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

My Journey Continues + New Video

Hi Friends,

So I had a really deep / strong awakening the other day.  It was so enlightening and so beautiful that I really wanted to share it here with all of you.

If you are not interested in reading about my journey you can scroll to the bottom where I have a fun creative video tutorial for all of you. 🙂

I am currently taking a class that helps you find and connect with your Animal Spirit Guides, in addition to working with my Spiritual mentor I have come to know that Swan, as I mentioned before is one of my Power Animals as well as Bunny.

Up until a couple days ago when I was working with my oracle cards I still didn’t know why either of my Spirit Animals were with me, what messages they might have for me or guidance they might give.

So when I was using my oracle cards and had a realization that the Swan was here to help me mourn my loss of innocence as a child and my loss of my childhood.  Growing up how I did, created a situation where I really lost my innocence very young. Below is the deck and the Swan Card from the Deck that I was using.  Until this moment I had not really a great connection with this deck, I loved the imagery but never really connected to the meaning written on the cards.

After my latest class in my Spirit Animal Journey I realized that Swan is here to protect me.   I went into to the meditation and actually was asking Bunny what message he had for me. It started out with visions of sitting on the grass when I was a child, it was sunny and the grass was soft and warm.  There were daisies all around and I worn a crown of daisies (not sure where that came from as I never have worn any flower crown), but I did used to pick daisies in the field by our house, they grew wild there and there are lots of them.  

Swan came up behind me and wrapped her wings around me as if in a hug from behind.  It was then with my eyes closed in meditation that the tears started to flow.  As I laid down on the grass Swan sat beside me and spoke to me. She said “I’ve always been here you just didn’t know it. I have been here protecting you since you were young. You have a special journey in this life to help others and I am here to be with you to protect you and so you are never alone”.  At this point tears were just pouring down my face. – now at this point even though all this is happening I’m still thinking “Bunny what is the message you have for me”

Swan continued to comfort me and even though I didn’t want to leave that spot we got up and went into the woods I sat on a log of a tree. Bunny showed up, he let me pet him.  I continued to ask the bunny what his message was for me. I did not get an answer, he just sat there looking at me.

The swan gave me a hug and then offered me a small branch,  she said you are someone who needs something physical to remind you I’m here when you need me. Take this, put it in your medicine pouch so you remember to call on me when you are in need. She hugged me good by and I begged her not to go.  

I allowed myself to cry healing tears when the journey was finished.  As I went about my day I hadn’t really thought much more about my experience as it’s been a hectic day.  As I was outside taking Luna to the bathroom I looked down and, right in my front yard was the branch that the Swan had given to me.  It doesn’t look like much but in my vision it was just like this with that little knot and most of the bark taken off it.

I never got the message I was looking for from Bunny but I suspect that Swan believed I’d had enough for one journey. 

I know to some this story may seem a bit far fetched but I kid you not this is just how it happened.  I took a few minutes to write it down after it happened so that I would remember the details.  I truly believe that if you open yourself up to the healing your heart and soul needs that it will come to you, even if it’s not exactly how you expect it.  I feel strongly on documenting my journey here and I cherish each and everyone of you who has decided to come along for the ride.  Having so many of you in my corner really feels amazing and I appreciate each and everyone of you!!!

Now for some creative fun

This video comes from a place in my heart that I feel strongly about.  So very many people do not want to write or draw in their art journals – lest they “ruin” them.  I’m here to tell you that you most certainly should be writing and drawing in your art journals.  Art journals are personal they are a piece of our own journey sometimes the journey is just in art and that’s ok but you should put your signature on it.  Write a quote, add some marks, create some doodles, you get the idea.  I am here to share with you a couple very simple line drawings that you can add to your art journals to give them that personal touch.

I hope you enjoy todays tutorial and if you did be sure to leave me a comment, subscribe to my channel and if you give this a try tag me on social media so I can see your beautiful artwork. 🙂

Look for another fun video next week on how to enhance your art journals.

Thanks for sharing your time with me today my friends!  Have an amazing evening!

xxoo – Sherry

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

 

 

Art Journaling Video & Meet Luna

Hi Friends,

I know as the holidays get closer and there are more things that need to be done it becomes more difficult to find time to be creative.  

I for one am the first to forget to take pics at an event or outing because I am just enjoying myself and living in the moment.  I also think that it’s important sometimes to do just that – enjoy the moment and not worry about documenting it.  But if you are feeling that you want take a few minutes to document your gratitude or write down a memory then the video I have created below will give you inspiration to do just that.  It didn’t take me hours to create these pages, I added a lot of writing as I have been finding that writing things I’m grateful for is so much more powerful than just thinking them.  For a little color and pizazz I have thrown in a little watercolor and of course some glitter.

In keeping with the theme for this month which is Gratitude –

In this video I share with you my process of documenting everyday things in which I am thankful.  I also include some of the bigger things in my life which I am grateful for – such as my husband and son.  I am using some of the tags from the free monthly download that went out in my November newsletter.  (This month’s download was all about tags) If you missed out on this month’s download you can purchase it here .  I will have a link at the bottom to sign up for my newsletter or go to the section on my website called Artsy News.  I also used a quote on my page from the free download you can get on my blog post here .

Now for some really big news that was quite unexpected to us.

Since losing my Pebbles Labor Day weekend I have been telling my husband I’m not getting any more dogs.  But all the while missing my Pebbles my world has had a hole in it.    A few days ago a friend contacted me said that they had a friend who just got a puppy and they were being evicted and they needed to find it a home.  I was like NO WAY!  Of course that was not the end of the conversation it went on and I got off the phone saying I’ll think about it but probably not.  So after Dan and I talked about it we agreed to meet the puppy and see what she was like.  The story seemed all too familiar to Budha’s who we rescued when she was 6 (she passed last December at the age of 17) and I was thinking maybe this puppy needs me as much as I need her.  Dan of course was like “look if you want to get her then we will”.

So of course it was love at first site and I knew that I just couldn’t leave her to end up in whatever home they could find because they didn’t have time to properly find a home.  So Sunday afternoon we had a new family member.  Meet Little Luna.  She is a French Bulldog (not a pug I know).  But just look at that face and those ears lol

She’s just a wee 6lbs and only 12 weeks old. And we are so blessed to have her now a part of our family.

So creating has been taking a bit of a back burner as puppy training is not all that easy lol.  But I managed to get in a little bit here and there when she sleeps lol.

I have started some holiday creating already – here I created this watercolor wreath.

I will have a fun holiday tutorial for you on my Youtube Channel this Friday 11/17.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel here so you don’t miss any of my new tutorials.  Also for all of you who have subscribed thank you so much I just hit 1000 subscribers and I can’t believe it.  To many it probably seems like – well that’s not many – but it’s huge to me and means so very much!  All of your support and comments means the world to me!!

I mentioned above that I would have a link to sign up for my monthly newsletter you can do that here .

Thank you so much friends for sharing your time with me today.  Sending lots of love, peace and happiness your way!!

xoxo – Sherry

Team Tuesday Tutorial

Good Morning Friends,

Just a quick pop in before my big reveal tomorrow.

Today I have a fun team tutorial for StencilGirl Products (it includes a fun video) and would love for you all to take a minute to check it out and leave me some love over there!!❤️  Click here to check it out.

 a little sneak peek of the finished gift card holders.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.  I will be back tomorrow with all the details on my Epic Class in this amazing online collaborative workshop.  Be sure to sign up for my email list for exclusive giveaways as they will not be posted in my blog post.

Have an amazing day friends!!

xoxo – Sherry

 

Vlog & New YouTube Series

Hi Friends I thought I would take a few minutes from all the hustle and bustle to have my morning coffee with all of you and share what I have going on. 😊

 

I’m so excited to share my new YouTube series with all of you “Art Journal with Me” .  In this series I will be taking you into my creative space to share a time lapse video with no edits (well I did take out when I used my heat gun to dry in between because honestly – who wants to watch that right?!).  I am excited to share my creative process with all of you!!  This is not a video tutorial with voice over – just me sharing my process with all of you fabulous friends!!  Here is the first episode in this series I do hope you enjoy it!!

Thank you friends for sharing your time with me today.  Hope you have the most wonderful Tuesday!!

xxoo – Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday – Texture w/ gesso

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine we have had these past couple of days.  Sure does make you just feel better overall when the sun is out that’s for sure!!

Today’s tutorial is a short one but still lots of fun.  I am using a beautiful stencil today called Art Deco Wallpaper by Nathalie Kalbach.  I am in total love with this stencil !!

So grab those stencils and paints and lets get creating friends!!

With some personal things that have been going on in my life lately this art journal page came from an expression within.  And I absolutely love the quote that came with the stamp set that I used.  I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial.  I am always thankful that you share your precious time with me each week.  I do hope that everyone has an amazing week full of love and peace!!

xxoo – Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday & Giveaway

Hi Friends and thanks for joining me for another Stencil Crush Tuesday.  Hope that everyone had a beautiful holiday this past week or weekend if you celebrate.  I certainly enjoyed the lovely weather we had for the most part and YEAH my Autumn Cherry Trees and Weeping Cherry have started to blossom so excited.  Especially because the crazy weather we had last year where it warmed way up way too early and then we had several frosts and snow my trees last year didn’t get any blooms :(.  So I was thrilled to see the blossoming this weekend for sure!!

So to catch you all up on a few happenings in my life, March and the beginning of April have been very hard for me it is this time last year that my dad fell terminally ill (which we found out in March and lost him just 5 weeks later) that in turn spiraled things for me with my mom having dementia and having to find her a home.  So for the past few weeks I have honestly been in a funk.  I know….. you wouldn’t know it from my social media feeds as I don’t typically talk about things that are bothering me as I tend to really keep to myself and withdraw when times like this happen for me and I just need my quite space I guess with my family.  So if I have not been commenting or chatting etc lately as much on FB and IG well now you know where I’ve been.

So on with some happier news ….. well I have several creative things in the works that I have also have had my head buried in and will for a few more weeks that I am just bursting at the seams to share with you but can’t quite yet!  But soon I promise!!

So on to today’s video and giveaway ……what giveaway ???? yup you read that right all the details will be in the video details so be sure to check it out on my Youtube Channel and below is a photo of the prize!!

And of course without further ado today’s video 🙂

Stencil used in today’s video:  MB Makes Marks Pipette by MaryBeth Shaw

 

PRIZE GIVEAWAY :

 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me today and for always showing so much love and support with all your amazing comments.  Be sure to enter the giveaway on my channel all the details are on my channel under this video’s details.  Have an amazing and peaceful week friends !!

xxoo Sherry