Friday, February 20, 2015


I love a little Zetti everyday!

We each have a few things on our list that we think we can't live without each day. I am sure that on the top of many lists would be coffee and maybe chocolate,.. maybe not in that order and probably not that short. To make my day the happiest and the most peaceful, I have to be in the process of creating something everyday. In the creative moment, or in the creative thought process. At any rate, that is the most peaceful place on the planet for me when I am in that mode.  

I started making these little Artist Trading Blocks when they were included in a workshop I took last summer for Art Dolls with Mary Jane Chadbourne over at Artful Gathering. I had so much fun making the art dolls that I never got around to making of the ATB's. Recently, a swap opened up for them among the same group that took the class and that gave me just the push I needed to get started making mine. Once I completed my two for the swap, I couldn't stop making them. The ideas are unlimited as to what you can do with them, but I really like these little whimsical girls and I call them "The Girls on the Block". They begin with a 2 1/2"X 31/2" block of wood. Mine are 3/14 inch thick, but I am in the process of making some 1 1/2" thick, currently a work in progress.

 Flowers are people too!  I totally stole this phrase from my friend Lisa who made me a beautiful journal page of a sunflower face that says: "Sunflowers are people too" Love you Lisa.  

I like to complete all sides of the block, and adding beads and feet is another addition that gives each block their own personality. I am not sure when I will get stop making these, they are so much fun. I have some listed in my Etsy shop and each one is so hard to let go! :) Take a peek in my Etsy shop. I am listing more as I make them and soon will be adding another exciting feature with these girls!

 Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you Creative Magic everyday and New Found Joys!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


                                                                A Tiny Song Fills My SOUL

Something I've been working on lately.. Artists trading blocks. I am totally in love with them. These are the first  of many I will make this year, I'm sure of it. They are little blocks of wood, 31/2" by 21/2" - 1/2" to 3/4" thick. I have always been a paper addict, but there is something wonderful about working with wood and even holding that smooth sanded little block in my hand makes me feel a little more connected with nature.

These little blocks don't take an enormous amount of time and can bring so much joy, not only in the making of them, but in the giving of them. It's also fun to join in swaps with other artists.

Artist Trading Blocks can be made to hang, stand, (as mine do here) or you can display them on little art easels that can be purchased from a variety of art supply places or Amazon.

 This is one that I just recently made for a swap in The Imaginarium - Anthology of an Art Doll Group on Face Book. Anthology of an Art Doll was a workshop I took last summer over at ARTFUL GATHERING with instructor Mary Jane Chadbourne. I look forward to seeing what wonderful workshops will be offered at Artful Gathering this summer. If you are interested, you should check them out. You can register now. (see the button on my side bar)

 "Have you seen my Peanuts?"  is one of my favorites. I love Circus themes. This one was also for a swap in The Imaginarium - Anthology of an Art Doll Group.

                                                         ( Back Side)

These little works of art are so addictive to make. You can find a lot of the images I use at ART TEA LIFE on Etsy.

                                                         I Dreamt I was the QUEEN

                                                                       And so she WAS!

 This is one of my favorites. Another circus themed one. FORTUNE TELLER. The Key is a Tim Holtz product and can be found the SHOPPE  at STAMPINGTON.  

                                                                SIDE VIEW

                                                          HER LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN

 This is one that I gifted to Kelli and Pearl Button, her little dog. Funny how sometimes when we create something, we have no idea at the time, the journey it will take. This ATB had her name written all over it. It brings me such JOY to share my art!

Thank you for stopping by!  I just ordered some chunky blocks that are a little thicker, if you check back, I will share those here too!


Saturday, January 3, 2015



I am not  a person who begins the year with New Year's Resolutions, however, I did promise myself to begin this year with new art journals. I am hoping that having art journals already prepared and ready to go will give me the incentive I need to slow down and spend some much needed time for myself, for no other purpose than down loading my mind and spending quiet peaceful, calming moments reflecting on my day or week. Writing and art is very important to me and documenting all those thoughts that I intake each day and visualize is very rewarding and necessary. It's like inhaling and exhaling, a necessity of life.

This past year went much too fast and I don't want to miss a thing in the way that I see it. I didn't spend near enough time taking it all in and not giving myself the time to creatively express all that I did take in can be an exhausting experience. Some people go to the spa, I journal. It feels my soul.

Here a a few of the journals that I have ready to go and I look forward to grabbing my cup of Dandy Blend and spending some blissful time in the studio with a sign on the door  that reads ... "do not disturb, I'm unplugged".

Don't forget to save some time for YOU and unplug!
Happy New Year!

Monday, November 3, 2014


I have passed the torch. The last journal pages of the year for me have passed through my studio and flying home to its rightful owner. Chagall marked the ending of another amazing year of the Magical Journal Journeys. It has been an honor and a challenge to work in these incredible art journals with such talented artists and friends. Each artist chose an artist for the theme of their journal. As the journals made their rounds, each artist completed two pages, back and front, in the artist chosen for that journal.  I have a new found respect for this artist and others that passed my way as I learned more about their lives and insight into their world. 

Chagall for instance is not an artist that I can say I was particularly fond of his work. In fact, to the eye, his work seems very simplistic and primary. When in actuality it is quite the opposite. I found his style to be very challenging to emulate and it didn't take me long to be captivated by his work.

Here are the two pages that I created for Stephanie's Journal. I loved that she made her journal in the shape of a house.

Windows for Jerusalem

Chagall journal should reach its final destination this week. Thank you each one of you for sharing your artist with me and allowing me to play in your journals. Its been another magical year and as I spend quite, happy  moments looking over each and every page of my own journal, I am thankful for each of you for leaving a piece of your HeART and SOUL with me!  

Happy Holidays to the amazing women of The Magical Journal Journeys and CHEERS TO ANOTHER YEAR AHEAD! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Replenishing my Soul

I have given myself permission. I am more important than the dishes in my sink, the laundry piled on the couch, and the unending list of things on my "to do" list. None of those things may happen without me, but the world will go on. So today and everyday, I give myself permission to replenish my spirit, to fill my soul with inspiration, energy and calmness. To begin my days or end them with a feeling that "all is well" and I can bravely carry on.

Bella Grace is a beautiful new magazine by Stampington & Company devoted to finding Magic in the ordinary. This is one of my favorite "Go to Places" . Sometimes the Magic is right in front of us. Have you given yourself permission? If not, it's time... XOXO

Bella Grace Magazine

Saturday, September 27, 2014


After attending the Artful Gathering workshop this summer and attending Mary Jane Chadbourne's Art Doll Class, I can't seem to stop making these Art Dolls! They are quite addictive and so much fun to make. If you were a class member, you could buy her bare wooden doll kit in her Etsy shop, which I did since cutting out wood pieces is not something I have attempted yet. I made 9 dolls in all and I had one more kit left. .. Fast forward.... I moved on to making Inspiration Blocks, much like the Art Doll Blocks that we made in class only mine are a menagerie of images and art that inspired me. These take hours and hours to make, but hours that I truly love spending in my studio, just me and my dog Harley. I have experimented with a variety of different tops and each one I make, I love more than the next! The head piece on this angel is a original art drawer pull by designer Perry Gargano, whose work I find fascinating. 
I am also a huge fan of Teesha Moore's work and she was a big inspiration in the making of these two inspiration blocks and my Altered Angel ( my last doll kit from Mary Jane Chadbourne's Anthology of an Art Doll workshop).

Teesha's Stamp:   "You have to do things that average people don't understand, because those are the only good things"

                                                                           Back side

                                                                         BACK SIDE

My Altered Angel is truly altered in every way. She is meant to stand upright, but I altered the kit (drilling holes and filling holes, so that she is on her side in flight. Many of the images and stamps in all three pieces are from Teesha's earlier works from her early journals and altered by me (with her permission of course).

These pieces are truly one of a kind and have a Zetti theme, which inspire me to the moon and back. 

I have also added a mini Zetti journal handmade by me that goes with my altered angel. I mean she doesn't fly anywhere without her art journal! The cut out in the middle of her is a mini shelf with a domino that has the word stamped: "Twinkle" on it and it firmly attached to the shelf.


The blocks pictured below also have Perry Gargano's designer art drawer pull on top. It is just another one of his amazing creations! 

I have included pictures of all three finished pieces and they will soon be listed in my Etsy shop.

                                                            ZETTI Inspiration Blocks

 Thank you to everyone for your kind support of my art and leaving me such supportive comments!

Your friendship is sunshine to my day!