Welcome To My Colorful World!

Welcome to my colorful world. I am a happy (most of the time!) wife, mom, artist, and preschool art teacher. I love to create, cook, nest, decorate, entertain family and friends, laugh, collect vintage stuff, snuggle my cat and dog, play outdoors, watch movies with girlfriends, and so much more! In addition to all this, I also publish an online magazine with my dear friend, called Mermaids of the Lake. Oh, and I love a big cup of coffee with cream, a dry martini, red wine, blingy jewelry, pink lipstick, blue fingernail polish. I love color! Beautiful colors inspire, motivate, and move me!!! What's my favorite color? I can't choose. I love them all! Yellow, pink, red, turquoise, blue, purple, orange, green and every variation in between!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colorful Quotes: It's all About Your Attitude!

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which,
more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
~William James

When I was a teenager my dad used to say, "Deborah Lynn, adjust your attitude!" Boy, did I get tired of hearing that! Ha! Dad was right though, and as I grew up a bit I soon realized that my attitude was one thing in life that I did, indeed have control of. This way of thinking has served me well. As I look back on my life now, realizing that I have lived for 30-some years with a chronic illness, (and didn't really know it) I know that a positive attitude and my Faith in God has helped me to have a good quality of life and lots of JOY, despite physical pain, exhaustion, and confusion due to illness and to regular life stuff! Plus, my attitude right now- today is one of HOPE and FAITH in a full recovery and healing! Yay for a positive attitude!

If you have a dream, don’t just sit there.
Gather courage to believe that you can succeed
 and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.

If you are distressed by anything external,
the pain is not due to the thing itself,
but to your estimate of it;
and this you have the power
to revoke at any moment.
~Marcus Aurelius

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Preschool Art: Handprint Owls

Children always seem to love projects with owls in them! These Handprint Owls were no exception. The parents loved them too because they were cute, creative, and a fun keepsake. Those little hands don't stay little for very long!

Note: This fun art project would be great for older children, as well and they can do so many of the steps themselves. 

You will need:
  • Pre-made templates for owls and eyes (see instructions below) Also, canning jar lid or something circular to trace for eyes. Smaller lid for pupil
  • Construction paper for the background in your color choice
  • White construction paper for owl body
  • Orange construction paper for beaks and feet
  • Black Fine Point Sharpies for signing names
  • Crayons
  • Glue (for older children, give them each their own glue) For preschoolers and the interest of time, teacher does the gluing
  • Scissors to cut out owl body and eyes (older children can do their own)
  • Tempera or acrylic paint in various colors
  • Little tubs or lids to pour paint into for making dots and finger marks on owls
Lets get started: Making the templates for tracing (Teacher does this) 

(You can have the children color in the pupil with crayon or you can do it ahead of time)

Now for the owls!

For Preschoolers, teacher can trace the owls and eyes onto white construction paper (using the templates) and cut out and glue ahead of time. (Older children could do this themselves) Also, cut little triangles for beaks and half circles for feet

I laid out pre-glued owls and little boxes of crayons. (Hint: the boxes are the plastic ones that mushrooms come in. I love them for so many storage ideas)

After putting each child's name on their painting with Black Sharpie, instruct the children to color their owl with the crayons. Lot's of bright color is the best!

The kids loved all of the steps. Add little pre-cut beaks and feet. I let the kids glue those on themselves, (with help for positioning) using a glue stick

When coloring is done, take the crayons away

Put out little pots (or lids) of paint. (We used tempera paints)

Kids used their fingers to neatly dab little bits of paints all over their owls. We used one color per group of four and then traded colors with another group when all were done.

Now for the handprint wings!

Teacher paints each child's hand in color of their choice

Turn the painting upside down to have the wing facing the right direction. Stamp handprint with thumb facing the owl body. Little ones need assistance. Older kids could do their own. Keep paper towels handy to dry off painted hands. (washing hands can be done at the end of the project)


Use stacked chairs for a drying rack!!

For more art projects for children please visit my Preschool Art Page

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Love Sweet Love

LOVE bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
~1 Corinthians 13:7

There is no fear in LOVE.
Perfect LOVE drives out fear.
~1 John 4:18

Do everything in LOVE.
1 Corinthians 16:14

We need love, love, and more love!!!

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we don't need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last 'till the end of time

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we don't need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh, listen, lord, if you want to know

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some, oh, but just for ever, every, everyone

What the world needs now is love, sweet love (oh, is love)
What the world needs now is love, sweet love (oh, is love)
What the world needs now is love, sweet love (oh, is love)

Written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David • Copyright

Monday, October 10, 2016

I Love Living at the Lake and I Love this Lake Quote

A lake is the landscape's
most beautiful and expressive feature.
It is earth's eye;
looking into which the beholder
measures the depth of his own nature.
~Henry David Thoreau

I live on a beautiful little lake in Eastern Washington and I am grateful for it every single day! In fact, the image above was taken a couple of weeks ago on an evening cruise just before sunset. It was magical. I wanted it to last forever. Fortunately, every glance of my sweet little lake is almost this breathtaking. Ahhh...

Cheers! To all things beautiful
and all things good and wonderful.
God is good!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

There's a Bear!

There's a Bear! Where? Over there!

I took these photos while on vacation this summer in Hayward, Wisconsin. We make the journey from Washington State to the North Woods of Wisconsin every year. It's a family thing! My husband's family has been doing it since before my husband was born. His entire family carries on the tradition. Seeing a bear is a highlight that we always hope for. Sometimes it doesn't happen.

This year we were blessed with this beautiful mama bear. We knew she was a mama because there were babies up this tree!!

She was beautiful and such a good mom. Thankfully, I took these pics from the safety of our car, which also allowed us time to really observe her and her babies.