Creative Jumpstart 2021

Creative Jumpstart 2021
Join me for the 10th Anniversary of CJS2021

Thursday, January 31

Still PLENTY of time!

Just a quick reminder that you have plenty of time (the rest of today and until next Tuesday) to post a link back here to qualify for the drawing of Art from the Heart! Remember to enter your comment on this post!! Thank you everyone for your very kind words, they've all touched my heart and made me feel so great! Every comment I get just makes my day over and over again! THANK you! And, as a little bonus for you all making me feel so good, I've decided to add a third item to the drawing. I haven't figured out what it's going to be, but it will be something I've made....
I made these little lovelies a while back, they are like inchies, only 2" inchies instead of 1" inchies...he he. Thought I would share them with you.

The next two are slightly smaller, 1 1/2" square, and in the frames that Ranger makes...I love those frames. I hope they come back in stock again soon.

Have a lovely day everyone, and thank YOU all AGAIN for all your kind words!

Sunday, January 27

Giving AWAY two copies!!

Yes, you heard that right!! I'm giving away two copies of my book, Art from the Heart and YOU could be the lucky winner.

If you are interested in winning a copy, all you have to do is post about my give away on your blog and you'll be entered to win one of the two copies...if you want to include the picture, right click on the image, go down to properties and copy and past that link into the spot on your blog where you upload URL sure to post a comment here so I know you're playing along!

GOOD Luck everyone! oh, the deadline will be Monday, February you've got plenty of time!

Thursday, January 24


Sorry I've been away...just haven't felt like being on the computer much this a couple of article deadlines I have - I thought - were for the 22nd of February....and they're actually for the 2nd....hello...gotta get my buttOx in gear and get things done.... plus I've had these Valentine Cards sitting on my desk waiting for stitching so I could get them uploaded to I think it may be to late. But, heck....I'll's worth a shot. They all come with envelopes and are collaged, stamped, hand painted and them!
Stay tuned, as tomorrow I'll be announcing my "art from the heart" giveaway....gotta figure out the details.

Saturday, January 19

My Word

Every where you look in blog-land people are talking about their word....started by the most lovely and popular Ali Edwards, her word for 2008 is:'s a lovely word...lots of potential and room for change...but for me, I've decided my words {phrase} is going to be Carpe Diem.
This straight in from WikiPedia: Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace. It is popularly translated as "seize the day", although a more literal translation of carpe would be "harvest" ("harvest the day"), as in the harvesting of fruit.
Original usage from Odes 1.11, in translated to English:

Leuconoe, don't ask — it's dangerous to know —what end the gods will give me or you. Don't play with Babylonian fortune-telling either. Better just deal with whatever comes your way.bWhether you'll see several more winters or whether the last one Jupiter gives you is the one even now pelting the rocks on the shore with the waves of the Tyrrhenian sea — be smart, drink your wine. Scale back your long hopes to a short period. Even as we speak, envious time is running away from us. Seize the day, trusting little in the future.

My intention is to Seize the opportunities {harvest} while I still can, and have the ability to ...because tomorrow someone else will have seized them from me!

Have a great weekend everyone....Talk to you on the flip side!

Friday, January 18

Sick boy...

Sorry I've been away for the week, my little Valentine has Acute Bronchitis, and my big Valentine has been a bit sick tooo... so there's been a lot of couch potatoes around here, not me though! Don't look for anything new from me over the weekend either - My Mom and I are going to talk to you on the flip side!
Just wanted to let anyone interested in my Home is Where the Heart is class that WAS tonight has ben postponed to Thursday February 7th. Kelley has closed the store today due to the slet and freezing rain that's coming our way today. So, if you wanted to take my class and couldn't - now's your chance to take it. Thursday, February 7th from 6pm to 9pm..... Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 14

Heart in Hand Scraps...

I wanted to share this flattering and lovely creation that I came across the other day. I talked awhile back about an online class I created for Heart in Hand Scraps. It was a lot of fun (btw, it's still available for download, if you're interested!! ) Anyway, Tammy Tutterow, the owner of Heart in Hand decided it would be a good idea to have another team on her side that takes the current classes and takesa class and put their own creative spin on them. I had seen a couple that were posted in the gallery and thought they were lovely.

The other day while I was doing my blog-hopping thing I came across this lovely blog by Christi Snow. She's taken my class and created two lovely Shadow Boxes with her own creative twist, and I must say, she's done a lovely job. Scroll down to December 22nd here at her blog, Altered Ambitions to hear what she has to say about the class and some close ups of her projects.

THANK you Christi for letting me post these here - and thank you for the kind words you've said about my class...and you did a lovely job....

Saturday, January 12

ETSY Shop Update

Just wanted to let you all know that I updated my shop with a few things a while ago, and because I am tired of looking at these things I went in and updated the prices today....I also listed a canvas that I created for Art from the Heart!

This little canvas is 2" x 6" and has an original branch and acorn top adorning it....

This is a little kit of extra's from a class I have coming up this Friday night.

Another 2" x 6" Canvas. This one has a vintage bisque doll adorning it along with the vintage dictionary definition of "faith" .

This Little Hope is one of my favorites. It's a 2" x 6" canvas with crackle paint and she's got some lovely little wings too. The image below is a close up!

You can follow the link to my Etsy shop by clicking on the banner on the right side of my page...Have a lovely day! If you want to have this shipped internationally please email me and I'll figure the shipping charges to you and we'll go from there.

Wednesday, January 9

Here are the Details.....

for my class at Scrapbooks & the store 729-0203 to sign up. Space is limited to sign up early! Home is Where the Heart is: Jan 18th 6-8pm $22: Create a gorgeous piece of art for Valentine's Day and beyond. Students will decorate a set of 2 wooden houses (roughly 4x9) with patterned papers, vintage trims, and vintage music papers. All students will also receive their own set of Heidi Swapp chipboard letters to personalize their houses. Create a lovely gift for someone special. Please bring basic too kit to class. (See picture in my post from yesterday for the sample! ) Well, nightie night - I've got some work in a submission for Sew Somerset to work on tonight!

Monday, January 7

Home is WHERE the heart is!

It's Monday and I'm Back to the old grind, so much to do and so little time! I've got a class coming up at Scrapbooks & Beyond that I think you're going to love, and we've only got room for 8 people so sign up while we've got room. Kelley and I will get the details of the classes posted on the blog soon, so stay tuned!
As I was getting the wooden houses cut (approx 4 1/4" x 9 1/4") I thought this would end up being a three panel Valentine decoration - but decided just to use two - and make one shorter than the other.... as it turns out I have enough products to offer one up for purchase in my Etsy. If you are interested I'm selling the goodies to make a one panel wooden house Valentine. The kit is a tiny bit different from what I am offering in the class, but I thought one of you might be interested. I'll put it in my Etsy shop in a bit. (differences are: wooden heart vs. Heidi Swapp chipboard heart, the word love has been added, the 7 Gypsies with love tag, and I added two red prima flowers!)

Wednesday, January 2

New ETSY stuff

I updated my ETSY shop tonight, though I must say I had a hard time even thinking about parting with my baby doll Canvas pieces...I had so much fun making them - and now that I'm addicted to making them can't find any more baby doll parts to buy! Time to move on to something else I guess. Oh, and I clearanced out some of the Christmas items....gotta move thos things outta here!
I'm pretty tired tonight, so NIGHTY night folks. Sleep tight!

Tuesday, January 1

Snow Shoes....

From our walk in the woods yesterday! I just love the way the snow has fallen on the branches, it makes such a beautiful pattern....and when the sun came out yesterday afternoon, it was just beginning to set - the sky was a beautiful peach color and then bright pink in other areas - and fog was beginning to was lovely.
Unfortunetly my husband didn't stop so I could take a picture....we were late for the movies.

Happy New Year!

It's been snowing like crazy here - yesterday I think 9+" fell and today it's started AGAIN - with 9+ predicted. It's been a fun couple of days...we went snow-shoeing as a family yesterday (plus my 5 year old nephew) and again today...though my LV was a bit of a party pooper today. And we didn't even go that far! I have a feeling that we will not have school tomorrow - so I am not quite sure how I am going to manage to get a snow shoe work out in for myself....I'll have to stick to the treadmill again. Last night we went to see National Treasure. LV was on the edge of his seat the entire time. It was so wonderful to see him sucking up all the history that they talked about in the movie, I hope he continues to stay interested in it! After the movies it was fruit and chocolate fondue....that was nice but today I didn't feel so good. Could have been the popcorn too....who knows. I'm desperatly trying to stick to my new chicken-a-tarian food resolution, he he he. That means I'm a vegaterian but I eat white chicken meat sometimes to make sure I"m getting enough protein.....I gave up all things BAD for me...except on New Year's Eve...when I get sick from eating it...but that's another story..he he he. All things bad for me means: NO = meat, dairy products, white sugar/flour/rice (except on sushi), coffee, candy (except chocolate fondue on New Year's Eve) potato chips and snackie foods. Yes. It. totally. SUCKS. But, my fat pants (the ones that I used to wear when I was feeling a little bloated that suddenly started to be to small for me....) are now almost my fat pants again, which means they fit like they are supposed to. Except today I feel nasty. From the popcorn. and the chocolate. NASTY. I've been back on the wagon all day today - until my Mother whipped out her box of oh my gosh you're a bad wicked Mother Godiva truffles that she got for Christmas. . . . from me. LOL. Tomorrow is a new day and I am determined to stick with it. DETERMINED I tell ya. I'm also determined to share more of my creations with you. I've got some things to take pictures of later to post on ESTY, so stay tuned for that. Also I've got some classes to come up with for Scrapbooks & Beyond....and if any of you store owners out there want to have me come and teach a class, or two or three at your store, just shoot me a message and we'll talk about it! I love to travel, just about anywhere! Well, I've got to get some laundry done, there's no rest for the wicked that's for sure!