Sleepy Sundays: A Glow in Your Eyes

A Glow in Your Eyes ©️ 2019 Snapping Turtle Arts |

This weekend we are both happy and grateful since our son is finished with his school year. He has made so much progress and completed so many of his goals this year. He is an inspiration to us sometimes just as much as our family is to him.

Despite our hardships, I am grateful we can continue this business & I can keep designing. I love this little family we created and the larger ones outside of this one, and of course the one I came from.

This design is a background for future projects, but for now I’m still adding it to the gallery as wall art.

Have a serene Sunday ❤️

Sleepy Sundays: Light Work

Light Work © 2017 Snapping Turtle Publishing |

The running theme for this month among family, friends, and colleagues seems to be that our passions bring us peace of mind. We all go through our trials in life. Some days even harder than the next. Though if you’re working towards or doing something you love, a little light work makes the lights work.

—And not just the lights in the house.

*This custom piece was designed for a friend of mine who’s also a *divine* lady that’s always added a little sparkle to my day.

What brightens your lights lately?

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Flood Lights

Flood Lights

During my vacation time I’ve been jumping back and forth between visiting relatives and going back to my designs. I was inspired by some of the sci-fi and summer music projects I’ve been toying with and came up with this one in the meantime.

This tile pattern I got sorted out reminds me of summer nights far from cities with tons of stars visible in the night sky. Even though this is in my surreal/fantasy category, it is born from some place very real.

Have you been to any little hideaways this season?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

This House Belongs To

This House Belongs To © 2017  Snapping Turtle Publishing |

During this week my son and I are both on vacation. I’ve loved the time spent catching up on everything that goes on in that growing mind of his.

When he glanced at this one his response was

“Who lives there, Mom?”

You’d be surprised at what a conversation that could spark up even among adults.

Who do you think lives here? ( There are no wrong answers. )

The Stars

Last night, when I put my son to bed, there was something out of the ordinary. If you know children, then you know the bedtime routine can always be a bit sanity-draining. It starts with the push/pull of “Time to go to bed!”, “No!” followed by enough silly requests to make even a celebrity assistant overwhelmed.

Last night was a Rough Draft Wall Artshift from the norm.

My son was visibly tired and instead of his 21 requests, he had merely one question for me.

“Where do we come from?”

Now, normally this is a question that would make most people panic. I’m surprised it didn’t make me have a heart attack, actually. Instead, I answered quickly and from the heart – (which is trait I possess that often gets me into trouble, but this time, it actually helped.)

“The stars.”

His normal 21 questions starting with “Why?” or “Why not?”, following my response were null. Instead his eyes light up, and he simply smiled. He smiled a “knowing” smile that only some relatives of mine recognize. It is a “knowing” smile of “seers” and all things visual.

What I found to be even stranger, and somehow fated, was it took place right after a long day where there had been a lot of spiritual conversation going on in my personal life. The subject of “the stars” just seemed to keep popping up. Earlier that morning, we shared a spotless, but heart-wrenching piece from Rara over at Stories with a theme of stars tied in as well.

It all got me thinking. How small we all are in such a vast, boundless universe. So, I created this piece, another inspired by my beautiful, kind, intelligent, sensitive being of a son.

and I titled it:

The Stars

The Stars

Sleepy Sundays: Serenade


Music is a subject you’ve gazed upon quite often here on CardCastles. What you may not know is, I have a background in it and I work with it from time to time.

Last week, a friend of mine suggested I lend my hand in some collaborative project where I’d get to play around with sound once again. I was ecstatic. As I laid out the audio plans, I was inspired. There was a loop playing in my head of a melodic lullaby. The soothing tune that floated through my mind started to paint an image as well. Those of you that know my art well, know I see pictures in everything. Sometimes I’m fortunate enough to bring those mental images to life. Drift away with me, will you?

What is your favorite “night sight” or sound?

Have a serenading Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Light Show

Light ShowLight Show

A few nights back there was a meteor shower visible from my front steps. This is the artistic equivalent to where my mind went. Sometimes we can drift to a faraway place while standing still…

Have you ever witnessed a meteor shower?

Have a shimmering Sunday!

Nighttime Art

owl, art for children, I made this with my son in mind. There’s talk of where the canvas will go on his walls.

 It hasn’t been added it to my gallery yet because I have to fit the dimensions correctly. This fun little landscape made me realize I don’t have many night additions in my collection.  Now, I’m planning on changing that.

Goodnight, all!