Make This Your Creative Summer!

Summer to me means putting the school books aside, stopping all lessons of any kind, vacation, pool days, dinner on the patio, s’mores at night, books read and the ease of creating art wherever we are going!

If you have been a part of my The Living Studio retreats or you follow the FREE online video series…you know that I encourage everyone to carry a portable studio with them so you have no excuse not to practice and create.  I know this has changed so many things for me about not waiting for the perfect time (won’t happen), enough time (no excuse…you are already waiting for someone.  Might as well sketch while you wait) and the best supplies (stop buying more supplies and use what you have).

This summer we have THREE incredible mini courses coming up that will make THIS your creative summer!

** Starting on June 1st is Pattern Play! **

Guys, for some of you THIS course could be a game changer!  Can you imagine taking your doodles, paintings, creative ideas and learning how to turn them into fabrics, patterned papers and more!  Learn how to use Photoshop to take your art to the next level and beyond.  Bari J is a licensed artist with years of experience and beautiful ideas to encourage YOU to take the next step.

 **Starting on June 8th is Nature’s Canvas **

When I first saw what artist Tania Bain was creating and then leaving for others in the woods to find and appreciate I KNEW she had to teach on my creative network!  This is the heart of what art is all about.. I have to tell you that THIS has me sooo excited to take some of my favorite woods in our area and make them even more special with art by the kids and myself.  Won’t you join us in enjoying nature, creating in new and creative ways and then the pure joy of leaving them for others to find too!

** Starting on June 15th is 2015 Summer Art Camp for Kids **

Artist and author Courtney Walsh is back this summer with ALL NEW projects and even special projects just for boys!  With an easy supply list, fun step by step directions and art projects that kids WANT to make…this will be your summer go to when the afternoon rains come or when everyone needs a break from the sun!

These courses are for you and for you to share with your children and grandchildren.

These are one week (easy to accomplish) courses that are affordable and FUN!!!

I hope to see you in class!


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Old Glory Antique Show {and time with the Fancy Farmgirl}

(all of the photos were taken by my phone in tons of sunlight..sorry)

I live in Colorado as most of you know.

We are known for our beautiful mountains, incredible weather, occasional wildfires, Tebowing and hiking.

Not known for amazing shows.

When my friends in the PNW are all heading out to the Farm Chicks show I am just a tad jealous.

When my midwest friends all pile into a car to shop at the Country Living Fair I mope a little.

When my beachy friends get to go to Remnants of the Past I live vicariously through them.

There are amazing shows coast to coast but Colorado is not famous for that.

Thank goodness Holly Kuhn of Old Glory Antiques has brought back the Old Glory Antique Fair.

(I am looking very serious in this photo. I guess I was being incognito:-))

Lucky me that Holly hired my good friend, Tiffany Kircher-Dixon, to photograph the show.

While Tiffany worked I shopped.

Probably not the smartest  idea.

She earned money and I spent money.

Holly, do you have a job for me next year???

We never get rain.

We dance for rain here.

Pray for rain.

Make offerings to the rain gods.


On the first day of the show the dark clouds starting to roll in.

Then winds.

Then rain.

Then hail.

Then thunder.

Then lightning.

We decided finding shelter inside a tent that was made predominately out of metal was probably not the best idea.

Tiffany and I made a mad dash for the car.

Of course we were on the opposite side of the show from my Jeep.

We were soaked by the time we made it and quite out of breath which makes me think I should be doing a little more running this summer.

(us drenched)

To say my husband and children have fallen in love with Tiffany would be an understatement.

Maddy cried when Tiffany left and may or may not have asked her to be blood sisters.

I better check if blood was shared.

It was a whirlwind of vintage shopping, laughter, margaritas and a family totally crushing on the Fancy Farmgirl.


Creatively Made has started this week but there is still time to register.

The course will stay open until the end of October.

Here is a little shout out from me about the course.

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