My newest watercolor typography is in gorgeous blues and teals and turquoises and it’s message is to NEVER STOP DREAMING! I love these colors, it reminds me of the ocean and blue skies in Cuba. Ever since I went in April 2016 I have been dreaming of going again! 🙂
This inspirational artwork is available as a gift with purchase when you shop online in my store during the month of June (while quantities last). You will receive a 5 x 7 printout on a gorgeous smooth card stock all ready for framing.
April’s artwork is now available as a FREE download. Print it out and start your inspirational watercolor collection today!
I believe that people who daydream are more likely to succeed in life. I also believe, that daydreaming helps with anxiety. There are way too many children, and adults, who have anxiety and daydreaming can be a method of stopping the anxious feeling. Now, there is a time and a place for daydreaming. You shouldn’t do it at school or work, but if it only takes a couple of minutes to make you feel calmer than daydream away! Sometimes, relaxing on the beach, if only in your mind, is all it takes to get back on track.
Do you like FREE printable quotes? If so, here is a coffee quote for all you coffee lovers out there! I designed this quote by painting a watercolor background and scanning it into my computer. I then added the typography and elements and played around with the color and saturation. It is sized as a 5″ x 7″ for easy printing and framing. I even added trim marks so you don’t have to guess where to trim it. It’s perfect to give to your coffee loving friend…. or to keep for yourself! I gave away a printed version as a gift with purchase back in April and I completely ran out!
All you need to do to download the graphic (just the image inside the frame) is sign up for my newsletter. Not only will you receive the printable download but you’ll also receive a 20% off coupon code to use in my shop. PLUS, you’ll also receive a special gift on your birthday!*
Check my Watercolor Typography category for more designs that may be available in the future.
*some rules apply
Tea comes in many flavors and you can drink it hot or cold. It comes in a ready to use bag or in loose leaf form. But did you know that there are many benefits of drinking tea? Read on to see what some of them are.
Tea can help you exercise longer by boosting your endurance. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in green
tea extract can increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which in turn helps with muscle endurance.
Drinking tea can help reduce the risk of heart attacks as well as many different cancers including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep you healthy, it’s not a miracle cure!
Even though most teas have caffeine it is still hydrating to the body and since your body is made up of 75% water (depending on age) why not drink something tasty to keep it that way?!
It helps to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. The antioxidants in tea help to prevent halitosis and they also kill bacteria in the mouth. Tea contains calcium and magnesium, which work together to form healthy bones and teeth.
Tea can help slow down the aging process because it contains antioxidants and vitamin E. Antioxidants kill bacteria in the intestines while helping to maintain a healthy immune system. Tannins in tea also help to calm the stomach and cleanse the intestinal tract.
Tea can help eliminate body fat, but drink green tea for this as it has the highest amount of antioxidants. They act as “fat blockers,” especially in the dreaded “spare tire” area. Antioxidants also help in the digestive tract by reducing the absorption of dietary fats and inhibiting the body to break them down. Antioxidants also act as “fat burners” by activating the enzymes in the body that metabolize stored fat.
Tea can help you boost your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s. An antioxidant in green tea called EGCg may help to protect the brain against developing Alzheimer’s disease. by decreasing the production of a protein called beta amyloid. This protein can form into insoluble plaque and degrade nerve cells in the brain.
Tea can help during allergy season! The polyphenol, EGCG, found in tea may be helpful for reducing pollen allergies. Tea may also help to reduce allergic response through quercetin, a flavonol that occurs naturally in tea, which is known to mitigate histamine response.
Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Herbal blends have no caffeine, while traditional teas have less than 50 percent of what typically is found in coffee.
Drink your tea “straight up” (no added milk or sugar) and it is calorie free! If you find water boring than a cup of tea is the perfect alternative! There are many flavor options to choose from and you can drink it hot or cold. You don’t have to put anything in it, although a cinnamon stick or a bit of ginger might taste nice.
Buy your loose leaf tea in pretty containers and you can use the container for a pencil holder, a flower vase or anything else that takes your fancy!
Tea has so many health benefits and each tea helps to do something different so what type of tea is best for you? Lets check out the most popular ones.
Along with the health benefits mentioned above green tea has also been found to boost the performance of the liver and prevent arthritis by strengthening bones. However, the way you make the tea determines how much of the benefits you receive. Try and brew it from loose leaves rather than the tea bag as it will add more flavour and allow more antioxidants to be released.
Green tea seems to be the most popular health wise but black tea also has it’s benefits. It’s a very strong source of antioxidants and is great for helping to prevent viruses in the mouth and gums. It has also been known to help prevent blood clots by widening the arteries.
Oolong tea has a sweeter taste than green tea (which tastes a bit grassy) therefore, it is sometimes a more welcoming choice to help burn calories and boost the body’s immune system.
With so many different teas to try you could reap all the benefits! Let’s get steeping!
*** Stamped spoon can be found at Dazzling Dezignz.
Kokedama is a new craze that is all over the Internet (or at least it’s new to me!) so I decided it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for my Mom and Mother-in-law.
The meaning of Kokedama: it’s a style of Japanese bonsai, where a plant’s root system is simply wrapped in sphagnum moss and bound with string, transforming it into a sculptural art form. Loosely translated, ‘koke’ means moss and ‘dama’ means ball.
First, you will need to pick out the plants you would like to use. I needed plants that can tolerate medium diffused light. You want to keep them on the smaller side as that makes them easier to make and you can do a few for one area.
Second, you will need some good soil. Most of the sites I went to said you need a mixture of half peat moss and half bonsai soil. I could not find bonsai soil anywhere so I figured if I was potting them in a regular pot I would be using potting soil so that is what I used.
Third, you will need sphagnum moss to cover the ball with or sheet moss. I used sphagnum because again, I could not find any sheet moss. I would have preferred the sheet moss only because it would have been green instead of the beige/pink color of the sphagnum moss.
A roll of twine to wrap around the ball to make it tighter and keep the moss in place.
You’ll also need two bowls, one to mix the soil in and one to soak the moss in, a drop sheet to keep the mess in one place and a pair of scissors to cut the twine with.
You will need to add enough water to make the soil turn to mud. Trust me, it has to be that way or it will just give you trouble! The wetter it is, the more the ball will stay together as you make it. Mix the soil and water together thoroughly until you can literally squeeze water out of the soil.
Take your plants out of their pots and remove the dirt, taking care when you reach the roots. Remove as much dirt as you can until there is basically just the roots there. This will also make it easier to make the ball as you don’t want the ball to be too big.
Put your sphagnum moss in a bowl full of water to rehydrate it. This will make it much easier to form around the ball of soil and to stay put while you wrap the twine around it.
Form your ball around the roots of the plant squeezing out the excess water as you go. Make sure that the ball looks a bit smaller than it should as once you put the moss on it will make it just the right size. Once the ball of soil is around the plant put it aside and finish the rest (if you are doing more than one).
Pull the sphagnum moss out of the bowl of water and squeeze out the excess water. Spread it out trying to keep the pieces large so you can keep them all in one place on the ball. This is the part where you may need another pair of hands. Bring the moss up around the ball and squeeze so more water will come out and it will help the moss stay in place. Take a look at it to see if visually it looks appealing. The first time I did it my moss was too thick and it made the plant look puny.
This is a bit tricky but once you have the hang of it it’s so easy! Start wrapping the twine around the ball. There is no right or wrong way to wrap it. I tried to go over pieces of moss that were sticking out so it would keep it tighter to the ball. When you are done wrapping just tuck the end under another piece. Voilà! You have your very own Kokedama plant!
The two outside ones are Mother’s Day gifts and the middle one is for me! Now you can place them on a ledge just as they are or on a decorative plate or you can even add twine to it and hang them up. For now, mine is just on my window ledge as I don’t think my husband wants to put a hook in the ceiling!
I’d love to hear your experience on making one of these. Please comment on this post and tell me your findings and whether you enjoyed it or not. Once I got the hang of it I thought it was kind of fun! 🙂
The pattern my watercolors made when they blended together in this piece I absolutely love. When I digitized it and added the silhouette of the girl the colors just popped!
In my school days (quite a while ago) I was never the girl who decided to go for it. It has always been my one regret. A particular opportunity that I passed up was when my father belonged to our local Rotary club. It was the chance to go to another country to finish my last year of high school…. and I didn’t do it! What?! Are you nuts?! I wanted to stay in my hometown and graduate with my friends. In hindsight, that was not a good decision.
I want my kids to “go for it!” Whatever they want to do in life I want nothing to hold them back! My son (who is 10) wants to either be a pilot and fly a 747 or work for our Hydro company as a helicopter pilot. My daughter (who is 8) wants to be an orthodontist! I love that my kids know what they want to do at such a young age. It might change as they get older but in the end, whatever they decide, I want them to GO FOR IT!
If you would like your own reminder to always “go for it” or want to give a special someone this print it is now available in 5″ x 7″ format on a gorgeous smooth card stock. To get it (while quantities last) all you need to do is make a purchase in my shop and it will arrive at your doorstep with your shiny new piece of silverware!
So… just “go for it!”
Side note: Click here to see April’s Watercolor Typography. I am now offering April’s quote as a FREE download. Click here to get it!