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Have a SERIOUS ART CRUSH over these pencils... have  three and I'm in complete lust with them.

Where have you been all my life? 
I had used the cheaper Prismacolor ones and thought this was what people where RAVING about...
then discovered the Prismacolor PREMIER pencils!!!! ahhhhhhhhhh
LOVE the soft blendable colour... just amazing!! I'm inspired! :D  

Saving like crazy for the 150 pencil set but may opt for a smaller set before then and
then build on them.  
They do come individually afterall.


Anyone else loving these or other coloured pencils right now?




YOUR Creative Priorities

Its very easy to be influenced by others who have a lot to say. 

Most Creativies who boom on about whats right and whats wrong and are self proclaimed authorities in a blanket fashion in their field are in fact either incredibly competive or immensly insecure.
That's ok but realize they are there for them, not as a mentor, role model or inspiration for YOU! Just be aware of it while you are dodging those stinging bullets of confidence killers they shoot out in an effort to maintain their mantle and know you are only ever going to part of their audience, never their peer or even their student. 

Constructive helpful criticism, and I've had 100s of Crits, is never sarcastic, it never puts ambiguous doubts in your minds. 
It lifts your spirits, it gives you AHA moments thick and fast. 
Mentors give you room to explore, to improve and to feel good about your 'mistakes' and they show you how to use them constructively. 
You never are left feeling you are stupid, have done irreparable damage, can not resolve things or that you can never be like the person you are inspired by. NEVER. 
Mistakes are not pointed out to derail you, they are shown as points to consider new ways to improve your creativity and processes. 

An interestingly as every successful creative knows:
If they where not, then they would never have become the first, breakthrough, new, controversial and so on, person in their field either. 
If all our creative priorities where the same then we would all create the same thing! 
Our creative priorities may lead us down the road of failure and mistakes... lol.. but EVERYONE who has had even tiny successes will tell you that from the stumbling blocs great ideas, turning points and enlightenment came.
Proclaiming in sarcasium that you are a failure or making you feel like one is again for one reaon, to prop up their own work. 
Just because the 'expert' creates artworks of  dogs only in silver foil balls while looking at the sea as its the right way, they have proved it, they had a vision, look at their successes, vast following, prizes and so on... dosent mean that creating dogs out of toilet rolls is wrong! 

A good strong, self assured mentor or teacher knows that you have different priorities to them and they help you directly and indirectly through their words and actions explore them. 

What ARE your Creative Priorities? 
Grab your journal......
EVERYTHING should be answered FROM you... not "well I read that" or "this artist said" or "this expert said you can never or should".... this is what YOU FEEL, THINK, SEE and LOVE! 

When you are creating what subjects make you feel
as happily challenging 
make you excited
pull you in to want to know more 

Are their mediums that you really LOVE working in more than others? 
Mixtures of mediums? 
What are they? 

What do you want to say? 
Do you even want to say anything? 
Don't be afraid if at the moment all you want to do is make pretty things. 
You wont be alone. You know the world is full of stories of experts explaining the amazing in-depth meanings behind masterpiece artworks and creative works and then evidence from the artists or families themselves that the artist just liked the sunset her painted or writing about trees or some other simple meaning. 
You will come to develop ideas and explorations as you work but you know even if you become completely absorbed in messages and resolving great philosophical debates, the heart likes to just play and you should let it!! 
I've made my best art breakthroughs when I've just been mucking around. 
AND.....What subjects are the most meaningful in to YOU! 
Gardening, animals, family, cities, human causes, architecture, travel, spirituality.

KEEP a sketchbook/journal and fill it with sketches. words you love, snippets of conversations overheard, photos, magazine snippets and so on. It will help you see your creativie leanings and from these your priorities will sprout. 

So now you have a bunch of your Creative Priorities which ones have
bubbled to the surface, why do you think that is and what are you goig to do to stay on track with confidence and belief in your priorities? 

Scared of Putting your Work Out There?

One reason, and a rather compelling one, that people who create have no confidence is that they feel that creating art is a heroic endeavour. 

Its not. 

Lonely1The THREE main heroic portraits of Artists are firstly the TRAGIC HERO , the vision of the artist in the loft, an outsider, creating amazing artworks that no one understands, well... its a VERY modern ego centric picture. Its also such an very easy mantle to wear. The reclusive genius. 


The next is THE MAD ARTIST. The flamboyant avant-garde zanny artist whos works we really dont like, that shocks us, that we will nod in agreement with because 'THEY" say its genius. I love this type, I've done it too! In fact its pretty much Art School 101. 
You know "WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY IF I PAINT A PENIS ON EVERYTHING!!!!!!!... then I'll dye my hair mango orange and only speak in vowels for a year." 
These people often become stuck and they need to constantly find new audiences for their work. I mean you can only shock a person so many times until its all "*yawn* oh yeah a Dick in Rose, seen it." 
Its a very tiring thing to keep up too (sorry NO pun intended!)... lol... but its very hard to keep trying to be more zany and shocking with each passing creative endevour and with each day of life if its just not you! 

The third is "THE REAL HERO". The game changer, the one with the REAL message, the Authority.
They are HUGE, larger than life! Their work is almost Saintly and if anyone questions it they are deemed to be not intellectual enough to understand or connected or enlightened.
We need these people, they do change the field, they are amazing but unfortunately they believe their own publicity WAY too much and though they do gain followings... these are followings of followers. Peers step aside from the barraging ento~rage as there is only room for one in this world! Aspiring inspired Creatives are disempowered after a while.
 The REAL HEROS' Creativity becomes confusing not only eventually for the audience but for themselves as they spend more time, money, subterfuge (hiring staff, finding more causes, getting rid of competition) while propping up their Tower of Heroism and Authority than just creating. The messages get lost in the building of power and the leak plugging. 

There are other Heroic Portraits of Artists but for the most part these are these are the most popular of our time for all of us to 'be'. You dont need to be any to be an Artist or Creative Person. 

All heroic portraits are interesting! BUT it's not YOU!!! 
Its perhaps GENUINLY a few people on this Earth, but its certainly not everyone. 
Its exploration and you know what, if it REALLY fits with you as an everyday expression of that facet of YOU, AT THE PRESENT MOMENT, of your creativity... then keep going. People have and do make a carrer out of it. Just be real about it or eventually your work and YOU will suffer and you really will be a tragedy. 


In this age of Social Media, for Creatives, the problems arise with many in that they believe these portraits other, apparently successful, people paint of themselves. 
WHY? Because to see it in your lounge room EVERYDAY is to be familiar with it. 
So, many feel that they can't be that elusive magical, tortured, zanny, amazing strong person afterall.
 They know that they themselves are in actual fact pretty ordinary people. 
AND if they do "put their stuff out there" people will see them as a phoney, as not a real artist or writer, their cover will be blown because they are not Angel Bubblebum without a cent to her name who lives in a reclusive nest where she paints all day and goes to the supermarket in a green coak and scowls at everyone... they are not a flag weilding super beautiful Goddess with a perfect life driving a sports car to write books in cafes either......they are just Jane Smith who likes to paint on the kitchen table intermittantly while the kids are screaming for more tv and actually loves shopping for bargains in her Ugg Boots.

"I am not brave enough to be like that and if I did, someone will see through me."

I am not CONFIDENT IN ME therefore I am NOT Confident in my Art because my ART IS ME. 

Even the greatest artists of our not so distant past where not in their time celebrated as geniuses or heroes. They just did their job. People didn't even sign their works. Its only been in the past few hundred years that Artists have done so. Art was never ego centric. 
When something is created by the "BIG I" and its not perfect or celebrated by others, it means we are rejected and we are not perfect. 

Those who then DID begin to sign their works? Well science has now proven that really ridiculous mistakes have been found using xray imagery. We have only seen the finished MUCH worked over (MAYBE not even by the celebrated genius) 'Masterpiece".
We have Romantised snippets of historical information too about these Artists to then somehow feel we too need to sit in a loft with one ear to paint like a genius or be a single Mother of a pension and no table to write on.
Most creatives, just live like YOU and one day perhaps other hopefuls will think they too need to live in a house next to the busiest station in the world, been married twice and been heatbroken, love troll dolls, saved the lamas and have crazy hair in order to write a masterpiece.  

Until only recently in time Artists did a job. They went to work and they created.
They put their work out there every day.
These Artists who where employed by the Churches, Patrons, Architects and so on, I am sure they felt very happy for the most part, doing what they loved, but so did the stone masons, the roof tilers, the builders. 
There are amazing examples STILL of masters in all fields, including Artists. 
But we all cant be Monet, or Clarice Cliff or Dali. 
Many early artworks where composites of many artists.... Artists would employ other artists who specialized in feet, hands,  fruit or dogs and so on! See some geniuses  weren't even great at everything themselves!  

Curved-wall-tiles-lithos-favo-curve-2Lets take this to modern times, if you are builder and your curved wall is perhaps not the best multi curved wall EVER. In fact its a bit of disappointment. Do you think YOU are worthless, no good, untalented, worthless? 
You probably think... geeeeee I need to go and learn a bit a more, practice, talk with people about curved walls... I LOVE curved walls, I LOVE creating them... so I am going to master this thing!! 
Look you may realise that curved walls and you... nahhhh BUT along the way you find you are the best arch creator EVER and YOu LOVE LOVE LOVE arches!!! 
How has this happened? 
The wall is not YOU. 
Your Art is your passion and it is A HUGE PART of you, it tells a story of you, it is a facet of you and sometimes its a brilliant, sometimes it has chips in it, sometimes it needs a polish  

If we are a HERO, if we ROMANTICISE the role of the Creative then we have something to aspire to. Oh yes and also an excuse, a fall back plan and a weapon. 
I'm a Tortured Recluse, a Zanny Shock Artist, an Avenging Superhero. 

Creating is human EXPRESSION.
It is a spiritual connecting practice.

If you wish to 'put your work out there' you need to understand why you want to. 
WITHOUT the Heroic Portrait.....
Do you want to make money? 
Seek approval?
Do you seek celebrity? 
Do you Create because you LOVE the process? Because you want to share what you do with others?

I often give this little talk to those I teach and the first thing most say to me is... 
"oh no you got me wrong, I don't want to be famous, just do my best work and I am scared of putting it out there, I REALLY am just doing it for me, I dont care what others think but I'm scared" INSERT I'm angry they tell me its crap or it shocks them or they wont understand my brilliance and message. 

Well you obviously have seen this Creative Work of yours now more than anyone else
so really what is the truth! Why are you putting it out there? 
If its any or a combination of these, then the Heroic Protrait works really well in this time of Social Media, after all people need to "LIKE" you in order to give you any of these. 

BUT....If its because you want to share with others because you have a message, because you think your art or creative piece will bring joy, help, insight, understanding to people then JUST DO IT...but remember this.... 

You will never please everyone. Not everyone will celebrate you. 

No one does, no not even Picasso, Emily Bronte, Brett Whitely, Monet, Deepak,
and so on and so on.

You need to be a confident person FIRST to be confident with your Creativity. 
Take the heroism OUT of the meaning Artist and your confidence will soar! 
Dont be despondant when others tell you that they dont think you are good enough. 
By who's measure? Their's? 
Why shouldnt you tell your story in the medium you feel connected with? 
I'm not saying others have to listen and you need to be prepared in this world for silence.

BUT...Why should other Artists, usually successful ones, sit on their lofty towers proclaming some form of tortured trials or great heroic deed like theirs or amazing magical eyeopener like theirs be YOUR key to open the door to putting your work out there? 

YOU are Human.
Humans ARE Creative.

We have been creative since we stencilled our hands on cave walls. 
Then the word I didnt even exist.
Some MAY of done it better naturally than others, some practiced and got better and then someone picked up a stick and scratched a Bison on the wall because they liked them... perhaps the others celebrated this guy, perhaps they just threw bones at him.
"Starry Night" Van Gough

ONLINE Talisman Creation Course with Cheralyn

Do you wish to create Talismans and Empowered Magickal tools? 

BeessCreated and aligned with your energy, new skills and with a deeper and greater understanding?
I am lifelong Artist, Teacher and above all, Talisman Creator.
I do say "Passion Decides Fate",
the thing I'm MOST passionate about is Teaching and Teaching Talisman creation in all its magickal layers brings together my connections with all I truly believe ~
That we are here to make a difference with the skills we have been blessed with.
I teach art as a volunteer once a week in a very challenging situation but it has given me the gift of greater teaching skills and infinite patience. 
My Traditions and Beliefs are aligned in my heart when I am Teaching Magickal Tool Creation and this is why I am happy to share all that I love and know with others. Though I do in fact sell Talismans and purchase them from others and these have wonderful powerful attributes and energies that I seek and adore connecting with,  
to a Magical Tool CREATED BY YOU for YOU or those you LOVE. 

This is a Course not about what I do, its about what YOU can do and believe me YOU CAN!  
I show you what I have learned, the technical skills, the traditions and
most importantly, we explore what you want to know. 

The Path is shown and you can follow along and I will give you the confidence to explore and create your own Path, aligned with YOUR amazing energy.
The power to connect is why we are human.  


"Intuitive Talisman Creation"
                                 with Cheralyn Darcey 
            an online seven week course
includes: Blessing Beads, Meditation Bracelets, Protection Amulets

Course begins  7th May 2013 
12 students only



$130 which includes Charged Crystals (see below) 
Click on the Paypal button to pay and book 

your confirmation will be sent to the PayPal email address you use


I only take a VERY limited number of students so I can look after each. 
There are a few Testimonials at the end of this post. 



This is not just a technique course,
it's a course which guides you in the magical grounding of creating magickal tools.
We explore the History and long traditions through many beliefs and cultures  associated with Taisman creation. Amulets and associated Magical adornments are also included! 
You will learn how to create a space of magic and dedication to create in through rituals that are presented in ways that suit any path or belief. Traditional practice and example are discussed and watched. 
You will connect with  the tradition and magic of Talisman Creation and your inner messangers
through provided downloadable meditations, journalling exercises and class discussion. 


Are you not VERY creative but long to be?

Well thats ok as my speciality is teaching ALL levels and through extensive video presentations, which you can keep forever and watch over and over as you will build those skills.
If you are somewhat advanced along the way, thats ok too as I present extension ideas and techniques for you.
There are DOZENS of industry 'secrets' and I share my recipes, ideas and suppliers too, though you maybe surprised! ;)

Seven MASSIVE lessons presented over six weeks which you can actually start and do whenever you like. Each week you can download everything for later. You don't have to 'keep up".

There are tons of photos, lots of links, notes and as I said Videos. 
I also run a forum which is private and you can have access to it forever more once you are a Talisman student. (PS old students, ask me to pop you in the new forum!) 
Here you can share ideas with other students, ask me questions and you can even post your own progress photos for help. 


I've not offered this course for a while as something very special is happening... 
I'm off to the UK and as part of that trip will be visting Stonehenge on the Summer Solstice and then I'm off on a journey to Goddess Brigid's Flame in Ireland. If you join the course this time around, I will bring you back a crystal empowered through ritual and charged at both sacred places to include in a Talisman of your creation. I will be leaving connecting crystals at these places.   






You dont have to use all of these, but I certainly cover them and you can pick and choose. 
I am FOREMOST the Magician of recycling and I will share with you loads of ways to use everday objects and elements to create art materials. Along with these things I cover Resin (I know we all want to master it at some stage!, basic metal smithing, power and hand tools, clays, LOADS of jewellery techniques, painting metals the RIGHT way, combining textiles, how to save disasters and so much more! 
PLUS along the way I am happy to answer questions in the forum on things that may not be in the class (though there might not be much!) 


We are making magickal tools and it is the power and the dedication you put into your piece which makes it a Talisman. There is real magick in Art  & Design, in emulating the patterns of nature, the laws of geometry and in creating a thing of beauty. I teach you to bring these elements into your Talismans and I've been so happy to hear how past students have then used these new skills and insights in other Creative areas of their lives. 

Blessing Beads
A great example of one of the 22 videos available in this course. 
What People Are Saying About 
"Intuitive Talisman Creation with Cheralyn":
You make everything so easy to understand and do. Your energy is amazing and you are so generous with your time and the things you share. I feel like I'm at a wonderful art retreat with a bunch of friends in my PJs. I work full time and have a family so that would never happen. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts so generously. 
Christina, USA
Where have you been all my life? I'm sure you could teach birds to soar. You crack me up as well. Loving every single moment of your classes and you.
Peta, UK
I am writing to say thank you for the wonderful Creating Talisman workshop you are running. I am enjoying this workshop very much and look forward to receiving each new lesson. I am only a beginner and not overly creative and have been wanting to awaken that side of myself. Your workshop format suites me perfectly it has been set up professionally with detailed notes, videos and online sharing and there is something here for everyone from beginners to those more experienced. You make the process seem fun and easy, yet I feel challenged and inspired to start creating! A whole new world has opened up for me, I find wherever I go I am looking for treasures that I can use in my creations! Although I am studying at home via the online format, I feel like I am able to make a personal connection with you through the videos and the online sharing. It's been great to see what the other participants are doing too. You are very generous with your time, enthusiasm and creative ideas. And I like that I can use these ideas to enhance my life on a personal and professional level. Cheralyn, I have appreciated your ethical and spiritual approach to the creation process as this is very important to me. I love the Creating Talismans workshop and highly recommend it others.
 Blessings & Gratitude,
Cheryle xxx (Australia) 
All this information at such a great price?  I love your work and energy plus your videos make my day. You are so enthusiastic and loving it just jumps off the computer. 
Gail (New Zealand)
I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying the course already. I would never do something like this on my own but I feel like I am part of a group (which I am!) and that support and group energy really helps a lot! And you have formatted it perfectly! I would finish reading something and maybe have a question or two about how to do it, but then find a video explaining it exactly!! I love it so much! It is allowing me to really BE creative in ways I have been scared to be creative in before. But I feel bad that I am paying so little for SO much!
Rory (Australia) 
I really thought I would just look at this course for entertainment because I met you in person at a tarot workshop and thought it would be interesting but I made things. Me! I can't draw a straight line or make anything but I have two beautiful talismans now. You have a real gift Cheralyn and I love you for sharing it with us. 
Samantha (Australia) 
I have been LOVING every second of this class.....xxxxx
Sonya (Australia) 
Cheralyn I can not thank you enough for teaching these classes. They are fresh and fun. You are so funny and make even mistakes turn out right.  The  environmental things you share and tips for artists show me ways that are enlightening. Keep up the great work girl!
Blessings and Love,
"One of the Blokes" (Australia) 


Can I sell the things I make using what I have learned in this course? 

Absolutely and in fact many have. I dont permit direct copies, but I dont teach you that way. This is a step by step course but with EVERY single step I assist YOU in finding your inner voice and developing YOUR style as well as bringing your energy to its best and highest connection to create magickally!  I teach TECHNIQUE, I teach DESIGN SKILLS and I guide you to find your PERSONAL STYLE and find the MAGICKAL CREATOR within. 

Do I have to be online at certain times to see the class?

NO! You don't even have to start on the starting day. The content is uploaded to a locked website which you given a password to (it can't be shared) You can access this website anytime you like. The forum is open to you as well at all times.

What does an Online Classroom Look Like?

Check out the video above . I run my course through Creative Witchery Online Course.
If you can read a webpage, click on video links and audio links, then you can do these classes!
It is a private locked website with embedded playable videos, audio links, photos, loads of photos and class notes. There are links to all relevant resources and a link to your private teacher/student forum.

Can I download things?

YES you can for you own personal use. NO SHARING online or in person.

I'm not so great with computers, do you think I'd be OK?

Simply by being able to read this page is more than enough 'skill' to do the courses.

I'm going away for two weeks right in the middle of the course, what will happen?
You will have an awesome holiday I hope and when you return your course will still be here.
Just a few more things to enjoy!
You can still access everything if you have an internet connection while away too, no matter where you are in the World!! 

I can't finish by the end date!
That's ok, all course content will be available to you for TEN weeks and you can save and download everything!
The forum remains open to you FORVER!


CdA"Intuitive Talisman Creation" 

             with Cheralyn Darcey 


Course begins  7th May 2013 
12 students only
$130 which includes Charged Crystals
Click on the Paypal button to pay and book 

your confirmation will be sent to the PayPal email address you use

Talisman Collection Sale Tonight

Talisman Creation is not a part of my Spiritual Practice, 
it is the very heart of it. 


A lifetime of Magical Tool making handed down through my family. 
Herditary Witchcraft is where my journey here begins. I am a third generation (that we can confirm!) Witch. My Mother is an Artist and Witch and being brought up in a Pagan Artists family, Art and Witchcraft and Creativity where not things anyone in my family DID, it was simply LIFE. 
Everyone is Creative, everyone is a Witch OR accepts it as the natural way of things. 

It took a while to find my own style, my true voice.  
I am a gleaner, a collector of that which has potential to be combined with my carvings on stone, ceramic and crystal. Though Assemblage is the term that can describe my process, I do combin with other traditional sculptural practices including carving and with painting, metal smithing and other fine art ideas as they come! 

Why do I prefer this medium? 

Its because I strongly believe we are all connected, we share energy with all, with each other, the animals, the plants, the earth, the stars, ALL. 


The combining of that which is already here, which has lived a purpose already to then become an Energetic Tool for others to SHARE into our future is the most spiritual and meaningful use of the skills I have. 
As my heart sings its truest when I create Talismans in Sculpture it is this skill which I use. My hands in deep connection with the meditation of creation. 
The collecting, the conversations with those who cross my path in my process of discovery, the dreams, thoughts, study and mediations while art materials lay alongside treasures~ working though potentials. 

I listen.

What may begin as one thing, bends and shapes,
moves my hands to become its true self.

But I am never surprised by the final revelation. The pure feel of it's energy has flowed until empowered, the Talisman draws me to the ritual and dedication of its purpose. 

All of my Talismans are dedicated and empowered through ritual for specific purposes by me personally. Then they are sent to you with a Ritual Bag that includes a written ritual, candles, resins & herbs and these are for you to align your personal energies with your new Magical Tool of Power, Protection and Intention.

A few special Talismans of Power, Love, Protection tonight, online at this Facebook Event Link ~

Talisman Sale ~ this Thursday!

I know its been a long while... BUT its been busy to say the very least. 
There are a few mini Collections on offer this Thursday evening and a couple of surprises.
This looks like the last Talisman Release from me for about 5 months as I have a lot of commitments.

THURSDAY 11th APRIL 2013 at this LINK

Animal Totem Guide Talismans
I have been very busy on a new technique which I'm in love with and I have saved to bring to life a very close to my heart Talismans ~ Animal Totem Guides.
The unveiling will be at the event! Love you to be there to have a peek.
(no photo peeks!, this is tooooooo special & secret!) 

Faery Talismans
LOTS & LOTS & LOTS of requests for more faeries so yes I have five Fae Talismans. 
As you may know, most of my artworks are created from treasures in such a way that I can never repeat them. They are one of a kind unique works of art. 
Here is one coming up this Thursday.... 


Blessing Beads
Though I did share the technique earlier this week, I will have sets of these available for you to use in your projects. These will be Blessed by me with the Intentions they represent. 
They can be used in jewellery and talisman creating, in magickal tool making, as book marks/ embellishments for a BOS or Journal, your imagination is your only limit! 


Wildflower Talismans 
Featuring my Linoprint Artwork from my Australian Wildflower Oracle, natural crystals and all created by hand by me, these are very popular and all flowers will be available this Thursday. Along with the standard size and design, a very few one of a kind larger Talisman Pendants and brooches will also be available. 

(standard Wildflower Talismans set with natural crystals)


(a one of a kind Found Treasure Wildflower Talisman Pendant ` can be converted to a brooch if required)

(another example and yes these two will both be avialble on Thursday) 

Charmed Wildflower Charms

A new release of Wildflower Charms will be released on Thursday too! 


Goddess Talisman Pendants
Just a few very special ones will be available on the night
here is one... Artemis.... this is one I'm happy to finih off as a brooch or pendant as the new owner wishes. 
*my faces are all hand sculpted, silver or gold leafed and set 

a few other surprises and old favourites will be available. 
I have gifts, chatting and sharing so I REALLY hope you can join me.....
THIS is the Facebook Event page where it will be happening 

Happiest Creative Blessings, 
Cheralyn xx


Blessing Beads FREE Video Tutorial

Like to create Gypsy Style? 
I've created these Blessing Beads for many years as part of my Talisman Making
The elements are mostly gleened from found treasures and I'd love to share the Magic with YOU.
The FULL video Tutorial to create my Blessing Beads and an online chat can be found
at THIS Facebook Event page:
or search "Creative Gypsy Art School"  on Facebook. 

I'm teaching an amazing in person workshop in Sydney in May
"Creative Gypsy Art School"
and this little tutorial showcases the style of the creativity you could enjoy with us. 

Happiest Creative Blessings! 
Cheralyn xx