Monday, December 3, 2018

Advent Art 2

Advent season 2018
I make my Christmas cards. I wish I could make little watercolor card fronts for all of them, but that's never happened. I love using stamps and die cuts to create fun cards.

Scribble tree
I rarely make elaborate fancy cards. Simple is fun for me. Unlike many artists I admire, I just cannot bring myself to make sets of cards that are alike. The best I can do is go with similar. 

Simple cards are easy, however, simple can be challenging too. There's the inevitable urge to add more...There's the choice of colors that is critical to bringing it all together. When you go simple, every element has to count.

Here's one of the Sizzix(tm) scribble tree dies with a print paper border. I enjoy using non-traditional Christmas colors. 

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Advent Art

The art of Christmas...what a joy. For the next few posts (totally related to the time and photos I have available), I'll be sharing some of my Christmas art. 

Angels make me happy. This one is ink and watercolor matted on Christmas paper for a card.

About Advent
Advent is "the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays."  It is the season observed in Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting for Christ. 

I get a bit annoyed with the common concept of "12 days of Christmas"  being before Christmas. These 12 days are actually the 12 days between Christmas and the coming of the Magi (you know, those 3 kings--smile). Yes, Virginia, there is a Christmastide season and it is NOT the 12 days before Christmas.

And now, I apologize for getting all huffy. Seriously, if you are celebrating the birth of Christ, then the blessing is the blessing.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Self Defense makes sense

If you have attended any of my live seminars or seen me at local shows then you know my motto, "Self defense makes sense." 

Pepper spray is one of the "most asked for" items that I demonstrate. Until recently, however, I stopped recommending pepper spray because it is difficult to use, the blow back (especially here in Florida) was impossible to plan and predict, and pepper spray was a difficult skill to practice and maintain.

Sabre now offers an exceptional form of pepper spray in a gel formulation. The blow back is substantially lessened plus it is now an effective tool for indoor use in large buildings. Regular pepper spray could harm large buildings and their occupants via the ventilation systems, but the gel does not.

Plus, the smart folks at Sabre offer not only the gel spray but a practice spray and target as well. 

Look Alive, Be Alive
Tools are great, IF you use them. Don't think owning a tool makes you safe. If your tool is at the bottom of your purse or in your car or just out of mind then your tool is useless. You must know how to use any self defense tool and stay vigilant about keeping and using it.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Memory Stretches

Today’s Slipper Camp Workout

Stretch your list memory today. Memorize your current grocery list, your to-do list, a list of names from work or social life, a list of bones in your foot—anything that is a sequence of list of items. This list recall exercise will improve your ability to retain information.


·         Use memory tricks such as this one on Wikkihow:

·         Watch this great video on memory from Ted Talks

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Camp Motto: Being kind to yourself makes you strong.

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