Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hey Ya'll

If you came here looking for Little Boxes Of Joy head on over You will find all of the new post over there.

As always your welcome to stick around and peruse here if you like.

So glad to see you again.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

My Saturday Soap Box

I have started having a pretty regular flow of traffic. Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate every one that stops to take a look.

I feel really passionate about Little Boxes Of Joy.

There are so many of us that are hurting for one reason or another. There is someone out there that has lost a life time partner, her best friend or a child, maybe a parent. She's lost her job or broke an arm. Lost a custody battle for no good reason. A single parent with the bills stacking up. Feeling like we are fighting a loosing battle, because we have fought the good fight for so long and our reserve strength is waning. There are a lot of us that have alienated ourselves

Friday, May 1, 2015

How This All Came About or ( In The Beginning) Or (BOX #1)

When I am feeling good I make things. It's just what I do. When I make something for some one I just focus on Love.  It keeps me sane. It helps me recover. When I broke my right wrist almost 4 yrs ago The specialist told me I would only get about 60% usage or mobility back. No! That was unacceptable, I would sneak into my craft room and play. I would intentionally work with glitter and paint. Paying attention to the smallest details. I would create situations where I had to pick up tiny beads, or place small threads just right. I was determined that I was not going to lose the ability to do what drives me.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Little Something

This new box is only a day or so from going out, so I thought I would give you a little something to look at


I will post the rest when I have it in the mail.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

How do you Art?

Since the beginning of my new projects, I have been paying more attention to my process…Trying to gain, maybe a better understanding of myself…Looking a little deeper to the layers of me. I have always known that I like Quiet. I don't mean A space void of noise; on the contrary, I like to hear what's going on around me. I enjoy the birds, the train, flowers growing... I gravitate towards natural noises (ha ha! I know a train isn't natural). This does not mean that I don't like music or TV:  It just means that they generally clutter my clouds. 

Coming from a country girl perspective, I can work with natural noises. Or I can block them out. Somehow a bird song lifts me up… Helps me levitate my thoughts.  A cow, lowing, can bring me down to earth. Same with natural scents. Something heady like a rose can perpetuate a dreamy state; whereas, the smell after a rain grounds me and I will want to work with burlap or some other rough or natural fiber.

Each one of these mood altering sensations can affect my art, sometimes, in many ways. It can compel me to work with particular type of materials. I may want to work with organza if I am smelling a heavy flower scent or after a rain.

What I've learned so far is that I am extremely sensitive to my surroundings. The feelings in my space. I like to burn candles and listen to music that lends itself to the material or even style of my creations. 

My mood when I enter my art room also has a huge impact on what I do that day. If I am feeling particularly feminine on any given day, my crafts will definitely be more girlie and tend to be some shade of pink. Or if I'm feeling rockstar-ish I'll lean more towards graphics and darker colors. So... this effects what I will focus on that day.

If the way I am feeling is not in alignment with a piece that I am working on, then I will likely focus on creating elements that I can use to create something else further down the line. For example, this past week I did a lot of stuff with my cuttlebug:  I grabbed a variety of papers, my die cuts, thinlets and embossing folders, set up my table, got out my binder where I keep all of my cut paper, and went to work. And I made a huge mess. I also stamped a bunch of tissue paper and brown craft paper which I then use to wrap my gifts in. I may not have finished anything: but now I have a whole lot of small intricate pieces to use at my whim, which will make the creation process flow better somewhere down the line. 

I am absolutely in love with this Stampendous Dahlia stamp.
Makes me want to break out my Crayons! 

I used Tim Holtz frayed burlap on this stamp.
I didn't allow myself to get stuck on perfect alignment here.
This was about getting paint to paper, not perfection.

See that stack of tissue paper? I got all of it done. 

This is some of the paper that I used for the last box.
Just random stamps. The focus here was to fill up the whole page.

Sometimes this is me taking a break and putting things together in my mind. Taking a break, doing something that takes enough of my attention that it moves my mind off all of the clutter going on in my head, clouding my clouds.

I know if I put my art down or away then it is completely stifling a major part of who I am. I have noticed that when I walk away from my art I am walking away from myself, and the end result is that nothing gets done, I stay stuck! I stay stuck in my problems and usually seem to stay in them for longer. 

I don't have to be creating anything major, usually, Putting is enough. Moving things around in my art space. Organizing is one of my favorite past times. I love to play with textures, so sometimes I just like to refresh my memory and pull out ALL of my material. I enjoy the textures and soft muted colors. I adore visiting my crocheted doily collection. I ponder the ladies who created such incredible small beautiful works of art.  

So... what do you do when you are not in the frame of mind to create? 

How do you go about resolving issues: do you stay artsy or do you take a break altogether?  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Calming the whisps

I feel like I have fluff floating around in my head.

I see a beautiful afternoon, in the middle of a field, sun shining, and all I can see is dandelion fluff floating in the air.

I am working on my next box. I was on a roll and had to break for a doctor appointment and then an impromptu house showing, which technically was a no show. By the time I returned phone calls, text, fed the animals, made a cup of tea, my muse decided to go to bed for the evening.

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out or put in order what I was trying to do earlier. So back to that frantic state of being. Oh, I know I'll get it back. I guess I'm just too wound up to settle down. I can create so much better if there is nothing going on, or I can at least pretend nothing is going on.

There are these little fluffy things floating around, and if I could just grab one and hold onto I might ....

What do you do when...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Little Boxes (Pictures)

Drum roll please....

I am finally getting these on here. I'm so pleased with my self, I'm Pink.
We have had showing after showing; which has made it difficult, to say the least, to get all the wrapping and packing done. On the box I mean.

I have a confession: after going through the pictures, I realized that there is quite a bit that did not get photographed. I don't know if it was that, I was on a roll and forgot, or what: but I promise I will get better at this. I'm pretty ecstatic that I remembered to get this many.
Remember I did say (warn) in the beginning that I forget to take pictures all of the time.
So without further ado, here they are:

This is everything all wrapped up and ready to go into the box. . Whew!

Friday, April 3, 2015

How do you Art?

I was pondering this question while I was trying to pack up a Little Box Of Smiles. What started the pondering is that I was looking at my pile of to do tomorrow stuff. I have gathered a bunch of ribbon and some material I had torn to be ribbon. I was considering getting down on the floor to pull out stamps to go on said ribbon material and then I started the pondering. OOF! that was a lot of words to get to the point.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Whats in a Name

Here are some names or prompts that have been suggested.
1. In Motion
2. Touch Your Heart & Soul
3. Cherishable you,
4. Cherishing you
5. Celebrating Friendship
6. Offer of Joy, Offering Joy, 
7. Light Reflection ... 
8. Please accept
9. Joy Awaits Those We Love
10.Let's Be The Light
11. Make Her Day
12.Lift a friend's spirits
13.Spiritual Lift .. 
14.Touch A Heart
16.Little Acts Of Love
17.Little Acts Of Kindness    

So what do you think? Is( LITTLE BOXES OF JOY ) the right one?

 I would love to hear from you.

Comment below, or on the left side their is a place where you can always privately message me.
Remember I still have the give away for the New Name.


I wanted to get this posted asap so please forgive the white bars that everything is highlighted in.
I don't have a clue as to what has happened. I will have to wait until Mr. Angel can take a look at it. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The creator in me

I don't wanna
Stop to do the laundry, because, I'll loose my focus.
but if i don't who will?
Fix dinner, because, I'm in the zone.
pack up all of my art stuff.
This is my greatest fear.
I have SOooo many ideas.
what will happen to them if I pack up everything.
It's not the same drawing out an idea or even jotting it down. I can't seem to put on paper what my mind is seeing. Things don't happen on paper like they do in real time. There are problems to be worked out. That can't be done on paper. You don't know what you will encounter until you arrive there.
Go to bed when I'm supposed to. I want to keep going while the ideas are fresh in my mind.
Do the dishes. Who want's to do that? when you can
play with glitter ,glue, wax, paper, stamps, paint, ....

Enjoying the red road


Monday, March 23, 2015

Today I Will

This morning I have been reflecting on Thankfulness.

Remembering when the girls were little,
the smiles and giggles.
That pure belly laugh unlike any other.

being  so much more than thankful
being given
time to recuperate,
my heart and soul.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Marie Pugh's post on FB

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” ~ Fred Rogers
(painting by Zoe March)
Thank you Marie. This was such a timely post.

A NEW NAME for My First Give Away

I would like to come up with a new name for ( Little boxes of Joy)
Something a little catchier and more in line with what I am trying to convey.

Please go back and read the post about this.
to get an idea for what this is all about.
If I choose your name for the Title, I will send you a box full of the same type of gifts that I send to my receivers.

please remember to leave me a way to contact you in case your title is chosen.

You will know you have won when I post it.
Good Luck to You

I hope to hear from You soon

Kitchenette finished

              These are the finished pictures of the kitchenette that I promised.

I decided not to paint or alter the table. There was not a color that I thought would look Fabulous. Plus to much painted furniture in a room is overwhelming. The eye needs a place to rest.

The amazingly bright windows look out into my back yard where I have a bird feeder that I love to watch, especially during the warmer months. I also have a deck right off of the kitchen that we spend a lot of spring and summer afternoons on. I have come to truly love this home but now it is time to go back home to Texas.

I just love the details on this chair back.
 I wanted a paint color that would not hide them. 

Along with the table and chairs being finished we also put in new counter tops, resurfaced (painted) the cabinets, walls and trim work, and took down some old faux brick wall paper.

In working on the house we knew that most of the money would go into completely finishing the basement. So we had to be frugal in other choices that we made. There is nothing structurally wrong with the cabinets so I could not justify replacing them. So, I painted the cabinets instead of replacing them and used a Home Depot kit to do the job (the first time). I loved the look that this gave to the cabinets and kitchen as a whole, but it was too kitchy; it would only really appeal to one group of people and others would groan at having to paint before, or even at a later date. Or even worse they would take a PASS. So I had to re-paint, and this time I chose  Behr.

The colors for the kitchen are:

Wall color- Lowes  Cream in my Coffee
Trim color- Behr premium plus Ultra- Paint and Primer in One (Frozen Pond). I tried to paint something in every room this color. I just kept gravitating to it.  

Sunday, March 15, 2015


I would like to share that I have Fibromyalgia. This is not a life threatening diagnosis but it can be crippling for many men and women. It is not my intention to dominate this blog with this topic, but I do feel that there is not enough shared nor easily found out there on this. I will be bringing this topic up from time to time and posting new things that I find may be helpful. I am afraid that there are a lot of people that are shamed by this  diagnosis. 

My Newest Project (Little Boxes Of Joy)

So, I am not really the best at selling my stuff. I'm not the best with the computer, as y'all will find out , so selling  , for me is more of a chore and ends up taking all of the joy out of what I created . It is going to be a difficult road for me learning to navigate my own blog. Heh Heh! Though I am getting better!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Kitchen project

One of our projects for getting the house ready to put back on the market was the kitchen set. I had bought the table at Goodwill and the two mismatched chairs from the other 2 resale shops in town.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


It has been my experience that people that have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia feel ashamed or are shamed. I used to be very leery myself  of who I told, for fear of being shamed.

Most people had not heard of this new "AWFUL"; and a lot of the ones that had would tell me that "it was in my head" or "that's not a real disease or diagnosis" ;  that "...It was just made up because the doctors didn't know what else to call it or label it". You may not have been educated enough on the subject yourself, because quite literally the doctors truly did not know much more. There is still a wide fluctuation on what scientists and doctors will agree and disagree as being the root cause of Fibro.

Flash forward 20 years or so and it is a little more acceptable now. People still do not understand, what a flair up is, or when you say "I'm sorry, I can't today" at that precise moment. So they can't see why you can't possibly get up and go. Because this is not a visible disease. People can't see your pain, There is no external evidence of fibro.

Fibro does not affect everyone the same. There are so many different  ways that fibro can rear its ugly head. Some of the symptoms are, but not limited to: pain, which is not even a localized pain; flu like symptoms, absolute exhaustion (fatigue), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression and headaches. And one of my favorites: fibro "fog", or memory loss and confusion. The "dropsies", meaning your hands loose control and stop working (for example, when you are holding your favorite mug full of coffee). Super sensitive skin, which feels like your nerves are on top of your skin, burning like your on fire; it's not the same feeling as having a temperature. Sometimes it is in patches but other times it can be the whole body. Then, there is the joint paint, also not always in the same place. And another favorite is "chasing the pain". It runs a gambit over your body: you don't know which symptom to treat first. There are a lot of us who have been bed ridden for a day or so and quite possibly years: the pain can be so intense that you just simply can't walk or even possibly crawl. There are times that no amount of medicine will make the pain go away. The long term (chronic) pain in turn causes the depression. Let me explain; when you are in pain for extended periods of time without relief, except for sleep, your mind will give into it or give up on ever feeling better, which causes the depression.

"Except for sleep...". Also there is difficulty sleeping. It can swing from one extreme of the pendulum to the other. Either there is excessive sleeping or no sleeping, and alternately when and if you do sleep, it is not a restorative sleep. I personally have done both. Chronic fatigue accompanies fibro most of the time. My theory is that physically dealing with the chronic pain exhaust you. It couldn't help but to. Anxiety is another symptom. Again, when you are not sleeping well, your mind and body do not get the restorative sleep that your body NEEDS to function correctly. When you are exhausted you make bold or rash decisions, your nerves will eventually feel fried and you may lash out at those around you. Or, on the contrary, you keep it ALL IN. Either one of those situations, individually or combined, eventually lead up to anxiety. And pain lends itself to helping in the hand of anxiety also.

Often, any one or all of  these symptoms can be misdiagnosed on either side of the coin. "Managing" (poor word choice: there is not possible managing of something like this) your Fibro is very important. You may need everyone's help. For example, if you are on heavy medications you would probably need someone to help manage your medications. Don't be hard on yourself. Fibro "fog" can make it very tricky at staying on a regular medication routine. I have a few suggestions that I will hit on in a different post.

 It really helps to have a support group. People that are gentle with you and can support you while your down. Learn to treat yourself with as much care, as you would for a sick child that you have cared for. You are tender and fragile in this state, and if you do not care for yourself it WILL agitate a lot of your symptoms making them worse, A LOT WORSE. Do not accept being shamed by someone that has not walked in your shoes. They have no idea what you are up against on a daily basis.

Next time I will expand more on tools that we can use to help keep the pain at a minimum.                                                          

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Little Boxes Of Joy Questionare

What is her favorite:
Television show
favorite actress or actor
Style of music, her favorite radio station?

What would be her dream career?
Chocolate or potato chips? (favorite food when she's in need of a pick me up)

Steam Punk or Shabby Chic? (what is her decorating style?)

Does she have a hobby or does she like to craft and if so what ?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Boxes of Joy (clarification)

So, I'm not sure that I made my intentions clear. Sometimes what sounds good in my head doesn't always seem clear on paper.

My "Little Boxes of Joy" are FREE to you. There are no charges. This is something that I am wanting to do as MY Give Back. I have felt led to do this. And thankfully Mr. Angel is on board. The longer you stick around you will understand why I call him My Angel.

Friday, January 30, 2015

About me

Hello I am so glad to have you drop in. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and stay a spell.

Let me introduce myself: my family and friends call me Kandi, Darcy and/ or "M" (is for Motion). Because I am always moving... I answer to all of these plus Mom Mommy or Mama depending on the mood of my girls. How many of you have  different mom names.

Creating a soft place to land for my family is high on my list of priorities. I fortunately am a stay at home wife, which gives me a lot of time to get into a lot of messes.

I would like to share my wins and losses in all of my attempts at creating. I have so many things that I enjoy playing with. I love to work with paper paint and glue. I love my basket of found objects. I am just learning how to sew, I love to garden, re-creating is high on my list of favorites. I adore taking something apart and making something new. There are SO many things that I enjoy tinkering with that it is hard for me to list them all here. I love to cook HUGE meals, meaning for a lot of people. And most of all I love spending time with my family and friends.

There is more about me over on my other blog

Enjoying my journey