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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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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