Category: some art & kid’s crafts

motivating me

Spending time in my studio, writing, drawing and motivating me, is my “happy place.” Why motivate yourself, you may ask. Because during the madness currently going on in the world it becomes imperative to keep my thoughts moving in a positive direction. For me that means focusing on inspirational words and beautiful images. The most…

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NATURAL COSMETICS

bodycare from the kitchen and herb garden Nana’s Skin Loving Moisturizer First – locate the ingredients you’re going to need: a small bottle of Aloe Vera Gel (I prefer Banana Boat brand) a jar of pure Coconut Oil (try a Health Food Store. Refrigerate after opening. It will last a long time) a bottle of…

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from the studio

Back in September, before I started moving and re-writing everything on the Blog, I spent quite a bit of time in my studio. The purpose? Preparing some little pictures for a Silent Auction benefiting a local ministry. It was the most fun I’ve had in a while. Usually the pictures I do are intended to…

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my “ministry”

Bloom where you’re planted After my “Facebook rant” here yesterday, you all blessed me with such amazing validation and uplifting confirmation by your comments. Thanks to everyone who took the time to say kind, encouraging words. And, yes, you’re right. Over the years [more than 20 now] nanaellen.com has been an essential part of my…

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you’re SO creative they said

Ten Things to keep in Mind When Loving a Highly Creative Person It Has Been Proven That Highly Creative People’s Brains Work Quite Differently Than Other Brains. That special brain wiring that can create such wonderful art, music, and writing can often lead to strain in a relationship, because of those differences. If You’ve Ever…

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summer fun

It is summer in the San Joaquin Valley, without a doubt. We’ve had high temps between 105° and 110° for the past two weeks! Okay, I know that’s nothing compared to Palm Springs and Phoenix, where they recorded 120° — but for me it’s been HOT! And…and, we’ve been running the ‘swamp cooler’ in the studio.…

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inspiration

Second Chances Some days it’s just one thing on top of another. I upgraded to a new “smart” phone, but the people who shipped it aren’t all that “smart” because they neglected to insert a SIM card. They apologized and promised to send a card. It won’t be here until Tuesday. We’ve been without water…

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calendar by e

Twenty-seventeen is nearly upon us. That means a blank book; an empty calendar. Being a detail oriented organizer, this means I must have a new calendar before the New Year arrives. This afternoon it is complete so— I’m sharing it with you and wishing you abundant Grace and Peace this month and in the coming…

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painting a diary

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” _Pablo Picasso In August of 2013 my life took a left turn down a new path. From Autumn of 2012, though the Holidays, and into the early summer of 2013, I invested myself completely in a “job” which I believed was given to me by The Lord. I…

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bookmarks

This has been an Art day here… been making bookmarks.  I know, I know—iPhone and iPad not books. Books are [ugh] old fashioned. Never mind…I’ll share my project with you anyway. First print out the five scans of my original watercolor paintings. Next, choose five beautiful craft papers to stiffen them. Carefully cut out the…

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