Friday, August 28, 2015

Art Exchange- There's a hole in the.........



Hello,

These are my 2 cards made for an Art Exchange.  The theme was "There is a hole in the...." 
I made 2 cards with holes in them.  I am loving the Touch markers, I enjoy making various textures with them.

What are you up to this weekend?  I would love to hear from you.  If you are interested in doing a card/craft swap, please let me know, I would love to participate.

Happy Krafting,
Hugs
Tanya

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Start Where You Are- Action Changing Attitude


Meera Lee Patel is a self-taught artist who firmly believes that " the act of starting somewhere first-anywhere" is the first step in taking us where we would like to be in our lives.

The first page in the book is written in a rainbow of colors and states "Every Answer Is Inside You". I simply had to read more.

Meera Lee Patel introduces herself by writing  "It took me a long time to become comfortable with where I am."  That statement alone hit me as I am constantly trying to figure myself out; spiritually, mentally and artistically.  

This book is filled with beautiful artwork, and inspiring quotations, as well as a variety of written prompts.  This book has followed me everywhere.  When I need a break, I pull out the book, read some of the fabulous quotes, and do at least one of the activities within it's pages.  I am really learning about myself, and enjoying this inner journey.

Thank you Meera, your book has touched me, and you are indeed helping me become more comfortable being exactly where I am in life.

If you would like to read more about Meera Lee Patel, there is an interview HERE. She also has her own personal blog HERE.

To purchase your own copy of this full-colored journal that is sure to induce passion and nurture your creativity, simply click on the links I have provided below.
If you happen to pick up this book, please leave me a message.  I would love to talk with you about how it is helping you in your creative and/or inner journey of self-acceptance.

Happy Reading,
Hugs,
Tanya


Monday, July 27, 2015

2 miniature fairy gardening book that inspired my family



 Please keep in mind that we are "Fairy Gardening" novices.  
Have you noticed that Fairy gardens are becoming very popular?  They are also something my Oma used to draw for me when I was a little girl, she sure was able to make my childhood magical.

This year, my young daughters and I have been trying to create our very own Fairy Garden in our back yard.  We are attempting to make our garden magical and enchanting.
 Gardeners Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner have created this magical step-by-step instruction book for creating magical gardens.  
We looked through the book, and were immediately transported into the land of Fairies.

Keeping in mind that we are novices, this is what we were able to create.







The girls took their time making scenes.  
We have: 
Dad and Daughter taking a fun ride on a goat. (Note the dinosaur photobomb!)
A fairy playing with her ponies outside her house. 
Sully leading the pack of My Little Ponies around the fairy garden.
A dinosaur watching the young ponies compete in a race.
The unicorn family is keeping our carrots safe, and helping them grow with their magic.




 We are now working with Fairy Gardening 101.  We have taken out the popsicle sticks, and are in the midst of collecting all sorts of items that we can reuse in our garden.
Our current collection contains
Bottle caps.
Twigs and sticks for building ladders.
Fabric.
Clothespins
Etc.

This part of our garden is taking a bit of time.  But we are forever looking for things to add. I will most certainly post pictures of them as we continue.

I have to mention that I am a novice gardener, and both these books are teaching me so much about what plants I will be adding to my garden next year.  Living in Canada, we are limited to planting and growing, as the frigid winters cover up everything.  I will have to start making Mini Indoor Gardens, and both these books will certainly help with this!


The above books are available for purchase at 

Should you have any questions of comments, be sure to reach out.
Happy Reading,
Tanya



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Now You See Me: From Endangered to Extinction by Diane Brischke


Diane Brischke has over 35 years of educational experiences.  She works to teach people of all ages the value of all animals.  She also works at educating us on the ever so quick depletion in the numbers of too many endangered species.  Taking into account man-made causes such as loss of habitat, climate change and the increase in pollution.

This book takes a look  a look at a variety of endangered animals, and describes the causes of the current path of extinction they are facing.  With knowledge, there is power. If we can educate people on how to make changes, we can work towards preserving these endangered animals.

The pictures in this book are stunning, and the reading matter is down to earth, and gets right to the point.  My whole family is better educated as a result of reading this book. It is never too young, or too old to start making changes. 

This book can be found in many bookstores.  I hope you decide to pick up a copy and sit down with your family to read it together.  It leads to understanding of how we can make a difference.  We can help the animals face the future rather than face extinction.

I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment.

Now You See Me is available at 

Happy Reading,
Tanya

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

More ICAD 2015 creations







Here are a few more of the Index Card A Day 2015 project.  
Prompts were;
Snow Globe
Colour Wheel (Cdn spelling for me)
Telephone
Academic

Happy Krafting,
Hugs,
Tanya

Friday, July 3, 2015

ICAD 2015 creations yet again



Hello,

Here are more of my Index Card A Day 2015 (ICAD) creations.

Themes; IceCream, Romantic, Education. 
Material Prompts; collage, stamps, washi tape.

Really enjoying this.  Using things I have been collecting for a long time.

Happy Krafting,
Hugs,
Tanya

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bookmark Art Exchange and the annotated Alice book

Hello,

The Bookmarks I made for an Art Exchange have made their way to their new homes.  
I used the Octopode Alice stamps; Lily Chilvers in one talented lady.  Mixing Kraftin Kimmie's Wonderland sentiment stamps helped finish them up nicely.  
 I am loving the florescent Poster Paint from DeSerres.
The photo does not do the colors justice. 

I am currently reading 
The Annotated Alice: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" AND "Through the Looking Glass"  Thus my inspiration for the Bookmarks.


 I am reliving my youth, and really enjoying the notes that describe where Lewis Carroll got his ideas and such.

What is on your summer reading list?
Happy Krafting,
Hugs
Tanya