#52CafeCards Week 6

Week 6 of Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge at Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was F – Folk (Art). I created something similar for my mother-in-law’s birthday two years ago. It was more folk artsy but I hoped the more personal nature of this piece helped fill in the gap.

My growth in this weeks challenge came to sharing a more personal piece of art.

The private Facebook group was filled with folk art from around the globe. It was awe-inspiring.

Find your roots!




#52CafeCards Week 5

Week 5’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was E – Eclipse. Love the shine. My word for this week’s challenge is shine. Silly, I know but. . .

This seemed like a hard challenge for the group, me included. I decided to try my Viva Decor  Inka Gold paints in three colors; Gold, Silver, and Blue.

Perfect? No, but fun and taught me to push through the doubts.

Shine on my peeps! (LOL, channeling my teens, sorry;))



#52CafeCards – Week 4

Week 4 of Maremi’s Creative Cafe’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge on Facebook was D – Dragonfly.

This one is close to my heart. I have a weakness for dragonflies. As the first children’s book I published featured a dragonfly named Loop. You can check it out here.

Personal art growth challenge this week was “Shrinky Dink” embellishment. I created this cute little dragonfly with a clearance item from Joann Fabric’s. I was extra nervous thanks to my chemical allergy, but my heat gun shrunk it up nice(and I was able to breath, too! Yeah!!). New tool in my arsenal!

“be an original” as the card says.



#52CafeCards Week 3

I don’t like coffee. It was my luck that week three’s card is C – Coffee. Yuck.

I decided to play. It was a lot of fun to explore fake advertising. Technique learned – first time to have paper embellishment hanging off.

Again, this altered playing card was created for Maremi’s Creative Cafe’s(private Facebook art group) Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge.

Find a way to turn lemons into lemonaid, I did. It was fun.



#52CafeCards – Week 1 & 2

In my last post I referred to a media art challenge in which I was participating.  The two cards picture here are my contribution for weeks 1 & 2/ A – Art & B – Bubbles.

The challenge is held by a private Facebook group, Maremi’s Creative Cafe. A couple of days ago, the group surpassed 5,000 members worldwide. It is a very supportive group with a wide diversity of members. We range from beginners to professional. Unfortunately, I am unable to share anyone else’s work but my own.

My hope is to see how I grow from week to week learning techniques and styles while finding and staying true to my style. My personal challenges in week one were 1) working on a small canvas, and 2) using magazine page in a collage. In week two, the challenge was bubbles. I have seen quite a few artworks with circles and bubbles.

Be Creative!



Long Time No See

I know that life happens to all of us. I seem to be particularly unable to balance life. People have always been my focus in life, usually this has been family. For the last twenty one years, my primary focus has been on my three children. I have experienced being the sandwich generation for the last six years.

However, this last year has been elevated to new levels of difficulties. I am planning on a series of post to share these life events. Highlights – engagement, graduation, vacations, aneurysms, ICU, Rehab, MRSA & infections, recovery, wedding, separations, and the big one Divorce.

I have joined a creative community on Facebook Mariemi Cafe and working on their #52CafeCards Challenge. Hoping to sharing my creative playing card created for the challenge, a letter a week with a theme. We are six weeks in for this years, I will probably keep this blog a week or two behind so I can make sure that I have the card ready.

Ready? I hope so. See you soon.



Getting Dressed, part 1

I have been obsessed. Yes, obsessed with dresses. This is unusual for me. I can’t even tell you the last time I wore a dress. Oops, I can. It was two years ago for my oldest son’s graduation. It was a lovely print but it didn’t photo well. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn that until after the ceremony.

What do I have to do with the ceremony, one might ask? As homeschooling parents, we are required to be on stage to present the diploma to our graduating senior.  We will be presenting our daughter’s later this month. We are so proud of her. So, I need a great dress (dress #1).

My oldest son got engaged last month. So, I will need two great dresses this summer; one for the bridal shower (dress #2), and one for the wedding (dress #3). Again, we are so proud of our son and his fiancee. (side bar – a little nervous at becoming a mother-in-law).

Little Black Dress.jpg
Sketch and digital lettering I created for artistic challenge on Facebook

Now, back to my obsession, I am struggling with body image issues once again. Ten years ago, I lost sixty pounds in a couple of years. I maintained that weight loss for five years. I have slowly gained forty pounds over the last five years for so many reasons.

As I have gained the weight back, I have slowly noticed my wardrobe become monotonous, mostly jeans and t-shirts again. We are also going on vacation next month to where we lived five years ago. Pressure, right, I know.

Keep you posted,


Abandoned, Good or Bad?

Abandoned, a word that evokes such emotion. Sadness and fear are my most predominate feelings. The abandoned house, family, pet, etc. . . Things left behind.

It’s not always a bad word or action. I have several projects that I have abandoned. Some are just waiting. Some, however, are abandoned and I will never work on them again.

That is truly a good thing. They weren’t a waste of my time because I learned something. They just aren’t worthy of more of my time.

What have you had to let go of and truly abandoned? Was it a good thing or bad?

I abandoned playing a musical instrument. I was not good and no amount of practice was going to help. It was a good thing. I was able to focus on more enjoyable pursuits: my love of photography, writing, painting, or simply creating what interest me at the moment (sewing, knitting or crocheting, etc. . . )

Don’t give up on something truly important to you but learn to prune your life.



Yard Sale Crafts, Part 2


Two weekends ago, my husband and I went yard-sale-ing. Last week, I posted part 1 (here ). I purchased several craft items. Last week, I wrote about the knitted bead bracelet kit I purchased for $.50. This week’s project is a Hanging Jewelry Organizer.

picture jewerly organizer precreation v1

At a second yard sale, I purchased a dated apple print in an oak frame. I have been looking for an inexpensive large solid lightweight frame for this project for a long time. Above is a picture of the supplies I have slowly purchase to make a jewelry organizer for my wall.

Supplies pictured above:

  • Lace, I chose black & white with large loops
  • Picture frame
  • 1/2 yard of fabric, I chose a burlap
  • Paint
  • Cup hooks ( a package of eight – although mine only had seven)

Also used a foam paint brush, tape measure, glue of choice, and a screw gun.

Step One: Discard the undesirable apple print and the glass. Paint the frame – I used a black multi-surface acrylic paint.

Jewery organizer frame in Process step 1 v1.jpg

Step Two: Reused the board that backed the print. Glue the fabric down. Determine the distance from the top to fit your necklaces. Mark the line you would like to glue your first row of lace. I determined that I needed two inches between rows of lace. (Be careful – when applying the glue line for the black, mine got a little uneven).

Jewelry Organizer - background websize

Step Three: Measure and drill holes for the cup holders, if your frame requires. Also, do not attempt to drill through the frame without using clamps and a barrier under the frame – not pictured. (I brought in professional help – my husband was a carpenter for twenty years.) Twist the cup hooks into the frame. Assemble.Jewelry Organizer - drilling the frame.jpg

Step Four: Hang and enjoy!

Jewelry Organizer - Finished websize

Yard Sale Crafts, part 1

I love to yard sale. It wasn’t something that came naturally to me. My mother really didn’t approve for many years. My husband’s family had done some when he was young. If memory serves, it was more auctions.

My husband and I move away from family after we had been married nine months. Trying to find inexpensive fun things to do together after we bought our first place, we needed to decorate on very tight budget. I asked him to teach me how to yard sale and auction etiquette.

I am sure that there have been times though out our marriage that he has regretted teaching me.( I have definitely surpassed my teacher.) However, this past weekend, we went spent a day together yard sale-ing. It was a great day.

I found quite a bit of art supplies at a much reduced price. YEAH!!!! I have wanted to try my hand at beaded bracelets. (I tried one years ago. It turned out okay. I wanted one of those kit thingies, but not enough to put my money where my mouth was.) I found one of the Klutz Knitted Beaded Bracelet kits at a yard sale for fifty cents. It was time to try it. It looked like maybe someone had opened it up and looked at it then put it back.

There is a learning curve and my background of crochet and knitting definitely help me jump to the head of the class. The pictured purple beaded bracelet is my first attempt.  I found the knitting relaxing. The stringing of beads was a little tedious but I love the comfort and look. There will be more.

Join me next week when I share a picture tutorial on a Pinterest – Success project with things bought this past weekend.



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