Saturday, December 20, 2008

Don't miss those little moments!

It is such a beautiful time of year. A time to give and enjoy every moment you can. It is hard this time of year for us not to get so caught up in the rush and business of getting all those perfect gifts and making everyone happy. My hope for you is that you don't allow yourself to miss those special moments that only pass by during this time. Take time to enjoy your family and the precious time you have with them. Eagerly watch their faces open those gifts with excitement. Those moments and the chance to see them are priceless. So remember to take time to notice and make conscious memories of this time and these moments. For we never truly know in this world if we will have the chance of a tomorrow. Things can happen, so don't miss those little moments!
Lots of love and joy to you all!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Adapted Moment

Adapted Moment
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
Igneous burning
Momentary pain
Reveals yet beauty
Within the change

Identical feelings
Wrapped in recount
Solace memories
Left in dismount

Written by ©Tonya Ashe

Looking Up

Looking Up
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
Looking up
I see the stars
A joyful moment
I see your heart
Amazed to find
Beauty I've seen
As a child
Of remembering
Written by ©Tonya Ashe

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Few Deco'ed Pages

These are a few pages I decorated in decos that me and my mom are passing back and forth. We have so much fun doing these pages together. We pick a theme to start it off then decorate the rest of the book by trading it back and forth until it is finished, then the one who made the book and chose the theme gets to keep it.

I use to trade decos via postal mail with others all over the world, but after the disappointment of not receiving the ones I made back, I decided not to do that any more. Every once in a while I will receive one home, and I always reward the ones that are gracious enough to send them back.

Thus to fill my desire to decorate these little cute books, I started trading with my mom who also likes to do them too. It is a great way to use up my scraps from other projects and it has created a bond that me and my mom share that is priceless.

The Cross  DecoPage Relaxing   DecoPage

Little Art Booklet

Little Art Booklet
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
This is a cute little art booklet I made with scraps from my other projects. I haven't decided what to use it for yet.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Butterfly Letter

Butterfly Letter
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
The butterfly
Passed on by
A delicate

A marquee
Brushed line
And curly hues
In silent bliss

Patterned spots
Voiced in trance
A sweetly worded
Spaced ellipse
Written By ©Tonya Ashe

Friday, November 7, 2008

Conscious Buoyancy

Conscious Buoyancy
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
A unique deeply meaningful mixed media piece on canvas I just completed. This is one of my favorites.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Drawn Picture

Handdrawn Portrait
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
This is a drawn picture from my sketchbook.

Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
Most of my art journal pages consist of sporatic thoughts and funny pictures that I draw to express my feelings. I do many pages like this one, but most of them never get shared with the world for they are too personal to me. Who knows...maybe one of these days, I will share them all.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sweeter Things

SweeterThings WM
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
She often thought
Of sweeter things
A happy Life
A child that sings

To float away
Upon a boat
Or by a tree
To write a note

A moonlit night
Its not to dark
A shooting star
Some lovely art

A butterfly has
Fluttered by
Rainbow colors
Paint the sky

A window view
Of this scene
Dreaming of the
Sweeter things

©2008 Tonya Ashe

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Heart Of Change

Heart Of Change
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
This is a picture of a heart during change. The journey it goes through in depth and beauty can be very complex, yet still remain beautiful if the person chooses to embrace the change in a positive way.
©2008 Tonya Ashe

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Found Object

Found Object
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
This is a ATC I did on a found object. This item was found among a bag of old treasures I bought at a nearby antique store. I just could not resist creating with it.

Monday, September 29, 2008

My Home Is A Castle

My Home Is A Castle
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
My home is a castle
Were I like to stay
Above in the sky
A place of my way
There I find muse
Freedom to play
In my own castle
Far, Far away
©2008 Tonya Ashe

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Dry Heart

 dry heart
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
A shaded place,
Turned so dark.
I felt so dry,
You left no spark.
Sudden clouds,
Filled my view.
Praying for rain,
Praying for you.
©2008 Tonya Ashe

Art Journal Pages

A few pages from one of my Art Journals. I added a little poem to give you an idea of the meaning behind it. There is also a secret message hidden behind the little book page on the left side and in the little envelope too. These are all posted on my Flickr Pages as well.

Art Journal Page Art Journal Page
Art Journal Page 

I'm thinking of you,
And you thinking of me.
Though many miles apart,
you are beside my heart.
A moment
A Thought
A Previous Memory
Of Nov, 2007
Hidden within me

©2008 Tonya Ashe

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I Have A Dream!

I dream that the world is full of good-hearted people. People who share, love, and help others as they can. You may not can do much, but do what you can. If we all could just offer one good deed every day, this world could be a better place.

What was your good deed today? Please share them in the comments. I would love to hear some of the kind things you have done to help others.
Here are a few suggestions:
  • Lend a helping hand
  • Tell someone you love them
  • Compliment someone
  • Encourage someone
  • Smile at someone
  • Pray for someone

There is so much we can do to make our world a better place. Love and be loved. This reminds me of a scripture in the Bible "You reap what you sow" Gal. 6:7. It truly amazes me how true this can be in the reality of our every day lives. Give and it shall be given to you...
I truly love you all. So I am sending you a big hug through the computer...smiles. Now please pass on this love to someone else.
Love Always,

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

An Odd Feeling

An Odd Feeling
Originally uploaded by TonyaA

In poignant warning
The birdie did pause
In receded thought
The scenery she saw
With a scantly whisper
And a second glance
Never felt so odd
She started to dance

Copyright © 2008 Tonya Ashe

Mixed Media Collage

Saturday, August 30, 2008

HotPink Flowers

This picture was taken by my dad, whom I love so very much. Yes, I am a daddy's girl and a family girl too. When I am not doing art, I am usually with my family. I just can't live without them. I love them so much. My dad takes some of the most beautiful pictures. And I am very fortunate to have access to them for inspiration.

HotPink Flowers
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
The colors are bright and gorgeous on these flowers. They make me want to do art and use the color pink.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Additions~ Number's Game

New additions added to my Number's Game Series posted on Flickr. This set is coming along wonderfully. I can hardly wait to make the number seven card. I am making each one of these in an unique shape that is different than the usual ATC shape. Although each one of these is the approximate size of an ATC, they each one have their own individuality in shape. I am still planning to go all the way to a full deck or maybe even to one hundred. Wow! This is going to be quiet a collection.

Numbers Game - 4Numbers Game - 5Numbers Game - 6

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Originally uploaded by TonyaA
This is a Art Journal entry.
I did this one in meditation of how we tend to let problems and circumstances determine whether we enjoy our life.
The funny thing is, that it is actually our choice. We choose whether to let our problems or circumstances bother us to the point that we don't enjoy our everyday life.
So instead of letting problems steal our joy, we can make the decision to enjoy life anyway...even with the problem.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Free To Fly

Free To Fly
Originally uploaded by TonyaA

I am free to fly
I am free to soar
Across the sky
Beyond this world

To a place on high
To a place I'm free
Free to imagine
Free to be me

Copyright © 2008 Tonya Ashe

This is a mixed media piece I just completed. I had so much fun painting this bird. I kept seeing the image in my mind so I painted it in my art journal. And loved it so much, I just had to have one on canvas as well. The poem above details the meaning of the painting. I truly do feel like I am flying when I do art. I get swept away from this world into whatever I am working on. Art is my stress reliever. It is a special time that I am free to be myself, dream and create whatever I want.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Embrace Simplicity

Embrace Simplicity
Originally uploaded by TonyaA
I was reminded of simplicity while creating this Artist Trading Card. Sometimes it feels good to just be simple in my creations. Like this one, I merely glued a few pieces of paper together. The right choice of colors and paper was combined into a beautiful creation in merely moments without worry or hassle of perfection.
Ah...simplicity, I have enjoyed embracing thee.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Originally uploaded by TonyaA
This is the second card of my It's A Numbers Game series posted today on Flickr. I am enjoying the creation of these cards so much. I have always loved using numbers in my artwork.
I also wanted to try to add some shape to these as well. So far, they are looking pretty good.

Free ATC Backs

Thank you for stopping in for a visit to my Blog. I am a little new to the blogging world, so keep checking for new additions to come. I am also working on the completion of my new website as well with an updated gallery of my artwork.

For now, my artwork can be viewed on my Flickr page.

Also I have a few more free ATC back designs available that you can download to use on your ATCs. Just check out my Free To Use set on Flickr.
You can click on the picture shown and print these out to use.
Love always,