Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Feeling: Tired and sore. Dealing with a lot in life these days. Still healing from my back injury, and throwing chronic pain on top of my thyroid disease, let's just say I am surprised I'm still standing. Always worried about my hubby and kids, especially my youngest, who has Diabetes Type 1.  (Hubby has has strokes, and has heart issues, diabetes type 2, and a blood clotting factor that he's dealing with.) Medical bills? Don't get me started.

Reading:  My Bible App

Watching:  PERISCOPE!  And a  few YouTube videos (mostly art/junk journals and Planner related videos) – you can see a lot of what I’m watching if you follow me on Twitter (@createdbybarbi).

Listening To:  Periscope artists:  From NORWAY: Jon Harald @JonGjesdal JonHarald.com,
FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Beautiful Piano Scopes by @IlseMazzone,
my Christian Music Playlist on Spotify.

Working On: Posting a few destash items on my Instagram account, cleaning off my desk (a never-ending challenge), doing a zillion loads of laundry (where DO all these clothes COME FROM?), among regular FT mom duties and taking care of 3 fur-babies, and 2 boys, including a 6 yr-old with Diabetes Type 1.

Needing:  Clean craft room (ongoing process),  to donate a bunch of stuff to the Sonshine Closet, need to get started journaling and doing more in my planner again.

Wanting: To learn more how to make stickers on my Cricut Explore, so I can get my Etsy shop up and running. 
Excited:  That the boys get this Wed-Fri off (teacher conferences), and we are going to visit my parents for an extended few days & the weekend. Unfortunately, my hubby has to stay home for work... he's such a good hard-working man :)
Hoping: Always hoping and praying for a CURE for DIABETES! 

Loving: God, My family, my pets,  COFFEE, my internet friends, my great "new" internet that actually WORKS, bedtime.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Feeling: Nostalgic... I've been thinking a lot lately about the amazing memories I have of the times I've spent with my grandparents.  Both grandparents on my dad’s side are with Jesus, and probably had the most amazing Easter EVER J My other grandparents are in Texas in the Winters.  This holiday we spent at home, without going to visit any of my family, which was odd for me (normal for hubby), because my husband was in the mini Passion skit at our church this year. I miss my home church and my family. I was pleasantly surprised when my Dad called Monday evening to say he was driving through our area to the cabin, and could we meet for dinner?!  Ummmm….. YES!   I am looking forward to seeing more of my family this coming weekend.

Reading:  My Bible App

Watching:  PERISCOPE!  And a  few YouTube videos (mostly art/junk journals and Planner related videos) – you can see a lot of what I’m watching if you follow me on Twitter (@createdbybarbi).

Listening To:  Periscope artists:  From NORWAY: Jon Harald @JonGjesdal JonHarald.com,
FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Beautiful Piano Scopes by @IlseMazzone,
FROM CANADA: Sara Garber @saragarbermusic (warning Sara might have explicit lyrics at times & medical marijuana references).

Working On: Getting some of my Listia items ready to mail out, then working on catching up on label and stationery orders, among regular FT mom duties and taking care of a 5 yr old with Diabetes Type 1.

Needing:  Clean craft room (ongoing process), sort through clothes and extra items to donate to the Sonshine Closet, need to make a new Printable set for April (for my Happy Planner).

Wanting: Time to SLOOOOOW down (we can all dream, right?)
Excited:  That Spring is right around the corner (snow is mostly all melted now and the birds are back). Yes, I know it's "technically" Spring, but up North here it takes a bit longer.
Also looking forward to a Christian concert this Sat night (going with my mom).
Hoping: That things work out (can’t go into details right now…)

Loving: God, My family, my pets,  that my internet is working in the rain, planning in my new Happy Planner planner, that today the kids went back to school after a short Spring Break.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year - No Resolutions

Hey there artists and crafters!  If you've been following my blog or YouTube channel, you're probably wondering where I've been. Still here, freezing in northern Minnesota. It's been a crazy ride for our family the last half of 2015.

My oldest son had a surgery which led to complications, which led to him being in the hospital (he's ok now, but is having trauma/anxiety issues which stems from this medical emergency).

We took a family trip to South Dakota (no, not Mount Rushmore, we went to Sioux Falls since that is where my husband's job sent him). We stayed in a beautiful hotel and while we were there, they experienced record rain/flash floods, the power went out in the hotel (no generator), and it was mass chaos. The hotel didn't flood luckily, but many cars out on the road were going everywhere. It's a trip that we will never forget.

My husband has had some multiple health issues going on, and then a pharmacy here gave him the wrong pills in his bottle, which he took for a week before realizing why he was feeling the way he was... and then ended up in the hospital with stroke symptoms, and his whole one side being back at 50% strength. He is still doing physical/occupational therapy. He currently isn't able to do his job (precision measurement), but they found other things for him to do there, so at least he didn't lose his job. He is having more hours away from work due to Dr. appts, etc. so that paycheck loss kind of stung us for awhile. 

Then in the end of October, our youngest son started feeling ill. One week after my husband was home from the hospital, on Nov. 2, our youngest ended up in the hospital for 5 days. He was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 (sometimes called Juvenile Diabetes) and also had a staph infection.  We are now living a "new normal" since Diabetes Type 1 is a lifelong disease (still praying for a cure.) 

The end of 2015 has been a HELL of a year, to put it mildly....

Then... we got a call from the school saying we were nominated to be a family to receive a Blessing Bag.  They wanted a wish list from us for gifts the kids would like (and us, too).  I also saw something in our church bulletin about the community collecting gifts for a family and it was a local organization called Best Christmas Ever (http://www.bcemovement.org/).
The family sounded a LOT like us... hmmmm.... so a lady from church asked if she could stop over one Sunday afternoon.  We said sure. Since she also works at the school, I thought she might be bringing over the Blessing Bag.  Well lo and behold, several cars pulled into the driveway, and our livingroom was full of people delivering presents and more presents, gift cards, etc.  It was the Best Christmas Ever!  Literally!  I was doing everything I could to hold it together, but yes those tears did fall.
(Here's a news clip of this wonderful organization, a month before they showed up at our door.)
 (Here's a video of another family that received gifts from BCE.)

The next day, I still had to go to the school to get our Blessing Bag... but it was not just ONE bag... it was several.  They gave us gifts, cleaning supplies, household goods (that stuff adds up you know), food, and a wreath.  The kindness of our community has just blown us away.  I don't even know how to begin to say thank you for it all!  Words can't even express it!

So... instead of being bitter and angry at all the BAD things that happened to us in 2015, I am choosing to be GRATEFUL that I still have my sons and my husband here. We still have our pets. We still have our house. We still have electricity and internet (we all know it's a necessity...lol). We still have food to eat. And we are stocked up on Toilet Paper for quite awhile!  LOL.
The people here have shown us how much God loves us, and have given us HOPE that we CAN survive through the suffering, with the help of His people.

So... now here we are in the new year. 2016. I am SO happy to move on to a new year and I have HOPE and DREAMS, and I know I can get OUT of the horrible rut of depression. I am doing something small each day for myself, and CREATING ART is one of those forms of therapy that I really need. I haven't done any art or crafting for a LONG time. My craft room misses me. It has become a dumping ground... I can't even SEE my desk right now. I just stack stuff and walk out. And say someday, I will get around to cleaning that desk off.

GOALS, not resolutions.  Who really sticks to those silly RESOLUTIONS every year anyway?  Definitely not me. Lord knows I try. Maybe for a week or 2. And then we go back to our old habits, or life just gets in the way.

Even just a sketch, or an index card, or throwing gesso on a page.... every little bit is art (therapy) to me, and I desperately need it.

I have been watching several of you on YouTube and am getting so much inspiration for the new year.  Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for art journaling and crafting. I look forward to sharing my creations here with you on my blog on this new year. Thanks for commenting, watching my videos, and just being here for me through my journey.



This is my "plan" on what I want to create in 2016. 

HAPPY MAIL Junk Journal  -  Make w/envelopes & junk mail
(Inspired by Shannon Green)


Collage/magazine pics/wrappers/gift wrap/etc.

ICAD - Index Card a Day  (Starts in June)
(or just randomly make a card to create!)
Cardboard Cereal Box - book binding
(pages can be a magazine)
- Used for wiping off paint, stencils, scraps (texture).
- No need to gesso first.

JKIS 2016 Info & Free Art Journal Lessons

Gina Ahrens: Mondays With DecoArt

Gina Ahrens: Watercolor Wednesdays

Jennibellie: Journal Making/Bookbinding Tutorials

*Anything Goes* - Quick Message to All Newbie Artists/Art Journalers

I am hoping to get my craft room cleaned up a bit, and get my camera onto a stand so I can record some of my art videos to share some of these creations.