Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

For You...

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative holiday season!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Around The House

                                                 vintage flocked reindeer 

vintage brass deer

                                                     little red reindeer

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Around The House

This year I took the time to clean out the decorations I don't use anymore.  It felt good to pass some pieces along to my kids and to donate the others.  My daughter gave me this Cody Foster house several years ago, I love it!!!

I continue to decorate with old and new, check out the old sleigh on the top shelf.  Also the elves in the next picture.

Since I cleared out everything but my absolute favorites it doesn't feel so cluttered around the house.  I'll show a few more decorating ideas before Christmas gets here.  ♥♥♥

Saturday, November 19, 2011

In The Studio

It's been a few weeks since I last completed an art piece, so finally here's a new one.  I've been antiquing and decorating my house recently so I'll be posting pictures in the following weeks of all my found "treasures".  Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone.   ♥♥♥

Friday, October 28, 2011

In The Studio

I decided to try and finish all the half-completed projects sitting around my studio, it would be wonderful to have the extra space....yes, I have that many unfinished pieces sitting around!!!  It's been several years since I last worked on a shadow box, so I had to dust this one off  before I could work on it again.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out, I love the vintage Japan figurines, the boys are soooo cute.  Have a great weekend and "Go Play".   ♥♥♥

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In The Studio

As you can tell I love babies, wings, birds, nests and flowers, they appear in many of my art pieces.  I say do or make what brings a smile to your face, be happy!!!  ♥♥♥

Saturday, October 15, 2011

In The Studio

"Autumn" House
"Farm" House

I've been racking my brain trying to come up with an idea, something fun and playful for my art. Finally, late one night it hit me, we all love our homes so why not make a variety of special houses.  Sooooo here's a sample of my new series "Houses".  Hope you enjoy!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

For You...

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative weekend!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In The Studio

Do you ever look at a piece of art you've finished and days or weeks or months later look at it again and think it's not quite what you wanted???  Usually this happens when I try to finish something too quickly and by the way, why do I think I have to finish it quickly in the first place?

Here's an example of a piece I wanted to make changes to (the original is in the previous post).  I liked my first version but felt the wings were too dark, not what I'd planned when I first laid it out so I changed them.  But you know how it is, once you make that first change more changes are bound to happen.  I decided the wording wasn't quite right so I changed that...then the little one needed a hat, took care of that...and finally I felt the little nest needed to be softened and highlighted...found the perfect feather and ta-da it was done!  I loved the pretty butterfly pin in the first version but after my changes I didn't feel it worked anymore.  So what do you think, version 1 or version 2 (but of course there's no way to go back to version 1 but always a chance for version 3)!!! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In The Studio

It's been a busy week but I've been able to finish a few pieces, this is one of my favorites.  I found the butterfly pin in a box of jewelry I had stashed away, the colors worked perfectly for this piece.  ♥♥♥

Friday, September 2, 2011

In The Studio

I started this piece last year in a class I took from Brandie Butcher-Isley.  As I was digging through a cupboard the other day I came across it sitting there looking so sad. I decided I needed to finish it up...looks much better now!  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In The Studio

Finished another piece last night.  Makes me dream of a relaxing vacation in PARADISE!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In The Studio

After 2 years of trips to the ER and 5 hospitalizations my doctor's finally did a test to determine how my gallbladder was wasn't (no surprise to me)!!!  My gallbladder was taken out last Friday so I'm home recuperating.  Since I'm suppose to take it easy I figured I could stand in my studio and work on art.  Well I managed to finish this piece but was tired afterwards, guess I'll have to rethink that one!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Studio

I've had several friends ask if I could show my pages from the Winter 2010 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Magazine since they missed it on the newstand.  Well here it is, that's me working on a mermaid compact.  I was so pleased to share my studio with everyone but I have to admit I've made changes in the past year and it's certainly not as clean as it appears in the magazine!  Since my space is small I have to come up with unique storage ideas, as you can see I've incorporated my pottery collection into brush, paint and glitter holders.  I'll share more of my storage solutions in the future with additional pictures of the space.

Monday, July 4, 2011

For You.....

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative 4th of July!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In The Studio

I'm having so much fun in my studio right now!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In The Studio

Hope everyone enjoys a safe, peaceful vacation this summer.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

In The Studio

Just enough time to finish one more patriotic piece before the 4th!  Have a wonderful holiday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In The Studio

Happy Flag Day!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

History In Review

I created this tin in 2008 for a trade with a special friend! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In The Studio

I finished this piece today.  I went a little crazy creating texture in the sand but I like the results.  I'm in the mood for the beach....or lake.....or swimming pool, actually anywhere I can sit back and relax with the sun on my face! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

For You.....

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In The Studio

A whole day to work in my studio, oh boy did I love that, finished "The Circus"!  Hope you enjoyed a fun day too!!!!!!  I used images from AlteredArtifacts.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day!!! 

Friday, May 6, 2011

History in Review

Two years ago I made this tin for my in-laws 60th wedding anniversary.  They'll be celebrating 62 years in a week...WOW, that's something isn't it!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Wedding

Well it's official, we'll be planning a "royal wedding" next year.  Our daughter is getting married next July.  After visiting many, many, soooooo many possible reception sites we've finally booked The Temple For Performing Arts, a beautifully restored historic building downtown.  Isn't it Beautiful!!!!  My daughter doesn't  like to make decisions so she's leaving the decorating "mostly" up to me.......ohhhhh this could be a lot of fun....or a lot of stress!!!!!  So I'm asking, what ideas do you have for an elegant wedding????? 

Monday, April 25, 2011

For You.......

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In The Studio

I have a nice selection of baby cabinet cards, just warning you there will be a few more pieces with these cute little faces!!!!

In The Studio

5x5 Mixed Media Collage, "Hidden Oasis".  I'm so happy to be back in the studio again, my brain won't quiet down...ideas, ideas, ideas!!!!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

In The Studio

I was able to enjoy another fun day in the studio.  I'm sending her to my etsy store, I'm sure she'll find a "Beautiful" home.  :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In The Studio

I finished this little lady yesterday.  I was so pleased with the colors, I've had fun experimenting with ink. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Found Treasure

I treated myself to a "shopping day" last week, boy did I need it!  Most of my shopping lately has been running errands to restock household items but this trip was for fun.  I went to my favorite antique store "Brass Armadillo" and left with several sacks full of treasure and to my amazement spent less than $85.  My favorite find was this beautiful, fun lamp.  Hope you get a fun shopping day soon!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Found Treasure

Years ago Mom and Dad received 2 of these clocks as wedding gifts.  Stored away in the basement we found them still in their original boxes, perfect my sister and I each got one.   I have mine sitting in my Studio along with a shell paper weight from Mom's collection.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Found Treasure

A few more treasures I've found at mom and dad's while cleaning out the basement with my sister.  A gray Russell Wright platter and oval serving bowl, a gold trimmed coffee caraffe and a diamond shaped Criterion wall art piece.  With a little soap and water they look good as new!  Ohhhhh there's so much more to show I just need time to clean everything. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

For You.....

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative day!

Friday, March 25, 2011

In The Studio

5x5 Mixed Media Collage.  I love the sweet, little girl image.  I used vintage plastic flowers with Swarovski crystals to add a little dimension to this piece.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Around the House

Sneak Peek........As I continue decorating the Grand Room I'm surprised by all the "perfect" items I run across for the room.  Last summer my sister and I took the day off to have some fun.  The fun was the annual Highway 141 Garage Sale, an amazing number of  homes/towns participate along a 100 mile stretch.  Of course Debbie and I never make it that far, in fact we barely make it 25 miles before her car is filled to the brim.  I've found vintage jewelry, cabinet cards, pyrex bowls, and one of my favorite finds was this clock, it looks great in the Grand Room and I love the rustic warmth it adds.

A favorite shop of mine is The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall.  I love spending hours there looking in every nook and cranny (of course those "hours" don't happen very often).  Grandpa occasionally goes with me and when he's finished looking around he'll sit back and look through the books they sell.  One weekend we were walking down an aisle when I spotted this table or should I say chunk of tree turned into a table......I love it!  It's perfect for the little munchkin to use when she's old enough, it has a flat, sealed surface.  I have two wooden chairs that fit, what a fun find!!!!!   I have just a few more things to add to the room and then it'll be finished (until I decide I want to change things!).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Help Find A Cure

I know a wonderful young lady who participates in normal daily activities such as school, homework, sports but also has regular doctor's visits, takes a lot of medicine and watches for any sign her lungs/body aren't functioning right, her name is Andrea and she has Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. 

Each year we make donations to our favorite causes and every one of them is important in helping find a Cure.  But bringing awareness to these causes is also important, that's why I'm posting this.  Cystic Fibrosis is a cause I've been supporting for years, they've made progress in their research but as always there's more to be done.  We're working and fighting for a Cure, so if you're interested in a worthy cause this is it.
GREAT STRIDES is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest and most successful national fundraising event. Making a donation is easy and secure! Your generous gift will be used efficiently and effectively, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education.  Just click the "Donate Now" button on my side bar to make a donation that will be credited to the ANDREA'S ANGELS team. Any amount donated is greatly appreciated! Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with CF! Thank you for supporting the mission of the CF Foundation and GREAT STRIDES! To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit