Thursday, December 31, 2009

**+__+**Happy 2010!!**+__+**

Here's wishing all of you a Happy New Year! Stay safe, healthy and hope for the best we can be!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

**Merry Christmas to All**

On this beautiful night of the year, I am wishing everyone out there a Blessed Christmas! Here's hoping that the holiday reminds us all that we must keep love and peace alive! Pay it forward and spread the joy! Not only today and tomorrow, but throughout the coming year! Together we can do anything we put our whole heart into!! To my family and friends, thank you so much for being there for me! You are the best gift I have ever received!! Have a Merry one!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

*Oh, Christmas Tree!!*

I finished my Christmas tree wall hanging! This is a sheet metal piece that I embellished with sheet music, holiday goodies and bell and bows! Jingle away!!!

**+The Fa La La+**

The time is getting closer!! It will be here before you know it!! Now go out and prepare yourselves!!! :) OK, maybe I get a little too nutty this time of the year! I had some recycled sheet metal that was just screaming out for a little whimsy and a dash of funky!! I just love the blues and purples and thought this would be the perfect place to use those colors!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

+**Merry Little Ornaments**+

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was a quiet one, but we have so much to be thankful for this year!

I have been working on more Christmas cards and I am 'rekindling' some of my finds, getting ready for Christmas eve to arrive!! I tried my hand at making some dog treats and catnip toys last night!! After all, I can't forget our furry friends during the holidays! :)

If you get a chance to drop a line, please feel free to let me know what you are working on!! I would love to hear about how you are decking your own halls!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

**~Frosted Gingerbread House~**

Hello to those of you who like gingerbread!! I just finished 'frosting' the house and wanted to share it with you! I found this little birdhouse in a junk store and it was in need of a little TLC! I went to work with paints, papers, and other special 'finds' and then I mixed it all together! I came up with this little house that I just added to my Etsy! Just in time for the holidays! Hope you like it!!

**Jolly Old St. Nick**

I have been working on a few more Christmas cards! I have some postcards and sheet music that I have used in the making of this one! I just love postcards, new and old, and I am always on the look out for them in junk stores, (otherwise known as treasure stores for me)!! So be careful, after the turkey comes by next week, Jolly Old St. Nick will be on his way and he is watching!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

**CHristMas is ComINg!!!**

I have been working on a few more Christmas items! Getting ready for 2 craft fairs tomorrow, one is over in Scottsdale at Angel's Serenity, and then it is off to the Fall Fest in Glendale! It is supposed to be a gorgeous day out here, in the high 60s to low 70s! Here's wishing all of you a wonderful weekend wherever you may be! Enjoy those Holiday craft shows!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I had the most beautiful shaped wine bottle to work with on my latest 'rekindled' project! I just loved it and wanted to try my hand at a table lamp. I used tissue papers and napkins to decoupage the base, then painted over it with a mixture of transparent acrylics and powdered pigments. I just love the shine that this added to the piece! My husband helped out here by drilling the hole for the cord and, as you can see in the pictures, it works! This lamp uses a 4 watt night light bulb. I added the finishing touches of lace, ribbon, grapes and leaves, and a lovely little lamp shade and here it is, ready for a table!! I can't wait to work on my next lamp!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

**So Much to be Thankful For**

Fall must be in the air for me, and in my art room!!
I just returned from a trip back home to Nebraska and I absolutely love this time of the year there! The colors, the smell in the air, the coolness in the wind! Love it!! It also must have inspired me to get into that artsy, craftsy mood! I completed these Autumn Greeting Cards and will be listing them on my Etsy site soon!! As you can tell, I found some silk leaves, which I embellished with glitter, and added to the cards. I love to use different textures, I think it adds a little 'punch' to the mix!!
I hope you are all getting in the mood for Turkey Day! It will be here soon!! Gobble, Gobble!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

**+---'I'm Cuckoo for Cuckoo Clocks!!!'----++**

This recycled sheet metal piece was inspired by an actual Cuckoo Clock part, the wooden bird and leaves!! My dad had this broken piece which he no longer wanted, so I came to its rescue! I gave it a little TLC with some lumieres, added some funky stuff, and a little touch of whimsy, and here you have it! My version of a cuckoo clock! I don't know about you, but I'm cuckoo for cuckoo clocks!!

For a little history on the cuckoo clock, please visit

Friday, October 23, 2009

:) Wishes for a Happy Halloween (:

I just finished yet another Halloween card and wanted to share it with you! I used shrink film on this one since I wanted to add my own little 'charm' to the card! The charm reads 'pumpkin patch' and I used Prismacolors ( to add the color! The shrink film used was by Grafix and it is the matte shrink film. Hope you like it!!

Please stop by my website,, to check out some of my other holiday greeting cards!! Thank you!

**Come on in for a Spell**

I wanted to share a Halloween card that I just finished! This adorable little witch is inviting you into her home for a 'spooktacular' time! Enter if you dare and a Happy Halloween to all!!

I used papers, stickers, buttons and ink for this greeting card!

Friday, October 2, 2009

**Turn It Up!!**

I hope everyone is having a great Friday! I just finished a piece for all of the music lovers out there! The weekend is here and it is time to crank up your favorite tunes and Dance! Kick up your heels and have fun! Let loose and live out loud! Enjoy those creative, autumn days!

***Autumn Boutique and Consignment Sale***

To those out there in blogland living in the Phoenix area (or those of you who are visiting the valley), I just wanted to tell you about a craft show going on tomorrow, Oct. 3rd, in Tempe! Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at 2121 S. Rural Rd. will be having a Boutique and Consignment Sale! The event begins at 6:00 AM and the shopping frenzy comes to an end at 12:30! It is getting cooler in the valley and the craft shows are coming alive!! Time to think about shopping for the holidays! We hope you can make it!! A map can be located on the Church website at : Thank you!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

:) It Must be Autumn (:

Hope everyone had a fantastic first day of Fall!! I have been very busy today, getting ready for those wonderful seasonal craft shows! There must be a 'creative magic' in the air!! Did anyone else feel it?

Monday, September 21, 2009

`*+...Happy First Day of Fall...+*`

I LOVE this time of the year - the colors, the crisp breeze, and the smell of the season in the air! It is the beginning of a wonderful holiday season to follow!! I hope you all have a wonderful first day of the autumn season!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

**What's Brewin' With You?'**

I just finished a greeting card, which I added to my Etsy store. Do you have a friend or family member that you need to get in contact with? This may be the card for you! Pull up a chair and a tasty treat and start chatting! And by the way, What's brewing with all of you in the art world today???

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dark and Dreary Halloween Night.....

I just finished another sheet metal wall hanging for Halloween! I used acrylics and inks to paint the evening sky, added a few embellished papers, and a stamped and prismacolor 'painted' owl! This wall hanging is ready to greet your 'trick or treaters!' "It was a dark and dreary night.....Whoo's there?"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

~*Vacation on My Mind*~

I must have vacation and travel on my mind!! I noticed that a few of the shelf sitters that I have been working on are all about going and being somewhere else!! Maybe I am in the mood for being 'rekindled!!' Oh, yeah!
Well, anyway, I have more of that recycled wood out in the garage and I came up with a few more ideas for shelf sitters! I found the perfect postage stamp for my 'jetsetter' and the 'beach thing' and 'cruisin' are for my love of the water!! I hope you enjoy these as much as I have enjoyed working on them!!
Have a great day and may you have many wonderful travels!

Monday, September 7, 2009

_/**+....~Happy Labor Day!~...+**\_

I hope everyone is having a nice, relaxing Holiday Weekend! The end of summer for some, the beginning of better weather for us down here in AZ, and perhaps just another day for a few. Whatever the case, I hope you can find time to 'go bananas!'

Friday, August 28, 2009

There are Signs Everywhere!!

Recycled wood was coming my way and I knew what I was going to do with it! My husband and I got busy cutting and sanding it, then I took it into my room where I chose just the right color combinations for each piece. I had come up with different phrases and words that I wanted to see on the wood, then I jumped right in and came up with a few of the pieces that you see here! Oh, but that was not enough! I love beads, so I decided that they needed to be added to the wood for extra "pop!" And, of course, as every good 'stuff' collector knows, arts and crafts would not be complete without adding a few extra touches here and there with those treasured finds!! I have more 'rekindled' wood out in the garage, so keep a watchful eye out for more of my shelf sitters!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

^^**Treasure Boxes**^^

I have been working on a few new projects and wanted to post them for you to see. I used an old jewelry box and a wooden cigar box and handpainted and embellished! Vintage jewelry pieces, old beads, hardware, lace, lock and key were used to transform these recycled pieces!! Hope you enjoy looking at them! I recently added them to my Etsy site!

Friday, July 17, 2009

***Surrender to LOVE***

"Ageless, Eternal, Timeless...Surrender to Love." I just finished another sheet metal wall hanging and wanted to share it with you! I used vintage lace and a copy of a Valentine postcard from the early 1900s to complete this piece! A handpainted wooden heart and some jewels and here it is!! Romance is all around!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

**Turning Sheet Metal Scraps into Art**

My husband works for an airline and has been helping me out with my latest projects! He takes scrap sheet metal and cuts them into the shapes I need for my work, then I paint and embellish them as needed! This has been a fun and new 'canvas' for me and I have been brain storming!! I paint and seal the pieces and then I can embellish as you can any other background! Holes are cut in the sheet metal pieces with a drill and I use wire and beads to weave the borders. I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I have! I am working on more of them right now so tune in later to see what I have done! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back in Blog World!!

Hello, Everyone! It is heating up here in the Southwest, the outside art shows are winding down, and I am back in the studio!! I have been working on a few more projects - cards, furniture and home decor, and will be adding these to my website and etsy soon! Please stop by when you have the time! Peace and inspired days in your studios to you!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spring Has Popped All Over **<>__<>**

I have been in the spring time mood and since I really haven't been planting flowers outside, I thought I should be "planting" them inside!! I created a few greeting cards for Easter and the season and wanted to share them here! I hope you all feel the spring time breezes blowing through the air!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

*) A Birthday Celebration (*

'A Birthday is a celebration of life and the joy of living.' I was in my "garden" this week and "picked" the flowers in this birthday card!! I was in a spring time mood and put together a few pieces, embellishments and papers, and came up with this birthday card! I hope you like it!!