Ann-Margaret's Visions » A little glimpse of the world through my eyes as I run my business, enjoy photography, share my crafting creativity, enjoy designing personalized gifts, spend time with my sweet hubby, love my furry baby Tucker the Westie, and continue to grow in my FAITH.

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As I prepared everything so I could transfer to my new phone the other night, the most important thing to me was making sure I didn’t lose any of my sweet Kaylee Girl’s texts. Everything looked as though they should all transfer fine, but I wasn’t taking any chances so I found a great app to buy for my computer. So, I have a copy of them on it…and, on 2 external hard drives…and, my other computer. You get the picture ~ these words are more special to me than I can truly express. These words…her words…hold so much love, understanding, compassion, giggles, encouragement, grace, and “just between us” conversations that bless my heart allover again each time I reread them. And, yes, I reread them…a lot! 🙂 One of the most special text messages from her holds the words “JOY, heart, love, and LIGHT” in it, and yes, I’ll probably share it one day because it is so very special to me. It amazed me the first time I came across that message again…think it’s from 2014…and, realized those words were in it from her. Her words…her heart…describing how she feels about me. And, then, to think about what I came up with to put on her bracelet! Wow…yep, that’s our soul connection!! She and God helped me create those bracelets ~ “Kaylee Joy” ~, and it just makes my heart smile allover again every time I think back to that precious text from her.

kayleejoy-kaylee-cooper-westie-sweetestloveToday I have had to be on the phone with Verizon trying to get help with some issues with my new phone…yes, my NEW phone! 🙁 The first lady that was helping said to turn it off, and she would call back to help me further. Well, even though my phone was in my hand or right in front of me, it didn’t ring. Then, I see a message saying I have a voicemail…yes, from her! Ugh!! She says she tried to call me back three times, but I didn’t answer so I can just call back to tech support. Ugh again! 🙁 This time I get a sweet lady that promises me she will keep calling me back even if my phone doesn’t ring for me, and she has to call me 10 times…she keeps assuring me she will call me back and keeps saying “HAVE FAITH”. 🙂 So she finally calls me back after I had to take the SIM card out and wait. I couldn’t quite understand what she had said her name was so I thought to ask her so I could write it down, as I like to always do this when dealing with customer service. She said “Luz” and spelled it for me. Then, she said, “Would you like to know what it means in Spanish?” “Oh, yes!”, I said…because I love to hear the meanings of names and hear about symbolism and such. Luz means LIGHT!!! 🙂 Oh, my goodness!!!! For “realz”!!!! 🙂 Have mercy!! So I begin to share with her about Kaylee and “Kaylee Joy” and tell her about her bracelets…and tell her that while I was waiting for her to call back I was creating a special pic to share. I told her the words I included on this pic, and she couldn’t believe it all. She said I was making her cry! 🙂 So, I told her the most amazing thing is to give “Kaylee Joy” and also receive it at the same time, and that we had just done this!! 🙂 She was so touched and told me she always makes sure to SMILE every day…even at people that may not want to receive it. Well, you know me, so you can imagine how I told her how much I agree with this and how important I feel it is that we LET OUR LIGHT SHINE!! 🙂 And, the best part is that I told her Kaylee chose her today to be her messenger to get a “Hello, Auntie ~ I love you and am with you!” message to me!! She loved that! And, yes, I so believe…and, I have witnessed and experienced it so many times…that Kaylee often chooses someone that I would not expect to be the carrier of a message from her to me! 🙂 I told you her “Kaylee Joy” is so fabulously amazing…yet again, this sweet chick has added the biggest dose of love and JOY to my day! 🙂 Hope YOU have a blessed day, sweet friends! 🙂 *And, with her ANGELversary being at 11 months, I can assure you her message comes right on time for my broken heart that misses her so!

Let YOUR Light Shine ~ you don’t ever know who’s heart may need to be touched by it today! 🙂

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I’m having a cuppa and linking up with other inspirational bloggers over at Holly Gerth’s blog ~

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Today I am reminded of something that I already knew…that God has already shared with me, and that I feel I have reflected on through messages with my precious Kaylee ~ that this journey of grief is not one to overcome…to get through. Rather it is a continual journey of healing and unraveling…healing and unraveling. It also involves continual accepting. Some days I think I put alot of pressure on myself to make it through the day, the sadness, the pain, the missing her so much, and I think I need to kindly remind myself that “flowing” is going to be my friend more than “getting through” ~ because when we grieve for someone we love we don’t ever “get through or get over it”. No, it is more about learning to lean into the pain, accept the sadness, remind ourselves that this is part of the journey, hold God’s hand tighter, and allow ourselves to be hugged by His peace and comfort. And, it’s about allowing ourselves to be ok with the “not ok”.

Some days I feel my heart has felt even more broken since Kaylee’s b’day, and I struggle with anxiety and stress more…I am quite certain my mind anticipates the one year anniversary of her receiving her angel wings. It will be painful ~ so today I’m gonna give myself a little hug and tell “me” that it’s ok to not be ok…that she is walking with me each day and God is always holding my hand. And, I am going to breathe a little deeper a few extra times and realize my need to share my heart and healing is part of this journey. I can’t help but smile sometimes if I think about how I may appear to someone that I pass as I’m out walking Cooper…smiling, saying “hello”, maybe even stopping to chat a moment or let our fur babies touch noses {if I feel the other fur baby is safe!}…yet maybe only moments before exiting my house I was dabbing at tear filled eyes and encouraging myself with cheerleading affirmations that I will be ok and can get through this day. 🙂 I share this for me…but also because there may be some of you trying to “flow” with something difficult in your lives. More and more I feel nudged in my heart to share with you ways I am coping, trying to heal, and just move through the days when my heart feels so very overwhelmed. I often bounce back and forth between a million artistic ideas and thoughts, some days feeling so “itchy in my skin” as I like to call it ~ just not ever feeling like I’m accomplishing even the beginning of what I had hoped to.

My sweet mama has often said to me, “Be kind to YOU, Ann~Margaret…I don’t think you are being very sweet to YOU!” 🙂 I smile because she would be saying this during a time when maybe I was putting alot of pressure on myself for this or that, pushing myself with late hours and little sleep, or something of this nature. She still has to say this to me sometimes! LOL But, you know, our precious mamas have alot of wisdom to share with us so I think I’m going to take her up on her suggestion. I’m going to try to be kinder to me…to not allow myself to feel that I am not doing such a great job with this grief thing, to let go of the frustration I am holding onto because some days my focus isn’t where I need or want it to be, and to realize that it’s ok to not be ok…it’s ok for my heart to hurt, for me to miss my sweet Kaylee more than I can ever express, it’s ok for me to cry on the pickle aisle 🙂, and by golly, it’s ok for you, too! 🙂 I’m hugging you today, and I hope you know that you aren’t alone if you also have some of these moments or feelings with things you struggle with in your life. The hard stuff really can be so very hard, but God is holding our hands…the most promising and reassuring thing I can share with you is that He is going to keep on keepin’ on! I’m so glad because I sure am squeezing it tight! 🙂 *And, just look at how He creatively reminds us “Hello…I’m right here with you!”

*I’m having a cuppa and linking up with other bloggers at ~

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Cooper and I hope you had a fabulous and fun 4th of July! 🙂 We’ve been busy in the studio, enjoying sunny walks out and about in Old Town, and possibly even dipping our toes in the water of our favorite beach spot! We’re working on new videos to share with you about the happenings in the studio, details about some yummy new paint we’ve been creating with, and as usual, doses of sunshine and “Kaylee Joy” to add smiles to your days! The past few months have been a bit busy so we’ve gotten behind with blogging but are exited to be getting back to it ~ oh, my, we have lots to share with you! 🙂

If you want to catch up on what we’ve been up to, follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook! 🙂

Scroll down to the previous post to get a little dose of inspiration to fill your cuppa in the meantime!

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I am a firm believer that there is so much truth to the phrase “we become that which we think”.  When our minds are filled with negative thoughts, frustration, agitation, and the like it becomes way too easy for these things to take over and push out the good stuff ~ the positivity, hope, and joy.  Of course there are things that life deals us that we just cannot control, but we do have a choice about how we respond to things…we have a choice about what we let take residence in our minds.  Yes, we have a choice about what we fill our {heart and soul} cuppas with! 🙂

cuppa-serenity-inspirational-artwork-sketchFor me, starting my day off with the good stuff…inspirational reading, time with God, reminding myself to stay in the present, and putting on my armor to protect my serenity…is so very important.  From great beginnings come good things!  🙂 That’s right…let me start my morning in this way, and I am much more likely to be able to deal with the crazies that might pop up during the day!  🙂  Come join me below for a CUPPA ~ I hope it will add a smile to your day, and most of all, I hope it might be a reminder to make sure you’re adding the sweet stuff to your cuppa! And, remember…you are so worth it…do these things for YOU!

Need a cute reminder every day? You might love framing the above print for your office, kitchen, or favorite spot! 🙂 Find it in my shoppe ~


“Kaylee Joy” ~ my phrase for the year in honor of my precious niece ~ helping her love and joy to continue to spread! SMILE ~ Let YOUR light shine!
See a special video about our special soul connection here!  🙂

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See more of my videos on my Youtube channel! I love for you to stop by so we can have a cuppa tea and a chat!

Hope you have a Sunshiney day!  🙂

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  • Dawn - March 3, 2016 - 2:31 pm

    The way we think is immensely powerful, you are so right. We need to engage positive thinking and choose the joyful in order to keep our hearts buoyed up above the world’s pessimism.

    Cute graphic!
    Blessings,
    DawnReplyCancel

I’m loving some of the fun girlies that are coming to life on the pages of my art journals! It’s amazing to see the different looks my art takes on when I just LET GO and truly enjoy the process! I always enjoy the process of creating, but there is something so very different about what blooms on the pages of my art journals when I just wait for things to appear or get really lost in the moment…not thinking about any particular outcome.  I love this stage of the ART game! I did this background several weeks ago…first collaging with various papers and then, splashing washes of paint here and there.  Our prompts for this week in the Get Messy Art Journal community are all about freedom and expression of feelings so I think these pages are perfect because I certainly just let them speak for themselves!  🙂

peace-graffiti-artwork-mixedmedia-paintingWhen I took a peek at this page several weeks later I decided it looked like a shirt down on the right ~ so of course, I knew I had to draw a sassy girlie!  🙂  She was soon coming to life! And, oh, how I loved all the messages that were speaking from her heart!

peace-girl-artwork-mixedmedia-paintingThen, I decided the wheels of the bicycle would be a perfect start for sunglasses for this fabulous girlie!  🙂  She definitely needed a sassy accessory!

peace-girl-art-mixed-media-sunglassesPEACE is so important to this girlie ~ she longs for her heart to feel peace, to find new ways to discover it, and to share it with others that may need a little for themselves. When she’s on the search for this amazing peace she may put on magical glasses so that she is sure to not miss all the little things, the hidden places, and the beautiful messages that may teach her all about how to tuck more into her heart.  This girlie ~ she’s on a mission!

peace-girl2-mixed-media-art-pinkShe realizes searching for PEACE and holding onto it is absolutely necessary to live the life she dreams of. She knows it’s so important to SMILE and enjoy laughing along the way, and she knows that she must be true to her heart.  And, that means she must be her SASSY ‘n FABULOUS self!  🙂  This next girlie is another one where I just LET GO and let her bloom as she wanted to.  Yes, very different from how my girlies usually look!

girl-loose-free-pink-flower-blackhairShe is created with many layers…another splash of paint here and a smudge of color there.  Her heart is filled with hope, dreams, and a longing to let her light shine for Him. She loves wearing rosettes in her hair, wearing lots of PINK, and adding doses of “Kaylee JOY” to the cuppas of all those she encounters! 🙂 Oh, this girlie…she wants to do life BIG…and, colorful…oh, so colorful! 🙂

girl-messy-mixedmedia-yellow-letgo-artShe knows life can get messy…it can be oh, so tough. She knows her faith keeps her grounded, and she knows that all the crazy, messy, colorful layers all come together to create her unique soul.  She wants other girlies to know that it’s from the depths of their souls where the light flickers…LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!  🙂

girl-mixedmedia-loose-artwork-flower-artistBecause when you do ~ Ooh la la ~ it is so very magnificent!  🙂  Just be you ~ let YOUR COLORS come through!  🙂

This sweet chick below smiles at me each morning as I find my way to my desk. We often chat and share thoughts, and she forever encourages me through our precious memories and her sweet signs that she spreads about my days. She’s one of my most favorite girlies in the world ~ forever! {My sweet niece, Kaylee, whom has the most beautiful Angel Wings now.}

kaylee-mermaid-photo-memories-myangel I hope you’ll try doing a bit of letting go as you play in your journals! It’s such fun to see where the process takes you when you do. I tend to always feel even more inspired after I’ve greeted my journals in this way. It’s as though it unleashes huge doses of creativity. Hmm…kinda amazing how more of the good stuff flows when we can just let go and let nature take its course!  🙂

Let YOUR LIGHT shine today, and try loosening your grip on the paintbrush a bit…you’ll be amazed at what you create! *And, this can be applied to many areas of our life…not just artwork!  🙂

Hugs ~ Hope you have a HAPPY weekend!


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  • Tania - February 20, 2016 - 12:50 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Happy Saturday!!♡♡♡ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Fletcher King - February 20, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    Fabulous post and just love the girlies to bits. Getting messy and loving the process make such wonderful results and just make your heart sing don’t they!ReplyCancel

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