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Teaching Em how to Refinish Furniture

It's been a while since I posted, I didn't mean to take a break, but it just happened.  Two vacations and disruptive news did it for me - I was completely distracted.  But I've been dying to share this with [...]

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DIY – Can I Really Do It Myself?

Before you start your next DIY project, take a look at this handy infographic from UK Oak Doors, and answer the questions on the flow chart truthfully. Some DIY projects make a lot of sense, but not everyone has the [...]

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What is your passion?

Some people have a passion for creating, law, art, designing, decorating, medicine, teaching etc.  How do you know when you have passion?  Passion is when you you start something and suddenly the day is gone and you've forgotten to eat, [...]

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How to Install a Silhouette Wall Design

For Valentine's Day I created a wall design to go around gallery of pictures shown in the post "To my Valentine".  Frankly, I was surprised it turned out as good as it did. The idea started with just putting a [...]

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Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Discount!

I've had been working on a Robot themed bedroom for LilMan.  As part of my design I wanted to put Formulas all over his room (who knows maybe he'll memorize them and it'll serve him someday).  In order to do [...]

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How My experience with Kids Art turned me on to Art: Spotlight on Faigie!

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Faigie Kobre the author of and owner of the blog  Edu Art 4 Kids. I have always loved art. As a child I spent some of my time copying from other pictures.I however, did not [...]

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How to Paint a Pancake

Painting, creating, sewing is a passion, one that I freely share and encourage in everyone.  It drives me nuts when someone says "I can't"...the truth is, if you have a desire to do something, then do it and then YOU [...]

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My Latest Painting

I've been drawing and painting as much as I can in my spare time, and I finally have a painting that I'm so excited about that I'm actually writing about it. Em had a dance recital back in March of [...]

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How to Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces

One of the things that drives me nuts about my office/craft room, or any room for that matter, is not having what I need within arms length of where I need it, you know what I mean?  Whenever I wanted [...]

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How to Make a Whiteboard Wall

Before we put our house on the market I saw a picture in a magazine where the bottom half of the wall had chalkboard paint, and the top half was mixture of peg boards and cork boards, the two half's [...]

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Restore Barstools and Personalize

Since we moved back into our own house (we took our house off the market) I've had several projects in mind to do to the house, one of which was to get some barstools.  We have lived in our house [...]

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Photoshop Tutorial – How to Blur Background

The other day Em, Lilman and I were goofing off in my office/craftroom and naturally I had my camera.  It had been a while since I used my 50mm lens so I was taking some goof off pictures to get [...]

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Reuse Child’s Art Easel – Part II

Waste not, want not...right!  In Part I of Reusing a Child's Art Easel I took apart Em's old Easel to make a wall Easel.  In this second post, I'll put to use the paint trays. Here is the Wall Art [...]

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Reuse a Child’s Art Easel – Part I

Em was given an easel when she was about a year and half and it has served her well: its beaten up, painted on, an eye sore and now, it is time to find it another purpose... This thing is [...]

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Button Burlap Heart

Mom, Em and I headed up to Fayetteville, TN to visit Sir's Fabric Store for some fabric shopping and ran across bags and bags of buttons for $3 to $5  - well,  we were all over that.  This was my [...]

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Refreshments – Silhouette Template

Hey everyone, It's been a while since I've provided some how to posts, and my mind is brimming with them and my notebook has pages of them - the challenge is I'm still trying to keep my house clean because [...]

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3 Generations of Art!

Hey Everyone!, I've been away from posting for a while so that I could work on bringing you all more options to get some artwork into your house....not everyone actually wants to paint, I get that... So I've opened up [...]

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How to draw a Pillbug (Roly Pollie)

Summer is here! My kids are super active outside (LilMan is apparently a bug hunter).  Well sometimes it just gets too hot outside and while he's chasing bugs all I have to do is be and they swarm to me. [...]

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Announcing my Free Ebook!!! Teaching kids how to draw

I got into blogging because I love to share ideas and I love it when someone actually does something that I've posted (I will literally clap my hands and squeal). :) It makes me feel like a contributor to the [...]

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Painting Trip – Tangible and Not Tangible

Recently mom and I headed to Tybee Island for a painting seminar - she took a China Painting class where she learned how to use an airbrush on porcelain and where I took a class in oil painting with Andrew [...]

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How to draw out a painting using photoshop

There is a shortcut to create a realistic painting and ensure you get the proportions and perspective right, you put the picture into a grid.  I used to think it was cheating, but then I saw that DaVinci used a [...]

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I Am One Proud Mom

Over the last couple of weeks I've experienced an overwhelming since of pride in my daughter's artistic ability.  Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of both of my kids, they are bright, thoughtful (sometimes selfish), and curious.  They have great [...]

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How to Make a Snowman Tree Topper

This year we decided to have colored lights on the tree, and because of this one change I needed to make some decorating changes - the gold and white angel on top such a vibrant tree just wouldn't cut it.  [...]

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Another Burlap Pillow

When I started making the previous Burlap Pillow I got the idea for this pillow (I didn't set out to make two pillows, I only needed one, but I just had to make it).  I had purchased a bunch of [...]

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Burlap Decorated Pillow

Time is moving too quickly.  Stores are already decorating for Christmas, our local station 96.9 is already playing Christmas music non stop.  Well, I'm not ready to burst into the next season without fully decorating for this one.  Each season [...]