Second Chances

Several weeks ago, I was given a beautiful hexagon-shaped box from my friend in the USA, Vera. I had seen this box several years ago at a decorative painting convention, as it was made for and being sold by the incomparable designer, Betty Caithness. I had purchased several patterns from Betty at the show, as…

Cute Little Gingers!

I always feel that I am very fortunate to be having the type of life that I have. While I have made mistakes along the way, I try to look at them all with the thought that if I didn’t do things the way I did, I may not be in the place that I…

Catching Up

Lots of fun new things happened in November!

The 25-Hour Day

Those who know me personally, know that I am one of those ‘odd lots’ that doesn’t mind the time change that we have here in North America. Every year, that mid-autumn Sunday is one of my favorite days. To me, it is better than Christmas. I finally get my “25-hour day”. Not being one who…

Just Add Water

I have been decorative painting since the early ’90’s. My first ‘official’ decorative painting book was by Marlene Stevens and it included some adorable kitties. I still have all of Marlene’s books today, as well as hundreds of other books, patterns, etc. Once I began to paint this way (which is commonly referred to as…

Still Trying . . .

Habits are so hard to understand sometimes. Sometimes it is easy to fall into habits, whether they are good or bad.  Other times it is difficult to break habits. I often wonder why sometimes things ‘stick’ with us while other times, no matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to get ourselves into…

“Count Theo”

There is one thing we need to accept about technology: it will always be changing. Sometimes it seems that just when we get a handle on how something works, be it a social media site, device, or program, it gets ‘upgraded’ and things change and are in a different place. It can become somewhat frustrating,…

“Sweet Treats” Painting Club

Many of you who know me know how much I love to work with other designers to create fun and interesting projects. I truly feel that one of the best things about “art” is that there are so many different ways to express ourselves. I find that people enjoy many different types of designs –…

More New Designs

As I awoke this morning, it was the first time this year that I really felt that ‘crispness’ that comes with autumn. As I write this post, I am sitting here with a light blanket wrapped around me, sipping my second cup of coffee, with the window open and the sun streaming in. I can’t…

Practice Makes “Better”

I have been doing some type of creating for as long as I can remember. Whether it be sewing, drawing, painting, needlework, or a thousand other types of materials, I have always (ALWAYS!) been involved in “making stuff.” I remember taking my first sewing lesson at the Gage Park field house when I lived on…