Monday, November 17, 2014

Paper Whimsy Terrarium Ornaments


Starting to get that Holiday feeling...just click on over to the Paper Whimsy Blog and check out my latest tutorial on making these fun new Ornies!!



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Where did the time go.


 For every birthday since moving to Florida we've taken the kids to an Amusement Park of their choice for their Birthday's(their both in November). For me it has always been a day of spending time with those that matter most.These are memories that I will cherish forever and keep tucked away deep inside my heart.

Here are the kiddos having a special birthday cake at Seaworld in 2006.



and here we are in 2009 getting ready for a show...



and in  2012 having the best pretzel ever at DisneyWorld...



and getting ready for the scary Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios...

But this year they decided on Seaworld...and well,it was just one of those perfect kind of days..with selfies and silly faces and hand holding...









and now that my kiddos are getting big...and my Hannah now looking into colleges,well...it makes these days all the more special.



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Full of Gratitude

Years ago when hubby and I first split the extra bedroom in half(half for me and half for him) I was thrilled at the idea of NOT creating from the dining room table.We had never painted the spare room so I was stuck with this Hunter green color on the walls,but I was ok with it. Years later,my stuff had gradually taken over the entire room and my generous Hubby was ok with that because he works outside of the home but also teaches online so he only needed a desk and a spot for his books. But as the years continued to follow, my stuff was everywhere and when I started having issues with space and not being able to solder in the space due to the carpet on the floor. You can see more photos of my old room here




So a couple of months ago we decide it would be best to switch out the "play room" with the room next door...my daughters room..it's a little bit larger and the idea of starting from from scratch and setting up all the stations I needed made me jump for joy. My daughter was totally ok with the idea because she would get a new room with a makeover(walls and floor).

This is her room before we started.We had painted her room a light tan color which I already loved so there was no need to repaint.


For months we searched for cabinets on Craigs list and finally found a great selection for a good price.The best part is a functional floor, so while I was away at Art is You,hubby installed the new floor.


We installed my old Jewelry table and this would be new soldering spot...woohoo...



In the meantime,my house was a mess...having to remove all of my daughters belongings and all of my stuff from the playroom.....phew...I had no idea how much stuff I had collected...


But we were sure to recycle what we could.We re-used my wire shelving in the new space and it was perfect.


and we found the perfect corner cabinet for the room on Craigs list.It's not white,but it's all good...more storage...yea....


Filling the space back up with all my stuff was fun...



and it's starting to feel like home...


Here's the early stages of what Hubby created for his space...he created a built in and transformed the closet for his space..it still needs moldings and trim. I am so thankful for his helping heart and handy hands...


 I'm super happy with the space.I'm still adding little bits,but once my new quote on the wall was up...it felt like home. It reads " Tell me,what are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?"- Mary Oliver... 


and yesterday....I soldered in the room...yea....


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Art is You 2014

So much preparation,so many laughs,so many new experiences,so many hugs,so many glasses of wine(heehee),so many new friends,so many lessons learned.
It has been another wonderful year at Art is You Mixed Media Retreats.

Teaching two classes and selling at the art trunk this year was quite a challenge when it came to packing and shipping everything...


But it was all good once we got there.I got to so see many art sisters...


and meet some new ones...






and the classes after some technical issues turned out great


and I vended for the first time


and had so much fun




and treasured every minute of it


and pee'd my pants


and took an amazing workshop with Richard Salley



and shared every minute with my sister.

it was perfect.


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stencil Girl Talk

Be sure to stop by the Stencil Girl Blog  to see what the fun I had creating something special for a dear friend using one stencil!!
Go here to see the tutorial!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'll admit it...

I'll admit it, as an artist, I have an editing problem. My mind is always telling me that while I hatch up ideas for future projects,that I should keep things simple and not over embellish. But while I create, something else entirely seems to happen...I get carried away adding this and that and end up with a mish mash of elements. Lately I've come to terms with realizing that that's just the way I create. I like combining materials like paper, fabric and resin and for the fun of it, throw in some wood, wire and burlap. Why not, I say. Sure, keeping things simple has it's merits,but if your muse is leading down that dark side...I say give it a go.


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,