A Peek at My Studio, a work in progress

Some of you may remember that last spring we moved…again! Why many have asked, especially when we had just had a house built, well we had an opportunity to live on a private airstrip in a home with an airplane hangar! It’s been our retirement dream for many years and we decided to jump on this chance as you can never be sure when they will come along. So we are now living in our retirement home, just early lol.

Creating a studio space along with renovating much of our ‘new’ older home has taken us a lot of time but it’s finally feeling like everything is coming together. My studio is not done but it’s at a good place where I can work and dream about further renovations, like skylights, but nothing ‘needs’ to be done now to make it a good studio space for me. I have about 700 sq feet that includes the art space, a small office and a bathroom. The next thing that’s being done is a custom sliding barn door is being created from an old fence we took down on the property. The wood will be reclaimed and left rustic and I think it will be super cool in the oversized opening that adjoins the space to the living area.

I overcame the urge to totally tidy up before pictures so excuse the mess, but I’m  in the middle of several projects and will clean up when I’m done lol.

The floors were done in reclaimed wood look ceramic tile and I’m  really happy with them.

I recently taught at an art school in Paducah, KY and loved the tables they had. It’s a packing table from Uline and extremely sturdy. I also bought the chair from there. Working at a taller table allows me to stand and work when I want to.

Print making and dry media corner. The barn door will actually slide open on this wall so I’ll have to move the storage around when it goes in. Below my Raskog carts fit perfectly under my new work table.

Large canvas painting area.

Storage cabinets and prep area. I have a line with clips that will go on this wall to hang work, sketches etc. I like to hang current work to help me build off of it.

My little office space. It’s small but I love it and love looking out onto the back patio and yard.

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into my work space, I know I love looking at other peoples studios!

Fingerless Mitt Challenge

Most of you know I’m pretty addicted to knitting lol. Well I just finished a really fun and a bit of a challenge pattern for these Pieces of Eight Mitts. The first pair came out ok, but I ran into a glitch so being me I had to give it another go. The first pair was knitted in KnitPicks Felici, Lost Lakes color. For the second pair I used Poems Sock yarn in Sky and Earth color and because of the nature of the yarn each mitt turned out a little different which I love. They are knitted from the thumb out so if you want a little challenge try these cool mitts!

Art Journaling at the Speed of Life

Art Journaling at the Speed of Life

I just wanted to share some art journaling goodness with you all:-) I was thrilled to get my contributor copy of Art Journaling magazine and find me work on the cove! It totally caught me by surprise. As most of you know, I love art journaling and it’s my go to vehicle to teach workshops. They are such a valuable tool for any artist.





Cover Art September 2017

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Here’s the full page spread. I love this color palette of Nightfall, Celedon, and Rain from my line of paints with Derivan Matisse. The stencils used here are my designs with Stencil Girl Products.

I hope you are finding time to explore your own journals~

Crafting a Holiday

Happy New Year to you all!

We had a houseful this year with all of our kids and grandkids home for the holidays. It was awesome and I’m beat lol! I spent a lot of time cooking, crafting and decorating so I thought I’d share a few pics with you. I just love homemade anything during the holidays!

learned to knit cables this winter

made a cute Santa hat from a CRAFTSY pattern

practicing cables with these ‘Winding Way Mitts’

love this eco dyed alpaca

My father in law likes to wear a knitted hat to bed so I made him this ‘Scrooge/Cratchit Night Cap’

I knitted some BIG stockings for the fireplace (the pattern is from CRAFTSY)

I got to try out my new KitchenAid ravioli maker

I knitted a ton of fingerless gloves lol

love this yarn called North Pole Hot House from YarnDyeit.com

New sock book, I love the patterns. I want to knit them all!

knitted this cute little sweater for my niece

made several kinds of candy

and now it’s time to put it all away, after a cup or two of coffee…

Creative Jumpstart 2017 Now Open for Registration!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017.

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.

Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Announcing Creative JumpStart 2017 – CJS17 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details:
n*Studio CJS2016 – Let’s Jump!

You get 27 videos for just $40 (USD) if you sign up before November 30th, (11:59 pm (EST), 2016. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2016 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here at