05 April 2015


You may remember this piece as one of my last posts before my hiatus.  It came from a very thoughtful place after a lot of soul searching.

I have finally created the second of this series of three.  This one also came as a result of a personal battle I fight.  I have depression and I am coming out of a particularly nasty slump.  This most recent rut started out as anger and then morphed into a deep sadness.  I’m not ashamed and I find that talking about it is rather liberating.

Vida (8)

Each piece of this canvas hold meaning.  The chaos that always seems to be in the background, the chains that sometimes feel like they will never let go, the flashes of happy color through the chaos, the feeling that *I* can’t be seen and the constant reminder that life, vida, has got to be lived.

Vida (7)

I’m lucky to have a very understanding husband who is my rock and my light.  And I always appreciate and understand that I am NEVER alone and if you can relate,  you aren’t alone either.  I’m not ashamed as it’s very much a part of who I am, of my irresistible charm.  ::wink::

28 March 2015

Art Anthology and Art Education Month

Good day Muses!  Did you know that March is art education month?  Have you stopped to wonder what this world would be like without art?  How does art help the community?  How does art help our children learn in school?  What does art teach our kids?

Mini Album 3

My project is up and live on the Art Anthology blog and I linked it up at Paper Issues for the "Paint By Numbers" issue.  This project is rather unique in that I asked my kids to contribute to it.  I asked each kid to decorate a page in anyway they wanted with the exception of my oldest, Madison.  Her art of choice is poetry.

As they worked on their pages, I thought about what they learn from art.  The results of these two ideas resulted in what I call an unexpected “2-fer”. I inadvertently ended up with two mini albums in one.  One side features the kids' artwork, the other is what they've learned by studying and making art.

Take a look and view a different perspective.  After all, the EARTH without ART is just…..eh.

Mini Album 1
An unexpected delight....

Mini Album 2

What does art teach our kids?  Art teaches perspective, tolerance, creativity, and imagination.

Mini Album 4 


04 March 2015

A House of Whimsy

Hello Muses!  I am so glad to be back in the groove of being crafty and creative!  My not-so-first post as a member of the Art Anthology Dream Team is live on their blog and it's a doozy! 

Likin' what you see?  You can learn how I did it by checking out my tutorial post on the Art Anthology blog!


17 February 2015

A Dream Team Fo' Sho!

Hello Muses!  Today, I get to finally share something that I've been wanting to do for such a long time.  Last year, many of you may remember that I was a part of the Art Anthology Dream Team.  I had to take a rather long hiatus because I was having a hard time maintaining the balance between work, family, diving, and my professional art obligations.

Well, after some reorganizing, soul searching, and truly committing myself to balance the things I truly wanted to do, I am proud to announce that I have rejoined the Art Anthology team for the 2015-2016 term.

There are some amazingly talented people in this group and I am humbled and honored to be able to show my work alongside them.  I look forward to putting my best painted foot forward, learning from them, and growing a little bit along the way.  Here is the rest of the Dream Team!

For those of you who do not know what Art Anthology is, you have GOT to check them out and demand, yes.  DEMAND that your local scrapbook store carry these gloriously unique, top quality, HANDMADE IN THE USA paints and sprays.  Not sure where to look?  Check out the Art Anthology blog as well as the Art Anthology site.  I promise you won't be disappointed!


22 January 2015

Week 2 Is in the Baaaag!

Have I told you guys how much I am totally *diggin'* Project Life?!  Today, I have my Week 2 spread ready and rarin' to go!  I do admit that these project photos aren't as spectacular as last week's.  Fighting with cloudy, windy, dreary, overcast skies today and they kind of won.  ::shaking fist::

I used an assortment of cards from various Project Life Core Kits as well as embellishments from my January Hip Kit.  Why discriminate?  There's room for e'rythang in here!  And I have to say, those cork embellishments are the BOOOMB diggity!

Week 2 was a good week!  We checked out a new restaurant with some friends, ate some horse heart and kangaroo, had drinks, and my son had a minor meltdown over math homework. Yep.  Welcome to my life.

One thing to remember:  It's not sacrilegious to glue embellishments directly onto the photo.  True story.

Basashi = horse heart.......and it's DELICIOUS!  DELICIOUS I tell you!!!

Aaaaah and here we are at meltdown city topped with a cocoa rice krispie treat and the official start to some diving fun.  Aren't you "feeling the love"??!!  ::sarcasm::

One thing I do love about Project Life is that is lets me use tools and items I bought swearing I'd use them on ALL THE THIIIIIIIINGS but they ended up being shoved into a cabinet, used as a paper weight, or just straight up forgotten like an old pair of shoes in the back of the closet. As Justin Timberlake said, "I'm bringin' embossin' back!"

I have a box of Thin Mints calling my name so until next time.......