Sunday, March 29, 2009

get it while you can...

Art Is You 2009 -Taking Tea with Alice
October 8-11, 2009
**The Early Bird Rate is about to expire on April 1st! Register now to save some money - that way you can buy more goodies & supplies :)

We hope to see you in the workshops & at the vendor fair - this event is always the highlight of our year - don't miss out!

For more information & registration click here

Thursday, March 26, 2009


today seems scattered and I feel distracted, so excuse my rambling :)

just uncovered this old photo and I love reminds me of my best friend & I for some reason. Despite their age & formal pose, there is a glint in their eye that tells me they were both spit-fires & knew how to amuse each other. I always look at old photos and try to imagine their lives - did they have a good life? were they quiet & demure, sour & ill-tempered or full of joviality?

both my best friend & I have birthdays in march - mine happens to be today. I'm having a hard time with it for some reason - I could have sworn I was 2 years younger LOL where did the "lost years" go?

don't get me wrong, it's been a wonderful ride with no regrets. Living every day artfully, creating my dream business, meeting a bunch of wonderful people, being surrounded by an amazing family and sharing my days, my life, my love with my soulmate - I am truly blessed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

“If the sight of the blue skies
fills you with joy
If a blade of grass springing up in the fields
has power to move you
If the simple things of nature have
a message that you understand
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
~Eleonora Duse

Art Retreat for Women
JUNE 26 - 29, 2009

You will be kicking yourself later...don't miss out :)
Join Us for the Festivities!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


although there is light slush/rain/snow outside my studio window, i am dreaming in springtime colors

leafy green, rich earth, daffodil cheer, periwinkle sky

in my "past life" when working in the corporate world, around this time of year, I would always sneak away to the nearest nursery during my lunch break. walking the aisles of a greenhouse, feeling the energy of life, filling my lungs with the earthy-goodness smell of the rich soil...I would feel renewed. it was my little secret getaway - more retreat then shopping.

I have decided in the same celebratory spirit of renewal & growth that I will create some hypertufa pots this weekend. I adore hypertufa and it's mossy, natural look in the garden. Not to mention the artist in me loves to sculpt & mold interesting shapes or press leaves & other textures into the surfaces. The texture of the materials you use is very satisfying in a tactile way.

I so love the look, that beautifully planted hypertufa pots were featured at my wedding. Each guest received a small one planted with lush moss as a favor and the centerpieces were large round troughs filled with lush plantings.

when the tables were set and all of the candles were flickering and the crystal was was just magical

We made them all ourselves - with the big help of a family "hypertufa party". My parents did all of the plantings & floral arrangements - they are so talented.

aaaahh, wedding memories....I loved my wedding.

if you have always wanted to try making hypertufa, I have included one (there are many out there) beginner's recipe to try:
1 part Portland cement
1½ part peat
1½ part perlite OR vermiculite
tip - if you need to strengthen your piece (for especially large/cumbersome shapes/troughs) you can mix in a handful of fibre mesh/fibre glass or encase chicken wire w/ the mix

work quickly - make sure you have all sorts of interesting molds on hand - cheap plastic bowls give great results. I use plain old plastic wrap lining the bowls as my mold adds an interesting texture. The key to durable, beautiful hypertufa is the waiting game - patience pays off! Although your hypertufa straight out of the mold looks pretty, you need to let it cure completely. If you really want an aged, "been in the garden forever" kind of look, I highly suggest creating your pieces and then leaving to cure fully in a sheltered spot outside for a few months. Then you can scrape textures into the outside to make them look more craggy & aged. Another tip is to brush with buttermilk to encourage moss/lichen growth. When fully cured & ready - plant up with an assortment of moss, sedum, alpine plants, etc. So much fun!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Join the Teaparty!

I am so pleased to be able to participate in another year of Art is You...the East Coast Art Retreat, Oct 8 - 11, 2009. This year's theme is "Taking Tea with Alice" and it will be absolutely fabulous.
The workshop selection is wonderful, the organizers Sal & Ellen are amazing, not to mention all of the fun, artsy shopping from great vendors. You do not want to miss the fun - for more information click here

Here are the workshops I will be teaching:

Missing Pieces
Softie shrines

Prints Charming
Paper Art Charms

A Storybook mEnding
Cloth Book Purses

Sweetie Cakes
Easy Altered Pincushions

Secret Books
Small Shadowbox Shrines

Coronation of Alice
Special Evening Workshop for Attendees

I hope to see you there :)
Join the festivities!

Friday, March 6, 2009


So excited...had to share a little sneak preview...

My altered handbags will be appearing in the newest Spring 2009 Haute Handbags issue by Stampington & Co - Available April 1st

***ART in the ROUGH - Art Retreat for Women***
We've had an amazing not miss out! Registration is still open, but there are limited spaces available.

For more information about Art in the Rough click here
Please note: If you would like to attend the retreat and would be traveling w/ a spouse/partner, there are plenty of wonderful things to do in the area - golf, antiques, flea markets & shopping, fishing & beautiful lakes, etc.
Summers in Maine are breath-taking!

Complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. For those who prefer to lodge off-site, there is a fabulous B&B nearby, called Brewster Inn.
For more information about Brewster Inn click here

We hope to see you at the festivities!
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