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Friday, November 21

Planners Available

For those not interesting in creating a custom planner - but want something creative, colorful and full of great illustrations -- I am in the process of finishing up 5 planners that will be available to purchase -- what a great idea -- get some ORIGINAL art and get organized for 2015!

I have 5 different planners coming, I'm showing three of the cover designs that will be available on this blog post.

The planners are a generous 8 1/2" x 11", have been bound together with a black coil and have 64 pages. The front cover is a colorful, original piece of art that I have adhered to heavy weight chipboard and the back- cover is a solid color that coordinates with the front. The covers have been sealed to protect the original art for daily use.

Each planner has 21 illustrations, a two page per month planner design and is printed on 80# Bright White Accent card stock. They would make perfect gifts (to yourself or someone in your life) and will be available from my etsy shop or can be picked up locally.

These planners are a limited edition, so you'll want to get order one while they are available! I will only 5 available to purchase with original art this year!  All other designs will be reproductions!

Wednesday, November 19

New Stamps are AVAILABLE!

I'm so happy to let you know that my latest line of stamps with Art Gone Wild is available and even more excited to share my new designs with you!

First thing I did was make a new phone case!

They look so pretty, I love the way the catalog designs are colored. 

You can order them directly from Art Gone Wild (link to catalog on their website: To order, call 1-800-945-3980 -- they will be happy to take your order, but I'm told they have a new fangled website coming in the new year.

I will be ordering some for my Etsy shop -- so stay tuned! THANKS for dropping by, I'll be sharing some colored pages from my Positivity Journal soon!

Tuesday, November 18

Vintagy Recycled Christmas Ornaments

It's hard to find ornaments that aren't made in China or have that glittery, vintage flair that many of us love so much. Join me at Merrymeeting Art House tonight from 6:30 - 9 to make three sweet ornaments to cherish for a life time!

Monday, November 17

Winter is here….

I think it's official, winter has arrived in Maine. Two different storms from last week and then more snow today.

I think I'm getting old as I really don't have the stomach for it this year, LOL. Or, maybe it's because it always seems to compromise my plans. 

Whatever the reason is that I'm not ready for cold and snow, at least it's pretty to look at and will be gone before tooooo long! Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Friday, November 14

My Artful Life Planner Covers

The kits for My Artful Life Planner have finally arrived and I have had a few classes at the studio to teach my students how to assemble them and during the class they create custom covers and at the end they using my binding machine to bind their planners. 

I think that having the supplies and instructions to create the covers works well and from what I've seen they have really enjoyed the experience.

I'll be making the kits available soon, and have also decided to create a limited number of completed planners using the covers I demo during class.

Thanks for dropping by -- have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, November 12

Catherine Scanlon Designs Quilted Banner

A few weeks ago I received a mysterious package from my sweet friend in Canada, Karen Ellis. Since I was at her beautiful studio and shop I thought maybe I had forgotten something and she was sending it back to me.

Instead of being reunited with a lost supply -- I was happily presented this beautiful quilted banner that she artfully created. She used my stamps and her new Brother embroidery machine to create this.

It's so beautiful -- and the detail she was able to stitch on the fabric is so amazing.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with it, but I certainly do feel blessed to have thoughtful and talented friends!

THANK you Karen! Be sure to check out all the artsy goodness she shares on her blog, you won't  be disappointed! Have a great day!

Monday, November 10

An Encounter with a Praying Mantis

A few weeks ago my son came home from school and told me he rescued a praying mantis from the middle of the road. Since I'd never really seen one I went out and checked him out.

It was a really cool experience, I was surprised at how big it was, as you can see by looking at the images here.
He (she) kept looking at me and then walked toward my phone. Several times he tried to climb on it -- I think it might have been because I have a colored flower design on my phone case.

After a while we let him go in the remains of my garden, not sure if he will hibernate or what he does as winter approaches and come back next year!

Thanks for dropping by, have a great week!

Saturday, November 8

Stamp Carving at Merrymeeting Art House

I had a guest teacher at the studio last month that taught stamp carving -- one of the few mediums I haven't tried yet. I loved it. Here's the progression of my 4" x 6" stamp:

I traced one of my daily practice sketches in my notebook with a "B" Pencil on tracing paper and transferred it to the red rubber.

This was what it looked like when I stamped it the first time. I liked it but really thought the lines down the flower petals needed to go.

The second printing, working on removing the background areas.

Third, testing out what the petals would look like.

And the block, printed on mixed media paper using distress paint.

Painted with watercolor paints -- it turned out so much better than I thought it would.

And glittered up and made into a card for a stamp carving friend's birthday -- I think she loved it. We're going to have another stamp carving class at the studio, make sure to check out the schedule and see if you can make it!

Thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend!

Friday, November 7

Great Fun at the Studio!

Art Journal Toolbox is every Thursday from 12:30 - 2. Bring your journal and learn a new technique each week!Click on the image to view the class schedule for November!

Monday, November 3

There's something to be said for Positivity
Today I'm sharing some images from the Positivity Journal Class I'm teaching at the studio.

Words + Pretty Stamps + Mixed Media Coloring Techniques

Equals a day full of creativity and fun!

I hope you'll join me on November 15th for this class -- all supplies included PLUS you get a great journal to play in! Register to save your spot today!

Thursday, October 30

Positivity Journal

I'm working out the details for a new class at Merrymeeing Art House called the "positivity journal" using my stamps and designs from Art Gone Wild -- and it just so happens I'm waiting for my next release of stamps to arrive in the mail!

Thanks for visiting -- have a great day!

Monday, October 27

New Art Journal

Between my Daily Practice Notebooks and my Art Journals -- I'm moving on to journal #8 for this year. Here's my latest!

This is a 140 lb. Strathmore Mixed Media pad. I'm currently in love with them, of course that's only until the next new thing comes along, LOL.

The last page from my last journal, trying new things here and there. I like how this turned out. In the new journal I have vowed to use more color!

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Saturday, October 25

Meeting Students

Last month one of the students that has taken many of my on-line classes came to Maine on a cruise and we spent the afternoon together. It was such a joy sharing my favorite restaurant with Barb Lambing and her husband --and Portland Head wasn't to bad either!

Of course we had a selfie! 

And the weather was perfect that day -- love that the black eyed susans were in perfect bloom for them!

Flowers on the table at my favorite Dim Sum in Portland.

And one more selfie -- thank you so much Barb -- it truly was a lovely afternoon. Hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, October 23

Brunswick 10 x 10

Last month I contributed to a fun art show in Brunswick called the 10 x 10 Brunswick Benefit Show and Art Sale -- and I'm happy to say I sold one painting!

My two paintings are in the middle! I chose not to frame them because I used Birch Panels.

The sunflower painting is the one that sold, it is one of my favorite ones but I know that it went to a good home.

The proceeds from the sale go to Arts are Elementary which helps Brunswick Elementary schools. I think it was a great success, thanks to all the came out to see all the beautiful work -- and thanks to the person that purchased my painting -- forever grateful for your support!

Have a great day all, it's raining cats and dogs here.

Sunday, October 19

Food…….as always

I think I am as creative in the kitchen as I am in the studio. Sometimes I think about a recipe or particular food I want to cook for days. Even weeks. I do spend a lot of time thinking about how best to make something yummy for my family. I'm not afraid to try something new, I often think that if I wasn't teaching art in the studio for my career I should have been in the kitchen.

But then again, I often just make it up at the last minute because I didn't take the time to plan out dinner and we should be eating soon because our man-boy is starving. For those times I cross my fingers and hope for the best. 

I recently made this amazing raw beet salad. No recipe -- just things that had been bouncing around in my head (much like how a piece of art comes together for me)  fusing themselves together until I was ready to make them for supper.

For this recipe I used a mandolin to matchstick cut: 3 freshly picked and Scrubbed Beets, 1 Macintosh apple and 1/2 of a vidalia onion. I also minced 1 tablespoon of ginger. Then I combined the fresh fruit/veggies  with: 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon coconut sugar and let them sit on the counter for an hour or so while I cooked the rest of the dinner. You could also add carrot, red cabbage, cucumber or even daikon.

My husband STRONGLY dislikes beets and was a little put-off that I would even serve it to him for dinner. ha ha. He went back for seconds and couldn't stop saying how good it was.

Now, if only I could get my BiBimBap to look this good!

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!