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Is it too late to share some Christmas-ish photos?! I hope not, because I'm going to do it anyway. Is this like wearing white after Labor Day? No longer taboo? First up, this is the gingerbread house that my Mom, my son, and I made: Making projects with him I am always yelling at myself in my head: DON'T TRY TO CONTROL THE PROCESS. LET IT BE WHAT IT IS. Most of the time, I manage to roll with whatever he wants to do. And in the end, it's always lots of fun and nothing that I expected. And now... Read more →


As I mentioned to weekly newsletter subscribers several weeks ago, I was hoping to make the time to create some sort of non-fire related Hanukkah countdown thing for my son. Well, I finally figured out a simple project that would work for his age and interest level, but still work for us as a family down the road. Plus, it's pretty. Inside each of the little houses is a small toy and a piece of Hanukkah gelt. After we light the candles each night, he can untie the bow on top of the appropriately labeled little house to release the... Read more →


Here's an idea for your Thanksgiving table: sun printed napkins. Sun printing is a surface design technique where you allow the heat and light of the sun to help you dye your fabric. Besides sunlight, it requires stencils or masks to create the pattern. You can learn more about sun printing (even without the sun) in my online class all about it. Class is $25 with lifetime access, and the technique works on paper as well as fabric. I used cloth napkins I bought online, but you can also print fabric yardage and make your own napkins. Here's a look... Read more →


It's almost the Fourth of July! It's a holiday that basically demands red, white, and blue decorations for a backyard barbecue. As a crafty gal, I love to decorate for the holidays. However, I'm in a season of life in which my DIY decorations need to be quick and easy or they won't get done. I'm sure that as my son gets older, I'll be able to return to more elaborate DIYs, but I'm keeping it simple for this year's 4th of July festivities. As I'm sure you realize, simple can be outstandingly gorgeous. I cut my shapes out of... Read more →


Here's a super fun holiday craft tradition that you can start any time: memory ornaments. The front of each ornament features the year and a "title" and the back features a bit more detail about that particular Christmas. I used vinyl, which I cut with my new **Maui** ScanNCut SDX85M, for the front of each ornament. ...and transfer paper for the text on the back. This is a simple and elegant way to personalize your Christmas decorations! The new ScanNCut SDX85M is a great machine. Here are five features I appreciate: It has the AutoBlade – a total game changer... Read more →


On today's podcast I'm talking about two big life changes through the lens of art: moving into a new house and having a baby. If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. You can listen to a podcast anywhere and at any time. It is a recording that is available to you whenever you'd like to listen. If you'd like to download it to your iTunes library, click here. You can also pause and rewind or fast forward as you desire. I like to listen to podcasts while I'm making art. It's a little... Read more →


I needed a curtain for the bathroom in the studio. In a pile of linens, I discovered a single canvas curtain panel with a few holes in it. I decided that I needed to repair the rips and shorten the curtain (no one wants a curtain dragging on the floor right by the toilet). I stitched up the holes... ...and cut and shortened the curtain: As you can see, I tacked it up to my painting wall and then went to town with spray paint and spray ink: It didn't feel quite done at this point, so I added some... Read more →


In the new house, my studio is in the attic. It's a wonderful space with one big problem: low angled ceilings. Beyond the fact that this eliminates the ability to hang shelves for storage (a problem I am currently working through as I unpack), it means that I don't have a painting wall or a place to put a quilt design wall. I talked to my contractor about it and he built me two huge wooden walls on wheels! This means that I now that 4 flat walls (2 sides on each of these wooden "boxes") to work with! Yay!... Read more →


Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you have a spooktacular day! We have done zero decorating for Halloween this year because we're still unpacking, but here are some pumpkins Steve and I painted back in 2016: I'm usually 100% against anything fake, but I've been thinking that I might buy some *gasp* fake pumpkins and paint them. That way I'd have them year after year instead of having to re-do it every year...is that sacrilege? I'm going to have to think about that. We will see if the after-Halloween sales offer any great deals on fake pumpkins! In the meantime, I've got... Read more →


Today is the first day of Fall! I figured that it might be the perfect time to share this Fall-themed project: This super fun ScanNCut banner incorporates some basic sewing on no-ravel materials like cork fabric and felt. No-ravel materials make this project quick and easy because they require absolutely no finishing! The best part is that this entire project uses built-in designs from the ScanNCut DX225! If you haven't taken the time to explore what's already built into your machine, I hope that you will. Watch the video for the how-to: Here are the basics: Choose banner shape. Load... Read more →