Last Days of Spring

Getting to Happy AbuNana.com

June 19, 2021  –  Last Days of Spring! The love of romancing my life Now I am in a summer kind of day.  It is not hot and sunny.  The sky has an overcast layer reminiscent of Berkeley where I grew up.   We are listening to spa music.  It is a bit irritating, and […]

Yes, Kids Can Safety Learn To Cook!

Kids who are trained in the art of cooking at an early age become great assets to their families in adulthood. — Barbara Dean Aliaga

My Favorite Things

https://abunana.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/love-now.m4v Thankful Tiger with Smile and Bright Eyes Thank You Card by AbuNana Community Acrylic Painting Folded Greeting Card by AbuNana Missing You, Looking Forward … Stunning Pattern by AbuNana

Perception Helps Find Happiness

Perception Drives Happiness

Often it is not the incident bringing suffering but our perception of the event.

Perfectly Playful Purple Products

For the love of purple! #purplelove #Zazzle #purpleaccessories Click the arrow at the bottom (when the gif isn’t animating) to see, personalize and buy…

How Hard Is It To Draw A Picture of Your Pet

It isn’t hard at all to draw! It is hard, however, to get over the fears that you aren’t good enough to be an artist. Many of us think we cannot draw or paint. You’ve heard folks say, I can hardly draw stick figures. But even if you start with a stick figure, you are definitely on your way to drawing your pet.

Flowers Help Lessen Stress

There’s one thing we don’t fight about: life can be pretty stressful. I’ve always had one great support system, though, and that’s my relationship to flowers and flowers to me. The more I focus on the magical mystery of flowers, the faster stress just evaporates. What a gift of nature!

Playful Brighter Side Affordable Posters

Each poster provides a personalize text template. Easily add your favorite quote before you purchase, even using an iPhone or iPad

Best Selling Face Masks at AbuNana.com

It’s just an honor to have someone wear our designs. It makes all this social isolation seem easier. It feels good to make some type of contribution. We would love to see the masks you have chosen, even if you did not purchase them from us. You really wouldn’t believe how much laughter goes on in this house when we feel we are reaching someone out there in the cyber world!!! We really are a Mom and Pop shop!

Editable Soft Pink Floral Pattern Face Masks …and more…

It is easy to miss the beauty in life. These new soft pink floral pattern designs are created infused with soft joy, appreciation, peace and receptivity for better things in your life. Whether for a friend or for yourself, these are nice gifts for your favorite girl friend! Stay on the brighter side!​

MONDAY, August 10, 2020 – Camano Island, WA

Today, I am going to take a jug of bleach and make the house brilliant with good cheer. I am going to give it a good old try! We are alive! We are here and able to make the world a better place by connecting to a happier level of existence. We are able to live in the state of happiness. We just have to stop and choose to put on a happy face, to think of something more pleasant, to think of the ones in our home. Bet they can use a fellow housemate who has a positive outlook on life.

Favorite Women’s Face Masks and Shields

As a creative personality, I like to entertain myself with what I wear. So, face mask designs are fun for me. I’m about to add a couple more to my stash. Want to help me pick the best two? Here’s a 15-piece sample of our women’s collection. What‘s your favorite?

Love of Nature Collection!

Love of Nature Collection. Which is your favorite?

Most Popular Puzzles on AbuNana.com

Peace begins at home. Community begins at home. Love begins at home. Strengthen the happiness of the world, by strengthening the family.

The Power of Sending Greeting Cards

We can flood with love, and this is what the world needs right now.

You Fly In and Out Of My Thoughts

During June, try to increase your acts of kindness. Reach out to tip the scales toward love!

New Summer Face Masks

New Summer Face Protection Masks

Hope, Believe, Love, Be Kind Together

Also we are working on Face Shield designs. Seems a bit less restrictive and personable way of protection.

Saturday night: Rocking to Classic Rock

Don’t wait for happy days to come! They are here somewhere. Begin to act like they are here and they will come! Really. Remember: build it and it will come. Do something that makes you live the kind of life you wish we all had now. Believe, hope, love.

Mama Llama Uplifters

Can’t resist the cuteness of llamas. Here are the most adorable pieces we could bring to you today! Have fun today … start by pretending to have fun and you just may have a great day!

Be the green guy!

Cooperative ecology — cooperating with nature. These sweatshirts have text we think sustainable. They are designed to remind us to be mindful of the gift of earth.

Notebooks for Historical 2020 Journaling

AT HOME ASSIGNMENT: Write in a notebook and describe your ordinary life, your emotional changes, your environment, your connection to nature, family, life….

Pillows, Pillows, Pillows!

Need something soft? Something to hug and hold on to? Here are some new designs sure to raise your spirits. #Zazzle.com

Good things are coming!

Can you see our new friend, Rocking Red Robin?​

Believe, Hope, Laugh, Love!

Believe, Hope, Laugh, Love

Cutest Face Mask Covers Here

Face mask covers have been both a challenge and an opportunity for this high risk, older couple to make a contribution. What gets us up in the morning are thoughts of our family, especially our grandchildren, our friends and neighbors. We can visit over FaceTime or play remotely on PS4 games. Now we spend the major part of the day painting on our iPads or on canvas, able to offer them to the world. We love this connection with you. So, thank you!

Hot New Design Says: Brighten Up!

As my mother often reminded me: It never hurt anyone’s eyesight by seeing things on the brighter side of life.

Latest Doggie Fashion

New Doggie Fashion

Newly Designed Cloth Face Masks

The designs we work on daily keep us in the sane, happy zone. Each of us are asked to play our roles in the best way possible. Hopefully these moments of sharing with the world help boost your confidence in the beautiful person you will always be — no matter what the circumstances.

Never Give Up

Never give up. You can do this.

Affordable Designer Cloth Face Masks

Please share this with your family, friends and neighbors.

Let’s Share Our Fun Spirit

This is me!

Be Prepared: Iconic Saint Bernard

Be Prepared! This was one of my Dad’s favorite cheers!

Saint Bernard Puppy: Let’s Have Fun Today.

Let’s have fun today! Puppy style!

Take One Breath At A Time

Taking one breath at a time.

A Very Mellow Fellow

A very mellow fellow.

We can do this!

Be kind to yourself and to others. Let fear fall away. Replace fear with love. All you need is love. Be strong beautiful people! We will get through this together

In case you need a reminder ….

Never give up!

Don’t feel like smiling?

Wear this smile on your shirt! You will soon see people smiling back at you! it’s an affordable way to raise people’s spirits from 6 feet away

Spring Into A New You!

Spring into a new you!

Music and Art keeps me sane!

I’ve heard it said, Gratitude is the healthiest of emotions. So I propose music, writing, dancing, painting, drawing, singing, liberal arts, are the healthiest of activities. And, don’t you know this is the time to stay healthy. 🙂

Bear’s Necessity Night Light

I’m still clinging to “All you need is love.” And I’m having fun with the bare necessities of life. There’s always room for a 😃

How to be a source of energy during a pandemic.

… Passion for these small creative inspirations gets me, and the world around me, through days of uncertainty.

Love Those Llamas

We are cooking up some delightful Llama designs. Hope you Llama lovers live it up with a new T-shirt!

Live your dream self today

Enjoy the beautiful things in life. Be present to nature. Spring is a coming. Let your day be light.

Tai Chi Qigong and the Deer

Tai Chi Qigong and the movement of the deer.

Tai Chi Tiger Women’s Sweatshirts

This is an easier way to find the Tiger sweatshirts you were looking for.

Tai Chi and the Crane

Wall murals. Wall hangings, shirts for adults, teens and kids, and much more. Here by Monday. We are so excited. We just can’t hide it!

Tai Chi — Lift Your Spirits!

With AbuNana.com, Manny and I have just completed the first of several shirt designs for those who practice Tai Chi Qigong.

Bring Spring into your life a little early!

Surrounding ourselves with positivity

The ritual of drinking coffee, tea or your favorite morning drink can be emotionally beneficial as you begin your day.

Attraction of the Sea

My soul awakes To the thought of heaven As I drive over the hills To get a glimpse of the ocean And hear the crash of waves. My heart beats fast To the joys of heaven As I step out of the car To feel the breeze upon my face And find a world of […]

All you need is love — peace is possible.

Cruising down the river – peaceful possibilities

Glass painting — First Experiment

With a trip to the nearby thrift shop, I have spent some time experimenting with painting on glass. I bought 6 wine glasses for 25 cents each and a plate for 75 cents. I began painting the plate with acrylic and saw that the adhesion was spotty. So, I waited for it to dry and […]

Spring 2019 and Courage

For the past couple of years I have taken a few lessons on-line to play the piano. I soon took to learning a few chords and becoming lazy. Most of my family play by ear so I thought, why not me? At any rate, today I decided to play songs for spring and put them […]

How 20-seconds of pause insures your peace or mind.

With the unique nature of life, we often miss understanding others, and even ourselves. This can throw us out of balance, leaving peace behind. Appreciating the beauty around us, accepting what takes place in the moment, and then cooperating with that moment, can lead to renewed peaceful living.

How beach living can be part of your life!

You probably have wished you could live right on the beach.  Haven’t we all? We can watch the vacation and buy-a-house-on-the-beach videos.  Or we can take a piece of paper and lose ourselves in drawing our special, private beachfront fun land. This is how I spent this afternoon.  I’ve been playing with a digital rendition […]

What are your feelings telling you?

Every day is a great day to grow and have a great day! It’s pretty easy if you let it be.

Positive Attitudes Soar Over Fear

You probably havel been surprised by some compelling situation that calls out your fearful side.  Perhaps it was an over-due bill in the mail or a very real concern that you could lose your job.  There are so many situation where fear can usurp all of your attention.  The situation appears to be bigger than […]

Don’t need to go too far to locate my best self.

These are the thoughts that came to me after painting this picture yesterday. When I spend any time with nature, (even imaginary nature), I begin to see the current of life hidden within everything.  I begin to feel about my life in a different way — everything I focus upon appears special and I am an integral partner. Through […]

Storm Tonight?

It appears that we continually ask ourselves whether we should prepare for the next storm, the next storm, the next storm.  This painting suggests that it might serve us better to look for the beauty in movement.  Focus on the colors, the joys, the hope of life and we just may draw that sort of […]

The Happy Dance: Thoughts About Achieving Happiness

I like to be happy.  I like the feeling of well-being.  I love to wake up in the morning with thoughts of quiet enthusiasm.  I love to be happy. But setting out to achieve happiness creates the opposite effect!  Really.  It is impossible to experience happiness by pursuing happiness.  it can’t be done.  The more […]

Does Excellence Stand On Its Own?

In the silence of the pause, I realize that excellence is all around me. Everywhere. In everything. In me, even!

Love Is In The Air

A great wedding or anniversary gift.

Painting Reproduced Onto Pillow — Looks pretty awesome!

Scenic Original Painting Toss Pillow by Cushionarium View other Blue Pillows at Zazzle.com Several years ago I painted this scene on canvas board.  It was a delight to paint.  It’s been selling on Art.com and Artistrising.com since then.  Today, I wondered how it would look on a pillow and it looks great.  Hope you enjoy! […]

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Dear Students Returning To School Today

Here it is, the first day back to school today.  I remember the new outfit, the anticipation. I also remember the uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach at the unknown events that might occur in a world I was not creating but was expected to fit into.  It was a bit scary.  Okay, […]

September 1, 2014 – Some thoughts

 Even when you are having fun, life slips by. Even when you sulk around, life slips by. Even when you fall in love, life slips by. Even when you are sick and frail, life slips by. There’s no way to stop the time you have in this one body. You might as well hug yourself […]

Five Ways to Combat Worry

We are at war.  Everyday.  We are not even aware. We wake up and try to smile at the day ahead.  Almost immediately our dutiful brains remind us of challenges, old debates and grudges we continue to hold.  Tapes begin to play in our heads. We are not even aware of them.  We dress to disguise […]

I know what I want to do when I grow up!

Abstract Designer Pillow by Barbara Dean Aliaga by Rascality Check out more Zazzle Pillows I woke up at 1:30 again last night.  Four-and-a-half-hours of sleep and I seem to need a break. So here comes a new line of designs, and at 4:00 I’m back to sleep to complete the 3 hours everyone says I […]

Rascality Web Storefront Opened With Ease!

I have been hit by the creative spirit addiction!  Weekends are now spent with stylus or even my fingers racing around the screen of an iPad or bamboo tablet.  Don’t get me wrong, this is most enjoyable.  Last night I could not sleep.  I had my handy iPad close by and I began to design […]

Sneak Preview of Monster Kid Stuff

  I know it’s summer and I should be lounging around a pool or beach somewhere, but you have to catch the creative spirit when it breezes through.  This store is inspired by my two grandchildren who keep me young and hopping.  I’m seeing them today and I’ll let them have a look and see […]

If I Am Honest

If I am honest…. My hands are big and bumpy with bulging veins. My feet burn with mild throbbing, vibrating pains. My stomach is unfeelingly large, old and lazy. My vision blurs in and out and mostly hazy. My arms are achy but able to lift. My hair is thinning.  My scalp adrift. My nose […]

Back And Refreshed!

I wonder where the time has gone.  I’m about to celebrate the first birthday of Hugo Emil, our second grandchild.  We celebrated at the annual Tulip Festival, I’m still working happily at The Harman Eye Clinic, AND, I still have my mind set on writing more books.  I have a lot to say and hope […]

Getting to Happy in Real Time

Be your best, happy friend.  That may sound a bit funny to you, but it holds some great advice.  We all know that deep, quiet satisfaction is the very stuff we are made of. Peaceful happiness is available to us at all times.  There is never a moment that it is not available.  Everything you […]

Getting to Happy

Take a look at my new website.  The theme this month is “Getting To Happy!”

How Can I Keep From Writing?

Long, long ago in another era, there lived a little girl who believed she had come to this world to sing and play with the wind. The time has passed so quickly and yet, there have been countless songs.  Even though the reflection is quite different these days, I can still recognize the sparkle’s source […]

Two Exercises For Peace, Love and Happiness

Today I am offering two ideas for a more pleasant day.  Audio Blog Available. Number one:  Plan your day as if it has already taken place. This exercise might seem a bit strange at first, but it packs a powerful punch. Instead of getting up in the morning and hoping things will turn out, imagine […]

Courage To Be Yourself

There is nothing quite so satisfying as the calm, peaceful connection to happiness. Yet many days we are caught up in the rough waters of sorrow, fear, defense, and concerns that can lead only to unhappiness. It occurred to me yesterday that a stumbling block to experiencing my happiness is trying to create a projection […]

New Beginnings Today and Everyday

Just like a canvas, this empty box of nothingness is just waiting to be filled with typewritten words, ideas that have never been put together in quite the same way. All artistic expression comes from nothingness and mysteriously emerges into something-ness!  It is what I am doing right this very moment. The same can be […]

A Gift For Those Who Are Grieving

This audio/video book sample calms me down even though I produced it. As I listen I experience the peace that is within all of us.  I hope you will share it with your friends and neighbors, especially those who are a little down at the moment. The audio sample reading is taken from “Aunt Barbara’s Powerful Little […]

Daily Preparation For Happiness

When you take a test, you study for it.  When you have a dinner party, you plan for it.  Doesn’t it make sense that if you want to have a happy day, you envision it? Positive thinking takes a little planning at the beginning of each day.  After the planning takes place, it is smooth sailing. […]

Living In The Moment Means Ability To Succeed

Here is a good example of how negative thought can develop within any one of us. Egos can take over at a moment’s notice and if left unguarded can seriously impede the pursuit of happiness. Last evening a magazine salesman came to the door. A silent alarm was triggered within me: someone is ringing the […]

The Art of Feeling Good – Five Lessons

There are so many ways to feel good. Here are some: Wake up with the enthusiasm of a child. A child wakes up with surprise, readiness and willingness to explore whatever is around. It can be a toy, a first experience with snow, a shadow, the sun or anything else that presents itself. Before you […]

Politicians Are Using Powerful Pollutants

Even a child now understands that to be president you need enough money to publically slander your opposing candidate in order to win the election.  Here are my observations: The United States has a great, 3-way, check-and-balance system.  It works when each appreciate and respect the purpose of the other. Children who bully and lie […]