#PrettyThingsSurvivorsDo Blog Hop (+ Giveaways)

Hello, friends! I’m part of the #PrettyThingsSurvivorsDo Blog Hop today. You may see #PrettyThingsSurvivorsMake as a hashtag as well. The point of the hop is to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You should have arrived from Josefine’s blog. You can find the full blog list below.

PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association)

Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of U.S. children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Bran and Behavior Research Foundation)

The holidays are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. Below you will find different ways you can help those with PTSD.

It goes without saying that you should be sensitive in how you approach someone who has PTSD. Every person is different, and we shouldn’t expect people to “get over it” and minimize or dismiss their experiences. Let’s be kind, and if that’s hard to do, it’s best not to say anything at all.

A few bloggers have personal giveaways, but be sure to visit each blog for stories about healing through art or their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder. Thanks so much for visiting!


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Today’s post will be a little different from my usual posts. One, I don’t have anything “new” to share with you. My life has been extremely busy with my almost-9-month-old daughter and my family so they are a priority. Second, the art I’ll share today has been shared on my social media a few months ago, but I wanted to share some thoughts about what the pieces mean for me.

A little background about me: I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety disorder. I am a licensed social worker and have studied and worked in the mental health field. I have a partner with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. It goes without saying that I have some experience with PTSD. I have never officially been diagnosed, but that’s another story. Talking about such things requires a lot of vulnerability and a safe place to be yourself. People are confused when it comes to depression because it shows up differently for everyone. When someone has depression and appears “functional,” he/she is often told to “get over it” or “just be positive.” If only if were that easy…

I won’t go into the healing journey I’ve been on because it would be as long as a book, but in my experience, I have struggled with identifying my feelings and finding a safe space to express myself. I used to write until I discovered crafting in 2014. Before that, I didn’t bother with “art” because I just assumed it wasn’t anything I would be good at. When I found out about stamping, I was ecstatic. I didn’t need to know how to draw because the work was done for me. That left me to enjoy coloring mediums and learning how to have fun with card designs.

From there, my healing journey took a different turn. Over time, my confidence grew as I created. I found I was capable of things. I accepted mistakes and failure. I re-defined what “success” meant for me. I learned fast and got really good at what I was doing. I connected with people. I lost “friends.” I learned lessons the hard way. I learned to do hard things. I had good ideas. I HAVE good ideas. My depression and anxiety was a regular battle. Some days are good and some days are rough, but I always came back to art. I think about it every day.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and I take a break. I am okay with not needing to create every day, but crafting has changed my life in so many ways. When I came back to it early this year, I embraced so many amazing opportunities and tried new things. One of the things I wanted to improve on was my watercoloring. I invested in good watercolors and tried sketching my own images. I’d like to share my sketch and watercolor series. For those wondering if I’ll pick up on the series again, the answer is yes! My love for art hasn’t gone anywhere, but my priority right now is my family so just figuring things out there first. 🙂

If you’ve read so far, you’re amazing! Thank you. Here are three sketches I did:

I named each artwork with words that I would love to describe myself or friends. Watercoloring is so relaxing when you give it the time that it needs. I don’t know about you, but I learn so much about myself in the process. And the process IS what matters. The final pieces look great, of course. I look at the process of building my confidence, of understanding what I am capable of and delighting in the fact that the learning never ends! Like how great is that? I have given each of these to different friends, and I hope they know how special they are to me.

If you follow my Instagram, you know I love to post relatable quotes, words, poetry, etc. I try to combine my love for words and art and trying to find my own path, while healing from my past burdens.

My four pieces include BRAVE, RADIANT, ENOUGH, and BOLD. These are four qualities I hope you’ll find in yourself as well.

Sorry if my post was a bit all over the place. I so appreciate you being here. I hope you have an insanely blessed day!

Next on the hop is the amazing Leigh Houston!


Here’s the blog hop list:

Sandy Allnock

Josefine Fouarge

Rubeena Ianigro ** YOU ARE HERE **

Leigh Houston

Mamie Carson Wadsworth

Tania Talat Ahmed

Ana Reese

Tracy Freeman

Amy Tsuruta

Tracie Pond

Sharna Waksmulski

Alix Davis

Janette Kausen

Mayra Duran-Hernandez

Kimberly Wiener


Joanne Maree Soukup

Crissy Salima Smith


Joanne is offering a I Care stamp set on each blog participating. You simply have to leave a comment below and a random winner will be selected by next week. I will list the winner on this page. Be sure to visit EACH blog since some of them are offering their own giveaway.

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  1. BrendaLea Abbott

    December 9, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Those are so beautiful, your coloring is stunning. Thank you for partisipating in this very important hop.

  2. Norma Saenz

    December 9, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Stay strong! Amazing work!

  3. Kirsty Vittetoe

    December 8, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for the pretty ideas! Blessed your heart and kind thoughts!

  4. Teri S.

    December 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Rubeena you are thoughtful & brave to be participating & sharing bits of your struggle. We were never promised an easy life, but, oh my, some people have had & sadly, continue to have horrible things happen that cannot help but affect them. You’ve definitely discovered your niche in creating the beautiful cards you make. Your drawing & watercolouring is stunning. Bravo! I know you’ll be a wonderful mom. I am glad people are becoming more aware & hopefully, understanding, of those of us with “issues”.

  5. Tami R

    December 8, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Your cards are BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing your story and your art.

  6. Joanne Soukup

    December 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Wow! These are so pretty! TFS

  7. Mary Holshouser

    December 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    The flowers are gorgeous.
    Fantastic shading. Love the
    tulip. thanks for sharing

  8. Judie Attard

    December 8, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Gorgeous colouring and stunning creations! Thanks for this initiative!

  9. Karthikha Uday

    December 8, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Your watercoloring is so beautiful!! <3

  10. inkyfingersandribbon

    December 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

    You know I think you’re awesome. Keep being you my lovely and keep creating your beautiful art ❤️

  11. Lori Kobular

    December 8, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Your art work is gorgeous! I love how you named each of the flowers with such strong words! Thank you for bringing awareness to PTSD!

  12. Delphine Montano

    December 8, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Tanks for sharing your amazing talent whit every one you are amazing I love you work God Bless you and your family

  13. Tracie Pond Designs

    December 8, 2018 at 2:19 am

    You are a beautiful person. I am happy you have found some peace through art. <3

  14. Denise Bryant

    December 8, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Love these beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing with us!

  15. Laura Jata

    December 7, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you so very much for sharing your story. I truly appreciate it!

  16. Lee Brett

    December 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Your artwork is so pretty. Each of them are altogether, Radiant, bold, brave, and enough.

  17. Cindyellen Robinson

    December 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Rubeena, you and i have a LOT in common – training, experience, diagnoses. Thank you for sharing yourself here and for bringing awareness.

  18. Suzann

    December 7, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing Rubeena! I have a social work background too. It’s an important, but emotionally taxing role. I’m glad you have an outlet. I recently started paper crafting and it has helped me feel like there is some sort of balance in my life.

  19. Helen

    December 7, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    These florals are so lovely, Rubeena. Art heals. tfs

  20. Cheryl Rigney

    December 7, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us. I know it isn’t easy. Your art is beautiful!!

  21. Lindarub

    December 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful cards!

  22. Mary

    December 7, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    beautiful flowers! thank you for sharing

  23. Karen Ladd

    December 7, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    The crafting community has enriched my life in so many ways, and I was touched and appreciative of the way so many bloggers have joined in to support this cause. PTSD is thought of as something that service men and women experience, but we know that it can affect anyone. I had a very good friend who was a police officer and whose family was affected by his PTSD over a period of years. The first step in healing is in realizing that it’s not your problem, but belongs to all of us. Thank you for your inspiration.

  24. Lisa

    December 7, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and your incredibly beautiful art. Having PTSD during the holidays is soul-sucking, at best, but your words of encouragement are so helpful. Thank you, again.

  25. trainwithmeghan

    December 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    WOW! Thank you for sharing! I struggle with anxiety too! What beautiful flowers!

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