MMM Hop: Winners!

 


hello! what an incredible week hopping around YouTube!

So much inspiration and creativity from an incredible group of mixed media artists. If you missed the hop, don’t worry…the videos are still up, and you can hop around! Start here with mine at this link.

543 comments later, and I am so inspired by YOU! Thank you for leaving comments (even if it was just to win! haha!). Each comment fed my artist soul; I took notes on several, savored your sweet words, and grew even more excited about this new journey I’m on (more on that below the winners).

So, first, the most important part: Winners!

I gave away two mixed media prizes on my YouTube channel: One larger mixed media pack to a US address and one smaller mixed media ephemera pack to an international address. Here are my two winners  (picked randomly by YouTube Random Comment Picker):

Alison Lake – USA
Melinda Sweetman – AUS

And, because I was so incredibly blown away by all the comments, I chose two more to receive a small happy mail surprise ephemera pack from me. They are:

Tammy VanAntwerp – USA
nominuek – UK

If you haven’t already contacted me, please get in touch via a DM on Instagram, on my contact form on this page, or via YouTube.

I also did a small giveaway on Instagram for two small mixed media envelopes! Those winners are (picked by random.org):

kkeller401
hbsquirrel.arts

And, the sponsored prize winners:

Hop (pun intended!) over to either Carisa and DeeDee ‘s blogs to see the list of winners!

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!


I’d also like to thank Carisa and DeeDee
for organizing this hop. And, all the incredible artists that participated. What an amazing, talented group that worked together harmoniously to pull this hop off… for you!


Getting Personal: Art Heals

I already thanked Carisa above, but little does she know how incredible heartfelt my thank you is. Carisa is the one who asked me to participate. They had already been working on the hop, but something prompted her to invite me to participate, even after many of the artists had already joined.

Once in a while I’ll get a little personal on my blog posts. I think it’s important for me to remember moments of my journey and for me to share my story with other artists.

This hop was almost exactly two years to the day that changed much of my life. Nothing overly tragic, but a huge change in a direction that I believed was where I was supposed to be. My husband and I had served in our church for over ten years, and I also worked in an administrative, communications, advertising, and marketing capacity part-time from home. This is where we put much of our energy, serving other families and growing in our Faith.  This is also where we found some purpose in our infertility. Not having kids allowed us to pour into service. However, two years ago I lost two jobs (one and the church and another one semi-related to the church), lost our church, our church family, and all the connections we had when our church merged with another. It’s a little more complicated, but I’ll keep the background info short as to not bore you… but this left me empty. I lost my purpose, my voice, my reason…as this also happened during some other difficult things going on in our life that we no longer had our church to lean on and support us.

But as the saying goes, when a door closes a window opens… after this loss (which I am still healing from) I went back to school to finish my degree, continued on my journey to fix my health (yay PCOS), and dedicated more time to art. I’m also trying very hard to make up for lost time (more on all of that my one little word post).

In the midst of this change, besides losing who I was, I lost my voice.

So, the day that I commented on Carisa’s post was huge for me. I’m working on sharing my art, finding my voice, being bold…figuring out who I am. That day I felt a kindred spirt, so I commented. We had both tried the grumbacher paper and posted to instagram and YouTube. (I found her through a hashtag!) This was also in the middle of a “bad week” for me. There are just days when I still feel sad and lost.

This comment led to Carisa contacting me, to joining the hop, to making so many new artist friends who were participating in the hop…. to reaching 500 subscribers on YouTube (now over 600!).

To quote my instagram post below:

"I share these posts not to brag at all, but to remember these milestones along this new journey for me.... and always, always with a thankful and humble heart."

 

🎉🎈500 subscribers!! 🎨👩🏻‍🎨 #wow So grateful and so thankful! I love reading all the comments on my #mixedmediamaniahop video… (I will respond after the hop ends!) I can’t wait to continue to create and inspire here on Instagram and on YouTube! I also have a blog/website! . 💟 I share these posts not to brag at all, but to remember these milestones along this new journey for me…. and always, always with a thankful and humble heart. 💟 Huge thanks to @inkyfairydesigns for asking me to join the hop. Watch for a wrap up blog post ….where I share more of that story. 💟 You have TWO DAYS left to enter the amazing giveaways! #nicolewatsonart #mixedmediamania #youtubeartist #mixedmediamaniayoutubehop #mixedmediamania2018

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So, thank you seems inadequate at times, but it’s deeply felt and said.

I’ve often heard that  art heals, and I truly believe it does. Art is helping me find my voice, my purpose, my faith… and allowing me to continue. (My one little word for 2018.)

  • finish my degree  
  • design my website/blog 
  • begin YouTube 
  • be selected for a design team  
  • participate in a hop 

I look forward to what is next.

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One Little Word 2018

photo and bracelet by lora at eager hands

One little word.

I’ve struggled for years trying to pick one word to focus on for the coming year, so much so that I’ve never done it. How can you focus 365 days of unknown on one word?

This year I again tried to think of a word. However, it was different. The word came to me right away, and it’s perfect. It’s not a word that feels finite or too focused. It’s a word that allows me to grow, change, improve, explore, create, and just be.

My one little word for 2018 is CONTINUE.

To remember my word this year, I ordered this beautiful copper cuff bracelet from lora over at eager hands jewelry. You can also find her beautiful feed on instagram.

Here’s where my mostly art blog and website will get a little more personal. Hopefully you’ll learn a bit more about me in the process.

I want to continue:

  • Finding purpose
  • Exploring art
  • Decluttering life
  • Improving health
  • Focusing on self
  • Drinking coffee
  • Savoring moments
  • Seeking faith
  • Moving on
  • Healing
  • Being
  • (and a few other more personal –ings that I’m savoring in my heart)

For my birthday in 2016 my husband gave me a necklace that had the word journey on, it was perfect to represent what I was going through. I unofficially adopted it as my one little word for 2016-17. The last two years found me on an unexpected journey. Sometimes the unexpected is just what is needed, even though it is difficult. A change that left a huge hole in my purpose sent me on a path to finish my degree, research to improve my health, hang pictures on my walls, donate bags of clothes, toss bins of clutter, visit museums, meet friends for coffee, read a book, attempt daily art, start selling on etsy, and begin the search for purpose.

And, I’m not finished. In 2018 I want to continue making up for lost time that left me with the clutter, empty walls, and no time for myself and art.

This past fall was difficult. Hurricane Harvey affected me more than I expected, and this put a little halt to some of the progress and the daily art. Thankfully our house didn’t flood, but we spent several days stuck inside preparing for the worst. We moved food and our wedding china and grandparent’s dishes upstairs. I’ll never forget turning off the lights and going upstairs knowing that if the rain bands were as bad as the night before, our first floor would flood. It was a huge exercise in letting go.

Yesterday I purchased a new pair of tennis shoes. It was part impulse buy (thanks, Costco!) and part very much needed. That morning I tried on several pairs of shoes since it was cold and I couldn’t wear my usual flip flops, and they all fell off my feet. I still have a long journey ahead, but I’m stepping into 2018 with new shoes to continue this journey.