Step In To The Jungle...

When I asked my, 2 (almost February ) grandson what he would like on his step stool...
He replied ....well....animals...moma...what else!! LOL...what else indeed!!
So step in to the jungle....which was suppose to be completed for Christmas..(not that there was a lack of presents for the little guy!!) but now will be saved for his birthday! WOW...I am way ahead of the game for that date....COOL!!
Artfully Yours,

This is what it is all about!!

When designing and executing a custom piece...I try just to put myself into the spirit of who the piece is for...This step stool was going to a special little girl from her grandma!! And I wanted it to show all the joy of a child with all the love of a grandmother....This picture just tells it all!!
Artfully Yours,

Skinny book arrival!

My Skinny Book arrived yesterday and I am in awe of all the wonderful work that went into this book both by the artists and by Christie.....If you are a visiting artist, please find the page on this blog that you have in your book and leave me a note if you will.....I would LOVE to know the homes that they went to, and I would love to hear from everyone....This book was so worth the wait...
Artfully Yours,
PS....To view the pages I made, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and then HIT older posts ...They are there one after another for 2 pages...all 26 of them!! LOL....

House Number

Once again in my haste to get things from my mind completed I neglected to take a picture of the raw elements that went into making this house plaque!! Got to love the Muse that just needs to get into the paint!! This piece started out as a raw piece of wood cut in the shape of a house, and a tin bird that was once a garden ornament that was only silver! So, with a vision and with paint I have made a plaque to go on a home of people I adore!! The writing at the bottom says..
"Life is better at the beach..." and I will be wrapping and sending this soon...Now, lets hope they don't visit this site so the SURPRISE element is still there!! LOL....This was great fun to work on and is filled with love for my friends....
Artfully Yours,

Elbow deep in Paint!!!!!!!!

Christmas Graphics

Happy Holidays....
I am in the studio making gifts and meeting deadlines!! Tis the season and all that jazz!!
I want to take this opportunity to thank all who have ordered this year, for all the wonderful
swaps I have been in and the talent that abounds....Blessings to all this holiday season and may
you visualize your dream this New Year....
Artfully Yours,

Stepping Into Erin's Garden

This project is now completed and will be picked up tomorrow....The title of this is:
Stepping Into Erin's Garden and is a colorful place where a child will be able to step
and use this stool to reach that which is higher than she!! My hopes for these stools
is that they stay with the child forever....As a reminder that things are never beyond
our reach....Blessings to Erin...
Artfully Yours,

step stool top

This is the top of the step stool that I am working on....Still have the first step and the sides to go and then it has to be put together....But, I had a lot of fun working on this!! It is bright and colorful...perfect for a child of 2!! HAPPY...HAPPY!!
Artfully Yours,


This clock came to me by way of a friend...It is made out of bamboo and was brown and distressed when it arrived, along with some nicks and bangs!! I painted it with a base coat of
black acrylic paint...and then went to town with layers of, purple, green, red, copper, bronze and gold...I ripped an oriental paper and altered it on all the curved moldings..
and then went over it with a bronze wash...I placed ribbon around all the string that holds the bamboo together. It reminds me of a pagoda now...It has been sealed several times, first with a matte finish and then with a gloss finish....I decided on the tassels just to give it a punch...
Artfully Yours,

Happy Halloween

Halloween Graphics

I am elbow deep in some furniture projects!! Hope to post the final results soon!!

Page 26

STRUT (Your stuff!) AND THIS IS THE FINAL PIECE FOR THE SKINNY BOOK CHALLENGE....I can now take it off my plate...pack them up and send them off (ahead of schedule!! YIPPEE!!) and move on to something NEW!!!!!!!! Thanks for your comments...thanks for looking...Thanks for inspiring...thanks ...thanks...thanks!
Artfully Yours,

Page 25

Trust the inspiration of your heart...For there awaits the birth of a dream.

Page 24

Follow your heart PASSION..

Page 23


Page 22

Fried Catfish!

Page 21


Page 18

BLOOM.... (raw art..plaster..alphabet stickers)

Page 17

FLY....This page has some 3-D elements which makes scanning it is!! (cardboard cut out of heart, painted red and gold, banner...LOVE charm...Plastic letters and stars..beading)

Sleep Sweet Baby...

This is a page for a "SPECIAL DELIVERY" skinny book for a very special friend...
This is my page that I did....(hand painted paper....lace...ribbon flowers...and drawing)

Page 16

Ok there isn't a picture...but the page is done!! It has a purple background with a raised plaster design from a stencil...I did a face out of a mold and paper clay and made and outrageous sun design from it using strips of hand painted paper for the rays...It is really cool, but will not scan very well because of the 3-D effect of the face....BUT IT IS DONE!! You will have to use your imagination!!
Artfully Yours,

Page 15

Drink in all the colors around you.... (raw findings...glitter)

Page 14

SHE GREW TALLER EVERY DAY! (raw art...hand painted paper...jewel)

Page 13

REMEMBER TO REACH.....(raw art...wooden star)

Page 12

SWIM..... (tin fish...hand painted paper...glitter paint...I might add some fibers too)
Right now I am behind where I wanted to be, but I watch my grandson on Tuesdays and
Fridays...and well...laughter and play is GREAT inspiration!!

Page 11

NEST....(Tin birdhouse...Plastic letters, hand painted paper)

Page 10

Reach for the Moon..fall among the stars...
(Tin moon...ribbon stars....hand painted background, splashes of glitter)

Page 9

Make art from your heart....

Page 8

You cannot learn to fly if you remain in your egg...

Page 7

Art from the heart warms the soul....


I had just WAY to much fun with this page!! Paper..jewels...Sticker letters...

Page 5

(raw art...painted, cut and altered...hand painted paper..stamp block, beading)
All the backs look exactly the same as the first ones...easy does
time is being spent on the top of the page...Christie did not want any of
the backs to be with my business card cut up and my flying
heart(which goes on every piece I do usually) I do not have to think to much
when it comes to the here to see the post with the backs on it.

Page 4..Skinny Book

Honoring the past...believing in the present...flowing into the future...
The leaves of our life................

Page 3 skinny book

Let your inspiration hang ripe for you to pick......
(raw art...cut and altered...with jeweled fruit...vines of paint and glitter...fibers)

It's a beginning!! Skinny Book Pages


When I picked up my copy of Cloth Paper Scissors there was an article in there by Chrysti Hydeck on how to make Skinny Book Pages....This called to me...the pages are 4 inches by 8 inches...And I thought ... I WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT!! (hey, whats one more thing on the list?!?!) Anyhow, my friend, Nici told me about the challenge that Chrysti put out on her new site...So...I SIGNED UP...Yes, 26 pages need to be complete, and I will get a book back (assembled and bound by Chrysti) Once I got past the FEAR of NOT GOOD ENOUGH, I started my pages by making sheets of hand painted and designed paper (120 lb watercolor paper) and cut them out...3 skinny book pages to each sheet I made...So this is the first sheet which I did in hues of orange, yellow and red...raked some plaster over it and altered it with small art that I drew..painted and then cut out...I like the process and will continue to do at least 2 every day so that they will be done before the deadline!! (well, hopefully!!) I happen to be an 11th hour girl, but this project needs a little more time because it is a new process for me!!
Artfully Yours,

SHAMAN BARBIE/ Altered Barbie

How perfect was she? Did you think that when you grew up you would have her perfect body? Her perfect teeth? Her perfect hair? And then were you somewhat disappointed when you didn't turn out that way? She was the first "grown-up" doll I had, and my mother really was upset with my Aunt when she bought it for me (this was in the 50's) because after all she had.... BREASTS! Oh NO, what was my Aunt thinking?!?! Giving a girl of 7 a doll with BREASTS! She was perfect!! Totally perfect with her little high heels that slipped on and her pretty dresses with their own Barbie label in them.....Well...I have come a long way since playing with Barbie but when I saw this challenge to alter one I decided that I had to have at it....So this is Shaman Barbie she is here now to show us all that perfect is no longer in the picture...It is now time to capture the essence of your soul...and show your true beauty from the inside out. This is was I wrote as my inspiration:


When I was young I was hypnotized by
Her perfect body structure…
She could be just about anything, as long
As the fashion let her.
But alas, those days did come to an end,
Both with age and wisdom,
For nothing is as perfect as it seems
It has to come from within you.
So here is Barbie in transformation…
A Shaman for all women…
To stimulate, motivate, and electrify
With magic and delight,
She now inspires each of us
to be true unto our self.

Artfully Yours,

She Wears Her Heart!

SHHHHHH..... It's a birthday gift!!....It is going in the mail a little late...but it is going to Hawaii!! She is so peaceful and the colors are so tropical...just had to share her here!!
BUT....SHHHHHHH...... Don't tell!! LOL...

Bench for Auction!

PHEW! I finally finished the bench for our local breast cancer coalition charity auction. This started out as raw wood that needed to be sanded, put together, primed and then painted! It has been sealed with a waterproof sealer and the several coats of wax applied. Truly a labor of love.... My sister, Nancy, made the beautiful silk pillows that are on the bench. I decided in the beginning of this project that I would dedicate it to someone and this is what I wrote:

I dedicate this bench to, JoAnna Pierotti, who recently finished her chemo treatment for breast cancer. JoAnna has been a strong warrior through this challenge in her life. She has maintained her beauty, her sense of humor, her love of life, and her art. She is an Amazing woman who continues to grow and discover things about herself. She lives in California and has just started a cancer support group… JUST BEGIN AGAIN! Helping others heal and survive through art.

This auction was for invited artists and I am PROUD to be part of this.... It is an amazing thing when you can use your art to help raise money for not for profit organizations and continue to help women's issues at the same time! Here is a hearts up for all those fighting the good fight!

May you also find a way that you can help in your community!
Artfully Yours,

Some of the inspiration for this bench came from this poem:

There is a garden in every childhood
An enchanted place where colors are brighter,
The air is softer,
And the morning more fragrant then ever again.

Elizabeth Lawrence

Big Girl Award!

I have made this award for others...and NOW I HAVE MADE ONE FOR MYSELF.......
Yes indeed...I put them on...and I pulled them up! We all deserve this award
every now and then! ENJOY! (That's ME as a little girl!)
Artfully Yours,


Clocks...We all use them..we all have them...chances are there are several around your house! There is a need to know the time!! So why not have FUN with them...I decided that I needed to work on some clocks that had a sense of whimsy and fun, and yet still let me know what time it was!! they are! 3 clocks with MY style!

This clock started out just as a plain piece of wood...Now it is transformed into a bright sunshine with copper rays and pendulum .... I am so loving it!!

This clock has been totally revamped from a piece of wood, with an added final and decorative wings...GREAT FUN to design!!

Kool Klox in a Box...This clock is totally made out of a cardboard box! The elements of the clock were painted on paper then cut out and altered onto the box..small final and feet to complete it!

Bee's Chair....

This is the last piece to go out for the OUT OF THE BLUE SWAP and is going to my friend Deb. (nickname: Bee...Bae or Bae-BEE!!) This piece took a little longer because I actually cross stitched the little pillow that adorns the seat!! This is Bee's Bee Happy Chair!! It has lots of inspirational messages on it...Bee creative,
Bee silly...Bee Strong..Bee True..Bee Busy...A star to direct her and a butterfly to carry her dreams on its wings!! It also comes with a little poem:
If the day is going bad...
And things aren't working out...
Gaze upon this little chair
For inspiration to sprout.
There is happiness, belief
and creativity
And strength and just a
little silly...
For at the end of the day
What matters the most
Is that you gave your best
And never lost hope!!
Artfully Yours,