Mixed Media

A winter box with cards gift set

Have you ever had that person who was difficult to buy gifts for? (Even if they tell you there not!) I think we all run into this from time to time....I have that challenge with my sister. She should be easy to buy for but alas, every time I have an opportunity to give her a gift, my mind goes blank on ideas! Except for this last time...... We're getting older....when that happens, many of us welcome gifts that are handmade especially for us in mind. The "extra special" thought that goes into a handmade gift just warms the heart. Even better than that feeling is a handmade gift, especially for us that also serves a purpose! Yay! I love those kinds of gifts! I've been in FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Memory box & card: You’ve touched my life

"Stop procrastinating and write a blog post already" I keep telling myself! I put the task on my calendar for this morning and promised myself that I would make this a priority today! If I made New Year's resolutions, I would say mine would be to quit procrastination and stop chasing those "squirrel" distractions! I should have blogged about this a few months ago but better late then never! I am in love with altered cigar boxes that hold handmade cards! A lot of work? Why yes, yes it is! But oh, the results are well worth the effort! This memory box and card were created at the request of a sweet friend who wanted something special for her mother who was celebrating her 80th FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Repurposed Jack Daniels….With Flowers!

May Arts Ribbon Spring Craft Challenge participants really brought their game with their creations! Be sure to stop over to May Arts Ribbon to see all the wonderful creations brought about by this challenge! I was provided an opportunity to participate in this challenge, although what I ended up creating wasn't my original plan! I had begun with the idea of an altered cigar box.....our grandson Adam decided to use my box as a seat and well....let's just say I had to change my idea as the cigar box didn't survive his excitement! lol! This bottle was a Jack Daniels bottle. Before you ask, No....I didn't not consume the Jack Daniels! My future son-in-law gave me the bottle and I just knew FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

I Alone Cannot Change the World

"I Alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone to create many ripples across the waters" Mother Teresa What a powerful quote made by such a beautiful person! I love the message this sends to us all.... not one of us has the ability to change the world (gosh....I hope you've figured this out!) but what we can do is become a part of the change which can be done in a variety of ways. What's important is to get involved, become educated, be passionate and truly care about others. What a difference one person can make....combined with others who are similar in spirit, this is how change is made! I was commissioned to create this project which was a challenge from the beginning FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

“Art is life with wings”

  "Which came first....the quote or the canvas?" What began as a blank canvas, ended up as a mixed media piece that to me really speaks to the spirit of creating. It's not really about the finished piece, for me, it is about the journey one takes in order to arrive at the place that allows you to look at something and say "ok....this is what I wanted this to be". That, I believe, is the beauty of self expression and art! Lots of elements going on in this piece (would you expect otherwise? lol!) Mod podged paper and paint as the base, LOTS of additional paint and stamping, rolled paper that was inked and stamped and placed as a backdrop for the winged lady. This little winged lady FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Wine a bit…you’ll feel better

I'm a quirky individual about certain things.... When I have my morning cup of coffee, I take a moment to select which coffee mug I'm going to use. I've got to get that special feeling inside of me when I'm choosing it, it's just something I do. Same goes for those times when I decide to indulge in a libation, especially a glass of wine. I look over my wine glasses, I may reach for one glass, only to be persuaded by an unseen force to another. If the glass isn't the right choice, it messes with the experience in my book. See....I told you I was quirky! I enjoy the enjoyment of things, meaning, if I'm going to do something, like drink a cup of coffee or tea or, enjoy a glass of wine, FULL STORY HERE....... Read more