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This ‘n’ That. What I want to do, what I’m doing, what I’ll be seeing tomorrow! (Contest)
Friday, July 21st, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Elaine Howell!

This summer isn’t working out the way I’d hoped. I wanted to have a lazy-ish summer where I could enjoy the pool with the kids, paint some things, and dream about the stories I want to write. It hasn’t worked out that way.

I didn’t even make it through the second day of the art fodder challenge I was hoping to complete this month. Okay, so part of it wasn’t because of lack of time, it was due to lack of interest. The daily projects dropped, and I didn’t want to do them. Some of them were soooo time-consuming. I didn’t have an ENTIRE day to devote to making something I’ll glue on something else. I like quick projects, or at least projects where I can paint part of them and come back the next day to continue another part. The challenge wasn’t what I needed. I had a book to finish, which I did. Plus, I’ve had multiple editing projects, one after the other, some at the same time, to muddle through. So, there went my free time.

What I really want to do is start inventorying the art I have to see what else I need to produce for the Art Festival in October and the Christmas craft fair in December. Maybe I can tackle that a little at a time.

As well, I have some new products I want to try out. I’ve been collecting supplies for encaustic (wax) painting. I have an iron, a heating plate, a variety and many colors of wax, special brushes, scrapers, etc. Now, I just need to carve out an ENTIRE DAY to set up my space and experiment. I hope I love it. I hope I can get good at it. I love moving around mediums (watercolor, acrylic, collage, so far) when I get bored.

My daughter is getting a headstart. Here are a few of the things she’s completed so far. They’re so fun!

She hand-dyed the wooden beads and painted the sign for this pretty garland.

She’s been playing with polymer clay to make jewelry.


Aren’t they cute? So, today, I’m hoping to complete one more set of edits. I finished another last night. Tomorrow, I carved out the day for Oppenheimer with my daughter and SIL. I’m looking forward to some “adulting,” movie popcorn, and some Cillian Murphy.

Next Tuesday, we’ll do Barbie with the girls. Yes, we’re doing the “Barbenheimer” challenge—just not all in one day. I need the T-shirt! 🙂

So, for a chance to win a FREE download of one of my books, tell me what you wish you had more time for—something you really, really want to do. Or tell me whether you’re planning to see the movies!

8 comments to “This ‘n’ That. What I want to do, what I’m doing, what I’ll be seeing tomorrow! (Contest)”

  1. Beverly
    · July 21st, 2023 at 10:26 am · Link

    I’m not planning to see the movies. Haven’t been to a movie in a couple decades….rather see them at home when I can. I’d like some time to paint my outside shed…but it seems like my problem with this project is getting the supplies…after taking care of other necessities first…there’s nothing left for the other. Also, someone needs to pressure wash it before I can start & that’s always something on nobody’s list… If they’d bring me the washer, I’d certainly give it a try but I’m unable to procure it on my own, unfortunately. I’ve started spending time in my friend’s pool & mg goal is to spend a bit more time doing that.

  2. Colleen C.
    · July 21st, 2023 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Not going to see the movies… rather read.

  3. BN
    · July 21st, 2023 at 8:34 pm · Link

    Not going to see the movies

  4. Jennifer Beyer
    · July 21st, 2023 at 8:44 pm · Link

    If I had more time in the day I would, seriously this is for real, keep my house more picked up. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

  5. Beckie
    · July 22nd, 2023 at 8:28 pm · Link

    Not planning on going to any movies. Would love to learn about polymer Clay.

  6. Margaret
    · July 24th, 2023 at 8:49 am · Link

    I don’t think I can sit for 3 hours. Wait, let me clarify, I do not think I can sit in a movie theater for 3 hours, but I can knit for 3 hours sitting on a beach with a lovely breeze and the sounds of the waves. And a big think for me right now is to unclutter my craft room. It has become a deposit station for whatever anyone does not need at the moment. That is what I need to plan for.

  7. Elaine Howell
    · July 25th, 2023 at 7:50 pm · Link

    I wish I had more time to sew.

  8. Delilah
    · August 1st, 2023 at 10:04 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing, y’all!

    The winner of her choice of download of one of my books is…Elaine Howell!

    Congrats, Elaine! Email me at to let me know which story you would like to have!

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