Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sweet Giveaway

Cathe's journal upcycle using one of her designs

Just Something I Made, (Cathe Holden) is hosting a fabulous giveaway... Hop on over to her blog and take a gander at her crafty offer.  (Offer ends tonight)
Happy Thursday!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Most Precious Friend Award!

My eye is always drawn to new art in the studio the second I walk in the door.  The other day, I was rushing in…late as usual, and to what at my vision did appear?  The sweetest new creation.  Neatly displayed in and amongst the array of art on the brick wall.  Even though I was across the room I knew exactly what it was.SAMSUNG
Most Precious Friend Award! For Meeee!!!    My friend Mama Pat (Birds Nest on the Ground) who by the way is the studio’s biggest fan, supporter, volunteer, artist, idea contributor, Kelly’s mom, wise wise owl, AND amazing talent, crafted this beautiful award ribbon.  Pat originally made these for an upcoming quilt show.  Read about them HERE.   It will stay at the studio so that our friends can ooh and awww, but soon it will be home with me, displayed proudly in my studio where I can get a dose of sweet sunshine every time I look at it!  Thanks Patricia!  (Most Precious Friend!)

Saturday, October 30, 2010


I’m craving ….. some Saturday memory making.  Football, Second Saturday Studio with two of my sweetest friends, All region choir tryouts (GO FORD!)  and maybe even squeeeeeze in some precious art time!  Happy Saturday!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Craft Night Out: Burlap

Friday night was Craft Night Out!  I knew the project was going to be some kind of burlap painting, the rest was a surprise.  Our friend Cheryl led the project (which was great considering she’s the art expert of the group!)  I instantly fell in love with the texture that appeared when the paint was applied.  This was not at all like the example, which was FaBuLouS, but my brain just went another direction. 

I always look forward to our little group getting together to create and play like kids!  Hmmm…. what to do next….

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I heart Fall

Sing, Whistle, Humm…. and all the while be in awe of the wonders He has made! 
What puts a song in your heart?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Go Back and Rescue Your Childish Creativity

It’s 1979.  A group of kids are gathered in 4th grade Social Studies creating a Paper Mache’ tiger.  (she only remembers the ‘what’, not the ‘why’) . Hardly recalls anything about the 4th grade, but that tiger lives vividly in her mind.
Fast Forward 1981 to 6th grade.  The Daughter’s of the American Revolution were hosting an art contest.   The winner would receive a monetary reward. The girl couldn't wait to hurry home and make something fabulous.  Really didn't even care about the winning part, just excited to have a reason to make real art. She consulted with her dad on the project and together they made the most beautiful Bald Eagle on a flimsy poster board, holding the constitution in its talons.  She was very proud.
What next?  Where did she go from there?  Surely she continued her love of art by living it.  Surely, the girl kept playing and creating, taking classes at school, growing in her creative life.  NOPE…
She never lost that unquenchable desire to create things but something changed.  Along with physical growth and maturity came insecurity.  Who was she to even think she was an artist.  “Look around.  You can’t make real art.  You’re a fake, “ she would tell herself.   Imagination became censored.  It was put on the shelf, left to collect dust, like a really great book you liked so well that you’d pull it back out once in a while to read again on rainy days.
Later, at 20 years of age, she met the mother of the man who would become her husband.  Vivian was an artist.  Not by trade but she was one.  She could really paint.  Beautiful landscapes and still life's. She invited her future daughter-in-law to come with her to an art lesson.  The girl had a ball but still felt like a fake.  The art she made there was just a fluke.  It turned out okay but it was just luck. 
Life went on and once in a great while the paints and canvas would make an appearance in the kitchen, she’d create her fake art, never satisfied, and put it all away again for months.  She made little mixed media party invites for her kids birthday parties.  Again, she was proud and satisfied but still, it was just luck that they turned out at all. 
The bug never left.  It was always there.  (That’s probably why she became a hairdresser, and pretty darn successful one at that!)
That art bug bit all the time .The girl started to realize that maybe she could be an artist.  Insecurity would have to be put on the shelf and exchanged for the imagination she left there so long ago.  Who was the critic anyway?  Who Cares! 
She painted for gifts, for herself, for fun.    Gradually, the inhibitions shrunk as creativity grew.  She couldn’t get home from work fast enough to get down to her little basement studio and make art.  Creating art gave her a sense of accomplishment she hadn’t felt since the 6th grade.  Throwing executive function to the wind, she silenced the critic and enjoyed the process.  She began to relate to that forgotten kid.  The girl (at this point nearly 40) was making, giving and even selling her art.  She started a blog and found others out there who were just like her.  They encouraged one another and their lives were influenced by the support from such a community. 
Pablo Picasso said, “ Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” 
  Oh, how true! 
Micah pic 2, 6/4/09, 10:56 AM, 16C, 2938x3683 (3188+1500), 150%, Custom,  1/15 s, R84.4, G54.6, B56.4
“Ode to Oz”  a gift for Miss Priss’ 4th grade teacher, May 2009

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Re-Zest Your Nest



A Parisian Shopping Experience

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

10:00am - 7:00pm

Robbins - Sanford Grand Hall and Carriage House

in Historic Downtown Searcy

The artists at Second Saturday Studio are participating in this event by having a starving artist sale. 

Come out this weekend and support the first Re-Zest  upscale consignment fair! 

Hope to see you there!

happy day!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

6th Grade Project #2: Color Project

When Miss Priss came home and announced her next project I was ALL GIDDY!!  She said it was going to be a color project. She chose Lime Green.  My wheels were silently turning but I wanted to encourage her to get that storm brewing in her own imagination.
She was required to have 4 magazine clippings, the definition of the color, a 3d object and a good example of lime green.
Here comes the fun part:

Lime Green is represented by cutting out triangles of lime green fabric.  Next,  stamp letters onto the triangles.  Pin the fabric onto ribbon or seam binding.  Sew away!  (This was her first time to sew but she took to it like an old pro!) …    *pride* :) 
Then attach the pennant banner onto the poster with hot glue.  Easy breazy!
I think she did a fabulous job, don’t you? 
Happy Day!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Word Up Wednesday

The hardest part of holiday gift giving for me is coming up with something perfect for each  person.  I bet I’m not alone! 
So each Wednesday until Christmas I plan to feature some of my favorite fancy’s.  Here’s one I’ve been anxious to share with all of you:


 Remember this post from last spring? 
 During the Workshop I met Patricia.  She is a very talented jewelry designer who I was lucky enough to sit beside in the Karri Meng class.  She even let me borrow a pair of reading glasses.  It was so hard to see all those little jewelry parts.  I fussed and fussed until she came to my rescue!  (it was at this very table that 40 hit me right between the eyes…do you ever have those moments?)

I started following her blog as soon as I returned home
and I absolutely LOVE her jewelry.  You can find it here at ETSY.    (These little beauties would make excellent Christmas gifts!) 
She is offering 20% off any one item until 10/25... hello...bonus!!
happy day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fun with Cake

Every Monday our home is a buzz with fun and excitement when these two sweet sisters come over to visit.   This week I decided to pack in a little project that involved sweets (because we LOVE projects AND sweets!) 
These cake pops were just the thing…
making cake pops cake pops ford
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We will definitely be having some more cake pop fun! 
You can find out more about CAKE POP’s  HERE.
Happy Day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Studio Pieces


Found this old Vanity Mirror on a junk excavation a couple of years ago.  It broke soon after buying it for my little princess’ room.  I hung on to it knowing I could someday give it new life.  ( ok, I' hoard.)  SO… I brought it out of the abyss one day and decided “Angela” needed to be right here.  She is a depiction of an actual real angel.  Angela passed away far too young a few months ago.  She was put on this earth to be a wife, mother and friend to many.  For me, Angela was a lesson in humility and grace.  She never met a stranger and touched many many lives.  This is her now, up there right where she belongs… with the angels.


Assemblage:  Paperclay, Linen, Pastel, Acrylic, Wire

No story to tell, just some good creative art play!

thanks for stopping by!

Happy Day

Friday, September 3, 2010

6th Grade Social Studies Project

 Project #1 in Mrs. Martin's Advanced Social Studies:

3d Map of the United States

What's the first thing that comes to mind...
Salt Dough, of course!
(recipe follows)

Here are the instructions:

1. Search for and  print an outline of the United States 
  (don't forget to include Alaska and Hawaii).
2. Take the copy to a print shop. (we went to Staples) 
   and enlarge to required size. (A local pizza place donated a  
   large pizza box but we decided to use the backside of a wooden
   canvas instead). 
3. Have your student color the entire BACKSIDE of the map copy 
   with a soft - medium charcoal pencil. Tape the copy, charcoal 
   side down, on the substrate.  (pizza box, wooden canvas, etc.)
4. Draw around the perimeter lines of the map using a pen and 
   medium pressure.  Remove the copy and you will be left with a 
   charcoal line of the United States.  (this is a form of print 
   play doh consistency.  

6. Press the dough into the map outline.  Allow to dry at least
   24 hours.
7. Paint a base coat using gesso. 

                  8. Follow class instructions to finish the project.
Project #1....check!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Live A Little!

I love to take inspiration from my daily life, things that somehow stick with me. (yes, once in a while i retain a few things...just a few...)  
I try and get a little Dave Ramsey lesson in a few times a week.  He is an amazing 'get out of debt' expert.  Check out his website.   He is one smart fella!  ANYWHO, the other day I was listening to his advice and he said we should all "live a little", meaning literally.  Live a little so we can achieve a lot.  Get away from the idiot box,(my grandmother's term)get out and enjoy the small things in life.  
That got me to thinkin...
then paintin'
happy day!

"Live A Little"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kids Art Camp

So I decided to have an art camp at the studio...

First project: Cereal Box Art Journals
BOY, these kids impressed me!  (Taught me a thing or two too!)

We learned a little fundamentals in watercolor 
and used our journals for practice.

Played a little too!

Next week... Photography field trip, then back to the studio to experiment with tranfers!!! I'm all giddy :) 
This is so much fun

Monday, May 17, 2010

Little Prayer Boxes

Thanks to a beautifully talented blog friend Dierdra, I was inspired to pop over to Nancye's and take her class on these precious prayer boxes.  So much fun!  (Thought i'd show a WIP, encouragement to follow through to the finish!)


Another school year is about to come to a close.  The kids are ready for a break.  Not sure how much "breaking" they'll need.  Second thought, I should check on summer camps and activities.  No rest for the weary!!
happy day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Whimsy...and More

It's a little difficult to choose which photos to show you folks, there are so many!!  I'm not great at long winded posts so bear with me.  

When I signed up for the Wendy Addison class I had no idea what I was in for.  The fact that these Victorian 'Whimsies' were actually a trend back in the 1780's made them more meaningful to me.  Ladies used to grow their own moss in conservatories and use it to make these sculptures.  They were usually displayed under glass cloches.  I'd love to collect living things from my own backyard and see what could transform.

I made my first bracelet ever (don't look too close) with 
Kaari MengVisit her website (click on her name).  She has many fabulous kits for sale so you too can make your very own wonderful accessory. 

A couple of other goodies I brought home   
were these fun Poppets in 
Claudine Hellmuth's class.
  These characters are not just poor souls 
immortalized in a picture stacked away in
some flea market, oh no!  These are my 
real life mom, dad, and aunt.  Aren't they cute?
Claudine teaching away.  She's just Precious!

 I felt like a fly on the wall
as we sat back during a luncheon listening to this panel of 'rock stars' in their industries.  Mary Englebreit  , Dena Fishbein , Marcia Ceppos, Amy ButlerThey talked from their history in design to the future of the industry.  It was a memorable event!

After the luncheon, I hopped on over to have my picture taken with the Queen herself.  (She had posed for a "few" before me...) She was kind enough to sign a few things for me as well!

 One of the best things about the whole event was the wonderful people I was blessed to meet and craft with.  This beautiful girl,Julie was in my Whimsy class.  I was enamored by her craft tote.  It's an upcycled train case!  Cute, huh!!

 Oh! I can't forget to mention the tag swap that sweet Peggy hosted.  I can't stop looking at them.  That was so much fun, I may be hooked on the whole swap thing!

AND....last but not LEAST... The very BEST part of the whole trip:
 Sharing a wonderful weekend with the greatest lady in the whole world...MY MOM!  So glad you decided to come along mom,  
           i love you bunches!!

happy day!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chair of Bowlies, Bracelets AND Poppets!

Day 1 at the WORKSHOP is just about over and tomorrow can't come soon enough!  First class: Kaari Meng from French General.  We made beautiful vintage inspired charmant bracelets:

Kaari used to design jewelry for a fabulous STORE that I heart to love (if only from afar).  
Then it was off to Claudine's class.  These poppets are too cute.

Say "Hello" to Poppet Aunt Karen as a little girl and my dad, Poppet Tommy as Karen's big brother.  Not sure why they're sitting on their hands.  Maybe they were fighting? Naaaah

Shelley is craftmate o' the day. (made that last part up myself) She and her friends from Oklahoma are showing me the ropes.  They are pro's at this workshop/retreat thing. I could get addicted to this. (David, don't read that previous statement)  It's been nice gathering with a bunch of ladies all with a similar OCD.  It's like group therapy.  In retreat form, but where you're free to come and go as you please. You don't even need a family member and doctor's permission to sign you in and out. It's great.

Fancy for the day:

 Posing with Shelley the Poppets and  THE Poppeteer, 
Claudine Hellmuth.  Yep, she's as precious as she looks. 
 Happy Day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Meet Me in St. Lou-ey!

It's been 7 months since I registered for the Workshop.  I didn't think it would ever get here but, as someone once said, "Time Flies...whether you're having fun or not."
oh, it's been 7 months of mostly fun...
I'm throwing my art supplies in the car, (maybe a change of clothes and my toothbrush too) and heading north to St. Louis.  Oh!... my mom is joining me on the trip which is a super duper cherry on the top!!  As Mary once wrote (or rather illustrated), "A Girl's Best Friend is Her Mother"
By the way, these and many more fabulous Mary quotes can be found in her book "Mary Engelbreit: The Art and the Artist" found here
My sweet friend Pat of Birds Nest on the Ground gave me her book along with more of her collection when she found out I was participating in the workshop.  Isn't that the sweetest thing?  I love that woman!

Tomorrow new memories will be made.  I'm sure I'll have much to report!
Happy Day!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Winner!

Last June I won a sweet giveaway from my blog friend Michelle.  She sent me the cutest handpainted magnet all the way from  Australia!  I let her know I would pass it on by having my own giveaway and it's taken me almost a year...(better late than never, i suppose.)
Many wonderful suggestions were received through facebook comments, messages,and the blog.  You folks really came through.  So well, in fact that I couldn't decide which one I liked best.  Did you know Jemima means Dove?  Thanks to Julie from the United Kingdom for that great suggestion!  Also, Daya is an Indian name meaning 'grace'. (I thought that was cool too, thanks to my niece Shane for that one.)  I loved each of your suggestions!  Thank you all!!  All the names were placed in a bowl for a random drawing.
                    without further adieu...

the winner is....
                           Thanks Misty!! 
This was so much fun, I think I'll celebrate by doing it again!  Stay tuned for another GIVEAWAY, very soon!
Happy Day,

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Guest Artist

Someone's feeling better, wants to make something...'peace sign-y'.....
                         and 'collage-y'

Something she could put her name on
                                                                    Happy Day!