Key to my Heart

Key to my Heart

Going through the house to fill the donation box, I kept picking up frames in one room or another. Some were old, some new, some broken, some brand new from the craft store. So there I was with a stack of frames & wood & inspiration struck… Holiday ornaments and tags were just waiting to be discovered in those wooden pieces…pumpkins needed to be adorned, ornaments wanted to be created and all in all- it was time to create! I also had a wonderful box just delivered from DecoArt full of amazing products from their new mixed-media line to try…I have several art projects in mind for these new products (especially their fabulous fluid acrylics!)…but today I was thinking more decoratively in my home for my mixed media creating! Since I felt a little sparkly, I went with ornaments first (I know- out of seasonal order, but who can resist the possibility of spreading a little golden cheer!) I grabbed the first frame, and old book, several awesome products from DecoArt’s new mixed media line, a stencil or two & raided the junk drawer for some old keys, buttons & an assortment of what-nots!     I began tearing pages and deco-paging the background. When dry, I did a soft wash using white antiquing cream to soften the look. Then I took one of my new favorite products,  DecoArt’s Metallic Lustre – Gold Rush, and rubbed it with a rag along the edges and details of the frame- Love! To create the center image for my frame, I used a key stencil, gesso & a palette knife. I taped off around the key I...

Thanksgiving Pumpkins into Carriages

  I am so thankful for traveling this year’s twisting and turning journey. From tightly closed doors to wide open opportunities, it has really been a gift of a year, tied up with ribbon on top. Each year begins with a blank slate. A custom canvas ready to be filled. It may have holes, or be a little crooked, but it is yours to decorate nonetheless. To look at that piece a little differently sometimes requires vision, sometimes perspective, but always faith and creativity. Perhaps, it needs to be flipped over, turned upside down, or just hung a little differently. God has provided everything we need to decorate that year, we just have to look for it.  The very essence of faith is that all will be provided, at the right time and place. It has been, for all this year, but sometimes it is hard to see. We concentrate on the pumpkin, not the carriage it could become. Even as life is unraveling, perhaps it is just preparation for it to be unrolled, pressed free of worry wrinkles, revealed, then tied into a beautiful bow. It has been a beautiful year of unraveling, of losing control in only the most wonderful ways. Faith. Fullness. Chaos. Grace. Growth. Fun. and for that perspective, I give thanks to my great God today. May your Thanksgiving be overflowing in grace and...

May I Address the Street

Time – something I don’t seem to have enough of (like every mom out there!) SO when it comes to fall decorating, I wanted a cute, but quick fall fix for my front steps. A quick trip to my hardware store for lightweight aluminum street numbers and picked up some pumpkins while at the grocery store (ahhh – I just pretended my kid-laden car was almost the same as a hayride out to the pumpkin patch) The lightweight metal is easy to bend, just use your hands to curve the numbers slightly to fit your pumpkins Use nails or tacks to pop numbers straight into the pumpkin (I used carpet tacks because I like the rustic look) Your five minute or less pumpkin decorating project is now complete – the hard part is deciding should I put them on the left side or the right side of the stairs – no matter their location, cute, cute, cute! Happy Fall...

Make a V.O.W.

  Today is an exciting day for me, one that I have prayed for for a while  Today I debut the new ministry packet for the Verse of the Week: Make a V.O.W. It is a make one, give one ministry that leads you through the how, what, where & why of beginning scripture memory It helps you to create not just a verse board for yourself, but also one to give to encourage others on this wonderful journey. Easy steps walk you through creating a verse board using your own surfaces: A homemade chalkboard, an existing chalk or dry-erase board, a chalk-painted wall, let your imagination go wild with how you can put scripture front and center in your own home! To show one easy and creative way to use the packet, I pulled an old frame from the studio, pulled out the picture and inserted some simple butcher paper. Then following the instructions, applied the vinyl to the glass One, two three, a verse board now sits where an odd sailing ship with dog sailers once roamed  (garage sale find I must confess, bon voyage dog sailers, hello Word of God!) Just one way to use the new make one, give one packet! Comes with instructions, short Biblestudy introduction, verses to learn, 2 vinyls & a gift card for your ‘give one board’. For more information, see the Verse of the week section on my...

Chalk Paint Sign Party

Several friends gathered at the studio the other night to try their hands at this fun new paint I had been raving about! To inspire a little Fourth of July Fun, I used my Chevron monogram Sign for a little inspiration and the set them free! Out came stencils galore, tape, sandpaper, and of course, lots of yummy Decoart Chalky finish paint! They stenciled and painted and munched on tasty chips and dip, all while putting their own original spin on the design. Sandpaper was flying, friends were cheering & each design was coming together. Laughter was heard all around, as well as lots of encouragement, as they painted into the evening! Circles, chevrons, stripes, polkadots, Oh my! All too soon, the brushes were washed, the paint lids tightened, and the sanding dust settled. As we all cheered each other for each fun finished design, we loved how each personality shone through. Off they all went, inspired and happy, sign tucked under an arm, into the night. They left not just with a sign, but loving the new paint, excited about their new creation & ready to ring in another great Fourth of July! God Bless...

The Red, White & Blue Monogram

There it was, the box waiting for me.  New paint. Not just new paint, but a new type of paint, filled with the promise of new colors, chalky finish, and oh-so-many possibilities! Freshness, possibilities, makeovers, new looks. All this awaits in the box of new paint! The box is open, new designs are forming and the Fourth of July is calling! I was inspired to create a patriotic sign that would be fun for the fourth, but could also decorate year-round. Pulling from my studio stash of boards, I found an MDF board in a 20″ x 12″ size just perfect for a rectangular sign. I base coated in the wonderful new Chalky Finish Paint from Decoart, then selected the beautiful Legacy blue and Romance red for the next steps in the project. I laid out the center circle and banding, then traced out the chevron stripes from my stencil. Painting the chevron stripes in the Rouge was a snap, since the paint was so creamy. After taping and painting the bottom three inch band with blue, I pulled out some simple alphabet stencils to do the bottom lettering. I laid the wording out with a pencil for spacing, then stenciled American Made in Primitive Chalky finish paint. While I had that color on my brush, I also painted the center of the circle.   When completely dry, I grabbed my 100 grit sandpaper and distressed away. My hand lettering finished off the sign with a little fun personalization.  I was so excited about this project, I invited a few friends to the studio to share the paint fun. I...