2017, Find your style and then run with it.

I want my home to be pretty, comfortable, and welcoming.  I feel that way about my clothes, shoes, and art. The stack of dishes is a fair representation of my life. Things, used, but not used up; trying to serve a dozen purposes & stacked off kilter. Displayed in a glass case, transparent, functional, simpleContinue reading “2017, Find your style and then run with it.”

Painting with fabric; tiny fabric houses in jars.

I paint with fabric. Make-believe is real. I imagine and create (happy people in) tiny, quirky houses. Breakfast is ready when you wake up, naps are encouraged- this is what I think about when I sew a tiny house. Here we ride bikes with friends til the street lights come on. Perpetually age 7 (withContinue reading “Painting with fabric; tiny fabric houses in jars.”

Sand, distress and wax a vintage, painted wood dresser!

I am always on the lookout for interesting, vintage, wood furniture. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to find a vintage sideboard that was painted a high gloss black. Loved that it was tall, skinny, painted and had the wooden spacers in the drawers for organizing socks, etc.I discovered it on a weekly visitContinue reading “Sand, distress and wax a vintage, painted wood dresser!”

Up-cycle a chandelier with paint, ribbon and vintage jewelry

Paint in proper area: To reach all areas of a chandelier, hanging it prior to painting is helpful. Consider a post or tree limb to hang from. Protect surfaces with cardboard or plastic wrap. I used shopping bags and garbage bags. Prepare to paint: Remove any chains, crystals, globes and bulbs. Wrap or tape areasContinue reading “Up-cycle a chandelier with paint, ribbon and vintage jewelry”

Day out with Thomas, round 2.

My son fell in love with Thomas the Tank Engine as a toddler 14 years ago. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to take him to see and ride Thomas at that time. My daughter was 6 years older than my son, and not interested, but went along. As a grammy to my daughter’sContinue reading “Day out with Thomas, round 2.”

Sweet 1st anniversary gift: paper house painting

Last week I was excited to work on a darling little house portrait for a young couple celebrating their first anniversary of marriage.I love using Etsy to sell online, because I get to paint for people outside of my circle of friends and family. An order from a stranger that found your work online isContinue reading “Sweet 1st anniversary gift: paper house painting”

Wear your art! Create charms using resin, glass charms, bezels and your artwork.

Jewelry & baubles catch the eye! I wear my art as often as I can!  A necklace or charm bracelet that catches the eye is an effortless way to spark a conversation. When a woman compliments your jewelry, the first question is “Where did you get it?”  OR “Where can I get one?” “Thanks, IContinue reading “Wear your art! Create charms using resin, glass charms, bezels and your artwork.”

Afternoon “porch spiffy”, before and after

I am not “outdoorsy”. I like temperature controlled atmospheres, I admit. But last weekend was one of the rare, perfect spring days a Kansas girl gets. And that means immediate makeover gratification. I NEEDED to paint something and to be outside – all of a sudden! Before: with a few good bones. I happened toContinue reading “Afternoon “porch spiffy”, before and after”

Large, offset quilt blocks, sewing potholders & scrappy pillows from fabric scraps.

Twice last month, my dear friend, Jackie Clark hosted sewing days in her lovely home studio. It is such a gift to be invited to sew with someone who loves it and has a dedicated space for sewing! We were treated to snacks and lunch and all the sewing we could accomplish in a day.Continue reading “Large, offset quilt blocks, sewing potholders & scrappy pillows from fabric scraps.”

Watercolor house portrait: Falling in love with a vintage Victory House cottage

I have an amazing, return client that gives my house portraits as gifts for all kinds of occasions. She keeps me busy! Her most recent order was to recreate a portrait of her mother’s childhood home for upcoming Mother’s Day gift. I loved hearing the history of the home. Until this order, I had neverContinue reading “Watercolor house portrait: Falling in love with a vintage Victory House cottage”