Monthly Archives: January 2012

Zeroing In On My Style…


Towards the end of last year I started an e-course called the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design.  This was put on by the very talented Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls.  One of the key things we focused on was really zeroing in on what your signature style is.  I must admit I was kind of skeptical at first – mostly not believing I actually HAD as signature style.  Turns out I do!

One of the exercises that really helped me define it was creating a Pattern Love Board.  What I learned was that my style generally has elements of 4 things – Swirls, Curvy Silhouettes, Floral, or Brightly Colored Symmetrical patterns.  Below is my board – I hope you have as much fun looking at it as I did creating it!

She Was Ready To Bloom Bigger Than Life…


She was ready to bloom.  But not just bloom into a lovely small flower.  She was ready to bloom big.  Bigger than life.  She craved a big life full of adventure, romance, and fabulous experiences.  She was ready to live a big life.  Are you?

A Wordle For You!


I found an awesome site – all of you word lovers will be in pure bliss!  It is  You can put in a series of words and it will create a word picture for you.  You can even put in a website or blog and it will pull words from that url and make your Wordle picture.  You can change themes, size, shape and color.  I think this is so fun!!!  And it is free!!!

This wordle is from my art blog, Just Mary Designs.  I love seeing what words jumped out!

My Word For 2012….Radiant


I read about the idea to choose one word to be MY word for the year.  It didn’t take me long to choose one.  My word for 2012 is “RADIANT”.  Why Radiant?  Because I need to tune back in to my own radiance.  And in shining within my own radiance, that will inspire others to shine themselves.  And that matters to me.

If I embraced the word Radiant daily, if I truly lived that word, I think my world would change.  I think I would buy into my own power more.  I would trust my own strength to carry me through the stressful times.  Right now when I am stressed, I eat.  I think that if I lived radiantly, I would not harm myself that way and I would walk my way through stress.  I believe that living a radiant life means getting to my natural weight….and staying there.

If I lived radiantly I think I would feel more energy, more connection with the universe, more connection with others.  I think I would be more productive and accomplish more things.  If I believe in my own radiance, and am more accepting of myself, I will become more accepting and loving of others.

I also believe that Radiance will attract Radiance.  Living a Radiant life will draw me towards other radiant things that will enhance and empower my world.  And I think being Radiant will show up in my art work.  It will create its own beauty as it shines through me.

So cheers to 2012 and to my word!!  RADIANT!!!!


Bon Voyage…


Bon voyage is a French phrase literally meaning “good journey”, and usually translated as meaning “have a good trip”.   As we wave goodbye to 2011 and welcome in in 2012 I can’t help but wonder – Where will this journey take us next?

In 2011 I had no idea there would be a massive flood that would cause me to evacuate my home and my office.  I wonder what will happen within my home in 2012?

In 2011 I had no idea that painting would become such a passion and I would begin to create in new and wonderful ways.  I wonder what I will create in 2012?

In 2011 I had no idea that I would start an art blog.  I wonder what e-artsyness will happen in 2012?

In 2011 I had no idea that I would meet the love of my life.  I wonder where that relationship will go in 2012?

In 2011 I had no idea that I would soon become a grandmother (yikes – am I that old?!?).  I wonder what it will be like to meet my grandson in 2012?

I wish you all Bon Voyage as you set to enter the next phase of your own journey!!