Natural Versus Learned Talents

I have a singing voice with about a 6 note range…7 if someone steps on my foot really hard. Yet, I love to sing, so I do, and over time I've found songs that fit within my limited range. The Beatles' Paul McCartney and John Lennon use to write 1 song per album that Ringo Starr could sing... he too was vocally challenged. Not surprisingly, I can sing Ringo's songs, I guess we've mastered the same 6 notes! When I can pick the song I'm going to sing, people around me don't need to know what a bad singer I really am. I choose simple songs then sing with gusto!

After posting my watercoloring pictures yesterday, I received a lot of comments and a bunch of emails from people saying they would love to learn to watercolor but, unlike me, they can't draw. Well, I'm here to tell you, my drawing abilities are comparable to my singing abilities. I have very limited range, I simply choose to draw things that fit within my limits. For that reason, people think I can draw, but the truth of the matter is drawing is very challenging for me... I do not have natural ability.

Case in point,...Read more

Diving into Watercolors

I am soooo excited! A few weeks ago I shared an article I wrote oh so long ago for a past blog. It was titled Unrequited Dreams and spoke of my desire the learn how to watercolor. If you haven't read the blog and would like to, you can read it HERE.

In a nutshell, I've wanted to use watercolors for the past 2 decades, got all the supplies from encouraging family and friends, periodically brought out all the materials, fondly caressed them, but never put paint to paper. If you know me at all, you know I'm pretty fearless when it comes to most things artistic and crafty. So, I can't give any logical reason for why I've never done it. I just found the whole idea overwhelming.

Well... the other day I decided to do something about it. I enrolled in Alisa Burke's online watercoloring class. Major biggie step for me. You can read all about the class HERE. Anyway... it is a five week class, and this week I began. Lesson 1 is all about watercolor materials. I read, looked at photos, and watched Alisa's videos. She is just...Read more

Cabbage Soup and Tin Cans


I will be hard-pressed to convince Tim, who doesn't particularly like (hmmm, maybe he really dislikes???) cabbage soup, that I really was craving some and that it had absolutely NOTHING to do with the Tin Can Lanterns I shared this morning ...that required vegetable cans! Seriously ... I bought the cabbage a week ago with this soup in mind... THAT'S my story and I'm sticking to it!

So, going with the premise that I was not swayed by these adorable Punched Tin Lanterns featured on Craft Foxes...

and that it was just a "crazy random happenstance", I just finished throwing together a pot of Cabbage Soup. This is a soup often used by people following Weight Watchers because it has ZERO points, but don't let the low calories fool you. This soup is jam packed with flavor and is chockfull of yummy goodness! There are about a gazillion different recipes for this soup, but I've rather morphed into this variation:

1 head cabbage, cored and...Read more

BFF Wooden Friendship Pendants Go To Camp

Early this spring we received an email from one of our readers. She told us they were doing a camp this summer at their church. The theme was SISTERHOOD. She asked for permission to use our BFF Wooden Medallion Pendants as a craft project. They wanted the older girls to make them and share them with younger girls in the church. I thought the idea was lovely!

Heather shared a couple of photos, and I was so impressed, I wanted to share them with all our readers.

If you'd like to make you own BFF Wooden Medallion Pendants, or if you'd like to share the project with a group of children you work with, you can find the original blog, plus the pattern and tutorial HERE.

Thanks so much for sharing, Heather. This is why the blog exists, and we are always thrilled when our readers share their final results of our projects. Well done, girls!

Photo: Adobe - Readers - BFF     

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Unrequited Dreams


Maybe it's because we've had a cool spring or maybe it's because I've been so busy this year, that my annual ritual of bringing out ALL my water color paints has been delayed. But today, yes today, I gathered everything together and, well, instead of retelling an old story, I'll share a post I first shared back in 2008 on I would like to say I took the plunge back then, and that today I'm an accomplished watercolor painter, but the truth be told, I'm no farther ahead today than I was back then. Here it the original post...

Spring is here. You know how I know? It’s not because the robins and red winged blackbirds have returned to our yard, although they have. It’s not because there is a multitude of tiny squirrels raiding the bird feeders, although they are. And it’s not because the bulbs are pushing past last year’s yard debris, although there appearance does in fact herald the arrival of spring. No, the undisputable indicator of spring is my yearly rummage through my craft area looking for my watercolors and sketch...Read more

Happy Birthday, Art-Art

If you've been following me for any period of time, you'll know that over a year ago, we needed to move my dad into a home for dementia patients. It was a very hard decision, but, fortunately, the right one. He is happy there. He thrives in the routine and quiet. And, my Mom can visit with him daily, without being his primary caretaker.

A few days ago, when I went to see him, he was vacant. I couldn't get a response from him... no hint of recognition... and he seemed deep in his own world. I came home and wrote a blog... one I intended to share today. It made me cry... you would have cried when you read it, too. But, yesterday, when we went to visit him for his birthday, it was a wonderful visit. Michelle's children were able to snuggle with him, and there was pure joy on his face. It was a wonderful day.

I know that there will be more and more days when we won't be able to make my dad smile. I know it will continue to get harder and...Read more