Sharing this post from Jennie Grimes, in hope that one day it will be unnecessary.

Originally posted on putting the grrrrr in Grimes:


The terrors of the early AIDS epidemic. The unknowing. The limited treatments. Inadequate funding. Living within a limited timeline. Dying before your time. All while watching your friends around you die, from the very disease that you fight. With over 40,000 deaths a year during the height of the AIDS epidemic, these numbers startled the country. Shook us to our core and demanded that we all do more.

Eerily, the same thing is still happening today. At the same rate, with over 40,000 women dying of metastatic breast cancer (stage IV) each year—averaging 108 deaths a day. Again, 108 women, just like me are dying every. single. day.

I was again  reminded of this disheartening statistic by researchers as I attended Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)’s yearly Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference in Philadelphia this past weekend.  An event that took every bit of my strength, as it is tough to do…

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People Need the Lord

Lent has begun.

I am so thankful. I need to return again to my first love, the One from Whom I seem to slip away as the world turns. Maybe you are like me, your prayer life is consistent, but your daily time in the Word is hit-or-miss.

There are several places I can recommend that may help you get back to where you once belonged. I’ve listed them below. Each one is a space where you can find me and others, reading together and even making art together. Please, take a taste and see if one (or more) feels like it could be Home.


Margaret Feinberg’s Lenten Gospel Read Through     http://margaretfeinberg.com/gospels-lent-2015/

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His Kingdom Come     Several artists working together to further the Kingdom of God     http://his-kingdom-come.com


Documented Faith     Stephanie Ackerman offers a word for the month and verse for each week          http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/df/

Illustrated Faith     Shanna Noel is all about art journaling in your Bible     http://illustratedfaith.com

I’ve been seeking my Word for a month. I’d almost think I’d found it when, nope, just wasn’t right. I am so exhausted and done in; I am beyond overwhelmed. I’d been having an even rougher time than usual, feeling betrayed and abandoned even more than normal. I sat sobbing loudly, a snotty, drooling mess. I had been reading my dear friend Hillary Rain’s most recent missive. In it she says,

“I like to think of (birth)days as my very own New Year’s Day,  and, in lieu of picking a word for my year, I decided to declare it My Year of Tender Mercies.  It’s my year for softness and grace, for doing things differently, for giving myself permission, for all things new.
Already it’s shifted everything. It’s like my heart, body, spirit, home, and life have taken a collective exhale and pressed “restart.”

That’s when it happened.

I began to examine what my life would be like if I declared 2015 to be MY Year of Tender Mercies. What if I stopped fighting and pushing to leave here. Don’t get me wrong, I hate this apartment for lots of reasons, two of which are its darkness and the set of stairs I find too hard to navigate most days. But if I have 16 months, rather than a mere 4, is it the margin I need to choose decently and in order, wisely rather than desperately?

I am finding it difficult to submit to this new time of waiting, but I know that Jesus has not revealed anything. I have prayed, diligently, and He always answers; it could be Yes, No or Wait/Maybe. He orders my steps, He knows the paths that I take, and He certainly loves me more than anyone else. So I guess that 2015 will be MY Year of Tender Mercies.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” Job 13:15.


It is almost December 1, which means it’s almost time for Reverb!! I am reposting Kat McNally’s blog about it, since she does a much better job than I would do. It’s a nice way to wrap up your year, and maybe you’ll even find your word for 2015 in the process!! Without further ado, here’s Kat:

How Reverb works
The month of December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest your dreams for the new year. Reverb is therefore a reflective writing challenge that celebrates the successes and honours the challenges of the year that’s passing, then sows the seeds for a rich and rewarding new year.
Reverb was started by Gwen Bell, Cali Harris and friends in 2009 as a writing challenge for bloggers to consider the reverberations they sent out into the universe. They passed the challenge on to individuals to host in 2011 and a number of bloggers around the world have since taken up the baton. This makes for a pretty exciting and festive time, and it’s not unusual for bloggers to participate in multiple Reverbs at once!

How to play
There are two ways of participating in Reverb here, depending on how much you want to share. On signing up, you will receive a prompt via email each day between 1 and 21 December. A number of these prompts will have been written by guest writers, to encourage and inspire you along the journey.

You are welcome to use these prompts to guide reflections in your private journal.

OR if you would like to share your insights with the Reverb community, then all you need to do is blog your response then visit us here at katmcnally.com and pop your URL in the linky provided each day. This will give other participants the chance to read your words and/or see your images and leave words of encouragement, and vice versa. It’s a great way to share the excitement, discover new kindred spirits and entice other bloggers to visit you!
The only rules of engagement are: go gently and stay open. There’s no pressure to blog every day or share everything, and there’s no such thing as “falling behind”. December is a busy month for everyone – regardless of the holidays you observe – so even just reading the prompts and letting them marinate in the back of your mind is enough.
You are also welcome to tweet or tumblr or instagram your responses. I’ll be keeping an eye out for tweets with #reverb14 and retweeting them (so it would be a good idea to follow me on twitter @_kat_mcnally_ if you’re not already!).

To receive Reverb prompts via email, please sign up HERE.
Please note that if you subscribed to April Moon, August Moon or Reverb prior to August 2014, you will need to sign up again so that: 1 you only have to sign up once for all three writing challenges; and b) I can be sure that you are happy to receive prompts for all three. I’m just keen not to keep pestering you and/or sending you unwelcome email!
Prompts will be posted here at katmcnally.com daily, and links will also be uploaded to the Reverb prompt archive. The advantages of signing up to receive prompts via email are: 1) they’ll be delivered directly to your in-box at 6am AEST each day; 2) you’ll be eligible for the giveaway; and, 3) you’ll be the first to know about forthcoming reflective writing challenges, some of which are only available via email.

Did I mention there’s a giveaway?
How would you like to win one of two copies of Issue Two of Mabel magazine? I cannot speak highly enough about this exquisite publication (which just happens to include a feature from yours truly) and I am so excited to have this opportunity to share it with you.
All you need to do is sign up for Reverb as per the above and add the URL of your posts each day to the linky here at katmcnally.com Winners will be drawn from the names of participating bloggers — as indicated by posts each day on the linky — on Sunday 7 December at 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.
This means that the more frequently you share your posts, the greater the chance of winning! (No cheating by posting the same link more than once, though, OK?)

All kinds of riotous joy will break out at midnight, with the start of two of my favorite traditions: Art Every Day Month and NaNoJouMo. I am so excited I can hardly wait!! I’m reposting the original posts here, with links, so you can join in!!

[Leah Piken Kolidas] ” started this project over ten years ago as a challenge to myself to create some art every day for one month and post it on my blog. I was inspired by NaNoWriMo and wanted to do something similar with art, and thus Art Every Day Month (AEDM) was born. Posting art on my blog every day helped to keep me accountable and it was fun to share my creations. The following year, I invited people to join in and each year since I’ve had great groups of creative people committing themselves to more creativity for the month of November with me. I’ve met some fantabulous people through AEDM and I’m thrilled to have anyone who is interested join in!

The rules (which were made for breaking):

I keep the rules for AEDM really simple and very loose. I encourage people to make something every day, but my goal is to foster more creativity, so if you make just one piece of art per week or just one for the whole month, that’s fine with me. The idea is to bring more creativity into your life, not to make you feel overwhelmed, pressured or guilt-stricken. Art is also loosely defined here. I mean art in the sense of anything creative, whether that be painting, drawing, knitting, sewing, cooking, decorating, writing, photography, clay, jewelry-making or whatever!

Look at AEDM as a soft nudge to add more creativity to your everyday life with a bit of group support. It’s the group support that makes it so lovely I think. Every year, I meet new, wonderfully creative people through the process, which was an unexpected, but amazing benefit! Because my focus is on mixed media art, I tend to work on drawing, painting, and collage and I challenge myself complete a piece of art or do some work on a larger piece every day and post an image of what I’m working on, on my blog.

I keep a link to a list of bloggers participating this year in my sidebar, so that you can check in on what others are up to and I’ll have a Mr. Linky widget posted daily where people can leave a link to their blog posts. I’ve also created a Flickr group where people could share their creations  (it’s free and fairly easy to use.) You can join up with the flickr group and post your images there if you’d like to, although it’s not required”.

If you want to join in: follow this link and get the details  http://creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month



“Once again, [Dawn DeVries Sokol is] planning on starting NaNoJouMo Nov. 1 and hope you will join me every day for a new prompt throughout the month. For the last couple of years, I have focused on song titles, and since music always moves me to journal, we’re going to focus on some favorites from my personal playlist. So get those art journals ready and if you’re not familiar with NaNoJouMo, read the post that started it all:

I was just contemplating my own version of NaNoWriMo. (For those of you unfamiliar with this term, NaNoWriMo is held during the month of November, encouraging writers everywhere to write a 175-page novel by midnight, Nov. 30.) At first I thought of NaNoCroMo, where I would crochet a certain amount every day during November…I think I will try to do that, but I’m also starting NaNoJouMo, an idea borne out of a Twitter conversation between myself and Pam McClung and brought to fruition here…It stands for National Nonstop Journaling Month!

Each day during November, I will post a word to get you art journaling. A journal jump of sorts—one word a day to inspire or get you thinking. The goal is to journal SOMETHING in your art journal. DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A FULL PAGE…can be a doodle, maybe painting some backgrounds, doing some collage…just SOMETHING every day in your art journal during November. Even if it’s just moving a pencil across the page in a crooked line…

Nothing earth-shattering.

You may say, “Dawn, WHY should I do this?”

Well, I know some of us (many, let’s be honest) have a difficult time getting started. Sometimes we just need a kick in the pants to encourage us. I also want you to learn how to journal a little at a time. Art journaling is an activity that can be done in spurts. You don’t have to create an entire page or spread in one sitting. I have pages in all stages of production! And it’s OK!

So get out that handmade journal, Moleskine, notepad, composition notebook, or whatever you’re using as your art journal right now. If you have several in the works, that’s OK, too! You can pick a different one each day! Just get ready to art journal!!!!”

Go here for all of the details: http://www.dawnsokol.com/dblogala/2014/10/30/nanojoumo-starts-saturday

21 secrets :: giveaway!


Here is an awesome giveaway from Erica Simpson: 2 (TWO!!) free spots in 21 Secrets!!

Originally posted on {e} everyday art:


i am so thrilled to be joining other beautiful artists as one of the instructors in this fall’s session of 21 secrets!

i had so much fun creating the content & am eager to share it with all the creative souls who will gather beginning october 1st.

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thanks to sweet connie of dirty footprints studio, i have TWO spots in this fall’s session of 21 secrets to give away!

click here to see a description of all the content included in this online art journaling workshop!

to enter :: leave a comment below and let me know what makes you feel free?

bonus entry :: share this giveaway on social media (leave another comment below)

(please be sure to leave your email address so i can contact you if you are the winner). 

giveaway closes on sunday, september 7th at midnight.

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I got on a roll this weekend and finished up all 61 cards. In fact, I was so enamored of the grid patterns that I was creating, I even did a bonus card. The first 2 were done with Twinkling H2Os.



Crayola metallic colored pencils.


These 3 were Prang watercolors and Micron pen.




These use only Sharpie water based paint pens. This first one actually is a LOT pinker.




Here are 2 done with SRS Metallic Colorsharp markers and @theOffice Metallic markers.



This combines the Sharpie paint pens, SRS markers and @theOffice markers.


Sharpie paint pens combined with Crayola metallic pencils.


I also have a pack of 6 Yasumoto Gel Xtreme metallic rollers.


These last 3 are all done with Sakura Gelly Rolls. The centers of the last 2 are done with pens from the Glaze collection, so they look like enamel. The very last one is my bonus card.



ICAD Bonus Card There you have, ICAD 2014 completed!!

Tammy Garcia, never being one to rest on her laurels, has 2 new things starting on Friday, August 1. Tune in to daisyyellowart.com for more on:

Art Journal Tangents & Topics: The Series

The series includes art journaling techniques, video tutorials and creative prompts all thrown up into the air and tossed up in random fashion. We’ll create art journal pages, draw patterns and ink designs. We will go on tangents and discover new tactics to apply to your journal pages.

Registration: It’s magic! No registration required.
Fee: Zero, Nothing, Nada, Zip.
Tip jar donations appreciated, button at blog ➸
When: Fridays starting August 1st

I plan to be there. How about you??


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