Friday, October 31, 2014

The business of fixing

I'm not in the business of fixing people
I'm not in the business of fixing you
Where I'm at right now is fixing the part of me that thought I could
I want to and have wanted to so badly in the past that I let myself suffer
Maybe I'm trying to suffer for you
I want to take it all away
I want it to all be better
Because I love you more than anything
The guilt
the worry
the shame
all in not being able to fix your problems

What I am learning and still at odds with myself is
that I have to surrender it all up to God.
He is in the business of the fixing
Oh he does a good job
He does it through problems, the so-called suffering. And the real suffering
He does it through anguish and turmoil
But His specialty is through Love
That is the only truth

Grasp hold tightly to love
Cling to that like your life depends on it
Because it truly does
Embrace your hardships. Because God is working on YOU.
No I'm not going to fix you.....or your problems
Look toward Heaven and your "problems" soon become the best blessing of all

This is only my story. my side. I don't know you inside and out. I don't know every hair on your head. But I know who does. And He is on your side.

All I can do is write. To free myself of the this slavery that I put myself through. Through painting and writing.....Through the Almighty God.....I am free!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Glitter Angel giveaway winners

Congrats to Serena Berry and Maggie!!! you have won a Glitter Angel class. I have Serena's email but Maggie could you reply to this post or email me at with your email address?

Thank you all for helping me spread the word!!

Class starts November 1st

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Birds. and a day off

Today I took a much needed day off from the daily studio/home routine. It was a perfect day for driving! I met up with my sister and mom in Mountain View, AR to grab some lunch and look around at the shops on the square. We had lunch overlooking Sylamore river at Anglar's Cafe. I told my mom and sis that the last time I was there we spotted a bald eagle flying over the river. He proceeded to put on a show for the whole restaurant by soaring and perching on a nearby tree. I hadn't expected to see a bald eagle again on this trip. I wasn't expecting to see any cool birds at all. I was wrong. On the beautiful, winding drive back home....I spotted a Scissor-tailed flycatcher. I have never seen one before. I knew it was somewhat rare for this area. (not as rare as the fork-tailed flycatcher). I couldn't wait to get back home and look through my bird book to see what bird this was!! The determining markings that I definitely remember seeing was the black and white tail. (the fork-tail has an all black tail)

But before I saw this beauty, I spotted two wild turkeys on the side of the road. a beautiful day indeed!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Glitter Angel

I'm so excited to share with you a new class offering! Glitter Angel….
So back in 2011, I submitted a tree angel to Stampington and it was published in their "Holidays and Celebrations" publiication in 2012. After spending some time and enjoying my tree angel...I decided to sell her. Many folks asked about how I created this Angel and asked for a class so I thought I would create a sparkly version of this sweet angel in time for Christmas. You have lifetime access so that you can create Angel after Angel....or any little girl for that matter. There are so many directions to take this in. Dress her up in fibers...sparkly glitter...but most of all have fun!

Supply list:

  • plastic ornament - 4 inches
  • gesso (any gesso will do but I love Dina Wakley's gesso. so smooth and creamy
  • old brush or wood dowel
  • styrofoam or paper mache cone --about 7" tall
  • sandpaper - any grit
  • 24 gauge wire
  • wire cutters
  • acrylic paints
  • muslin fabric
  • collage pauge - matte
  • lindy's stamp gang sprays 
  • mulberry paper - 1 sheet is plenty
  • wireless chenile - 
  • pretty fibers/fabric 
  • recycled cardboard or chipboard
  • iridescent gold paint 
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • pencil
  • white opaque flakes
  • craft felt - 1 small piece 
  • glitter....lots of glitter!!
  • paint colors for face:
  • van dyke brown hue
  • americana fiery red (neon)
  • quin. nickel azo gold
  • bright aqua green 
  • heavy body white paint 
  • a full list with links and more details are available when you sign up!

I'm so excited to announce that Susana Tavares will be our guest artist!!
I am Susana Tavares, self-taught artist, I live in Lisbon, Portugal.If I pick 3 words to describe my art will be: feminine, spiritual, whimsical …with a bit of magic dust :)

  • Class begins: November 1st
  • $29
  • lifetime access

here is the girl I'll be demo-ing:

GIVEAWAY instructions
  • I need your help spreading the news about Glitter Angel!
  • I'm going to give away 2 Glitter Angel classes 
  • (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
  • Please share this blog post link on your blog, pinterest, instagram, or Facebook
  • come back here and let me know - leave your name, email address and how you shared
  • drawing will be done on Thursday, October 23rd

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

my space

So I was asked the other day about my set-up for filming my classes and I promised him a photo. So I thought I would share this here so that everyone could see my space.

Go here to see what products I use....tripod and camera. I've also listed the supply list for packing and backing board that I use for my prints.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Printmaking unleashed inspired project

Today I want to share with you a project that is inspired by Traci Bautista's Printmaking Unleashed book!
I received a big, beautiful box of supplies to play with…chock full of materials for printmaking, stencils, stamps, golden high flow paints and so much more. I am so thrilled and blessed to have been included in such a wonderful blog hop!!

here are some of the prints that I made from the tutorials in the book:

 I took these prints and created a collage/painting. Follow along with my process here:

Staying Present

If you are interested in learning more from Traci, she has an amazing online class that compliments the book. Find out more here:

Register and learn more

Friday, October 3, 2014

Soul bird winner

Congrats to Ronda Conley!!! Thank you all so much for helping to spread the word about my online class. I can't wait to see the work that comes out of it.