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Painting – Promise

This painting started out in my mom and dad's back yard.  I literally sat outside for a bit and painted - it's called a Plein Air technique.  Plein Air you use a quick drying medium like Liquin and Turpenoid so [...]

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Em’s Surprise Bedroom Makeover!

After a month of planning and sewing we did it!  The whole family was in on Em's surprise bedroom makeover: Grandma, Grandpa, Ben, LilMan and Mammaw.  Everyone had a hand. :) The Plan We had to get Em out of [...]

What is your passion?

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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Making a Call Out – Help Please :)

Do you have something that you wish you would have bought when you saw it but didn't? This is my shopping regret. I was cleaning/organizing my pictures, I took this picture on my iPhone while I was in New York in [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

Free ebook: Teaching kids how to draw

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 Tell if it is “Good” China

You've probably heard either someone say in real-life or in a movie "fine China" or "she brought out the good China"; I never really stopped to think about it before - but what does it mean to have "Good China"? [...]

How to Paint a Hot Fudge Sundae

How to Paint Hot Fudge Sundae!

I need your help on the 4th and last Sweet Painting!  What beautiful dessert would you want hanging in your house???? As you guys know Amanda and I have had a couple of gatherings to not only taste some awesome [...]

Cupcake Painting Party

Cupcake Painting Party – Painting Instructional Video

Last week Amanda had us over for an evening full of cupcakes, painting and good people. You could do the same and pull it off with just a little info from myself and Amanda.   A heavenly cupcake called, "Caramel Toffee [...]

Chocolate Painting Party

Chocolate and Painting Party with Instructional Video

Last week Amanda and I hosted a Chocolate and Painting party, she brought the chocolate and I brought the painting - oh what a combo!  That was my version of heaven: 14 bars of chocolate, painting and surrounded by great [...]


Get Start Painting!

  I've recently had two conversations with people who are interested in tapping into an artistic side.  Let me tell you, if you have the desire and the time - you can do it!   I've been painting for almost [...]


Painted Silhouette and Embellished Pillow

I started out painting a pillow with the intent to make the Silhouette a solid color, but because of the nature of the material and the acrylic paint, I changed directions and I absolutely love the results! Pin It I [...]


Tie-Dyed Flower Tutorial

  On the Hand Painted Embellished Pillow I made these tie-dyed flowers because I wanted a realistic flower to pop out from the painting. Here is the tutorial on how to make this really pretty flower (use for hair bow, [...]


Hand Painted and Embellished Pillow

I had previously posted the following 2 pics on Facebook and Twitter: did you guess what they were? They became a one of a kind, hand painted and embellished pillow.  Painted with acrylics, and embellished with a tie-dyed flower.  Read [...]


Halloween Vinettes

I have as many Halloween decorations as I do Christmas decorations. Usually I decorate my breakfast room with Halloween stuff, but this year I extended beyond the breakfast room.  CHECK OUT THE DINING ROOM SPIDER DECOR My mom made this [...]