Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fabulous Fall Road Trip Part 1 -Bella Crafts Connections

Flying into Minnesota - looks a little different than Texas

I had the privilege of joining an incredible group of teachers and enthusiastic students/participants at the Bella Crafts Connections Art Event in the Mall of America (Bloomington, Minnesota).  Thank you to Ann, Lisa and Theresa for their hard work, dedication and vision for this wonderful weekend.  Here are a few pictures of this great time that was filled with art, friendships- old and new, laughter and great memories. Watch for details for next year's event and make plans to join us!!!

Leaving DFW - My husband and youngest daughter came with me!!

Caribou Coffee - LOVE!!!

You are REALLY GOOD!!!

Went to the Sea Life Aquarium (In the MALL!!)


Yes, that's a tunnel- the sharks swam right over us!!

Beginning to set up for the Bella Market

New Friend, LeAnn with her beautiful wrapped bracelet!

Love the Messy tables!

Working together to create paper bead dangles 

A little blurry - but oh such fun!! Such sweet ladies!!

Creating is such fun!!

My share pile for creating collage tags 

Beth  sewing paper with my tiny Janome sewing machine...

We were able to spend some time with my nephew and my niece (his wife) while in Minnesota!!!

So part two begins today...My youngest and I head to the Hill Country of Texas for 5 days of treasure hunting in Round Top and surrounding little towns.  Stay tuned for all of our finds and inspirations that I hope will be added to our art studio for Saturdays in the Studio, Tag Art Tuesday and give all of us a little joy in the journey.... Until next time, 


Upcoming Workshops

October 13 - Tag Art Tuesday- Fall inspirations
November 7th - Saturday in the Studio - Decoupage with vintage papers and a patina finish
December 8th - Tag Art Tuesday 

Stay tuned for some upcoming special events....

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Minnesota Here We Come...Bella Crafts Connections

We are off to the Mall of America for the Bella Crafts Connections Art Event!!  It will be an incredible weekend with Art Workshops from an amazing cast of teachers, a market that will be unique to the artists/teachers and vendors....and we are coming early to shop a little (or a lot), go the Sea Life Aquarium (which I believe is underneath the mall- Who knew??) and then shop a little (or a lot) more.  When we are not shopping- I will be teaching 3 workshops on Friday and participating in the Bella Market throughout the weekend.  I am beyond excited to meet wonderful kindred spirits who love to learn, create and share their talents.

Oh and if for some reason, I miss my plane on Sunday night, it's probably because I was shopping a little (or a lot) more....Until next time,  I'm headed to the Mall.

Finding Joy in the Journey!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Minnesota here we come...getting ready for Bella Crafts Connections

In just 2 weeks,  We (3 out of 5) will leave for a wonderful art-filled weekend where I will be teaching 3 workshops for the Bella Crafts Connections Art Event.  It is to be held at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  So in addition to all the art goodness, this will be a shopping heaven!! We have always wanted to go there!! So are you surprised that my youngest daughter (9th grade) is coming to be my assistant? ---- and then on Saturday, she and her daddy (yes, Scott is coming as it is our 29th wedding anniversary on the 27th) will have their 2nd annual IPD (International Presleigh Day)- It is where she and her daddy shop till she drops, have a special lunch and create memories of just the 2 of them!!!

Back to the Art Event, this will be an incredible weekend with such amazing teachers and workshops.  I am busy putting together kits for the workshops and creating jewelry pieces for the vendor market as well as wonderful unique art supplies such as ICE RESIN® paper, genuine hen feathers and more. I love putting together kits for each of my students but at the same time, I am always wondering if they'll like what I have put in so I always bring more choices.

In fact, some could say that I always offer choices.  Once when our son, who is now 25 years old, was around 2 1/2, we were visiting my grandmother.  She was putting out lunch-- ham sandwiches, chips, etc.  And I turned to Morgan and asked him "Mustard or Mayonnaise? Peaches or Apples?"  Then I asked "Which kind of chips would you like?" and he responded to all of the choices but then I asked him "Do you want Coke, Sprite or Juice?"  And his reply was "Momma, there are too many choices, you choose!!" Yes, in life there can be too many choices....Choosing between good and evil - Easy!  Choosing between better and best - a little less easy.  Choosing between good and good- HARD!! It's like asking would you like a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie? And I would like to answer yes!!

For me, arts and crafts are the chocolate chip cookies and brownies of life.  It's too hard to pick one, so I try and love all!! So when I head to our UPS store, I won't be surprised by the number of boxes to be mailed to Minnesota or that my suitcases  may have less clothes and more shall we say - choices!!  If you can join this event, there is still time and yes, there are still so many choices (of workshops)!!!

Here's a few pictures of the preparations underway.  Until next time, finding joy in the journey and in the wonderful choices we have in daily living---

Savannah playing with fire - oh I mean creating head pins...

LOVE making my own head pins!!

Kits for my Creating Backgrounds workshop 

A treasure find that I 'll have at the market 

More treasures....

Hope to see U there!!!

For  more information on the event, click here.

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 chantal515@verizon.net