Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013


Why do I get this long space before the pictures?....keep scrolling down to see what's up!!  There she goes...on her way to Amsterdam!!

Mary Ann Moss that is!

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Yes, we've been inspired by another artist teacher and well on our way to more creativity and ideas. With new ideas swimming in my head here are a few goodies found around local shops with old stuff that I plan to use someway in new visual journals. Thank you Mary Ann Moss for your artistic mind and direction in the journaling process.  I've learned so much!  Also here are the cards I made "mail art" to mail to each member of our class exchange.  And a book I found of old stencils.  And albums to turn into journals etc.  The fabric is old and beautiful. Was that Mary Ann in the buggy on her way to Amsterdam?!  That trip will mean a new class I hope!!! God's blessings to you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


I bought some COPIC sketch markers last year or two ago and didn't like how dark they were, so I packed them away!  Mary Ann Moss of dispatchfromla.typepad has been talking about them and uses them in her beautiful work!  So I retried them and really like the very light colors I have and will order a few more!! You can layer the colors building deeper, mixed or toned down colors. Which paper to use is another post completely and I am researching that.  I have used regular sketch paper/90lb here. Hope you enjoy this.  The quote was on one of my very favorite artists and past teachers called MYSTELE.   

The Initials AMP stands for Amplified translation....of that particular proverb. I like the way it reads....

Sunday, August 11, 2013


This pieced wonder is kind of a doll with a gathered tissue skirt....all sewn!


Here is a roll of photos taken today. Trying to finish the last project although MUST design some kind of lantern that works!!  This effort is almost a lantern but a little quirky.  I used cheap patterned Wal Mart craft paper to experiment.  Eh!?  Anyway enjoy and stay tuned!!  Next week I think I may be going to VENICE.....a new class!  Check it out!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

BOO HOO! LAST PROJECT?...no it isn't!!

We have DO ANOTHER PROJECT I'll post next week, hopefully more pinwheels and diamonds.....but different!!!  YAY!!  LOVE THIS CLASS....Peyton loves her journal to take home!!  Grand daughter's journal with her art below!!

The brush was cut out then sewed on the page....everything in this journal is SEWN on....

The wonderful and fun class by Mary Ann Moss called SEWN has finished but what you learn continues and continues. SOOO.... With my grand daughter here we doodled five pages of card stock each. Then she picked the diamond and we cut them all out. Then she arranged them then I sewed them into her journal cover. Also I made her two signatures using all the scraps into inspiration pages for her to finish when she wants to paint or doodle.  She IS an artist...age seven and quite accomplished!!!  So here is another result of learning to sew paper!! Looks like I'll be saving a lot of mod podge since I now sew it all on the page!! Woo HOO!!! Thank you Mary Ann Moss!!!! Blessings to you!!