✨🔋The one tool you need to recharge, found everywhere! 🌿

creativity, happy, mindset, travel, watercolor | 18 comments

Hello there, you gorgeousness!

The year debrief has been having some powerful effects on me lately and I’ve been savoring back details, pictures, imagery and feelings of a trip to Italy that happened last summer.

So I decided to illustrate the juiciness. 🇮🇹✨

But before I get to it –  the illustration – some pictures of what has inspired me to illustrate:


The Iris Garden in Florence, Italy


To say I was dazzled with the whole place  is an understatement.

ALSO….. to say this whole scenario can’t be found everywhere – not just in Italy – is also an understatement.


I’ll explain….


Back in May 2018 when I went on this juicy trip to Rome and Florence, I was truly dazzled with everything I encountered. But now looking back at my pictures, specifically of that touristy trip to the Iris Garden, I noticed…..

All I wanted was nature.🌿


All I wanted was to stay connected with the earth, the smells of the flowers, the freshness of the ground, and the singing of the birds.

Oh, too cliche for the cool people?! Too sticky?

Welp, it’s true.
And that is the beauty of it all. ✨

When we are feeling tired, drained, exhausted there is NOTHING like reconnecting with nature in wherever part of the world we are.


Sure thing, there in Florence, I was surrounded by culture, art, music  – the way I wanted! –  yet, that day all I needed was to dig my fingers into the ground, smell the roses {literally}, feel the fresh air in my face and hear birds chirping.

THANKFULLY we can have that kind of nature-connection anywhere in the world.

Even in the desert, or in wide open fields.

So my love, brace yourself for the groundbreaking-energy-filling touches of Italian nature of the pictures that follow:

{which has the exact same healing properties as any other nature, in any other country! << did I say that enough? 😀 }


First of all, the entrance:



Then this gorgeous mosaic sign {in case I don’t know where I am, ya know? 😎}



And continuing with the show- stoping pieces-connecting-together-mosaic:




There is a word coming up 😉






Get it? Get it? 😀

{Again, in case you don’t know where you are, this big gorgeous mosaic sign will give you a clue 🗺🇮🇹}



And then of course, some specific-to-the-region views:



Those spiky, skinny trees {at the very end of the balcony in the pic below} just scream Italian-and-Its-Greek-influences to me 😍



And now… for the energy-restoring properties I was talking about:





Then, after  walking around the IRIS Garden, taking pictures of POPPIES, what’s a girl to do?

Throw herself into a ROSE BUSH and take selfies, of course! 😀



And that my dear, is the picture I chose for my Paint Party Friday today.

Here’s the beginning stages of my very first self-portrait  – the sketch:



Then transferring to watercolor paper:



Adding color:



Isn’t wet pain so yummy? 😍



All complete:



One more, just because…. a close up, ya know? 😀



So, yeah, I’d say my very first self-portrait attempt is SO true to its original picture – even the hair color is identical #not 😁



Regardless, my walk through Florence’s Iris Garden was so insightful to realize that…..

everything we need to recharge and reconnect is, after all, found anywhere we go, it’s available to us at any given time — nature 🌷🌹🌸🌿🌳✨


Now, off to make this weekend a really good recharging one!

Talk to you soon 👋🏼





Hello! I'm Raine.👋🏼

Artist, designer and believer that ✨joy & fun✨ are a MUST in our lives. My hope is that my posts will bring you a giggle, a smile, and also remind you {when you happen to have forgotten} of the importance of your own happiness – to yourself and to those around you.

Cheers to this delicious truth! 🥂✨


  1. Valerie-Jael

    What a wonderful, happy post. Love the photos and your selfie and the happy painting. Nature is always my saviour, when I’m tired and have no energy I walk down to the Rhine and look at the water, the trees, the birds, the dogs happily playing etc and then I feel good again. Happy PPF, great to see you around again, hugs, Valerie

    • RaineB

      ooohhh Valerie, thank you! I was *just* reading your post about Dusseldorf. Love it so much! It got me all the itches to go back to visit Europe 💖

  2. Sue

    Loving the mosaics Raine… and all that beautiful scenery. A truly restful journey through your posts. Happy PPF :D)

    • RaineB

      Thank you Sue, it was truly gorgeous!

  3. Christine

    Very cute self portrait! I enjoyed your lovely post!

    • RaineB

      Thank you Christine :))

  4. Jennifer A. Jilks

    What a beautiful woman you are! Wonderful photos, and art. Inspiring.

    • RaineB

      aawwww thank you so much Jennifer! 💖

  5. Susan

    I share your love of Italy, it’s food, people and most of all the scenery. This was a delightful post.

    • RaineB

      Italy is just gorgeous! So much to take in! Thanks for stoping by Susan :))

  6. Linda Kunsman

    what stunning photos!!It’s been many years since I visited Rome and Florence (and Venice)and I have to say that I was totally captivated by Florence. I remember we stayed in a place right around the corner from the Duomo. You have many wonderful photos and memories to keep illustrating like the lovely one you have here. Thanks for sharing and happy PPF!

    • Raine

      Thank you Linda! Florence is SO gorgeous! 😍 I stayed far out from the center but had the Dome view from my window. So dreamy 🤩✨

  7. Sarah

    I love Italy – such a magical place. I love those mosaics and your journal pages too – so full of sunshine! Happy PPF from Number 33 😀

  8. Beth

    What beautiful photos! And your painting is so fun and sweet! Happy Paint Party Friday!

  9. soma @ whimsandfancies.com

    I really love to take walks in our local parks admiring the trees, the clouds and the mountains. So refreshing. I love Florence. Wonderful photos of the garden. You look beautiful in the photo and your self portrait is really lovely. Love the smiles on both. You look incredibly happy 🙂


  10. June Walker

    LOved the visit to the iris garden. Loved the self portrait…shows your joy with visiting the garden!

  11. Diane

    Hi Raine,

    your post put a big smile on my face.. and not only this one! Not only because of your beautiful colourful drawings – LOVE THEM!!! – but also your honest, happy and sometimes vulnerable way of writing.. (does this make sense? being from Holland, maybe I can’t fully capture the nuance.. ;-))… but anyway… keep on writing, keep on drawing, keep on smiling.. Looking forward to your next posts… love from Holland! Diane



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