Wednesday, November 18, 2015


It's probably one of the busiest times of year, preparing for Thanksgiving, making arrangements and plans for Christmas around the corner, shopping, planing, meal and merry making... and lots of unfinished projects hoping to get completed by Christmas. It's also the time of year that I make a myself a promise to lay down my brushes and paint, to say "yes" to somethings and "no" to a lot of things. I stop everything to pay more attention to my surroundings, to my family and my friends that are so important to me. To speak to neighbors and to "notice" the flood of blessings that cover me daily. I don't want to be too busy to "notice" and to say Thank you for what others do for me and how people care for me, even down to the mail person and the checker at the grocery store. It's important to me to stop and "notice" what a blessed life I have and those that help to make that possible.

If you are here, then you are my friend and/or you care what I have to say or share and for that, I "Thank You" for reading, for commenting, for being a part of a community that supports each other.

Thanksgiving will come and go quickly, but I will do all I can to slow it down, to enjoy it, to speak to friends, to give hugs, to share smiles, to be eternally grateful for this time and quiet reflective moments....before the rush of the Christmas holidays are full blown. 

 From my grateful heart to yours,

After Turkey... and  a NAP.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Years ago rummaging through antique shops, I came across a women who was moving out of her space that she rented in a little hidden treasure antique shop. She graciously told me to feel free to look at her items as she was packing them up. To the side I noticed a pile of what looked like paper and boxes that might be going to the trash and on top of the pile sat two card board boxes of vintage Christmas ornaments. She said they never sold, she had no use for them and for $4.00, the two boxes were mine. Some have been broken and just worse for wear, but the ones left have been calling me for a new life.
 They were old and faded and I could imagine that they were full of stories and memories. 

I didn't collect them, but I couldn't stand to see them thrown out. I have used them several times on my tree through the years and I have cherished them like old friends. 

This year I made the decision to permanently display them on a wreath that could be enjoyed every year regardless of the dressings of my tree.

 They were quite easy to make and when Christmas is over, I will tie a trash bag over them and hang them in my garage for safe keeping.

Not to jump ahead of Thanksgiving, which I absolutely love,.... but if you haven't noticed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....  
 To be continued after Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 1, 2015



Today I finished up matchbooks and have them all ready to mail out for some swaps I am participating in. 

They started out as blank matchbooks that you can order from Amazon in a box of 50.

The first thing I do is my backgrounds, then I go back and add images

 After the images, I paint the front bottom tab black to use as a background for writing or adding printed words. Then I add washi tape to the tops and the back. There are many ways to alter matchbooks, you just have to add your own style.


Matchbooks are fun to make and don't require a lot of time, unless you are making 50 of them. They are fun to trade with other artists and I especially love leaving them places around town and restaurants for others to enjoy. On the inside flap, I write my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you didn't forget to set your clock back!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


It all started with this mat I purchased from Teesha Moore. 
It is not as big as a standard place mat and it's much larger than a coaster, which is one of the things I truly love about it. Once I received it, I knew I wanted a bazillion of them all over my house. The perfect  size for drinks and other things, great for my studio work table, coffee table, breakfast bar, night stand, all over the house and yet still perfect to set a plate on for the dining or kitchen table.  I also knew that not being independently wealthy, a "bazillion" of them would cost me a fortune, so then . . . 

This happened. . . 

I am not great seamstress by any means and sewing alone proves to be a great challenge for me as my machine and I are still quite foreign to each other. The best thing about these  Art Pads  is that they don't have to be perfect. I actually love them with all their little imperfections; not all lines are straight, some have little strings here and there and if you mess up too bad on your lines, the more you sew on them the better they look. They were actually a JOY to make with each one being different and unplanned, just putting pieces of material together as I went. 

I like to surround myself with things that inspire me and make me happy. These Art Pads are colorful and imperfect, a lot like a collage (Inspiring). Useful, and reminds me of journal pages (Happy). 

Teesha encouraged me to try making them. I am pretty proud of them since my sewing machine is still quite foreign to me. I do love the results and it is a lot like doing a fabric collage.

Thank you for stopping and I hope you do something YOU Love today!

Thursday, October 15, 2015


My birds are singing songs of Joy and so am I. More orders are flying in and Zetti birds are hatching all over my studio! No complaints here, I love and adore making them.
When I think of Zetti, I think of magical, whimsical, other worlds, possibilities, childlike fun, and of course Teesha Moore, my Zetti hero.  It wasn‘t until I first saw Teesha Moore’s art that I knew there was a name for the kind of art that “doodlers” do when their mind is allowed to roam free. I have always found it very hard to sit still if my mind is not completely absorbed in what I am doing. So when I find myself in an environment where I must sit still and quiet, I am most likely drawing and doodling on whatever paper I can find in front of me. When I first learned of the art of Zetti, I was mesmerized and completely in love with this magical playground.  

“Zetti Birds are birds of another feather”. I never duplicate any of my work, and most of my Zetti birds will always have a spot somewhere on their perch where I can write an encouraging quote or scripture.  It’s certainly my desire that my Zetti bird assemblages will be admired for the amazing art of Zetti , but I hope they will also bring encouragement, inspiration and joy to the receiver of  them. The world is definitely a changing place and every day I see people who are tired, their bags are heavy, their load is big and that can sometimes make you feel very small and insignificant.  I have learned by sharing my art with others that “Little things are truly BIG”. 

Some of these birds are available in my Etsy shop and some are flying to a new home. More birds are nesting on my work table waiting for completion and will be flying out to new destinations very soon. 

More random Fall posts coming... I hope your Fall is beautiful, full of good change and Joy! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


I am so behind on my blog and happy and thrilled to the Moon that Fall has arrived. Brisk air, Fall colors, stars, happy smells and attitude adjustments are happening everywhere! So much to take in and love about Fall and all that follows her!  I am busy to my ears in the studio and loving it and I will be quick posting Fall happenings at random to share what's going on in my part of the world.

I finished the covers (back and front) of two art journals and now they are ready to play in. I am not sure how most people do it, but I like to do my covers first instead of last. Looking at the covers seem to invite and inspire me to open up the books and play!

                                     This is the front of one

                                          And the back side 

                 Number two art journal cover

        And the backside of number two art journal..
    I truly believe that "Honey does make the world go around" 

Some elements used from Teesha Moore, Mischief Circus/Nancy Baumiller, and Art Tea Life.

Thank you ever so much for stopping by.
Check by soon for more Fall Happenings!! XO

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


When time permits, I love to browse Etsy shops just to see what's new on the horizon. That is when I saw this reproduction of an antique Santos Cage Doll. I didn't mind that she was a reproduction and that there would be others just like her for sale, because as soon as I saw her, visions of Sugar Plums danced in my head. I knew right away that I as going to alter her entire appearance and that there would be only one just like her when I was finished.

This is her original appearance when I purchased her. She was not meant to be altered, this is what she would have looked like in her day. I just envisioned her to look a little more saintly, more distressed, chippy and regal. I had no idea what I was going to do but that is the kind of projects I love. She stands 22" tall with her crown.

The first thing I did was to give her a good sanding all over rubbing off the original color different places and leaving patches here and there including her face. Then I went to town with paint and then more sanding. I altered her eyes to make them bigger and used a bit of antiquing in places on her face and other areas of her body to make her look older. The best part was using crackle heavy in areas so that it would even chip and crack off.

Her crown was part of a larger crown that I cut and made smaller adding jewels, antiqued crosses and jewelry findings, then antiquing the entire crown after it was finished.

Her breast plate is a gold Dresden embossed foil cut out that was gifted to me by a sweet friend in a pocket page. I never antiqued one before but I think it came out beautiful and looks like it might be bronze or metal. 

I added a vintage rosary with crystals and a necklace I made with a vintage looking locket and a very old skeleton key with a diamond cuff.

 I found these awesome tin wings at "A Vintage Season" on Etsy. I antiqued them as well and I was really pleased with the results and how well they fit her. The butterfly is also a Dresden foil that I antiqued.

 I already had this awesome metal ex-voto flaming heart on a stand that fit perfectly in her cage, adding a little gold leaf to the flame.



Thank you for stopping in and checking out my latest project. 
I hope you will visit again soon, there are some "Zetti Birds flying around my studio right now!