acrylic painting · art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · rock art · Uncategorized

Painting Rocks

This morning, I decided to paint rocks. This is something I like seeing other people do, but I never really had an interest until now. Why?

Well, long story but I needed to find something to get the negative energy out of my home and around my home. I have not felt safe because like some neighborhoods, there are people who are hateful.

I asked someone what can get rid of negative, she said the evil eye. Instead of buying something, I decided to paint these rocks I found.

Painted rock:

Need rocks, clean them, prime them and put a protective coat on it for outdoor ones, acrylic paint.

Outside looking in:

Evil eye: here’s what I found about it.

The evil eye brings bad luck to the person it is directed to for reasons of envy or dislike. It’s usually in blue and green colors for spiritual protection.

Happy Day

Caroline

baking · cooking · dairy free · gluten free · gluten free muffins · soy free · Uncategorized

I Did It!

Six months ago, I seeked help with my digestive issues and physical health from an acupuncturist. It was life changing.

I have been gluten free dairy free and soy free for 6 months. Looking back, there was a feeling of dread if this way of eating would be worth it.

The cabinets and refrigerator was cleared out. Food donated to the church and off to grocery store to find “food”

Today, there are times I have challenges shopping. For the most part my list is about the same. Lettuce, green onions, fruits, fruits and fruits, vegetables, vegetables and vegetables. Some gluten free chips and cookies. And chicken and fish. No dairy.

What do I miss the most. The convenience of eating anything without thinking much about what is in it.

What am I craving now? Lasagna. I have not even attempted to eat or make it.

It was worth it. The progress I’m making in my life again is an amazing feeling.

Here’s what I made today:

Gluten free dairy free blueberry muffins

  • 1 3/4 cups measure-to-measure king Arthur gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

Mix flour sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.

In another bowl combine egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture.

Bake 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes

Tonight’s dinner is a chicken burger with salad and pineapple.

  • 2lbs ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pepper
  • 6 slices pineapple.

Mix all ingredients besides pineapple. Form into patties. I use a cast iron grill pan, cook until brown.

Add pineapple on top of burger and serve with a salad.

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art therapy · book · journal writing · Uncategorized

Chapter 5-Poetry for healing

The exercise is about feeling through words. This writing’s focus is on finding feeling words and let go of all rules that apply to writing poems.

He suggested to find a imagine that gives a feeling. I chose a photo of me and my mom.

Write a list of words that describe the emotion, scene, colors and any details. Think if the 5 senses.

Happy, safe, pink, joy, giggle, love, soft, warm, calm, passion, excitement, kind, accepted, clean, sweet, gentle, cuddle, affection, sparkle

What are my thoughts

I never wrote a poem this way. I liked it. It gave me a nostalgic feeling, a longing to return to that time, it brought tears in me, that I’ll never have that touch again. The tears are about the loss, grief of my mom’s passing, but it’s also a longing of wanting to have affection again.

Page 97. “…The real practice is to nourish a sense of safety and begin to send signals to your subconscious that you are good enough and worthy of being heard and seen and accepted.”

Happy day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · doodle drawing · gel pens · Uncategorized

Flower #3 Bloom from Within

This is a floral drawing using gel pens.

I used a meditative approach to draw the floral drawing. I thought about the shapes flowers have and added in my own creative ideas to it.

The added details are done by chance. Meaning, I randomly pick a color and place a shape amount the other shapes.


Happy day
Caroline

knitting · Uncategorized

Thursday Heat

It’s been a week of hot humid weather.

Yesterday there’s was no posting about what’s happening at 4pawsartstudio because it wasn’t an interesting day. Basically I worked all day and took my dog to the vet and helped my neighbor out with feeding her cats.

Waking up extra early helped me to get out for a walk with my dog before the sun started to beat down on my fair skin.

After I started to knit the scarf. It was a surprise that I was able to finish it before I had to go into the office this afternoon.

It looked to boring… let’s add tassels!

I pinned the markers where to knit in the tassels.

Then measure and cut 12″ long of the color for the tassel. I had 3 strands in 12 groupings for each end of the scarf. Take a crochet hook and find the center, loop the grouping of yarn and crochet it where the marker is. But leave a loop and add the tail into the loop to tie it in place.

Then I cut the ends to match the length of the tassels.

I’m very pleased with it.

Look for it on Etsy in my shop named: 4pawsartstudio

Happy day

Caroline

art studio · knitting · Uncategorized

Tired Tuesday

Today has been productive with seeing clients today. I work as an art therapist and counselor, and found today to be exhausting. I think the heat has really affected me. I can not wait for cooler weather to get a good nights sleep soon.

I managed to put some time in with knitting. It was worth the extra time, as the color change to the scarf has begun

For some reason my fingers just wanted to give my knitting a hard time today. The exhaustion of the heat and how it affects the Rheumatoid Arthritis and inflammation has really done a number on me.

Well eventually I will get this scarf done. My goal is to have it done by Friday, to start on a new project.

Here’s the evening self-care: self-care is needed for creativity

  • Evening walk with my dog
  • Evening yoga
  • Pet the cats
  • Go to bed

I can’t resist sharing how the new cat joined me with yoga.

Maybe I’ll be able to recharge myself for more creativity.

Etsy shop is open.

Happy Day,

Caroline

Uncategorized

Hand Drawn Bookmarks

Today I spent some time in my studio after working. I was exhausted from being awake early in the morning. My dog has dementia and she constantly wanders around the house and moves around when I move. Love her dearly, but fatigue and me is not a good idea. Even with fatigue, I had a need to draw.

I bought these brown plain bookmarks. Thinking of making little drawings on them and sell them when I’m ready to open my shop.

I was getting more fatigue as I drew this as my legs began to swell, (I have rheumatoid arthritis). I did not get to the back of it, but the front I am rather pleased.

I’m hoping there’s enough people who still read books and want a new hand drawn bookmark. Nevertheless, it’s relaxing to draw these one-of-a-kind bookmarks.

Supplies

  • Plain bookmarks, I bought mine on Amazon
  • Gel pens
  • Markers
  • Pencil

Happy Day

Caroline

My shop is open on Etsy

Uncategorized

Crossing Another Column Off

Today I spent many hours cross stitching. In between stitching, I walked my dog, helped to feed a neighbor’s cat and went shopping, cooked lunch and dinner. That’s a lot for my last vacation day.

I began this cross stitch two years ago. I’m getting closer to finishing. But by a glance of an eye, the stitching doesn’t look like there’s much progress.

There’s many color changes. To cross stitch one block can take up to an hour. It depends on how tired I am, my arthritic hand and my distraction level.

I normally watch Netflix or Hulu while stitching. While stitching I was watching a documentary about spiritual cults. Very interesting.

Now back to cross stitching…

I wonder when this will be completed? Below is a picture of the remaining area to be cross stitched.

Do you have a guess?

Happy Stitching,
Caroline

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One Year Ago

I have been stitching Derby since June 2019. It’s amazing to look back at the progress each month. I found this picture of Derby a year ago (photo below). It goes to show no matter the project how big or long it will take working on it consistently pays off. I never thought I would stitch a cross stitch this large. I don’t think when I started this hobby I knew cross stitching can come in this large of a project.

Here is where Derby ended last night before I decided to go to bed. I’m not much for staying up to see the ball drop for the new year. Never been a thing I liked to do. I rather sleep!

Best wishes of hopes and dreams for everyone this year 2021!

Derby just might get completed in 2021!

Caroline