My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.

What's Bringing Me Joy

What's Bringing Me Joy


Say hello to Buddha Bunny! Buddha is one of the things that is bringing me joy this week. I created him at Squam Arts Retreat, a magical event hosted every spring and fall on the shores of Squam Lake in New Hampshire. If you love to create and enjoy being with other like minded people you should really check out this retreat. I smile whenever I think of my three days there and dear Buddha is now my happy reminder.

As often happens when I return from Squam, I am full of ideas for new projects. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed making Buddha Bunny and am eager to do more doll making. If this is a craft that you might enjoy then you should check out Ann Wood Homemade. Ann offers a number of free patterns with tutorials as well as kits for sale. Her work is truly whimsical and I am so glad I took her workshop!

If you live in or near Fairfield County, Connecticut (and also love to read and/or write) you may want to check out the Saugatuck StoryFest, taking place from October 12-14 in Westport, Connecticut. The festival was born out of a partnership between the Westport Library and two members of the faculty at Staples High School. According to their website the festival is a “three-day event that combines a city-wide multidisciplinary literary festival with a craft-focused-based writers conference.”

I have been thinking about updating my camera and have been feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options available. A website I have found to be a great help is Jen Reviews, particularly this comprehensive post on how to choose a camera. You should definitely check it out if you are also in the market for a new camera!

Other joyful finds:

This book. Alice McDermott’s novels are always beautifully written and quiet reads, a tonic from all the thrillers and whodunnits recently crowding the market.

If you love comedy then you probably are already familiar with this series that is on Amazon Prime, but if you haven’t yet streamed it, what are you waiting for? It recently won the well-deserved Emmy for best comedy series.

I am apparently late to the party as this podcast has been already airing since 2016, but if you enjoy hearing stories about murders then you should check it out. It is billed as a murder/comedy podcast (which had me a little leery) but I do find myself laughing out loud while listening, mostly because of the camaraderie between the two hosts.

When I went to yoga a few weeks (okay, maybe a few months) ago, my teacher was wearing the cutest and most comfortable looking pair of yoga pants. I immediately went home after class and bought a pair from this company. I love wearing them for just bumming around the house (and the occasional yoga class) and love the fact that one dollar per item sold is donated to saving elephants.

What is bringing you joy lately? I’d love it if you shared with me in the comments!

Sending a little whimsy and joy your way,


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