Monday, December 18, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z ~homemade chips

Creative Life A thru Z
Jean Hart

Let Get Cooking 

Yes it's December, Yes it's the holiday season,
Yes I will be baking cookies and cakes, and candy. 
But for now because of all the sweet treats I will be eating this holiday season I have learned how to make my own healthy chips. 
In order to not feel like I'm completely out of control, I have also made a self rule of not eating cookies everyday. YES it's true. 
So hopefully instead of gaining 10 pounds this season, it's only 5 bls. 

Start with 100% whole wheat tortillas shells, pita bread works well too. 

I used a pizza cutter to cut them into triangles.
I broiled them for about 3 - 4 minutes, then turned them over for another 2 min.
You just have to watch your own time, mine was different then the recipe. 

Let them cool on a cookie rack

Place them in a air tight container. 

Enjoy a healthy snack in between all the holiday parties.
Be Inspired, 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z ~ The dining Room

Creative Life A thru Z 

New Kitchen

Creative Life A thru Z
Jean Hart

Good Morning Everyone.
I sure hope you are enjoying the holiday season. 
We are pushing hard to finish up the remodel in the kitchen and dining room. But, sadly to say not everything will be done before Christmas. 
Each day we move a little further to being done. 
This week the buffet showed up and some of the artwork too. 
So, with 13 mind blowing steps and four hours later we have a beautiful buffet for the dining room that will hold our china. 
The walls have been stripped of wallpaper, painted and furniture moved back in. 
We have decided since we live near a small marina we would go with a "Lake Theme" for the house. 
Here is the progress so far. 

Done painting and moved all the furniture back into the dining room.

New buffet, the perfect size for my china

New Artwork, canoes on the lake 

Tin artwork of kayakers at sunset

Kerry's hand thrown pottery. 

I hope you are finding creative ways to live and enjoy life. 
Be Inspired,

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z New Kitchen

Creative Life A thru Z
Jean Hart

Welcome, I'm Jean and thank you for joining me on my creative living blog.
This week I'm on a bit of a vacation.
At home we are renovating the kitchen and it was time to let in the construction team.
Without being able to cook we thought we would take a little trip.
Here is a few photos of how it's going.
Later after I get back I will post the final project.



 It's been a long six weeks. I can't believe we got everything day in time!
Our part was to empty all the cabinets, remove the cabinets we wanted for the garage, and then scrap wallpaper and paint......we finished on Sunday and the crew came in on Monday to put in the new cabinets, install a island and complete new counter tops.
It's all been very exciting.
So until next week, Keep living your creative life.
Be Inspired,

Two Minutes in Nature, exprience the clouds

O = Outdoors

This week it's time to get outside. .... Exprience the clouds. Two Minutes In Nature.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z~ Let's get Cooking

Creative Life A thru Z

Let's Get Cooking
This morning I made Scones. 
The season is just calling for baking and certain flavors come to mind in the Fall. 

I made cranberry orange scones with a mix from Great Value. 
Just add 5 TBS of butter , 4TBS of milk 

roll out to a 6 inch and cut into 8th

 I have never made scones before and with a mix it was so easy. 
I added the orange flavoring to the mix, and I have to say my house smells wonderful. 
It make a quick and festival breakfast. 
Be Inspired, 
P.S. Why not sit in Nature for Two minutes and enjoy your scone

Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's just a rumor I heard

It's just a rumor I heard

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Life is curved, acrylic, 4' x 4'
Jean Hart Artwork
Yesterday is only a dream, tucked away in the recess's of your mind. Tomorrow only a vision, a hope and dream. The question for today is "
"What will you do today, while you live and breathe and are alive to make your tomorrows happier, wiser and stronger?
Will you sit and wait for the world, your world to change? Or will you have the courage to take a small step to change yourself for your world or the larger world?

The answer of course is yours alone. But, it reminds me of a quote I remember, "If you always do the same things you have always done, then  you will always get the same answer you have always gotten". It's something like that, and I'm sorry I don't remember who said that or if I'm quoting it correctly, but still it is something that has always stayed with me. 
Today, really is the best life you's the present life....the one that you are reaping the benefits of yesterdays decisions and planning for  the future. All things rely I what you do NOW, TODAY. 
Heart's Desires, acrylic 4' x 4' Jean Hart Artwork
Heart's desires, they come from within, from without. Idea's are acted upon and plans are made. 
Do they really only come knocking on your door once?

I think that's just a rumor.....for the people who don't meet their dreams half way...
Be Inspired,

Monday, October 23, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z ~Fall winds

Creative Life A thru Z 
healing art journal
Jean Hart 

Fall is such a wonderful time to sit outside and listen to nature. 
Here in my Two Minutes in Nature Meditation you will listen to the wind as it passes through the metel tulip sculpture. 
Be Inspired, 

Creative Life A thru Z ~The Beginning

Creative Life A thru Z
Healing Art Journey*
Jean Hart, Artist, 

For those of you who are new to my blog. 
We are at week 15 N
You can start anywhere or at anytime. 
Here is the first Blog to introduce myself to you. 

Please Follow me, Share my blogs, and join in. 
I love to hear from you and feel free to leave commits. 
Be Inspired,

Creative Life A thru Z ~ N is for Nurturing

Creative Life A thru Z
Jean Hart 
Healing Art Journal* 

 The Creative Life A thru Z

~N is for Nurturing

 Week Fifteen 

I Remember , by Jean Hart 

"...Begin with life where you find it, and make it better." Carter G. Woodson

There's a lot of talk going around about how to do self love. 
It's true if you don't take care to take care of yourself you will eventually get drained, burned out, and possibly sick. 
I have found that sometimes I need to take a day off and just relax and catch up. 
On those days I have to unplug from all technology, even the TV for a time. 
I start simply by sitting still and letting my mind tell me all the things it's thinking about. 
I love to make lists and this is when I make the most impossible lists of just everything I want to accomplish.  I call this active meditation. 

Art Journal: Light of Possibilities 
Get out your art journal, find a peaceful place to sit and, have something to drink that comforts you, Light a candle or dim the lights.  We are going to meditate. 
1. Draw a circle in the middle of your page, then from that circle create lines to the outer edges, creating a sun and sun-rays. 
2. Color the page with all colors of the rainbow. Color pencil works best for this project. 
3. Now it's time to sit. Set your timer for 20 mins. Sip your drink and just let your mind wonder, daydream and think of all the possibilities of the things you want to accomplish. 
4. For every idea you come up with, write it in the sun-ray, leave the next sun-ray empty. Going to the next thought, write it down. Moving across the page until every other sun-ray is filled in.  
5. After you have filled in the sun-rays with ideas, fill in the next line of sun-rays with an activity of how to start making this idea a reality. 
If any of those ideas sound like something you really want to pursue than start putting the goal and activity on your calendar.  

Witting Journal : I am letting the Star Shine
What does Lifestyle mean to you? 
After having sometime to think about how you want your life to look, feel, and, represent you.  Take out your journal and write exactly what you want. How close are you to living your lifestyle? Is there something you can do right now to help you live that lifestyle? Maybe there is something you could read to help you learn how to get there, or a new food you could try to help you become more conscious about good health. Could you visit a travel agency and collect brochures about places you would like to travel to. Just think not only about what you want but how to have your dreams too. 

N is for Niceties 
What comes to your mind when you say the word niceties? 
Just make a small list of what comes into your mind. Are there any that you could add right now to your life? 

N is for Novice
Creating a hobby. 
It's time to explore. 
Take the time to be a novice at something.
There is something so wonderful about learning a new hobby and being a novice at it. 
This is the time you can learn, make mistakes, and learn again. 
You are not the teacher, the expert, but the student. 

As always have fun with these activities. 
Like, Follow me, Share this blog, and join in. 
I would love to start having conversations about your ideas when you did one of the activities. 
Be Inspired, 

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Two Minutes In Nature

Two Minutes in Nature

The Storms a coming.

The wind was so hard it was too load for a calm meditation, so I put music to it, I think you can still feel the strength of the storm.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z M= making magic around the house

Creative Life A thru Z*

M is for Making Magic 

It's cold, it's windy, and it's Fall.....
I'm doing laundry  and came across a craft for "Felt Balls" , if you don't know what they are I will leave a link below. 
I felt that my schedule didn't really leave me time to make homemade felt balls for the dryer, so I did this instead. 

I added a few sprays of my favorite perfume, my signature perfume, 
perfume I have been using very sparingly because I was told Ralph Larueen is no longer making this perfume. 
Ralph Lauren Safari perfume
Safari for women contains a blend of orange, black currant, jasmine, sandalwood, cedarwood and vetiver. It is recommended for evening wear.

I tell you my whole house is smelling wonderful!!
Be Inspired, 
Felt Balls craft 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Christmas Stamps and Cards

Time to think about ordering Christmas stamps and cards. 
I invite you to visit my on line store, 

Zazzle is having sale !!

Creative Life A thru Z ~ M = Be Marvelous

Jean Hart Artwork
Healing Arts journal 
Better Together, acrylic, Mandala, by Jean Hart 

 The Creative Life A thru Z

~M = Marvelous 

 Week Fourteen

What ever you do, Be Marvelous!!

Life is what you celebrate, All of it. ~Joanne Harris 

This week is the celebration of the letter M. oh the words and fun that came to me with this letter. I believe so far I live in the activities of M. 

When I was an exhibiting artist I had a solo fine art exhibit at the
 Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, Nv 
It's show title was "Kaleidoscope"
 To see a small part of the exhibit at Highland Estates.
Click below 

I had been painting mandala's ever since I read a biography of Carl Jung. 
He said he did a small mandala everyday in his office before he started work each day. 
I started with easy coloring books, and then later went on to make my own designs.
In world history all different cultures,  Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Celtic, and, Native American have been making mandalas for well over 5,000 years. 
One of the ways to use a mandala is to ask a question while you are creating your mandala, by the time you are finished hopefully you will have an answer. 
Mandalas are symbols of community, wholeness, and spiritual journeys.
I am not going to go into the whole philosophy of the mandala here. My suggestion is for you to go to the library or internet and check out a book that can explain it in far more detail then I can on my simple blog here. 

Art Journal Assignment: 
Drawing a mandala 
Freedom, mandala by Jean Hart 

1. You can either buy a coloring book of mandalas and color in them, or you can make your own. 
a. draw a circle, fold it in half, then half again. 
b. Keep in mind that a mandala is a symmetric design and is repeated from one quarter to the other. 
2. Drawing a mandalas is a time for you to be still, calm, and quite so you can focus on the big questions in your life. So, before you begin coloring, ask yourself a question, you might ask what you could do to change your life so you can enjoy it and have more fun with family and friends. 
3. While the design is repeated from one quarter to the other quarter, meaning what is put on the right is also drawn on the left. YOU can color it anyway you wish. 
4. When you finished, turn over your drawing and write the acronym B.L.E.S.S.M.E. 
(body, lifestyle, emotions,social,spiritual,mind,environment.).
Now write 2 activities that came up that you could do. Do not worry if you didn't think of something for each category.  I personally like to keep the B.L.E.S.S.M.E. acronym in my active thinking. 
5. Have fun with this, be creative, and don't censor yourself. 
keep this list handy and commit to making those changes within the month. 
I like to put these suggestion on my daily calendar so I can make plans to do the activities. 

Kitchen Assignment:
Let's Get Cooking 
For me, since I'm spending more time at home and in the kitchen learning how to eat clean and healthy, I have been turning some of my favorite recipes into a healthier recipes. 

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars 
I love magic bars, so I went hunting for a healthy version. 
My family loved this one. It's gooey on the inside, sticky all over and 
Marvelously Magic!!
This is the recipe I used :

Field Trip:
If you can, if it's this time of year where you live. 
Go to a Farmers Market.
There is nothing like fresh vegetables from the farmers. 
I had such a wonderful day with my daughter Sarah. We went to all the booths, asked questions,*(because everything is handmade), and came home with very fresh and unusual vegetables. 

Framers Market

spinning wool 

fresh tomatoes 

I came home and made with all the fresh vegetables, vegetable dumplings, with fried shisuto peppers. 

There's lots of more activities for the letter M, and I will most likely continue posting later. 
As always have fun with this, share, like and follow so you don't miss a single post. 
I would love to see your mandalas. 
Because this is an ongoing project for me, and I continually change things for each letter. I would love it if you left me a little comment on how you are enjoying the assignments. 
 Be Inspired,

Friday, October 13, 2017

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z~Chasing the Fall Colors in Idaho

Creative Life A thru Z 
Two Minutes in Nature 
I'm always up for a drive and walk in nature

I just got back from a visit with my son Matthew. 
He lives in Idaho and as we were driving I looked out the window of the car and thought, "Look at the colors of Fall here. They are so vivid and beautiful." 
I'm working hard to live in the present moment of my life and not get to carried away with making future plans when I'm in a real life adventure I have already planned. 
So, on this wonderful drive, there is nothing like seeing farm land in Fall. 
click below for a drive through the farm lands of Idaho

Living in the moment after we parked the car on this drive we came across a 

So What is a Geocache? 
It's a treasure hunt around the world. 
Here is a YouTube that explains what it is and how to sign up. 

After opening our geocache and discovering its treasures we too put a little treasure inside and folded it up and replaced it for someone else to find. 
Happy Hunting. 

Be Inspired, 

Creative Life A thru Z ~L is for leave a little happiness wherever you go

 Jean Hart Artwork*

Creative Life A thru Z. 

L = Leave a little happiness

 wherever you go

Where do I get my inspiration????
From Life itself. 
But, there are times when I just can't think of a single thing to do or help myself get out of a slump. 
I made this little jar of 100 slips of Good Intentions. 
I read so much, I have joined so many clubs, and blogs. The information alone on Pinterest is exhausting sometimes. 
To help myself not waste so much time on the computer I came up with 100 things to do when I need inspiration. 

The only rule is, when I draw one of these slips out of the jar, 

This little slip is awesome!
One of my Assignments in the course 
"A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment",
 was to anonymously leave notes of encouragement wherever you go for someone to find and hopefully brighten up their day. 
I have been doing this with my art note cards for years, and although I never sign the note I sure hope it puts a smile on someones face for that day. 
Give it a try. I would love to hear what you wrote on your slips of encouragement. 
As always, have fun with this and share, join in, comment, and like. 
Be Inspired,

Jean Hart Artwork : Tecopa Hot Springs Labyrinth

Creative Life A thru Z

L is for labyrinths

This is an older blog, but I wanted to share it here with my new Creative Life Blog because it is part of my journey to travel and do labyrinths from around the world.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Idaho farm land, road trip

Creative Life A thru Z

L= living in real time

Living in real time.....chasing the colors of Fall

Sunday, October 8, 2017

I'm ready for Fall

The Creative Life 
A thru Z

Are you ready for Fall? 
I am now that I got all my essential oils in their containers. 

I keep these little containers close to my bed and use them just before I go to sleep. 
This is my Fall collection. 
Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Frankincense, and Orange. 

I melt down the Vaseline and then mix in the oils. 

What are the properties of these amazing oils. 
1. Cedarwood.  

Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits

Some of the most common benefits of cedarwood essential oil include:
Clearly, cedarwood essential oil is a great tool for your medicine cabinet. It has not only external health benefits, but also the power to improve your digestive and circulatory function as well.
2. Clove Bud 
  • Eliminates acne
  • Kills parasites
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Reduces gum disease
  • Boosts energy
  • Natural anti-inflammatory
  • Kills mold and fungus
3. Frankincense, there is so many benefits, too many to list here. 
4. Orange
According to research, the benefits of orange oil include:
  • Fighting cancerous tumors
  • Increasing circulation
  • Killing bacteria and pathogens
  • Decreasing wrinkles
  • Improving complexion
  • Easing anxiety
  • Decreasing hypertension
This is just my list for Fall oils that I like.....
you can find more information at this website for many different oils. 

Be Inspired,