dancing with doodles and daydreams…



Can I show you what I’ve been up to?
For a long while I’ve wished for a way I could share
these heartcries and hopesongs as a gift
I could place in someone’s hands,
a sort of book only without the thump,
nothing long or heavy or traditional,
just pages that my words can leap from
and with big,  dazzling color that sings
and still I dance with that dream
but the cost seems like madness


so I keep making these chunks to pass around like brownies
because it stirs my joy
and have a few so far,  these riversongs,  to gift and share
and that makes me ridiculously glad,
each little pod of art on heavy card stock
bound with simple twine
and a little piece of my heart.
I put this one in my etsy shop to see if  the breezes stir.

Tell me what you think,  would you?
Do you think something  I’ve written here on my blog,
crafted into art,
would be an interesting gift for others to give?


I’d appreciate hearing what you think about what I’ve got cooking.
I’m thinking you could suggest a tweak here or some spice there.

Even if it’s only for my own gift-giving,
it’s pure  joy to take the bits and pieces of my life,
recycled bits of art and nubs of pastels and squirts of paint
and doodles and daydreams and mix them into new and colorful jams
to help pour out my love.

If you’ll leave me a helpful comment or suggestion,
I’d love to draw a name or two and send this gift your way.
(happy shiver every time I gift one!)

I’ll announce the winner next week
and have several to choose from.

(glad sigh)


  1. Julia Bourque on April 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Dear Jennifer, your art is so you, colorful like love, bold like hope.Your message is always undiluted and fresh from the spring from which it comes. It makes my senses dance like a fairy on a breath of spring and stirs the stagnant places in my soul.
    It always send me thinking on an inner journey and it’s a gift every time I read your blog. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  2. SHE on April 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    You have a unique style in all your mediums…photography, paintings and poetry. I know without a doubt it is you when something of yours pops onto my screen! I love all the vibrant colors and the way you express your inner self. I especially love the blues in the first card!!

  3. Mary on April 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Oh how I love your doodles and daydreams poured out on these. I have thought in the past a book would be wonderful, but unless one is reading the book these gems are hidden. How about a calendar with 12 beautiful heartstiring pieces of loveliness…one bright shiny full of life page for each month. Just a thought!


  4. Mary on April 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Okay, I just went to your etsy site…are there five pages that make up this amazing poem? I love this…and would love to give these as gifts as well as have one. What size are they? 8×10 would be lovely to place on one’s coffee table to look at and read again and again. Or to frame. Ohhh, excited about this for you, and for those who receive them.

  5. Judy Hartman on April 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Your artwork is as soulful as your words, Jennifer – full of color, love and life. I looked at your etsy shop and think this idea is beautiful and simple. A perfect way to share your message of hope! I love it just as it is!

  6. Maggie Mallard on April 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Hi honey
    Well having been forunate to have some of your art you know how I feel about it.
    I have given your beautiful art to my closest friends and the joy these cards brought them was priceless.
    In confession to you it was hard parting with your pieces but I knew how much they would adore your work and I knew I was lucky enough to be able to buy more
    Yes I know your work would be awesome as a book or like was mentioned by Mary a calendar would be prefect too.
    God has Blessed You honey with a very special gift of words and putting them with such lovely art work that I do hope you follow your dream and continue to let this Blessing grow to the Heavens as He has intended for you to do so.

    Just wish I could put words together like you. Oh how Happy I would be.
    Love you

  7. Michele Bergh on April 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I love your poetic words and your inspiring images. You have many positive ideas here already about possible creations…the one that lit me up the most was the calendar idea…I see a perpetual calendar so no year or day of the week listed, just 365 (which I bet you have) incredible images with the date on it so it can be used from year to year. That would be wonderful!

  8. Donna on April 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I do believe these would make wonderful gifts on card stock so they can be framed or displayed somehow…your pieces of heart actually gave me a thought that if you bind the gift in twine perhaps there could be a small heart attached to the twine with your name or even the name “pieces of my heart”….it just gave me such a vivid visual when i read your words. Oh and perhaps even as greeting cards these could be packaged…

  9. Donna on April 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I do believe these would make wonderful gifts on card stock so they can be framed or displayed somehow…your pieces of heart actually gave me a thought that if you bind the gift in twine perhaps there could be a small heart attached to the twine with your name or even the name “pieces of my heart”….it just gave me such a vivid visual when i read your words. Oh and perhaps even as greeting cards these could be packaged…

  10. Jan on April 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Absolutely your art work is worthy to give as a gift to oneself or to another. These are charming and original and such nice sentiments. I like what you have done with these, possibly eventually you could make a small book of them.

  11. Elephant's Child on April 7, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Colourful, vibrant, inspirational. Of course they would be WONDERFUL to give as a gift – or to receive.

  12. Lindsay on April 7, 2013 at 4:06 am

    I’m so glad to see your art out there in the world, sharing with both friends and unknown people – making them smile all over their face. 🙂 My suggestion would be to keep up with poetic quotes of yours, people sometimes need a word or 2 to keep dancing in their life. Just don’t forget to find the perfect contrast balance so it’s easy to read for everyone – also for those who are color blind. 🙂

    And don’t be shy to share your Etsy shop a lot! The start is always most difficult because there are so many shops out there it’s difficult to find a new one….social media can be very useful then.

    Good luck! 🙂

  13. rachel awes on April 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

    i love your brownies, jennifer!
    it seems like you are increasingly showing up!
    so good to see YOU, always!
    these are wonderful, m’dear!
    a calendar would be so fun, in addition to them standing alone!

  14. Kathy on April 7, 2013 at 7:45 am

    These radiate your spirit, beautiful! They are so you. I think sets of greeting cards would also be lovely…

  15. jeanie on April 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

    There is something about the energy of these paintings that simply makes my heart sing. Is it the color? The words? I think back on so many of your thoughtful words and segments from your posts and how they just nail it. Did you know I still have a copy of your poem about breathing that I look at regularly. Perhaps one of the lines from that would be inspirational on one of your pieces. Frankly, just the things you say — the bits and snippets of both joy and love that you share could all be worthy.

    And I echo another commenter about not being shy on your shop. We are a community and a community shares. Much joy to you this Sunday!

  16. Rainfield (雨田) on April 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

    You life is always as bright and colourful as how you want to be.

  17. Lynn Fisher on April 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Your art is so unique…the color and thought so vibrant. Great gifts! You go!

  18. Suzanne McRae on April 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I am just thrilled Jennifer to read that you wish to share your beautiful artwork and poetry in your Etsy shop. I agree with everyone your work really speaks “You-Jennifer”!! The colours in your work are so unique and beautiful. I have to agree with Michele, I believe your work in the form of a perpetual calendar that can be re-used year after year… oh what a beautiful gift that would make!! All the best. I am so happy you. I really look forward to seeing what you will create. 🙂 xo

  19. Lynn on April 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Absolutely! Absolutely! Your words, your art, your love is absolutely gift worthy! Are you kidding? Morsels of magic I say! Always bright and positive and heartfelt. Absolutely.

  20. kathryn on April 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    your words/poems are SO awesome…incorporating them into art is fantastic!! i wouldn’t change a thing, they are beautiful just as you created them! i could definitely see these as cards to send to friends as well!!

  21. Lee Ann on April 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I love your words added to your beautiful, bright and happy creations. Your words are always so unique and heartfelt and adding them with colorful happiness is AWESOME!!! Not only should you add it to card stock, but I think you should have some 8 x 10 prints made up also for those who would like to frame a larger size for their wall. Especially if you come up with something about what your family means to you and this creation would be awesome in a frame hanging in between a photos on a large photo wall.
    You’ve got a great thing here Jen. Keep going for it! Love it and YOU.

    ♥Lee Ann

  22. Susan on April 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    You have beauty just popping out everywhere and I would know it anywhere, too! I’m a sucker for color and thoughtful words together with all the added charm. You have wonderful ideas, keep letting them flow.

  23. Nancy Lennon on April 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I love the idea of cards…sending out your lovely art and poems as a gift of hope to others. And the calendar idea is great!
    For the cards, you could have some with simpler messages on the art and one of your poems to go inside. Then some with your art messages and blank inside.
    Sending blessings, Nancy

  24. Patty on April 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    These are beautiful! I love Mary’s idea of the calendar!

  25. Sandra L. on April 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I treasure the pieces of art that I have from you, that you were so kind and generous to share with me during a very bad time of my life.

    The answer is YES, of course! I think anyone would be so glad to own some of your wonderful art. You have such a talent!


  26. S. Etole on April 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I almost missed this post. I think a calendar and cards would be a fun and colorful way to share the beauty you share with us.

  27. Anne on April 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    You KNOW I would love to see a book of some kind—-I liked the journal idea you had, and I also like the calendar idea……any way you do it will bless all those who see it!

  28. janet on April 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    LOVE!!! I’m giggling with joy!

  29. Eva on April 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I, too love the calendar idea…and the journal! Super ways to share your talents…which are amazing! Love!!!!

  30. Louise Gallagher on April 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

    The poetry of your words
    makes my heart sing
    like spring
    bursting forth
    from beneath the frozen ground.

    You make my heart sing!

  31. Louise Gallagher on April 16, 2013 at 8:54 am

    and btw. I think it would all be an amazing gift. Your art speaks as beautifully as your words which are all a reflection of your inner grace.

  32. James Rustafer on April 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Cool poems and great use of color. Did you use chalk as your medium?

  33. leslie on April 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

    that first photo – are they real? heart-shaped leaves? blossoms? beautiful. and how i love all the lovely photos you’ve captured of spring burgeoning in your lovely mountains…

  34. Rustafer on April 23, 2013 at 1:48 am

    They look like stained glass windows.

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