Art on the Move

I'm happy to announce that all of my artwork is now available exclusively on FineArt America and Pixels, just in time for Cyber Monday sales.

My art is available as:

Wall Art:



Home Decor:



Stationery & Tech:


Bags & Mats:








All of my art is not on every type of product. I chose which items provided the best representation of my work and made only those available. 

I do think they're missing one sales area, though. 

They offer beautiful, round beach towels, like this Seashore Along the Outer Banks:




Make one cut, hem the edges, and they've got another product. A Christmas tree skirt. Wouldn't these work great for that?

Christmas Craze:


Holiday Abstract in Blue:



I add art to my store regularly, so please check often to find just the perfect piece.

Thank you for supporting my efforts!


New Release: State by State Prayer Journal

We're excited to announce the release of our new State by State Prayer Journal.

This State by State Prayer Journal provides the perfect solution for recording specific
prayers and requests for each of our United States and territories. Follow and document current events to help you pray for our nation as we are called to do. Inside, you’ll find individual pages for each state, plus Washington, D.C., and the five unincorporated territories.

We’ve included prompts for ties to each state, government & business leaders, business & industry, agriculture, weather, spiritual, and more. Additional pages are provided for writing out prayers and for journaling your prayer time.

Available on Amazon.

New Release: Jot it Down Camping Journal

We're excited to announce the release of two new journals.

Jot it Down Camping Journal

Keep this journal handy to record all the details of your camping trips.

Perfect logbook for:

• Tent campers
• RV campers
• Car campers
• Hikers
• Family camping trips

Makes a great memory keepsake book and serves as a valuable resource for future trips. Inside, you’ll find easy fill-in forms for campgrounds, weather conditions, mileage, and other trip stats, plus lined note pages for recording all your adventures and experiences.

We’ve also included some handy checklists to help with planning, packing, and travel.

Available on Amazon.


Art featuring the Grand Canyon

We visited the Grand Canyon National Park in the final days of winter - snow was still on the ground, and falling from the sky, so we didn't stay long. (This southern girl doesn't do snow!)

I took tons of photos and finally had a few moments to put one of my favorites on some merchandise:




Prints are also available in a variety of sizes. 
View and purchase all my travel art at: 


We're blogging our #LeapFrogs Road Trip on my personal blog, so feel free to follow our journey at www.TracyRuckman.com


Recent Posts:







New Seashells Art

I finally had a few quiet moments in a library to work on some of my art!

When we were traveling along the east coast, I picked up a few seashells here and there as we walked along the beach. One day, I took a few of them and played with them on different surfaces. My favorite was on a boardwalk and I love how these products turned out:




Prints and canvas are also available. View all my travel art at www.Tracy-Ruckman.pixels.com


We're blogging our #LeapFrogs Road Trip on my personal blog. Feel free to follow our journey at www.TracyRuckman.com

For the Hunters

As we compiled the fishing journals, someone asked about hunting journals, so we created one of those, too!



Keep this handy hunting log to record all your hunting trips. Great for all seasons and all species. Record date, location, moon phases, weather, terrain, conditions, and trail notes, and loadouts.



Recent posts:

Who's Ready for Fishing Season?

TMPixArt is pleased to announce the release of three new fishing journals, just in time for fishing season! Interiors are all the same - just pick whichever style you like best!

Keep a record of your fishing trips in this handy journal.

Document the weather, moon phase, water conditions and depth, location, tackle, and more. Over time, these journals will come in handy to help you remember the best fishing holes or explain why that one green lure is your favorite.

This journal provides pages for 100 fishing days and room for notes and illustrations, too.








Our original fishing journal is still available, too!









Exciting Announcement: New Designs Now Available!

In case you missed the news, my husband and I (aka #LeapFrogs - read about our journey on my personal blog: www.TracyRuckman.com) are on a year-long+ road trip all around the USA! We took the leap on January 8 and have been tent camping and car camping our way, town by town, state by state. As we've tried to settle into a travel routine (I'm convinced there's no such thing), my designing time has been limited.

But today, I'm excited to announce that several of my pattern designs are now available on Spoonflower. You can purchase the designs as fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap. If you purchase any of my designs as fabric or wallpaper, be sure to take pictures and send them to me - I'd love to feature you and your project here to inspire others!

This is my mom's favorite pattern:



This is one of my most popular patterns so far:


After all the time we've spent in Texas, this one now looks like it would work for a Christmas theme or a western theme.

These are screenshots (to protect my designs from pirates), but you can see the clarity and detail at the Spoonflower links. I have fabric samples of them all, and am highly pleased with the print quality.

Check out all my other patterns on my Spoonflower store. I'll be adding more designs, so check back regularly. And don't forget to send in photos! I'd love to feature you!


UPDATE: My designs are now also available on Roostery (curtains, bed linens, table linens, and more).






My Dream Journal: A Notebook for Tracking and Interpreting Dreams

Do you have vivid dreams like I tend to do?

I wanted some way to keep track of all my dreams, so I could research and interpret them, and then recall them later.

Today, we release My Dream Journal: A Notebook for Tracking and Interpreting Dreams.

Keep this handy journal at your bedside with a pen so that whenever you have a dream, you can record as much as you remember as quickly as you can. (If you’re anything like me, as soon as my brain kicks into gear for the day, half my dreams have vanished.)

This diary helps you keep track of dreams and gives you space for interpretation and questions that arise from those dreams.

The journal includes journal pages and storyboards to record key elements of your dream and then room to record your research and revelation.

The interpretation pages let you assemble all your information, and to make note of any particular conditions (moods, foods, etc.) so you can track your dreams and determine whether any patterns develop.

Recording your dreams as soon as you wake will help you remember them later, and awaken your memory when you forget.

Now Available on Amazon.

* NOTE: I am a Christian, so I believe that some of my dreams come from the Lord. He speaks to me at times through some of my dreams. (Not all of them - I have to pray and seek guidance of the Holy Spirit with every dream.) I don't usually seek outside interpretation - I trust God to show me through His Word and His Holy Spirit what it is I need to know as I examine each dream. I do, however, use dream dictionaries to help me look for symbolism in my dreams, and through those symbols, I can then interpret the dream's meaning. The Holy Spirit never fails to enlighten me as I'm reading in the dictionary.

The site I use for the dream dictionary is DreamMoods, but please note this is not a recommendation for interpretations from that site. I don't know anything about them, except that the dictionary is extensive.



Recent posts:

Cats, Gingerbread Men, and Flying ReindeerInspired by Travel: Paris
Fishing Memories and Tall Tales
A Sticky Note, a Road Trip, and Determination
Button Day Patterns


Be sure to check out all our art and merchandise on Zazzle and Amazon.


We appreciate your support!





Recent Posts from TMP Books:



Latest Posts from Tracy Ruckman:

Holiday Recipes Master ListHoliday Sides, Buffets, Potluck Recipes
Questions about PurposeHoliday Recipes: Appetizers
Exciting News: Changes, New Releases, and a Contest

Inspired by Travel: Paris

I've had some questions and comments lately specifically about my Eiffel Tower and
Venice images, I realized I'd never shared the stories about those photos. Today I'll focus on the Paris photos, then on Monday, I'll share the Venice story.

Eiffel Tower Ornament
To answer the most asked question bluntly: Yes, I took these photos myself. No, they are not stock or purchased images from someone else.

In 2001, I won a trip to Venice through an online trivia contest sponsored by an airline and a major hotel chain that had just renovated several properties worldwide. I came in second in the contest (first place was a million airline miles, if I remember correctly). For my second place win, I had a choice of several locations but I didn't even think twice when I saw Venice as one of the options.

The only problem was - the airline didn't fly into the Venice airport, so our journey was rather intensive and involved a 24-hour layover in Paris. Definitely no complaints!

I knew jet lag would be an issue, so I reserved a hotel room in the 7th arrondissement in Paris so we could rest a bit, but my plan was to absorb as much of the city as I could in those 24 hours.

The city captured my heart, like it has for so many others.

My mother had given me a weird kind of camera before the trip. In 2001, of course it wasn't digital, but it had some weird "automatic" film cartridges in it, and took panoramic photos, so it was the latest rage at the time.

I snapped dozens of photos, but was always cautious about how many I was shooting, because I had only brought a limited number of those cartridges, and I was sure I couldn't find others elsewhere. (One reason I really love digital cameras now - I never run out of film!)

I was mesmerized by so much of the architecture in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.





When I got home, I had the film developed, and I chose my favorites to put in a special photo album of our trip. I stored the other photos in their pouches with the film cartridges. We moved a couple of times after that, and somewhere in the move, I lost all the photos except those in the photo album, so these images are precious to me.

But with time and aging of the photos, the quality is disappearing, so when I began creating art, I selected a few of my photos and digitally enhanced them to use on Zazzle.

The Gare D'Orsay image in graphic detail makes a great jigsaw puzzle, doesn't it?


These two Eiffel Tower images have turned into some of my best selling merchandise on tote bags, wall art, notebooks, and keepsake boxes!

Eiffel Tower Canvas

Eiffel Tower Keepsake Box






Twenty-four hours in Paris was definitely not long enough, but I'm grateful for the time I spent there. 

We finally made it to Venice, by way of plane and train. On Monday, I'll share those stories. 


Recent posts:

Inspired by Travel: Venice Fishing Memories and Tall Tales
We're Growing
A Sticky Note, a Road Trip, and Determination
Black Friday through Cyber Week Deals on Books and Art
Button Day Patterns
We're Celebrating Buttons
Peppermint Party in Pink
Pattern Stories Part 2
Behind the Scenes with Pattern Designs


Be sure to check out all our art and merchandise on

Zazzle and Amazon.


We appreciate your support!





Recent Posts from TMP Books:


Latest Post from Tracy Ruckman:

Holiday Recipes: Appetizers
Exciting News: Changes, New Releases, and a Contest


Come join us during the Holiday Recipes Blog Hop:

Links below activate on the scheduled date.

FRI, Nov 30: Holiday Appetizers – Tracy Ruckman
SAT, Dec 2: Holiday Beverages – Rachel Hartsfield
MON, Dec 3: International Holiday Foods – Peggy Cunningham
TUES, Dec 4: Holiday Breakfasts & Brunches – Betty Thomason Owens
WED, Dec 5: Holiday Main Courses – Sheryl Holmes
THURS, Dec 6: Holiday Sides / Potluck / Buffets – Tracy Ruckman
FRI, Dec 7: Holiday Sweets – Rachel Hartsfield

SAT, Dec 8: Holiday Recipes Master List – Tracy Ruckman






Fishing Memories and Tall Tales

Every fisherman has at least one story of "the one that got away," don't we?

I've fished all my life and have entirely too many of those stories. Once, I landed a fish so big, it kept turning the boat in circles. No lie. No exaggeration. I still know the exact spot, time of year, and the lure I lost that day when the line finally broke.

My dad was the consummate fisherman. We lived on the lake, and he went fishing almost every single day when I was growing up. He'd take us kids with him - one per day - every evening after work.

Recently, my sister discovered some of his old fishing journals, where he recorded fishing days, weather, water depth, tackle used, locations, catches, and even an occasional personal note that gave us great joy as we read over them. He told about acquiring a new boat, or he'd mention one of us and the fish we caught or a conversation we had. A precious find.

This week, TMPixArt is proud to announce the release of their own Fishing Journal: Record Conditions, Catches, Tackles, and Tales.



This book is 5" x 8" - small enough to fit into the bottom of a tackle box (I suggest tucking it inside a waterproof bag) or your lunch box, but with enough pages to record 100 fishing days. 

The interior pages allow you to document the date, body of water, weather, moon phase, fishing holes of the day, catches, water conditions and depth, tackle, tales, and notes. 


Who knows? Your recordings could eventually become a treasured family heirloom. Or at least provide some evidence to back up your stories about the fish that got away!


Recent posts:

We're Growing
A Sticky Note, a Road Trip, and Determination
Black Friday through Cyber Week Deals on Books and Art
Button Day Patterns
We're Celebrating Buttons
Peppermint Party in Pink
Pattern Stories Part 2
Behind the Scenes with Pattern Designs


Be sure to check out all our art and merchandise on

Zazzle and Amazon.


We appreciate your support!





Recent Posts from TMP Books:


Latest Post from Tracy Ruckman:

Exciting News: Changes, New Releases, and a Contest






Button Day Patterns

NOTE: As I transition my art efforts to this TMPixArt blog from my personal blog at TracyRuckman.com, I will be sharing art posts that were originally published on that site earlier this year. While the posts may be duplicates, my body of art, and the body of art created by my guests has grown and expanded. Because of this, I invite you to visit their websites and explore their art even if you read the blog post previously - you might be surprised to find a new favorite somewhere along the way!

Button Day Patterns
by Tracy Ruckman
(originally published here)


Today, November 16, 2018 is Button Day. My friend, Fay Lamb, joined us in my previous post, explaining our fascination with buttons today, and shares a fun story about buttons on her own blog. This morning, she shared her own button story on her Inner Source blog along with the stories of some of her other friends; this afternoon, she shares the post I sent her.

For my contribution, I told about a small button tub that my husband's sister gave to us shortly after we were married. When Fay mentioned buttons, I brought out our tub and decided to take some photos to create some art.

From this photo, I created different styles and colors of patterns and put them on merchandise:

  
(This pattern is also available as a table runner, blanket, and lamp.)

(This pattern also available as a tote bag.)






This pattern making can be addictive, but I'm trying to put them to good use. I'll be adding new products each week, so bookmark my TMPixArt store and drop by often!

While you're Christmas shopping, please explore my collections! You may find just the perfect gift for someone.

A Few of My Collections:





Recent posts:

We're Growing
A Sticky Note, a Road Trip, and Determination
Black Friday through Cyber Week Deals on Books and Art
Button Day Patterns
We're Celebrating Buttons
Peppermint Party in Pink
Pattern Stories Part 2
Behind the Scenes with Pattern Designs


Be sure to check out all our art and merchandise on

Zazzle and Amazon.


We appreciate your support!





We're Celebrating Buttons

NOTE: As I transition my art efforts to this TMPixArt blog from my personal blog at TracyRuckman.com, I will be sharing art posts that were originally published on that site earlier this year. While the posts may be duplicates, my body of art, and the body of art created by my guests has grown and expanded. Because of this, I invite you to visit their websites and explore their art even if you read the blog post previously - you might be surprised to find a new favorite somewhere along the way!



We're Celebrating Buttons

by Tracy Ruckman and Special Guest Fay Lamb
(originally published here)

I love trivia so when I saw that today was Button Day, I had to celebrate! With two special blog posts, too: the one here, and this one, which tells about the button patterns I designed that were inspired by this whole conversation.

Why?

Because of my friend Fay Lamb's button collection and the story of how it came to be. (Warning: if there's ever a salt-and-pepper-shaker day, Fay will be my first interview! I hear rumors she has a vast collection!)

Fay, when we were last together, you had discovered a few buttons (few being relative?) Tell us about those buttons. How did you come in possession of them?

 A few? That's an understatement. I found enough buttons to fill five jars completely full. They just happen to be old zinc lid "Ball" jars, too. 

My mother-in-law was a master seamstress and a quilter. When she fell ill in Florida, I went to her vacation home in North Carolina, where she had practically lived. 

My plan was to clean the place because we knew we weren't going to be able to be there much. That's when you graciously came to help me sort through things. Even before that cleaning, we realized that my dear mother-in-law was beyond the capability of sewing or even crafting any longer, and I made the hard decision to get rid of all of her fabric, her tools, everything, and give them to charities ... 

But then I found the buttons. And more buttons. I began putting them into jars. The journey of finding all the buttons I could kept me going. I even discovered buttons that her grandmother had saved and had written on what they had been used to make (in the 1800s). 

As I discovered each button, I discovered a connection to my mother-in-law. As the materials began to disappear from the house, I realized I'd begun the process of grieving because with Alzheimer's the individual is gone long before they leave this place. 

The night before you came to help, I remember opening up a drawer I thought I'd gone through. I found it filled with craft materials, material, buttons, and a plethora of other items. I wanted to give up, but the quest for buttons kept me going. At the bottom of that drawer, I didn't find buttons. I found one special gift from God, and my desire to collect the buttons led right to it. 

I'm a tatter--a maker of lace--and in the very bottom of the last drawer, I found a tatted collar. My mother-in-law never tatted, but I had discovered the art while attending a craft show with her. I understood without a doubt that the collar had been meant for me--a gift forgotten. I sank to the floor clutching that gift and crying for all my memories that were no longer shared with this dear woman. 

I also found healing, and I continue to find that healing when I look at the jars filled with unique buttons.

What's the significance of the buttons in your own life? 

One of the joys of my childhood was my mother's button jar. She didn't sew, but my grandmother had sown out of necessity. She had seven children to clothe. I can still smell the musty smell of aged buttons. Somewhere in my mother's moves, the jar was lost, so when I found the numerous buttons in my mother-in-law's home, I began to think of them as a special gift to me, a way to remember her even while she was losing her memory of me and a way to replace the forgotten memories of my childhood.

What are your future plans for the buttons? 

Right now, they sit in their antique jars on my dresser. I eventually plan to move them into six jars and share the memory with my six grandchildren as I gift them each with one, not only as a way to remember my husband's mother but also to link them to a special memory of my mother and my grandmother.

I know these buttons tie into one of your books, too. How did that happen?

Well before I found my mother-in-law's buttons, I mourned the loss of my mother's button jar. When I wrote my novel, Stalking Willow, one of the most important characters in the novel was Willow's grandmother who was deceased. Her grandmother had been a lot like my Grandmother New, and many things included in that novel are a wink at my many cousins who would realize where I came by them. 

Willow discovers a similar button jar and sits down and pulls out her memories of her grandmother. Something else is in the jar, but I'll let readers discover that poignant portion of the story in the book.

I delve into detail about Stalking Willow and the importance of the button jar in my post on Inner Source

Thanks so much for sharing about your buttons, Fay. We had fun during that visit, didn't we? 

Readers:

Visit Fay's Amazon Author Page to check out all her books! (Hint: They make AWESOME gifts for the readers in your family!)



You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and BookBub! Sign up for her newsletter to receive advance notice of her latest antics.


About Fay:

Fay Lamb is the only daughter of a rebel genius father and a hard-working, tow-the-line mom. She is not only a fifth-generation Floridian, she has lived her life in Titusville, where her grandmother was born in 1899.

Since an early age, storytelling has been Fay’s greatest desire. She seeks to create memorable characters that touch her readers’ heart. She says of her writing, “If I can’t laugh or cry at the words written on the pages of my manuscript, the story is not ready for the reader.” Fay writes in various genres, including romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary fiction.