The link this week is open from Sunday January 7 – Wednesday Jan. 10 at  7pm, Pacific time.
Curious how everyone is doing:)  Really we want to know: the beautiful, the ugly, or the experience. Your photos last week were gorgeous!
Am still getting settled into the New Year, because we had some impromptu small parties after that.

Two little things to remind you
One: whatever meme/challenge I come up with, if you are unsure, the post ALWAYS starts with the name of that challenge. Example: ALL SEASONS – small beginnings.
Two: remember: one photo -per week, -per blog

For you, who also love art, CLICK on the current post for Weekend Journal Page
of Jan 5.  The entrances of Dec. 8 were excellent.
Can’t wait to see your next project/progress!
The next one will be on Feb. 9, the Friday before Valentine’s Day


Small beginnings in 2018

Coffee and Quiche I called it, to make a small beginning to something I have been postponing and finding reasons not to do it.
Reasons, such as “I haven’t made quiche in 9 years” (which was true) and
“I need three of me and all the clinical skills I’ve gathered to make any difference (again, true) for the people I need to invite …”
“So, it’s too hard “(untrue, because I had not given it even a try)
“and therefore not worth it “(who am I to judge that??)
Ugh, so I knew my answer, and so I took the step on Christmas morning!

Left, German Stollen (Christmas bread with Marzipan) and on the right home made quiche with bacon and Cheddar Gruyere cheese. The food was a hit:)





A small beginning in the realm of art is always easier, because it’s so deeply imbedded in my DNA.

For some time, I have been thinking about the lack of teaching children and teens about the Creator. Most of them know him as the God of the universe, and the savior, but have no idea what it means in daily life that he is also the Creator. How can they know when they are 12, and never heard about it?

When some children (from 5 years on up)  and teens came over between Christmas and New Year, I had prepared a sheet with short descriptions of the paintings,  one of the things adults commented on, is most helpful. Also, they needed to answer 7 questions to get a candle. The questions made it easier to engage (and I could point them in the right direction:):))





These small beginnings do not take away that it still maybe a long time before you’ll hear about a step to the next level. I realize, it’s like when starting to renovating this castle … it may take years till it’s completely restored!



A small beginning was my challenge I took up this new year. Do you have one?
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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Your Quiche looks really good and I bet it was delicious. It’s so nice to see young people in your studio!

  2. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Deborah! It was for the kids much easier than I anticipated – they were fine! It was the adults who took longer to get used to the way to approach the art (especially the biggest painting:):)

  3. Mascha says:

    So yummy quiche, would like it. Our year begins with very small steps – have a lot of stress with my mom just.
    Today we go donate blood again, they make it two times in the year in a church after sunday service. A good beginning…
    Have a great year 🙂

  4. bettyl - NZ says:

    I think every big thing starts with a little thing and it’s so great that you found a way to engage the kids about art and faith! We started a new tradition at Christmas time helping others. That was our little step in the right direction 🙂

  5. Kelleyn says:

    The food looks fantastic! Yummy! Hope your start to the New Year is going well!

  6. Wishing you to keep up well with your New Year’s proposals…
    Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for hosting!

  7. Debbie Smyth says:

    Looks like a good beginning to the year Jesh!
    Wishing you a peaceful Sunday

  8. Alexa T says:

    Great thought!! A small beginning?!….still…thinking of some courage…lol… indeed, when a new year starts, I want to find a way to be more positive…
    A very happy, happy new year to you!!! I’m so inspired by your wonderful aspects captured and shared through images above… and a delicious cake, too! must be so yummy!!
    Best regards@!

  9. Carol says:

    Wishing you joy in your new beginnings of 2018.

  10. Small beginnings is a great goal for the New Year. Things can get overwhelming these days; it’s good to start with what you can do!

  11. Klara S says:

    Everything starts with small steps, eg. my cooking 🙂 Your quiche looks yummy!
    Thank you for hosting All Seasons.

  12. “Small beginnings”– I like that phrase. It reminds me of the beginning of a stream that’s so small. It’s just amazing how that can eventually turn into a mighty river.

  13. Your quiche looked delicious! My New Year’s resolutions are simple: enjoy life and get back to walking/hiking. Happily, our weather has been good, unlike the east coast.

  14. As they say, from little things big things grow. Enjoy the process, and have a fabulous creative 2018.

  15. Lovely shots, Jesh. The food looks good. We had stollen this Christmas, also, However, we also had melomakarona and kourambiedes – not to mention the mince pies and panettone! It’s wonderful living in a multicultural country.
    In answer to your question, some of the Australian impressionist painters are highlighted in the links below:

    And the National Gallery of Victoria here in Melbourne is a wonderful place to find some of these paintings!

  16. BERRIES says:

    Thanks for hosting, Jesh!

  17. That quiche looks delicious!
    Wishing you a happy and creative year ahead,

  18. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s interesting that I too have been contemplating ‘small steps’ over the past week as we enter this new year. These small beginnings can add up to big changes. I hope we both have an energetic and creative year ahead!

  19. jesh stg says:

    Wishing you much accomplishment this year in your small steps, Joanne:) It kind of happened by accident that the small steps for me began around New Year, – for I had been thinking about them for a few months. Christmas and New Year -seizing the opportunity:)

  20. KL says:

    That quiche looks delicious. What a beautiful idea — not only children but we all are creator and we should all the time try to create beautiful things, moments, ideas. And speaking of beauty, I can’t find your beautiful reply. Any chance you can forward it once more. I will also try to search again.

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