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Let’s Play Dress Up {summer beauty and fashion}

I can not remember a time that I didn’t love and appreciate fashion. Whether I was watching an old black and white movie with my mom, reading the latest Vogue magazine or sketching my own creations…I have been a lover of fashion. When I was thinking what I wanted the summer series to include I knew I wanted it to include fashion and beauty. I purposely chose a person that was not a fashion blogger. I chose someone that loves …

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Italy {Here We Come}

I can’t believe that we are leaving for Italy in five days! It has been my dream for as long as I can remember to travel to Italy and that I get to go to teach art is more than I can process. When I first started my business and I began creating on a regular basis I have said over and over that the Lord answered a prayer of my heart that I didn’t even know I had been …

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The Art of Seeing {a photography class}

Is is summer yet? Jack is still finishing up his math so I can’t officially call it summer until that boy wraps it up. Jack may not be done with his math but I am pretty excited to launch the first of many mini courses in my Creatively Made Home Summer Series! This coming Monday, June 17th, The Art of Seeing {a photography class} begins. Cathy Walters is an accomplished photographer (and our personal family photographer) and the instructor of …

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Creatively Made Home Summer Series {mini courses that will transform your summer}

Good morning! I have so much to share with you from the class I hosted this weekend. It was such a beautiful day watching Katie Kendrick create and I was amazed at all of the art the women created. Come back later this week to see photos of the weekend. Today I wanted to give you some sneaks into the brand new Creatively Made Home Summer Series. This is a series with mini courses throughout the summer. Short courses packed …

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Celebrate My Birthday With Me!

In celebration of my birthday weekend I am offering ALL currently running e-courses for only $18! I will be turning 26 on Sunday. What? In my head I am 26 so that has to count for something! This sale is only good for the next 48 hours so don’t wait. This sale includes Creatively Made Home, Creatively Made, Building a Creatively Made Business and The Journey of Letting Go! Every course is available for one full year from the date …

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Santos Cage Dolls {creating rustic beauty with paper, clay and wood}

I am so excited to tell you about the newest course that will be available on my creative network! Not only am I excited about the content but the teacher is one of my favorite people and she is one of the most amazing teachers! Jennifer Rizzo will be teaching Santos Cage Dolls {creating rustic beauty with paper, clay and wood}. This will be an in-depth course will all new material and videos made just for YOU!!! If you have …

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Week Four Sneak Peeks {The Journey of Letting Go}

It has been a busy month around here as we finish up our newest art course The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes}. You can register by clicking HERE or going directly to our creative network HERE. Here are some of the peeks into the fourth week…. You will have access to all of the videos for one full year from the date of payment! The above peeks are the videos from week four only! This course is …

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You Ask {I Spill}

I am finishing up week four of The Journey of Letting Go. I have loved spending my days creating and having a studio overflowing with art! {I will have originals in the shop soon} I haven’t done a “You Ask {I Spill} post in awhile and thought it would be a fun post in the midst of the craziness of finishing up the course. ****** *How do you have such awesome hair? This is probably a joke but I will …

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Week Three Sneak Peek {Portraits, Watercolors and Paper Clay}

  I meant to get you all sneak peeks of week three of my art class on Friday. Obviously, that didn’t happen:-) Better late than never?? This week we are playing with ink, watercolors, paper clay, paints and charcoals (maybe some pastels are included too). Here is a peek… I am loving creating with everyone! There is still time to join us. You have access for one full year from the date of payment. I would love to have you …

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There is Room For All Of Us {Give It Away}

I don’t know who you surround yourself with but I hope they are your cheerleaders. I hope you have a network that you can turn to that shares, gives, lavishes. Lavishes. Pretty cool word if you ask me. A word to me that means abundance and overflowing. People email me daily thanking me for what I share in my courses and for giving so much information away. Let me tell you a secret…..it was never mine. I get beautiful emails …

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Week Two Sneak Peeks {The Journey of Letting Go}

Before we all head into the weekend I wanted to give you a sneak peek into week two of The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes}. I have to be honest that I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this course. Truly. I didn’t really want to talk about this stuff. It is easy to talk about your homes, your gifts and art supplies. This felt different. Harder. I also didn’t want it to feel heavy or sad. …

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It Has Been Crazy Around Here {Code word for dirty}

Whenever we launch a new e-course things get a little crazy here at our home. By crazy I mean not clean. Toilets…not clean. Wooden floors…not clean. Bedroom…not clean. Me…OK…I think you get the point. Our whole life has been about creating art and editing. Good thing Kelly loves me enough to edit everything and still talk to me. That guy needs a raise. I wanted to share some images that do not show me in my pajamas, brown toilets, dishes …

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What Does Your Monday Look Like? {I know what I will be doing}

This Monday I will be launching my brand new art course The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes}. I wanted to give you a peek into what the first week will hold. If you are brand new to mixed media or you have been playing for awhile I hope you will love this four week course. Our first week is focused on exploring mediums, textures, patterns and creating three different journals to record your thoughts and art. Each …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview With Pamela DuMont}

Our April interview in our new video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog then I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Two months ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. …

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Getting Past The Ugly

One of the hardest things is pushing past the ugly. When we are doing something new or something out of our comfort zone there is often the ugly that accompanies it. I am the biggest cheerleader of my children to practice, try again and push beyond…it can be harder when it comes to me. Have you ever had a hard patch in your marriage.  Has it been hard? Ugly? Did you push past the ugly?  Did you get to other …

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Introvert {extrovert}

{all photos from a recent trip with friends to wine country} I used to think I was an extrovert. What I am discovering is that I am an introvert (AKA hermit) and an occasional extrovert (AKA party animal). Every 2-4 months or so I will get together with friends here in the US. Sometimes it is for business (teaching a class etc) and sometimes just for fun. If you read my blog you might think I am extremely social, travel …

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Rambling on a Friday Afternoon

{Myer lemons arrived from a sweet friend.  My water has never tasted so good} What do I do when I have a million things I should be doing?? I write a blog post. I am amazing like that. Procrastination in all of its glory right here friends! {Do you ever have your child “freeze” so you can grab a camera.  Me neither.} First off I wanted to tell you how excited I was when I woke up today and saw …

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The Winners of the E-Course and Art Supplies {Even a new retreat I am teaching at}

Good morning! I am so sorry I didn’t get my act together yesterday and announce the winners. My brand new art course The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes} begins April 8th! If you have never done mixed media before or you haven’t taken an art class ever…you will still have so much fun! I will make sure to go over supplies in detail and why I use them. The videos are up close so you can see …

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The Journey of Letting Go {My Brand New Art Course and a Giveaway}

The Journey of Letting Go {Creating Beauty from Ashes} begins April 8th! This is a brand new four week e-course. I am so excited to get all messy again with all of you! We will play with… *Backgrounds *Coptic Binding *Journaling *Journaling Prompts *Art Technique Prompts *Watercolors *Clay *Mixed Media Girls *Faces *Digital Art *Pastels *Charcoal *Collage *Art With a Dremel and so much more! I love to connect with women through art and I am so excited about the …

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Creating Along The Water {Washington is good for your soul}

I recently returned from teaching at Nurture Your Creative Seed. This was the first retreat of Serena Berry {and I am sure so many more will be coming}. I came in a day early to play with my good friends Lissa and Kim. We ate our way through the city {the best way to see any city} and I always love seeing their sweet faces in person. Lots of laughter binds me to women and both of these ladies have …

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I Had To Step Away {A Quick Roundup}

{All of the photos in this post are from my recent trip back to Montgomery, Alabama.  We walked through my old college and walked around my grandma’s neighborhood. Always beautiful} Early Friday morning I boarded a plane to Montgomery, Alabama for a memorial service. I was meeting my mom and most of her family to honor the life of my step-grandfather. My grandmother, Jeanne Shaffer, passed away almost 6 years ago and she was really the one that made sure …

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My Favorite Things of 2012 {Creative Favs}

Today I want to share my Creative Favorites of 2012. To see my Business Favorites of 2012 click HERE. I  love to create and there is always something new or new to me that catches my eye. I love seeing what other artists use too and how they like to use them. Many  of the items on my list have been used for years and they are still my favorite and most used art tools. Some tools are newer to …

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Time To Make Some Art and Build Those Dreams {Registration is now open}

It has been a year since our last art e-course…. Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts}. I am so excited to have a new art course that will begin April 8, 2013. I hope you will join me making lots of art in The Journey of Letting Go {Creating beauty from ashes}! Just as in the Creatively Made course this will be a discussion and art course. Art will be our companion as we discuss the journey of letting …

The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas {No. 2}

I am so excited to tell you that I am a teacher again in Christy Tomlinson’s “The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas No. 2”. Last year I had so much fun teaching in the course and seeing all the gorgeous ornaments, decor and gifts that all the teachers came up with! I love Thanksgiving so much and I love planning out that special time with my family but I already have Christmas on the brain. We really love to make …

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Time To Register For Art School {Follow Me}

(source) All throughout high school all I dreamed about was art school. I was constantly sketching and designing clothing. If I wasn’t making art I was watching design shows and scouring through fashion magazines. I grew up in a town of 3,000 and sometimes when you dream big in a small town it is hard to find your supporters. Sometimes you don’t realize at 17 that the lack of support has less to do with you…. and more to do …