What does it mean to live In the Spice Rack?

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To live In the Spice Rack means that you embrace the things in life that make you happy, and add a dimension of wholeness to your life. Give up feeling guilty for enjoying pleasure in your life. Be happy. Do great work that enriches your life, and the lives around you. Know that you are worthy of being loved and cherished just as you are. Start with yourself. Living a colorful and pleasure filled life isn’t for everyone. Are you daring enough to take the leap?

May Day – Free Art

May Day 2022

May Day and Beltane is one of my favorite days of all, and Spring is my favorite time of year. I’m so glad to see daffodils out, and buds on trees. The dog comes inside and smells like fresh air. I love it.

Here in Rochester, we have the Lilac Festival in May. Highland Park hosts an amazing festival, and thousands of people come to see the beautiful blooms. There are food trucks, live music, high school choirs and bands performing, and sunshine. A true highlight of life here.

I have been busy with my first class in my new degree program. I am currently putting the finishing touches on my last two projects. I have a special present ready for myself once I’m finished. Getting to this place in my life has been a true project. My first month of 29, and completely lifechanging. More on this soon.

What is your favorite part of Spring where you live?

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April Showers – Free Art

April Showers 2022

I have been working ahead of schedule, so there’s no excuse for this being late. I am sorry! Time simply got away from me. Spring is my favorite time of year, even though my allergies start up. I will endure the sneezing for the beauty that unfolds.

During this particular year, I have been attending a Psalm study group, and we decided to learn about 6 different Lenten characters. I was in charge of finding music for each person, and it has been a riot! I have learned SO MUCH. This week was Mary, Jesus’ bio mom. Let me tell you, there was not a dry eye in the Zoom. We were all so moved. I’m still choked up!

Although I am religious and spiritual, I haven’t always considered myself a Jesus person. After experiencing the Black Lives Matter movement during the pandemic, I have an even better sense of who Jesus was, and what he was all about then, and what he should be about now. The stories are such interesting to consider in historical context, and in today’s world.

I think I find this to be true of any great leader throughout history, to be honest.

My art this month is pretty lighthearted, and all about waiting for those Spring and Summer flowers. And Easter candy. And bunnies. Oh, how I love Reece’s chocolate eggs!!! And dyeing eggs. Carved Ukrainian Easter Eggs. Scandinavian Easter Trees. Oh, how I love this time of year.

What’s your favorite Easter candy?

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March Musings – Free Art

March Musings 2022

March for me means several things. The end of February. The Ides of March. In like a lion, out like a lamb. More snow. St. Patrick’s Day. Irish fiddle tunes. The anniversary of my 12-step recovery. It will be 3 years. The season of Lent. Easter, depending.

This year, Easter is in April. I’m part of a group who is going to study a few people of the Lenten story. I’m researching songs and music that correlate with each person. Mary Magdalene has a lot of songs written about her. Do you have a character in the crucifixion story that you’ve always wondered about?

Back to fiddling and St. Patty’s day, do you have a favorite Irish tune?

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Flirty February Free Art

Flirty February Art

As soon as Christmas is over, my brain goes right to Valentine’s Day. So I’ve been looking forward to seeing this one on my computer every day of the month.

Do you have big Valentine’s Day plans? Anti-Valentine’s Day plans? My mom’s birthday is the day before, so I usually spend the week trying to share love with her. We have dark chocolate, fancy kombucha, and bison to enjoy so far.

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52 Books in 2022

  1. Becoming Old: Poems of Aging by Richard Greene
  2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  4. The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN & Elyse Resch, MS, RDN (gave up 4/20/22)
  5. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  6. Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn
  7. Come as you are by Emily Nagoski
  8. Unexpected Stories by Octavia Butler
  9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  10. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
  11. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  12. I will always write back by Caitlin Alifrenka
  13. In the Lateness of the World by Carolyn Forche
  14. Conflict is not abuse by Sarah Schulman
  15. Good Catholic Kids by Jymi Cliche
  16. Let’s talk about hard things by Anna Sale
  17. The Sacred Enneagram by Christopher L. Heuertz
  18. The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
  19. Making a Living without a job by Barbara J. Winter
  20. The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott
  21. The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
  22. Divine Rebels by Caroline Myss and Andrew Harvey
  23. All Saints Hotel and Cocktail Lounge by Nathan Monk
  24. Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger by Justin Murphy
  25. Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown
  26. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  27. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
  28. Hope by Marc Levy
  29. The Code Breaker by Isaac Isaacson
  30. Evicted by Matthew Desmond
  31. Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
  32. No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco
  33. Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller
  34. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  35. Bone Music by Christopher Rice
  36. The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz
  37. Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner
  38. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  39. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  40. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  41. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
  42. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
  43. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  44. Nonbinary. Memoirs of Gender and Identity
  45. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  46. A Demon in my view by Ruth Rendell
  47. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  48. 1776 by David McCullough
  49. The Virgin of Prince Street by Sonja Livingston
  50. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  51. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  52. A Season in Hell by Rimbaud
  53. The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  54. Killer Reunion by G.A. McKevett
  55. The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  56. Sami Blood
  57. The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl
  58. Alfons Mucha 1860-1939 : master of art nouveau by Renate Ulmer
  59. The little old lady who broke all the rules by Catherina Ingelman-Sundberg
  60. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  61. More Myself by Alicia Keys
  62. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  63. American Dirt
  64. The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  65. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  66. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  67. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  68. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  69. How to argue with a racist by Adam Rutherford

Happy New Year & Jump into January 2022 – Free Art

Happy New Year’s Eve, my friends!

I just got the news about Betty White. The upside – the Golden Girls are finally together again. The downside – Betty didn’t make it to 100. She was a treasure though. I’ll be in denial for a while. 

This year has had MANY great moments. On the other hand, it’s been filled with so many hardships. As Glennon Doyle has said, “We can do hard things.” The past two years have shown us this, if nothing else. We are capable of so much more than we know. We also need to prioritize ourselves in order to help others. This has never been so clear. 

Do you have any new intentions for 2022?

I am going to make art every day in 2022, and share it here. That’s my intention. That’s my action. I am also going back to school. I have to have a balance between creating and learning. I’m planning to launch on Twitch, and make some haiku videos this year, too. 

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Divine December – Free Art

I’m both surprised it’s almost December, and excited for this particular holiday season. It’s nearly time for Sanka Lucia, the bringer of light, to bring strong coffee, saffron buns, and other Scandinavian treats. The night gets dark sooner, but before we know it, Spring will be around the corner. I try to extend this season as long as possible. 

What is your favorite part of this time of year?

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Thankful – Free November Wallpaper

Thankful – Free November 2021 Art

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I have a daily gratitude practice, so November is extra thankfulness. I have collected journal books for years and years. I have only ever fully completed ONE journal though, and I just finished it! It’s one from Dollar Tree, which I collaged a lot of different magazine cutouts into, and it has a bunch of 2020 New Yorker Covid-19 pictures. Which is interesting to look back on now. I have my first “bullet” type journal, which I’ve been using as a weekly brain dump, and to collate various bits of things I need to remember.

What are you thankful for?

Do you have journals? How do you use them?

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Happy Halloween- Free October Wallpaper

October 2021

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September went by much too fast. Here in Western Upstate NY, we’ve been lucky. Summer weather has continued! Apple 🍎 & pumpkin 🎃 season is here finally! Honeycrisp are my jam. And I’ve been experimenting with grape pies.

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