Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year's Eve Eve!!!

I hope everyone is having an amazing end to 2010!!!

If you need a creative outlet to ring in the New Year!! Sign up for my Altered Bottle Swap for January 2011!! I'd love to have you play along with us!
Please sign up before midnight tomorrow night!!

Enjoy your last few hours of 2010!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day!!

Forgot to put my email address for Altered Bottle Swap!

please email me at
Thanks for playing along!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Altered Bottle Swap!

This will be January's Swap!
It is a one-for-one swap! You will create one bottle and mail it to your partner. You will receive one bottle back. You may use any size bottle and any theme. You may solder your bottle or not. The bottle needs to have some sort of creative topper, some design on the outside of the bottle, quality fitting of something you would give or display in your home!
Swap sign ups will begin today Christmas Eve and last until New Years Eve. I will end sign ups at that time (20 will be the maximum!) Your partner's name and information will be sent to you by January 2nd. You will have until January 24 to mail out your bottle! It needs to be postmarked by the 24th so it will arrive before February!
If you would like to participate~ please send me your name/physical address that you would like your buddy to send your bottle to/ email address/ phone #/ blog address if you have one/ colors that you would love incorporated into your bottle~ though it is always fun to have others just create for you without limiting their color selections & creativity!!
Thanks for playing along! I look forward to the fun!

My Creative Endeavors for 2011!

My creative endeavors for 2011 are filling my mind! I really want to get my online store up and going.. it's almost there! I also want to take time each and every day to create! I am going to try to achieve this with a daily art journal similiar to Shimell's Christmas project! We will see how well I do! I will post about my adventures in daily creating/journaling!
My big online adventure is a monthly Swap! I will be hosting a monthly swap! You can participate each month (if the swap isn't full!) or just occassionally when the swap fits your fancy! Some months the swap will be one for one and other months the swap will be a group swap where you will create a multiple # of items. I will set number limits on the group swaps! I hope lots of my creative friends will want to play along!! The swaps will be high end swaps~ pull out your good "stuff" and create at a quality that you expect to receive and would want to display in your home!!
The big endeavor that I have had in the works for over 3 years hopefully will play out this year~ My Covered In Glitter weekend Art fun! The theme is set, the location is almost set ( I meet with them next week), the date is set (but I keep changing it :() I have my 2 teachers in mind~ I just need to contact them and see how things get going!!! This is big on my Dream Board!!! Hopefully it will work out like I want it to and 25 ladies will join me for a fun filled Creative weekend in Cowtown!
I have also challenged myself to actually post regularly on my blog!!! Which I really want to do! We will see.. This thing called "Life!" just keeps me super busy!!
Merry Christmas everyone on this Eve of Christmas Eve!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Silver Bella Post ~~~ coming soon!!

I'm trying to catch up with my life so I can download/upload pictures and post about my Silver Bella experience!!! It was amazing!!!! I loved every minute of my 5 days in Omaha!!! Especially when it snowed just for us... hee hee!!!
I will post my post soon!!! Stay tuned :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

6 more sleeps till we will be in Omaha!

I'm so over the top excited about Silver Bella! I haven't posted in a while because I've been creating, creating and more creating to get ready for Silver Bella!
I was a little over zealous and signed up for eeeks... 6 swaps! My Beach Pages have been delivered, Scraps from the Past are sitting by the door waiting to go in the suitcase, Altered bottle~ almost finished, Charm Bracelet swap~ waiting and all ready to get into the suitcase, 12 days of Christmas ornaments~ almost there... & finally my swap.. Vintage Paper Doll~ covers are finished, pages are almost complete, bags are ready!! This has been so fun and exciting! I'm a little bit worried about the after effect! I've been looking forward to Silver Bella for so long... what will I do when it is over! I'd love to begin looking forward to Moulin... that is really where I want to spend my Spring Break!! Still hoping it will work out!
In between working on SB swaps... I've been working on my Paper Cowgirl submission for June 2011 Paper Cowgirl!! Soo excited about that event!
I attended my 2nd Guilded Life a few weeks ago~ I will post pics soon! It was over the top wonderful again~~ Shea & Debbie are truly the hostesses with the mostest :) Every detail is taken care of! Love it!!!
Also have some very exciting things coming up for "Covered In Glitter" my jewelery, belt buckles, vintage purses & home decor business!!! Can't wait to share!! Just let me get through Silver Bella!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

29 sleeps.....

Until Silver Bella 2010!!!
I've waited for so long to attend Silver Bella!It's been on my "Dream Board" for 2 years!! I am over the top excited! I was getting my supply list our and ready today! I can't wait to pack my supplies and goodies! Looking over our class list only got me more excited! Taking a Sally Jean Alexander soldering class... oh my! I simply can't wait :) The brooch is stunning! Meeting Teresa McFayden... how fun! I've loved her EZines for years!
I'll post updates weekly until we leave for Silver Bella with some sneak peeks of my Swaps that I'm working on! I'm working on everything from paper dolls to altered bottles!!! Eeeks... so exciting!

Not only am I looking forward to Silver Bella but I have a Guilded Life Event in about a week!!! I can't wait to return to the amazing church and create with Shae & Debbie!!! Such an amazing weekend I had in July! I'm so looking forward to a repeat! The projects this time are over the top stunning!!

Also in the works! I have recently put some of my accessories at a local boutique in town!!! So exciting! I'll do a more detailed post on that later with pics!!

My blog is about to be revamped a bit to include some of my new jewelry designs, belt buckles & vintage embellished handbags!!

Have a wonderful week!!!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I love summer creating!!!

I love the freedom to create during the summer! So fun......
Here are a few jewelry pics... other media pics to follow...

more Paris swap pics!

Here are my wonderful items from Tobi! I loved the vintage photo she used as a card~ she wrote that the date on the back was 100 years from the date she mailed!! wow!!
Loved all the sweet gifts~ the Paris hankie, the dish, all the embellishements! I loved the entire package!!

Paris Matchbox Swap!

Loved the Paris Matchbox Swap!!! I got some amazing gifts from my fellow swappers! Tobi and Rhea~ they were great partners! My mom even made an extra box for me :) So I got three!!!
These are my gifts from Rhea!! Whatever fabric she used to cover the box is great!! I love it! The charm bracelet is so sweet~ I can't wait to wear it!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat

I have just now gotten to post about Paper Cowgirl! It was amazing!! It surpased all expectations of an Art Retreat!! I have never been around so many talented and creative ladies at one time! It is amazing how much talent Texas has~ we do everything bigger in Texas!!!
The weekend began with Welcome night on Thursday at the Dove's Nest~ the cutest store in town!!! We exchanged our swaps this night~ I received the most amazing sash, cuff, paper dolls, ATC cards, vintage hat, horses & memory book pages!!! All the swaps were amazing!!!
Friday morning we began our classes~ I loved my La Petite Boutique altered canvas with Cindy Gilstrap~~~ to cute! I already have mine and Lexi's displayed in our home! That afternoon we took Jennifer Stewart's 4th of July vintage banner~~ loved it! Her classes are always amazing! I still need to string it together and hang it on the mantle!!
Friday night was our dinner at Catfish Plantation~what a fun night! The restaurant~~ it really is haunted~ the picture on the wall~~ spooky!!! I met some wonderful and talented women during dinner! Loved meeting my new Houston, Austin & Mansfield friends! We then went shopping on the town square~~ I always love shopping!!!
Saturday morning began with Ann Denise's Vintage Muslin Boot class~~ so fun but I'm not even close to finishing~~ I need to get busy! I love Ann Denise and her crepe paper fun! The afternoon was my class ~ Altered Bird Box~ the ladies were delightful and we had a wonderful afternoon! All of the ladies were so sweet and most finished their projects~ it was a glittery afternoon of fun!
Saturday evening was the Vendor Fair~ oh my!!! Lexi had to practically run my booth all evening because I was so overwhelmed with the amount of wonderful shopping opportunites~ I loved buying crepe paper from Whim & Fancy, digi class kit from Mendy (can't wait to start playing with it!), tons of amazing vintage items from Lisa McIlvain~~ loved her booth!!!! Seam Binding and sheet music from Jennifer Stewart (her booth was adorable!) Some great chandelier pieces and vintage shoe forms from one booth~~ Cute, cute variety of items from Cindy G's booth and mom got an adorable apron from Joanna's booth~ it might technically be hers but it is hanging in my studio!! I also got an adorable necklace and cuff to make from Chantel's booth~~ another talented lady I enjoyed meeting!!!
We closed up the weekend with dinner at a yummy Mexican restaurant in town with mom, Lexi, Cindy G, Courtney and Vilma!!!!
What an amazing weekend! I can't wait for next year! I hope to keep in touch with all my new creative & talented friends!!!

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Girl's Art Camp Projects~ Sneak peeks!

The pictures above are a few of the projects we will be doing in ART Camp next week!
Registration is still open~ there are spots available! I will have to close registration on Saturday so I will have plenty of supplies on hand!!
The flowered bag, "Dream" book (art journal~ everyone's cover will differ!) and small jar "Inspiration/Creativity activities" are what all girls will be getting and creating during ART camp week!
The other images are the "Beezwax collage"~ each girl will choose their own papers and images so they will differ!! The "Altered Bird Trinket box!" The "Paper Mache house" which is shown undecorated~~ so you can be surprised at how each girl chooses to decorate theirs! Their paper dolls will go along with this activity! I will post more pictures later! This was a sneak peak for you!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Girls Art Camps!

My Summer Girls Art Camps will be held once in June and once in July this summer!
I'm so looking forward to the daily creating with the girls!
Here goes the information!!
PINKalicious ARTalicious Art Camps
Summer Girls ART Camp
Ages: completed 1st - 4th grade
(Limited to 8-12 girls per session!)
Session 1: June 14 - 17th 9:00am -12:00pm THEME: PINK
Session 2: June 14 - 17th 1:00pm - 4:00pm THEME: Let's Create!
Session 3: July 12 - 15th 9:00am - 12:00pm THEME: Alice in Wonderland!

$ 120.00 per session
If your child would like to attend session 1 and 2 the crafts will be different in each session. They may stay for a Tea-party style lunch of sandwich/chips/fruit for lunch and video. This will be an additional $20.00 for the week!
Tea Party Menu:
M: turkey/cheese croissant, chips, fruit, cookie
T: ham pita pocket, chips, fruit, cookie
W: muffin tin fun (ham, cheese, fruits, crackers, cookies served in muffin tin)
Th: grilled cheese & ham, chips, fruit, cookie
(For the picky eaters I will have peanut butter on hand each day!)

About ART Camp:
* Each girl will be given an ART bag to carry their creations in each day. We will create a fun personality inspired name tag to attach to our bag!
* Each girl will be given a blank ART journal to creat art in all summer long and dream big in!
* Each girl will create a creativity/inspiration jar to help them stay inspired with art and being creative at home! This will provide tons of summer fun with at least 50 creative prompts!
*Each girl will be given a snack and water bottle during class.

Session 1: "PINK!"
Day 1: Altered Bird Trinket Box, Domino necklace and Bottle cap necklace! The girls will be given ribbons or faux pearls to hang their charms from!
Day 2: Altered paper-mache house with paper dolls!
Day 3: Surprise craft day!
Day 4: All About Me Fancy Tag book! (Please bring 7-8 pictures (or copies) of yourself!

Session 2: "LET'S CREATE!"
Day 1: Altered wooden birdhouse and soft fabric/felt bird. (Girls will learn some basic sewing techniques.)
Day 2: Treasure box~ Tissue paper, vintage paper covered treasure box to hold our fun necklaces. We will create a domino & wooden necklace to keep in our box. Girls will be given ribbons or faux pearls to hang their charms from!
Day 3: DREAM blocks! Altered wooden blocks that spell out "DREAM!"
Day 4: Beezwax collage! We will create a collage and cover it with beeswax~ a super fun technique!

Session 3: "Alice In Wonderland!"
Day 1: Tea Pot Altered Book. We will mix in Alice in Wonderland pictures as well as the girl's photos! Please bring 7-8 photos or copies to work with!
Day 2: Alice In Wonderland Beeswax collage.
Day 3: Wonderland keepsake box, Alice domino necklace, wooden or bottlecap necklace. Girls will get a ribbon or faux pearl necklace to wear their new creations from!
Day 4: Alice In Wonderland Theater~ with characters from Alice in Wonderland.

If your daughter would like to attend ARTalicious Art camp please email me at and I will email you a registration form.
I will begin posting sneak peeks of the projects soon!
Registration is due by June 5th! Class is limited to 8-12 girls!

I would love to see your girl at ART camp this summer. These are just a few reasons why I think ART is important to children....
Art stimulates both sides of the brain.
The kids need a place to express themselves.
Art promotes self esteem.
Art nourishes the human soul. One feels good doing it!
Art is valuable all by itself.
Research provided by: Children's Art Museum in Oakland, CA.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Amazing Weekend!

I had the absolute most AMAZING weekend!!! I'm so behind on posting for the Girls Art Camp (I did get my flyer postcards in the mail today!! Very exciting! I plan to drop them off at a few boutiques in town tomorrow!)Even though I'm behind I'm going to skip it for now and tell about the amazing weekend!!
On Friday night~ we went to the Ranger game! We enjoyed grazing throughout the game! The Rangers beat the Cubs! Fireworks were after the game!
Saturday~ family/work picnic~ very, very windy!
Saturday evening!!! The most amazing evening ever! The teachers from Paper Cowgirl met at Ann-Denise's home (lovely home!) ((I only thought I had a lot of apothocary jars!)) She had decorated so cute for the get together! The food was amazing! The gifts precious~ she made each teacher a decorated doll with a sash that reads "Paper Cowgirl Instructor 2010. We also received a yard stick tied with tulle~ because "Your help was unmeasurable!" Very creative! She has an amazing body form in her living room to hang vintage clothing on!! Love it! The ladies were just great! We chatted about past Paper Cowgirl events, other events they have attended, Silver Bella and our own crafting experiences! It is such an experience to sit around and chat with ladies that have the same interests as you and really "get you!" I love crafting with my monthly ladies group~ but I know sometimes they just don't "GET Me!" These ladies are on the save "ARTSY" wave length! Mom went with me to help~ she loved it too!! We got to know Cindy "Paper Cowgirl Guru" a bit better~ she is hysterical! I know she will make Paper Cowgirl a wonderful experience~ she is paying attention to every little detail! Ann-Denise~ a truly amazing artist! We got an up close and personal look at her PC project!! WOW! I was excited but know I'm estatic!! They are the most wonderful muslin vintage boots! She also shared stories of teaching in New Jersey~ she taught with Jenny of Everyday is a Holiday!! I was very impressed! I had to keep shutting my mouth so my tongue wouldn't hang out! Angela was great~ she creates wonderful beaded jewelry! She is also very funny! Sandra was another amazing lady! She is another true artist! I was looking at her project for PC~ amazing!!! I loved chatting with her and hearing her decorating stories! It was truly an amazing night!
Sunday~ I had a booth at a local shop's Grand Opening! I had created lots of new jewelry for the show! It was an interesting afternoon!
All in all a wonderful art filled weekend!
I will post pictures soon~ hopefully! I have ordered a portable photo shooting box! I'm hoping my pictures will turn out better for my jewelry and scrap/altered art pictures!
If you lasted through this very long, long post!
Happy Creating and Talk to you soon!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pinkalicious! Spring Fling Art Day!!

Girls ages 1st - 4th grade!!
Pinkalicious! Spring Fling Art Day is May 16th~ 3:00pm- 5:30pm!
We will be creating an altered tutu, altered crown, altered wand and memory book!
Join the fun!
Email me at before May 12th to save your spot!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A little bit late :( Check my blog tomorrow tonight for a give-a-way!

I got behind with Life in General!!! I have been meaning to post pics and just now got the chance!
Here are a few! I'll post more this evening!!
It has been a great but busy few weeks!
Lots of shopping and trying to find goodies for Silver Bella and Paper Cowgirl!
I'm working on Swaps galore for Paper Cowgirl~ an embellished horse, paper dolls, ATC cards, memory book, hat, sash.. just to name a few! I think I'll be busy for a while!
I did get my projects finished for Pinkalicious coming up on May 16!!! I will post pictures of those this evening!
Some things I've been working on and finished are included now!
I have been wanting to create an altered birdhouse for months now and finally completed it! I completed a fun page with Prima products! I completed the vintage hand mirror that I purchased last year~it turned out really well!! I love it!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekend fun!

((Pictures will follow soon!))
We spent the weekend in the "almost" Hill country! Lake Whitney!! They were having a county wide rummage sale! I had never seen nor heard of such a thing! Almost every house in the county had a yard sale going on! I found some amazing antique items to alter or use in my classes and booths! Silver platters for $1.00~~ amazing!!
I have been on the ultimate search for box springs for a project!! We found my box springs~ I was wanting about 12! I have 66 springs :) I can create for days! Tommy and Stephanie took the box springs apart for me~ with Lexi's help! It was quite the chore... David and I would have never accomplished the task :)
I will post pictures of some of my fun finds soon!
I'm also working on getting pictures up for my Spring/Summer Girls Art Camp!
I'm perpetually behind schedule!! It doesn't help that we shop all day Saturday every weekend and I can't get everything done on Sunday!
This Saturday we are going to Antique Alley in Cleburne. I can't wait! 25 miles of antique and vendor fun... A smaller version of Round Top!
Pictures will post soon!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tweet.. Tweet.. Paper Cowgirl Class

Come fly with me.. Altered bird trinket box and domino necklace!
Come fly with me…. So cute and petite! This little altered bird trinket box is home to a shiny, glitzy altered bird! The bird is nesting atop two altered boxes covered in a variety of vintage & colored paper, vintage sewing pattern scraps and crepe paper.
Each person will start with the same resin bird….
And create a unique….
One of a kind… piece of art….
You will create the wings with grunge paper (a great flexible & fun paper.) You will embellish your sweet bird with faux pearls, a petite crown, crepe paper and vintage German glass glitter, white glitter and Stickles.
You’ll have Tons of papers to choose from….
You can’t leave with an empty trinket box…. So you will then create an altered vintage domino necklace. I will have an assortment of bird images to decorate your vintage domino with. I will have an assortment of images in black and white with some wonderful new Copic markers out to design a one of a kind pendant. You will choose a ribbon necklace to hang your newly created wearable work of art! Your trinket box will be the perfect place to store your creation.
My class comes with all the needed supplies (just bring your basic toolkit.) This is a class for all levels. If you’ve never worked with grunge paper~ now is the time to begin! Your art will be personalized to your personality!
Go to the Paper Cowgirl website to register for this fun class!! Hope to see you in June!

OH MY!!!!!!

Oh my goodness!!!!!! I have been dreaming of attending Silver Bella in Omaha, Nebraska for THREE years!!!! This year my dream has become a reality!! Mom, Lexi and I are going! We just registered!! I am over the top excited!!!
I cancelled my hair appointment to get registered (those who know me.. I NEVER cancel or reschedule my hair!!) I was able to get us into the classes we wanted!!
We will be attending classes with Sally Jean Alexander~ the ultimate guru of soldering! I'm speechless!! Beth Quinn is another of my all time favorite artists~ she incorporates so many of the old german doll heads that I love! We will be creating with her! That just names a few of our teachers. We will also have an opening class with THE TERESA MCFAYDEN!!!! I love her work! I have taken many of her online classes!
Can you tell I'm excited.. just a bit!

((I know I promised pictures of projects for Summer ARt Camp! Hopefully I can now focus and get those up!))

Stay tuned~~~ I am posting a give a way this week!!! Waa Hooooo~~ A Paper Cowgirl Give a Way!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A "Prequel" to ARTalicous Summer ART Camp for Girls!

((a prequel to ARTalicous Summer ART camp!))
*You do not need to be attending Summer Art Camp to attend a spring class.
(Limited to 10-12 girls currently in grades 1-3.)
April 18, 2010 3:00pm – 5:00pm
April Adventure~ “Mom’s Are Special!”
We will create a card, gift bag & special Art project (shh… it’s a surprise) for our mom’s for Mother’s Day.
((Please bring a picture/copy of mom and daughter that we can work with.))
May 16, 2010 3:00-5:30
PINKalicious Rocks! ~ May Adventure!
This art day rocks with the color pink!
We will embellish a pink tutu!
We will use paper embellishments, fabric, crepe paper tissue, tissue paper & tulle to create one of a kind tiaras and wands!
We will also create pink mini books to fill with pictures.
The afternoon will conclude with a fashion show to show off our new tutus, wands & tiaras. Pictures of each girl will be taken and mailed to you to add to your PINKalicious memory book!

If you would like to register for either Spring Fling Session please email me
before April 12th for the 1st session and May 3rd for the 2nd session. I will send you a registration form and payment will be due by April 12th and May 3rd.
I’d love to see your girls at either or both Spring Flings!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Coming soon...... Pinkalicious... ARTalicious....

Information on my ARTalicious Summer Girls ART Camp!
It's going to be so fun......

Tomorrow.... Information on classes and dates!!

Grunge paper

I was sifting through my scrap closet this evening and came across the Tim Holtz grunge paper that I purchased to make leaves with~~ as I was sitting here looking at my project for Paper Cowgirl~~ I realized the sweet little bird really needed some new "Grunge" wings!! Which lead to adding a bit of other embellishments! I really think I like her new look much better! What do you think?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Paper Cowgirl Registration Now Open!!!

Paper Cowgirl Registration is now Open!!
Head on over to the Paper Cowgirl site and get registered for a fun filled~ Altered Art Retreat weekend in June!
I'd love to see you in Waxachie!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bonus vintage domino for altered bird necklace for Paper Cowgirl!

Bonus project for Altered Bird Trinket Box for Paper Cowgirl!

You can't leave with an empty altered trinket box..... so you will create an altered vintage bird domino neclace.

I will have a variety of cream, butterscotch and black dominoes to choose from!

I will also have an array of bird images to choose from. The one in my example was a black and white image that I used copiac markers to enhance with! I will have a few markers on hand if you want to try your hand at enhancing the images~ it really is a fun technique!

You can hang your newly created necklace from a variety of ribbon necklaces or small faux pearls.

Spring Break and Easter decorations!

Spring Break has been wonderful! A very low key time at home this year!

We began the break by visiting the Funky Finds Art Show at Will Rogers~ we found some great finds!! I loved the Altered Muse booth!

If you visited and picked up a book~ check out the add for Paper Cowgirl!!

Registration will begin this week for Paper Cowgirl~ so keep your eyes open!

We also spent the day in McKinney enjoying their quaint shops~ found one that I love for altered items! Stopped by some great little antique stores. It was a fun 4 generation day of shopping!

Lexi and I had girls day yesterday with shopping, a facial for Lex and ended the night Glimmer Misting the night away with Heidi Swapp on her Wednesday night Webcast!! So much fun!

Here is my house (above~ a few of the decorations) Either me or the computer doesn't want to post the way I want it to post! I really wanted my post at the top and pictures below~ it didn't work! Now that the Easter is upon us and I've put out the decorations! We are so ready for the Easter Bunny to stop by!