Sunday, January 31, 2016


February,  2016's second month, 29 more days - is here.  I have created a sheet of journal prompts (thought provokes) to get us started.  Feel free to download these here, print them out, cut them apart, color and write on them, glue or tape them in your journal/planner, or just mentally ponder if you wish.  May this month be sweet and engaging for us all.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My Word of the Year

Choosing a word to guide me in the next year makes much more sense than a list of resolutions.
This year I decided to pick Emerge for a variety of reasons.  I'm ready to step out in a bunch of different ways.  I am no longer waiting for everything to fall into place (which may or may not ever happen.). I want to try some new ways of being that have been pulling on my heartstrings for awhile now.  I am ready to show up and own my life.
I drew this mandala and wrote my word in the center with a sharpie marker.  While I colored it using colored pencils, I reflected on what kind of year I wanted to create in the next 12 months.  If you would like to do the same, you can download the blank mandala right here.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Welcome 2016!

A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start, a chance to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go, and to make your intentions known.  I created the above pages to use while you contemplate your life in these first few days of 2016.  You can download a copy for yourself right here.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

truth be told

I enjoy writing and I love reading blogs.  I like the idea of having a blog but, truth be told, I am not consistent enough to maintain one.  Maybe someday - when I retire from my full-time job or if they ever add another hour into the day - I will be able to blog in the way I believe I need to in order for it to be worth your time.  Until then, you can find me on Instagram (loneblackbird) or at my etsy shop.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fall Doodles

I made these little fall drawings last week using a black marker and colored pencils.  They can be punched out with a 1.5 inch paper punch and used for all sorts of crafts.  I glued them on construction paper and then attached little bags of candy but they could also be used for cards, garlands, cupcake toppers, whatever you can imagine!

If you leave your email address in the comments, I will send you this page free (for personal use only.). Happy Fall!

Monday, August 24, 2015

In Praise of Virgos

Happy Birthday Virgos!  I made this card for my friends and family who are celebrating a birthday in the next four weeks.  I had a few extras and put them in my etsy shop so check it out if you are fortunate enough to have a Virgo in your life.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Advice for New Grads

*This is available as a greeting card or in several sizes as a frame-able print
 in my Etsy Shop.  Thanks for asking!!!
I know several young people who are graduating from high school this spring, including my own step-daughter, so I made a card for them with some "good" advice on it.  Advice is always subjective and each person learns their most important lessons from experience, not someone else's summary of what to do.  But I couldn't help myself, so here it is.  I printed off several cards and sent them off with something practical - money.  Currency, advice, and much love help to build a substantial launching pad at such an important stage in life.
Best wishes for those beginning any new chapter in their life.