Have you ever been thankful for….

I woke up the other morning with this crazy thought after being sick for a week – I was thankful for getting sick.

Now I know you are thinking totally crazy right? I mean who is thankful for being sick!  The thing is getting sick allowed me not just to slow down but it allowed me to STOP!  You heard that right I was almost completely off of social media, I didn’t do any work for my art business, I did very minimal work at home (just things like taking care of the dogs and such).  It gave me permission to just stop – regroup – restore.

I needed this so badly!  I realized that I had been neglecting my needs since my dad got sick and passed almost 2 years ago.  Honestly I can’t believe it took me this long to actually get sick but way back then at that time I was in extremely good health.  Feeling so awful made me realize I have been feeling not all that great for awhile but it took getting sick to force me to make the changes that I should have long ago.

It actually takes me back to the Gratitude Junk Journal Online Workshop that I taught in last November where I did a lesson in Gratitude for Loss and Sadness.  That is still available to take and you receive lifetime access if you are interested in checking it out go here.

You know they always say in an airplane put your oxygen mask on before helping someone else get theirs on – there is good reason for this.  If you are not ok, if you are not taking care of yourself you can not help others as effectively.  Or you might help others for awhile until you burn out.

Nourishing my body

Since getting sick I have gone back to my better eating habits.  Eating at home and eating clean organic homemade foods.  It’s crazy that I was eating out so much when I absolutely love to cook.  I have actually stopped drinking coffee and that’s a big one for me.  I am a total coffee nut but I have actually stopped before.  I may go back to it but for now it feels good not to have the caffeine and other things in coffee that might not be so great for me.  This in turn has also gotten me off using the Creamor which I use to use in my coffee.  I have now switched to using a little coconut milk creamer if I feel I want a cup that has a bit of cream.  Here are 3 teas with links to where you can purchase them that I have been crushing on that have become my favorite right now Turmeric GingerChocolate Cinnamonblueberry green tea .  I am fortunate that I am able to purchase these all from my local Wegmans – which is how I found them 🙂

I have been cooking delicious hardy soups with the freshest veggies I can find during the winter, using lots of greens and colorful veggies that just feel so good to work with when cooking and are so yummy to eat.  I have been going to bed earlier to get an extra hour of rest at night and I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to wake up rested the morning.  It was so silly of me to be staying up later to watch a show that I can watch the next evening on demand.

Using Essential Oils

Because of all the clean eating and drinking my mind feels so fresh and alive.  I feel like for the longest time I have been in such fog.  Like I’m going through the motions but not really feeling things and not really being aware of what is going on.  The clarity that has come is so amazing !  I have also been using my essential oils a lot.  I have gone back to wearing frankincense on my wrists, I dab some Joy over my heart and I have been doing steam inhalations with peppermint.  To boost my immune system and cut down on the acid in my system and to make my body more alkaline I have been taking a capsule of Thieves Oil blend with lemon in the morning – 3 drops of each.

Now that I’m feeling better I am back to walking Luna about 2-3 miles a day depending on what we have going on.

Nourishing my mind

I have also been nourishing my mind and soul with books such as Healing with the Angles by Doreen Virtue and Warrior Goddess Training by Heatherash Amara.

I have committed myself to learning and using my Tarot Cards and Continue working with my oracle cards – in the online class Pull Pen Paint which I have been really enjoying learning so much here.  So many people hear the word Tarot and they get freaked out and I honestly never new exactly what they were all about but since working with them and learning about them have found that they are a wonderful tool.  They can give you the guidance just like Oracle Cards in things in life that are a challenge.  They help make sense of things that just otherwise have kinda been a mystery in my life.  They can jump start your creativity and are just really eye opening!  And I have been journaling I mean hand writing journaling like a crazy person because of using these cards and I love it.  It’s so releasing and refreshing.  I used to journal a lot and add art journaling in with it but then when I started showing a lot of my stuff online I cut out the journaling part and it feels so good to get back into it!

I also came across a couple other books that I wanted to share that are interactive – I am thinking about getting both of them I really like the description and what they are used for.  You can choose either the hard copy or an instant download so they are fairly inexpensive if you go with the download.  They are both by Jeanne Oliver and one is called Listening  and the second one is called Salt and Light

First Full Moon Ritual Practice

This Wednesday January 31st we will have the 2nd full moon of the month also known as a Blue Moon – it is also a super moon or aka blood moon.  I plan to do a moon ritual of letting go of things that I want to rid myself of you can check that out here.

Nourishing my creativity

Below is my latest Art Journaling Video – I am using elements from this month’s newsletter download – if you missed it you can purchase the download here

As always friends thanks for sharing your time with me and I’d love to hear how you are providing yourself with Love and self care this winter!

xxoo- Sherry

 

 

Looking for a boost of inspiration?

 

Hi Creative Friends and Happy Friday!

Those who know me and have taken my class in Hacking the ColorWheel Session 1 (which is still available and you can check it out here )know that I just love MOOD BOARDS.  I have a Pinterest board dedicated to just mood boards here , I am not sure why I am so drawn to them but when I start looking at them it’s like I can’t stop.  I guess it’s because they do “create” a mood and feeling that stirs inside of me and it’s almost euphoric!  So In December I shared the first Mood Board that I actually created and you can see that in my post here– it had all the makings of feeling cozy, festive and holiday-ish with a little bit of a romantic feel.  – at least when I was putting it together those are some of the moods / feelings that came up for me.

So today for a bit of inspiration I have created another “mood board” that I want to share with all of you.  But first I would like you to just grab a piece of paper and a pen.  Now when you see the mood board don’t over think it just write down the first things that come to your mind. Itcan be anything from a feeling, to a texture, to a memory – it doesn’t matter anything and everything that you put down is RIGHT!

Okay are you ready?

you sure?

haha just teasing here it is 🙂

Once you have all those thoughts and ideas down on your paper now you can use them to jump start your creativity – to create in your art journal or a piece of art.

Using mood boards is a great way to get out of that “creative rut” – to try on new textures or “moods”, even to experiment with new color combinations.

This mood board gives me lots of ideas and I decided to create a watercolor wreath using the color palette from it.  

I loved the berries in the top photo so incorporated those into my painting.  I also added a quote that I found, as the white roses with the book pages left me with bit of a romantic feel and the birds gave me a feeling of being free.

I would love to have you share anything you might create using this mood board.  If you have a blog then please link back to here.  If you are posting on IG or FB please tag me.

One of the greatest pleasures I get as an artist is when I inspire someone.  Thank you my friends for stopping by and choosing to share some of your time with me today!

Due to the ongoing construction at my house making it impossible to do a voice over for my video I will be sharing the video I have for this month’s free download tomorrow.  I thought I could get it done for today but it’s just not going to happen with all the noise that’s going on.

Here is a sneak peek at this months freebie that will go out in my newsletter, I will also be holding off and sending out my newsletter tomorrow as well.  So if you aren’t signed up for my newsletter you have one more day to do so and still receive this months free download.  You can do that here.   And a little sneak peek below…

 

What’s coming up on my blog in the next few weeks?…

January’s Artist who Inspires me

January Watercolor Wreath tutorial 

My Must have art supplies 

What am I currently crushing on

One last reminder – the BadAss Art journal Workshop starts February 5Th so be sure to grab your spot here .  This workshop is truly amazing!  Just check out some of the stunning artists who have contributed classes, this is one you don’t want to miss.  And the best part is that it’s self paced and you have lifetime access –  Woo Hoo – lets make some BadAss Art together my friends!! xxoo Sherry

What’s In your heart?

Hi Friends,

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s in my heart.  It’s been awhile since I did a post on what’s in your heart and I think with the New Year underway it’s time.  I have been pondering how we put so much emphasis on the New Year and not only do we feel it’s a fresh start but we feel that just because we have changed the calendar that it will actually change our lives.

Well yes in fact our lives are constantly changing – as a matter of fact your life will have changed from the time you started reading this post to the end, but that is inevitable – The Change that just naturally takes place.  But what about change that takes place because we take action???  Now that’s something to ponder.

 

What if this year instead of just hoping that the change of the calendar will make things better or more the way that we want – what if we were do put things into action that will cause change – change that we want for your life.

That’s exactly what I have been doing.  At the end of last year I thought back about the year and all of the things that I “did”.  And I did A LOT.  But is that what life is really about?  All the doing?  Is all the doing really living?  These are questions only you can answer for yourself and what you feel in your heart.

For me, all the doing was fine, but it was more of a coping mechanism that I used to channel the energy that I had from hurt and pain into something productive.  Not because I had to but because I needed to.  It was a means to and end and for the time being it worked and it got me through.  But if I’m being honest with myself I really don’t care to live that way.  I much prefer to select projects that have heartfelt meaning to me pour more of myself into them and simply do more of less.  I know I talked about this earlier on but I have been – taking action on these things.  So the first thing I decided to do for me was take an online class called Pull Pen Paint.  I saw this class advertised last year and because I already had so much “doing” going on I couldn’t spare the time to take it.  This year I vowed to make the time for myself to take some classes that Inspire me and allow me to grow as a person and an artist.  This class is based around Oracle and Tarot cards and is very intuitive.  It’s not about learning art techniques or even how to paint, draw or do art in a specific form it’s more about growing your inner self and intuition as well as using art and journaling along the way to express yourself using the Oracle and Tarot Cards.  I already have learned so much about myself and I know I will continue to learn more – and I am proud of putting my needs out there and jumping in feet first into something I needed.

Below are a couple photos of some art journal pages that I created during my working with the tarot and oracle cards in this class.

This art journal page came about when studying my shadow card which is the Tower.  You can read the quote that I have written on this page on my instagram post here

This spread is about the Star card which is my card for the year.  You can read more on this here

I have been also working on a special project that is near and dear to my heart and hope to be able to share in the next couple of weeks.  I am hoping to have it ready for release in the next week or so – I thought I would have it sooner but I continue to add little bits and tweak it.  I want it to be just right I know that you will all love it.

So now I bring the question to all of you my friends – what’s in your heart for the New Year?  What do you feel you need more of?  What do you feel you need less of?  And what actions will take to create the change you are looking for?

Thank you my friends for sharing your time with me today!  I am a bit late in getting out January’s newsletter it will be going out later this week with your free monthly download.

Don’t forget there is still time to sign up for the BadAss Art Journal Workshop we start on February 5th so be sure to check out all the details and get signed up here .

Have an amazing evening my friends !!

A little Luna Puppy love for all of you!!! xxoo – Sherry

 

StencilGirl & Inspiration Deck Blog Hop

Good Morning Friends today I have a quick tutorial for you on how I used the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck created by Kiala Givehand as a prompt to get me started in my art journal.

Starting out with just shuffling my cards and then I selected one at random

I decided to start out with 2 pages in my art journal that I really didn’t like it had kinda just been for doodling and so I never did anything with the pages. And these are the paints I used for this art journal spread

love the way it looks over the text papers!!

I needed to come up with a quote for my page.  When I created my girl I was thinking of how I can empower myself this year, thinking of how I want to be emulating that in my art.  So I came up with this quote that I thought fit perfect and I typed it & printed it out then cut it out and glued it to my page.  Added some watercolor drips under it to tie it into my page.

Thank you Kiala for allowing us to have so much fun with your Empowerment Deck!!  Now on to some giveaway fun!

 Giveaway Details

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition
 !

Just leave a comment here on my blog for a chance to win then hop on over to the blogs list below and leave a comment for more chances to win!

If you are looking for an amazing class to kick start your creativity this year.  Check out the BadAss Art Journal Workshop

This workshop is filled with technique videos to get you pumped up and creating in your art journal in 2018.  Check out the link here to see all the amazing teachers in this years workshop so many talented artist all teaching in one workshop that you will have life time access to!  Use Coupon Code:  SOBADASS to get $10 off but hurry it goes up to regular price after the 13th!

Visit these blogs for more Inspiration Deck tutorials and leave a comment for more chances to win the StencilGirl Give Away.
January 11
Mary C. Nasser

Sherry Canino (you are here)

Louise Nelson

Torrie Gass

January 10
Mary Beth Shaw

Kiala Givehand

Tina Walker

Belen Sotelo
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.

Stencils Used in this art journal spread:  Starlight Mini by Leslie Riley and Journal Text Me #4 by Pam Carriker.

Have a fabulous day my friends and thanks for hanging with me today it mean so much!!

xxoo – Sherry

New Year – New Possibilities

Happy New Year my Amazing, Beautiful and Creative Friends!

I would like to start out with saying I feel so blessed to have all of you sweet beautiful people in my life – those who follow me – leave comments – take my classes – support me – show me love and are there for me.  I can’t express the gratitude that I feel towards all of you in words the way that I wish I could.  But PLEASE know that each and everyone of you is a blessing to me and I am genuinely thankful to have you you by my side and sharing my journey and yours as we enter and go through 2018 together.  

What Lies Ahead… and New Years Resolutions

I don’t know about all of you but I’m not so much for New Years Resolutions.  I have seen those who are all about it – Pack the gym for the month of January and by February 1st are burnt out.  Or the influx in students into the yoga studio only to have all those who said they were committed never sign back up for the next months session.  Does that mean that I don’t believe in goals or those who want to try New Year Resolutions?  Of course not they just aren’t for me.  I just feel real true goals come from within.  They are ones in your heart, ones that get followed because it’s what you WANT to do not what others are doing so you follow or what someone says you should do or even what you think others say you should do.

All that being said do I set goals for the New Year?  Well not so much or at least I don’t really like to call them goals.  I like to focus my self more on Positive Intentions for the New Year.  I take some time and ask myself what do I really want to get out of 2018?  And what do I hope to give back.  Then I make a more detailed list to mull over and answer the following questions to myself about each one of them.

  1. Does it serve a purpose for me – the purpose could simply be pleasure but it still needs a purpose.
  2. Is it something that is truly in my heart that I want to do or pursue or is it something I think I should do or that I think others expect me to do?
  3. Does it have meaning – will it make a different to me or someone or the world if I choose to move forward on an idea or goal?
  4. Will it make me a better person and help me grow in some way?
  5. Is it in my best interest?  This is extremely important because sometimes we put too much emphasis on things that are in others best interests and forget that we need to put ourself first.  It’s kind of like – in an airplane they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others – well most of us know that if we pass out first or right after putting on another persons first we won’t be of help to anyone.  But we forget that it’s true in most things in life as well.

One of my intentions in 2018 is to make choices to include things in my life that have more meaning, to share in ways to help others and be a positive force in this universe.

I’m not looking to do “more” for the sake of more  – I want to do less but what I do I want to do with more meaning & positivity

I didn’t do a recap of 2017 prior to this post because I wanted to include it here.  I spent a lot of December really thinking about 2017 and all the things that happened, all the people I met, and all the things I was involved.  Over all it was a very turmoiled year for me – much of December I spent feeling “off” and “tired”.  Not really knowing what was going on and perhaps it had something to do with Mercury being in “retrograde”.  But I knew that I had to slow down.  I needed to really think about things and meditate on what I wanted for 2018.  Sometimes in order to move forward we have to look back and where we were.

I started 2017 out with a Bang and came up with “Stencil Crush Tuesday’s” for my youtube channel.  I wanted to do something unique and weekly on my channel I also wanted to practice creating videos.  Well as the spring progressed and I became a member of the StencilGirl Team and the Roben_Marie Team along with my mom getting ill, it soon became almost impossible to keep up with it so I let it go.  I was disappointed in myself in feeling like I didn’t complete it for a whole year but by June I was on 3 creative teams and my time was thin as well as some personal things that transpired with my family that I just couldn’t do it all anymore.

It was an honor to be a part of all these teams don’t get me wrong.  But looking back now I realized that I was in some senses trying to “keep busy” to avoid all the feelings I was having.  September rolled around and I lost my heart and soul pug.  I had already had so much heartache this year I just couldn’t understand why she had to leave me.  I wanted to give up on everything at that point.  I felt so broken it was unreal.

Coming fast was the StencilGirl and Friends Retreat in Kentucky at the end September which brought it all to a head for me.  It forced me to slow down and actually take time to art journal for me – I was surrounded by friends and love and tears when we started our first class.  Things just hit me like a damn hammer in the head and emotions all came flowing.  But shortly after I returned it was like most retreats when you are all there you are going to keep in touch and when you get back well I did have a couple who we call each other and chat.  But it was then that I realized that I miss the in-person “teaching”.

It was then that I realized that was going to be one of the things I would focus on in 2018 – creating personal – touching – in person retreats that are heartfelt and have meaning.  I was craving the “girl time” and the real true heartfelt connections that should be had with art.

 A huge focus for me this year is teaching in person workshops and retreats

I am thankful for all the amazing creative teams I have been on and am on – they have given me so much experience and the wonderful people I’ve met through being on them has been priceless.  My term for Roben Marie ended in December and Tiare Smith has decided to not continue the team as she it focusing in a different direction – although we do have plans to continue to work collaboratively together which I’m excited about!!  And of course I have the StencilGirl team which I am still proudly a part of.

  I am looking at the changes as positive.  Closing doors that no longer serve a purpose and opening new doors to new opportunities and exciting paths.

I feel so good about 2018 and excited about the possibilities and new endeavors that it holds for me and my art – I feel like being that fire work I posted above and I want to shoot into the night sky with an open heart and mind to what the universe has in store for me!  And I wish the same for all of you!  Lets shoot into the night sky together a bunch of beautiful blazing stars Shining Bright!

My Word of the Year = LOVE 

you can read all about it here in this post I did at the end of 2017 for StencilGirl

I have a beautiful new project I’ve been working on that will be ready I hope by the end of the week to launch and share with all of you.  But for now I will share a little sneak peek.

Don’t forget that you can still sign up for the BadAss Art Journal Class and get a $10 discount using the code : SOBADASS time is running out to save with this code so be sure to sign up today right here.  I want to share this class with all you BadAss Creatives out there.  So let’s get our Paint and Journals out and Share some creative time together.  Sign up today right here.  A list of products used in my project will be going out before the end of the month in my newsletter.  Below catch a sneak peek of the project you will be creating with me in this class.

Friends thank you for sharing some of your time with me today!!  I cherish all of you!!  Enjoy your First day of the New Year!!

This is what you get when you keep a puppy up till Midnight lol – Happy New Year My friends xxoo – Sherry