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Art Studio Makeover

It has been awhile since I have given you all a studio tour and with the new floors and all I thought it was about time! I am finding it hard to believe that it has been two years since I have given you a full tour but it looks to be true. You can see what my studio looked like two years ago HERE and a more recent view in a house tour HERE. I have been wanting wood …

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The Artist’s Magazine (We are giving away 2 subscriptions)

I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I will be leaving for Italy again in four weeks! I am so excited to create with so many women along Lake Como for the first The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}. So many amazing businesses have stepped along side me to sponsor this event. The Artist’s Magazine has provided one issue of their gorgeous magazine to each of the women coming to Italy and …

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For Such A Time As This

My friend Lorraine Lewis is very sick. I have not known what to do or even what to say. With her permission I am writing to all of you today. From the moment I heard that she had stage 4 cancer she consumes my thoughts throughout the day. I have known Lorraine for at least 6 years. I remember so many years ago I bought a piece of her mixed media art and I secretly told her that I did …

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I Have Butterflies {But I want to Embrace the Influences Around Me}

Today is the day! Today is the first day of Studying Under The Masters {becoming an apprentice}! I had some major butterflies about one of the projects. (I will tell you all about it very soon because I learned a lot about myself) I am truly excited that today is finally here. All the planning, studying and creating is here. I have the biggest crush on Matisse. Seriously. LOVE! I did myself the biggest favor to spend weeks studying and preparing …

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Are You Open About Who Inspires You?

I don’t know where it came from. This idea that everything you do must be 100% original and you must pull it out from the depths of your being.  It isn’t really you, good, original, authentic…unless you create something that has never been made or done before. Can we just be real for a moment? We all inspire and encourage one another even if you don’t realize it. We can be inspired by magazines, movies, music, friends, paintings, museums, travel, …

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The Living Studio {Lake Como}

**SOLD OUT** Do you remember when I first told you about my idea for The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}? “I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind. Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it. I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the …

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Watercolors and Flowers {and introduction to watercolor painting}

I know that so many of you have waited all summer for this summer course! I can understand your excitement because I can’t wait to learn from Courtney myself. Starting THIS Monday is Watercolors and Flowers {and introduction to watercolor painting}. I met Courtney a few years ago while attending ALT and connected with her immediately. She is so funny and her talent runs deep. She has been featured in some of the best magazines and she was even one …

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Italy {days one and two}

{all photos in this post were taken with my phone camera} Before I share anything I have to start here…. The fedora. I have begged Kelly to wear hats for years. I think he finally just felt sorry for me and how pathetic I look when I beg. It only took going to Italy to convince him to trust me:-) My mom came from Illinois to watch the kids for two weeks. Two. Weeks. She still was smiling when we …

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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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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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Blah, Blah, Blah and Other Ramblings

I feel like I am still getting into the groove of the new year. The past two years I have gone HERE to connect and focus my creativity and business. It starts today and I am kicking myself for not going. I had forgotten that January and February can be hard to put it nicely. I didn’t sign up because I really, really, really want to go to the NYC version. Tickets sell out FAST so I better be on …

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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All Kinds of Good Stuff

It is that time of year again! It is our annual PRINT SALE! This only happens once a year and it is big! All prints are 50% off for this week only. (and this price includes shipping too) Amazing price and a good time to stock up for Christmas, birthday presents and yourself:-) Go HERE to see the prints and all prices have already been adjusted. This is for this week only and we won’t have this sale again until …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Serena Berry}

This is the first post in a new series I am starting. I am so, so excited for this. I will have interviews with different artists and creative women that I ADORE! I am surrounded by the most talented friends and I just want you to get to know them in a more intimate way. Believe me….who you think these women really are is just scratching the surface. For this first installment of “Creativity Takes Courage” I wanted to talk …

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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 …

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Finding the Lovely {Final Week}

This is the final Friday of “Finding the Lovely”. Kimberly and I have loved seeing your images and having you play along. I hope I continue to take as many photos with my phone and try to capture more of the day to day sweet and funny moments. Here are some of my captures from this week. Head on over to Kimberly’s blog to see what she captured this week and to link up with your own images. ************************************************ I …

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My Art Studio {Where I Lose Track Of Time}

Until two years ago my art studio was down in our unfinished basement. I had plenty of room but the lack of good light and the chill during the winter made it less than desirable. I would find myself not wanting to work on art.  I would go a few weeks without creating and then get frustrated with myself for my lack of motivation. If you have been following my blog for awhile you know the rest of the story. …

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New Art

We are busy getting all of your orders out and trying to make sure they make it under your Christmas trees. We didn’t plan on launching the month of December…but because we did we are really trying to make that deadline for all of you that have ordered for yourself and other special people in your life. We have been so focused on the clothing and bags that I haven’t taken any time to show you the new prints that …

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The Winners of the E-Course Giveaway {Don’t forget about the $200 of art supplies}

I have winners!! I love giveaway day. I am giving away five spots to my new e-course Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts}. The five spots go to….. Angie of http://www.vintageofficetype.blogspot.com/ Kimberly of http://vintagenovella.blogspot.com/ Tina of http://www.tinawishart.blogspot.com/ Priscilla..I will be emailing you because I didn’t see a blog or other contact information. Duane of http://cottageintheoaks.com/ I am also giving away $200 worth of art supplies that will be put together by me (with many vintage extras from my …

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E-Course and Art Supply Giveaway

I meant to include all of this in yesterday’s post but snow day got the best of me! To celebrate the launch of my E-Course I want to do a giveaway of 5 spaces to the course and one of those winners will also win over $200 in art supplies to use in the class! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. For additional chances to win you can: * Blog about the …

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How To Celebrate a Fall Evening in Style {Welcome to NaDa Farm}

There are some that have things that they could possibly take for granted because they don’t realize how precious it is. Then there are those that completely understand the gem they have in their hands and they love on it, nurture it and create something even more lovely…that is NaDa Farm. I grew up in rural Illinois so maybe farms just pull at my heartstrings. This is not your ordinary farm though. This farm has been loved on by a …

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What Do You Feel?

Isn’t it amazing how deeply art can touch you? Within minutes of being at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival I was in a man’s booth and one of his art pieces almost brought me to tears. Later in the day my sister was able to see an artist that I adore and she called me telling me that she could have cried because her art was so touching. But art doesn’t just move you to tears.  Art can be repulsive …

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Amazing art supply giveaway (helping you show up)

Some of the main questions I receive are questions about my art supplies and supply sources. I know it can be hard to order or buy things from all over the place. I order from Dick Blick.  I also shop at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Archivers. I use vintage items from Goodwill, garage sales and flea markets. I also order vintage items from ebay and Etsy. For a person just starting out in mixed media art it can probably feel …

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Packing Up {but only for the night}

(all photos are from Flora’s blog) I should be packing right now but instead I am on the computer..surprise, surprise! I am heading to Boulder tonight for the opening ceremony of the Makerie and then staying the night for an art class tomorrow. I am really excited to be taking a class from Flora Bowley. I love her style and use of color. This will be out of my comfort zone….and that is good. It can be hard to create …