Monthly Archives: December 2022

ARHtistic License 2022 in Review

ARHtistic License 2022 in Review

On this last day of the year, I’m reflecting on the last twelve months.

There is still massive division in the United States, and also around the world. Ukraine has spent most of the year beating back their Russian aggressors; I pray the war will end soon.

Covid is still around. In my county there are at least seven hundred people testing positive every day. And people are still dying from it, 144 in my county alone in the last week. Almost all my friends have had it (and almost every one had stopped wearing her mask—just sayin’). Greg and I have managed to stay Covid-free so far.

ARHtistic License had its most-ever views in a single day (469) on September 2, 2022. That day I posted an article called “Quilting Frustration” that since then has been viewed almost 1400 times, more than any other post this year. I take it there are a lot of frustrated quilters out there. I feel your pain.

Quilting has been a big theme for me this year. I decided that to advance my skills, I need a long arm quilting machine. It’s big. Basically, it takes up most of the space in my writing room.

My new Moxie

Because of that, I took a six-week blogging break in September and October to declutter that room. (I wrote about my decluttering process: Part 1, Part 2.) The break is reflected in my total views—lower traffic than in 2020 and 2021. Due, no doubt, to the fewer postings. I usually post something every day—this year I had 27 days with no posts.

My ten most-viewed blog posts of 2022. Have you read them yet?

  1. Quilting Frustration
  2. I’d Rather Be Dancing Kurdish Folk Dances
  3. My Daughter’s Wedding
  4. Organizing Your Art Supplies
  5. M is for Moldova: I’d Rather Be Dancing Moldovan Folk Dances
  6. Do I Have the Moxie to Buy a Quilting Machine?
  7. NaPoWriMo Day 29 (a poem)
  8. I’d Rather Be Dancing Ukranian Folk Dances
  9. A is for Art: 10 Amazing Art Blogs and Websites
  10. Blogging Break

I was happy to pick up some readers from the folk dance community. This is the first year so many of my dance articles made the top 10. “A is for Art” and “M is for Moldova” were written for the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April. The NaPoWriMo post was for the poetry challenge during April, National Poetry Writing Month.

My ten most-liked blog posts of 2022. Have you seen these?

  1. Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Impatiens
  2. Top 5 Blogging Tips
  3. Creative Juice #276
  4. NaPoWriMo Day 29
  5. Feeling Uninspired? Give Your Creativity a Boost
  6. Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Flower Border with Fallen Leaves
  7. Wordless Wednesday: Braggin’ on our Orange Tree
  8. Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Purple Velvet Morning Glories
  9. Creative Juice #277
  10. Flower of the Day: Unidentified Flowering Bush
  11. Wordless Wednesday: Avocet and Stilt
  12. Wordless Wednesday: Cactus Garden
  13. NaPoWriMo Day 10

(Yes, I know that’s more than 10. There was a five-way tie for spot #9, and I didn’t want to leave any out.)

Wordless Wednesday and Flower of the Day are two photography challenges. I’ve often said that photographers are super supportive of other bloggers. They enter challenges and then go see what other people post, and they make kind and helpful comments. I’m not surprised that half of my most-liked posts are photos.


Creative Juice is a regular weekly (Friday) feature, a list of curated articles that I find online and that I expect will interest my readers. Some of my readers tell me that they always make sure to visit ARHtistic License on Fridays.

I’m a little surprised that with almost 1400 views, “Quilting Frustration” did not make the top ten liked articles. Did most who read it hate it? I’m also surprised that only one post from the most-viewed list made it to the most-liked list.

A lot of bloggers (me included) don’t make money blogging. We’re not selling products on our websites. We’re not acting as affiliates for other businesses. But we have expenses. I pay extra not to have ads on ARHtistic License.

I (and many other bloggers) am/are not in it for money. We do it because we think we have insights to share. So I ask that if you read something you like on ARHtistic License, please click the like button, or write a brief comment. It’s the equivalent of a smile. It makes my day.

Creative Juice #324

Creative Juice #324

Interesting stuff to ponder before the New Year.

  • Patterns in the camera’s eye.
  • Three photographers critique submitted winter photos. (They spend the first five minutes or so chitchatting, so you might want to cue it a bit further on.)
  • An artist’s first show.
  • A peek at a wonderful sketchbook.
  • Adorable cat photos. Please forgive me if I’ve already posted these.
  • Cleaning hacks.
  • In 1860, Mount Zion AME Church in Trenton, NJ established the Locust Hill Cemetery, the final resting place for at least 178 people, including 10 Civil War veterans. But by 1905, it was forgotten, used as a dumping ground. How one man’s historic vision saved it from obscurity.
  • Interview with Cameron Crowe.
  • I’m not on TikTok. Did you know #BookTok is an effective marketing tool for book lovers and authors?
  • Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
  • Is this what primordial soup might have looked like?
  • A little glimpse of charming Jersey City.

Video of the Week: MuralFest Kosovo


Wordless Wednesday: Bush


My 9 Favorite Photos of 2022 (and Flowers of the Day)


I didn’t take very many pictures in 2022. Some years I sift through hundreds of shots and am hard pressed to narrow my favorites to 10. This year it only took about five minutes to find 9 favorites. The first three are flowers, so I’m submitting them for Flower of the Day.



Water lilies:

Water lilies


Stormy sky, taken through my writing room window on February 23:
Stormy sky



Not a partridge in a pear tree, but a chickadee(?) in a fig tree:

Bird in a fig tree


Stilt 1

Mallard. What I like about this photo is the color of the water and the reflection of nearby reeds in the water:

Duck at Gilbert Riparian Preserve

Would you like to see previous posts of my favorite photos? 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.

Monday Morning Wisdom #394

Monday Morning Wisdom #394

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.

~Anne Frank

Video of the Day: Messiah


Two and a half hours, but don’t let that scare you. It’s gorgeous, one of the most polished performances I’ve ever seen. You may want it playing in the background all day.

From the Creator’s Heart #382

Luke 2:21

Handbells for Christmas (2022)


This is the season that calls out for handbells. Here are some wonderful performances.

Carol of the Bells, Bethel University Handbell Ensemble:

Marche from the Nutcracker Suite, Raleigh Ringers:

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Daejeon Handbell Choir, South Korea:

Silent Night, Andrea Feist:

A Christmas Medley (Hark, the Herald Angels; The First Noel; Away in a Manger; Angels from the Realms of Glory; What Child Is This; O Come All Ye Faithful; all played by a soloist identified only as Mary; also, Good King Wenceslas occurs in the piano accompaniment):

Hallelujah Chorus, Forté Handbell Quartet:

Coventry Carol,  done on handchimes:

Sing We Now of Christmas Played by the Resounding Ringers:

Glory performed by The RingNYC:

Remember the Angels played by Bells Angels. This piece was written in memory of the victims of 9/11:

A Christmas handbell and orchestra concert from South Korea. This is over half an hour long but so good; if you can’t listen to it all now, do yourself a favor and be sure to come back to it:

A Ballade on Auld Lang Syne:

Tonight I’ll be playing handbells at one of my church’s Christmas Eve services.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Creative Juice #323

Creative Juice #323

Neat stuff floating in our creative juice this week.