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Come With Me To Italy in 2017! {get away, connect with your gifts, go on an adventure}

Cobblestone walkways, candlelight dinners with pasta that melts in your mouth, hikes to castle ruins with Lake Como and the prealps as your backdrop, dips in the pool, rides around Lake Como in a vintage motor boat, the smell of Jasmine as you walk throughout the village, the best espresso of your life as you take a break in the afternoon and watch the locals, late afternoon showers that cool the village down and the breeze blows through your apartment …

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Documented Life Project Art Video {Creating with Ephemera}

Good Morning! Thank you so much for joining me!  I am so honored to be a part of such a talented group of teachers and students. I am excited to be the featured artist for the Documented Life Project and today I am sharing my videos! I have just returned from teaching in Italy and one of the classes I taught I thought would be perfect for this challenge. I adore vintage ephemera and it is really the main thing …

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When Italy Steals Your Heart {Again}

As I was making my way to my plane at JFK my mind was focused on a sick boy at home, camp details I was missing, empty arms that I wanted to be in and just the tug I feel anytime I leave my family. I had a nine hour plane ride ahead of me with the other teacher and at this point we were basically strangers. By the time I got to my seat Stephanie Ackerman was already there …

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Top Ten {Amazing Art Retreats}

Happy Friday! I recently asked other friends and artists to share some of the art retreats that they have loved or are a part of. My list goes beyond ten because I didn’t want to leave anyone out. Maybe you will find the perfect retreat to get away, relax, create, connect and explore. {The retreats are listed in no particular order} 1.) Paint Mexico City 2.) A Painted Journal 3.) Plaster Painting with Stephanie Lee 4.) Autumn Vermont Getaway 5.) …

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If you know me at all you know this makes me so happy!

It is pretty exciting to me to be asked to combine my love of art with my faith! There are few things that determine my day to day as much as my faith and the creativity that the Lord as placed in me. Those two factors have everything to do with how I make a home, raise my children, run a business, love my friends, open my home and grow my marriage. If you have taken any of my online …

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The First The Living Studio {Lake Como}

I am back from the first The Living Studio and I am feeling tired, blessed and changed. I am also a little sick but that will pass:-) I had dreamed of traveling with other creative people to beautiful and interesting places near and far. My desire was to get out of our comfort zone and create not just in a studio but out where life is really lived I wanted to see people capturing their experiences with their art supplies …

Lucky You {Lucky Me}

I just got a call from my friend Laura that is helping me put together The Living Studio {Lake Como}. She had some really awesome news to share and I can’t wait to pass it along to you. The hotel in Bellagio let her know that they had one more room open up and that means that our SOLD OUT retreat now has room for two more! I know there were many of you that were disappointed that the retreat …

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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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Italy {Bellagio and Off To Florence}

I have loved looking through my Italy Instagram photos for these posts. I didn’t pick up my camera very often and I have to admit that using mainly my phone made me enjoy the moments more. I want to make a book with all of the Italy Instagram photos and I will let you know what company I go with (and how it turns out). We are now on days 5, 6, 7 and 8. You can read about the …

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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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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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When You Have a Heart That Has Always Longed To Travel {when Italy knocks on your door}

  I have had an itching to travel for as long as I can remember. I think I begged my parents throughout my whole childhood if we could move. I used to call the airlines and get price quotes on a flight from Chicago to LA on a weekly basis. The best part is that my mom let me do it. I was a dreamer. I read magazines and books about far away places and loved reading about discovered art …

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Being In The Moment {Instagram, Paris and Normandy}

While I was in Paris and Normandy I found myself reaching for my iPhone more and more. With my camera phone, Instagram, fun filters and editing it is so easy to capture moments and love the results. I find that my kids smile more with the camera phone, I can take photos of myself and friends with ease and I catch the little moments more. I just find that images are captured that truly show us in the moment…and I …

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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 …