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Art from the Heart

When Summer Beckons Fall

October 31, 2017

I love to look at leaves when they first change color and there’s still a hint of fading summer green. Soon it will be forgotten by the shock of yellow, orange and red.  Conversations about changing relationships caught my attention last week.


Even changes that are anticipated, such as a parent growing old, can catch our hearts off guard.  It feels too soon, roles reverse and you realize what you once had will never be the same.  When a child leaves home, the quiet you longed for all those years is deafening.

Do you wonder, what will winter bring? Will I feel loved? Will life still have purpose?

Oh, Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you from childhood. Psalm 71:5

I look at things differently because I believe God is in control, although I haven’t always acted that way. He is interested in all of us. God wants to come along side and help us live life in this world.

Will you ask Him to help you?


I hope you’ve enjoyed this month-long series, Create. Art from the Heart. A passion for creating is fueled by my inspiration, a journey to feeling God’s Love.  God has moved me from Faith to a daily transformation of my heart. I feel God’s Love the most when I’m surrounded by His creation.

Thank you for stopping by, if you’ve missed a post go here Create. Art from the Heart.


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Create. Hand Bound Journal Inside Pages

October 22, 2017

We are almost done!

This video reviews how I made the pieces I’ll embellish the Hand Bound Journal with.

List of products used:

Tim Holtz Collection, layering stencil, honeycomb []

Ranger Mini-ink blending tool (pouncers) []

Stampabilities rubber stamp, Jesus [Hobby Lobby]

Ranger Distressed Oxide Ink, Abandoned Coral

Black pigment ink

Score-it tool

Sizzix If you don’t have a die cut machine, craft stores sell pre-cut die cut pieces.


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How to Add a Pop of Color with Flowers on the cheap!

October 17, 2017

Welcome to Art from the Heart! 

I hope you’ve done some creating!  I’d love to see your finished work, send me a photograph! 

Today we are going to turn silk flowers into a pop of color to display in a living room, bathroom even a kitchen. I promise you’ll love it like ship lap!

On the Cheap!

I purchased the two metal vases at Goodwill for under $5.00. I will admit, I usually have to look a couple places to find almost exactly what I’m looking for. But this time, I went to one Goodwill after work and there they were! I purchased the silk flowers at Craft Warehouse, five bundles for $2.00 each. They are not the expensive brand but not the cheapest either. They were on clearance (after summer clearance?) and I used a $5.00 off coupon.

I want just the flowers to show and at the same height so I used garden clippers to clip them away from the bunch. At that point they were too short for the tall vase.


I stuffed newspaper in the bottom of the vase to bring up the height. I saved the shortest flowers for the shorter vase! Now, the plastic and fake looking leaves are hidden and you are left with a great pop of color!



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Hand Bound Journal continued

October 16, 2017


The three short videos below show measuring and cutting the inside paper, attaching the paper to the book and assembling pieces to use to embellish your book.

Video measuring and cutting paper and decorative paper


Video Attaching paper to book

OOOPS!  One last video for today: Gather ephemera embellishments

Someone asked, okay. Ephemera is:

“items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.”

Like a ticket stub or a library card! Think Upcycle!

Goodness, one learns a lot when you watch yourself on video…who knew I had such a hand and finger habit?

If you have questions, suggestions, leave a comment! I love hearing from you!

Join me next week for the final installment – the fun part-It’s all fun! We’ll decorate the inside of the book. This is where your heart shows through!




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Hand Bound Journal Cover Page

October 15, 2017


This is the third installment of our hand bound journal project. There will be 3 videos published this week to guide you into decorating the front cover, attaching the inside pages and tips to look for items to embellish your book with. The fourth video, embellishing the book, will be available next week.


printer paper, for inside paper

2-sided heavy card stock printed or solid (one sheet is needed per paper folder)

Waxy flax thread

paper and materials for cover

4 small eyelets (If you are making a larger book with additional paper, you will punch more holes in spine and use more eyelets and more waxy flax)


Paper cutter

Ruler, pencil

Adhesive tape gun or other adhesive tape roller (permanent adhesive)

Heavy duty paper punch

Video 1

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To Be a Noticer Takes Time

October 13, 2017

Stop what you are doing, get out of your routine. If you’re standing, crouch low. This is what I saw the other day when I sat on the floor with my granddaughter.


She’s just learning to sit up by herself. I see dimples and piano fingers!



This is that scarlet runner bean I keep talking about. Who knew when I opened it the bean inside would be varied shades of lavender and purple? Aren’t they delicately beautiful? By the way, you can eat the green bean when it’s in its tender green stage. Or, wait for the bean to dry, harvest the beans inside and cook them or add them to soup! As the bean dries they change from lavender or purple to a rich dark brown with black markings.

I challenge you this week to observe, become aware of, detect, spot and notice. Reply in comments what it is you noticed today!




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Kindness is the Greatest Wisdom

October 11, 2017

That fabulous scarlet runner pole bean in our garden this summer, I’m drying the seeds for next year. Find out more here, at the Good Life.  Beans are a good crop to start with if you’ve never dried seeds before. Yay!

It’s Trendy

Today, pink high top Converse tennis shoes start at $55 a pair. In 1973, they were red, at the local Wigwam, and I probably paid $7.99 for my first pair. Did you know Converse first became a thing in 1908? Wish I still had those red tennies.



In my craft closet I have a rubber stamp that is well inked and missing a corner, “kindness is the greatest wisdom.” If this is a famous quote, I don’t know who said it. But I know who said it first.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV

Jesus’ life is an example for us. He spoke to religious leaders, lepers and government officials with the same kindness. He didn’t judge, but his parables instructed in a way that everyone could understand. His story telling opposed the sin and not the sinner.   

This week I couldn’t choose just one quotable quote. You’ll see what I mean.

“Only speak words that make souls stronger.” Holley Gerth

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Frederick Beuchner, author, theologian

Look at your own life and see if it isn’t so.

Note to self. Embrace kind.


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Create. Vinyl Wall Art!

October 9, 2017


I used a Cricket machine to cut the vinyl letters. If you don’t have one ask your crafty friends! This is also the technique I used to create the letters for The Best Things in Life wood wall art. The supplies needed to create your own vinyl wall art:


Cricket machine

12″ x 12″ Cricket mat

Adhesive-Backed 3 mil Vinyl, I use the Cricket brand available at most craft stores

Tape measure to measure the wall area, pencil

You can use the applicator stick that comes with the vinyl to rub it onto the wall. However, the wall I used is lightly textured and my finger worked better.

Measure the space, determine and mark the center point. I also drew light marks to show a straight edge to use for placement.

Cricket settings: 

Blade: 6

Speed: 3

Pressure: 5

Letter size: 4 inches (I discovered afterwards larger letters would look better. I’ll try 6 inches and post a new picture)  Practice on a sheet of card stock if you aren’t sure about the size and placement of the letters.

Center the phrase on the wall: place the “middle” letter on the center point first and work out to the right and then to the left. For a space in the phrase, use a letter to “measure” the space.


I hope you’ll join me October 17 and we’ll add a pop of color with Silk Flowers on the Cheap! I think you’ll love it like ship lap!


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Hand Bound Journal, installment 2

October 8, 2017

Welcome to Art from the Heart!

This is the second video with step-by-step instructions to make this hand bound journal or photo book. We’ll use:


ruler, pencil and paper cutter

foam paint brush


One-sided scrapbook paper, four sheets of 8.5 x 11″

rubber brayer and bone folder (or use your hand)

white glue

wax paper or parchment paper


There will be a pause while I’m gluing (awkward!) No, I’m trying to figure out how to make the video speed up during this part of the instruction…stay tuned! Watch the video below; leave questions or comments in the comment box.


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On Being a Noticer

October 5, 2017

I am a noticer and yes, I made this word up.  I think I was born that way. As a child I was always looking up or staring at the ground. Go on a walk with your favorite kid. You may see a red winged blackbird and hear your four-year-old granddaughter exclaim, “it sounds like a tiny scream!

Move closer to a tree and study the pattern in the bark. This tree looks swollen like something grew too fast within and almost burst its seams.


The knotty pattern of the backyard swing leaves me wishing my grandchildren were here today.


This pole bean has surpassed the expectation of what a bean should look like! Now I know the view that Jack had… They are mammoth! This is no joke, they are almost as long as my arm, I measured one at 15 inches! Incredible!


Reply in the comments, what caught your attention today that made you stop and notice?


The second video instruction for the Hand Bound Journal will be posted on October 8, 2017.

I hope you’ll join me!