Friday, January 31, 2014

A Gift

   
It has been a week of character classes and cupcake still life paintings, beautiful painted ladies and LOTS of lettering.  My job is dreamy and the students who come and go through the week absolutely fill my heart. I Play for a living AND do it with awesome peeps! Truly Can't beat that.
 
Sidenote: If you're new here and you want to play along with all of my studio goings on from a distance (or just peek at what we are making) be sure and follow our Instagram updates!
Link in the left sidebar.
 
 
In a crazy frigid, Blizzardy winter like we have had here, I truly love that no matter how cold it gets we have this amazing warm and cheery place to create and grow together!  It has been a Blessing in so many different ways for different people and I pray that only grows with time.
 
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 In other happy news, Outside of the studio I've been finishing up some very special printable kindness cards to give as a gift to anyone who signs up for our newsletter! Spreading kindness is always good and never wasted, and friends, I am all about that!  These mini prints can be printed at 4x6 to give as a card or smaller 2x3 to keep in your wallet and hand out to someone special as you are moved to do so. 
Enjoy!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Painting your Heart's song"



Hello Friends, I have Great News! 
After a long health battle (another story for another time), and the successful opening of our own studio here at home in 2012, I am finally travelling to teach far and wide once again! 
I locked myself away this winter for a wonderful get away with yummy mounds of my favourite supplies, and some quiet time to search my heart for what it is I wanted to share this year. And the result? Awesome. 
I always come back home after a time like that feeling like I have a bit more of me to give. So refreshed, creativity re-newed, and breathing a little deeper, and THAT is exactly what I have tried to put together for my students.


I developed a brand new 4 day class for 2014, it is geared to smaller more intimate groups where we can really make a heart connection.  
That is what has me going home from the studio each day feeling so very Blessed to have the privilege of doing what I do. And I think that's the part I am most excited for with this new course! 

It will debut in just a few weeks ( February 6-9) at my very own Inspired by CD Muckosky retreat at my pal Donna Downey's studio in North Carolina. 
See her space above, doesn't it look amazing!!!
You can find out everything you need to know about the event here
And so, without further a due let me introduce...

We were each brought into this world with a beautiful purpose. Join me for 4 days where we will take an artful journey to see the value in your layers. It takes time to find quiet and get in touch with your heart, to discover the best corners of who you are, and decide how to let your beauty and your spirit light shine. In this time away from life's 'noise" you will be able to hear what your heart has to say, find your own light within, and use your creative gifts as a way to let that light shine oh so brightly!


 We will begin with lettering styles. Not MY lettering but taking your own lettering, the lettering that only your hand can do, that your kids and your friends associate with you, and using different techniques and mediums to give it a little extra artsy character.

 Then we will be using India ink and nib pens to do some scribbley and scratchy carefree self portraits. The thought of a self portrait is often intimidating, but these are meant to be imperfect. This is not only an introduction to placement of the facial features, but an exercise in really letting go! Letting your pen scribble freely, and your paint drip and pool, and seeing, as your portrait unfolds, how very beautiful you really are (even when life gets a little messy). 



Once we have gotten more comfortable with the flow of the watercolors and the placement of the facial features and shadows, we will create our doll faced "whimsy girls". Just as much heart and YOU-ness will go into these as you choose how to develop your character. With easy to follow steps and fun options to make them your very own, you are guaranteed absolute cuteness! While working on these girls we will explore all of my favourite ways to layer watercolor, acrylic, pastels, caran d'ache crayons, and prismacolor pencil crayons. Each layer brings a little more life to our piece and adds a bit more of your heart to the story. 

Students will head out for the evening with some tips on digging deep, and adding beautiful words to their pieces that will truly reflect their spirit. On our final full day together we will be creating a Big painting on raw canvas and learning to stretch it ourselves! Inspired by all of the freedom we have gained over the weekend we will dive into creating brightly colored backgrounds with messy drips and drizzles and all kinds of fun ways to add texture. On top of our beautiful backgrounds we will bring together all of the skills and mediums we have learnt, for a work of art that has you writing your heart into the background of your piece, then getting expressive with
with words and images that truly have your heart and soul infused in every layer.

It is my hope that you will come away from this time with so much more than fun Art skills and techniques. That you will have found a new freedom, discovered how to hear your heart's song, and been able to see your true beauty as you have bravely spilled your spirit onto canvas.

 

  I will only be doing six of these in the next year so if you are interested in booking a weekend please email us at thislittlelightartistry@gmail.com and myself or one of my rad peeps will do our best to set up a date for your location!

Blessings, CD

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year

Just wanted to pop in here ( did you hear the door creak?) and wish you all a Very Happy New year from our house to yours! Please come back soon for a visit  or go and like our FB page to keep up to date about all kinds of good things in the works! We have online classes that are going up in the New Year, a special brand new 4 day retreat class announcement, our new website is finally close to finished and so much more! Thanks to all of you who have been far away friends for what feels like a lifetime, I'm so grateful that technology makes us feel just a wee bit closer.

Blessings, CD

Thursday, August 01, 2013


Hi all!  Please pardon me while this site is under construction, we have online classes, a new art store and all sorts of good in the works for you!  In the meantime please check out my art shop at Etsy, keep up with what's new on my Facebook page and watch the creativity unfold on Instagram!

If you're visiting for info on classes, birthday parties or custom work, please email me anytime cdmuckosky@gmail.com

Be blessed my beautiful friends.

CD

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Simply Magnetic


I promised you something new in store this week. And so, by request, here they are, mini print magnets! Just $5 each, beautiful crisp quality and vibrant colors ( I couldn't be happier), and they are available in all of the prints you see in my shop. I did these thinking beyond the fridge; a bit of encouragement hung inside a special kids locker at school, a little brightening on the filing cabinet of a teacher who goes the extra mile, even a bit of heart stuck along the metal strip of an office cubicle as a reminder of how much brightness is there for the taking...you get the idea! Everyone needs lifting up sometimes, everyone likes to feel appreciated or understood, and that's kind of the point of my art. To shine a light into all of the wonderful places in our lives, as far as we can possibly reach!

You can look for these here in my Shop on Monday

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Soccer Season Kicks off

 Last night was the start of soccer season for us. Emy doesn't play, she's a swimmer and has no interest in a sport that would require kicking at people, she has such a gentle heart. Tiara was pumped to be back at a sport she adores, little Kaiella was super nervous because it was her first "real"game and she didn't want to make a mistake (sweet munchkin), and Coach Cam was ready for screaming girls and lots of fun. I only had my phone with me but I thought I'd share a few favorite moments I managed to snap.

It turned out to be a lovely night; The evening sun couldn't have been more beautiful... the perfect warm golden glow.

Tiara scored twice to kick off the season with pizazz, and little Kaiella did wonderfully ( see! nothing to worry about after all little one).
 I think this is my favorite moment of all though. So happy to be the coaches kid, proud as can be after a great game. She is a total daddy's girl walking away from the now emptied field towards the setting sun, chattering happily together. Melts my heart to bits! This life, these regular little treasures hidden in our day; These are the moments I want to remember forever.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Today is a Gift


My two random winners from Friday's post are  
Kathleen and Michelle! 
Congrats girlies, send me an email so I can get you hooked up with all of your goodies

You guys are all amazing, you really touched my heart last week; from your openness  to share your challenges and how you have chosen to overcome them with positivity here in the comments , to your honesty on facebook where I asked the same question, and even private emails I got last week sharing with me from an open heart and with such a positive attitude. I am encouraged, I am moved, and I am honored that you cared to listen to my story and felt comfortable enough to share so many of yours with me.
THANK YOU.

Taking Art off of someone's site is usually a Big "no no", please know this.
BUT... This time, I would Love for you to go ahead and right click the image above, save it, and print it out at 5x7 to hang somewhere as a reminder that it's up to YOU to make some sunshine in this world, to Make the choice to see TODAY as a gift no matter what may come.
xo it's My little gift to you.

ETA: The giveaway is now closed, the print above has been replaced with a web sized image and will be added to my etsy shop later this week

It's been a rough weekend/start to the week, my headache & other pain came back full force to try and kick my butt right back to bed and to laying there trapped on my frozen veggies. POOOP!
It's super duper intense BUT I'm doing as much kicking back as I can, there is just too much good living to be had! I did everything in my power to just keep going like a Rockstar. And we made all kinds of good family memories YAYY!

The truth is it could be partly my fault, I need to double check ingredients and be more careful this week with what I am eating, I have a sneaking suspicion that I accidentally may have had some wheat and dairy hidden in good eats which is most likely the culprit.
Live and learn, and then help someone else, right?!
If you have any amazing-must-try wheat free, dairy free recipes please please shoot me an email! I am getting really bored with my few stand by options. And don't have enough culinary imagination to invent my own.

 This week; my girls are going to wow me with their swimming, Tiara and I are going to head to the city together today to do some getting healthy. Our first soccer games officially start up which will be extra fun cuz two girls are on the same team and Cam is their coach, so I guess you could say I am a seriously invested fan! Later this week I have some new stuff to share going up in my etsy shop for gifts, another fun happy giveaway, and all kinds of pictures from snapping away during week in the life. Have a great Monday friends, let's be rockstars together and kick this week in the butt hardcore!!!


Friday, May 04, 2012

giveaways, life, & inspiration


 This month's BYOC kits are bright and full of happy color and best of all they are ready to go! These 3 just went up in MY SHOP at the lilypad, and EVERYTHING in the store is 30% off to celebrate international scrapbooking day this weekend! I just kinda like the idea of shopping for good deals in jammie pants with no line ups ;)
 
 
{photos by Kal Barteski}

Every once and awhile  there are those people who cross your path and leave an impact forever on your heart. My friend Kal is one of tho people; anyone who has taken a class from her, listened to her speak, or who has the pleasure of knowing her is a person who is left changed, left  better than they were before. The new pack above is a kit celebrating that incredible beauty, cuz I think the world needs more people like Kal and this is just what my hands did with all of that thinking. Check out HER BLOG, she has beautiful Art and words that stir the soul. You will be inspired I guarantee you.

There's a story behind my kits this month. They are all about Living life, loving life, going for it with all you've got and sharing the best of what you have!
NOT something I take for granted these days. It is only a few weeks ago that I couldn't even join my kids for a walk no matter how badly I wanted to. So not only am I inspired by my friend Kal's fierceness, bravery and strength as she has been walking a similar journey, but I am trying really hard to learn to make the best health choices I can. Trying do the best I can with what I have each day, and do my little bit to help fill the world with goodness and light. Amazingly it works every time, sharing goodness makes me feel a whole lot better and brighter. Hence, the frenzy of giveaways this week. ( did I just say Hence? oy)
I am trying to be more open, trying to share more and that means I need to tell you a bit of what's been up. Weeks ago I got rid of  all wheat, dairy and sugar ( as well as a whole bunch of other things)... I had had a wicked migraine for months with no relief, severe pain all through my neck and back and nothing was helping at all, no pain killers no treatments and though I have suffered with migraines for most of my life That has never happened before. I'm usually a smile and keep on going kind of girl. But this time all I could do was lay there on ice for months and tell my girls to come and cuddle up. Such a trapped and helpless place to be. It was a tough road figuring out some thyroid problems, and then battling through this at the same time. Hard to be inspirational, hard to just get up and try to be a wee bit wife and mommy while hurting so so much. I'm not telling you this to bore you with a sad story, just being real. I definitely want to not only live life, but absolutely adore every minute of it! Simply existing is just not an option for me. NOT!!! I've never been someone who just let's the days all run together, and I don't wanna be, SO here's to all of that positivity I'm grabbing at, here's to mighty conquering and choosing to give life your ALL no matter what comes your way...aaaand a few spray painted butterflies thrown in cuz spring is my fave and they make me happy.
I LOVE this beautiful layout by Amanda Resende, she always manages to wow me with her flow on a page but this one makes my eyes so happy I just wanna keep looking! The wood grain paper looks perfect next to my journal tree, I adore her use of warm colors, and she did an excellent job of clustering everything above the line, leaving lots of white space to rest the eye. Amazing job Girlie!!! Show her some Love HERE
 The kits are up and you can find them HERE

OK friends, Leave me a comment by Monday morning 9:00 CST and tell me how you are fierce in the face of life, how you are choosing to put goodness into the world. I'll will pick two peeps to win all three of these sets. I'm happy to help you get it printed if you are a non computer person.
Can't wait to hear how you shine!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Blue Day sharing

 It was a Blue day around here. The Skies looked so amazing, perfect Blue, lots of sun and fluffy clouds. But... looks can be deceiving, it's still pretty chilly in these parts. Brrrr, I'm a big suck and our furnace is broken So it's been blankets and slippers and all of the warm wear I can dig up. Anyways, after a quick yogurt parfait for breakfast ( yogurt, protein powder, almond butter and blueberries. YUM) I head out to tackle a day of appointments and running around armed with the fluffiest warmest hoodie I have...yep happens to be blue too.
obsessed much?!

 Driving around all day gave me lots of time to think and pray and think some more, Lots on my mind and never seems to be enough alone time to process it all. A couple of  lovely people in our life are going through stuff and are on my heart. We are walking a very interesting journey with one of our girls that I am not ready to share yet, but it involves some digging and diagnosing and then some life changes, will be a good thing. But it's big and definitely weighing on me right now.

 BUT...Despite the blue start I got to meet up with my lovely mama for an impromptu sunny lunch picnic in the car. We broke all of the rules just like we used to do when I was little and it was just the two of us hitting the town. Feet on the dash, ate right off the cheese block, laughed at things we maybe shouldn',t and let me tell you, IT RAWKED. yayy for happy amazing moms, yayy for picnics, and yayy for breaking a few rules!

Lastly I'm still working fiercely on new designs tonight, and what's coming from my hands right now honors a really cool artist friend of mine. More to come on that this weekend.

- Loving my iphone, it is the first one I have owned and it is fairly amazing
-Loving instagram, sharing made so so simple
-Seriously Loving how easy both of them make it to capture life as it happens.

What makes you blue? How is your weather? and whatcha Loving right now?


Random.org says It's YOU, Congrats on winning the New book Meagan! I Loved your comment about how you try and think of the pictures you wish you had from your own childhood and capture those moments for your daughter. perfect. So so many other great ideas in the comments too, I read each one, BUT it's been a super busy-out of the house-eat wrong-and give yourself a migraine kind of a day today, Soooo I'm still working on putting all of your great tips and comments into one big post. As for all of you who didn't win today, pop back tomorrow afternoon for more celebrating and another chance to win some goodies before tomorrow night's big Launch Party!

Click below for more info and a VIP invite
 

Tonight I am going to drink tons of water and stay up as long as I can to try and get lots of designs finished for the big national scrapbooking day bash at the Lilypad this weekend...so much partying So little time!

 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012


 It's TIME!!! Are you ready for some fun? Today is our Everyday Storyteller blog hop, each of the   contributors are sharing some bonus tips, and more...
  Here is a little bit of a bigger Peek at some of the project bits from my article in the book. There is Lots of Color, and TONS of tips for how I tell each of my life stories loaded with Heart. I can promise you at least 13 ideas from my article alone, I can't wait to see how many more the other ladies will be sharing too!

   I think for such an occasion a little bit of extra fun is in order, sooooo here is what we're gonna do...  Leave me a comment telling me YOUR favorite way to capture the heart in your life's stories, by   11:59 pm Central and I will be GIVING AWAY a copy of the book to one lucky storyteller before it is available to the public!


  Have you ever thought of your kitchen as a Great place for sourcing out your next storytelling tidbits? You'd be surprised how many treasures the heart of the home holds just waiting for you to discover! To make a great little page like this one, simply grab some extra non-slip mat from lining your cupboards, and some leftover sticky drawer liner. All you have to do is trace out a shape you love, like this bird, get creative stitching it in place, and add a photo or some journaling strips of your own! Voila, no cost cuteness!!!



OK friends, one last happy detail for today- are you signed up for the Big party yet? Head over HERE to sign up for a VIP invitation to join in our Book launch party at 8:30pm CDT on Friday, May 4. There will be almost $800 in prizes given away from our sponsors during the party, it's sure to be a BLAST!

Come back and visit me throughout this week, I will be sharing more tips, more peeks, and maybe even a giveaway or two of my own to keep things exciting! If you want to keep on blog hopping today and gather up all kinds of Bonus tips, here is the list of inspirational peeps who have lots of goodness for you, HAVE FUN!!!
  
ETA: if you have time to read through some of the comments, there are Great ideas coming in so far from everyone! I will put them all together in a Big post later this week
  1. Cheryl Ashcraft
  2. Anna Aspnes
  3. Katie Clemons
  4. Elise Blaha
  5. Paula Gilarde
  6. Sara Gleason
  7. Michelle Hernandez
  8. Debbie Hodge
  9. Katrina Kennedy
  10. Amy Kingsford
  11. Cindy Liebel
  12. Crystal Livesay
  13. Robyn Meierotto
  14. CD Muckosky << YOU ARE HERE
  15. Nancy Nally
  16. Christine Newman
  17. Ashli Oliver
  18. Amanda Padgett
  19. Renee Pearson
  20. Lynnette Penacho
  21. Elle Price
  22. Heather Prins
  23. Traci Re
  24. Lauren Reid
  25. Amber Ries
  26. Kristin Rutten
  27. Betsy Sammarco
  28. Jenn Smith-Sloane
  29. Jessica Sprague
  30. Melissa Stinson
  31. Amy Tan
  32. Tiffany Tillman
  33. Jennifer Wilson