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BEAUTIFUL CROCHETED AFGHAN MADE BY MY MOM

I am so blessed to have my Mom.  She is the most beautiful person I know…she has such a beautiful heart.   Never a bad word about anyone…generous with all that she has. She likes to crochet.  She has created potholders, kitchen dish rags, Christmas ornaments, baby afghans and hats for cancer patients.    Most recently, she crocheted an afghan for my sister that she could use at the hospital and take to football games.  Sooooooo…I asked her to crochet an afghan for me.  I picked out…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: VETERANS & PHOTOGRAPHY, HOMELESS & VETERANS CREATIVE ART FESTIVAL

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH” headlines… Powerful photos depict Veterans who use art therapy to heal Art exhibit focuses on helping homeless National Veterans Creative Art Festival Like this:Like Loading…

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HAND DRAWN FEATHER ON CARPENTER’S SCRAP WOOD

Drawing on scrap wood is a favorite of mine.  As you know, I love the look of wood but using salvaged wood as my canvas makes it even better. This particular piece of scrap wood is maple.  I purchased it at UrbanWood, a reclaimed wood warehouse where I was looking for wood for a dining table.   The edges of the wood are irregular and rough only adding to the rustic look I’m going for.  The base is flat so that it can stand up on it’s…

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INFUSED WATER WITH LEMON, ORANGE & CUCUMBER

My challenge this month is to increase the amount of water I drink.  It’s part of my “#onechallengeamonth” plan to tweak parts of my life.  I always have a water bottle handy but I’m getting tired of drinking plain water so I’m not taking in as much as I’d like. To remedy this, I’ve decided to try different infused waters and started with this combination of fruits and veggies.  If you search for citrus infused water recipes many have added mint leaves.  I forgot to get…

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LIST OF CREATIVE REUSE STORES WORLDWIDE

{{unknown}}The “Art of Recycle” has created an amazing list of creative reuse stores worldwide. I am such an advocate of these stores that I wanted to create a list but came across the “Art of Recycle”, a store in Pennsylvania that had already generated an exhaustive list.  Find a store near you. No store?  Think about starting one. What is a “creative reuse store”? These stores are usually non profits (run by volunteers) that accept donations of materials that can be used in the creative process…think thrift craft stores. The materials in the…

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EMBRACE WINTER TIME…WHAT YOU’RE MISSING

I have only lived in areas where there are four seasons.  Winter hasn’t always been fun for me until I learned to EMBRACE it. I love the warmer months but have really grown to appreciate the beauty of winter.  Winter can be a time to hibernate (hide) indoors but by embracing it…learn to love it. Once I started making an effort of enjoying the winter months I quickly realized how much I had missed by hibernating inside.  There is so much to do nowadays besides…

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EASY RUSTIC UPCYCLED PLAIN WOODEN STORAGE BOXES

These plain boxes were the packaging for gifts.  I think fruit and cheese came in them.  Instead of keeping them as is, I stained them each a different Minwax color. classic gray espresso early american ebony I now use them to corral all the stuff on my counter tops.  Makes it look more like a display and less like a mess. Before.  Boring. After.  Rustic. Like this:Like Loading…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: VETERAN WITH PTSD, ART & VACCINES & HEALING HALLWAY

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH” headlines… Art is therapy for veteran with PTSD Africa:  New collection by more than 30 world-renowned artists illustrate the global impact of vaccines Healing hallways: art gallery transforms children’s hospital Like this:Like Loading…

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LAURAMILLERARTIST: ADVENTURES ON INSTAGRAM

See what I’ve been up to…you can follow my Instagram feed here. My beautiful sister lives with me while she kicks leukemias butt.  Tina is always at her side. I sketched a protea flower that I found at my local florist! A lot of cookie baking for Christmas! Tina, our black lab loving the log she found on a hike.  She was spreading Christmas cheer with her festive collar. Inside church before Christmas morning mass. I met Darth Vader at the Henry Ford Museum. Hand…

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“CREATE HEAL THRIVE” GOODIES

My “create heal thrive” goodies are now available in my Society6 shop T shirts, hoodies, mugs, totes and more are available for purchase. CREATIVE WELLNESS CREED I believe that… art & creativity heals. everyone is innately creative. everyone naturally uses creativity to nurture themselves. everyone can use creativity to improve their lives. encouraging creativity is necessary & beneficial. creativity should be accessible to everyone. using your creativity is healing & inspiring to others. being part of a creative community is nourishes the soul. Share that you create for your health! Like this:Like Loading…

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RECLAIMED WOOD FOR DINING TABLE

I’m on the hunt for reclaimed wood to make a dining room table.  I love the rustic look of many of the tables I see nowadays but prefer that it be made of reclaimed wood.  I haven’t decided on the design yet…it will depend on the wood that I end up purchasing. I visited a local store in Ann Arbor, Michigan called Urbanwood.  Here are some photos of the selection of wood they have currently for sale. I particularly like the live edge pieces and…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: DE-STRESS IN 2015, BRAIN ON CRAFTING & DIALYSIS PATIENTS

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH” headlines… 9 Art Therapy Techniques to Help You De-Stess in 2015 This is your brain on crafting Dialysis patients at Lichfield Hospital showcase creative talents Like this:Like Loading…

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TOP 5 POSTS OF 2014

1.  US NEWS & WORLD REPORT ARTICLE Being featured by an internationally recognized news organization was a thrill!  2.  EASY DIY PEN & MARKER STORAGE This article was picked up by Lowes! 3. MODERN WYCINANKI POLISH PAPER ART My take on paper cutting! 4.  WHITE PEN ON BLACK PAPER DOODLE A favorite of mine! 5.  DREAMY WATERCOLOR CHURCH Everyone seems to like my “dreamy” style of watercolors! Like this:Like Loading…

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PHOTOGRAPHY: MISTY MORNING HIKE IN THE BLACK SWAMP

I live in the Oak Openings region of the Black Swamp and there was a beautiful mist on the park river during a recent morning hike. It was quiet and the reflection of the trees on the water made for some amazing photos. Like this:Like Loading…

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DREAMY WATERCOLOR CHURCH

I like to paint in a style I call “dreamy watercolors”.  Here is my latest painting! Here are a few others…you can buy prints here. Like this:Like Loading…

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