Friday, February 5, 2016

Peg's Kitchen Studio


I love to create. Especially collage. But I haven't been creating much lately. You know how it is, life gets in the way. I'm always amazed at people that are able to create constantly as if they have no responsibilities. Well, they do, but I think creating is their career, so the people that depend on them are more understanding.......I guess.

I don't know, I get frustrated because I don't have a studio, and I want one so bad. Yes, my etsy shop is Peg's Kitchen Studio and it all started out that way, but it ain't easy, I'll tell ya that.
Especially since the kitchen in my other apartment was bigger and now I have, well, it's more like an alcove. Yet, somehow I find myself creating in it. 

This past year was rough. But here we are in 2016 and it seems to be going better. 

Not sure what I have in mind for my blog this year, but I'll think of something.

Here's a belated Happy New Year to whoever is reading this. With all the blogs out there, it's easy to feel lost. 

Initially, I created the above collage as a banner for my etsy shop, but ended up not using it.
Love it anyway though. And the picture in the upper right is of my mom when she was a little girl. 

Hope to be back again soon. It's been too long since I posted!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

simple things

Thank you Trader Joe's for having such lovely affordable flowers. And thank you Goodwill for the vase. It's the simple things that make me happy.






Thursday, October 30, 2014

Howdy peoples!
My apartment is a disaster and of course, that's when I find my creative muse. I haven't painted for a while, but I was inspired to make this latest creation. Hope you enjoy :)



Don't listen to the negative comments from others or from yourself.
We all feel like fat little birds some days just walking around looking for purpose.
Just remember.........it's a mind shift...............you CAN fly!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/209127505/you-can-fly-original-acrylic-painting-8?ref=shop_home_active_1

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Keeping it simple

I love healthy food, and lately I've been trying some new things. I am keeping the recipes quick and simple.

Today, I am having a cucumber drizzled with Trader Joe's spicy peanut dressing sprinkled with sesame seeds. Hydrating and yummy!

Healthy food doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. And honestly, when I eat more simple "mini-meals", I feel better because I know they are easily digested.

I don't eat healthy every second of every day, but I am achieving more balance. And today, that's what I'm grateful for.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Published in Somerset Studio's ART Journaling magazine gallery section Spring 2014!

Great news! Some of my journal pages were selected to be published in one of my favorite magazines..........ART Journaling!!

Stampington & Company is such a wonderful resource for artists who create in many different mediums. You can find this magazine and more on their website @ http://stampington.com.

The first page of the gallery section has little snippets of what you will see in the coming pages. Mine is on the far right (birdies on a branch)


Here is the two page layout.........yay!

I'm so happy with the results!

Here is a closeup of the first page:


I created this page after being outside one day early in the morning. I was watching birds on a branch of this bush and they were so cute, just kinda hanging around. I was feeling overwhelmed by life and that's where the sentiment came from. "Birdies on a branch, how lucky you are...........you can just fly away." I wanted to be one of those birds.

The truth that I have learned and accepted in my life by faith is expressed in the next page below:
You cannot judge God's faithfulness or love for you based upon what good or bad things He allows in your life. Just believe.

 The last page and the most emotional for me was based upon the loss of my sweet daughter, Emma Grace who was 6-1/2 months old in my womb when she died.

Ever since I was a kid, art and many different forms of it has brought such comfort and joy into my life. Being published in this magazine is such a blessing. My heart is filled with gratitude. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

I am an artist

I am an artist. But there are blocks of time when I just don't feel like creating.

I just started creating again. I love to alter antique cabinet cards. I think each one has a story to tell. I look at the facial expressions in the photo and listen to what it speaks to me.

Here are a few samples:


This one is called, "no matter the weather". It can be the most beautiful day outside, but if you are hurting.......it's all rain.

The next is called, "she dreams of home".
 
Oh, how she dreams of home, where she can be a little girl again.
 
And this one is called, "mended memories".


 
She remembers the past, and the pain she's endured. The Lord has stitched up her heart.........many, many times.

Lately, I have been interested in creating things like I've never done before, like abstract painting and sewing. I will post some of those finished projects soon.

If you're an artist and you haven't created in a while, don't be discouraged. You're still an artist and when the time is right, you'll create again.

Friday, May 10, 2013

real gratitude

I live in an apartment.

I went for a walk today around town. I looked at all of the beautiful houses and thought, "I hope these people appreciate what they have! If I had a house and property like this, I would be so grateful!"

Then a still small voice said, "Are you grateful now?"

Tears welling up in my eyes, I thought, I used to be.

Maybe it's watching tv, looking at what everyone else has that has tainted my heart.

The Lord is so good. So patient. So loving.

He gently reminded me of all of the good things I DO have.

And then I thought.......I want to be grateful in every circumstance. Not WHEN I have a house, or lose weight, or anything. Right now I am grateful......in this moment.......in my heart.

A peace washed over me, like only God can do.

What is real gratitude? Grateful for only the things that make you happy or things that you enjoy?
Or everything? Every unwanted circumstance, every person that rubs you the wrong way. We are so quick to run from things that make us uncomfortable or unpleasant.

But, if we are willing to stop looking around and open our hearts to God, we can find true gratitude in all aspects of life. And instead of wishing for something else, we can be ready for what He needs to teach us.