Don’t be Afraid

Pretty catchy title huh? I am an education geek and always want to learn why. I am an adult two year old who can’t relax until know the answer or how it was done. Some would call me an artist but I prefer crafter. Regardless of the terminology, we all have a fear of rejection and criticism. Whether your artistry is drawing, music, or even cooking, I bet there have been fears of failure.C2340819-99D1-4C9A-B3A6-9DCE4BC9AC8C

I wish I had the confidence to say “look how great this turned out.” After all, what if it is not great? Does it come with practice? I am not sure. I surround myself with talented people and they seem to think “it” is great. Why can’t I see it?

I found a great article about what scares artists and what to do about it. One of the fears hit home…I am afraid to release work that is not perfect. Have you ever shown someone a project and immediately pointed out the flaws or mistakes? (I am raising my hand.). Perfect is in the eye of the person looking at your project, not you! We are too critical of ourselves. Waiting for perfect will take a long time! I by no means think we have all the fears in this article but you may recognize some.

B75FDF2A-3C47-4F00-AF2E-411429BAFB5DI will have you know I am preaching to the choir. I should heed my own advice. The reason I look for “help me”articles is because I need the help. The best line in the article was: as author Brian Tracy has said, “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Be amazing.

Enjoy what today will bring.


Splish Splash

I just love my bath tub Tilda. I love taking a nice long bath…it helps relieve the stress of the day.  Wishing you a chance to relax and unwind.


This image is Tilda in Bath Tub and Bath Tub from the 2012 Princes and Princesses collection. Card base is Stampin Up card stock (super old, kraft); background is a water color background paper pad from Hobby Lobby; saying is cut out of vinyl; sequins are from My Favorite Things; colored with copics.

Happy crafting.



Join the Challenge!

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Another fun challenge at Magnolia-licious!  Come on over and check it out. I love seeing all your creations.

This is my challenge card.


This is Christmas Tilda with Cat from the 2012 Little Christmas Collection. Card stock is Real Red from Stampin Up; background paper is miscellaneous pattern paper from Hobby Lobby; I added 2 ornaments cut in vinyl; poinsettias are from Wild Orchid.

Have a crafty day!


This entry was posted on November 9, 2017. 4 Comments

Don’t Blink!

Goodness, time flies!  How I wish I was retired and could craft every day.  Then again, I am wishing my life away and I don’t want that!  So much good happens every day, I don’t want to miss a thing.

Recently, two of the cropateers (Jodie and I) went to a no-line coloring class at the store “My Favorite Things.” The store is in Eustis, about 2 hours away.  If you haven’t been to their store, you are in for a treat.  But…back to the class.  Jane Allen taught the class and she is visiting from England.  I have to say, this is one of the best classes I have been to in a long time!  Jane showed us some great techniques and I love our finished project.

Isn’t she amazing.   We learned so much technique.  I have not been able to color because I had surgery on my arm last week.  When I am able, I hope to be practicing and perfecting my coloring.

Have a crafty day,


This entry was posted on November 4, 2017. 2 Comments

A Visit to Violette’s

Hello friends!

My crafty friend Karen and I went to a Lawn Fawn class at a super scrapbook store, Violette’s, in Lakeland.  Lawn Fawn is one of our favorites and we made nine cards during the course of two classes.  I love these stamps because they can be used interchangeably and that adds uniqueness to all your cards.  They have the best dies and landscape scenes…I just love them! Check out the falls cards.

Lawn Fawn class

The afternoon classes were Christmas cards.  I love their new die we used for the happy holidays card. It is a shadow box.

I love taking classes. It allows you to use new products, learn new techniques, and  meet neat people.  You will always learn one thing…even if you finish before anyone. Always try new things.

Have a crafty day!