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Wednesday, February 10

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

As a family we love watching Diner's, Drive In's and Dives. I'm not really a fan of the host, but I do love seeing the places they visit across the country. While I was in California last month I found that a few of my friends also love that show. So we found a Dive that was in walking distance of our hotel.

And it was AWESOME. My friend Mandy really loved her salad.

And so fun to bring the printed menu home to my family. I don't remember what I ordered, something Carne Asada -- but it WAS delicious and very filling. 

My family was so happy that I was able to go there they sent me a special text. ha ha.

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day.

Tuesday, February 9

the Be Series #3

The Be Series. Always inspirational.

Often profound.

Always creative.

But mostly a silly little activity to keep me busy when I'm waiting for something big to happen. Like a red eye flight home from Anaheim, California. 

Have a great day everyone, just be. Ok. Be something. But always be you.

Sunday, February 7

the Be Series #2

The Be Series are simple little inspirational bits of advice that have the word Be in them. Anywhere. Beginning. Middle. End. Sometimes real quotes from famous people but most likely silly little quips that just jump inside my head.

Often real.

Often funny.

But always helpful.

Thanks for dropping by today. Have a great day!

Friday, February 5

the Be Series #1

When I went to the Craft + Hobby Association meeting I picked up this little Strathmore Journal at a dinner and couldn't wait to fill it with quick little sketches.

As I waited for my shuttle to head back to Maine I started filling the pages, they were 4" x 6" so they were fast little drawings.

And the Be Series was born.

Wednesday, February 3


I saw these words on a pencil and they really stuck with me. 

I'm going to frame it and put it next to my bathroom mirror.  Have a great day, and remember to smile, your face is prettier when you do.

Monday, February 1

Give those Rejects Time

Back in December I was working on my Creative Jumpstart video -- had limited time -- and was sick. Like super sick with a stomach ailment. I was tired. Stressed. Uninspired. Rushed.

You name it. This was one of my rejects.

Today I like it. Well, this part of it anyway. I cut the really ugly other part off and burned it.

What's the moral of the story? If you create something that you don't really like, just walk away for a while and when you come back you might feel differently about it -- or parts of it.

Thanks for dropping by today, have a great day!

Saturday, January 30

Being a Parent

Being a parent is so rewarding. Most of the time anyway.

Like when your kid plays with the Symphony and gets all dressed in a tuxedo and stuff.

Friday, January 29

My Project for 2016

I'm working on a new book for 2016. Not sure that I will fill all the pages in a year, but I'm gonna work as often as I can to to add art and words to this lovely blank book.

I will probably even add some stamped pages.

Oh wait, I already did.

I love my new Strawberry stamp from Art Gone Wild.

I also plan to add lots of sketches and qoutes that I love.

Maybe some color, but maybe not.

I also plan on dreaming big this year.

Because, why not.

P.S. I love my new beetle stamp. And honestly, I didn't even see the heart on his back until I started coloring this one in.

Big things -- yup they do start small.

And, they often start with cupcakes.

And sweet strawberries.

So why not.

What's your project for this year? Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 28

New Art Gone Wild Stamps, Part 4

In case you couldn't tell, I love drawing flowers. I have a lot of perennial gardens and am always inspired by the uniqueness of each flower. I don't often pick them, instead sitting outside on my porch or on a rock in the garden enjoying how they smell and the beauty of each flower.

Also, I love butterflies.

The way Michelle Pearson colored this one makes me pretty happy, I love the blue and purple together!

Oh, and here I am with all of them! Have a great day, I have one more stamp post for you, coming soon.

Wednesday, January 27

New Stamps from Art Gone Wild, Part 3

For all you stampers out there, I think the stamps I've drawn for Art Gone Wild over the last few years offer a nice range of diversity. I started with flowers and some fun paisley designs and have progressed to more flowers, some abstract items and now mushrooms, cakes and cupcakes to some pretty cool bugs.

I really like that they have stretched me out of my comfort zone, but it's been hard that's for sure. 

And maybe even a little frustrating. 

But in the end, I really love what I've been able to bring to the stamping community. Especially the bug lovers. Yup, that dragonfly down there really makes me happy.

Just one more post about new stamps and then I'm done for a while -- well only until I have time to start creating with them that is! I miss having time to make videos to show you how I create -- I need to make that a top priority that's for sure!

Have a wonderful day, thank you for dropping by.

Tuesday, January 26

New Art Gone Wild Stamps, Part 2

It's always a thrill for me to see my stamps in action, and mostly to see how other artists see and use them. In this case, samples were made for the Craft + Hobby Association Meeting in January and AGW had a card maker make samples using my stamps.

( If you click on the photos below the photos below the link will take you over to the Art Gone Wild website so you can see the stamp! )

I so love her use of color.

And how she added stitching and fussy cutting to many of them.

They turned out so lovely, I wish I could color with Copic Markers like this!

I am especially in love with the strawberries. They remind me of the many years that my Mom and I have gone strawberry picking together - and the hundreds of batches of strawberry jam I've made over the years.

And this one, well. It's one of my favorite and it simply makes me happy.

Thank you Michelle Pearson, for making my stamps look so beautiful! I am honored that you created such amazing cards with them!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day.

Monday, January 25

New Stamps from Art Gone Wild

This year Art Gone Wild had an amazing card maker create samples using my stamps. I'm not much into cards these days, so seeing how someone else uses them is such a breath of fresh air. My first love is art journaling -- which is always where I see my work.

They even had a great show special, which I think was pretty popular.

The stamps below are from the stamps we released last summer. I just love that large mushroom!

I'll be sharing some of the individual stamps over the next few days! Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, January 24

Doing what I do, New Stamps + Old Friends

Last month was the Craft + Hobby Association Meeting in Anaheim, California. I went with Momenta -- I taught a class, presented some new product on the Create + Craft Show and demo'd their new products for the rest of the show.

Here I am demoing the new Luxe Paint from Art-C, and that's my friend Tasha in the background. We work together at Momenta, she is the Director of Product Development.

Oh, and I got to see my new stamps with Art Gone Wild, and I love the cards they had made for the show. The gal they hired did an amazing job with them. I'll show you some more photos in a few days!

And what I love most about the show is seeing old friends, like the sweetest Nat Kalbach. We've been friends in this industry since 2005 -- maybe it was 2006. I can't remember exactly but she's a great creative friend that I always love spending time with!

Saturday, January 23

Intuitive Painting with Jenny Doh, Part 2

We painted 2 paintings in the Painting by Heart class with Jenny Doh. This was my second hot mess -- or that's what I thought of it before lunch.

It had some spots that I loved. Like the x's.

And this little spot of neon pink flowers and leaves.

But mostly it was a mess.

I have never had an art teacher be so open from her heart, with her process, her painting and with her art as Jenny Doh. I was inspired by a painting she had done that was on display in her studio -- and she walked me through it -- STEP by STEP to recreate it on my canvas.

We shared the paint, the paintbrush and painted side by side, step by step -- for the last hour of the day so that I could learn her process to paint this amazing bouquet of flowers. Thinking back on that golden hour in her studio really makes me a little teary at how open and amazing it was to learn from her. 

Now, if I can just find the time to do it at home!