Thursday, April 28, 2016

Glazing Discovery

Turns out that Tombow™ Mono Aqua liquid glue™ works well as a glaze medium.  While the end result is not as thick as regular glazes, it has the same even glossy finish and texture. The curing period for Tombow™ as a glaze is only about an hour.

Why glaze?
Glazing a focal point on your artwork is a beautiful thing. It’s shiny, what can I say?
When you glaze you are not only making an image shiny but you are raising the surface.

Critical factors in glazing:

The glaze finish must not be sticky to the touch after drying.
The glaze must not buckle the paper it is covering.
The glaze must be distributed evenly across the design.

Bubbles should never be present on the finished product.

Glazing Products
Many companies have great glaze mediums on the market. They give a thick glossy finish and should dry for 24 hours. My favorite is Crystal Lacquer™.
Clear embossing powder also ads a lovely glaze to an image. Embossing powder dries immediately, however, I find it tricky to get an even coat on the first (or second) pass. Embossing is messy for me and requires using products I don’t keep close by.

Glazing away
Impatience over drying time, frustration with evenness, and practicing my “within reach doctrine” led me to the Tombow™ discovery about glazing.

The projects above are holiday tags. Below is a stamped card feature using the same glaze:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Crazy Birds in the Studio

“You have to start somewhere.” Here’s the somewhere I’m starting.

There have only been a couple of products that I “had to have” in the last year. Crazy birds stamps by Tim Holtz was one of these.  Here are some samples:
The sequins make the magic.

There are dies to cut the birds that I did not buy but my friend Lynn did...

I wish more of the birds faced right

that would be more appealing on a

These designs are very simple. The birds are just so adorable that there is no need to put tons of effort into cards. 
Coordinating papers from a paper pad
by DCW make assembly easy.

I stamped all of these in one sitting on white paper that had been colored with distress ink stains by Ranger via Tim Holtz. I cut some out and I left some right on the background.

Keep in mind, I prefer to make art than spend a ton of time taking photos of it--smile. Editing pictures distracts me for hours because after I crop then I want to adjust color and size and contrast and....

Starting Somewhere

“You have to start somewhere.” Here’s the somewhere I’m starting.

 Details of my departure
My brother died. I had no idea I would grieve for this long. I managed his meager but complex estate which took up a chunk of time as well as continuing to work through my grief.  He died in November of 2014.

I don’t keep a blog to make money. I tried to do it a bit in the past and it was too tricky for me to write and link and place ads and so on… I don’t edit my photos either. I’d rather be making art than creating a blog of perfection.

I lost my website. All 300+ pages. If everything that has ever been on the internet is still on the internet—would someone please find mine? I am relieved in some ways, but overwhelmed by putting it back up. 

I'm scheduling some posts ahead, so there is possibility of consistency for the next few weeks. 

David, me, and Sir Henry during our first summer with 
David (2011) in Florida. We loved eating tuna salad made with
our cousin Faye's homemade pickles.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Smoothie Days

My Nutribullet 900 superpower smoothie maker from Christmas 2013 remains a big part of my life and routine. See their You Tube video below recipe. 

I make high protein smoothies for the mornings A LOT and I make fruity dessert smoothies in the evenings occasionally. Essentially, meal replacements and dessert treats. 

I have been trying to keep a log of my smoothie recipes to remember what I like. One of the initial reasons for this is that Sir Henry has expressed an interest as well and he wants me to note recipes too. (Unlike my nightly salads, which he loves except for the fact that he never gets one the same….that’s another story). 

I will start current and then move backwards to some that I have kept. I absolutely adore naming things so this part is really fun: 

03.18.15: EASY Chocolate-Peanut
 Butter Protein Punch


1.     Bottle of Post™ Goodness to Go (leftover from recent trip since the Nutribullet doesn’t fit in most luggage)
2.     Tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
3.     Ice
Blend and drink.


-This is one of my simplest recipes thanks to the pre-mixed bottle
-A good one for those busy mornings
-Sir Henry tasted and liked it.
-Smaller than usual, finishes quickly
-Very sweet
-Full almost stuffed after drinking


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bowl of Cherries--Slipper Camp Style

Today's Topic: Life is just a bowl of cherries
In the process of wondering where the expression "Life is just a bowl of cherries" came from I created a recent blog post featuring the video and song lyrics.
Bowl of cherries from our kitchen.

Here's my favorite quote from the song:

"The best things in life to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you never owned

Life is just a bowl of cherries
So live and laugh at it all"

Slipper Camp Activities:

1.     Well yeah, eat a bowl of cherries

2.     Eat fresh fruit every day for a week

3.     Get a cherry/olive pitter and make life easier (Tell your local Pampered Chef rep that I sent you—wink)

4.     Fill your blender with cherries, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder for a cherry vanilla shake
5.   Journal Prompt: Create a cherry and the pits post


Slipper Camp: A kinder, gentler boot camp designed to assist you in living well.

Camp Motto: Being kind to yourself makes you strong.

Checkout my personal progress and all the tasks on (search key word slipper camp)

Follow along with the  Slipper camp tasks on the Live Safe, Live Well Facebook Page:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Life is like a bowl of cherries

I used to think that cherries grew on maraschino trees. I never ate fresh cherries until we moved to Florida. Turns out, they are awesome eaten fresh. Prepare yourself though; they do not taste like cherry lifesavers.
Here’s a bowl of cherries from our
kitchen counter in July 2014.

We eat fresh fruit every day in our home. Serving up the cherries was a dilemma at first because I want a bowl of fruit I can sink my teeth into without hitting a pit in the center.

BING—the magic Pampered Chef™ fairy appeared with a cherry/olive pitter and my life has been tutti-frutti wonderful ever since.

Enjoy Judy Garland’s rendition of this 1931 classic and sing along with the lyrics after you swallow that handful of cherries with no pits.

Life is just a bowl of cherries
Don't take it serious
Life's too mysterious

You work, you save, you worry so
But you can't take your dough
When you go, go, go

Keep repeating, it's the berries
The strongest oak must fall
The best things in life to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you never owned

Life is just a bowl of cherries
So live and laugh at it all

Keep repeating, it's the berries
You know the strongest oak has got to fall
The sweet things in life to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you never owned

Life is just a bowl of cherries
So live it, love it, wriggle your ears
And think nothing of it, you can't do without it
There's no two ways about it
You live and you laugh at it all

Thursday, August 14, 2014 Desires in motion - Goals in action

My business is simply called My mission is to provide services that empower, inspire, and encourage, others to live well, live safe, and live creatively.
Refined and combined, my current business now reflects the priorities most important to me in my life. The online conversion is now in perpetual motion. It’s such a wonderful freedom to move my goals into action.
Here’s my new business card:


This concept was whittled down from seven areas that I initially wanted to be the focus in my business of living. By narrowing my focus, I am able to earn both the rewards of doing the work I know is best for me and a small income that supports my commitments to my family, my faith, and my calling.


My inner critic pushed back on these changes saying that I should have only one focus. My heart’s truth of faith, family, and calling won out in this inner argument with the assurance that living wholly and fully, including this new focus is best suited for my growth and healing.

My business is simply called My mission is to provide services that empower, inspire, and encourage, others to live well, live safe, and live creatively.


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My blog post on January 28 announced the beginning of this mission.