Sunday, March 31, 2013

Need a gift for Spring?

Want to support a good cause?  Know someone who needs some earrings for Spring?  These earrings all support different causes when you purchase a pair.  Check out this etsy website to see them all!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Angela's blog

My friend Angela has really gotten into blogging lately.  She is studying school counseling and about to finish her master's degree.  She started blogging for a school assignment but has gone way above and beyond.  I found this adorable bracelet on her blog that she found on pinterest.

Her blog is amazing.  Click her blog button below to check it out :) 


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Relay for Life

Coming up soon I am walking in Relay for Life.  I wrote a short story about why I decided to participate this year.  I have not walked in Relay since undergrad when I was very active in many clubs and events like that.  I am very excited for this upcoming event, April 12.  Though I am not choosing to share my story here, please feel free to ask me if you are interested.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Support the children at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled

I made lots of edits to the Etsy shop and it's up and running!  Please check out all the greeting cards with prints of art made by the children at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled.  All the profits are sent directly to the Association.  Thanks!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunflower Creative Arts

Check out this wonderful video from the 20 year anniversary of where I did an internship my sophomore year of college.  This is an amazing and a truly inspiring place for youth!  I wish there were organizations just like this one all over the world, and where I ever I ended up raising (future) children of my own, they and we all could be a part of it!

Successful Discovery Day

Tracy Councill speaking at Discovery Day last weekend was so inspiring! I came up with many ideas when she was speaking and I absolutely loved what she had to share.  She signed a copy of Medical Art Therapy with Children which she wrote a chapter in.

I also saw Avis Garret-Baptist at Discovery Day.  I have seen her many times before, but never had a book with me to ask her to sign it.  I finally had My Indian in Me and she was pleased to sign it.  I am a big fan of Avis and some of her ideas about anniversaries.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Moving to Pennsylvania

I have a new mascot to learn about.  Austin told me about Penn State's Nittany Lion.  We are moving to Pensylvania in early July and Austin starts his new job as economics professor at Penn State in August.  I am so proud of him!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Master's Mural in the news and media

My master's project made the front page of the Emporia Gazette this past weekend.

I was also made aware today that it was pinned on pinterest to the Art Therapy Alliance board titled Art Therapy, Programs, & Orgs @ Work .  This made me even more delighted!

Thank you to everyone involved who made this all possible! I could not have done this without the support of so many people :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

surprise daisies

Today an unexpected knock on the door startled me.  It was UPS (United Parcel Service).  I signed for a package I did not know I was getting and excitedly opened it! It said fragile and I was unsure what it could be.  As I was cutting the tape, I noticed the box said it was from a cookie company.  I smiled because I was starved and if there were cookies inside, I was about to be very happy!  As I unwrapped the plastic bubbles I saw the name "Austin" on a cookie and thought "Oh no!, they put the wrong name on my cookies!" and as I unwrapped some more, I realized the cookie said "Austin loves Erin" with a bouquet of daisy cookies (my favorite flower) and 3 lady bugs, plus a note that said "nom, nom, nom".  When I thanked Austin, he told me he bought the cookies with a groupon.  Erin loves Austin, too.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March is Youth Art Month

It is Youth Art Month.  If I rewind a couple years I used to spend a great deal of time with kids, but since starting grad school it has been less.  Last year I interned a little more with children and now I only spend a couple hours each Friday with kids, and sometimes we do get to do art.

I presented at  a local art therapy conference in Emporia, Kansas today called Discovery Day.  Two other students and myself presented on work we did in Nassau, Bahamas with children at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPD).  I finally updated the etsy website I created to benefit the children with disabilities at the BAPD and have it up and running.

What will YOU do this March for Youth Art Month?

Friday, March 8, 2013

"Just art", from the mouth of a babe!

This video clip shows how newer research is trying to prove that art therapy helps to heal patients in a medical setting.  This is harder to prove in with evidence based practice, which means providing scientific proof. HOWEVER, stated firm and clear from a child, nothing else helps him feel better, "Just art".  Tracy Councill who is featured in this video will be the keynote presenter speaking at the Discovery Day Conference, tomorrow! Hope to see you all there.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Master's project mural is finished and hanging!

For the past two weeks I have been working on the process of my master's project, which is the fun part!  I wrote the first two chapters (literature review and design) and proposed to my committee.  The mural process began and now it is complete.  It is hanging at the day services facility and it looks marvelous. Adults with developmental disabilities proudly stood by there completed work today and took pictures with a first year in my graduate program, Kristi (who helped me a ton through this process) and myself.  Check out the photos!  Now I am finishing the last two chapters and next month I defend and in May I graduate. It is all so exciting.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The snow is melting. Over the past couple weeks I was able to capture some fun photos of snowpeople around town. Enjoy like I did.

in costume

with color

the biggest one I saw (but fallen over, so sad)

same as above but for perspective

a family

Happy snowpeople sighting!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

how do you make friends?

A friend and classmate showed me this great video. 
These people met by hopping in a ball pit! 
Take a look.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

What do you unplug for?

Do you celebrate the National Day of Unplugging?  I was sent an article with some house ideas.  In it, I found out about this National Day.  Do you take the time to enjoy your environment?

Friday, March 1, 2013

3Doodler bicycle?

Check out the newest creation from the 3Doodler that the Chief Doodler designed.  Want to back the project? It looks like it would be fun to draw in the air.