Coloring Books: Creativity’s “Gateway Drug”

Coloring Page for Blog

I'm super excited to announce that I have an illustration in the upcoming issue of The Coloring Studio (available June 1 at your local bookstore or online). While I've had crafts published in books and magazines this my first published illustration. As I was flipping through my advance copy of the issue, I was thinkingContinue Reading

Bon Voyage Centerpiece

Bon Voyage Centerpiece

Know any graduates going off on a trip to Europe? Or maybe someone retiring? Here's a great project for a bon voyage centerpiece. Supplies: 12″ Smoothfoam half ball Smoothfoam airplane Acrylic craft paint Striped paper straw Instructions: Paint the half ball in blue. Allow to dry completely and then sketch in the continents to makeContinue Reading

How to Write Successful Newsletters

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Do you send out newsletters? Do you collect email addresses from fans and friends on social media? If you don't, you are missing out on one of the most successful ways to stay in touch with potential clients. I'm a huge fan of newsletters. In my younger days, when I was a human resources businessContinue Reading

Eudora the Elephant Softie Tutorial

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Do you have too many stuffed animals? We certainly do. My little girl LOVES them and, even at 10, can't resist collecting them. I complain bitterly. Then I make her more. So tell me, how do you store stuffed animals? Because that's the biggest issue around here. I'm fine with her playing with them, lovingContinue Reading

Cinco De Mayo Blog Hop with Craftwell & Sabor Papel

Cinco Blog Hop Beauty Shot

  It's party time! I'm pleased to be part of fun, Cinco de Mayo blog hop featuring Sabor Papel and Craftwell. Sabor's beautiful papers are all you need to create stunning party decor for your Cinco de Mayo and summer parties. I used Sabor Papel's collection of papers and embellishments to create beautiful paper lanternsContinue Reading

Tips for Sending Your Kids to Camp

Camp Checklist

Disclosure: I received free product from Stickerkid in exchange for a review of their products. The opinions are mine. The links to StickerKid are affiliate links-I will earn a small commission for purchases made via the links. (Which will help me offset the camp costs, so if you are going to order some labels IContinue Reading

Tween Crafts

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When I started this blog, way back in 2007, my daughter was two years old. She was my muse. Most of my crafts were very cute, and they were geared towards toddler and then elementary-aged girls. Flash forward to 2016. My daughter is almost 11 and is heading off to middle school next year. MyContinue Reading

Patio Chair Makeover

Pillow Badge

One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is to freshen up my patio for the warm months ahead. I don't have much of a design budget though, so I usually try to add one or two new items and then I "shop" around my house and mix and match the things IContinue Reading

Taking Control of Your Creative Business

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"If you don't waste your energy on variables you cannot influence, you can focus much more effectively on those you can." -Dan Harris I've been thinking a lot about this quote. To be honest, my life is in a bit of an upheaval right now. My husband was laid off in December. Which means myContinue Reading

Pretty Pencil Holder

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People who know me in "real" life would never believe this, but my studio is a mess. I'm neat freak when it comes to my home, but my studio? It looks like my high school bedroom. (I wasn't always concerned with being neat, right Mom?) Every once in awhile I go through and get organizedContinue Reading