Food for the Soul: Catching up with Friends

Good morning! This weekend flew by in a flash but I managed to make the most of it.  Saturday, I spent the entire day with some of my crafty girlfriends.  I hadn’t seen them since last spring and many since last winter so this reunion was really special. Life kind of has a way of keeping us busy and my schedule which revolves around my family and work didn’t seem to make room for fun with my friends.  However, now that the boys are back in school and we are falling into routines, I will be able to make time to be with my friends.

The first picture is of a page in the Fantomorphia coloring book by Kerby Rosanes. I had already begun coloring the flowers in the picture when I saw a few people on YouTube showing pages that they used acrylic paint on their coloring book pages. So I couldn’t resist trying.  I brought my paint and an assortment of brushes to ensure I had the tools to give it a go.

I saw others use black and I thought that it would really make the gears and flowers pop. I didn’t dilute the paint before applying it to the page. As I was completing the painting, I realized that a second coat was necessary to hide all of the brush marks. This technique is a great way to cover a background on a page quickly and then use the black colored pencil for tiny spaces.  I have to say that I love the result and I know that this might not work well in all coloring books, but the pages in the coloring book series are thick and no bleeding through occurred. I only used a blank piece of cardstock behind the page as I painted so that I wouldn’t get any on the desk or the next page. Now I am so excited to paint more pages in this book!

As part of my quarterly business purchases, I have bought quite a few new stamp sets and this fall set simply makes me happy. You all know how much I love autumn so I was eager to play with this new set. I stamped them up on Copic paper and watercolor paper to explore the different results. I absolutely love both versions. I even googled and found pink sunflowers so you know I had to take the opportunity to color up some pink sunflowers!

I had a great time catching up with my friends and left feeling filled up with joy. I work from home so it is very important for me to make time to get out with friends and socialize.  So this time was priceless and I look forward to the next.

Have a blessed week my friends!



Monthly Craft time with my Girlfriends


This past Saturday was my monthly all-day craft time with my super creative gal pals. My friend Joan has been granted use of her church’s basement for our crops. We spend the whole day and evening together getting our craft on.  It’s special for many reasons but let’s face it, we have a whole day to talk, eat and play without daily demands of our usual lives.

crop3I think it was 10 of us this time and we had people coming from as far as Rhode Island and Maine for of day of crafty play. My friend Ashley made her appearance and we worked a little on our Project Life albums. I spent a lot of time eating all of the amazing food that everyone made and oh where do I begin with the desserts? They were so yummy. I brought my teapot so I could enjoy all the goodies with tea.

crop2Joan even had her friend that is a Stamping Up demonstrator teach a card class. We made three cute cards. They were fun simple cards and we all had fun making them. I am so happy Joan has made this possible for us all to have a place to get together each month. It’s really good for the soul to do what you love with people that totally get it!

Have a blessed day!



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