She Loves Flowers

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“Flowers grow out of dark moments.” – Corita Kent

Winter in Alaska is more dark than cold between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. It’s a time of year when I spend extra time enjoying the flowers in the grocery store – they remind me spring will come again.

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She loves flowers (5.5” x 9”)

Believes in Magic

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It’s also the time of year where we can see the wonder and magic of the northern lights – when it’s not snowing. OMG – it’s snowing! We haven’t had much snow and we love snow – bring on the snow. It lights up the darkness that we have in abundance and it makes me want to stay warm and cozy stitching away in my studio.

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She believes in magic (5.5” x 9”)

She Can Fly in Her Dreams

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“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” – J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

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She can fly in her dreams (9” x 6”)

In the last few weeks, I have inventoried all of my art, shuffled a few pieces to different galleries and posted several of my originals to my Etsy shop. I want to make room for new work, new fun and that means a sale. Adopt a piece that speaks to your happy.

It’s Been Too Long

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For months I tried something new – more time working at a jobby-job and less time with my art. I got a peek at the inner workings and management of a quilt shop. It was sometimes fun and sometimes too stressful. There were long days and I had a hard time separating my free time from thoughts on shop processes or my work to-do lists.

There was a lot of chaos and changes and during a recent trip to visit friends and family, I decided to step away from that jobby-job and get back to my art. I missed creating. I missed posting here.

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Saying no to something that you’d been doing for almost 3 years is difficult. But that no, gave me the opportunity to say yes to an art show in January.

Before all that fun and stress, we bought our first home – a small condo with a tiny back yard and room for most of our stuff including a small studio. It took longer than expected to unpack and settle in but I’m back to creating.

I look forward to seeing what’s possible in the coming months.

“Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” – Helen Keller