Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I wish all my family and friends a very Happy, Healthy, & Safe Thanksgiving!!

Miss having the house full with our extended family this year but so blessed and thankful that all of our boys will be here with us today and through the weekend!

I'm beyond BLESSED with an amazing husband that supports me in ALL that I do! He is my biggest cheerleader and advisor not to mention my best friend in the whole wide world!  I am BLESSED with three amazing young men that we're so incredibly proud of!!
I'm BLESSED with family on both sides that are grounded and supportive and ever so loving!!
I'm BLESSED to have some incredibly talented and amazing FRIENDS! Friends that love me in my good times and bad!

If you are travelling today I hope you have safe travels! Enjoy time spent with family and friends not only today but always! Life is way too short to get hung up on the little things when true relationships really are what's important. They take work and if they are worth it you'll make the effort! Be Blessed! Be Happy! Be Thankful and Grateful today and always!

Smiles & Hugs,

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Keurig Cup RePurposed!

Not to long ago some friends and I were at a painting convention and getting our coffee made in our Keurig machines that we brought along and pondered the thought ~ there has to be something we can make with these cups instead of throwing them all away!
A creative thought popped into my head this week when I made my son some hot chocolate - I gathered all my supplies (listed below) and I wanted to share with y'all something you can easily create using those throw away Keurig cups ~ a snowman hat!!

Supplies Needed:

1. Keurig cup ( the ones with coffee in them have a filter so make sure you clean out the inside really well. I love that there is a hole already punched by the machine which makes it easy to hang!

2. DecoArt(R) Multi-Surface Satin Paint(TM) ~

DA539   Black Tie
DA500   Cottonball
DA506   Lipstick
DA504   Flamingo
DA511   Pumpkin Patch
DA510   Orange Sherbet

3. Ornaments

4. Sponge

5. Paint Brushes ~ #8 Flat & #2 Script Liner

6. Ribbon

7. Holiday Buttons - I used a snowflake and holly & berries cluster  (you can get these at any craft store - I got mine at Hobby Lobby)

8. Glue Gun/ Glue Sticks
9. DecoArt(R) Glamour Dust (TM) 

1. After you've made your nice cup of hot chocolate or coffee - remove the foil lid and clean the inside out. Dry well.

2. Load sponge with Black Tie and paint cup. Set aside to dry or to speed things up use a hair dryer.
3. Paint face on ornaments - check out Jamie Mills Price faces - she paints the most adorable & sweet faces.  Paint the eyes like watermelon seeds using the #2 Script liner loaded with Black Tie.
4. Paint sides of mouth again using the liner brush loaded with Black Tie. This will give help give you placement for the mouth.
5. Start with brush in the middle of the line on the left and bring brush over to the line on the right - slightly applying pressure near the bottom of the mouth.
6. Add eyebrows and lashes using just the tip of the brush with little to no pressure. It also helps to have very little paint on the brush when you paint these small lines. Make sure the handle of the brush is straight up and down and you are using only the tip of the bristles.
7. I painted a clear one as well but really like the way it looks on the white ornaments!  Wash liner brush out, dry off and load with Cottonball.  Dot eyes with a large dot and one or two smaller dots next to that large dot.  Paint small highlight on eyebrows and mouth as shown - again using just the tip of the brush with little to no pressure on the bristles.

8. Mix a touch of Flamingo with Cottonball to make a nice shade of pink for the cheeks. You could use a sponge dauber if you desire but I like to use my index finger to apply the cheeks.
9.  Tap the cheeks on using your finger. Make sure to not go over it and over it - you will start to lift the paint.
10.  Jamie Mills Price does these adorable oval button noses on snowmen! Love them and the cuteness it gives the snowmen.  Load #2 Script Liner with Pumpkin Patch and paint oval for nose. Pick up a touch of Orange Sherbet and paint over the oval but leave a border of the Pumpkin Patch showing.
11.  OR you can give the snowman a traditional carrot nose. Load #2 Script Liner with Pumpkin Patch and start with a "C" where the nose is going to start and paint a wavy long triangle using the tip of the brush - fill in. Load liner with Orange Sherbet and paint over the nose but leave a border all the way around the nose showing the Pumpkin Patch color you first painted on.
12. Eyes, mouth, eyebrows, cheeks can all be highlighted with a touch of Cottonball using the liner brush.
13.  Load #8 Flat with Cottonball and paint rim around cup. Most of them already have this raised area so it's perfect for the scarf placement. If you aren't getting great coverage - don't keep going over it - dry it with the blow dryer. We're just painting white on the black so that our Lipstick color will pop!
14. After the white has dried load #8 Flat with Lipstick and paint over the white scarf. While wet sprinkle with Glamour Dust as shown in picture below. Let completely dry and then brush the excess glitter off the hat using a dry brush.
15.  Put a small drop of Hot Glue where you want the snowflake to go and press into place. The cup didn't melt on me but sometimes hot glue can cause that to happen so just make sure to use a touch of the hot glue. E6000 will work great too if you don't have a glue gun.  

16. Add a drop of hot glue in the middle of the snowflake and add the holly & berries button.
17. Push ribbon through the hole and tie a know. I added at touch of hot glue on the inside to keep the ribbon from pulling through - although the hole is quite small it most likely won't happen - but did it just in case. 
18.  I wanted the hat to be a little off to the side so one side is touching the hole in the top of the ornament. Where that touches - add a drop of hot glue. Add a small touch of hot glue to the bottom on the other side of the hat and press onto ornament. Let dry and hang!
Hope you'll give these a try!! If you do share some pictures with me on my Facebook Page ~

Have you seen the soldiers made out of flower pots? How cute would these be made out of the used Keurig cups and made into ornaments or table decorations!

Have fun creating and HAPPY PAINTING!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Basic Strokes Art Journaling Class
We had so much fun at our Basic Strokes Art Journaling Class last week!
We painted evergreen sprigs, pinecones and ribbon!
It's hard to believe this was the 10th class in my BSAJC series!! Sometimes it's hard to go back to the basics but when I do and when I teach my students we always learn something new - or maybe because of our age we just relearn what we've gotten out of the habit of doing!

Back row (L to R): Pat, Barb, Susan, Dee, Roz, & Sherry
Sitting (L to R): Sue and Mary

Gloria and Jennifer came in the evening to paint with me!

I am blessed beyond words that these ladies take time out of their busy lives and come and paint with me!  I'm blessed that I get to share what I love to do with others! Very humbled and very thankful!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Basic Strokes Art Journaling Class

Had a wonderful class earlier this month painting Fall Icons using basic strokes in our art journals.
Hard to believe this was our 9th class in this series and I'm so excited to see so many continue to come month after month and fill their book with great basic strokes that they can use in so many things in their decorative painting journey!

Patty, Sue, Dee, Deborah, Fran, Sherry, and Roz

Gloria, Charlotte, Cheryl, and Jennifer

Have a BLESSED day!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


A Day To Not Forget
A Lot Of Things

Twelve years ago today I was walking around the track at the base gym on Offutt AFB in Nebraska with my friend Beth. As we passed the large screen TV's we see a building on fire and wondered what was going on - we continued to walk and as we neared the TV's again we stopped to watch as the second plane hit the next tower and someone on the treadmill told us what was going on.   Beth and I immediately left the gym, I went to the commissary on base as I needed milk and there was NO ONE there - seemed strange for a store that was always busy. As I'm walking back to get milk, a worker came running through the store saying that the Pentagon had been hit and there was still another plane out there they couldn't find.
A panic ran through my body, I wanted to go and get my children out of school and I wanted to talk to my husband who was in a remote location on an exercise and I hadn't seen or spoken to him for days already and I just wanted to hear his voice.  I knew their AF mission had just changed from an exercise to real life situation and I was just hoping that I'd get a call to let me know he was fine. They allowed them to call family briefly and he assured me he was fine but wasn't sure when he'd be home.

I got home, immediately turned on the TV and sat there in shock as the footage of the Pentagon was on, they were split screen and showing footage of people outside the towers and then the news came over about United Flt. 93.   I sat there paralyzed almost as I watched in disbelief and just sad at what was happening.  I called my parents who at the time were living in Germany and luckily got to chat with my dad. I think I sat in my gym clothes the rest of the day watching the TV. Seeing the horror of people jumping to their death and I just remember praying a lot that people were able to get out and that the death toll would be minimal.  I had to leave and get my children from school and I hated to leave the TV but again wanted my babies and wanted to hug them and just be with them.

I remember thinking this day will forever change our Nation. I remember seeing the flags flying everywhere (which on a base wasn't unusual). I remember hoping that that feeling of being UNITED would last and change people. I think it did for many. However, I think we get caught up in the day to day busy-ness of life and we tend to fall back into our usual way of living. 

I think today is important to remember and never forget this tragic day in our Nations history, but I also think it's important that DAILY we're reminded that it doesn't take much to smile as you pass someone, extend a simple 'hello' how are you today?, open the door for the person behind you, or to put your flag outside because you are proud to be an American and not just because it's a day to remember a national tragedy.  It's about human kindness. It's about taking our eyes off ourselves and seeing others. It's about being the person God intended us to be and to show compassion, gentleness and grace to others.

So on this day, I hope you'll not only remember those fallen and hope and pray that nothing like this ever happens again in our Nation but also to SMILE, say hello as you pass someone by, hold a door open for the person behind you and remember that we're only here for a limited time and it's so much more enjoyable when we take our eyes off ourselves and see others in our day to day lives and extend a small gesture that could be the one thing they might need that day!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

 wOils Seascape Painting Workshop
Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending all day with 4 amazing ladies!! We painted the seascape I designed earlier this year in wOils and had a BLAST spending the day together and painting!







We painted Grapes in wOils in class the end Of August and I forgot to post our pictures!









Lots of painting coming up for classes, holiday workshop and hoping to get some taping done with my new camera - okay - it's not new - I've had it since Christmas but I haven't used it yet - so it's like NEW!

Have a FABULOUS week!!

Painting, Painting, Painting

It's what I do and it's what I love to do!! Have been so blessed with orders for some of my new creations!! It's neat that I am painting items for people I attended high school with ~ all because of the amazing Facebook! It can be amazing and positive!


Painted a new friend for my Bubble Gum Gals & Friends Collection ~ Doxie! I love the way she turned out!

Painted a new friend for my Bubble Gum Gals & Friends Collection ~ Pugsy! I love the way he turned out!

After getting stuff ready or my HOOT Convention class I used up the paint on my palette to paint up this wooden box. I LOVE painting on wood with wOils!
Soaks it up and has an amazing finish when dry and varnished!

Painted a new friend for my Bubble Gum Gals & Friends Collection ~ Rudy! I love the way he turned out and I can't wait to have him for sale at mine and Nicoles Holiday events that we do!

Painted a new friend for my Bubble Gum Gals & Friends Collection ~ Frosty! Just sent off his friend to Colorado - wonder what name they'll give him!!
These are part of my newest collection ~ Binky Babes

painting several orders for these!!
They just all make me smile!  Think they make great gifts for baby showers and they can also be personalized with names!!

Have a great day!!