I see glitter and mica and beads in my future.

sparkleNow all I have to do is sit in one place long enough to get my ideas together so I can justify getting my hands on this stuff and playing with it (@finnabair). Weeeeeee!!!

amberjordnI am so thankful for my family. To me family includes people I am related to by blood and by years. They are people in my life who I can be goofy with and who I can be sad with, sort of like Jordin Sparks and Amber Riley in this photo taken before her awesome, sold out Christmas concert in LA this week (@missamberpriley).

cookiesIf my life was an instagram post, it would look like this one on the bottom. The month of December started off so well. I was getting things done early and then a lot of it became a hectic blur, and now there are cookies everywhere. At least I’m still making it to the gym. Sigh (@williamssonoma).

Art Collaboration Part 5 B – Embellishment with friends.

20141213_070057This is my piece (I did the same texture as I did for the butterfly piece) for the Christmas gift project I worked on with some of my friends (the butterfly piece was where I worked out ideas and used extra paint). I really love this piece that was created with me in mind. I also love, even more, how each of our choices resulted in beautiful and wonderful gifts.

Instagram Inspirations

Hi Everybody!! Has your Christmas been as hectic as mine? I have been running since the first of this month and don’t see things slowing down until maybe January 3 for five minutes.Of course, that does not include the new stuff that keeps popping up like things can when you have two elementary kids and two teenagers, but enough about me. On with the internet goodness.

sneedsOne of the biggest sources of inspiration for me are special needs kids. I have some in my family and they are some of the sweetest, strongest, most beautiful people on the planet. Nothing breaks my heart more than to hear of others attempting to harm them or take advantage of their sometimes trusting nature. This post by @funandfunction put a smile on my face.

tuscanyI have been playing with the idea of a European trip for a couple of years now. Roberto Cavalli’s pictures (@robertocavalli) from his recent travels to Tuscany definitely have put Italy on my mind. Having grown up in Louisiana, France definitely holds the most fascination for me. For some time, I ditched the idea, but 2014 was the year of living things I had no idea were possible so maybe 2015 will be the year of revisiting ditched ideas. In any case, it sure is beautiful.

sbridgesSheila Bridges (@harlemtoilegirl) is one of my favorite interior designers ever. I love the way she uses color, classic and modern elements. She creates unforgettable spaces that are real and warm. She makes me want to make my home welcoming and elegant and fun at the same time. I have a lot of work to do.

Art Collaboration part 5 – embellishment

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This is the final week of this piece, embellishment. I added liquid pearls. I am going to miss working on it, so I am going to have to start another one soon. I am going to be working on projects with my children and completing the December Daily book so I am not sure just when it will be. I just hope it will be soon, as I have enjoyed this immensely.