Mother and Daughter Art Journal Page

I created an art journal page of a mother and daughter while playing around in my art journal.  I sped up the video so that you could get a quick look at my process.  I hope you enjoy!

You can watch it on YouTube HERE.


This is also my last blog post until my show coming up on 10/1/16 at the Colonel Crawford Fall Festival.  You can visit me as well as many other makers, enjoy homemade cornbread and bean soup, and shop for a pumpkin while you are there.  It is a good time.  You can find out more about the event HERE.

Hope to see you there 🙂

Artiscape 2016

Another year at Artiscape has come and gone but it has left me with wonderful memories and an arsenal of new art techniques with new mediums.  My friend Tonya and I stayed at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio Thursday until Sunday, April 22-24, 2016, where Artiscape, an artist’s gathering, took place.

Our first class on Thursday was called “Rusted” with the talented Shari Replogle.  She showed us an awesome technique to make your artwork appear rusted and incorporated it into this encaustic assemblage workshop.  This was the first time that I had ever worked with encaustics and I enjoyed it.  Just be warned…it is an expensive medium to get in to.

Here I am with Shari and my pieces I created in class.  One of the pieces is not quite finished but the bird feather piece is complete.  I love how it turned out.  My husband found this Blue Jay feather in the woods behind our house.


You can find Shari’s “Wax on Wednesdays” videos on YouTube HERE and her blog HERE.

On Friday, Tonya and I took a different approach to wax as a medium and worked under the instruction of the wonderful Serena Barton to create artwork with cold wax medium in her class “Paper, Oil and Wax.”  Very different from the hot wax in encaustic and so much fun!

In this photo with Serena, I’m holding a collaborative piece that she and I worked on together.  Basically I didn’t like where it was going and she helped me work it out 😉


And here are all of the pieces that I created in class.


You can find Serena on YouTube or more about her and her wonderful books, merchandise and artwork on her website.

Friday evening was the Preview of the Marketplace where many vendors were set up selling merchandise.  There were also artist demos by Mary Beth Shaw (aka: Stencil Girl), Carolyn Dube, Trish McKinney, Melissa Becker, Sally Lynn MacDonald from Gel Press and Jan Lill Worms.  I streamed live during the event on Periscope, which unfortunately is only available for twenty-four hours.  I was so busy worrying about the Periscope broadcast that I forgot to take photos, so I apologize.

Saturday’s class was “A Jumble of Journals” with the creative and enthusiastic Lovely Linda Crofton.  We made SIX…yes SIX journals in only four hours!  Linda provided us with a TON of awesome goodies and six great journals made from various materials and bound various ways.

Lovely Linda’s website can be found HERE.

Saturday night was dinner and entertainment.  This year the theme was Masquerade in Venice.

Lisa Ohmer, the owner of European Papers and creator of Artiscape, announces the entertainment for the evening, which was Hashtag Comedy, an improvisational comedy group from the Shadowbox Live.  It was quite funny!

Sunday’s workshop was “Souvenir of Venice Journal” with Jan Lill Worms.  I really enjoyed the more traditional bookbinding techniques in this class and learning the Dos Equis stitch that we used for the spine.  Jan is an amazing bookbinder and instructor.

You can find Jan Lill Worms’ website HERE.

Before we left Sunday, we enjoyed snacks and tea at the Madhatters Tea Party.


And look at this wonderful headpiece.


We shopped the Art Fair then headed home.  It was a great weekend and I was sad to see it end, but after four days together, I think we were ready for a break 😉


Hope you enjoyed my glimpse into Artiscape weekend.  Do you have any retreats that you like to attend?  I’d love to hear about them!

Fall Fest 2015 Recap

I survived the 2015 Colonel Crawford Fall Festival last weekend.  I was able to set up the night before, which is so nice to be able to do.  One of the joys of renting a space indoors.  If you rent an outdoor space at the event, you are not able to set up until 5:30a.m. the morning of the festival, which begins at 8:00a.m.  Thanks to the hubs and his amazing ideas and muscle, we got her done.

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I also had an assistant with me this year, the hubs.  Thanks again Ken 🙂


The wind and rain did not keep patrons away from the festival.  It was packed and many of my wonderful friends and family members stopped by.  I was so happy to have their support.  Here’s to another year in the books at the Colonel Crawford Fall Festival.


I will have some of my artwork and jewelry for sale at workshop and showroom of Buckeyes and Bluegrass, located at 5964 Swabb Road in New Washington, Ohio.  They will be open October 9, 10, & 11, 10AM-6PM.  You can find out more about Buckeyes and Bluegrass at

Thanks for stopping by!

Colonel Crawford Fall Festival 2015

So I have been working like a crazy person, trying to get everything ready for the Colonel Crawford Fall Festival.  This is only my second year as a vendor at the festival but it is one of the biggest shows that I participate in.  Which means that I have a lot of prep work.  This year I decided to make my own table cover and I found this great pin on Pinterest from where she used two flat twin sheets to make a table cover.


The cover that I made is for a 4 foot table.  First, I laid one of the sheets on the table, wrong side up, then pinned the sides where I wanted the corners of the table to be fitted with the cover.


I cut the excess fabric off of the corners and sewed up the corner.  I did this for the other corner on the same side as the first.


You can leave the back open for easy access underneath the table where you may store merchandise, or if the back of the table will be visible, you can stitch the other sheet to the back.  Stitch both corners as you did with the opposite two corners and voila!


I decided that I would also drape some fabric that I had on top of the table for extra design and color.


In preparation for the show this weekend, I edited, had printed and matted a bunch of art prints.  I also created a message to go inside of each print.


I dressed up my mannequin with some of my Redbubble merchandise.


And did a quick inventory and pricing of my artwork.


This year I tried something different and made a few ornaments.


I’m looking forward to the show and if you are looking for something to do Saturday, come see me at the Colonel Crawford High School in North Robinson, Ohio on October 2rd between 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m.  Thanks for visiting the blog 🙂

Appetite for the Arts Festival

I had the pleasure of sharing a booth with other Crawford County Arts Council members at the Appetite for the Arts Festival in Port Clinton, Ohio last weekend.  We had many different types of arts in our booth including pottery, woodworking, photography, watercolor, mixed media, handmade journals, jewelry, decorated wine bottles and painted wine glasses.


The festival took place at the Port Clinton Municipal Airport and it was such a unique atmosphere.


All of the artists attended a special night on Friday evening where everyone was able to meet the artists, enjoy delicious culinary masterpieces and get first dibs on artwork for sale.


My husband even came along for support and comic relief.


I picked up a few prints from Belly Acres Farm that I fell in love with.


And I fell in love with the centerpieces on the tables.



My husband and I cut out a little early and decided to make a trip to Mon Ami Winery.


We were unable to eat due to the 1-2 hour wait, so we just tasted wine instead.  Well, I tasted the wine and he watched 🙂  It was definitely a fun night.

Have you attended any art festivals lately that were held in unique locations?  I’d love to hear all about it!

Thanks for stopping by.