Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mixed Media Watercolor, Pitt Pens and Arteza Real Brushes

Winter months are my time to draw, paint and do wall art.  Trying something new is always enticing to me. I came across an ad for Arteza Real Brush paints. They are an ink brush pen. Very different from watercolors and Derwent inktense pencils.
Arteza  Real Brush pens are fun to use and it takes some play time to use them for realistic art work. They can be used for coloring without too much practice. 

This sandhill crane was created with the Arteza brush pens only.

This painting was done with watercolors,  Derwent inktense pencils, Arteza brush pens and detailed with black Pitt Pens. 
 It's fun to try new art tools. I almost didn't finish this painting a few times. Glad I persisted and was able to have alternative mediums to get the look I wanted.  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Derwent Inktense and Gelly Roll Markers

Relaxing and having fun with art stuff.

Working with ideas from Pinterest. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fall Shows

Fall show dates are fast approaching! I have been recycling old wood and making all kinds of fun things!

I have found some Button Gnome dwellings!

We will be at th NRAC fundraiser this Saturday 9/8 from 2-6. It is at Trap Pond by the Nature  Center. 

We will also be at the Dover Air Force Spouses show on 11/3 at the Delaware state fair grounds in Harrington and Christmas in Bridgeville on 12/1. 

Come by and see us!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Home Again!

We spent the winter in Sebastian, Florida and have returned to a cold Delaware!  We had so much fun! What happens in Florida stays in Florida so I am not going to share about our three months there enjoying the beach, the wildlife, and the shopping!  You can think what you want about what I am referring to as the wildlife...  I will say it all happens before 9pm... It is soooo beautiful in Sebastian!

I did do some artwork while we were there.

I used Derwent Coloursoft pencils on paper to do this poppy.

This fabric was painted with Derwent Inktense pencils using aloe vera gel. The colors did fade some after washing it in water.  I was experimenting!

This painting was done with water colors.  Trying to loosen up!

Now that we are back in Delaware I am ready to get back to making with polymer clay.  I have been thinking about fairies and so want to create one.  I always tell folks that they are invisible because I haven't made one that I am happy with! When I do I will share it with you!

Looking forward to Spring (if it ever comes) and Summer! 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fairy Garden Mushrooms

We moved to the woods... being surrounded by the tall trees and crackle of the underbrush has brought to mind the fairy and wood sprites that might be living close now.  Of course only if you believe in that sort of thing.  Since I believe that there is so much that we don't see that is really around us, I have been working on making fairy things like this magical mushroom!

 Of course you may think that a red mushroom seems more magical!

They both have a wire in the stem to keep them standing!  Check them out on MsPlace Etsy shop!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


We have moved to a smaller house that is all on one floor.  The house was built in 1988 and was not updated much since it was built. The past two months we renovated the formal living room, dining room and kitchen.

My decorating style is eclectic.  I love texture and color.  I have a few collections of pottery and other antiques.  I am a thrift store junkie and love to repurpose décor and furniture. Most of the treasures that I have repurposed have been painted with lots of color.

I love the Joanna Gaines open concept farmhouse look and have enjoyed the current home décor pins on pinterest.  The dilemma for me is that my collections and colorfully painted treasures would not quite match the trends I was being drawn to. I kept telling my girls that I just didn't think I could do "gray" and "white"!  I was so used to "creams" and "warm beiges".  So as we got closer to actually choosing our colors I gave in to Joanna Gaines and Pinterest!  I do feel that we pulled together what we had and have a new look with our old much loved treasures!

The formal living room, dining room and kitchen were three separate rooms when we bought the house.  We rarely used the formal living room.  The dining room was used but when all 8 of our immediate family was together it was a bit crammed.

The above photo is of the formal living room as seen from the entryway. It is a long narrow room with a corner fireplace as seen in the photo below.

The dining room is next to the formal living room in the front of the house.
The wallpaper is mauve and navy.  The carpet is a pink beige. Beautiful back in the day! 
The kitchen is behind the formal living room and can be seen through the door from the dining room in the picture above.

The kitchen has medium oak cabinets and a formica counter top and back splash that goes up the wall to the bottom of the upper cabinets. 

The above picture shows the other end of the kitchen.  The two doors to the left are a small broom closet with a 16 inch door and a pantry.

We lived in the house for a year before deciding just how we wanted to change the layout of these three rooms.  We wanted the open concept so the wall between the living room and dining room was removed.   The wall between the kitchen and the living room was also opened up.  That wall is a support wall so a beam had to be added.  And unfortunately we did not find any "shiplap"!  Haha I think that is a Texas thing?

So here is our home now!

The living room into the dining room.  I switched places so that the dining room table is in front of the bay window.  With the table open to 8 there is so much more room to enjoy being around it.

The kitchen has fewer cabinets.  The cabinet to the left of the sink is now open shelves.  Making the pantry bigger makes up for that lost cabinet space.  My very talented husband designed and built a range hood cover around the two cabinet doors above the stove.  We used Kenley Gray on the cabinets and Celery Root on the walls.  The paints are Sherwin Williams.  The trim is painted with a semi-gloss white.  I love how it looks!

My pantry is wonderful.  I can see everything and reach everything!  Yay!

We added a peninsula with a breakfast bar to the area between the living room and kitchen.

So the before and after...




Renovating is not for the faint of heart.  It is unnerving to have people around your home 8 to 10 hours a day.  It is also overwhelming to pick colors and designs.  I referred to Pinterest and was thankful that it is available to save ideas.  We are very happy with our decisions.  We enjoy the "Front Room" so much more now.  I was able to keep my collections and warm colored treasures even with the grays and whites! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Herb Garden!

For Christmas I got the best gift from my husband!  He found an indoor herb garden.  I love it!

He purchased it from Amazon that you can find in the link below.

So far the dill, basil, thyme and mint have sprouted.  The curley parsley and chives have not.  The bottom is full of water and added nutrients.  The light raises up as the plants grow taller.  I am looking forward to being able to harvest fresh herbs soon!