Thursday, December 29, 2016

Get ready for January 2017

Hi everyone, it's a bit early for my blog post but being that there will be lots happening come January I thought I would post now. So many things going to happen in 2017. So without further nonsense here is my list of commitments and links if you are interested.

Lifebook 2017

Polymer clay adventure 2017
I'll have video updates as to how I am doing with both classes.

I'll be participating in the Pantone Color of the Year challenge. I will post my video on the blog.

Journaling: My Year 2017
for more information

Build a line with B'Sue Boutiques. That will definitely be the biggest thing I do this coming year.

Well there they are, I think. Somehow I feel like there is more than that..... Could I have over committed myself? hmmmm We shall see.

Friday, December 9, 2016

December 2016

Here are some of the pictures of my husbands watercolors. I have a few posted on my Etsy shop Designs by MJM . I thought you would enjoy seeing some pretty things for the Holiday month.

Consider going to Etsy and let me know what you think of the site Designs by MJM.
I do hope you all have safe and joyful celebrations. Till next month. TakeCare hugs

Friday, November 4, 2016

November 2016

I am not going to go into details but I have been having some concerns with family and have not been able to upload new content in a while. Now I am home and very happy to be back at my craft table doing my thing again.

 This is where I found Gabby, hardly even cared that I was home after a 6-week absence. seriously Gabby not even a blink?

Of course these three drove me nuts with their attention. Tater of course was thrilled and smiled at me but his allergies made him itch terrible and I had to start his medication again. 

Bug and Lacey themselves in a way,
Bug seems to have pulled a muscle in her back leg probably thinking she's a young pup still. Like me the old bones and joints are not happy. Lacey moves at warp speed no matter what and she gave me nearly a bath with all the kisses.

For all you walking dead fans here is the latest from loot pets I wasn't here to do an unboxing but Tater is sporting the Negans little batters shirt. I get it but would have liked a Glen and Abraham shirt instead. I think. Right Tate?

Well, I am going to try to update a lot better than I have in the past. With the New Year I am hoping for at least once a month.For now I am going to say weekly wish me luck and don't forget to find me on- youtube, mimi's musings, -Facebook, maryannescreativemix and instagram; mmott1225,  and etsy; designsbymjm soon to be updated. thanks

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Septmber 2016

Story one, In July, I think, I started working with a trainer. With great expectations we began with 2 times a week. I pulled something at first I just thought it was a mucsle out of wack. Then it became more intense when I stopped moving. took advil and iced it, went to thechiropractors, didn't even workout for a few weeks. Finally went to the doctor, after a round of stupid steroids I am on some anti seizure medication that also works on inflammation. 

Story two, Work has been put on hold and although I like being home I have racked up some debt from getting going in my new position. Ok,Ok I didn't have to go get a new LED light but I wanted a bigger one than I had and the polishes were a bit dry, old or out of date. I wanted some that was fun. In any case I also paid for my comference to face and body show and I bought a few things thinking I was gonna pump it up, took a lah extension class, got some supplies and some facial products I could get behind. Now I am really behind. So do I risk my back and hang out at the shop or do I stay at home till I figure what's up?

Story three, got a call from family, usually no one calls me,  except my dad, so I knew something was up. Brother has some form of cancer in his esophagus. He never smoked, but we grew up in a small home with several smokers. Could be it is from having heart burn. He's going for a second opinion and tests are beginning. Apparently they want to see if it spread before they consider his options.We cant get a break this been a lousy couple of years. I don't react with the big things I would like to think I am strong when stuff like this happens. But alone with my thoughts and silent tears. I give myself a headache.

Conclusions, how can I be so whiney when all I have is back pain from being old? 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016



A free online retreat that encourages and fosters women artists to be their authentic self. Seems a bit much doesn't it? Well I have paid for the ability to be a part of an artistic community that helps foster women to embrace themselves and be the artist they want to be. Frankly I believe that this course and it is free mind you, can be for anyone who needs to focus themselves and their goals. Doesn't have to be about art. Although the process of using art as a way of finding our goals and true self is certainly a part of this.

I imagine you don' t have to keep a journal but being a teacher in my mind part of every process of learning always involved writing. So keeping the journal is a pretty good idea. Including in it some art can help express some things that can't be done with words. Just sayin.

The very hardest part has been seeing my muse or answering some of the questions that we were asked in our class today. I eventually answered the questions but in some ways I am not sure if they are too general.

I so enjoyed the art process it was pretty cool.

So out of the answered questions we were to discover our manefesto for the rest of the class. I developed something eventually. Thankfully it's not a manuscript.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bead and Button Show vote

 Ok you must go to this website Bead and Button and vote for  Mary (Marnie) Ehlers a fabulous Metal Clay artist. She has done lots of different works but this is outstanding. I think it deserves some votes so go to the Bead and Button Website and click on the gallery of artistic works and look at all the wonderful things that is being made and vote for your favoriet but I'd love it if when you get to Marnie's you voted for hers. It is brilliant.
Vote for Marnie!!

This is from a posting on facebook come on lets vote for Marnie.

This is Marnie's husband Steve. Marnie is still in California taking care of her mom in hospice. She asked me to please ask her friends to go to the Bead Dreams Contest using this
Once on the page click "vote" and go to page 3. She is competing under the metal clay category. The piece is called Enchante Par La Romance. You can vote 5 times a day until 11 June. I know she will appreciate it. Thanks.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Altered playing cards

Or you can go to my youtube page:

Mixed media has always been something I really enjoyed doing. You don't have to have exact things you just use what you have or what works. Sometimes it looks good and sometimes well lets leave it at that, shall we?

I started making some altered playing cards cause it actually looked fun and it was a way to warm up before heading into a long session of art work. So here is my latest version.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 12

Woe is me. I try maybe not hard enough. The year started and I had every intention of blogging at least once a month. I may have even promised more than that but life well you know.

So I am at least checking in to say hi and to show you what is keeping me busy. Wish I could say it was my video taping but can't cause it seems there is a learning curve to the video editing process. I am trying though and someday I will be blogging monthly and weekly video uploading. We can only hope.

So, I am reflecting on my past 5 months and where I am there are more ideas than I can even state but let me try;
altered jewelry, thanks to B'Sue Boutiques and her videos available on youtube.
watercolor and printing, thanks to Jane Davenport for inspiring as always I have much to learn.
videos' my lack of them does not mean I don't have desire to get them out there. Thanks to my CAC group who are always making and doing and far surpass my endeavors. Check my peeps out.....

til next time. hugs

new alt jewelry 1

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20,2016

Can we say how fast the month has gone already? 

I am feeling the pressure of wanting to do it all before the end of the oh okay it's just the first month of the year but I am already behind on my ideas for the youtube channel not to mention the acrylic class with Cinnamon Cooney the Art Sherpa.

 I was going to do the event for the Pantone colors of the year but didn't  get it filmed. Then as I was trying to download some new software for editing my computer threw -up and is sick now. 
Now that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the art going to happen.
                         On 1-20-2016 thru 1-24-2016 on youtube put into the search bar #coloroftheyearart and be amazed at all of the neat art everyone is doing.

‪#‎ColorofTheYearArt ‬ youtube wednesday till sunday

My heart wants it all and to be all but it is just not going to happen this month. Hey, I have been preety good with the blog, right? 
Well the first fourteen days of February I am challenged to do art everyday for the 14 days. I will upload on youtube come see it starting February 1-14, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 9th 2016

Well beginning of the year and I have been very busy, spent the first part of this year with my Dad and Pat in Florida that was fun. I so enjoy being with them but I miss my home I loved when we lived across the street from each other. We could celebrate the Holidays and then go home to our own beds and no worries about the puppies. Sigh, I miss them. So I am back and recouped somewhat from my flight arrrgh I hate the flying thing. only cause it's 6 hours from destination a to be.

You will not believe how old he is and he still goes around does chores, helps friends, keeps himself busy as much as he can.

Such a week I know I promised to tell you about the new year tutorials I am going to do this year. Well I hope you checked out all the wonderful ones I hooked you up with.

Well the first one I joined was actually a birthday gift Jane Davenport's love her to pieces.
Image result for jane davenport

The second one is Jennibellies goal setting class yes I have great trouble keeping tabs on my youtube channel my blog and my art goals. So I hope this helps.

Then I bought myself another copy of Leonie Dawson Create your shining year 2016 of course

Image result for leonie dawson 2016 I have last years and did okay but it got away from me. This year she has a date book that I was going to incorporate into my art goals.

THE Art Sherpa Cinnamon Cooney has a tutorial available that is going to take me from nothing to novice in my acrylic painting. Hope you'll watch for my uploads of photos for that. I'm about two weeks off on that one.

Image result for art sherpa Best Part? It's freeeeeeeee

Last but not least I am trying to decide if I want to join the Polymerclay art retreat for this year. I did last year and it was great.

Polymer Clay TV Banner My only problem is they have art jewelry and polymerclay art ugh I can't decide. let me see if I .....

Next week I will be uploading my first ever painting from the Artsherpa

Don't forget I have a youtube channel Mimi's Musings. Check out the latest from our Inspiration Conspiracy hop on January 14th. see you next week.

Friday, January 1, 2016

January 1, 2016 Happy New Year

          Happy New Year Everyone! 2016 has arrived. 

Are you tired of it yet? Every email I have gotten has had some form of merriment holiday greetings or New Year greetings. For those that don't want to say Merry Christmas. Heck I don't really care what you say as long as you wish me well. I'll do the same for you. 

I can't believe all of the things I want to accomplish in just this month alone. There are tons of artists who have classes starting the I want to be a part of and yet I can't. Now don't get me wrong I am taking part in several arty adventures and I want to share that process (I will on youtube mimi's musings) But I know I can't do it all financially sure but physically more so. I already have a room to myself and lots of my crafty supplies fall over into boxes outside the room mind you. I can't have my space make it impossible for me to work. Time I work and I am limited to the amount of precious time I can put into my "hobby"

Ok so here are a few of the lusciousness I wanted to be a part of please go check them out if you wish.

Life Book:
Possibly the most important class I ever took in my life. It exposed me to several different styles of artists as well as gave me the confidence to continue. I also have to say that I was totally blessed by finding this class. More later.

She has loads of just fun things to do and learn and share. Your have to subscribe to this lady just for her lovely enthusiasm. It's contagious. 
Another place you absolutely must go to is to Jennibellies youtube video's that is where all of my nonsense began. I made a journal out of christmas cards. (Youtube video in future.)

Jane Davenport:
I have taken several classes with Jane and I love when her dogs get into the frame of her videos so check out her youtube videos too! They are very affordable and you have the feeling of being her bestie when your done. How can you not feel loved when someone smiles at you all the time. She just makes you feel like she is having the best time in her life and you get happy too. I don't know how she does it.

She speaks to me in so many ways and I am always awed at what she does. I want you to go check out her blog and really look through what she has to offer. If you do nothing else learn how she suggests to go through a class. I will never take a class the same way again. I am not going to let the cat out of the bag but it is a process that helps you to retain more information and get more of your monies worth out of any class you take.

Polymer Clay Adventure;
A truly inspiring group of women, who I started this adventure last year. It was a birthday gift to myself. A year of Polymer Clay Art with different teachers, handouts, videos and of course good information regarding supplies and tools that you can get on this site as well. Don't judge me of course I bought stuff. It was fun we did swaps and get to see everyones style I loved it.

So what am I doing this year? Well go check out these beautiful people and their amazing sites and I'll get back to you next week. I have already joined two of the above and I am trying to make sure I don't overwhelm. We'll talk next week. Hugs baby bears.

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