Gathering {a new collection coming next week}

It has been a busy (but fun) fall and I thank you for your patience while you have waited for our winter bag collection.

Next Monday we will have new bags (and a few other treasures) in the shop.

We can’t wait to show you what we have been working on.

I know you will love the fabrics and extra details that have gone into this collection.

See you on Monday!


Only six more days until the 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas begins!

Join me (and tons of other creative girls) as we create decor, gifts and art for the holidays.

I will be teaching how to make ornaments using mixed media techniques.

(photos coming later this week)

We would love to have you join us!

To join.. simply click on the link below!

(remember your paypal confirmation of payment.. will be your registration confirmation until the workshop begins. Your Welcome email and Log-in email are sent out the morning the workshop begins on Tuesday November 19th before 10 am MST)

2013 Artsy Ornament of Christmas Workshop



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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview With Christy Tomlinson}

Our June interview in our video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now!


For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series.

Five months ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee.

The February interview was with my good friend Melody Ross.

The March interview was with the lovely Edie Wadsworth.

The April interview was with my friend across the ocean Pamela DuMont.

The May interview was with the funny and open hearted Shannan Martin.

The June interview is creative Christy Tomlinson!

I met Christy (in person) about 2  1/2 years ago.

It wasn’t long before we were laughing and later talking about her dad who had passed away not long before we met.

There were so many things going through Christy’s heart and head at the time and she had beautiful dreams for her creative life.

For many that have followed Christy for years you would think she was living a creative dreamy life (and in many ways she was) but there was more just around the corner.

I have learned beautiful lessons in the art of “just doing it ” and generosity through Christy and I know you will feel the same after you get to know her too.

I am anxious for her to finish remodeling their new/old house so I can come play with paints with her!



To watch the video you just need to be registered at (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Christy’s video:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!

Sorry to give you two posts in one day:-)

Thank you for your beautiful response to our new bags!!!

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There is Room For All Of Us {Give It Away}

I don’t know who you surround yourself with but I hope they are your cheerleaders.

I hope you have a network that you can turn to that shares, gives, lavishes.


Pretty cool word if you ask me.

A word to me that means abundance and overflowing.

People email me daily thanking me for what I share in my courses and for giving so much information away.

Let me tell you a secret… was never mine.

I get beautiful emails thanking me for being so generous with my knowledge, contacts, sources of supplies.

Let me tell you another secret…..I learned to be generous from the best.

When you start out creating, decorating your home, homeschooling your kids, a business or a new adventure you usually have no idea what you are doing.

You don’t need someone to walk you step by step but you need help.

You quickly see who keeps everything close to the chest and who gives it away.

I have had cheerleaders.

I have had friends that I surround myself with that have lavished me with support, knowledge and advice.

They gave it away.

When I needed direction and help…..they gave it away.

They were wise enough to know that by giving it away they are multiplying blessings back to themselves.

You might wonder how is that so?

I give away because it was given to me.

Maybe not the same information but the idea behind it.

When you share generously you don’t carry any anxiety about people stealing your ideas.

You have the freedom to move on and create THE NEXT THING.

You have the energy to dream, plan and create.

Did you hear that?


Want to know another secret….most techniques, ideas, knowledge you can find through google or You Tube anyways.

Sorry to burst your bubble.

I want to tell you about two of my biggest cheerleaders.

They know it.

I want you to know it.

Melody Ross and Christy Tomlinson have been two of the most supportive and lavishing people in my creative life.

Both of these women have helped me grow my business because of their giving of knowledge, advice, support, encouragement and voice.

I could go on for pages about how they have been my cheerleaders.

In ways that I am sure they know and more ways than they don’t…..they showed me early on that there is room for all of us.

What really triggered this post was an act by Christy last week.

Christy had written a blog post about her new e-course that started last Tuesday.

Guess what?

She also wrote about my new art e-course that had started the day before.

She also wrote about a few other people whose work she admires and gave links to their courses, retreats etc.

She gave it away.

She lavished others in the midst of writing about her own business.

She didn’t worry that highlighting others would take away from her work.

There is room for all of us and she made that clear.

Melody does the same thing.

Whenever she can highlight a person, a program, a product…she does.

When she can help someone else shine…she does.

I have a lot of women like this in my life.

Do you?

If you don’t I begged you to keep looking.

They are out there.

I promise.

I have a whole network of women that are like this.

What can you give away to bless others?

What have you been holding too close to the chest because of fear?

Do you know…really know that there is room for all of us?

Are you worried that people will copy you.

They probably will.

Want to hear another secret?

No one can copy you. Not really.

They can try but they will get bored and move on OR you get bored and move on.

You are supposed to keep moving forward anyways.

At the point I see some things copied I am already so tired of it myself that it is just the encouragement I needed to dig deeper.

The best part is that my generosity really started because people were generous with Melody and Christy (or not generous and they learned from it).

See how that works!

Pretty powerful.

When you give it away it will trickle down to more people than you will ever know.

Thank you Mel and Christy for being so generous with your support.

Thank you for scootching over and making room for me:-)

I want to scootch over myself today and share some people and products that I hope you will check out.

First off I wanted to tell you that Christy has a brand new art e-course called “Behind The Art”.

Christy has created a whole course about going deeper in understanding how she creates her girls.

All of Christy’s videos have a ton of information shared and this is her largest art course ever.


I don’t get to go to many retreats but as soon as read about this new retreat by the incredible Danielle Daniels I was swooning.

The location, the food, the art….every bit is delicious!


I am in love with THIS print by Mindy Lacefield.

I met Mindy at a recent retreat we both were teaching at.

When she posted the original on Facebook I told her it was my favorite she had done and she admitted that it may be hers too:-)


I am a lover of using Nevr Dull and magazine pages in my mixed media projects but I loved this recent video (recent to me) video of Katie Kendrick creating patterns with Nevr Dull.

SOOO cool!


My friend Courtney Khail is an extraordinary watercolors artist! Everything that she makes is stunning and so unique.


I have been greatly inspired by THIS girl over the years.

Someday I will actually watch an entire e-course that I purchase from her but in the meantime I will continue to be inspired by the beauty she creates.


I don’t know anyone that creates like THIS girl! Her work makes me stop in my tracks.

Whether she is working in plaster or metalsmithing she astonishes me with her well of creativity!

HERE is her new e-course!


Karianne of Thistlewood Farm created an incredible clock using a a bicycle wheel!!!

I am in love!

Kelly is going to make this for Ben’s room.


I am going to an amazing retreat in Mexico this fall and they just opened up another session!

If you didn’t get into the first session HERE is more information.


This friend is crazy amazing at DIY.

Her house and how she makes it a home is beautiful and her blog is FILLED with DIY projects.

She lives in New York now but she used to live in my neighborhood:-)


I would love to see YOU write a “There is room for all of us” post.

I would love to see who YOU would highlight.

What YOU can give away?

How can YOU show your network that there is room for all of us.

{if you write a post please let me know and I will share it}

Let’s all practice scootching over and making room:-)


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A Little Boy’s Room {No longer a baby}

We recently took Benjamin’s room from his nursery paint colors to a room that will grow with him for awhile.

When Jack was born we decorated his nursery in pale blues and it was beautiful for our first baby.

When Benjamin was born he was our third baby and second boy.

I knew as soon as I found out we were having a boy  I wanted to create a really fun room for him and one that would grow with him more than the pale blue had for Jack.

Benjamin’s original room was in green, white and chocolate brown and we only changed in within the past few months.

{I found photos I took a long time ago from my old blog.  The photos of Ben made me cry because he was so little}

Ben had a lot of input into his room which I think children should have.

He chose his paint color, his bed, desk/chair and created most of the art in the room.

I pulled the room together with the little details and surprised him with the hanging chair.

I am sure we will continue to tweak his space but this is what it looks like right now…

OK, that is not true.

His room is a complete disaster right now and looks nothing..I mean NOTHING like the photos I am about to show you.

Without all the clothes and toys all over the place this is what his room looks like….

We are about to start on Jack’s room because he is now ready to transform his room into an almost teenager room (when did that happen?)

We are looking forward to doing some woodwork in his room too.

We do everything ourselves so don’t expect those photos anytime soon:-)

How do you make the most of your money when redoing a child’s room?


Furniture and Accessory Sources

Bed – Potterybarn Kids

Bedding – Target

All frames – IKEA

All art – Benjamin except …

Original boot watercolor – Teresa Sheeley

Globes – flea markets

Desk/chair – IKEA

Hanging Chair – IKEA

Metal art display wire – IKEA

Lighting – IKEA

Metal Letter “B” – flea market


Everything in the shop is on clearance to make room for the new collection coming November 30!

There is not much left but the things in the shop are crazy low!

To take a peek click HERE.


Sign up before Thanksgiving and only pay $19.95 for The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas.

I am one of the twelve artists teaching in Christy Tomlinson’s NEW mini Christmas course!

More sneak peeks coming next week.

To read more click HERE.

To sign up click HERE or pay below.

I can’t wait to create with you.

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The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas {No. 2}

I am so excited to tell you that I am a teacher again in Christy Tomlinson’s “The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas No. 2”.

Last year I had so much fun teaching in the course and seeing all the gorgeous ornaments, decor and gifts that all the teachers came up with!

I love Thanksgiving so much and I love planning out that special time with my family but I already have Christmas on the brain.

We really love to make as much as possible handmade and I want how we decorate the home and what we give to have meaning.

I also love when my children feel like they are contributing to the home being made lovely and the gifts we give to those we love.

This year I will be one of 12 teachers teaching online in this fun mini workshop!!!!!

Here are the details…


The course will begin Tuesday, December 4th

Join me in a five day mini workshop.

Each day for five days (Tuesday-Saturday) 3 new ornament/holiday projects will be posted by one of our fabulous teachers!

We will have all sorts of fun projects including ornaments, holiday decor, gift giving projects and more!

This workshop will include the following teachers:
Margie Romney-Aslett, Jeanne Oliver, Chrissy Gardner, Alisa Burke, Mindy Lacefield, Juliette Crane, Shea Fragoso, Debbie Murray, Junelle Jacobson and Christy Tomlinson.

The workshop will all be hosted on a private website and all instruction will be in video form and include up-close pictures of each project and supply lists.

We will have a private facebook group page for those in the workshop as well to share photos, get to know each other and the teachers better.

The cost is $24.95 but if you sign up before Thanksgiving weekend the cost is $19.95!

This workshop is open for an ENTIRE year! You can access the material, night or day.. from any computer.. for an entire year!

If you have any questions about the course please leave your questions on this post.

You can sign up HERE or sign up by paying below.

{more sneak peeks coming soon}

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Call Me a Blabber Mouth {but there IS a giveaway}

I have so much to tell all of you this morning.

We had an amazing snow storm this weekend (2ft) and we all had so much fun playing in the snow.

We went sledding a few times, yummy hot cocoa was made and the boys made an awesome snow fort.

I love being home so being snowed in for a day or two doesn’t matter to me.

Now that the snow is melting I can move away from the sleds and tell you guys a few fun things.

First up is that we have some new things in the shop!

We have a new Sadie (made with vintage fabric), clutch (made with vintage fabric) and a spanking new infinity scarf (that looks AMAZING with the Audrey dress too}.

All the new items are limited edition.

All new items can be found in the SHOP.

Also, I am happy to tell you that we have more Natalie Camera Bags in stock!

This will be the LAST run of the bags.


Now that shop news is covered I can tell you about a wonderful book I read this weekend.

This weekend I gobbled up Courtney Walsh’s new book, A Sweethaven Summer.

It was sooo good and I got to bed around 1:30 am each night because I couldn’t put it down.

This is the first time that I have read a novel written by a friend.

It was a different experience and I was actually a little nervous as I was reading.

Nervous for Courtney. But I didn’t have any reason to be nervous for her….it is amazing and an incredible first novel.

I can’t wait for book two in the series to come out.

Come on Courtney….can’t a friend get an early copy?

This is so good that I want to give away a copy to one of my readers.

Leave a comment on THIS post and I will pick a winner later this week.


My friend, Teresa Sheeley, has an exciting new e-course starting on March 19th!

Registration has already begun.

Let me give you a little peek into the course.

Presented to you by:

Teresa Sheeley & Kayla Johnson


Making Something Beautiful is all about living your art dream.  If you ever had ideas or dreams of going off to art school and living the artsy life ~{ MSB} will give you that feel.   Our goal is to make this experience for you to be just like stepping into art school for the first time.  Even if you are an experienced artist this course will be fun and informational for you too, as well as the opportunity to give you inspiration plus let you give back some helpful advice to the class.

This course will focus on what you would find if you were going to art school.  Introduction to various tools of the trade; drawing, painting, color, technique and even art history.  Learning about tools, different paints, technique and color are such important aspects to any medium you are drawn to.  It’s good to know why things work the way they do and even where they originated from.  Having these skills will only enhance where you are in your life of art.

You will receive weekly videos of instruction and assignments.  We will offer all kinds of support through the Facebook page, Flickr sights and our one on one help.  We will strive to create a very artsy aesthetically pleasing community.


ART SALON:  Popularity of the art salon was originated in France beginning in the 1700’s.  The salons would exhibit pieces of art from floor to ceiling usually in someones home.  Many famous artists got there start participating in an art salon.  Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse just to name a few were very present during the art salon era.  Probably one of the most famous salons were in the home of Gertrude Stein in the early 1900’s.  


This is a FIVE – WEEK course.

Week 1:  Important drawing techniques and instruction.  Learning tools for drawing.  Introduction to different papers and how this all blends together to give you the best techniques. Learning about light source.

Week 2:  Nudes, figure drawing and complex shapes.  Grid drawing and thinking BIG!!  {Week 2 also will be your first critique week}.  **Critique is an option; if you would prefer not to join in this, no worries. More on critiquing later.

Week 3:  Still life – painting – intro to color, materials, oils & acrylics. Painting using just 3 colors.

Week 4:  Plein Air painting – Watercolor & gouache introduction and more. Mixed media. {Critique week}

Week 5:  ART SALON – The art salon will be a website set up for virtual touring of your work.  We will be encouraging you throughout the course to think of a final project that you would like to put in the show. You have the opportunity to sell your work; plus make the money back that you put into the course.  This is a great way for you to invite your family, friends and strangers to view  your work.

Doesn’t this sound amazing?

You can read more about Teresa and her daughter HERE.

The best part is that Teresa has generously offered to give one of YOU the gift of taking her class.

All you have to do is leave a comment in THIS post to be entered.

Thank you, Teresa!

I know that someone will LOVE your beautiful course.

I will be taking it and I hope you will join me.


I have to also tell you about this new workshop by Christy Tomlinson and the Guilded Girls!

They have a beautiful new workshop that is starting before Valentine’s Day but the projects will go way beyond the day of love.

You can find out more and sign up HERE.

This class is full of so many beautiful projects that you can make for yourself or give as gifts (the best kind of gifts if you ask me)


More more thing:-)

Kimberly Taylor and I started a fun photo series for the month of February.

We are capturing the lovely in our lives with our phone cameras.

We would LOVE for you to join us “Finding the Lovely”.

OK, that is it.  I swear.

Have a beautiful Monday and don’t forget to comment on THIS post for a chance to win a copy of A Sweethaven Summer and entry into the art workshop, Make Something Beautiful.

I am done.  Really.  I have nothing more. At all.  Nothing.

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The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas {Let’s get creating}

Introducing a new ONLINE holiday mini workshop!

I am so excited to be participating in a new workshop by Christy Tomlinson, 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas!

Just in time to get your creative juices flowing for the holidays! I have teamed up with 10 artsy designer to participate in a 5 day workshop that starts December  5th!

This class will be featured on Christy’s private website and each day 3 new artsy ornaments and home décor projects will be posted by 3 new designers!

We will dive into all sorts of artsy play including fabric, clay, glitter, metal, glass and more!

Day 5 of the workshop will include bonus projects as well as a few fun PDF downloads for you to use as well!

You will learn an artsy ornament or home decor from me, Kaari Meng, Donna Downey, Alisa Burke, Danielle Donaldson, Margie Romeny-Aslett, Alisa Burke, Chrissy Gardner, Kelly Barton, Junelle Jacobson, Shea Fragoso and Christy Tomlinson.

Aren’t you excited?

What a line up!

I am honored to be teaching with so many talented women.

Click on the link below to register!

12 artsy Ornaments of Christmas

a five day mini workshop



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