The JOY of Creativity...



Don’t Sabotage your Creativity!

Don’t demand your stamping to be perfect. Handmade is not meant to always to be perfect. If you demand yourself to be perfect you will not enjoy the wonderful creative process. Don’t be afraid. Try new ways to use the products you have. After all, a piece of cardstock the size of a card does not cost over five cents; so, if you ruin it, you are not out that much and you will have the fun of trying something new. Cards do not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Do not compare your work with others. You have your own style. Creativity is not about competing and comparing. It is enjoying the process of creating. It is alright to use other’s projects for inspiration, but do not compare your project with others.

Do not rush. Avoid leaving things until the last minute. Rushing ruins the fun and enjoyment of being creative. It often leads to big mistakes such as ink smudges where they should not be. Make time for yourself to stamp. You are entitled to the joy of creativity.

Fear. Do not be afraid to give away a hand-made card. It may not be perfect in your eyes, but it is a gift from the heart. Also, don’t be afraid to try new techniques and products. Frankly, it does not matter what others think as long as you enjoyed yourself. You have nothing to fear, but fear itself. Play and enjoy your crafting experience.

Don’t be afraid to CASE. CASE does mean Copy and Share Everything. When you copy a project, it is a compliment to the person that made the card. Casing helps you come up with ideas of your own. Please give credit to the artist that created the card you cased. Share your own ideas with others.

These five simple things can destroy your love of creating, so learn to relax and love your time to be creative. Always take time to play with new products, ideas, and techniques. Enjoy your creative time.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."


Looking forward to spending 2024 with you!  Susan Elise

Persimmon Cookies

My persimmons are getting softer every day and this is the best time to use them in your recipes.  You can find any number of recipes online, just type in persimmon recipes.  You can find the recipe that I have been using for several years below.  (And, yes, I have been calling myself Susie Persimmon because I have had so much fun recently spreading the word about this delicious fruit!)

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Download Susie Persimmon's PERSIMMON COOKIES

A Captain Clark Surprise ~ Who knew???

As you all know Alan and I have three persimmon trees in our backyard.  My sister, Sarah, was with us at Thanksgiving and I sent a basket of persimmons home with her.  She lives on the intracoastal waterway in Coinjock and had a friend stop by on his boat recently ~ on his way to Florida.  She gave Captain Clark several persimmons to take with him.  This is a picture of his creative dinner with those yummy fruits!

Output_image1701812893775He texted Sarah "I am going to try something new to me!  We are baking 2 chicken thighs with assorted vegetables, so I quartered one of the persimmons to put in with everything.  Mushrooms, onion, garlic, rosemary, peppers, tomatoes, chicken and the star ~ Persimmons!"

Output_image1701991473703And, from Captain Clark after eating ~ "The persimmons are absolutely spectacular!  Soft and delicious!  You must try this dish!  But keep it a secret!  Otherwise everyone will know and Persimmons will be hard to get!  Haha!"

Be Patient....

"If we want to live wider and deeper lives, not just faster ones, we have to practice patience -- patience with ourselves, with other people, and with the big and small circumstances of life itself."
~M. J. Ryan