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A snapshot of my life in the past year

Each year I go through the months keeping busy. We celebrate birthdays and holidays with our friends and families throughout the year. Then as I head toward the end of each year things start to speed up. Once Halloween passes the air changes and it becomes “the Holiday Season”. And for some reason stress comes into play. There is no reason to stress I say to myself.

Why don’t we feel that way during all the other holiday’s? I do love the holiday feeling but I think the thought about the shopping that gets me all stressed. I am not one for shopping malls. Then there is get the boxes out before a certain date so it makes it in time….And then once I get those boxes out there is a load lifted for about a minute…

Interesting when you think about it.

Then I look at the other holidays as ….Do we get the day off from work? Or what day does that fall on? Each holiday is just that.. a day to relax. Isn’t that what the Holiday Season is supposed to be about? Relaxing, celebrating with friends and family, and enjoying kicking back.

When I think about all the holidays through the year, Mother’s day is supposedly one of the busiest holidays in the middle of the year but it is not the same feeling you get during the “Holiday Season”, is it?

Now looking back at last year I always say wow that went fast, but when I think about what I just say I remember certain parts of the year that I thin wow its only….or even I remember saying wow today is long, or is this month ever going to end, Ha! And now I am think boy oh boy this year went fast. It is amazing how we think.

January 2018 View toward Mount Rainier, Washington

This past year had many ups and downs. I put myself through some challenges like the daily painting and the daily holiday painting, and even the separate painting challenges with my sister. All were so much fun. Now I need to push myself a bit further and come up with new challenges.

I like the daily painting and my sister challenges. Those were a lot of fun so I think I am going to continue that. Now to post it is something I need to work on.

February 2018 Waianae Coast

In my personal life I lost family and friends which was beyond heartbreaking…..and my mom went through major surgery….so happy to report she is doing well. A lot has happened. On a great note my family was all under the same roof, and it was great to be with them again even for that short time. I am sure everyone can relate to that. I think this is the norm for us as we get older. It is hard to live through. Those times are just those moments we really have to force ourselves out of bed to snap out of that funk.

April 2018 Baldwin NY

April/May 2018 Long Beach New York

So glad the year is over and here we are! Are you ready for what the next year will bring? I would love to say bring it on…but I do not like the unknown for certain things and yet for others I am excited. So I just have to realize I only can control my life and my surroundings, and what I want to do for me. Focus on the here and now. I think crafting and painting definitely allows me to do just that. Focus on the here and now. What an amazing gateway for me to tune out the noise around me and throw myself into something that keeps me happy…..

June 2018 Oregon
August 2018 Oregon Coast
August 2018 Fort Flagler Washington Camp Artawanna
2018 Standing behind the Capital in Washington
December 2018 Snoqualmie Summit
Deecember 2018 Enchanted Seattle Washington

As you can see I have done some traveling…and even had a job change same company however working from a different office. Which means I now will be traveling to California….and I thought I took a picture but couldn’t find it…so when I do I will update this post. Just so I have it in my memory folder. I have visited family, spent time with close friends, went to some amazing places, and shared some new experiences with new friends, and to top it off friends from Kauai is moving to Washington so I got to spend time with them…….it was overall a productive year, a good year, an emotional year, and a successful year in the crafting and selling department. 2018 in a nutshell!

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National Holiday Daily Painting

Celebrating National Holidays around the World

……now this is a way to start back on my daily paintings using Watercolors, ink and whatever will inspire me at that moment!

I have continued to paint since my first challenge of painting everyday for a month but the posting it has fell off the grid.  I got to say creating a habit is something that takes work.  I have several things going on in my life that adding blog posting was something that I let go and realized now how much I am missing it.  However I am back!  This is my journal of my journey and I found myself writing it in my paper journal versus on the computer.  With so many changes going on I realize organization has been set aside.  They say a habit takes at least three weeks and I am here to say no I think it becomes a habit after doing it consistently for at least six months.  So that is my goal to see if that statement is true.

Ok so for September 1st the National Holidays are:

  • World Beard Day
  • National No Rhyme nor reason day
  • National Talgating Day
  • Ginger Cat Day
  • National Chicken Boy Day

Now to my daily painting I chose “Ginger Cat Day” with the help of doodlewash!  Thank you for the push I needed.

I had a cat name Cheese that just passed away this past Christmas Eve.  Very sad because he was only about 7 years old.  He was fine one day and then Christmas Eve he had a stroke.  Very sad.  He was a beautiful Ginger Cat.  My son named him when he was 3yrs old.  And when he chose Cheese as the name my daughter and I just thought that was just the cutest.

So in honor of him

Daily Painting 58 is a jump from when I first started my daily paintings.  Even though I have been painting regularly alot has happened since Day 57 of my daily painting.  So instead of starting over I decided to continue on with how I number these paintings.

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Daily Painting Day 52

I have been extremely busy these past few days. Plus the fact that the internet connection is terrible. Any who..i am going to be short and sweet for the next few days.

Not sure what to call this one. Just playing around.

“Growth Extensions” by Doreen J. Bowers

I want to believe that vines provide the continue growth by the extensions that continue to branch out providing new growth.

5″ x 7″in watercolor paper

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Daily Painting Day 29

“The Oceans Power”

Today is day 29, wow!  I can’t believe its the end of March.  Where does the time go?  I also cannot believe that I did 29 paintings to date.  Well in all honesty I did a few more than that but haven’t posted them yet because I am saving them for the “no time to paint days.”  Hahaha.

Backup is always good to have for the just in case moments.  Do you keep backup?  Haha that was a question from my geeky side.  Thinking about my computer and all the pictures that I have stored on here in addition to the programs and data files and backup is something that is extremely important.  Just saying this from experience….

Now doing a painting a day I realize it is important in every aspect of my life.  haha…sorry for the ramble.

So today’s painting of “The Oceans Power” is me having a moment of me missing the sound of the water crashing or rippling onto the shores. The power of the ocean sounds is just rejuvenating to ones soul.  So many times I sit at the shore just enjoying the sounds and letting go of all the stress is beyond a healing moment for me.  Got to say that I love love that sound…A friend of mine called the other day as she sat at Kealia beach….really a little bit of rubbing it in…haha only kidding.   You can just hear the sound of the ocean crashing on the shorelines.  What a beautiful sound.  She tends to call me from Anini as well as from Lae Nani and I got to say….dang I miss that sound.   Do you see a pattern?  I do….haha.  Well the powers the ocean has an amazing affect.  Being this is the first time I live so far from the ocean I will take what I can get.  Even if it is in the background of a phone call.   So to you, you know who you are…thanks for calling and sharing your peaceful moments on the shorelines.  Love it!!!!  🙂

“The Oceans Power” by Doreen J Bowers


4″ x 12″ in.  Watercolor Painting on cold press watercolor paper

Day 29….Done…checking it off…..two days left and March 2018 is gone forever.  How sad….and yet exciting because a new month begins!


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Daily Painting Day 28

“Memories of Fall”

I was practicing painting leaves and thought of a maple leaf.  I gathered a few to dry out this past season.  It was my first Fall in over 31 years.  I added them to my mix media journal to save forever.  I painted several leaves but this is the one I liked the most.  I love these colors so much. Got to say I love this season because you can feel the crisp air coming.  I think this is my favorite!

“Memories of Fall” from Doreen J. Bowers


9″ x 9 in.  Watercolor painting on watercolor cold press paper


Day 28 is done…Checking it off the list.


Have a great day.


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Hi Everyone…Welcome to Talking Crafts

My name is Doreen and I just started this blog to talk about crafting and other topics that may peak my interest as time goes on.

But first a little bit about me….I just made a huge move relocating from Hawaii to the West Coast just to bring my family back together and to make a big change in my life.   I have two children, a daughter in the military and a son who is ten years old.   After 30 plus years and raising my daughter as a single child I thought why not make the move so the kids can be together again.  I did not think my daughter was going to move after high school let alone the military but she did and here I was raising another single child.  I wanted them to be near each other so I decided it was time to make that happen.

While I lived on the islands I had a full-time job, raised my children, went back to school, and dabbled in crafting.  And I am still doing all this however I am just finishing up my very last class toward the Masters program.  I can’t believe I am almost done with school.  It has been a long journey since I started from the beginning in 2009.

Not sure how I juggled so much in a day but I truly believe crafting was my down time.  I loved doing craft fairs over there and look forward to continuing over here in the States.  I think for now I am just going to scope them out to see what is out there and take this downtime to play with my crafting.

Today is a new beginning to the blogging world.  I want to share my experiences through this process.  Why not throw something else into the pot.

So what better way to do that but to start a blog and give it a whirl!

On that note …..Hello World….Dream Big!  Create!  Inspire!  and Love every moment of the day~