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.



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Christmas Cats, Gingerbread Men, and Flying Reindeer

I love experimenting with different patterns and trying them on different products.

My latest experiments focused on Christmas patterns, and I shared some of those in this previous post. But then I took my experiments to another level and began using them with shapes.

Several years ago, I snapped a photo of a cute display in a home improvement store. I was snap happy that year, just grabbing shots of anything that caught my interest, for no other reason than soaking in the holidays. A couple of months ago, I was scrolling through some files looking for something else, and the photo caught my attention, so I began playing with patterns.


This silly photo took on a life of its own with patterns.


Then I played with shapes for some other products and created several with these fun Christmas critters.




These Christmas cats are proving themselves so popular, I've set up their own Cat Collection and will be adding to it with other patterns in coming weeks.


Christmas Cats:

All of my Christmas critters and patterns can be explored in my Christmas Theme collection. Don't forget, you can personalize most products, too, with names, dates, or other words and phrases.

After I discovered the shape designs, I pulled in some other patterns that were more solid in design to create different shapes. 

Flying Reindeer was my first.


Flying Reindeer: Water Bottle, Wrapping Paper, T-shirt

My favorite shape this season has to be this Gingerbread Man!


Gingerbread Man: Water Bottle, Wrapping Paper

I love being surprised by patterns, designs, art, especially when they take on a life of their own, like these shared today. 

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Come join us during our Holiday Blog Hop:

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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








Inspired by Travel: Venice

After our 24 hours in Paris (Friday's post), we made our way to Venice, Italy.

The airlines who co-sponsored the contest with the hotel chain did not fly into the Venice airport, so to get there, we flew from Paris to Milan, by way of Germany. Once we were in Milan, we traveled by bus to the train station.

I loved traveling by train. One image that stuck in my mind about the train trip: looking out at all the homes, most of them with some sort of green cloth hanging over doors or windows.

Once we got to Venice, we hopped on a boat - a Vaporetto - to get to our hotel. For the next seven days, we got lost on purpose. We'd leave the hotel and set out in one direction or another and wander down different paths. We crossed bridges, peeked into stores, observed people, examined architecture. I loved Paris, but I became part of Venice, and I've longed to return since the moment I left.

I took photos. Hundreds of photos.

But as I said in the previous post, most of the photos from this trip were lost during moves. I have only a handful remaining, tucked into a photo album.

When I began pulling photos to use in my artwork, I automatically turned to my trip album.

So far, I've only used a few of them, but will continue adding more to my European collection.

Because of their age, the original photos are small and the color is fading, so I knew I needed to punch them up with some digital enhancements, and I love the final outcomes.


I loved these boats in the Grand Canal of Venice. We were on our way, by Vaporetto, to some of the other islands - Burano, Murano, or Torcello. 

The colors are really fading on this image, so I decided to play on that a bit and "age" the photo even more. The boat seems to call for that.


I made the design available as a:




Rabbit Trail: Funny story about Torcello. We hadn't planned to go there, but we got off the boat at the wrong stop. I'm glad we did because we roamed around and one of the most vivid memories I kept was of this house.


What you can't see in the picture is what made it so memorable - there were chickens everywhere, in every color imaginable! I was so surprised and delighted by them all, I forgot to take pictures. We kept walking along the sidewalk, and just a short distance away (I'm not remembering how far, but it was close - possibly even right next door to the chickens), sat this beautiful old cemetery.




The islands of Venice are as individually unique as Venice itself. The colors of all the houses and storefronts delighted me! 

Here are three of my favorite images. The original is on the left, the digitally enhance art piece is on the right. 




Some of the products I've created with these images include cloth placemats, jigsaw puzzles, paperweights, notebooks, serving trays, playing cards, dart boards, ornaments, tote bags, magnets, keepsake boxes, and more. 

You'll find all of the Venice and Paris images in my European Collection on Zazzle.



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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!





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Come join us during our Holiday 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














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. 


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We're Growing
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Peppermint Party in Pink
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Be sure to check out all our art and merchandise on

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Latest Post from Tracy Ruckman:

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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!


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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.


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We're Growing!

TMPixArt has taken on a life of its own and we're growing, so we're setting up a new website. On my Tracy Ruckman blog, I'll continue posting about my books, my writing,
and other general posts. This new TMPixArt blog will be devoted to art, photography, and design. I'll continue to invite guests to visit, to introduce you to other artists I meet in my journey.

As I've set up the blog here today, I've brought in most of the art posts of this year from my Tracy Ruckman blog. I've put a note at the top of each one, so you'll know I've republished it here. But from this point forward, all posts will be new and exclusive to this blog.

Thanks for traveling with us on this exciting journey!

For anyone new to the blog, a little more information:

TMPixArt is the artistic branch of TMP Books, a book publishing company I founded in 2014. In addition to the art, patterns, designs, and merchandise, TMPixArt is now also publishing several lines of specialty books. I'll announce those in future posts.

You can learn more about TMP Books on our website: www.TMPbooks.com and more about our founder, Tracy Ruckman, on her personal blog at www.TracyRuckman.com.

TMPixArt can be found on Zazzle, and Amazon. We also custom design our images, and create logos and merchandise for marketing clients.

You can also find us on social media:

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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!





A Sticky Note, a Road Trip, and Determination

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!

A Sticky Note, a Road Trip, and Determination
by Tracy Ruckman
(originally posted here)

Good Morning on this Cyber Monday! Did you survive Thanksgiving and Black Friday and all the college football rivalries?

Today, my photo and pattern stories are rather random but fun.

The first isn't yet a pattern, although eventually, one of the throw-away photos from this same photo shoot might just become one.

We have a Japanese maple tree in our front yard. I love that tree. Every year, I watch it as the seasons change, noting the different colors of its leaves and how it changes so gracefully, yet - just like life - sometimes at lightning speed.

A couple of years ago, I took a photo that I eventually turned into a paint-like print.

That year, the leaves were large.

Available on 
Zazzle
(also available as a jigsaw puzzle)

This year, however, the leaves were tiny. I wanted a different kind of image, but never could get a good one. The wind took away leaves one by one, until there were only a few left. Most of those were already shriveling up, but I looked at every angle of the tree, every leaf, determined to capture at least one photograph.

Then I found a single perfect leaf.

But it was in such a position on the tree that I could not get a good shot. Desperate, and knowing that leaf would likely blow away within the next 24 hours, I plucked it.

I placed it on a wooden rail and liked the image, but it wasn't as dramatic as I felt the leaf deserved. So I tried placing the leaf on other surfaces: a wooden step, the ground - with and without other leaves around it. As I played with all these different settings, the sunlight changed.

Our house is surrounded by trees, and our front door gets directly sunlight only for a brief time each day. Almost ready to give up on the leaf, I made my way to the front door. I decided to place the leaf on the marble step to see if I could get a decent shot.

I don't believe in magic, but I do believe in God's timing. And God's timing - as always, with everything, was just with this image. This is the original, untouched, unedited, uncropped photo.



The light cast just the right shadow to make the leaf appear to be floating above the step, but in reality, the leaf propped on its stem on its own.

I digitally enhanced the image just a bit for merchandise:

Canvas prints on 




And these beautiful


As determined as I was with that photo, I must admit that sometimes, I have accidents. One accident resulted in a beautiful pattern that I'm now selling on a pillow and a reversible duvet cover:





I love this pattern and even more so since it was an "accident."

One day - most likely before coffee - I was playing with my camera phone while I was sitting at my desk. I accidentally snapped a photo of a sticky note that was stuck to the corner of my laptop. Later that evening, I was toying with the pattern program, and accidentally clicked on that sticky note photo. I liked the colors, so I began playing with the patterns. Because I had written only on one corner of the sticky note, I had a big chunk of blue to play with in the pattern, and ended up with two that you see above.

Road trips always produce some fun photos.

A few years ago, we drove into the mountains during the fall. We stumbled upon a roadside market loaded with a late harvest. On one side of the property, we found this old fire truck. I digitally enhanced it with some artistic effects to get this:



This image is now my bestselling and most viewed product - 

  
  



Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Cyber Week sales continue through tonight, with savings as much as 75% on some products!

As a small business owner and artist, please know how much we all appreciate your business. And we appreciate word of mouth advertising for our businesses and art, too, so be sure to tell your family and friends where they can get some great deals on unique gifts.

I was given two special codes for FREE shipping on Zazzle that can be used up to three times each. Try either of these codes to see if they are still available. There have been purchases made, so I'm not sure how many times they've been used, but try:

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