Tuesday 28 May 2024

Making Zen FREE Online Retreat - 27th May - 31st May


Making Zen online retreat is in full swing with Day 2 in progress, you have 24 hours to watch the videos before they go. So naturally you would want to make the most of it.

If you want to have more time to watch the video then getting the VIP pass is a great idea. You might have thought that the Making Zen Online Retreat from @zenstitching couldn’t get any better - after all, it’s hard to top five days packed with 20 inspiring workshops! But I’m here to tell you it can, with… 

💙 Early access to all of the content

💙 Special bonuses like freebies and discounts from the presenting artists

💙 Access to the workshops for life

For $97 USD, you get to re-watch those presentations to your heart’s content for years to come, and having done this retreat before it really helps to be able to watch the videos in your own time.

The extra bonuses provided by the artists are awesome, too - you couldn’t purchase some of them alone for the same price you’re getting with the VIP Pass! Totally worth it.

Join Us Today

If you can’t wait to get started, you can LEARN MORE HERE to get your pass and start Making Zen right away!

Sunday 12 May 2024

Celebrating Mother's Day: The Importance of Self-Care and Nurturing


Happy Mothers Day, It’s a time of reflection and appreciation for the incredible women who have shaped our lives. 

From the mothers who raised us to the maternal figures who have guided and supported us along the way, Mother's Day is an opportunity to celebrate their love, sacrifice, and unwavering presence. As we spend time honoring those in our lives, we also take time to think about our own self-care and nurturing our well-being.

Self-Care Matters

Self-care is a fundamental aspect of maintaining balance, and overall well-being in our lives. Taking time to showing ourselves love and carving out moments of solitude, indulging in a favorite hobby, or simply giving ourselves permission to rest, self-care empowers us to recharge and replenish our energy.

Sometimes prioritizing self-care can often feel like a as meeting the needs of others can leave little time or energy for self-nurturing. However, practicing self-care is essential.

Celebrating Self-Care

I encourage mothers and maternal figures to take time for themselves, engage in activities that bring them joy, and honor their own needs and desires – whatever that may be, whether it's enjoying a leisurely morning, taking a peaceful nature walk, or indulging in a creative pursuit, let's celebrate each and every day in a way that nurtures the mind, body, and soul.

Saturday 11 May 2024

Flowers for Mothers Day - #secondsaturdayart


Come and join me in the Studio as I create this page.  It originally starts out as a background page with flowers.  Every month on my Patreon site I release a new set of papers that members can access.  

I take a good look at the background and like to see what images start to appear, I will go around it with a water-soluble graphite, and then the rest flows.  

I leave a couple of flowers in their original position and also use some translucent paint so you can still see the background. Why don't you try it out for yourself?

If you would like to access the background papers, come over to my Patreon and join the Free 7 Day Trial - HERE

I hope you enjoy

Monday 6 May 2024

Material Musings - Fabric Projects


Join us in the studio and come and see what new projects we are working on in Material Musings, some new projects using faces and figures and completing some of the smaller stitched projects.

Here are some ways in which you can make the most of your stitched projects:

  • Display Creatively: Showcase your finished projects in unique and creative ways. Frame them, hang them on a decorative embroidery hoop, or hang them on wooden dowels or branches for a natural effect.

  • Personalize Gifts: You can use your stitched projects to create personalized gifts for your loved ones. Whether it's a custom-designed piece of embroidery or a hand-stitched card, adding a personal touch makes the gift extra special.

  • Experiment with Techniques: Don't be afraid to try new stitching techniques and explore different styles. Mix and match colors, stitches, and patterns to create one-of-a-kind projects that reflect your creativity.

For More Ideas Click Here

Here are some of the pieces that I am working on

These piece use some of the digital art dolls that I have on my Etsy Store, you can check them out Here

Saturday 4 May 2024

Art Bundle for Good - 2 Days left!

Art Bundles for Good #8 is only here for 2 more days. If you didn’t purchase the Art Bundle last November, this is your last chance. This bundle of over 100 art classes will not be offered again.

There are over $5400 worth of courses and resources on on topics like watercolour painting, art journaling, sketching, mixed media, drawing, abstract art, acrylic painting, collage, pastel pencils, colored pencils, creativity and much more all bundled together for one low price. 

You’re not going to want to miss this fantastic deal. The sale will end on Monday at midnight, New York Time, so don’t miss out.

Friday 3 May 2024

Journal Prompts and Slow Stitching in the Arts and Wellness Cafe (Fullness)


Welcome to the Arts and Wellness Cafe. Come and join me as we look at the topic 'Fullness', we have art journals to work in, processes, lots of creativity, looking at the food forest and medicinal plants, the effects of dementia and care and lots more to encourage and motivate you.

As we gather I invite you to explore your thoughts and emotions through the art journals and take a look at some of the art journaling questions around Fullness that can be found on the course platform HERE

We are also working with slow stitching is a way to relax and unwind, we share a stitched technique, and other creative projects.

Engage in the various creative processes and allow your imagination to soar.  It can be such a freeing feeling trying new activities and seeing where they take you.  We will visit the garden and see some of the plants that I use in my Herbal teas.

As a previous carer, I reflect on the effects of dementia, and looking after my mother.  I used a variety of creative activities which not only benefited her but also me while taking part. Through these conversations and experiences, may you find inspiration that ignites your spirit and motivates you on your personal journey towards wellness. 

Together, let us cultivate a sense of fullness in our hearts and minds, embracing the beauty of creativity, connection, and compassion.  Join me in the Arts and Wellness Cafe!

Before You Go - Check out the Art Resource Hub

Art Bundles for Good #8 is Back! Until 7th May!!

Art Bundles for Good #8 is back now for 5 days only! If you missed the sale last November, this is your final chance. There are more than 100 classes from more than 85 different artists, all for one low price. You don’t want to miss this!

This is an incredible chance to learn a broad range of artistic styles from dozens of different artists and we are supporting a great charity.

Visit the Art Bundle website to see all the amazing courses included. They are all listed on the homepage.

There are over $5400 worth of courses and resources on topics like watercolour painting, art journaling, sketching, mixed media, drawing, abstract art, acrylic painting, collage, pastel pencils, colored pencils, creativity and much more all bundled together for one low price.

This is an amazing opportunity to get more than 100 art resources at such a low price. With so many products, it works out to less than $1 per class!

The best part is that 25% of the Art Bundle profits are going to support Courageous Kitchen, a Bangkok-based charity helping refugees. Get over 100 top art learning resources from more than 85 artists AND do some good at the same time. We’ve already raised US$ 131,054 for charity.


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