Friday, July 31, 2009


Happy FAB (free atc background) Friday! This is a 2.5 x3.5" ATC background that you are free to grab and use in any way you wish. If you don't like, don't grab it but come back next week as you never know what will come off my digital drawing board. Even I don't know until it's done! ;-)

I hope everyone has a FANtastic weekend!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

What's new in the stores

Here are some new items I added to my Etsy store

Fabric Collage Wall Hanging

Altered Board Book - Paris theme - polymer clay "tiles" are what you see on the cover

Fabric collaged paper mache box - great for treasures, trinkets or just a pretty way to hide junk!

And we now carry these products (that you can see used in the video below) in the online store .

Monday, July 27, 2009

Free Crackle Demo Video

Hi Everybody. So many of us are familiar with crackle and it's many forms, after all it's been around a long time, but I got to thinking about those who come to our art world all brand new and bright eyed and eager to learn and who may not be familiar with how these different products work. So here is a video demo I put together demonstrating 4 different crackle products. You can also find it by clicking on our Free Tutorials badge, but I thought it'd be fun to add it here in a blog post too for those who might not click on the badge. Hope you enjoy.
Happy Creating!

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Classes & FAB Friday

Better late than never is the cliche. And it fits me today. I spent all day concentrating and working on this new digital class I forgot that it was even Friday! We were over at my mom's playing cards...(gals against the guys and of course we won...yay!). And the light bulb went off. Uh oh, if we're playing cards it must be Friday!

So...we have some new upcoming classes listed over at Creative Workshops!

I have a new digital class that starts Aug. 26, called Layer upon Layer, The Magic of Digital Art. You are going to learn how to create one of a kind to take a plain image and give it artistic to manipulate layers and color... how to play with and create your own grunge and texture, play with the gradient tool, the magic wand and clone tool, some filters and more! Plus I share some fun free resources and links with you that I use in my own work.

Liz Miller is offering a watercolor batik class that begins Aug 24 called BUTTERFLY BATIK ART and it is a very cool process! Liz will teach you this exciting process using paraffin wax and watercolors on rice paper.

Ann Butler is teaching a great class for newbies to the world of altered art. It begins Sept. 10 and is called Altered Techniques 101. Ann is bringing you 25...count them...25 techniques to the class! And when you complete the class you will have a wonderful Technique Book to use as a reference guide for Altered Art.

So come on by the Creative Workshops homepage and check out not only the upcoming classes but the ongoing classes already up and running.

And here is your FAB (free ATC background) Friday image. If you like it, take it, use it for whatever you want. If you don't like it come back next Friday because I never know what will come off my digital drawing board. The only thing I do know is they will always be sized at 2.5" x 3.5".

I wish everyone a beautiful weekend!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cottage Doings and FAB Friday

Okay so it might be strange to see a refrigerator

and a dishwasher (still in the box) in someones dining room.
And actually have someone be happy about it!
Well, around my house, with the updating we continue to do on the cottage as we can afford it, the dining room seems to be only one of the several places around here,for storage depository of things waiting to go elsewhere. I have been waiting on this dishwasher for EIGHT, yes count them EIGHT, years. have a dishwasher actually sitting in my dining room, even still in the box, means I am that much closer to seeing it in my kitchen. Well...wait a actually seeing a kitchen! And that make me a happy woman.
Some of you may remember these pictures from last Fall.
The oven corner in all it's hated ugliness
before Mr Shabby started to work on it

Oh...wait! Here is something else waiting in my dining room for a new home...and it sat there for a few months folks...we're not known for our speed on renovations around here. ;-)

But look here, it actually got to the corner it was intended for and even an oven installed! Of course it's not finished yet, (what else is new lol) it needs a few more doors.

Well then, this was the fridge corner in one of it's stages

and the fridge even got moved into the corner. Only to discover it wouldn't work there because of the doors. Seems the freezer door is to close to the wall and won't open all the way and no room to move it away from the wall as a new sink base and counter top are already built and ordered. Ergo, the new fridge in the dining room. At least I was able to get a new style and color of fridge I wanted but didn't think I'd get. Of course the ole wallet wasn't expecting that hit. ;-)
And there at the back of the porch you see my new sink cabinet waiting for the new counter top expected any time now.
Then we decided to turn the back porch into kind of a big pantry. So the new linoleum is waiting on the front porch while this old primitive cabinet has a section added to it and is converted to a sink and plumbed (is that a word?) on the back porch. Hopefully that starts today.
I personally am riding shotgun on this whole project. :-) After all these years I simply want it done. Now. The patience has reached it's end and the wife is now threatening to run away if this is not done by the end of summer. Do you think we'll make it? I seriously doubt it. lol But at least we're on our way.

And here are a couple pictures I forgot to post earlier when we did it. I used to find old chairs and vanity stools all the time, add a feminine touch and sell them in my store. It's just a fun thing I loved to do and I used it to rationalize my fabric obsession (since I don't really sew but liked to buy fabric). This was an old chair I had in my basement my sister bought from me for a little spot of femininity in her bedroom. She's holding the back because it was missing the screws. I just loved this chair the moment I spotted it.

And here it is finished and ready for her bedroom.
So that's it for what's happening at the cottage. Below is your free atc size image for FAB Friday. If you like it, take it and use for whatever you want, if you don't like it come back next Friday as I never know what will come off the digital drawing board until I do it. :-)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

45 Lessons Life Taught Me

Maybe you've seen this sinceI received it in an email from a friend who received it from a friend who received it from a know how that goes. But I thought for those who haven't seen it, it was absolutely worth sharing here. What a wonderfully wise woman.

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17.. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood... But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with them.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Some Chit, Some Chat

You may (or may not) notice on the right sidebar just above my Playlist I now have one of those followers "thingees". Someone told me it would be a nice thing for me to put up so as always I try to oblige when I can. :-) Can someone enlighten me as to how they use it? I mean I know the "how to" but I guess I'm wondering how do you apply it to your own blog reading? As usual it takes me a bit to get the fit right with something new on the computer.

I wanted to take a minute and remind those of you interested in online classes that we have two brand new classes starting this month over at Creative Workshops.

Tomorrow (July 15) starts Jodi Ohl's class Fun with Faux Encaustics. I have now seen the videos and you're in for a treat and will learn a lot with Jodi. And you can see a preview video of the class over on Jodi's Sweet Repeats blog . Learn how to give your work the look of encaustics without the expense and learning curve of encaustics. Once you learn Jodi's technique it's an easy next step to applying it to your own work!

Then next week, July 22, we have Martha Lever's Calligra-Fun workshop starting. You can also see a video of some of the wonderful brush lettering you are going to learn in Martha's class over at her Art Du Jour blog. Martha's work is beautiful and delightful, just like Martha with her sweet southern charm. And adding brush lettering to your skills and techniques just opens more doors for another direction of your art!

Plus we have classes coming that we haven't got listed yet!

I'm working on a Photoshop/Photoshop Elements class that will be all about using layers upon layers artistically, not only for your digital work but to enable you to bring it off the computer into your own 3D work!

We have an Altered Art 101 Techniques class coming up at the end of summer, a couple Polymer Clay classes and a Watercolor Batik workshop. So lots to look forward to! :-)

We should have the class listings and start dates up real soon over at Creative Workshops.

That's it for today...hope your week is a great one!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Introducing FAB Fridays

I have a new feature I am now adding to my blog and it's called FAB Fridays. And it's all about you. I am always so grateful more than words can ever say and often feel my words are inadequate to express how I feel about those of you who stop by my humble little blog. And those of you who leave comments just send me over the moon with your kindness and sweet words. I am also so very grateful for those of you who stop by the blog who are also customers, either at the online store or my Etsy store.

Often I read or hear comments family and friends support me, but they don't understand the feelings and the passion I have for my art. I know so many of us have found those who do understand, here online, and we've made friends, some who unfortunately must always remain virtual, and some who stay and some who come to a fork in the road and some are even lucky enough to become friends in real time. And so it is with me. My family supports me, may brag about me to to others, tell me that what I do is pretty or beautiful or "interesting" and they appreciate totally when I create something for them, but deep in my heart I know they don't always understand what fuels me. (And they love me so they don't have to) But you do. And for that I am also grateful.

So I decided that on Friday's, as a small way for me to repay your kindnesses and friendships and customer loyalty, I would like to give you something. Every Friday until the end of the year I am putting up a Free ATC Background(FAB)(and because you guys are FABULOUS!) that I design digitally and offer no where else but here. If you like it it's yours dear reader...copy it, print it, modify it, change it, use it in your digital work, your 3D work, can use it for absolutely anything you want, but it will be ATC sized at creation (2.5" x 3.5").

So here is my first FAB Friday offering. If you like it take it, if you don't, try back next week because I never know what will come off the digital drawing board.:-)

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Artwork Listed at Etsy

I finally got all my fabric collage journals listed in the Etsy store. I love what I do but I find listing to be one of the most tedious aspects of the whole job so I'm not fast at it. But then it could be worse, I could be working for someone else at a job I hate...and thinking of it that way I guess I need to not whine. ;-)

These were a lot of fun to work on to make them look old and shabby-licious! They are hard bound spiral journals filled with lined paper and they measure approximatley 6"x6". A nice size to leave on a table or desk to fill with whatever you fill your journals with...lists, dreams, thoughts, mental meanderings....

The backs and inside are fabric co-ordinated with the front and also the inside front and back cover each has a pocket for storage. Each journal comes with a co-ordinating tag or bookmark.