Encouraging, Cheering, Supporting

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share a story with all of you, something that many of you probably don’t know about me.

When I was in high school and collage I ran cross country and track.  I was a fairly decent runner, I wasn’t “the” top runner but I was pretty good and in the top “pack”.  I loved the feeling of running and races I just loved!  I loved cross county the most, running through the woods and through the mud oh gosh that was so much fun to me haha.  I always prayed it would rain before our meets because I just loved getting splattered with mud!  Our home course was the best because there was this small hill by the “wall” in the woods and at the bottom was a mud pit – when it rained it would fill up sometimes almost up to our knees with mud.  Everyone loved to sit on the wall and watch the runners come through the pit.  When my race was not going on many of us went out on the trails to cheer our other teammates on.  I wish I could find the newspaper article (it’s somewhere in a box in my basement) but I actually made the local newspaper with a photo and article of me cheering my teammates on.  I was without a doubt the loudest of the bunch when it came to cheering.  I would come home with a hoarse voice for screaming so loudly – lol.

My favorite part of running track was relays.  At any given meet my coach would put me in 2-3 relay races as either the first or last runner and I just loved it.  The part I loved about it was that even though I was already part of a team, in a relay race there were 4 runners (for those who might not know) and you all had to work together to win the race, you were no longer on your own.  The feeling when you all work together and win a relay race is such an incredible feeling.  You all had to do your part to get the win.

Being a team player, cheering others on, its’ kinda my thing.  When someone wins, I’m happy for them.  When an artist hits a new milestone I’m elated for them and I do my cheering a little differently by sharing.

Today I am proud to cheer on, share and YELL from the roof top for my friend Jenni Zmuda.  She just released her first sets of stamps and they are so amazing!!  You can find them here.  She also has some amazing blog posts and videos she has shared, creating with her new stamps and you can check out the fabulous inspiration here.

I was honored to receive a set of these gorgeous stamps.  

Here are a couple art journal pages I’ve created with them.

Supporting others artists is special to me because as artists I feel we are all on the same “team” and when an artist puts themselves out there it can be scary and these products are bits and pieces of our souls put into the universe hoping to be received in a positive way.  Kudos to Jenni for being brave and releasing her stamps to all of us💕

Congratulations Jenni on your milestone as an artist.  If you want to check out her stamps click here

Thanks so much my friends for sharing your time with me, I cherish you all!!  Have an amazing weekend!

xxoo – Sherry

 

StencilGirl & Lindy’s bloghop

Good Morning friends:

Do you find it hard at times to stay creative when you just don’t have the time to really dedicate to making a “full” piece of art or art journal page?  Yeah me too.  Believe it or not, I do not always have hours to just sit and create in my studio even though I would love to.  So I have to find “creative” ways to stay creative.  I know that if I allow myself to just go days on end without touching art it leads to a creative block.

So today I’m going to show you a simple way to stay creative and keep those juices flowing.

One of the most enjoyable things to create (at least for me) are fun colorful backgrounds. I have found that when you are really pressed for time and you don’t want to pull all your paints out – wash brushes clean up pallets etc that Lindy’s Sprays are amazing to use and create luscious colorful backgrounds quickly.  Their colors add a lot of depth and dimension to your page as well as interesting visual texture and of course let’s not forget the shimmer.

In a matter of minutes you can create a bunch of gorgeous backgrounds for tags, art journal pages and more, that will be all ready to go.  Once you have a bunch of these in your stash you can take a few minutes here or there to add collage, stamps, journaling, stencils and more.

To take a peek into my process and see how I created this inspirational art card, click on the video below to enjoy some Lindy’s and StencilGirl inspiration today.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog to be entered into the giveaway.  To do this click on the Title of my post – let the page reload and you should then see the comments section below.  Good Luck!  Giveaway details are below.

If your heart and soul are craving more than what most online art groups are all about – check out my post here I would love to invite you to  join my group the Empowered Creative Woman –

click here to join now. 

 

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to Lindy’s Gang
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.

Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt
Louise Nelson
Sherry Canino  – You are here
Kerry Fellowes
Yulianna Efremova
Kasia Bogatko-Skoczypiec
Olga Bielska
Olga Ravenskaya

Click here to see the list of blog hop participates from Days April 18 & 19
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Lindy’s Gang’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 25.

What’s in my heart…

Today my heart is heavy…

as it is the anniversary of my dad’s death.  2 yrs ago today he passed, in one sense I can’t believe it’s been 2 years and in some aspects it seems like it’s been a lot longer.

I was on the fence on whether or not I would do a post on this.  I have been struggling this week, well if I’m being honest I’ve been struggling for about a month now – since mid-March.  That was when it all started – he got sick we found out he didn’t have long to live and 5 weeks and 2 days later he was gone.  But it didn’t happen quite that simple.  There was sooooo much turmoil.  My mom has dementia and so trying to handle her, and help take care of my dad was mind blowing exhausting.

At the time I just did it, I didn’t think, I immediately jumped back into my role of caretaker and just did what needed to be done.  My mom mostly wanted me (I have been the one she has leaned on a lot when was growing up and a young adult) so whenever one of my brothers couldn’t handle her I got a call to take over.  My sisters were all at a distance and did not partake in the care taking, they came to visit and left.  Not that it mattered because again my mom wanted me and you can’t reason with someone who has dementia no matter how hard you try.  Not her fault her whole world was being turned upside down.

The last night was the worst. My dad was really bad couldn’t walk or get out of bed, was constantly choking and throwing up fluid and my mom was just off the wall because with dementia you need routine and well she was not getting it.  It was not her fault but it was a nightmare.  My one brother was staying over night with me that night.  I don’t even know what time it got to because 1 hour seemed like it lasted the whole night.  It was constant go upstairs because my mom wanted to go to bed, run down stairs bc my dad is choking – ugh.  The details are unimportant at this point it just seemed like time drug on and on.  I will say that my brother who was with me – one that the family does not look highly upon for stupid judgmental reasons was a ROCK that night.  He helped me with my dad and handled my mom like a pro, so much love and compassion and tenderness.  I thank God he was there with me!

You know how when 2 people share an unbelievable traumatic experience it bonds you – like forever because you were both there, you lived it together – well that’s us!

The ironic thing about my dads death is that even though we were never close it’s hard, it’s sad, it’s all those feelings all over again from 2 years ago.  As I write this I am not looking for sympathy I am just sharing my story, and that if you have a loved one who’s “death” anniversary comes up and you are all kinds of emotions and sadness – I get you!  Mostly I would like to share a few pics of my dad with all of you and to have them on here as a memory. Although he was not the greatest dad, I loved him, he was my dad.

This was an old painting done of my dad when he was in the Air Force.

Me with my parents at my brother’s house probably about 6 years ago.

This is almost my whole family one sister is missing in this photo 

I thought you would all enjoy this throw back to when Elias was just 5 months old – I was 20 Yes I had long hair and a bit of an 80s style haha – don’t judge

This is a photo of my parents at my first wedding – yes they are a little bit country for sure! 🙂

This song reminds me of my parents so much, I wanted to share it with all of you.  They were married for 60 years.  I would not say it was 60 years of bliss but I know that in their own ways they loved each other.  They both came to their partnership with their own baggage and sometimes people never learn to unload it and get over it.

and a photo of my mom and I the week after my dad passed.  This is the last photo I have at their home – the home I grew up in.  Yes she is drinking Starbucks with a ton of sugar haha – it became my ritual in the morning after my dad passed ….stop and grab us both coffee at Starbucks before I headed to her house.

A life time of memories with my dad ended for me at the age of 43 – seems too young to lose a parent, but when you are the youngest of a large family you get the least amount of time with your parents.

Thank you dear friends for once again allowing me to share my life with you, and for taking your precious time to spend with me.   xxoo- Sherry

Embrace your own handwriting +Video+Freebie

Hello beautiful friends,

I hope you all have had an amazing week.  I have had a bit of a crazy one to be honest.  I have been up to my eyeballs in paperwork – putting together everything for our taxes (so so much fun haha) . I am happy to say I am DONE! Wooo Hooo!!

I also had a beautiful meeting with my spiritual mentor yesterday – Im not going to lie it was hard and emotional but all in all it was amazing.  You know how you feel when you talk to that one person who “gets” yes that is one huge thing that my mentor does for me. She is also always so full of positive inspiring talk for me, about me that it makes all this “hard stuff” seem even more worth it.  Right now I’m still processing all that went on and things that happened so hopefully when I have more of a “clear” vision and way to explain things I will be back to share some of what came up for me in this meeting.  I will share with you this – I found out what Bunny was trying to tell me and will share with you all later 🙂

Embracing your own handwriting

But that’s not why I”m here today, today I’m here to share a video that shows you how to enhance your art journals with your own handwriting.  If you are like me for a long time I seriously did not want people to see my handwriting, but I just loved to look of it in others work and that inspired me to keep pushing myself to make things that had my writing on them. Here are some examples of me using my own handwriting in my art.

Believe it or not I used to have really beautiful handwriting – I mean I learned old school cursive and I used to love it.  But as time went on and we got computers to do so much of our writing, my writing has turned into a bit of a hodgepodge style haha.  Some cursive and some print.   So I am learning to embrace my style and let go of the need for perfection – I mean after all it’s an art journal right?!

In This video I share with you how I add my own writing to the background and then create over it.  I love this style and plan to do some more with this idea.

Weekly Recap

If you missed last weeks video on how to Enhance your art journals you can view it here

This week I shared with all of you my new and exciting Endeavor that’s on the horizon… you can read about it here

If your heart and soul are craving more out of a social media or facebook group – please check out my group The Empowered Creative Woman .  We have been engaging in Healing Circles, sharing soul cards, we have a weekly creative Prompt / Inspiration – to keep those creative juices flowing.  We do oracle draws a few times a week.  It is a beautiful group of uplifting women and if this sounds like something your heart is craving I encourage you to join us – we would love to have you join our tribe!!

Here is a peek at one of this week’s oracle draws that happened in

the Empowered Creative Woman Group – this deck is called the Moon Deck

Last month for those who are signed up for my email list I offered a free Mini downloadable Art Journal Kit.  I am offering one of the pages here for you free for those that missed it as a thank you for all your beautiful love and support to me on my blog it really means a lot to me💕.  The full kit will be available in my Etsy shop starting next week if you are interested in getting the whole kit.  You will be able to purchase just the pages you want.

 

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter because that is where you get to snag all the freebies, discounts and goodies that come out each month.  Sign up here 

Wishing you all a wonderful and peaceful weekend!

xxoo – Sherry

New Endeavors on the Horizon

Hi Beautiful Friends,

The past week has been a whirlwind of ups and downs for me.  The meditation / vision and enlightenment that happened earlier in the week was very powerful and full of intense feelings/emotions and healing.  But I didn’t truly get in enough self care for myself after that and so it left me feeling drained and a bit off and irritable as the week went on.  As we still have remodeling construction going on in our house it’s so very hard for me to get that “quite” time that I really need to just decompress.

Friday I had the house to myself to in the  morning I took some time to just “be”.  I drank my tea, sat on the couch with Luna snuggled in next to me and the pugs in their “spots” by me.  I lit a candle, dabbed on some of my favorite essential oils (of course Luna has to have some too because she loves the oils lol), put on some soft “Healing Harp” music, flicked on a little mood – lighting ( little lights I have next to the couch).  I allowed myself to just shut my eyes, breathe, let my thoughts wander, relax and enjoy the quite, the peacefulness of the morning.  I sipped my tea and watched the squirrels outside my window running about the trees.  The rain was just coming down every so gently and what should have been a gloomy rainy day was a day of peace and tranquility for me.  It was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate from the week.

We always talk about “doing the work” to heal, the process you go through, the steps that one needs to take, but we all but forget to talk about the self care that is so very much needed when doing this work.  We forget that just like when engaging in physical work we need to rest – with emotional work we need to rest and be gentle with ourselves as well.

I have learned for myself that if I do not get the time to do this self care and for me a lot of it really is just about having quiet time – peaceful time – time to reflect and just be, then I get very anxious, overwhelmed feeling, and a bit stressed out.

Once I was feeling more like myself I sat down at my table and decided to draw an oracle card from a new deck that I have been totally crushing on,  it’s called Earth Warriors Oracle by Alana Fairchild.

Rarely when I use my oracle cards or tarot cards to I ask a specific question, I almost always ask what message do you have for me today?  As I’m shuffling my deck, I think in my head:  allow me to draw a card that I need today, be the guidance and show me what I need to work on or whatever message that I might need to know.

So this was the card I draw:  Anka – Kin of the Red Hawk Tribe

Instantly upon seeing this card I thought WOW this is a powerful card.  The colors, the imagery, that hawk staring right at you.  I have not worked with this deck enough to know what the message was, and intuitively I just knew it was a powerful message but was not sure what it was going to entail.  So I went to the guide book to read the message this card had for me.

It totally blew me away as it was right inline with the things I have been putting into motion these past couple of days.  I have been going over in my head a vision I have had for probably over a year now.  Asking the Universe to help me bring it to fruition.

My Vision…

I have been envisioning leading a gathering of women – coming together for more than just art – but for the community, for the support, for the healing that a gathering can provide.  So one of the steps that I recently took to move forward with this vision is signing up for a certification class called the “Art of Circle” this will guide me on how to hold Soul Women Circle Groups here locally.

And so a new endeavor is born…

I am planning to hold my first “Circle” sometime in May.  My Circle Gatherings will encompass art and rituals that you will then be able to use again on your own, there will art journaling, connecting with ourselves and each other.  We will support and uplift each other, we will learn how to connect again to our true-selves and use the 4 elements Earth, Wind, Water and Fire to heal and strengthen us on our journeys.  When our circle is complete you leave feeling full of life, love and support.  You will feel grounded and whole.  If this sounds like something your soul has been craving then fill out the form below to be notified when I launch my first Circle Event.

These gatherings will be small, intimate and open to a  limited number of participants.  To have exclusive access to join fill out the form above and you will be notified before my event goes live on my blog and social media.

And so I created a soul card for my new Endeavor – She is holding a sword and above her   the question Fear or Courage – as she looks below her with sword in hand the words purple power are there.  This week in the Empowered Creative Woman group   our Weekly Challenge was to create a piece of art using the color that you see yourself as.  I see myself as the color of a purplish – indigo and so created this card using those colors to express my new endeavor and these colors.  What I am undertaking is powerful – important – challenging and yet I feel so strongly that this is not only what I need but what the world needs right now, that I am choosing to use my “purple power” to move forward with courage.  I choose courage and I encourage you all to choose courage as well,  if you feel drawn to step out of your comfort zone, to connect and learn to live a more full life, come with me in this circle journey and embrace your life’s journey with me.

Here you can see what I glued on the back of my soul card

I would love to hear what you all feel is “your color” leave me a comment below and tell me.  Have an amazing day my friends!

xxoo – Sherry