Sunday, January 22, 2017
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
I had the pleasure of spending time at a Bible journaling event at my local Family Christian bookstore.
I created in my open cover of my Bible, utilizing paint, a little turtle, and heart stickers, all made by Illustrated Faith. Check out their products... fantastic! I saw the turtle and immediately felt "slow to anger" so that's what I went with. I even used washi tape by Illustrated Faith! I'm not done with this yet.
The bookstore even gave us coupons, and there was a raffle for a journaling Bible!
What truly made this event special and unique, however, was the four lovely ladies I was blessed to spend the time with. We created, we talked and shared, loved, encouraged, and prayed. It really was a beautiful experience.
I would write more, but I'm doing this from my phone (in html version), so I just want to thank Jesus for allowing us 5 women this time for fellowship and creativity. I can't wait for the next time!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I do not have internet at my house, but I will try and update my blog more often. Just glad to finally be able to pop back on and say hi! Hope everyone else is doing great!!!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Haven't blogged in a bit... rather busy as of late with two cases I currently have as a Home Health Aid. In fact, for 3 days out of the week, I'm gone all day, and my children are in bed by the time I get home. I realize that it is only 3 days out of the week, that the money is good, and that it is only until April 7th (when Mom goes back to her job and I'll have to switch up my cases/hours), but still... it's not easy to be away from your kids. In this day and age, it is a necessity for most to work as many hours as possible, and I'm really blessed in the respect that I don't have to do it all the time, but it still gets me aggravated when people drop such comments like, "Oh, aren't you GLAD for the break from the kids?!" I shake my head and hold my peace, but seriously? I didn't HAVE children to get away from them, and I realize that people often say such things in jest, but still... it is a statement that cuts to my core. I love my kids, and I miss them terribly on the days that I'm gone all day. OK, but I've ranted on enough...
I'm grateful that today was warm! I know it'll get colder by Thursday again, but at least today is hope that the warmer days, they are a comin'! So, I fiddled around last night with some crayons and paint on a notebook journal page... not done yet, but kind of liking the fun, free way this is turning out. I got the idea for this little guy while watching Bubble Guppies with my children yesterday, and it kinda stuck with me, so I figured I'd create something with it.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Stay safe and dry in this impending storm that seems to be effecting everyone!!!
Monday, February 24, 2014
It was a lot of fun to just cut loose and not be so worried about the outcome. They are technically supposed to be flowers, but I felt myself naturally gravitating towards sea life... so I went with it. I do have to admit, however, that after I added the pen lines (as you can see in the background of the first image), I thought that the thick, dark lines took away from the color of the watercolors. So I ended up painting thin gesso over the background lines, which muted them without fully taking them away. I much preferred this effect. What do you think?
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I tend to do more art in my "art" journals than writing, but that's ok, as there are no rules. That being said, I recently began looking into what exactly were these things called "Prayer Journals," anyway?
The wonderful thing is that a prayer journal is uniquely yours, and it is what you feel God wants it to be to you. He wants to have a closer relationship with you, and this can be a wonderful way to increase that! Enjoy the gift that the Lord has given you... He loves you. Use it as just one way to show Him how much you love Him right back :)
I am participating in the wonderful Art Journal Every Dayhosted by artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Come join in the fun!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
But! If there is a lot going on in your head (as there typically is, let's be honest), and you even have the motivation of some good music, then give it a little time, and something will begin to come together... below I have a spread I worked on today. I had SO MUCH going on in my head, that I thought an interesting aesthetic with various words might be fun. It was!
But! One of the great things about growing older is that you learn that just because you've a lot to say, doesn't mean you should. Thus I included a little reminder to myself as a finalization of the piece ;) I like it. How about you?
Friday, January 3, 2014
A new year, fresh perspectives, an abundance of inspiration! Funny how the idea of a fresh beginning always accompanies a new year... and I'm embracing it with arms wide open!
The wonderful Tammy over at
is offering up another one of her fantastic and inspirational challenges:
So far I've participated in one (see my coffee rings below), and am finding that I'm inspired to create more from just that one challenge. There really is a wealth of creative and motivational goodies over there, you should check it out! Even if you are new to art journaling, you can "jump right in!"
I've since cut up the paper I've done the coffee rings on, and am beginning to create the collage below. That is one thing I also have to try and somehow address this year... I know that we artists create because, well, most of us can't help it. It's just our nature to do so. But what do you do with WHAT you create? Any ideas? At least if you are doing art in an art journal, then it's got a home... IN the journal. But I just don't want a proverbial box of my art sitting around, you know?
Anyway, what are you doing on the computer?? Go create something! ;) And join in with Art Journal Every Day if you'd like! I have :)
Monday, December 30, 2013
Looking forward to a wonderful and blessed New Year with no limits. I hope each and every one of you feels equally as optimistic about your New Year! Please enjoy the picture above that I created in my journal, and my Christmas gift to myself below is my new Inkoos :)
Happy New Year!!!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
With art journaling (or visual journaling) it's about the process, not the end result. I've read that statement, in one form or another, so very much these last 2 years, both in books and here on line. And I still have an issue with it, lol, but that's a story for another day.
Tonight I had a lot on my mind. There's a big decision that I need to start addressing more seriously, and in so doing, I need to accept that it is a decision to begin with. In other words, I need to stop avoiding it and acknowledge it. This quickly done journal page is a step in the right direction... right?
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I don't know much about depression. I do know that so many people these days have a diagnosis with this or that, but that is a post for another day.
I know that depression is a real problem, and many people are truly affected by it. I am curious if it a steady, consistent situation, or if there are highs and lows. In other words, are there people who are depressed, but can feel happy sometimes? Or are they always down?
The art above is a journal page I've begun based on Tammy Garcia's I'm utilizing the colors of orange and yellow, and creating patterns and doodles with them. Art is theraputic, and it's nice to take a little time each day, if possible, to do something creative.
Do you know someone who may be suffering from depression? Pray for them. But do something nice for them, as well. Maybe create a little art for them. Or, better yet? Take some time out, grab a journal and some materials (markers, pencils, etc.) and go create a little art WITH them. Take the time to let them know you care, that you're praying for them, and that God loves them. Let the Lord use you :)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
There are many ways to interpret a single word. Inevitably, a word will mean many different things to each person. Illustration Friday is a great, creative site that encourages artists from all over, regardless of talent, to take a word that is provided each Friday and interpret it as they will= through art.
This week's word is Pattern, and my illustration is indicative of a young girl who, despite her best intentions, keeps winding up in the same proverbial pattern of behavior. We've all been there, and can each relate on some level or another. The design in the background of the illustration is one of Tim Holt'z Blueprint stamps, which I stamped repeatedly in several different directions. My brother ordered me these stamps for Christmas and I am already loving the ideas of what I can create with them.
Where are you today in your emotional lives? Do you feel that you keep "falling into" the same patterns? Is that a good thing, or not? What can you create today to portray how YOU feel?
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Time is a luxury. I'm a full-time Mom who lives in a very small space with my family. I have a laptop which only comes out of my closet maybe 1 or 2 times a week. I'm with the kids all day and at night, I work. I usually don't have a lot of "me" time. But I'm not complaining... my kids mean the world to me :)
That being said, there is a lot of technology out there that I'm completely ignorant to. A friend was telling me that there is a new phone that comes with software where you can literally do your drawing/sketching directly ON the phone, and even has the capability to color and adjust it at will. A PHONE. Only a few years ago, people were clamoring to get into colleges to learn the latest Photoshop and Corel... now you can do that stuff on a phone. It is incredible.
I still don't have a definitive way of storing my files. God forbid something should happen to this laptop, and a lot of my pictures (of my children AND artwork) would be gone. One of these days I'll get around to doing what is necessary to putting everything where it belongs. It's funny how people take space and equipment for granted. I share one bedroom with my 2 children (lol)... I have to cut back on art supplies and what not because I've simply no room to keep them. And as far as what I've on my computer, I would need a lot of computer time to go through everything and try and categorize/organize what I've got on there, and then decide what to keep, and finally, HOW to keep them. I don't have a scanner, nor a printer. I don't even have a PC. These days, most of the previously mentioned items are standard in a household.
And don't even get me started on apps... there is an app for everything. And the popularity of things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. is astounding. I was online last month at a Dunkin Donuts and EVERYONE was on their phone... even me. Talking to someone? Oh, no... typing or whatever on it. It's as if all the latest gadgets have become greater extensions of ourselves... an extra appendage, if you will.
Christmas time is vast approaching, and a commercial I just saw featured a young boy talking about presents. He basically showed two items: a scooter, and a computer tablet. Then, he pretty much said NOT to get the scooter for your kids this Christmas, because it won't be used. He told the parents to get the kids the electronic device because that is something that WILL be used. I'm not exaggerating... this commercial was LITERALLY promoting getting your growing child an electronic device rather than something that they can use outside, to keep healthy, and have fun playing in the fresh air and sunshine like we used to when we ourselves were kids... oh, the times, how they have changed. The more technology advances, they say the better it is for us. I'm not so sure.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I'm reminded of that popular saying, "Let go and let God." But I'm not looking at God. I'm looking at others. I'm looking at women who have little children, full houses to run, and still have flourishing craft businesses, plus time to write blogs, Tweet, Pin, etc. And here I am, sitting on the couch (also my Mom's bed), watching tv with my 2 little ones. I nap when they nap. I draw (sometimes) at work (I work 3 hours a night) taking care of an old woman who generally sleeps. I rarely have time to ever bring out my computer at home.
Where am I going with this ramble? I have no idea. I just know that so much is missing. I need to increase my relationship with God. I need to learn how to begin working with Kyle (4) on reading. I need to clean rather than tidy up. I need to make dinners rather than chicken nuggets or hot dogs (how did people exist before microwaves?) I need to learn how to play with my children... they won't be little forever. I just always feel so tired and am putting one step in front of the other, plodding on, in my own steps...
It's time for a change. I want to be a better mother. I want to be a better Child of God.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Today, after I got off of work, I finally visited the Barntique Village, a place just up the road from my home where they sell all things, you guessed it, vintage! I only wish I'd had more time to peruse at my leisure... it really was a lot of fun, being that I'm not an aficionado of vintage items. I really went because I'd been meaning to get over there and grab some pics for my friend, AnnMarie.
This whole little village is comprised of about 20 shops selling various antique items, everything from pottery, collectible statues, bedding, clothes, toys, even James Taylor albums! (OK, so James Taylor is NOT technically "vintage", but I was thrilled to see it, lol). Here are the pictures I was able to grab, being that they were closing up... I mean to definitely go back!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Yolanda K Degraff
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So, which ones do YOU like the best? It took so long for me to go through the emails, divide up the pictures into their respective desktop folders, then upload them into the html code where I write my blogs... altogether, took me an hour and a half. LOL! No wonder I don't write on my blog all the time...