Welcome To My Creative Journey- The Next Half Century

From knitting to cooking, jewelry making to painting, gardening to journaling, I love it all and would love for you to share it with me

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Is Upon Us

Here it is September 2016. Reallllly? 
Wow, when did that happen?
Another year to prepare for a Craft Show in just 6 weeks
When will I learn.....hehe!
One of these days I am sure.
Here is a
 sample of the first 
set of Creations from my 
basement studio

Sea glass, delicately gathered by my
 wonderful mother-in-law, Edith Gourley.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Life Book 2016

Exciting news only a month to go and 
Life Book 2016 
will be open for signing up.
Read about it all here!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Welcome 2015

2015  I can hardly believe it! 

I am looking forward 
to a hopeful and enlightening year. 

A new chapter, 
a new direction, a new passage.

I am 55 
but still young at heart experiencing
cultivating life stories. 

I feel more prepared to face them head on 
with what I know 
 what I have learned.


The time is right and I am ready to start becoming my most creative self. 

Looking back at some of my art and creations
aspiring to 
     accomplish many more....

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014: Year of the Fairy Tale An On line Class by Carla Sonheim

I wanted to introduce you to Carla Sonheim,
 an illustrator and online art instructor known for using 
innovative exercises and techniques to help students of all levels 
embrace a more playful approach to creating art. 
She is the author of

 "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 
52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun


"The Art of Silliness
A Creativity Book for Everyone."

Carla Sonheim

For the last three years 
her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, 
where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists.
 She made this Paper Doll tutorial 
in anticipation of her next online class, 

"2014: Year of the Fairy Tale," 
which begins  
January 20th, 2014. 

You can find out more about 

 "2014 Year of the Fairy Tale" Online Class here
Carla's other art and classes here:

Here is a step by step illustration of the Paper Doll Tutorial:

A quick and fun way to make original paper dolls... a perfect thing to do with your kids or to nurture the kid inside you... because we're never too old to play with paper dolls! Have fun!

P.S. This tutorial was made in anticipation of my next online art class,

paper doll tutorial

1. Gather your supplies.

- a small watercolor set

- #12 round paintbrush (or similar)

- 8"x10" sheet of 140# hot press watercolor paper (or similar)

- a regular pencil

- an eraser (I like kneaded rubber erasers)

- scissors


2. Lightly sketch 
in an outline of your doll. Keep your hand loose, and try not to worry about exact proportions (sometimes the most charming characters emerge when we let go of perfection!).

3. Using lots of water
mix up a color to use as the skin tones. Paint face, arms and feet. When face has had a chance to dry, get some red pigment on your brush and "dot" it into the watercolor quickly. The color should begin to spread out a bit for some nice rosy cheeks.

4. Let dry completely.

5. Paint in some hair; let dry completely.

6. Cut out your paper doll, and...

7. Play!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Craft Fair 2013

Well I will be making it to another craft fair this year!

Started getting ready a bit late (mid September) but I was able to keep a pretty good pace
and not get too discouraged. 

Having the wonderful support from my family and friends helps so much, I really am thankful.

Here are a few pictures of what I will be selling this year.
Last of the Wooden Bird Houses, this is 12 inches high

Who Ville Trees

Printed on Vintage Music Sheets

My wine bags, Bob's wooden tree branch tags

Original Mixed-Media Art

Wooden Bird House