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ADVENTURE: SHIPWRECK AT SOUTH MANITOU ISLAND

The Francisco Morazan shipwreck at South Manitou Island is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park on the west coast of Michigan.  The island is accessible by an hour and half boat ride on the Manitou Island Transit boat called the Mishe-Mokwa from Fishtown in Leland, Michigan. You can camp or hike for a day on the remote island.  The island has a lighthouse (now a ranger station) and was once inhabited as a small logging community but now only remnants of the farms are still there. Fishtown where…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: CREATIVE ARTS IN MILITARY, LAND ART & DEMENTIA

Check out this week’s “Art for Your Health” headlines… Summit Explores Creative Arts as Healing Aids in Military To Drown Out Noise Airplanes, Just Add Land Art Art Speaks Where Words Fail for People with Dementia Like this:Like Loading…

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TRIBAL CACTUS MINI GARDEN DIY

I went to Detroit’s Eastern Market and found these great succulents.  Love that the vendor put it in a cup holder so I could better navigate the market with them in hand.  They were at a good price and I like to shop local. I’ll be using the aloe vera and air plant in other pots but the three cacti were used for this mini garden.  I like using natural elements like feathers, stones and driftwood to add interest too! Here’s what you need: cactus…

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CHOOSE JOY MIXED MEDIA

Choosing joy is actively seeking happiness in what is difficult.  It can be hard to do but if your re-frame what’s going on in your life you may see the lessons, blessings and beauty in it all.  It also takes practice to “choose joy”.  You can start with the lesser stressors in life and give re-framing a go. What is re-framing?  It’s taking a situation or thought and putting a positive spin on it…looking on the bright side..turning lemons into lemonade (you get the idea).  It…

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CLIFTON GORGE HIKE

I hiked the Clifton Gorge in Yellow Springs, Ohio and loved the lush green of the gorge.   The Little Miami River flows through the state park into the adjacent John Bryan State park.  As you hike along, you can hear the distant roar of the water flowing in the upper gorge area…the rest is fairly peaceful. The area in the gorge called the Blue Hole was the inspiration for the Blue Hole, Little Miami River painting by the artist, Robert Duncanson.  This artist was…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: NEW HOSPITAL, THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE & VETERANS WITH PTSD

Check out this week’s “Art for Your Health” headlines… The art which will help and heal in new hospital Art heals:  How creative expression improves the patient experience Marine runs patriotic photo contest for veterans Like this:Like Loading…

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DETROIT RECYCLES: LINCOLN STREET ART PARK

The Lincoln Street Art Park is an extension of Detroit’s Recycle Here! program.  The park serves as a classroom to teach Detroit Public School Children about recycling and how to be green in their schools.  The park was an illegal dumping spot that was reimagined into an park using recycled materials. I am always amazed at the creativity of people…I love the great people of Detroit! Click on the gallery below to see the park up close! Like this:Like Loading…

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GRATITUDE MIXED MEDIA CANVAS

I’ve been wanting to create a piece of art that reminds me to always be grateful. It’s so easy concentrate on what isn’t going right so having an artful expression of appreciation can help keep things in perspective.  Being grateful requires you recognize what you have been given, show appreciation and sharing the gifts you have received.  Thankfulness can replace worry, bring joy, give hope and want to help others. I created this mixed media piece on canvas using acrylic paints and paper wycinanki cutouts.  There are…

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BE A WEED DANDELION SKETCH

On  my recent walk along the river, I was inspired to use the humble dandelion weed as the basis for a quick sketch.   I used my Nikon D60 to capture photos and a macro lens on my iPhone to get close up shot to see details. Like this:Like Loading…

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UPCYCLED DIY TASSEL BASKETS

These baskets were found during my thrifting adventures collected over the past year.  I like that they are natural color but decided to up cycle them with some colorful handmade tassels. I made the tassels from a stash of embroidery thread I had accumulated.  I cut two pieces of thread the length of the skein to tie the center of the tassel and one to tie around the tassel.  I simply folded the skein in half and cut the fold.  Then I folded again to…

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MORNING RITUAL: LIST MAKING

I love mornings. Feeling refreshed, I start the day by making a list of things I’d like to accomplish (with a cup of coffee in hand of course).  My lists are what help me be more productive.  It’s a time saver because I don’t have to re-remember if it’s written down.  If it doesn’t get done…it goes to the next day’s list or on a better future date. These photos on the river were taken during a morning walk (I like to exercise in the…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: NEPAL EARTHQUAKE, BALTIMORE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

Check out this week’s “Art for Your Health” headlines! After earthquake, kids in Nepal heal through art Music, art shared to help heal Baltimore Human trafficking victims use art as a healing tool Like this:Like Loading…

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HANDMADE ART JOURNALS

I’ve  placed some of my hand made art journals in my Etsy store. They are 6×6 wire bound handmade journals, with 24 Canson Mixed Media 30% post consumer waste paper pages. There are 48 pages total counting front and back sides: 12 blank, 12 decorated pages with my unique paper cut design stencils in spray ink on one side ready for journaling, doodling, painting, field notes, and any other mixed media techniques. The generous 1” durable wire binding allows for expansion as you add to…

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FREE “CREATE HEAL THRIVE” DOWNLOAD

I’ve created a free pdf download for you!   Print it out and frame it.  Pin it to your inspiration board.   Use in your art journal!  Share it! Click everycreativemoment  for your download! Like this:Like Loading…

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PHOTOGRAPHING WATER SPRING REFLECTIONS

Living in the Great Lakes region means lots of fresh water…large lakes, small lakes, ponds, streams, rivers and swamps.  I live in the Black Swamp and Lake Erie regions.  “Going to the lake” is part of everyone’s life here. Taking photos in the area often involves water so I wanted to share these photos at the beautiful Oak Openings Park where reflections in the water made for some terrific mirrored images. I used my trusty Nikon D60 on this spring morning. Like this:Like Loading…

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