Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Artful Graces Archives

Can There Be Peace in Your Home?

What to do?  What to do after hearing the President plead for cooperation and putting the needs of the country first?  What to do after watching a dysfunctional Obama/Boehner face off in prime time?  How to answer your growing anxiety […]



See this picture?  I am certain it is apparent to you that it should be vertical rather than horizontal.  It is apparent to me, too.  I’ve edited.  Flipped.  Turned. Saved. Rinsed. Repeated.  And the demonstration piece meant as a visual […]


Wednesday Encouragement

If you need this message, particularly, print it out.  It’s a gift from me to you.


Questions for the “Self-Taught Artist” Carmen Torbus

Today I’ll share the rest of my interview with Carmen Torbus, author/editor of THE ARTIST UNIQUE.    I am providing another perspective through the view and questions of my friend and fellow artist, Christine Mason Miller.  Her interview with Carmen […]


Summer Solstice

Calendar and our awareness of the clicks of the seconds on a timepiece are all structures which we have built.  They are agreements we have made with the larger “other” of our communities so that trains can pass and have […]

A Monday Gift for You

Nesting in Home

For those feeling overwhelmed, or taken with the idea of experiencing a short sabbatical I can suggest an awesome destination for restoration and rejuvenation: home.  Not “home” with the HONEY-DO list and laundry and dishes, and dust under the sofa… […]

Someone rendered my words like this…

The First DAY of JUNE (and the rest of your life)

It’s June First.  I use the first of every month to create a journal in which I will record the observations and experiences of my life…all month long.  The first of anything is special.  It’s fresh.  It presents new possibilities.  […]

“Can YOU Believe it?”

It’s a common question after reading the headlines or listening to the news. Piece after personal piece of information regarding the lives of our elected officials and out of office celebrities. The media is abuzz with news of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s […]

Poetry or Promises

I am so happy to learn that the great elucidator, Billy Graham, has returned home after his stay in the hospital and his waltz with pneumonia. I wish him continued strength and solid recovery. These were my thoughts as I […]

crows, crowns and pointy hats

Sure to draw a chuckle from my friend and graphic designer was my emphatic promise upon delivering illustrations, “I promise! None of them will have crowns on their heads.” This, of course, was a sweet little industry joke we shared […]

Sing What You Know

Please let this image remind and inspire you to SING Your Own Song!  This will soon be available as a limited series through my author site: if you would like to have a copy of your own.

Whisper Peace

“Whisper peace as a prayer.  mary anne radmacher”

What’s Your Hurry?

I was in the middle of a creative muddle when my phone notified me I had a text message.  My husband was all out of cold medicine and his cough was starting up.  Could I please go to the pharmacy?  […]

While Others Sleep…

It has been said so many different ways.  “While others sleep, you stand watch.” My husband and I share from our basket, whether it is a little low or flowing over the brim, with soldiers that are deployed on foreign […]

BE A Witness To Grace

You hear it in the coffee shop, the grocery store, the break room.  In your own home you hear it.  You might even hear it coming out, unpracticed, of your own mouth.  Gossip.  Carrying a tale twice removed.  Complaint.  Telling […]

Clip It!!!

I had so much fun seeing how my friend, Kathleen, repurposed things in her home.  My husband and I have a few kind of “spendy” bag closures.  No more!  From now it’s clothespin all the way.  I picked these decorated […]

Warp Speed

“Crazy busy,” is a frequently used phrase in the social media “status” bar.  It seems like nearly everyone is zipping and moving faster than ever before.  Rather than a letter taking days to arrive at our friend’s doorstep, there is […]

Lessons Of Goldilocks

I’ll be the first to admit that there were a lot of actions that Goldilocks chose that I can’t stand to defend.  But I DID learn a lot from Goldilocks about discernment and balance.  She was not a girl that […]

The Edge of Kindness

As I considered the weight of current events, I promised myself to live to the absolute outer edge of my capacity for kindness.  My own personal response to the many angry words being tossed about and the harshness of so […]

sweetness to you as a gift from me…

Here you will find a few sentences from a larger poem i am working on.I’ve created it as a gift:  it is yours to use for any non-commercial application. (to be specific:  that means if you want to give it […]


When I walked Paris for the first time…I understood fully what was meant by only being able to see a place once – with FIRST TIME EYES.  First times create rich and wonderful narratives in people’s lives.  From the monumental […]

Are you A Witness to Grace?

It is often said that we are only able to see what we anticipate or expect to see. This is the cover of my personal December journal.  I intend to be open to see the small and large Graces that […]

We Often See What We Expect…

to see.  This morning I promised myself to live the entire day from my heart.  To quote writer Kathleen Gallagher Everett, “BE KIND – NO EXCEPTIONS” was the motto for this Monday. Live the entire day from my heart. So, […]

BELIEVE! in the goodness of others…

And I am convinced you will immediately begin to see plenty of it.All I did was mention that THIS box that I was posting to an APO AE addresswas going to an enlisted military person.  My husband and I act […]

Previous Posts

Overwhelm kicks in when the "everything" is considered in the context of getting it all done. The penchant for expressing our worth  by how busy we are has woven itself into the fabric of our culture. Our worth as a human begins by virtue  ...

posted 12:34:45pm Jun. 15, 2015 | read full post »

I Saw My "Shadow" At The Store
I am often in a hurry.  I try to be mindful as I hurry, but still, it's a hurry-up-and-get-the-next-thing-done kind of hurry. And I have lots of "next things." When that hurry-ness combines with anxiety, or concern, or just plain 'ole  tired ...

posted 6:38:58pm Jun. 03, 2015 | read full post »

The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA

posted 3:38:54pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Creative Retreat with Mary Anne Radmacher and friends

posted 3:37:27pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Rarely do I share book reviews here, and yet this book prompted me to do so. If you are in need of a curriculum for a young person or a jumpstart at retirement, this book is that.  If you are looking for fresh ideas to lift your creative ...

posted 12:31:12pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »


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