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Monday, September 1, 2014

Art Journaling Inspiration

I am truly enjoying the art journaling process. I'm going at it very slowly, almost timid. It seems so odd to me just to throw color at an entire page. There is a small part of me that has this really annoying fear of messing up my page and therefore ruining my entire book. I know it's silly, and a normal part of the artistic process. I guess I'm just used to sketch books where all I use is pencils and erasers. If I'm not happy I just erase and try again. Now I am working on telling myself if I don't like it I'll just paint over it and try again. I'll learn from it, and no matter what I'll enjoy creating because that's really the most important thing. It's more the quality of what you get out of it then the outcome of the piece. It is so very true that the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt, and worry is completely a misuse of your imagination. 

My goal is to express myself; to know that my work is beautiful just the way it is. Not to look at what it is not, but to focus on what it is. My hope is that I can inspire others. I find so much peace in art and I want to share that feeling with everyone that I can. It would be a dream come true, for someone to tell me someday... that I influenced their work, that they believed they could because I said trying is wonderful, or that they didn't give up because of me.

So, I will look at the blank pages before me with courage.
One day I want to look back at this book and smile because it was a stepping stone in my life.
I had to tip toe at first, but I took that step.
I turned my dreams into my future.
I wasn't discouraged by my problems but instead led by my dreams.
I have found my gift and I rejoice in giving it away; hopeful that others will find their happiness with it, just as I have.

Dear friends,
Today I have a little gift for someone out there.
It's just a little bit of "get you started candy".
I have a limited edition moleskin Micky Mouse journal.
It a perfect size to start with and it's lined to make writing easier but it still has loads of potential to doodle, color, and paint in.
I have include 12 multicolored Foray pens. These pens write beautifully; they are one of my favorite tools.
There is a set of self inked set stamps that will help add little bits of fun to your pages.
And,
A really fun little tote bag to store all your art journaling media in. Making taking your craft on the go easy.



To be included in this candy drawing all you have to do is be a follower of Cuddlebug Cuties and add your name to the link up below.
Everyone is welcome to enter.
 You do not have to post a picture of the candy on your sidebar or do a shout out post to let others know of the goodies, but I'd love it if you do, and I'd be very grateful. I'll throw your name in the drawing hat an extra time if you do.

Good luck everyone.
Hugs,
Anna 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party



               Welcome to the 30th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

32 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  437 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on these different blogs

Your link will appear on the blogs of

 


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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers


DSC_0043
Today I want to share my front porch with you. My accessories have both complimenting and contrasting colors in them. I wanted them to work with my house color (Cabot exterior latex stain in Spruce Blue.) and not clash.

Glass Insulator Lights

Glass Insulator Lights
Today, I thought I would share with you some of the lights what we installed in our new house! 


Carrot Orange Bread

Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze
Created a special treat today that I know you will love.  I’m calling it my Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze.

Even though my Peach Cobbler was a failure this week, living in Georgia: I HAVE to can peaches each year. Now, we have a ton of Summer Georgia Peaches for the next few seasons thanks to successful canning. 


Whipped Feta Dip from The Pink Recipe Box

Whipped Feta Dip | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Sometimes I feel like the recipes I share with you guys are too simple and too fast to 
call them recipes. Today is one of those days. 


Thrifty Thursday...Glass Mushrooms for the Garden
from Artistic Endeavors Inc 101
A trip to the thrift store with my daughter yielded supplies for a quick garden project.


Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
from Upstate Ramblings
Slice of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too.  But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings.  A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!


Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe
from A Mom's Take
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
While I grew up eating what I now refer to as the American version of a beef taco, I found as an adult that I much prefer the milder flavor and taste of a traditional shredded beef taco.


DIY Citrus Avocado Face Mask
from Robyn's View
Citrus Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are rich in moisturizing oils and healthy fats that you skin will adore. When you combine avocados with the skin brightening properties of citrus, you have a face mask that can’t be beat!


DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels
from Living Frugal with Erika
diy-cucumber-mint-body-scrub-3
I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? Not only is this perfect for relaxing at home, it also makes a wonderful frugal gift idea! Take an afternoon and create this easy DIY Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

 Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub
from Living Chic
coffeesugarscrub
I have been obsessed with Homemade Body Scrub recipes lately. I decided to whip up a Coffee Sugar scrub recipe of my own this morning. It is so easy and very inexpensive.


Funfetti Cake Bites

Funfetti Cake Bites
We love dessert at the Smith House, and though I’m obviously not a professional baker, I still enjoy whipping up some sort of sweet treat to share after dinner.

How-to: sew a soft ball
from Green Apple Colttage

soft toy ball
Another baby boy was born on the very day I posted a picture of a home made soft ball  I had sewn for my nephew. A perfect opportunity to sew another one, don't you think? This time, I added several loops.


Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

from Cooking with K
Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread
Have you every heard of yellow squash in a quick bread recipe?  I was first introduced to it last summer  by my daughter.  I love to bake with zucchini in bread, but never had made any with summer yellow squash.


The Last Wall in my Kitchen!!

from Debbie Dabble

Finally, I would like to share with you the last wall in my Kitchen......
And wrap up my Series on my Kitchen where I shared One Wall at a Time......




Every weekday I get an email from Short Daily Devotions, this one yesterday really touched my heart and spoke to me. I really want to share it with you today.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party



               Welcome to the 30th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

32 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  437 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on these different blogs

Your link will appear on the blogs of

 


Interested in Co-Hosting Wake Up Wednesday?
Fill out this form and Angel will be in touch with you?



This weeks 
Featured Bloggers


DSC_0043
Today I want to share my front porch with you. My accessories have both complimenting and contrasting colors in them. I wanted them to work with my house color (Cabot exterior latex stain in Spruce Blue.) and not clash.

Glass Insulator Lights

Glass Insulator Lights
Today, I thought I would share with you some of the lights what we installed in our new house! 


Carrot Orange Bread

Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze
Created a special treat today that I know you will love.  I’m calling it my Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze.

Even though my Peach Cobbler was a failure this week, living in Georgia: I HAVE to can peaches each year. Now, we have a ton of Summer Georgia Peaches for the next few seasons thanks to successful canning. 


Whipped Feta Dip from The Pink Recipe Box

Whipped Feta Dip | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Sometimes I feel like the recipes I share with you guys are too simple and too fast to 
call them recipes. Today is one of those days. 


Thrifty Thursday...Glass Mushrooms for the Garden
from Artistic Endeavors Inc 101
A trip to the thrift store with my daughter yielded supplies for a quick garden project.


Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
from Upstate Ramblings
Slice of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too.  But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings.  A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!


Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe
from A Mom's Take
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
While I grew up eating what I now refer to as the American version of a beef taco, I found as an adult that I much prefer the milder flavor and taste of a traditional shredded beef taco.


DIY Citrus Avocado Face Mask
from Robyn's View
Citrus Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are rich in moisturizing oils and healthy fats that you skin will adore. When you combine avocados with the skin brightening properties of citrus, you have a face mask that can’t be beat!


DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels
from Living Frugal with Erika
diy-cucumber-mint-body-scrub-3
I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? Not only is this perfect for relaxing at home, it also makes a wonderful frugal gift idea! Take an afternoon and create this easy DIY Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

 Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub
from Living Chic
coffeesugarscrub
I have been obsessed with Homemade Body Scrub recipes lately. I decided to whip up a Coffee Sugar scrub recipe of my own this morning. It is so easy and very inexpensive.


Funfetti Cake Bites

Funfetti Cake Bites
We love dessert at the Smith House, and though I’m obviously not a professional baker, I still enjoy whipping up some sort of sweet treat to share after dinner.

How-to: sew a soft ball
from Green Apple Colttage

soft toy ball
Another baby boy was born on the very day I posted a picture of a home made soft ball  I had sewn for my nephew. A perfect opportunity to sew another one, don't you think? This time, I added several loops.


Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

from Cooking with K
Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread
Have you every heard of yellow squash in a quick bread recipe?  I was first introduced to it last summer  by my daughter.  I love to bake with zucchini in bread, but never had made any with summer yellow squash.


The Last Wall in my Kitchen!!

from Debbie Dabble

Finally, I would like to share with you the last wall in my Kitchen......
And wrap up my Series on my Kitchen where I shared One Wall at a Time......




Every weekday I get an email from Short Daily Devotions, this one yesterday really touched my heart and spoke to me. I really want to share it with you today.

-------------------------------------------------- 
You can enter our Rafflecopter Giveaway

Target, Amazon, Starbucks Giftcards
 & 
   $50 in Prime Ad Spaces

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  a Rafflecopter giveaway


Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health & fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.


Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
  • Please leave me a comment , I love to hear from you.
  • Please Link to your family friendly post 
  • I'd love for you to grab my party button for your blog party site but it's totally optional
  • Please No adult content blogs
  • Please do not add links to shops or selling websites (they will be deleted from the party)
  • Giveaways are always welcome.. Add your giveaways to Sew Crafty Angel's Pinterest Community Giveaway Board too.  
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party.

Life Lately

Hello all my wonderful friends,
I know it's been awhile, much to long actually. 
Life has been full of challenges recently. I'm normally a happy, perky, optimistic person, but I had a little streak of sadness take over for a bit; and even though the events would have made great stories, I really didn't want to make everyone tear up day after day.
However, I do feel I owe everyone an explanation for my extended absence.
Pretty much, it started with the death of a very close family member. She had been one of my closest friends for my entire life. Her unexpected passing left me feeling so very much alone. I found myself many times dialing her number then crying as I realized that she would never answer again. It just hurt so very much.

Then, well to make a really long story short, I fractured a bone in my arm, and it hurt more than I thought a broken bone ever would. This event truly set my art back. For the first little bit it was almost impossible to create with it, but I learned, and now I feel so much better that I can use a little art therapy to cheer me up.

Finally, the topper that just broke my heart.
I recently lost a pet. It hurt like nothing I had ever felt before. She was the first furbaby to pass in my adult life. She had been a family member since pretty much the day she was born. She was an abandoned  rescue that we hand fed formula to every few hours, I was holding her the first time she opened her eyes, the first time she took her first bite of solid food, and I was holding her close while she took her last breath. I miss her so badly, words can not even explain.

So after a handful of sad events, I was a bit lost and needed to take some time. Lately though, I've been waking up with a renewed sense of life. I'm ready to jump back up and enjoy the little things in my everyday again. Ready to be a positive and uplifting person. Ready to enjoy the activities that make me who I am. 

And most of all, ready to create! 
Art is a great release,
a great source of happiness.

I've put a lot of thought into where I want to go with my creations. I want to expand from drawing and papercrafting and add art journaling and mixed media to my list. During the past few weeks I have amassed a huge amount of supplies for this endeavor. I'm truly excited to try something new and I can wait to share the outcome with you guys.


My latest Cuddlebug - Coming Soon

I'll post a list of my goodies that I'm starting out with soon, as well as a new Cuddlebug for you all, and I'm putting together a little Prima blog candy too.

Hugs,
Anna