Friday, August 21, 2015


I bought this China hutch a couple of years ago from a neighbor who was downsizing, with the intention of painting it black.  Well, that didn't happen, I just couldn't bring myself to go to that much work (besides I am the world's worst painter).  So here it sat, oversized and out of place, plus hubby HATED it but being the patient husband that he is he kept the grumbling to a minimum.
I really loved the amount of storage it had, lots of dishes, linens and decorations were stored in the bottom drawers and cupboards.
However, I never could bring myself to fall in love with it.  I am sure in its day it was a very sought after piece but let's face it, it had gone out with the previous century.
This is what my heart truly was yearning for.  A simple black beauty that is like Goldilocks in the baby bears bed,  it is JUST RIGHT!
Oh the fun I will have decorating it for each holiday and season.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Mixed media art, from what I understand, is using different forms of art and combining them to create an art piece. 
This is the inspiration piece that I used to create my own design. 
 (I was unable to track the original source from where it was posted on Pinterest, it only led to the Flicker where it was pinned from.)
This is my version. 
I started by tearing pages out of an old paperback book, inking the edges and then glued them to the board.  Next I cut the petals (about 24 of them) out of scrapbook paper along with two circles for the center. NOTE: I didn't try to match any of the papers for the petals, I just grabbed what I had and started cutting.   I cut the stem and leaves also out of scrapbook paper and used an ink pad along all the edges of the paper.  Next I glued those all where I liked them and then tore small rectangular pieces of scrapbook paper for the words to go on.  I hand wrote the words using a black Sharpie, inked the edges and glued them in place.  Finally, I took a small glue stick and dipped it in black paint to create the dots along the edges.
It sure was a nice change from just cutting vinyl lettering and making signs.  I really need to venture out and try new techniques, it's refreshing.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


adjective: creative
  1. 1.
    relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
I guess that would describe me (well, except for that little 'original idea' thing).  Let's just say that I get "INSPIRED"  by other people's work.
Today's post is about a few little creations I have been working on this summer in order to keep up with the sale of said items in a local salon.  I have also been itching to get some fall and Halloween items going too.

We have quite a few hobby farmers in our area so the farm related signs have sold well.

I'm loving this pumpkin set, I think I need to make a few more of them to sell.
Again, the farm theme.
Creative adventures keep me out of trouble.  Besides, like I tell my hubby, my hobby supports itself.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Hubby and I just spent seven glorious, lazy, relaxing and fun filled days camping in our favorite getaway in the mountains.
Yep, life is good.


 The Cispis river is near where we camp and is running quite milky from glacier runoff.

 Hubby relaxing and catching up on some reading.
I was able to do some zentangle drawing and had fun drawing these trees.
This is a small tributary that flows into the Cispis river.  It was a nice little place to cool off in.
I took all of these photo's with my cell phone so they weren't very clear but I wanted to post a picture of our dog Paige, who mind you is not real fond of water, but found this little stream to be quite enjoyable.

Wildflowers were abundant...

 and huckleberries too.
I highly recommend getting away where there is very limited internet or cell phone access, it rejuvenates the body and soul.

Friday, July 10, 2015


July Odds & Ends
"The dog days of summer"
"Happy Birthday America"
"Blossoms & Birds"

 "Sun Dried Sheets"

"Venus & Jupiter Showing Off:

"Blue Moon"
{July will have 2 full moons this year, this is the first one}

"Beautiful Mimosa"