Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tag Art Tuesday - An Art-full evening with friends...

The Tags for our centerpiece....3 different techniques  
Our first Tag Art Tuesday was a HUGE success!!! It was art filled evening with friends and family.  My Tag Art Tuesdays are a time where I can give and share with my friends the love of creating.  It's a time where we can disconnect from the busyness of life and relax with a little art and play.  It's time where the only cost is a sweet dessert or a simple appetizer.  It's a time where friends can invite their friends that will become friends  I haven't met yet.  It's a time to connect with thoughts and ideas and put it down on a simple art tag.  It's a blessed time.  Thank you to my friends who came to our first Tag Art Tuesday!! And for those of you who live near, there is another Tag Art Tuesday on October 13th!!  
Here are a few pictures of our time in the studio...I wish I had taken a picture of everyone's tags.  It was amazing to see their personalities emerge on the paper.  I loved everyone's creative spirit and sharing ideas with others.  
Until next time, I hope you'll find time to create even if it's just a little tag....and celebrate the 
creativity in your heart!!

Collage and Paste paper technique 
Follow your art 
I love this one- using distress inks, ICE RESIN® paper...Celebrate!!!

Look how organized the table is...we haven't started yet:)

listening so intently...these ladies were great!!!

That's my sweet momma, who knows so much more than me,
but still is enthusiastic about learning new techniques,

I clear my table of all my stuff to make room for the gals....normally you cannot see the top:)

One of my sweet friends looking through an old dictionary...I assured her it was ok to cut, even tear it!!

Look at those happy faces- the look of an He{Art}-filled evening!!
My mom had left just minutes before - Do you notice the table now??

Monday, August 10, 2015

For the last days of summer - DIY Soy Citronella Candles in Rescued Pottery

My favorite - a 9 wick hand poured citronella candle in a handmade pottery dish. 

Recently, while perusing a favorite home decor website, I came upon "One of a kind" hand poured citronella 12 wick candles in reclaimed pottery.  The price tag was hefty at $115.  While they were beautiful, I felt that they were not truly one of a kind, since the item was on this well-known  website and there were many in stock.  So with my reclaim and restore Spirit, I set out to find and rescue pottery that had been given up for it's original purpose.  My youngest daughter and I headed out to our local treasure stores and it only took two stops and I had 4 pottery bowls with low sides and interesting texture and color.  For around $10, I had the base for 4 candles. I have made the two largest ones so far, due to the fact that I ran out of wicks.   Don't worry though they are on my shopping list.  Gathering the rest of the supplies from my "candle studio" aka the laundry room, I was ready to create the hand poured citronella candles.  Using soy flakes is a candle maker's dream.  Simply place soy flakes in a glass measuring cup (specific for candle making), put in the microwave and heat at intervals of 30 seconds to 1 minute until all is melted.  Once melted add the scent, stir and "hand pour" into your prepared pottery.  This is an easy candle making process for those who just want to dabble in it or if you want to create a candle haven.  I've made soy candles in cute mason jars, tins and whatever I have on hand. The scents can be as wide and diverse as you would like.  For these candles, only a few supplies are needed but the reward is great!   Your outdoors will never look or smell as good and those pesky summer bugs will have to find another backyard to gather.  If you would like to make you own, hand poured citronella candles, the step by step technique is below.
Hand poured 3 wick citronella candle 

Close up of pottery piece, not old but pretty 

Getting ready to pour more melted soy wax into the 9 wick pottery 

2 cups soy flakes---*find it here 
1 glass measuring cup from the treasure store/garage sale...*set aside for candle making* 
Citronella scented oil (for candle use) ---* find it here 
Wooden spoon
Small wicks---* find it here 
Wick adhesive tabs
Pottery or dish of choice
cookie sheet 
parchment paper


1.  Wash and dry pottery

2.  Place a small adhesive tab onto bottom of metal piece of wick and place on the bottom of the pottery.  repeat with the number of wicks desired

3.  In a 1 or 2  cup glass measuring cup, pour soy flakes into cup.  Heat in microwave for 1 minute then 30 second intervals until all is melted. 

4.  Remove with potholder as the cup will be hot and pour scented oil into melted soy flakes and stir with wooden spoon. 

5.  Gently hand pour the melted wax into the prepared pottery. Let rest until the wax is set.  I place the pottery onto a parchment lined cookie sheet as to catch any wax that might spill as I pour. 

**If wicks are long, wrap the excess wick around a pencil or dowel to secure the wick, remove pencil/dowel once the melted wax has hardened.  Trim wick to desire length.  See above picture.**

**Most items are available through amazon or your local craft store. **

I hope you'll take a moment to add your own DIY candles and bring them to the great outdoors.  Until next time, happy melting!! (In Texas, that could be taken literally or figuratively, it's a sunny 103 today) 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Living the sweet life - Repurpose rubber canning seals into a handmade stamp

Happy Friday!!  I wanted to share with y'all a great way to create your very own canning seal stamp.  It's a great way to repurpose something that has lost it's original purpose.  Last month while treasure hunting, I came across these Good Luck rubber jar seals from years past... I would not trust these when I am canning my homemade jams and jellies. But I would totally trust these with my papers and inks....IT's soooo easy to create your own stamp....but if you haven't the Good Luck in finding these at your flea market, I'll have these up on my etsy store in the coming week.  For those of you that would like to make your own, the technique is below....

Create your one of a kind sealing label stamps

What a great use of these old seals!


2 rubber seals
1 wood block
Adhesive such as Ultimate
Wood stirrer or toothpick to spread the adhesive
Inks, Paper for project


1.  Take one rubber seal and spread adhesive on the back side (each side is virtually the same, so you choose..)

2.  Place onto the center of the block and press into place. 

3.  Spread adhesive on the second seal and place on top (evenly) of the first seal.

4.  Allow to dry!!

Now, you're ready to send a sweet message, create your own labels or even use on fabric!!

There will be a limited supply of these stamps (8-10), so if you know you would like one before they go up on my etsy shop, email me  here and reserve your stamp today. 

Until next time, I hope you are having a fantastic Friday and Good Luck with your treasure hunting!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

September Saturday in the Studio- Collage Art Jewelry with ICE RESIN

Join  me for a creative-filled afternoon where we will create a one of a kind collage art piece of jewelry while learning and using the incredible ICE Resin. Our collage art bezels will be filled with vintage and decorative papers while learning  a paste paper technique.  Afternoon delights will be served along with an Iced Coffee and Iced Tea Bar. 

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time:  1:30-4:30
Place:  My Art Studio
            2505 Westlake Drive, Rowlett, TX 75088
Cost: $45 includes Collage art jewelry kit with ICE Resin plunger 

Registration open until September 5th

To register, please email me at  

The first Saturday in the Studio was a success!!

We had such a wonderful creative afternoon.  8 lovely women joined me for our first Saturday in the Studio.  While we may have been in Texas, our creativity took us to the oceanside where we worked with hand picked shells, pearls and vintage buttons as we created a one of a kind hand knotted wrap bracelet complete with ICED Enameled button closure and button and bead dangles.  Each bracelet reflected the personality of it's creator.  We had fun playing with ICED Enamels and various found metal objects, learning new techniques of wire wrapping and hand knotting.  My daughters were great co-coordinators of this event.  One photographed while one entertained the youngest attendee   (a grand daughter of one of the lovely ladies who came).  Take a photography walk as we stroll along the beach inspired afternoon. 

The beginnings of our table

Sweet treats for the afternoon

Even the utensils were beach inpired 
showing wire wrapping and beading

In the midst of creating

A wall in my studio - feathers from my hens

Love the sentiment on the Coke Can and Donna in the background

pearls, shells and button dangles with ICE RESIN® charms

My mom's hands- One of her favorite sayings is "Hands to work, Hearts to God."  She is my teacher, my friend and my rock!

I hope you'll make plans to join me for our next Saturday in the Studio on September 12th.  Details to follow.  We will be working with ICE Resin® and creating Collage Art Jewelry with metal bezels, papers, and ICED Enamels.  

Until next time - Blessings to you!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Banner By the Sea featuring May Arts Ribbons

   "Each new day, a gift to be opened, sunrise slowly unties its            ribbon of hope."

Ribbons- yellow ribbons of hope, blue ribbons of courage, red ribbons of love.   Ribbons.    Whether to tie a ribbon around the old oak tree or to winning the 1st prize ribbon to adorning a package, Ribbon in it's simplest form - lovely.  I must confess, I have a love affair with ribbon!  In my studio, I have a ribbon wall and ribbon drawers.  In my sewing room, I have ribbons sorted by size, color, purpose  ......but I also have baskets of snippets of ribbon that are just waiting for that ever so small need of a dash of lovely on an artistic endeavor. 

Today,  I want to share my Banner by the Sea featuring May Arts Ribbon.  This little Banner was inspired by our recent trip to Florida where we spent quite a bit of time walking on the beach, reading to the sound of the waves and soaking in the sun.  The Colors of this project are reminiscent of the shells, sand and water.  The Ribbons echo these colors while the stenciled shell mirror the colors of the actual shells we picked up on our many walks along the water's edge.  The Ribbon Bow Banner at the top of our canvas piece is a wonderful (simple) technique of ribbon manipulation. (see video for tutorial).  The Ribbon streamers at the base of our burlap are filled with shells, charms, buttons and even canvas stamped tags that are backed with ICE RESIN® paper.  This project  can be changed to fit a particular holiday - Can you just see Old Glory in the center with beautiful May Art Ribbons of Red, white and blue?  Or perhaps February 14th is what you see in the center with a Heart full of LOVE with pink, red, and white streamers of  (May Arts) Ribbon?  Ok, before I get to inspired....Let's get to gathering and then making this Beribboned Banner by the Sea.

wire edged burlap or base fabric
Covered wire for hanger
Canvas paper
batting for underneath canvas paper
Lumiere paints-metallic gold, metallic bronze, pearl white and pearl turqouise
Shell Stencil 
Stencil brushes
canvas tags - either pre -made or made with dies and canvas paper
Sentiment Stamps
Stazon ink pad
small piece of manilla folder or heavy card stock
10 eyelets
Crop-o-dile or eyelet setter.
Shells, charms, embellishments of your choice
paper bead wired charm
May Arts Ribbon- 
*1.5 inch wide wrinkled edge ribbon - antique brass
*silky crush ribbon - teal, rust
*ivory jute
*1/4 inch silk ribbon - teal, gold, ivory
* ombre ribbon in antique gold/ivory 

Sewing machine, matching thread
needle and thread 
or fabric adhesive such as fabric fusion or e6000 fabric fuse

Paints, stencils, Ribbons, shells

May Arts Ribbons - LOVELY!
Let's get started

1.  Using three shades of lumiere paints (gold, bronze and pearl white), stencil shell on canvas paper, starting with the lighter shades at the base and adding bronze at the end.   Make sure to use a less paint as you stencil.  You can always go back and add more.

To stamp the sentiment, By the Sea- use the lumiere paints and add the teal paint to mirror the ribbon.  

Use painter's tape to secure the stencil.  Lay canvas paper and stencil
on a pad or piece of foam for cushion

2.  Once the paint is dry, layer you canvas and the stamped sentiment onto the batting and then onto the burlap (leaving enough at the top and bottom to fold over for the eyelets), using a straight stitch, stick along the edges of the canvas.  Trim threads.
Ribbon Bow Banner pinned and ready to be attached - see video.

3. Using the ombre ribbon, create a bow, with long tails.  Using straight pins, pin the folds to create a natural flow of the ribbon.  Once pinned, using either needle and thread or a fabric adhesive, attach bow to the canvas. 

4.  Fold over top edge of burlap and place a small piece of manilla folder/heavy cardstock in the folded area to give strength and stability for the eylets.  Sew a straight stitch or glue across the base of the fold.  Using the crop--o-dile or eyelet setter, set 2 eyelets at the top of the banner and 6 at the base of the banner.  
eyelets set, ribbon around the base of stenciled piece.

close-up of ombre ribbon & shell 

eyelets at the base

larger eyelet at the top corner

5.  For the top, cut a long piece of covered wire and thread through one eyelet, wrapping the end of the wire.  Create curls in the handle by wrapping the wire around a dowel or pencil.  Slip the other end through the other eyelet and wrap the tail around the top part of the  wire handle. 

6.  Using a wider width ribbon, tie a simple bow around wire and  add dangles to the center of the bow. 

7.  Set the 6 eyelets at the base of the banner. with the same directions as in step 4.   

8. Using  varying lengths of ribbon, thread the ribbon through the eyelets.  tie simple overhand knots near the top of the ribbons. 

9.  Wrap the ivory jute around 2 of the wider ribbons instead of tying knots to add variety.  Secure the jute with a double knot.  Add bead charms onto the jute.

10.  To add interest and weight to the ribbon streamers, add shells, charms and buttons.  

11.  To create stamped canvas tags, stamp sentiment onto canvas tags.  Stitch (or using adhesive) the ICE RESIN® paper to the back of the tag.  Set an eyelet in each tag and tie to the ribbon streamers.

Close up of top of the banner
Full view of banner 

The ribbon streamers- love the effect of the sheer ribbons

shells adorn the ribbons 

Here is the Tutorial - Enjoy!

Thank you for taking the time to read about my Ribbon Love and also how to create the  Banner by the Sea.  I hope you fill inspired to create your own Banner with plenty of Ribbon and those things that bring a dash of lovely into your art and your home next time, 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Join me for Saturday in the Studio on July 18th- Only a few spots left....

A wrapped shell and pearl bracelet
There are a few spots left for our First Saturday in the Studio on July 18th.  We will be creating this one of a kind beach inspired hand knotted wrapped bracelet featuring hand picked shells, glass pearls an ICE RESIN® charm and and ICED Enamel button as part of the closure. Come and learn fabulous techniques such as wire wrapping, creating button dangles and working with ICED Enamels.

Our Saturday will include a summer inspired lunch and a great time of creativity and fun!  I hope you'll join me for this creative afternoon.  If you can't make this one, I have another Saturday in the Studio in September and a new Tuesday evening workshop in August.  Details to come soon!! 

Registration for Bella Crafts Connections Art Retreat in Minnesota has begun!  Please considering joining me and many others for a great weekend of creative art and creating friendships! Details are listed below with the links for all the workshops and registration.  

Here are the details--
a close up view of ICED Enamel button

Date:   Saturday, July 18th
Time:  11:30-2:00
Cost:   $45 (includes lunch and all supplies needed) 
             (cash, check or visa/mc)
Place:  2505 Westlake Drive, Rowlett, TX  75088
**Registration is open until July 7th**

Upcoming Workshops

August 18th -       Tag Art Tuesday - Details soon!
September 19th -  Saturday in the Studio - details soon!
September 24- 27  Bella Crafts Connections, Mall of America
To see my workshops and all the other fantastic classes,   click on the following link BCC
For Registration and the details for this fantastic event, click here BCC registration