She Who Dares

She Who Dares…Wins, indeed. 2018 overall was a year of growth for me mostly due to Word Press. Of course, every year has its struggles, hardships, and losses, I had mine. I tried and was mostly successful to stay out of the darkness. I am fortunate for the friends I made and the creative outlets. I am not one who likes to dwell on the past, except for traditions.

For 2019, I want to dare myself. I like this saying instead of resolution because frankly, I’m not good at keeping my resolutions much past January. I dare myself to push the envelope, explore creativity, expand my writing, and share more of what I love even if I fail miserably at it. I am looking forward to continuing the creative journey that myself, Darren the Arty Plantsman and Dominique from 3CStyle are on with When Fashion and Nature Collide.

In 2019, you will see more posts from me. I will share what brings me inspiration and of course free graphics for crafts. I am constantly taking pictures and creating graphics that find themselves hidden away in some file that never sees the light of day.

All photographs were taken by me. Some I have shared on IG. Here is hoping to more shares in 2019! Besides art, nature and decorating makes my heart happy.

I wish all of you a happy and safe New Years! What are you going to dare yourself to do?

Much love & big New Year’s hugs,



Memorial Day


Wishing all of you who celebrate a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day!

Those we love, don’t go away. They walk beside us, living in our heart and soul forever.

For those who are still giving, thank you for all that you do to keep us safe to celebrate this beautiful day.

Many blessings and much love,



A Mother’s Day French Botanical


Dendrobium Paper with Butterfly on Invoice Paper 8.5 x 11

Happy Mother’s Day! To all of those incredible women in our lives that care for us each and every day. Whether you are new moms, a pregnant mom-to-be, one who has adult children, or a fur mom, I hope this day is blessed with love.

To my mom, I love you more than anything and I am so blessed to have you. You are an amazing woman! To my daughter, I am so incredibly blessed to have you. I cannot imagine this life without you in it. You both our my world.

Click on the 8.5 x 11 image to save to your device. For personal use. Great for card making, crafts, etc.

With much love,


Sugar Plums Dancing


The Sugar Plum Fairy has arrived. I am ready for the days to be filled with the magic of  the season sprinkled with aspirations and dreams of the New Year. Having a warm feeling in my home inspires me to create. Its amazing what the soft light does for the heart and soul. The sugar plums are officially dancing in my head.

There is new art at please stop by for a visit. I hope everyone has a wonderful and magical week preparing for the ones they love. Celebrate the joy!

A Winter Watercolormidnight-snow

Happy Holidays!

With much love,




Inspirational Prints and a free Christmas Printable

There is something special about spreading holiday cheer with an inspirational print. For the past few weeks, I have been working on inspirational prints for the studio. As I created each of them, I thought about who I could gift them to. I hope others can feel the joy I felt as I made each of them. A smile bloomed on my face. It is something so small that truly brought a feeling of happiness to my heart.

As a writer and artist, I not only love watercolors and pencils, but I love words. Words can touch us in ways nothing else can. A simple phrase can make you feel inspired, happy, or encouraged to strive for your dreams.

I have attached a free Christmas printable and shared a few of the gifts I will be giving this holiday season. They bring inspiration throughout the year to the home, office, or the corner of your world that inspires you. They can also be purchased at the link below.

Visit my studio ~ Pen Paper and Petals Studio for more printables. I hope to see you there!

silent-night-8-x-10   Silent Night with Star

As Christmas approaches I hope all of you are able to enjoy the glow and  festivities of the season.


With much love,