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Rue Paris Cross Stitch

Second page out of 18 pages are completed!

It’s been a long time since I worked on my cross stitching.

Update Photos

There’s so much detail and changing of colors. I have been enjoying it.

I will get to work on it more because I’m working from home now. And in between my breaks I can stitch a little.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Sunday Expressive Painting

The Process

Place the acrylic paint colors into my pallet. Then played relaxing instrumental music. I used deep breathing and focus on the intention of painting. I used sketch book paper for the mini expressive paintings. Then I started to paint on canvas using the Expressive art techniques.

Before I closed up the studio, I drew out a scribble of my next painting.

Acrylic paint on sketchbook paper

I used modeling paste medium on this mini expressive painting. I wanted to make it textured and learn how to incorporate it in my painting.

Acrylic on canvas…in progress painting

What’s On My Mind

I have been working on being in my art studio daily, either drawing, watching art videos, or painting.

I have not decided what I want to do as far as if I want to set up a shop, do more vlogging, or just make art with no intention of doing anything other than this blog.

I think I can’t decide because there’s so much going on. I started my new job which has taken off in such a successful way. And I’ll be taking on a new part time job soon. I am consumed by health issues. So do I want the stress of an art business along with working my jobs? I need to work as the medical expenses has been getting expensive.

I have an urge to concentrate on my knitted blanket and cross stitch and embroidery projects. I find those relaxing. The fine arts tend to bring more anxiety provoking because I never know if it would be good enough to invest in my time to sell it.

So what to do? That is a question to answer.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Color Pencil Drawing

Today was a relaxing day, I did not have to go into the office to work. I spent the morning drawing a few sketches. I might make these into larger drawings.

I have been interested to draw lately. There are some changes happening in my life and drawing is peaceful and helps me to slow down.

Tools Used:

  • Faber-Castell color pencils
  • Strathmore colored pencil paper
  • Gamsol mineral spirits
  • Paint brushes

Solvent

Gamsol-mineral spirits for color pencils

Color Pencil Drawings

New YouTube Video

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Crepes

I found this on the blog:https://www.mamaknowsglutenfree.com/gluten-free-crepes/#recipe

This was a great recipe. It turned out delicious. It was like I was in Paris France again.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk , dairy-free use almond, cashew or coconut milk.
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (leave out if your flour already has it)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter , for dairy-free use Smart Balance butter

Directions

Beat the eggs, add rest of the ingredients.

I had to use a mixer to get the batter smooth.

Drop 1/4 cup of batter into the heated pan. Cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook for 30 seconds to a minute.

Add fruit to the crepe.

Why the oranges in the photo? Because I was originally going to make crepes with oranges and squeeze some for the juice. After inspecting they were not good to eat. So strawberries and bananas were the next choice.

Yes I added chocolate syrup to mine!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Slow Down Night

Let’s just face it, we all need a break and a relaxation night. I worked from home. (by the way, I have a second job) and I was exhausted. This night, nothing seemed to satisfy my taste buds. So my idea of feeding my stomach was simple and sweet.

This is the easiest snack to make. This can be for breakfast, lunch, snack and for this night, dinner.

Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Strawberries and Bananas

Ingredients

  • Gluten Free Rice Cakes
  • Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries

Spread the peanut butter on the rice cakes, layer bananas on it. Use the remaining banana for a side snack along with strawberries. It can be made in 5 minutes!

For the drink: Almond Chocolate Milk

Why we Need to Rest

  • It is vital for mental health
  • improves concentration and memory
  • healthier immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Improved mood
  • Better metabolism/energy
  • prevents injuries
  • Maintain weight
  • make you happier
  • help your creativity

Ways to Rest

  • Practice gratitude
  • take deep breaths
  • exercise/do yoga
  • Practice sleep hygiene-scheduled sleep routine, unplug electronics, dim lights

Happy Day

Caroline

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#1 mandala

I am challenging myself to draw/doodle a mandala. Mandalas help to decrease anxiety and stress. I want to try to draw 30 mandalas. I know I will not do them daily and that’s not the point.

This is done with a black pen. Sometimes I like to keep more open spaces in my doodles.

I have been stressed with deciding if I leave my job. I decided to stay as I really want to work remotely. I don’t think at this time with the world events I should work from home. I feel more people will want office visits to keep human contact.

I also was stressed about life. I realized that I’m trying to be happy through a job, but it’s a job I’m no longer feeling fulfilled at.

Peace. Let’s pray for Ukraine.

Happy Day

Caroline