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

 

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

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

Out of the box holiday gift ideas

Hi Friends,

We are just a few short days away from Thanksgiving and then the mad rush of the Holiday season really starts with gift buying madness as I call it :).  With this in mind I thought that I would share some “out of the box” gift giving ideas and also some ideas of giving back.

When I was young one of my most favorite things to do at Holiday time with my mom was to select names off the “Giving Tree” either at our church or at the mall (the Salvation Army here puts names on trees in our mall of people and kids of all ages who are in need).  My mom would always let me select about 4, we would go shopping and by things like gloves, hats, scarves etc.  We would take them home, wrap them up and bring them back the next week.  I have continued that tradition and I still find so much joy in doing it, knowing I’m providing someone who otherwise might not have a gift.

But, What if you want to give back but don’t have extra money to spend?  Being a single mom for many years and working 3 jobs to stay afloat  – that was totally my situation most Christmases.  I did not always have extra money to purchase gifts.  So I had to find creative ways to give back.  For those of you who feel like they want to do something but don’t have the extra funds here are some of my….

“creative – out of the box” ideas I’ve come up with:

  1.  Volunteer some time at a soup kitchen – there are so many places that would love to have someone stop in and help cook a meal or bake some cookies – don’t just think of Rescue Missions or Salvation Army – There is the Ronald McDonald house, we have one of those that is for adults called the Sarah House, there are hospice homes, disabled veteran homes – elderly shut-ins – do a search you will be surprised at what you will find locally in your area
  2. Volunteer some time at an animal rescue or humane association
  3. Have old towels and washcloths?  Animal rescues are always looking for these things.
  4. Have used but still good coats – boots and outerwear? – Donate them to a church or school – there are so many out there that would love something that you or your kids don’t fit anymore 
  5. Volunteer some time at your church… if they have a day care during service or youth group or after school group that might need some extra help
  6. Love to bake cookies or breads ?  How about dropping some off at a Hospital or hospice home especially for the over night shifts – even nursing homes.
  7. Knit or crochet?  How about a blanket or 2 for a nursing home resident
  8. Have holiday music on a CD or MP3 player?  Copy some on to some CDs (they are so cheap now a days) and drop off at nursing homes – respite houses – disabled homes VA hospitals etc
  9. How about a box of instant hot cocoa and a bag of marshmallows to a low income after school program or day care

For out of the box – low cost ideas for loved ones and friends:

  1.  Offer a friend with kids a free night of kid sitting so they can have the night off
  2. Offer to walk or sit a friends pet – especially during holiday time it’s hard sometimes to get things done like shopping if you have to keep stopping home to let a pet out
  3. Help a loved one who doesn’t write well do the addresses on their holiday cards – I used to print up for my mom – mailing addresses of our family so that when she would send cards for any occasion she wouldn’t have to write these out as she has bad arthritis in her hands.
  4. Offer to help a friend or loved one wrap their holiday gifts
  5. If you can foods and have extra – put together a little “gift box” of some of your delicious canned goods – I know for myself I love things made by hand and with love!
  6. Again if you knit or crochet – think about scarves, coffee cozies, gloves, hats, socks or a lap blanket for a loved one or friend. 
  7. Have a friend or loved one who reads?  How about hitting a used book store or thrift store and picking up a few new reads – wrap them with a few new tea bags for a special night of reading and tea  
  8. Have a friend who loves coffee?  Look for a pretty mug (places like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, even the thrift store sell some beautiful inexpensive mugs) – grab a couple sample bags of some flavored coffees and wrap them all up with a couple candy canes for stir sticks. 
  9. How about a little handmade journal this could even be for a young girl.
  10. Put together a little art set – put together according to age but you can find fairly inexpensive mini paint sets or small watercolor paint sets at Michaels – even check out your local dollar store you’d be surprised what you can find in there.  Pick up a pretty journal – or make one add to it a couple pretty pens again you can find gel pens for fairly inexpensive – you don’t have to buy a huge set just a couple.  Wrap it up with a few pieces of pretty ribbon you have in your stash kids & adults love little kits of pretty creative things!

I hope that this helps some of you out there looking for some unique ideas for giving or giving back.  There are really so many creative ideas and you may have some of your own that would be unique to your loved one, these are more of a “General one size fits all ideas” just to help you get those creative juices flowing with ideas!!

I hope to have time to share a few gift giving ideas that are handmade with all of you in the next few weeks for those of you who would like to give something handmade.

If you missed my video posted on Saturday you can watch it by clicking here I show you how to create your own tag kit for holiday time – this could also be made and given to a friend or loved one or change the colors – paper etc to something neutral and not holiday and give as a gift to be used for any occasion throughout the year.

This year for the Holidays I am committing to not buying more crafty stuff but I am going to use what I have and make some pretty handmade gifts and kits (because lets face it most of us have a lot of “stuff” we can use).  It feels so good to use things I bought and loved but have been holding on to for the “right time to use it”. Well NOW is the right time.

Who else is in?  All you have to do is use something you already have in your stash instead of buying something new.  Share that you are using your holiday stash and tag me on social media – if you share on your blog please link back here so I can see what you are making and creating!  Get creative and use up some of the delicious holiday stash you have collected!

I will have a new Holiday tutorial on Friday, 11/24 on my Youtube channel.  Many times my tutorials get posted there before I can share them on my blog so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of my free tutorials.  You can do that here .

I leave you all with a little pug and frenchie love on this chilly day here 🙂

Have an amazing Monday my friends!!

xxoo – Sherry

Iced Mochas, Pugs & Art Journaling

Good Morning beautiful souls,

What a gorgeous morning we have today!  Lots of sunshine even though the air is a bit crisp for me.  I’m a summer girl and I love it HOT!  Yup the kinda hot that makes you feel like you can’t breath (lol).  I never said I wasn’t crazy haha!

I hope all of you had a nice weekend.  I allowed myself some much needed down time and spent some time outside in the sun with my husband and our 3 pugs.  Things have been moving just way too fast for me lately that I felt I really needed a pause.  It seems like in the creative world it goes in waves during those busy times I can easily spend entire days and evenings in my art studio without even realizing it.  This can be the downside of working at home.  So I try to stay present and in the moment and remember to take a break and to enjoy life and all the things around me.  So this weekend that’s just what I did.

We enjoy having our morning coffee on our back deck and I have to say that the pugs love it too.  As you can see here they are spoiled with blankets and beds and are quite comfortable as you can see 🙂

I mentioned last week how much I love to go to our local Farmer’s Market.  And one of my great loves is cooking.  As much as cooking is work it clears my mind, relaxes me and just makes me feel good!  I especially love to make things from scratch and this weekend after purchasing some juicy peaches from the Market, I made this peach pie from scratch.

While making this pie it brought back a bittersweet memory of past years when I would bake peach pies with peaches I bought from the Market.  I would always bake 2, one for us and one for my parents.  I would stop over unannounced to my mom and dad’s house and bring the fresh pie and sometimes a small thing of vanilla ice-cream.  Every time my dad would say “a peach pie, I haven’t had one of those in years”, so happy to have the fresh baked pie (my mom had dementia and wasn’t cooking anymore at this point).  Even though I had just made one for them the year before lol, I think it was his way of keeping me coming back each year with one :).  It’s been just a little over a year since I lost my dad and those memories creep up quite often into my mind, and I know he’s smiling down wishing he had could have a piece of that peach pie.

What Seems to us as bitter trials are often Blessings in disguise – Oscar Wilde

Because I do love to cook I tend to come up with my own little recipes for special things that I make for my husband and myself.  One of my favorites is my homemade Iced Mochas.  Being a huge coffee lover I came up with my version to make at home.  I will share my simple recipe with you as you might love coffee as much as I do and therefore would need this recipe. 🙂

This recipe makes a serving for 2 or 2 -16 ounce drinks (so could be for 4 if you split into 8 ounce cups each)

  •  2 Starbucks Via Instant coffee packets in the dark Italian roast (you can use another brand or different roast – this is what I drink at home so I have it on hand
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder -I get mine from the Farmers Market
  • 5 teaspoons German Rock Sugar – I get mine at Teavana you can use what you have on hand
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Then you want to boil some water in a pot or tea kettle – I usually add about 1-1/2 cups of boiling water to the above ingredients.  Stir and be sure that the sugar is all dissolved before moving on to the next step.

I use 2 glasses that hold 16 ounces of liquid each and to them I add ice and about 1/2 cup liquid non dairy creamer (I use Cremora) you could use milk or almond or rice milk.

Now add half of your hot mix to each of the cups – stir and enjoy!

These are delicious treat on a warm summer day and I have to say that my husband loves them!! 🙂

Saturday evening it started to rain and was a bit cool outside so I settled in my studio with my art journal and my music playing to do a little creating.  As the music played a song came on that caused me to stop what I was doing and just listen.  Not because it was a new song or something I didn’t know but because it had been a song that I have listened to many times this year and thought on so many occasions that this is my Mantra this year.  The song is called Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson and I will share a link to the song here.  The words just speak to me on so many levels and so when I finished working on the girl in my art journal I decided to add some of the lyrics to my page from this song.

The song talks about her finally loving herself for who she is (addicted to the love I found).  She goes on to talk about how she won’t live her life how others expect her to but that she will do things her own way …. there is probably more meaning to it than that but that’s my condensed version.  It is just such a powerful and empowering song to me!

which brings me to remind all of you that we still have the Empowered Creative Woman free online class going on.  My 2 classes have already been posted and you can find them starting here on my blog.

Leslie Ackman’s class for last week has already posted and you can find that here.  This is also where you will find this weeks class that will be posted on Thursday 8/10/17.

Before I go I have something that I came across awhile back and wanted to share with all of you.  This video speaks for itself, it’s only like 2 minutes long so I ask all of you to just watch it.  If you are a creative like me it will speak to you I promise it’s worth the watch!!

 

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me this week, may you have a fabulous week full of peace and happiness!! xxoo – Sherry

The Empowered Creative Woman Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Hi Friends, I’m Sherry Canino and I will be your Artist Guide for this week’s class.  If you were with us last week welcome back, if you are new to the class welcome I’m so happy to have you here!!

I want to send out a HUGE Thank you to all of you who joined us for week one and for all of those who have shared their art, commented and left uplifting feedback for others as well as myself in the group.  You all fill my heart up with so much love, it’s overwhelming and I can’t thank you all enough!  I adore each and everyone of you and appreciate that you share your time with me!!

Here are a list of this weeks prompts:

  • Peaceful

  • Free or Be Free

  • Using your voice

  • Emotional Freedom

  • Freedom

  • Being heard

  • Letting go

The prompts are only to give you some guided inspiration in your journey and for your creative process.  Feel free to incorporate one, several, all or none into your art.  The choice is yours again there is no right or wrong – only what feels right and good to you.

This week I chose to use some butterflies in my art journal page, although to many they represent change, to me they have always represented being free and this can mean being free in any sense that you want for me its kinda like freedom from emotional baggage or emotional overload.  This to me is key into being able to find my voice, being able to be heard and being free to just be ME!

So without further ado here are this weeks videos.  The first one is just a short intro and because I wanted to pop in and say hi to all of you lovelies!! 🙂

Intro Video

Creative Video 1

Creative Video 2

Here is a list of products used in this weeks video:

Jane Davenport watercolors, white gesso, matte acrylic paints (Folk Arts and Blick Arts), heavy gel matte medium, charcoal pencils – black and white, black gel pen, black Identi pen, Wendy Vecchi script stamp, Carabelle Studio life is good stamp, brown archival stamp pad, ephemera

Again thank you so much for sharing your time with me and all of us this week.  I will see you all over in the Facebook group.  If you want to share your projects online feel free to do so tag me if you’d like, and be sure to use the hashtag:  #theempoweredcreativewoman

Be Free and Empowered Beautiful Friends

xxoo – Sherry

Morning Vlog & New Collage sheets

Good Morning beautiful friends!!

Today in lieu of a full written blog I have chose to create a little Vlog and have my morning coffee with all of you 🙂

A HUGE thank you to all of you who have joined the Empowered Creative Woman workshop!  Your participation and love has been overwhelming and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your time with me!!  There is still time to join, for all the details see this post here

To join our private Facebook group for the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop click here .

On my Instagram today is a time-lapse video of this tag. You can take a peek here

I have created some new collage sheets (photos below) that are now available in my shop. These are instant downloads and you get to print them as many times as you like.  They contain my hand drawn images and hand painted items as well as some of my quotes.  They make amazing art journal background pages, collage pieces or cut up and just us bits and pieces in your art, on your ATC’s, tags or art journal pages.

click here to purchase 

In my Vlog I mentioned By Bun you can check her out here  here

Don’t forget to sign up for Leslie’s blog so you don’t miss out on the classes for the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop, her class will be available this Thursday by noon EST.

Tomorrow I have a team post with a video tutorial on the StencilGirl Blog for the StencilGirl Creative Team so be sure to check that out here sneak peek below:

Okay friends I must get back to work but a huge thanks for stopping my and sharing your time with me sweet friends, have a fabulous day !!

QUICK UPDATE I have updated my site to be able to included more goodies for all of you:  Sign up for my email list and news letter this takes the place of the blog sign up previously just click here  

xxoo – Sherry

The Empowered Creative Woman Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Hello!! I’m Sherry Canino and I will be your Artist Guide for this weeks class.  I’d like to start off by saying thank you to each and everyone of you for being here and sharing your time with me.  I for one know that there are tons of online classes and workshops out there, and having all of you beautiful souls participate in mine is a pure blessing!  So THANK YOU!!❤️

I have an introduction video below that is labeled Video 1 – this is where you should start as it lays the foundation for what we are doing in the creative videos that follow.

As you embark on this creative journey with Leslie and I please remember that there is no right or wrong way for you to create your journal pages or art.  There is no better than someone else or not as good as someone else, there is simply a FABULOUS group of ladies all on different paths and at different stages of our journey.  Please if you haven’t joined the Facebook group do so here is the link, here you can feel comfortable and safe to share your photos and connect with myself and others during this workshop.

Here is a list of this week prompts:

  • Empowerment

  • Individuality 

  • Fierce

  • Strength

  • Serene

  • Peaceful

  • Safe

  • Tranquil 

  • Spirit

The prompts are only to give you some guided inspiration in your journey and for your creative process.  Feel free to incorporate one, several, all or none into your art.  The choice is yours again there is no right or wrong – only what feels right and good to you.

Video 1 – Introduction

You do not have to immediately jump into the creative videos if you don’t want.  You can take some time prepare your space, get in a comfortable setting, pull out your supplies and do the creative videos as time allows and as you feel drawn to do so.  Remember this is not a race this is a workshop to be done at your own pace when it feels good to you.❤️

Here are your creative videos for this week I hope you enjoy them!!❤️❤️

Creative Video #1

Creative Video #2

 

Creative Video #3

 

Here are My Final pages – the next day I went back in and added some leaves to the flower in here hair – this to me added what I was looking for to kind of ground it to my page.  I also added little bit here and there with a script stamp that I have by Pam Carriker using a brown Archival Ink stamp pad.  I also wrote some positive affirmations in her hair that I need for myself on this creative journey.

Here is a list of items I used in my art journal this week:

Jane Davenport Watercolors, charcoal pencil, dip pen and ink, ephemera, water color crayons, matte acrylic paints, script stamp, white gesso

Again thank you so much for sharing your time with me and all of us this week.  I will see you all over in the Facebook group.  If you want to share your projects online feel free to do so tag me if you’d like, and be sure to use the hash tag #theempoweredcreativewoman

Be Fierce and Empowered my dear friends!!

Sherry xxoo

 

 

Facebook group is open

Good Morning friends,

The Facebook group is now open for those wishing to participate in the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop.  Please be sure to read the first post which tomorrow will be pinned to the top.  Here is the link for you to join:  Empowered Creative Woman Facebook Group

Tomorrow by noon EST I will be posting the first Workshop class – there will be 2 videos an introduction one and then the creating one.  They will all be found on my blog here, so be sure to subscribe via email you don’t miss the posts.

I don’t want to reveal too much but here is a sneak peek at some of the goodies that I used on my art journal spread in tomorrows class.

Alright sweet friends I will see you all tomorrow.  Have a super fabulous day!❤️

Sherry – xxoo