Creative Kismet turns 10!

Creative Kismet Celebrates 10 years

Creative Kismet turns 10 years old this week! Isn’t that crazy!!  I never thought, ten years ago, that blogging would become such a big part of my life. It has become a sort of life journal for me, capturing so many wonderful memories of my life as a mother, crafter and artist.

Even more, it opened a whole new creative world for me. I was creative as a child, but during college and the early years of my nursing career that part of me had become dormant. Blogging awoken that spark in me with so much passion and excitement and it has been burning bright and strong for the last ten years.  What started out as a hobby, has now become my way of life.

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To celebrate, I have a big week planned with little gifts and giveaways.  Today’s gift is a free coloring page download. Just click on the image to download, print and color.  If you color it in, please share it with me. I would LOVE to see it.

Thank you always and forever for being a part of my creative journey.  Your support and kindness over the years means the world to me.

xoxox, Regina

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Afternoon Tea painting

Art by Regina Lord
Afternoon Tea
11 x 14 Acrylic on Hardboard Panel
(c)Regina Lord
(sold)

This is the final piece in this series that I have been sharing with you over the last few weeks and I think it is my favorite. This one, along with the 11 others, will be a part of my 2016 calendar.  It is off at the printers and will be for sale very soon! I can’t wait to get them in my mitts!

I had also done a bunch of portrait paintings that I wanted make into a calendar but couldn’t find a printer that did the format I needed at a decent price.  I am thinking about printing them myself, as a very small limited set, because printing them myself is a WHOLE lotta work. Still thinking it through.

p.s. See winners of the heArt journal coloring book HERE.

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Sunflower Bird and Moon Owl

Art by Regina Lord
Sunflower Bird
11 x 14 Acrylic on Hardboard Panel
(c) Regina Lord
(sold)

Two more to add to my Bird, Blooms and Butterflies theme that I’ve got going.  Only one more left to share.

Art by Regina Lord
Moon Owl
11 x 14 Acrylic on Hardboard Panel
(c) Regina Lord
$250  Sold! Thank you!!

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Blackbird Art

Art by Regina Lord
Love Birds
11 x 14 Acrylic on hardboard panel
(c) Regina Lord
(sold)

“Among twenty snowy mountains, the only moving thing was the eye of the blackbird.” Wallace Stevens

Art by Regina Lord
Peace Tree
11 x 14 Acrylic on hardboard panel
(c) Regina Lord

I am sorta in love with blackbirds, ravens, crows, grackles, I love them all. I find them so fascinating, mysterious and magical. I have plans for more blackbird paintings in the very near future.

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heArt journal coloring book – GIVEAWAY!

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I was just published in heART Journal Magazine’s first Colobook Issue! 25 different Artists have collaborated to make 40 Colorbook pages for you! Here is a little peek at the page I submitted.

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To celebrate, I have three issues to giveaway. Please follow the instructions below to enter.

heART Journal Magazine is offering the colorbook for only  $2.99! That is 50% off the regular price of 5.99!  And if you buy now and win one of the issues you will have your choice of sharing with a friend or choosing another one of heART Journal Magazine’s many back issues. So don’t wait to purchase, this sale ends Oct 15.

This Colorbook issue is available on iTunes https://bit.ly/heARTMag, Google Play  http://bit.ly/Heartjournal or heART Journal Magazine’s cart for a pdf version 

For help with accessing the Colorbook please email heartjournalmag@gmail.com   This Sale  is good until Oct 15th 2015.

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WINNERS:
#2 Barb M., #14 Ursula M.,#17 PhaeLea

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Happy Bird Art

Art by Regina Lord
Water Lilies
11 x 14 acrylic on hardboard panel
(c) Regina Lord

More happy birds and more on the way over the next week.

Art by Regina Lord
Robin’s Nest
11 x 14 acrylic on hardboard panel ~ sold
(c) Regina Lord

I really love painting birds and flowers, can you tell? I’ve been really inspired by the cooler morning weather. It has still been really hot during the day, but the mornings are glorious. I take Freya every morning and we’ve been enjoying the abundance of bird action in our neighborhood.

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painting with sunset colors

Art by Regina Lord
Hummingbird and Desert Blooms
8 x 10 acrylic on birch panel framed in floater frame
(sold)
(c) Regina Lord

Art by Regina Lord
Autumn Day
11 x 14 acrylic on hardwood panel
(c) Regina Lord
Sold~thank you!!

I am loving these sunset colors of pinks, oranges and purples.   I tend to grab the blue and turquoise a lot when I paint, but lately I’ve been grabbing the purple.  This is a good thing, since I go through three times more blue ink on my printer when making prints & such.  Maybe I can balance it out a bit with some new color schemes.

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Waiting for Miracles

Art by Regina Lord
Waiting for Miracles
12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
(c)Regina Lord

Art by Regina Lord

My Frida painting at Krikawa Gallery sold (yay!!), so they asked if I could paint another to replace it.  This is what I came up with. A sweet girl waiting for miracles.

Art by Regina Lord

I didn’t have time to frame it out with wood, so I painted the edges instead.  I think it really works for this painting.

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Butterflies and Bikes

Art by Regina Lord
11 x 14 acrylic on mounted wood panel in floater frame
$250 plus s/h

Both of these paintings caused me a lot of trouble.  I started out with different ideas, but they took a drastic turn. I had to put both of them away for a bit to figure out how to get going with them. Somehow, I knew exactly what to do when I got them back out.  Sometimes a little time and distance is needed.  I am so happy with how they turned out in the end.

Art by Regina Lord
(sold!)

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Friday Favorite – Essential Oils

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I use essential oils a lot.  I make a ton of my own concoctions because I have a little bit of a phobia of weird chemicals in my food, beauty & household products. I’ve been making my own deodorant, cleansing oil, sprays, rubs and potions for the last 7 years or so.  You need good essential oils for this, so I am very lucky that Jennifer from Better Essentials  asked me to try hers out.  Of course, I said YES!!

I truly love them. They are pure, high quality essential oils at a good price and they smell fantastic!  I thought I’d share what I use these specific oils for.

1. Eucalyptus Oil: When the winter comes, this oil is great for colds and stuffy heads. It helps you to breath easier.  I can go through a couple of bottles of this easily.  I use for this for making a wonderful chest rub (see #8), a soothing bath, adding a few drops in our humidifier and I will put some in a spay bottle with distilled water to spay on our pillows. It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal so it does a great job of disinfecting.

2. Fresh Air: This one is new to me, but it is truly a breath of fresh air.  If you have two boys sharing a room, then this might be exactly what you need.  I don’t know what it is, but we’ve cleaned EVERYTHING and their room still smells…weird.   Well, a bit of this, 5-10 drops, in a spray bottle with distilled water really helps freshen things up.  I freshen up the sofa and the dog bed with this too.

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3 & 4. Orange and Lime Oil. I love citrus oils (this also includes lemon and grapefruit).  They smell so fresh, sweet and uplifting. They can really enhance your mood, perfect for afternoon slumps, destressing and decreasing anxiety. Hey, this just gave me an idea: maybe I should spray a citrus blend around my house just before the kids get home from school. Maybe it will help them with the after school grumpies?

Most citrus oils can be ingested–for dietary use.  Make sure you are using high quality oils (like these) and check the bottle (see pic above). Citrus oils can be added to your water – you only need 1-2 drops. I like to add a drop or two of lime oil to my salsa. YUM!  Citrus oils are also very helpful with removing adhesive gunk off of glass and skin (think band aids, medical tape).

I love, love, love the smell of lime. One of my favorite recipes for lime oil is for a Mojito Sugar Scrub. You need a small jar. Inside mix a 1/4 cup of sugar with 2 tbsp coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer). Add 10 drops of lime oil and 5 drops peppermint oil.  It smells soooo good you’ll want to eat it.

If you are interested in trying some essential oils, please check out Better Essentials. They are currently offering 40% off your first order.  Use coupon code WELCOME at checkout.

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