#1 Handmade Artisan Journal

Month 1 — 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. This is the logical place, in my thinking, to begin. A new year. A new decade. A new outlook. New hope. All these point to a Journal, to me. This Freedom & Simplicity™ project will get your creative juices flowing. The creative process of making it will aid in stress-reduction, healing, and enjoyment. And the Journal itself will provide a place for you to, well, journal, which is also very healing for the soul. This is your book, to… Continue reading

Intro to 12 Months of Creativity

Welcome to our 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity! I’m so glad you’ve joined us. I believe you’re going to enjoy our journey this year, so stick with me! Our journey will take us through creating 12 Freedom & Simplicity™ projects, each month learning a different type of crafting and techniques. They require no artistic skills or finesse. There are no Pinterest fails here! There is also no Pin it, Forget it! These projects are for active creativity. My hope is that along the way you’ll find new things you enjoy, and that you’ll continue to do more of those…. Continue reading

12 Months of Creativity

We’re saying good-bye to the old and ringing in the new tonight! Farewell 2019 and the 20-teens! Hello 2020! The Roaring’ 20s are back! To ring in this new decade, we’re going to take a journey of 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity! What a great way to begin a new decade! 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity will be monthly Freedom & Simplicity™ projects–presented here!– to help you open up your creativity, reduce stress, and even heal from brain or trauma injury.  Crafting may (or may not) be cheaper than therapy, but it is excellent therapy–whether that is just… Continue reading

Preview Project – Gnome

This project is no where close to what I thought my first project on this blog would be. It seems like a strange fit for here, at least to me, as a first project here, rather than it being on my old one. 2020 was to be the kick-off of actual projects here. I’m not even particularly into Gnomes! But I saw several cute ones, and decided I wanted to design and make some. Just for fun. For my kids’ families for Christmas. So consider this project as a Pre-project, to whet your appetite. Next month I will be starting… Continue reading

Purple Thursday

Thursday, October 24, 2019 (as a part of Domestic Abuse Awareness Month) is Purple Thursday. Wear Purple in support of victims and survivors of domestic abuse. (I made mine this morning.) 🙂 #DVAM #endDV #PurpleThursday

A Voice for freely whole

I’m so excited about my first “branded” item. Although freely whole has existed as that for over 3 years, it’s taken a long time to get to this place–of putting it out there, outside of the safe, trusted community of healing. But this week, I go on public display, as me, with freely whole for the first time. Regaining voice is a huge step in healing from destructive abuse, power-over control bent on shutting you down. Survivors must feel trust before they can open up. The untrustworthiness of abusers did not cause her to “have trust issues”, but rather taught… Continue reading

Created to Create

In the beginning, God created… Near the beginning, God gave humankind dominion over the earth–to steward it, and to in His image, bring creativity into it. Creativity is a gift God has given each one of us, in various ways. I believe each of us is to express that in our own lives, in our own ways, to His glory. Although this is not a “craft blog”, don’t be surprised to see creations, and maybe even instructions amongst these pages. In addition to the general enjoyment of creativity by anyone, creativity is also a great healer (as is music). Expressing… Continue reading