Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Hello March!

Happy March!
I think it's safe to say we all want winter to go away!
The green is cheerful from all the St. Patrick's day decor!
It won't be long before the first signs of spring will be here.
I heard birds chirping like crazy the other day... it was beautiful.
I made another phone/tablet calendar for you!

The theme is a mouse with shamrocks.
I painted these using acrylics. 
Now onto some more serious content.

I've decided to simplify my life more 
and post LESS on my blog and newsletters.

I have been working hard on these throughout the years...sometimes stressing out about getting it done  and making all the content. 

Since having a stroke and other health complications back in 2020....I have had to really change my life.  My health is number one and of course... my family.

I am not going to stop creating....just changing a few things to make life easier.

I love creating art and making patterns... they really feed my soul.

So  I think I will just occasionally post on my blog and newsletter.
I will continue to post on Instagram and Facebook!
Please follow me there and get daily content....
about things I have been doing, art, designs, and more!

I will stop making monthly calendars.
Freebies will be an occasional thing. 

I will have all my designs on Etsy for instant download

and if you prefer a printed and mailed pattern ... please go to my website.

I created a new set of collage sheets...celebrating St. Patrick's day!

They are easy and fun....make them into these cute decorations!
These 2 collage sheets are perfect to create your Irish home decor, use to create tags, journaling, ornaments for an st. patrick's tree, art for your planner and more ....they are just plain fun!
I drew all the artwork. There are shamrocks, frogs, a mouse, a sweet lassie, a fun doggy, clover plant, flowers and sayings. The second sheet is a ice green background paper to make your creations. I have a small tutorial on my Instagram.

Stitch up this sweet St. Patrick's day design ... a Fast, Easy, and Fun embroidery project.
I drew up this kitty cat design....I thought it would be sweet having the saying about pinching... that was such a big deal in school.

It measures: 5 3/8" wide x 4 3/16", but could be enlarged or reduced.
This pattern sheet comes with embroidery instructions and tips for embroidery (my secrets).

*There are color suggestions listed , but you can stitch any colors you like.

I want to share some of the art I have been doing lately!
I have been taking an excellent class from Mindy Lacefield called :Illustrated sketchbook.
It is pure FUN!  
It's childlike, easy, inspiring, and makes you feel like a teen again!
Above is a page I did....sort of random drawings and doodles.
There are lots of lessons in this.... 16 lessons and lifetime access to it!

Here is my rain puddle...this pic doesn't show all the magical glitter in the rain.
There were lessons on cute characters like the peanuts gang too.

This one was super fun...a rain drop girl.  Adding stickers is fun too.

I loved the poodle and working with these Marabu art crayons.... that deactivate with water and paint brush.
I love working with watercolors and markers. It is very satisfying.
I love making raggedy ann... I got a wonderful pattern from Sweet Meadows farm.

I made the small doll with fun fabric from my pal Kat... I love the shamrocks. 

She turned out so cute.
I made a cat apron for her.

Her hair was variegated green yarn.
I made another with vintage sheets... she is pink!
It's always fun to have some time for play.

Have a great March...
.and I will see you on Instagram and Facebook
with an occasional newsletter or blog post.


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Hello February!

It's February already...time for the month of love.
I always love all the Valentine's and hearts for February.
The bright reds and pink make me happy.
The phone/tablet February calendar is ready to download here.

The Desktop version is downloadable here....save as your wallpaper.  
I made new art ornaments!
They are in my etsy shop...they are prints on wood shapes, with gloss for protection.
They have wire hangers and a bit of cute ribbon.
My favorite is the cat.
By the way...thanks for supporting my art!

I have a few of each.

It was hard to take pictures without a glare from the shine.

These make great gifts too.
I also have some newly listed art prints...like this fun kitten.
I am concentrating alot on art this year.

This one is great to celebrate friendship.

This is a collage I did and painted with acrylics.

I created a pack of 5 inspiring signs...u download and u print.
They are terrific in your exercise room, kitchen and where ever you need healthy motivation!

They are very inexpensive...I have mine around my treadmill.
I like to be inspired...it really helps me focus.
I had a stroke and tumors removed two years ago...so health is important. My whole family has had different health scares.. so it really hits home with me.


I have been busy right! 
 I also created Valentine card printables....perfect to give to school mate and friends!

You just download and print as many as you like.

Cut out and add the heart gift tag...I think its cute attached to a small box off crayons (8 pack)
They are not mushy or embarrassing.
All designs are my own artwork!

I made mine into stickers by printing on sticker paper and cutting out.

Then I made them into the cutest tags.

It was fun and could be made into all kinds of projects!
On a side note....
You know how life has to kick you in the booty from time to time?
Our septic system failed and now we have to hook up to the sewer system...not cheap!

Sometimes....it would be nice if we could get a break from drama...
but Life is full of it.
I wanted to show you my old tv...decoration setup for this month.
The pound puppy was from my childhood.

Davy says.....Have a very happy February

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Happy New Year...2023!

 Happy New Year!
I love when we have a new year....time to reflect, gain some wisdom from the past and have new goals!

Do you have health resolutions?  New business goals?
Time to organize? Plans for a vacation? Personal Goals?
Now is a fabulous time to brainstorm what you want from this next year, and set some goals.
Split the goals up into smaller goals if you need to.  
The only way to change is to work on these smaller goals each day.
You can do it!

My goals are:
I am working on my diabetes( my A1C is 5.8) and weight (overall health)....I have art goals and I am organizing all my hoard of things (plus getting rid of excess).

I love making new calendars.
I created this artwork on my iPad using procreate. It looks like a painting with paint right?

Made 2 sets of snowman ornaments... all with a snowflake/rainbow scarf theme.
They all sold.

I used my vintage pipecleaners for arms.
The scarfs were dyed silk cut into strips.
These are started from muslin...like my dolls in my charming dolls book.
At a family Christmas party ...we made crayon shavings ornaments

We took a glass ball, shaved crayons into pieces, put them inside the ball and heated it with a blowdryer. We made sure to hold it with some craft pliers. When the crayon melts you swirl the ball around to coat it.

They turned out really pretty!
Another party I went to was the doll club party in Spokane....hosted by Elise.
She had so many gorgeous trees!

Beautiful handmade ornaments...

I love the Victorian flair.
I posted alot more pics on Instagram.... check out my Instagram and follow me if you like...there is alot more content there.

I loved this Santa mouse...he was amazing!


My husband & I had our 26th wedding Anniversary....
I made this little sign on procreate (my favorite tool).

We have been very happy... I feel very blessed.

Plus, he got me a lovely necklace.

I made a Gonzaga rug for my hubby...our local team

I had to shave it alot....but it was fun!

I have been creating lots of art thru procreate....these are a few ..
a Blue candy land piece...class form Mindy Lacefield.

I love gingerbread men.  I'm going to be offering prints of my work soon.

Davy has been very naughty...getting felt from my studio....beating it up and playing with it.

He is such a cutie!

This is a sneak peak... of some valentine projects coming soon.
These were some of my favorite projects thru the year.

We had a great Christmas!
I hope your new year will be awesome!