Category Archives for "Holistic & Inspired"

Keeping Perspective With Gratitude

Today I am grateful for those who made sacrifices for our country and our freedom and I pray for the families they leave behind. When my husband was on the road all the time the military families were what kept things in perspective for me. Spouses, sons and daughters…not knowing when or if they will come home. At least I knew when John was coming home. I knew he was not in immediate danger, and that I could say goodnight to him on the phone most nights.

vintage photography, vintage americana

vintage photography, vintage americana

Healthy Boundaries for Creatives: Art’s Sake Project

When I am passionate about something I have a hard time setting boundaries and not throwing my self all in…and I mean all in. Sometimes when I have an idea that I am excited about, or a new project that I am inspired by, I get tunnel vision and I have a hard time focusing on anything else. I think this is very common with creatives. It is part of how we turn passion and vision into something tangible. We can’t always control when the flurry of inspiration will strike and when it does we feel we need to embrace it before it goes away!

I think part of this is just the way it works being an artist. It is something I will always have as part of my process, it is embedded very deep. Now that I have a child though I need to find ways to shut it off when I need to be focused on her. I have been trying to figure out how to balance the passion and the drive that makes up my core, and the little person that needs my attention seemingly every moment. I have realized that it is not very good to try and do them both at the same time. At times I have resorted to increasing my childcare when I am in a mode that I feel I have to stay in until it is complete. This way at least she is getting the attention she deserves while I power through my inspiration. Other than that I don’t have an answer for you to this one, and if you have one please let me know!

The other type of boundaries that I wanted to show with this week’s art, involves only taking on what you can handle. It feels to me sometimes that opportunities all come in waves. One minute nothing is happening and the next you have 4 different opportunities to embrace as well as several people that need your help with something. Do you take on all of them? Do you feel like you can’t say no? why? Which do you say no to? I am working on realizing that I am not doing anyone any good when I try to take on too much. I am learning that I need to choose my opportunities that I want to pursue the most, and make sure I am also having some time to still help and serve people as well. Sometimes if we are struggling financially we feel that we have to take any and all work that comes our way, no matter what that means to our sanity or the quality of our work. I learned over time that having balance, and being able to put my best energy and creativity into less projects takes those projects to a level they would never reach if my time was spread too thin. This ultimately makes the project, and myself as an artist, more successful.


Edited with Actions from The Shoppe Actions & Designs

arts sake week 25




December 30, 2014

Homesteading Tip: Treat for Chickens & Essential Oils for a Cold

My daughter is sick this week for the first time in almost a year thanks to my doTERRA Essential Oils.  She has not had more than a low grade fever for a few hours since this time last year. But this week she decided to lick the railing at the ice skating rink before I could stop her. That will do it! She is out for the count with fever, aches, and stuffy nose. I have her on a rotation of essential oils (oregano, melaleuca, lemon, on guard, and peppermint for her fever) and immune builders like collodial silver, elderberry syrup, and zinc. She is fighting hard and has not gotten a cough or anything too terrible.

We all needed some comfort food. So I decided to make some stew in the slow cooker. I just recently discovered the magic of the slow cooker. I don’t know why it took me so long to use one but it is pretty genius. It took me about an hour to get everything in the pot but I was interrupted a lot by the little sick one. We had just shopped at the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday so I had some wonderful veggies to put in it and a brisket as well. I put the brisket in on the bottom, then chopped multi-colored carrots, a purple yam, a regular potato and some white onion. I mixed up some vegetable stock, and some organic potato leek soup, some garlic, onion powder and black pepper in a bowl and poured that over it. I set it to cook on low for 8 hours. Done.

The peelings from my carrots and potatoes are the perfect treat for my chickens so I grabbed them and tossed them out in the coop area for them. They were very grateful!

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Overworked: Fine art series with Mike Wolfe American Picker

This image is part of my fine art series with the personal picks of Mike Wolfe from American Pickers on the History Channel.

To me this is about how so many of us are overworked, over scheduled, and just plain worn out. Our addiction to productivity and the lack of value put on rest here in the US is causing so many health problems, relationship problems, society problems and more. I am certainly no exception to this. I have been working lately on making time for rest, to be still. One way to do this I have found, is in the car with no music, no podcasts just silence. I find that when I give my mind a chance to have some space, I actually get my most creative ideas. When I am not overstimulated, not distracted. Yoga and meditation are also perfect ways to give yourself some mental space.


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Resilience in Love: Fine Art Print: Blogs for Artists

This image is part of my series with the personal picks of Mike Wolfe from American Pickers on History Channel. I pray I can teach my daughter resilience and dedication to the ones she loves in her life, even when things are difficult or uncomfortable. That is what this image is about… love standing the test of time, through brokenness, when things seem disconnected, even old and stale…


Anonymous Damage: Mike Wolfe American Pickers Art Series

This is another image from the series I shot of the personal picks of Mike Wolfe from American Pickers on History. This series is about my journey to learn from the past and how we can make our world better today. This one is about how easy it is for us to do damage to others and to our world when we are anonymous. This could be anything from what we throw in the garbage to how we treat each other online. When we don’t have to come face to face, or look in the eye the one we are doing damage to, it is easier to be disconnected, and not think about the consequences of our actions.

I am going to try and be more intentional, and have my actions be the same when I am anonymous as they are when I am in the spotlight or face to face.




Convenience vs Creativity: Holistic & Inspired: Blogs for Artists

I am excited to have shot the personal “picks” of my friend Mike Wolfe American Picker from American Pickers on History this week! Mike and I share a love of history, texture, rust and stories. I love incorporating antique items as props in my images. This time, however the props were the subject. I wanted to so a series of fine art prints that told a story simply with the objects in a symbolic way.

This first image is about learning from our history to value simplicity in our entertainment. The timeless joy of playing a banjo around a campfire with good friends… Simple toys for our children that require imagination and effort. The little scattered items around on the floor are small children’s toys, clickers, mini spinning tops, etc. At my daughter’s preschool here in Franklin TN, their toys are not plastic or high tech. They are mostly little wooden pieces the children have to build things from on their own. They also have dried gourds, bark and other things from nature as toys for the children to do whatever their little creative minds can come up with. Instead of dress up clothes, they simply have fabric and clothes pins. The children have to use their imaginations, create things on their own.  I have fears of the consequences of us always in search of more comfort, more convenience. The result I believe is less gratitude, less motivation and endurance of inevitable hardships and disappointments. I hope I can pass on to my daughter a work ethic, a love of getting dirty and sore from hard rewarding work whether it be mental or physical or even spiritual.


Follow my journey to learn from the past for the sake of our future, and live holistic & inspired everyday…more images of Mike’s “picks” to come!




Natural Remedy for Mood Swings, Depression and More

As creative people we can sometimes be sensitive, and emotional. Well I know I can! This is not a bad thing, it is what allows us to be able to see and respond to the world the way that we do. It allows us to express what is inside us and share it in a way that evokes something in others. Our sensitivity and awareness can sometimes make life a little hard. I struggle with this from time to time. I have trouble even watching the news or stay up to date on current affairs. I internalize everything I encounter visually and it goes right into my soul. I started using the doTERRA Essential Oils Blend Balance recently. I love how it makes me feel more grounded, and more even emotionally. It is known to lift your mood if you are experiencing depression as well. It can also be used as a calming effect for a hyperactive child or adult as well!


You can diffuse it into the air, put it in your hands and inhale that way, or even put it on your wrists or the back of your neck. Everyone’s body chemistry is different so you may find one application works better for you personally!





Disclaimer for “The Man”: I am not a doctor and do not claim to be able to treat or cure any diseases. I am just sharing what works for me and my family. 🙂 I do sell doTERRA essential oils and make a commission on sales. However my experiences are very real and I would never recommend something I do not fully believe it.
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