here is the link to enter  Below is a pic of the amazing prize pack.

Registration for One Badass Art Journal 2018 opens December 13th and you can sign up starting that day here.

Okay I’m off to walk this little baby even though it’s freezing outside lol

Just a note:  December’s newsletter will be going out by Sunday – we are doing work at our house so I have been some days with on internet access which has made it hard to get things done.  Sorry for the delay my friends.

Hope you all have an amazing day!!

xoxo – Sherry

An Inspiring Artist Who Inspires me…

“I’ve always liked quiet people:  you never know if they’re dancing in a daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world”

-John Green

Good Morning friends,

Today I have a Special Guest Artist with me.  

I would like to introduce you to Jenni Zmuda.  

I met Jenni as we were both on the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team together.  I selected the quote above to start out this post as it reminded me of Jenni.  Of all the team members she was the quietest – she just went about doing her thing and sharing her art in her own unique way.  I would watch her Instagram stories enjoying the mix of home life – her adorable pets and her art making.  Maybe it’s just me but I’m drawn to those who are not all “flash and dash” but just real hometown feel good kinda peeps – and that is what I felt when I watched Jenni’s IG stories.  I felt drawn to her, by what seemed to be a simplistic yet very cozy everyday living of life with simple pleasures such as cooking for her family,  because that is also how I am, and so the connection began.  I was thrilled when Jenni said yes to be interviewed for my blog.  I am so very excited too share this inspiring artist chat with all of you.  So grab that coffee or tea and enjoy ❤️

Jenni Please tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in rural Michigan, still live there. I loved to make things and create from a very young age. Unfortunately, I lived in a dysfunctional home where any vulnerability could be used against me at any time, so I didn’t do much creating. What little I did do I hid away. Not until I was in my mid 30’s did I start working more on my art and actually showing it in a public forum.  Being an artist can be a very vulnerable thing. Sharing that part of me was not easy, but I’m so glad that I have.

What’s your favorite thing about art – What drives you to be creative? 

My favorite part of art is probably being able to make a mess. lol  Life is so structured and full of rules. What you should do, what you shouldn’t do.  Art, the kind of art I do, is very freeing. I can do what I want and how I want to do it which I love.  I have pretty significant anxiety and creating keeps me sane.  It quiets my mind when it wont stop worrying.

Do you ever have times when you get creative block?  If yes what do you do to get inspired or find your creativity again? 

Oh yes, I get creative blocks often. When this happens I try to continue to create one way or another.  Either by creating ugly art or by working in my gluebook.  Still being involved in art, either through Instagram or Pinterest or magazines.  Anything just to keep that spark lit no matter how dimly.

Where can people find your work and connect with you socially?

The main place I post my work is Instagram – @artgirlcreations78. This is mostly dedicated to art, though there are a few posts about my beloved pets.
I also have a YouTube Channel – ArtGirl Creations here I share time lapse and how to videos creating art.  I love to share my art process with others.
I have an Esty Shop where I sell my artwork, prints, collage sheets created from my art as well as mini art journals, and collage packs.

What’s one thing that people probably don’t know about you?

I’m actually a pretty private person. It really takes a lot for me to be able to share this part of my life.   But the response has been overall positive and I’m always glad that I decided to put myself out there and flattered that people are actually interested.

Please Share 2 pieces of your favorite artwork with us and share a little about them

Oh, that’s a toughy. It’s like choosing my favorite child. It feels so wrong. lol  If I really had to choose I’d say my favorite is a double paged spread I call Tell Me Why.

This was the first couple pages in a new journal and for some reason  that makes me nervous. These pages set the tone for the whole journal and if I mess up, then I might end up messing up the whole journal. Which is silly, of course. I’m not afraid to tear out pages I don’t like. But these two pages were just a disaster. Everything I did looked horrid! Finally I just painted a layer of white paint over everything and went to bed. The next morning it was like a mini-miracle happened. The layers of paint came through the white layer on top and all the layers made for some amazing texture. From there everything just came together and it is by far one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever created.

The second favorite is a mini-art journal page named Heal. I create these from leftover file folders. I call these mini file folders  ‘mental health’ art journals because they usually hold some sort of positive message or affirmation. I started by layering on white acrylic paint. Then, without much thought, I layered on some washi tape, an Art Pops card by Roben-Marie Smith, typewritten words and finally a photo I took of the beach. It came together so quickly and easily and I love it and the message it sends.

Do you have some final inspiring words you would like to share?

I think a lot of people think they don’t have the talent to create. This is a lie. I can’t draw a stick person, yet I find great enjoyment in pushing paint around on paper. No rhyme, no rhythm, not much thought – Just doing.  So, yes, you can do it – and you should.  We can get so caught up in the day to day and forget to carve out time for our own well being.  I don’t know where I’d be without art, it’s such an important and positive part of my life.

Thank you so very much Jenni for sharing heart with all of us and inspiring us with your Art!!

Be sure to check out Jenni’s Thankfulness Journals here – the last set sold out in just a couple days so be sure to grab one from this new batch before they are gone!

If you haven’t already signed up for my monthly newsletter be sure to do so here so you don’t miss December’s newsletter with your free download it is going on on Friday morning (December 8th).  For those who are not familiar with my monthly newsletter they are always packed with juicy bits of artful inspiration and a free download that can be used in your art!

 

 

Create a Joy Journal + My Current Read

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”

-Marianne Williamson

Hi Friends,

For me it seems that durning Holiday time I become more mindful of all the blessings and happiness that has been bestowed upon me, but during the year it sometimes get a bit lost in the bustle of life.  I am sure I’m not the originator of this little book I’m about to share with you, but it has become a bit of my personal go to in life and helps to remind me when things are tough that I have a lot of “Joy” in my life.  At the end of the day I use it to write down all the things that have brought me joy that day, or anything good that has happened.  Just a bit of reflective time that I can have to reference in the future when things get a bit rough and I am feeling as if I have lost my Joy.  This would make a beautiful gift for a friend or a great stocking stuffer for a loved one!

Because this little “joy journal” is so special to me I wanted to share with all of you a creative and easy way to create your own.  So if you haven’t already stop on over to Tiare Smith Designs Blog, and let me know what you think! 🙂

Before I leave you all for today I wanted to share my current read with all of you.  I just love books and I’m a seasonal book reader as well.  Meaning I love to read winter themed books in the winter and summer themed ones in the summer  – you get it.  So this year while at Barnes and Noble I spotted this adorable book.  Well I’m sure that you can all guess why I had to have it.  I didn’t even read what it was about I just bought it well – 2 actually lol.  One for me and one for a pug loving friend.  I am almost all the way through this book and it’s wonderful!  It’s not just about a pug and it’s a beautiful, funny and touching read.  I highly recommend it!

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

xo – Sherry