spectrum 2016

and the SPECTRUM giveaway winner is...

i've had so much fun again offering this 2nd giveaway so we will wait no more.the SPECTRUM giveaway winner of a FREE spot in the workshop and a mini "grace journal" is

drumroll please......

happy face partying - giveaway winner

{ oh yeh! }

congrats kryste!  if you haven't already, please send me your snail mail address so i can mail you your new mini sketchbook.

thank you...

to all of you who entered the giveaway.  i adore you and very much appreciate you visiting my blog and being a part of the JOY love tribe.  in fact i adore all JLT members { just spreading some JOY...and love to y'all }.

there's soooo much happening behind the scenes here at redbarn studios and i can't wait to reveal them to you but you gotta wait a lil teeny bit longer.  i will be sharing sneak peaks over on instagram { so go follow me } but just know, there's good things to come!

y'all know i'm a bookbinder, a journaler and a mixed media artist.  so i have a question for you.  

what would you like to see me work on for YOU?  what are your interests and needs that i can help you with ...create a course?  design a printable to help you in your daily life?  create a particular type of journal to house your heartwords?  leave a comment below or shoot me an email { use the link above } to let me know.

anyway, that's it for now.  SPECTRUM starts May 2nd.  if you haven't already signed up click this link to join us here. i'd love to see you in class.



SPECTRUM the workshop is almost here!

{ update: SPECTRUM workshop is happening now!  head over here to take part. oh. my. word.

i feel like the rabbit in alice in wonderland.  you know.....the one who ran around proclaiming how late, late, late he was.  but no worries, i'm not that late.  this giveaway is still gonna happen.

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a little info about the SPECTRUM workshop

SPECTRUM, an online holistic-creative workshop hosted by hali karla of hali karla arts is going on its third year!  there are 20 NEW featured teachers in SPECTRUM 2016  { including moi! } and more than 20 returning contributors offering a variety of workshops, inspiration and invitations { see list below }.

this spectacular workshop is intended to empower, nurture & celebrate your innate creative expression, start you on a healing journey if needed and move to enhance your personal development.  each participating teacher, bringing her perspective to this offering, will use one of the following themes:

Forgiveness  |  Shifting Perspective  |  Navigating Uncertainty  |  Integration  | Alchemy    Connecting with Nature  |  Honoring Body  |  Trusting Joy  |  Expressing One’s Truth

note:  pre-registration for SPECTRUM 2016 has already begun. it starts May 2 people!

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~ to learn more details about SPECTRUM, including all of the contributors and workshop offerings for this course click here ~   

now to the good news.  i have another spot in the  workshop to give-away to one lucky winner. this time around i'm also including in the giveaway one of my lovely "grace journals",  a mini sketchbook that is hand cut, bound and stitched by me { did i tell you i love making journals? }

Celtic Weave Red Leather Sketchbook |SPECTRUM

to enter this GIVEAWAY* click the rafflecopter link below that'll have you doing the following:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  1. sign up to begin receiving my newsletter { bonus....you'll get subscriber-only access to my new JLT resources library full of fun pdf's and tutorials, more added weekly }
  2. share this link  http://bit.ly/SPECTRUM2016-gh on your favourite social media site ...twitter, instagram, facebook, google+, etc ...... to let everyone know about this fantastic workshop!  { feel free to tag me! @kgracehowes }
  3. leave a comment below to share your favorite creative self care technique/routine ~ be that splashing paint at a canvas  ~ doodling to your hearts content ~  filling up pages with colour in your fave colouring book (don't forget to tell us which book you're using...there are soooo many good ones out there AND where you shared }.

*p.s.  each way you enter earns you 1 chance in the giveaway.  complete all 3 and you get an extra  entry { which means a total of 4 chances in the pot to win the giveaway prizes }

remember to bookmark this page { or this link } so that you can check back to see if you've won my give-away.  i will announce the winner here on the blog April 27th.

below is a list of all the teachers for Spectrum 2016.  recently hali put together a video sneak peak of the teachers and their lessons.  check it out...

see you in class.


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Spectrum Teachers { links are clickable }

Hali Karla http://www.halikarla.com/blog/ { our brilliant host } Andrea Schroeder http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/blog Angelique Arroyo http://schoolformedicinewomyn.com/ Bebe Butler http://www.bebebutler.com/ Beth Morey http://www.sheofthewild.com/ Briana Goetzen http://www.orangespiralarts.com/ Carissa Paige http://carissapaige.blogspot.com/ Cat Caracelo http://catcaracelo.com/ Catherine Anderson http://catherineandersonstudio.blogspot.com/ Chris Zydel http://creativejuicesarts.com/ Effy Wild http://effybird.com/ Elloa Atkinson http://www.elloaatkinson.com/ Grace Howes    http://www.redbarn-studios.com/  { that's me! } Gretchen Miller http://www.gretchenmiller.wordpress.com/ Kara LC Jones http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/ Kelly Johnson http://www.wingswormsandwonder.com/ Kitty Oppegard http://handoverheartstudios.blogspot.com/ Kristal Norton http://kristalnorton.com/ Lisa Hofmann http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/ Lisa Wilson http://www.beingbreath.com/ Lucy Pearce http://dreamingaloud.net/ Malini Parkehttp://www.maliniparker.com/ Meghan Genge http://www.meghangenge.com/ Melissa Harris http://www.melissaharris.com/ Michelle Turbide http://michelleturbidestudios.com/ Petrea Hansen-Adamidis http://www.arttherapist.ca/blog Rachael Rice http://rachaelrice.com/ Robin Hallett http://www.robinhallett.com/ Shelley Klammer http://intuitivecreativity.typepad.com/ Suki Ciappara Ka'Pinao http://sukihealingarts.com/ Tara Leaver http://taraleaver.com


{ note:  as a contributing artist, by using my affiliate link to purchase the workshop i will receive a portion of the registration fee as compensation for the workshop so please let your friends know to use my link provided here.  thanks!  }

by signing up below unfortunately you will not be counted in the giveaway.  please use the rafflecopter signup form above for official giveaway entry:



quit playing the catch-up game for good

Playing Catch Up

what do  you do when playing catch-up is not enough?  ....when the game of catch-up looks like a big gigantic rock rolling down a hill that suddenly begins to roll back up toward you?  totally not an impossible feeling, right?  what do you do?

    stop.                   breathe.               reassess.

stop the cycle.......take time for breath.......reassess the situation.

and you know what?  this is what i'm experiencing right now { what?  i'm not supposed to reveal my struggles??? }.  as i sat at my desk last week looking at my list of tasks i still needed to complete i knew something had to change.  every week i create my to-do lists. every day i pick at least 3 tasks to work on and ,invariably, by the end of the week my list looked like this.


see all those arrows *....that's carry over.  that's me playing catch up next week....again.  so i stopped, took a much needed deep breath and push my chair back.  i was outta there.

was it escape? yes.  did i need it?  yes.  i have been on the proverbial hamster wheel long enough trying to catch up each month on activities and creating content and admin and revamping and redesigning and being present online........... and yet still find myself caught out.

don't you hate that feeling, where no matter what you do it's....

just.  not.  enough. 

and truth be told......that's where i am.  i've got a got a few things going on, not able to give my full attention to any  and yet nothing gets completed.  it's bothering me enough that i've decided to take drastic measures { sometimes you just gotta do the BIG girl panties stuff and live with it! }

so i'm going underground.  don't worry, it's just for the month of april { as you have seen already with no posts on my blog yet }.  

i've been going, going, going, plus developing, filming and editing a new course for SPECTRUM { that beautiful holistic creative course with a vibe oh-so close to my heart starts in may by the way } plus also trying to ramp up my presence online  and, before i get to that space of overwhelm and burnout i've decided to stop.  take a breath.  reassess

playing catch-up

can be a dangerous game stepping back especially if your work is mainly seen online but sometimes you need to hit the pause button and take a step back.

what i'm aiming for with this pause is calmer days, a more focused presence and being able to get all my little ducks lined up much better

{ cause i'm quite ocd like that...i like things organized darn it! }.  

my word of the year is holding space....and that's exactly what my word of the year is about ....holding space.

but not to worry, i'll pop in every once in a while to say "hey y'all!" or "i'm still here people!" but, for the most part i'll be working behind the scenes lassoing that rock and rolling it down the hill to a great landing spot.

what could you do if you could hit the reset button?

let me know in the comments below how you stop playing the catchup game?

{ update: wordpress is def playing a game with me.  was brought to my attention that you won't be able to leave a comment { bummer! } but i still want to hear from you sosend me an emailinstead and let's talk. thanks! }

toodles, G

p.s.  next week on the blog i'll have one more spot to giveaway in the SPECTRUM holistic creative workshop that starts may 2nd. Look for that post soon!

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*  to keep me on task i use a bullet journal in a midori traveler's notebook.  these days i stitch my own notebooks to use in my midori.  one of those tasks that has me going underground is that i'm stitching up new notebooks that will be added to my shop soon.

p.p.s.  want more info about the bullet journal...find out more about them here.

a february SELF-Love prompt on being grateful

On Being Grateful - Journal Your Gratefuls
On Being Grateful - Journal Your Gratefuls

i am super duper grateful for many things in my life including these:

...each new day

...family { biological and special people in my life i call family }

...eyes that see, ears that hear, fingers that feel, legs that walk, etc

...the smiles, hugs and laughter my kids and i share daily

...my wordy, nerdy tendencies { ha! }

...being open

...contentedness | clarity | peace


what about you?  what are your gratefuls? 

pop me an email to share or leave a comment below.

toodles y'all,


NOTE: This course is no longer being offered

p.s. this year, part of my gratefuls include being asked to teach in this spectacular workshop,SPECTRUM 2016.....a holistic course that is both inspiring and powerful.  find out more here.*

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*please note:  as a contributing SPECTRUM artist, by using my affiliate link to purchase the workshop i will receive a portion of the registration fee as compensation for the workshop.

one more thing, can you do me a favour please.....share the info link with your friends so they can find out more about the SPECTRUM course as well { wouldn't it be cool to take the class together! } and don't forget to share on your favourite social media space.  my fave is instagram.  see you there and ...thanks y'all!  

100 days project :: a new twist

for my 100 days, you know i have to twist things up right?  one cannot be like everyone else after all. i tell ya......i gotta be me, the only me there is.

so here goes.  i've talked before about the "art every day month" { #aedm2015 } challenge i joined in november last year.  that was a total blast!  no pressure to create.  no committing to pushing out one type of artwork.  nothing but having fun sitting in my creativity pool, dabbling, getting serious, taking 5 mins art breaks or sometimes getting lost in my art.  whatever me and my muse wanted to get up to, we did.

ahhhhh...it felt so damn good.

after the month finished i knew i wanted to recreate that feeling about art,  that air of laissaez-faire* that i had somehow lost whenever i approached my art before.

*lais·sez-faire { ˌlesā ˈfer/ } noun
   - a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering.

the #aedm2015 instagram challenge brought it all home to me.  it let me know that it was okay to take a break for art just for the sake of art.  i mean really?  is it that hard to get to my studio { a mere 2 ft away i might add, ha! } and create?  no, not at all.  but apparently i must have rescinded permission to play.  doing any art was either for classes or for work.

so what's a girl to do after feeling that good?  step into it more often of course!  over the last 2 months i thought and thought about how i could incorporate that feeling into my everyday without feeling the pressure to commit.  and that's how the "counting backwards 100 days of art" began to take shape in my mind.

my twist on the 100 days project

i knew i couldn't do 100 straight days in a row.  i'd drive myself bonkers after day 3, knowing i had 93 more to go.  ha!  but 100 sounds like such a good and solid number to strive for.  the other thing for me was i didn't want to arrive at #57 and find i was totally bored, fed up and quit right then and there, forever left that i didn't attain my goal { that's cappy brain thinking for sure }.

that's how i came up with 100 days in 366 / 2016 and counting backwards was the twist i put on it.  i get the high numbers  out of the way and end with the biggie....Number 1.  if i get 15 finished in one month and only 3 in the next that's all right by me...it'll all leads to 100 completed works.

sweet right?

no medium or type of artwork is off limits.  i might go thru a period of time working with just one medium...but then again, i might not.  no limits.  no parameters. no deadlines each month.

with that said, here's #100of100

No.100 of 100_100daysofart

i have a class coming up { one BADASS art journal - starting Feb 1st } using alcohol inks { AI } and wanted to explore it some more went ape sh*t crazy playing with them.  i made a few others but now, from these #artplay session with AI, i came up with a series that i'll turn into a class later in the year.  oh.em.gee. how i love serendipitous moments, don't you?

ok. now that i've let you in, it's back to work for me.




How will you bring forth your creative spirit and let it shine?   Tell me in the comments section below.

#ARTPLAYeveryday    #creativeflow    #100DaysofArt

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p.s.  there's still a chance to enter the giveaway for 1 FREE spot in the SPECTRUM holistic creative workshop.  find out more about the teachers and their offerings here.

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living in the light

living in the light

one of the things i know for sure is......i always have to be true to my voice, my truth and stand in my light.

i am a journaler, and my journals are where i hold space for the words and the art and the ideas that matter to me so that i'm always living in the light rather than hiding in the dark.

i have a few journals where i create art { my art journals }, a couple of journals where i write my heart-words { to work thru issues and record my gratefuls } and then there's this virtual space, my blog, my public journal where i journal about creativity and business and laughter and everyday life,  a space where i choose time and time again to shine my light { altho hard this might sometimes be }, a place i get to share ME with YOU.

i started blogging years ago, { btw, this link is a hoot } at first because i wanted to share my work.  at that time i was an art quilter and loved the audience i built.  over the years i have made some wonderful cyber & in-person friends who are brilliant textile artists { susankarenwho are 2 very cool peeps } and, even tho i'm a mixed media artist now, this space has remained true to who i am as an artist and as a person whose touchstones remain....

light,   truth    &     JOY

yesterday i wrote a post about the new workshopthat i'll be teaching in ... SPECTRUM and......i have to tell you, i am blown away by the beautiful and heartfelt comments old and new friends are leaving and also by the release of control i'm hearing in these words to finding one's path to creative spirituality and development.  you guys have made my heart smile ...WIDE.


i am now working on the content for SPECTRUM workshopand knowing that what i'm create for YOU to enrich your creative spirit and that you are ready to embrace it all makes working on this so much more satisfying and brings much JOY to this heart of mine.

T H A N K   Y O U.



...to read about and enter the giveaway go here.

....to sign up for this beautiful workshop go here.

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#livinginthelight    #holdingspace     #JOYworkcircle

SPECTRUM give-away!

can i just say oh.em.gee.  late last year i was asked to be a guest teacher in this... a beautiful, awe-inspiring, 22 week long workshop.  i jumped at the opportunity but had to keep it under wraps for a bit while hali set everything up.  well now it's time to broadcast it to the world.  woohoo!  

Spectrum Blog Hop GIVEAWAY & Newsletter Sign Up

about the workshop

SPECTRUM, an online holistic-creative workshop organized by hali karla of hali karla arts is going on its third year!  there are 20 NEW featured teachers in SPECTRUM 2016  { including moi! } and more than 20 returning contributors offering a variety of workshops, inspiration and invitations { see list below }.

this spectacular workshop is intended to empower, nurture & celebrate your innate creative expression, start you on a healing journey if needed and move to enhance your personal development.  each participating teacher, bringing her perspective to this offering, will use one of the following themes:

Forgiveness  |  Shifting Perspective  |  Navigating Uncertainty  |  Integration  | Alchemy   Connecting with Nature  |  Honoring Body  |  Trusting Joy  |  Expressing One’s Truth

pre-registration for SPECTRUM 2016 officially opens on February 1, 2016, with the workshop beginning May 2.

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~ to learn more details about SPECTRUM, including all of the contributors and workshop offerings for this course click here ~   

Spectrum Blog Hop GIVEAWAY & Newsletter Sign Up

now to the giveaway!

i have one spot to give-away to a lucky winner for the january blog-hop.  to enter this GIVEAWAY do the following:

  1. sign up below to begin receiving my newsletter { bonus....you get my FREE journaling pdf }
  2. share this link  http://bit.ly/SPECTRUM2016-gh on your favourite social media to let everyone know about this fantastic workshop!  { feel free to tag me! @kgracehowes }
  3. leave a comment below to let me know where you shared it and why you want to win
 { note: this giveaway is now closed but you can still use the link to sign up. look for a 2nd giveaway happening in April! }

remember to bookmark this page { or this link } so that you can check back to see if you've won my give-away or to sign up just as soon as it goes on sale.  i will announce the winner  here on February 1, 2016

{ note:  as a contributing artist, by using my affiliate link to purchase the workshop i will receive a portion of the registration fee as compensation for the workshop so please let your friends know to use my link provided here.  thanks!  }

below is a list of the other teachers for the Spectrum 2016 blog-hop with the dates their give-away goes live.  you can visit their website to enter their giveaways as well.  enjoy the blog-hop, good luck on the give-aways, and  see you in may for SPECTRUM 2016!

toodles, G

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Spectrum Teachers { links are clickable }

13 January: Hali Karla http://www.halikarla.com/blog/

14 January: Andrea Schroeder http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/blog Angelique Arroyo http://schoolformedicinewomyn.com/

15 January: Bebe Butler http://www.bebebutler.com/ Beth Morey http://www.sheofthewild.com/

16 January: Briana Goetzen http://www.orangespiralarts.com/ Carissa Paige http://carissapaige.blogspot.com/

17 January: Cat Caracelo http://catcaracelo.com/ Catherine Anderson http://catherineandersonstudio.blogspot.com/

18 January: Chris Zydel http://creativejuicesarts.com/ Effy Wild http://effybird.com/

19 January: Elloa Atkinson http://www.elloaatkinson.com/ Grace Howes    http://www.redbarn-studios.com/

20 January: Gretchen Miller http://www.gretchenmiller.wordpress.com/ Kara LC Jones http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/

21 January: Kelly Johnson http://www.wingswormsandwonder.com/ Kitty Oppegard http://handoverheartstudios.blogspot.com/

22 January: Kristal Norton http://kristalnorton.com/ Lisa Hofmann http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/

23 January: Lisa Wilson http://www.beingbreath.com/ Lucy Pearce http://dreamingaloud.net/

24 January: Malini Parkehttp://www.maliniparker.com/ Meghan Genge http://www.meghangenge.com/

25 January: Melissa Harris http://www.melissaharris.com/ Michelle Turbide http://michelleturbidestudios.com/

26 January: Petrea Hansen-Adamidis http://www.arttherapist.ca/blog Rachael Rice http://rachaelrice.com/

27 January: Robin Hallett http://www.robinhallett.com/ Shelley Klammer http://intuitivecreativity.typepad.com/

28 January: Suki Ciappara Ka'Pinao http://sukihealingarts.com/ Tara Leaver http://taraleaver.com/


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