Still Joyful.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season. I had a nice time and I found myself needing the break more than I imagined. I ate a few too many sweets, but that is what holidays are for.

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.

It’s Instagram time :)

ccaneFor as long as I can remember I have felt a complete dichotomy. Thanks to this instagram, so much of my life makes sense to me now. Maybe I am a candy cane, too! Sweet AND twisted! That’s definitely me. Just don’t tell my kids. I’ll deny this post ever took place. @dylanscandybar

balzerelephantsJulie Fei-Fan Balzer is a designer and artist. She made these elephants out of rubber stamps that she carved. I’m not quite there yet, but maybe someday I will be able to produce rubber stamps by my own hand that look like what I set out to create to more than myself. I have hope. @balzerdesigns

jcrewI have not been having the best of luck with my attempts at a Christmas card photo of our family. Everybody has his or her own agenda. People don’t want to smile, or they don’t want to stand next to certain sibs. Maybe if I got us all matching Christmasy sweaters… Well, at least we would be coordinated. And warm. @jcrew