Hello 2013!!!

Happy New Year!!!
From my family to yours, wishing you a wonderful, blessed and prosperous 2013!
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity
and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
~  Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Merry Christmas!!!

Hoping you and yours have a wonderful holiday!! 

"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'"
~ Luke 2:10-12


Heart Has Fallen

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One Little Word for this year has been "heal".  After a tough and tramatic 2011 with our family facing unemployment, then a big move, and a death in our family, I felt I needed some time this year to focus on healing, resting, nurturing my heart and being kind to myself. 

Love NEVER fails.

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One of the ways I've done this is to work on nurturing my creative soul.  I've gotten back to the basics and have been taking some wonderful online classes from

Christy Tomlinson


Junelle Jacobson


Gritty Jane

, and

Jeanne Oliver

.  I've been sketching and searching and playing and trying new things!  I've been allowing myself to rest and rediscover my loves and what inspires me.  I'm working on surrounding myself with other, like minded, kindred spirits who can love, support and encourage me and I them.

My heart in your hands

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I'm really looking forward to jumping back into my art making and creating now.  I feel like I'm ready to dive back in and create like hopefully never before!  I hope I will in turn continue to heal, grow, flourish, thrive, be strong in my life, and in turn encourage and nurture others!!

Do you have One Little Word that you've been processing, living and nurturing this year?  I'd love to hear about it!!

Happy creating!

♥ Jennifer

Summer Lovin'

Relaxing on the beach
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Summer is in full swing here at our house and boy do I wish this was my view!! :) We aren't at the beach, but the kids are home from school and we are trying to survive the hot Texas heat with fun activities to keep us cool.  It is nice in the evenings thankfully, and we've been able to grill and play on our new swing set!  Super fun!!!

I decided one thing to do this summer to keep us busy is to start doing some art journaling!  I'm altering an old book I picked up at the used book store and my kids are having fun with the Smash books from K&Company.  I found an awesome online class, Kidding Around 3, for them to take through Big Picture Classes that provides a journaling prompt daily.  They've been having a blast with it and it is a great way to get them creatively documenting their summer and practicing their writing skills!!  If you are interested in joining us, registration closes tonight at 10:00pm PDT, so hurry on over!!!

Are any of you avid art journalers?  I've been wanting to try my hand at this for awhile but have had trouble finding time.  How do you fit your art journaling in and still balance your other art creating?  Those of you with young kids at home for the summer, how are you keeping them busy so you can get some creative time in?  I'd love some ideas and tips!!

Happy creating,

My "One Little Word" for 2012


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Thank you so much to everyone who read my

last post

and for all of your kind comments, encouragement and prayers!  They mean more to me than you could know!!  I just love this blogging community and feel it is truly a gift to be a part of it!

As I mentioned in my

last post

, the last year, and especially the last few months, have been quite hard.  It has been a time full of heartbreak, loss, huge changes, growing pains and challenges.  But it has also been a time full of hope, answered prayers and the beginning of healing.  For this reason I've chosen


to be my "

One Little Word"

for 2012!

Heal the world !!!

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I want to take this year and focus on


. After all we've been through I feel like this is a time to rest, breathe, listen, learn and


.  I'm excited about this new word!  I've been pondering how I can focus on


and restoring my spirit.  Here are a few things I've come up with so far...

First, I am a daughter of Christ and He is the Great Healer!  No


will come except through Him!



the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."  ~ Psalm 147:3

You Whisper You Love Me

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I'm so thankful for this, for a God that I can go to for everything!  It is so important to me to spend daily time with my God.  I want to meet with Him, pray to Him, read His Word and grow to be more like Him.  I don't pretend to be perfect, and sometimes my day gets away from me and I haven't had that sweet, quiet time with Him, but I always want to try!  I know this is the only way to truly


my heart!!

Next, I am an artist! 

"Create" by Jennifer Snellings

Mixed Media painting

"For this reason, I ask you to keep using the


God gave you. It came to you when I laid my hands on you and prayed that God would use you." ~ 2 Timothy 1:6

My art has always been so


.  It is a place I can escape from the realities of life and focus on my passions!  It re-energizes me, reconnects me, and feeds that special place that God created in me as a creative soul.  My art is nurturing to my heart, so I hope to spend lots and lots of time creating this year!!  It is also my prayer that God will use my art, in His amazing way, to impact others.  Serving and helping those around me is another way to bring


to my heart!!

Finally, of course relationships can be so


!  My goal is to make extra effort this year to nurture those most important relationships, with my God, my husband, my children, my family and my friends.  I want to make intentional efforts to spend quality time together and not let the busyness of life get in the way!  After all, life is so short and we don't know how much time we'll have with one another!

It is my hope and prayer that 2012 will be a


year for you as well! 

Happy creating,

♥ Jennifer 

I Was Fearless!

Things have been very quiet around here for the past few months. Sorry for that! Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you and it seems like the last year, especially the last few months, has been full of them! If you remember from

this post

, last year my

“One Little Word”



. Never would I have dreamed how important that would be when it came to facing the year ahead.

Looking Down II

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 At first I embraced the word


from an artistic and creative standpoint. I took the leap and focused on making my creative business and dream to sell my artwork a reality. I wasn’t going to let my fear get in the way!! I was mentored by the amazing and gifted,


. I revamped my blog and created my

Etsy Shop

. I even stocked it with some paintings for sale – be


! (More paintings coming soon!!) I was able to start my youngest in a wonderful Mother’s Day Out program – be


- that allowed me to focus on my business twice a week. I also had the great honor of being asked to join the teaching team at our local

Painting With a Twist


My "Whimsey Tree" Class

It was scary starting to teach again when it had been so long – be


- but it has been the perfect part time job for me to stretch my teaching muscles and share my love of painting with others. This was all such a blessing and a very exciting time, but I had to be


to push through and do it!

On a more personal note, my family had been going through the stressful process of a new ministry position/job hunt for my husband who is a Pastor. I had to be


and trust God that He would provide for us while my husband was between jobs. (And He ALWAYS did!) The church interviews take months at a time and I often have to interview with him – be


!! We knew God had a plan for him and a place picked out; the searching for that right place and fit is what can be so challenging.

After a very long process and interviews with countless churches, God led Matt to his new job and our new church home. In October he got the call, we traveled to house hunt, and moved from McKinney to our new home in San Antonio by the end of November – be


. In the process we hit every speed bump we possibly could….from delays in preparing our house to sell (foundation problem, etc) to not being able to fit all our belongings on our moving truck – be


!!! I was determined not to let the fear of the “what ifs” and “unknowns” get the best of me!! I tried to tackle each new problem head on and not give into my fears. God was with me each step of the way.

As we began to settle into our new home and face the challenges of relocating (unpacking, meeting new friends, settling into new jobs, adjusting to new schools, etc) we also were smack into the middle of the holiday season. Busy and overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to explain how I felt!! During this time I tried to keep things simple, take it one day at a time, and remember how excited we were to be here even though transition and change is often not easy – be



But, even though it was the end of the year, the challenges were not over. In fact, I was about to face one of the biggest ones of my life…

My step-dad, affectionately known to my children as “Big Jim”, was diagnosed with

Aplastic Anemia

four years ago. He and my mom have a special love story. You see, my dad died when I was 17, very suddenly, of a viral heart infection that damaged his heart. My mom found great comfort in a Widows Support Group, which is where she met Jim, who was also widowed. Three years later they married and have been now for 15 years. About a year ago we learned Jim was out of remission and had developed MDS. This past Thanksgiving he was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia and was in the hospital over the holidays. On December 27th, he met his Savior. We got to be with him before. We said how much we loved him; we said our goodbyes. Be



"Big Jim"

 Jim was my 2nd Dad. He had been in my life as long as my real Father was. He was such a servant and a strong follower of Christ; a wonderful example of a godly man. He was there for my family always and while he never tried to replace my real dad, he did all the things my dad would have done had he been here to do them. Jim never treated my children as anything but his grandchildren. He loved us.

Big Jim playing!

He has met my dad now and I have a feeling my dad thanked him for his time with us. He took good care of us.

Jesus said, “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22

As hard as this past year has been, I know I’ve learned a lot! I’ve been stretched and God has been faithful. I am glad it is over and I’m enjoying the fresh start of a new year! I’m looking forward to 2012 being a better year! Although I’ve chosen a new “One Little Word” for this year, I’ll continue to keep


close to my heart.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Be Fearless!!!!

Check back here soon to hear what my new “One Little Word” is for 2012. Have you chosen your word yet? I’d love to hear all about it!! 

Happy Halloween!!!!

Mama Kitty and her kitten!!!

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween. ~ Anonymous.

This weekend my daughter joined me for a Halloween dress up painting party I was teaching at the Painting With a Twist studio.  She has always loved to dress up and looks forward to Halloween all year!  We had such a fun time dressing up as cats together and painting!  A good time was definitely had by all!! :)

We also had a great time a few weeks ago painting this fun Halloween scene at a Kids Painting Class.

Such fun happenings at this time of the year!  I've been keeping busy teaching and enjoying all of the inspiration the Autumn season brings!  So many wonderful colors, scenes and scents.  I just love it!  Along with all the busyness of normal life, my family has been moving into a time of big transition and big change!  I'll share more soon, but in the mean time, I hope you have a frightfully fun Halloween and enjoy your haunting tonight!

Bugs and hisses,


Catching up


Photo by

Jared Tarbell



Last month turned out to be super busy! Actually, this summer has just flown by! I can’t believe it is about time for school to start back. It seems like just yesterday we were saying goodbye to the last school year. With the kids home for the summer most of my time has been focused on them, but I have had a few opportunities to catch up on some painting. Here are the two watercolor pieces, from this earlier


as well as this


, finally completed.

Daisy by Jennifer Snellings

Watercolor and Ink

Lily by Jennifer Snellings

Watercolor and Ink

 I love watercolor and so enjoyed playing and capturing the softness of the flowers. I do want to continue experimenting with layering and trying to use collage with watercolor. I find it to be more challenging because the watercolor is so very transparent. It is all about building layer upon layer. I like where it is going, but definitely need to play some more!!

With school starting up again I plan on carving out more time to create! I’ve got so many new ideas for the fall! Can’t wait to show you!! 

Happy creating!


God Bless America!

My Hero
by Jennifer Snellings

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
~ Elmer Davis

So blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom and liberty to choose who we love, where we worship, our profession and the way we want to live our lives!  So thankful for all of the brave men and women who fought to make this country what it is, and for those who are fighting today to keep us safe! 

Have a wonderful 4th of July!  Hope you enjoy all of the family picnics, bar-b-ques, fireworks, patriotic music, and jumping in the pool fun to be had!!  :) 

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."  ~ John F. Kennedy

Happy Independence Day!!

Summer Sweetness

at shitigashuku park
Photo by Tamaki on Flickr

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbock

Summertime is here and I’ve been enjoying the slower pace of life! Life never really slows down, the ebb and flow just changes depending on the time of year. Now that school is out and both the kids are home we don’t have to rush out early everyday to school, but we’ve had plenty to keep us busy.

Here are a few things I ♥ about summer…

Sleeping in…a little

Swimming at the pool

A visit to the grandparents

The Library’s summer reading program

Water gun fights

Afternoon naps

Swim lessons

Longer days

The rare thunderstorm

Art fun: play dough, crayons and coloring books, watercolor painting

Slip and slide in the backyard

Dinners together with fresh fruits, veggies and cooking from the grill

Morning Dance-offs with Just Dance Kids on the Wii

Staying up late reading

Watching the fun and freedom of being a kid

walking on the beach
Photo by michibanban on Flickr
“Summer is where the girls go barefoot and their hearts are just as free as their toes.” ~ Unknown

What do you love about summertime?

In between pool visits and keeping the kids busy this summer, I've been trying to squeeze in a bit of time in the studio!  It has definitely been challenging!  I do have some new paintings to share and I'll also be letting you in on some big news...coming soon!! :)

How are you finding time to create during these hot summer months?

Happy creating,

Painting With a Twist

I had a wonderful time last night at my first ever "painting party" at Painting With a Twist!  If you've never heard of it,  PWaT is a really neat place to go for a girls night out with some friends.  They also host private parties or whatever fun event you'd like to plan!  Everyone follows along and paints with an instructor while visiting with each other and snacking on yummies.  At the end of the night we all left with a finished painting.  So fun!!

Here is my finished piece from the evening!!!!

I just love the idea behind PWaT!  I think it is wonderful that they show their customers that ANYONE can create art!  People are being exposed to creating in a way they may have never before thought was possible for them!  One story was shared that after taking several PWaT classes a student then began exploring and creating art on her own at home.  It opened up a whole new world to her, just by getting a paintbrush in her hands and therefore boosting her confidence.  So very cool!! :)

I am prayerfully considering a really big, exciting decision right now!  God is so good to open amazing doors of opportunity, just when you're least expecting them!  I can't wait to share more...soon!!! :)

Happy creating!!