I’m building my dreams

I’m building my dreams

Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For me, that is what this year has been all about. I have been reaching outside of my comfort zone to build the foundation for achieving my dreams.

Actually, I have been going beyond more than just one comfort zone. I have been trying a lot of new things–from starting art product lines, to growing friendships and alliances in the art industry, to expanding the kinds of art I make to opening up about last year’s health scare.

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Stitching together some mixed media spools

Stitching together some mixed media spools

I am lucky enough to own a massive bucket of vintage wooden spools. I had been trying to come up with some new ways to use them when I happened to see a picture of artist Cat Kerr’s beautiful mixed media tape dispensers.

That’s it! I thought to myself. I can make some mixed media spools.

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Keep you ephemera close by

Keep you ephemera close by
Keep you ephemera close by

There’s a good chance you have a lot of ephemera. I do too. However, I have it stored away in so many different places and in so many boxes, that I often can’t find it when I am in the middle of a project.

To combat this problem, I made a desktop ephemera storage box. While it certainly can’t hold all my ephemera, I can keep it filled with different odds and ends that I can use in upcoming projects.

Keeping some of your ephemera nearby is is especially helpful for those of you who like to make junk journals and art planners. What’s more, it makes for some fun eye candy.

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She’s got a ticket to ride

She’s got a ticket to ride

What does your creative process look like? For me, some vintage Silver Star tickets sitting on my desk reminded me of the old Beatles song. That inspired me to search through my stash to find the perfect saucy woman. 

A lingerie model from a 1940s magazine and several elements from Gypsy Soul, including a silver star,  set me on the path to create this mixed media / altered art wagon. 

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Get it on with Love Potion No. 9

Get it on with Love Potion No. 9

 Sometimes people need a little help in the romance department–that’s why I invented Love Potion No. 9. 

Each glass-like jar contains a potion of cherubic magic. Just open the mason jar, dab a little love potion behind your ears and let the romance begin!

If you want to learn how to concoct your own love potion, visit the good folks at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts who have posted my tutorial online.

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Time for some snixed media?

Time for some snixed media?

As you probably know by now, I love to inject a little or snark into many of the pieces I create. I would describe this piece as snarky + mixed media–thus snixed media.

Okay, maybe snixed media shouldn’t be a “thing”. Regardless, did you notice the shady character waiting inside they doorway?

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Pop! goes the mixed media box

Pop! goes the mixed media box
Pop! goes the mixed media box

I recently broke free of a life-long soda pop addiction. Apparently I was hooked on soda pop before I was two years old. While my parents were good parents, I wondered why they would give their baby unhealthy soda, or “pop” as we call it in Minnesota. 

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