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Today my heart is thankful for all those who served and died for our freedom. My heart is heavy for the loved ones they left behind. Both made a huge sacrifice. ❤🇺🇸 Day 56 of my #100daysoffloralplay project. Comment "Mine, please!" to make it yours.

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Day 55 of #100daysoffloralplay. Comment "Mine, please!" and I'll snail mail it to you free. ☺️ These florals are really fun to make! Just blob a bunch of watercolor all over and then sketch on top of it. If you try it, tag me so I can see!

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The daffodils are past blooming in my yard, so I drew some to give away. Comment "Mine, please!" if you'd like to have them mailed to you.

Day 52.

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Day 54 of #100daysoffloralplay. Playing catch-up since I missed yesterday's. Say "Mine, please!" if you'd like it snail mailed to you.

Who are you remembering this weekend? My dad was not in the service, but we hope to get up to his grave, which is surrounded by my grandparents', aunt's, grandpa's (other side), and some extended family.

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It's here! Day One (but March 2) of our challenge. Can't wait to see everyone's crocuses.

It's one of the first flowers of spring (though I don't know if I've ever seen on in MN), and the first half of my business name.

I didn't an interview with @mysahomestyling for her blog a month or two ago, and one of the questions she asked was how I chose my name.

Oddly enough, I chose it 8 years ago when I sold a few photographic prints on Etsy. I hadn’t thought of it for ages, but when I started painting flowers, it kept popping into my mind. Part of the reason I began painting was for a creative outlet; I had to give up my photography business because of health issues, and my right brain was starving. I kept thinking of crocuses, one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, coming right through the snow, shining brightly in the cold. And thistles, a plant known for its barbs, its prickliness, yet it produces a flower that is food for bees (making honey!) and has medical uses. Another good thing coming from seemingly bad. My art is like that: a hobby/business borne of a very hard time in my life.

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Happy to announce my shop is officially open! Link in profile! 😁
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I have avoided #fridayintroductions for a long time. I don't really do selfies because I don't like my appearance anymore. All I see is a swollen, sick-eyed version of my former self. Even on days I feel pretty, the pictures don't lie.

The main reason I got into painting is because my other creative outlet (which is a business) has dwindled due to invisible illness. Every day I make art. The community here on IG is so encouraging and inspiring; I thank you all for being part of my journey. And though I pray every day for healing and answers, I am also very grateful for the things God has taught me through my sickness. He is constantly, graciously good.

Found an old set of watercolor pencils I've had for 15ish years to add some color to last night's sketch. 😀
Like I tell my kids, use what you have!

And now for something completely different, subdued almost-neutrals. I know not everyone has a space that can house vivid color, so I attempted something more timid. It came out looking very "illustrative," my husband said. I see what he means.
What have you tried lately that's been out of the norm for you?

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Today my heart is thankful for all those who served and died for our freedom. My heart is heavy for the loved ones they left behind. Both made a huge sacrifice. ❤🇺🇸 Day 56 of my #100daysoffloralplay project. Comment "Mine, please!" to make it yours.

#the100dayproject
#crocusandthistle

Day 55 of #100daysoffloralplay. Comment "Mine, please!" and I'll snail mail it to you free. ☺️ These florals are really fun to make! Just blob a bunch of watercolor all over and then sketch on top of it. If you try it, tag me so I can see!

#the100dayproject
#crocusandthistle

Day 54 of #100daysoffloralplay. Playing catch-up since I missed yesterday's. Say "Mine, please!" if you'd like it snail mailed to you.

Who are you remembering this weekend? My dad was not in the service, but we hope to get up to his grave, which is surrounded by my grandparents', aunt's, grandpa's (other side), and some extended family.

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Today's #onetofollow is @janna_creates! She has such a fluid style and very encouraging pieces. If you need some bright and beautiful in your feed, give her a follow!

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Day 53 of my #100daysoffloralplay giveaway. In case you are new to my project, I give each piece away. So to make today's 5x7 yours, comment, "Mine, please!" And if you've already won one, tag a friend! ☺️ #the100dayproject
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This week's #cccpalette5 is called "Island Punch." Since I've been on a rainbow kick lately, it fit right into my ideas, and even turned out kind of tropical!

If you want this bright, fun 11x14" canvas panel in your home, DM me! Otherwise it will join my summer collection in my shop late May/early June.

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Parenting is the hardest job I've ever had. I had one other job in my life that I didn't care for very much, but it was NOTHING compared to the day-in, day-out grind of being someone's mom. Of course, parenting comes with a much better package of benefits, but also greater risk. Daily I have to seek God's help and grace for behaviors I can't fix, attitudes I can't change, and that's just me!! Oh, that I would be "merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love" as He is (Psalm 103:8). I am changing, though. I am a much different person than I was before kids! Grace!

Day 51 of #100daysoffloralplay. Comment, "Mine, please!" to make it yours for free!

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Today's #letteringthehymns is "Be Thou My Vision." Thanks again for this great challenge, @jesstipletters and @loreleicreative. It gives me the chance to sing the lyrics to my kids and reintroduce them to some of my childhood favorites! Plus, there are wonderful truths for my own soul to meditate upon.

White ink for #cb_whiteink with @calligrabasics. I used a Uniball gel pen and a Sakura brush pen for shadow. Props to @karengangnonart for the idea to do collage over my rainbow watercolor. I cut up an old painting to make the flowers and leaves.

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Day 50 of my project, #100daysoffloralplay! I can't believe we're halfway! Thanks to all of you who have supported me and done your own #the100dayproject! It hasn't been an easy or cheap endeavor, but I'm proud of myself for making it halfway. I've learned a lot through experimentation.

I haven't been able to participate in as many other challenges his month as a result, but I know you all understand how crazy life gets at times, and May always seems to be one of the craziest!

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Day 49 of #100daysoffloralplay! Comment "Mine, please!" to have this piece mailed to you for free! And if you've already won a piece, please share with your friends! I'd love to spread the love (and art!) around. 😊

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Yesterday was the only day this week it hasn't rained. I am thankful, because we needed it and my allergies have been much better since some of that pollen has been knocked out of the air, but it is 42 degrees here right now. That is just depressing! 😂

Anyway, I'll get back to my cleaning and reading and meal-planning after I give away this piece of art. Comment "Mine, please!" and I'll mail it to you.

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Hey friends! My #onetofollow for this Friday is my "chocolate covered meatball" friend Jenna @bohofarmhouse. 😁 She has amazing decorating prowess in addition to chops with the macrame (see her shop @tangled.gumption). I am an eclectic decorator myself, and I find so much inspiration in her squares.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Friday! Day 46 of #100daysoffloralplay. The sky has shown very little blue here since last Sunday, so I made some blue flowers to make up for it! If you mixed these two shades of blue together, you'd have very close to my favorite color. What's yours?

If you'd like to own this piece (free!), comment, "Mine, please!" and I'll snail mail it to you.

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Day 45 of #100daysoffloralplay! Almost half done! Thanks to all who have been so supportive of my project. And if you've already won one, would you be a dear and share that I'm doing this with a friend? I have 55 more pieces coming, and I'd love for them to bless 55 more people! Comment "Mine, please!" to make this one yours!

This one is mixed media, paint marker over watercolor. If you saw in my stories yesterday, I was so excited that I found some gel pens, but they were so old none of them worked! Haha, that's what I get for saving nice pens. What art supply do you hoard? Or if you just started, what supply are you careful not to use too much of because of the expense?

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When you have the world's best-smelling flowers in front of you, that's what you make for #100daysoffloralplay! I love lilacs. Of all the flowers smells, which is your favorite?

If you'd like this piece snail mailed to you, be first to comment, "Mine, please!" Day 44

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There are so many creative, talented people I've met here on Instagram. This piece alone was inspired by the watercolor circles @melodyletterland does so well and a crystal tutorial by @alieletters. Thanks to all of you for sharing, teaching, inspiring, and encouraging. Swipe to see metallic shimmer! "Be creative" is for #youareeverythinglettering with Alie, @sketchyminx, @kryslauren_loveletters, and @astrokeofgenius_.

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We just had a night of storms followed by the sun this afternoon. Kids and I went out for a muggy walk and skipped some stones at the lake (pics in my stories). Trying to enjoy it before it gets cold again!

Day 43 of #100daysoffloralplay. Line drawings inspired by @briannashowalter. If you'd like to have this one, comment "Mine, please!" #crocusandthistle

A bunch of wildflowers for Mother's Day #100daysoffloralplay. Comment "Mine, please!" if you'd like it snail mailed to you.

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Happy Mother's Day! This little bouquet went home with my mom last week. I enjoyed painting it a lot! I used an old business card to scrape on the background.

See my friend Cara's @molluskgrl post from yesterday if you are one for whom Mother's Day is difficult. I couldn't have put it more compassionately or beautifully than she did. *hugs*

My peeps are treating me to a day at the Arboretum, so stay tuned to my stories if you want to see some pretty plant life!

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