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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I have been doing pastels for 3-4 years now. I'm loving it! 

This is my latest of a robin's bird nest.

I tried 3 times to get this right. This is my reference photo taken by me! There was a robin's nest outside our cabin and I just reached up with my iPhone and took photos hoping some would turn out. This was with a iPhone 4 I think so pic quality not the greatest.

I thought I had lots of phots detailing my steps, but it turned out to be for the 1st two attempts! This is what I have:

 I started blocking in with nupastels
                                              I used pipe insulation to rub in the nupasel
                                     I felt that it still was not dark enough so I added a dark soft pastel
I rubbed in the dark pastel again. I started the egg using a dark turquiose.

                            I just added the basic color of the egg using my turquiose lights and darks

                                                    And more dark pastel around the egg

 So. I'm a true believer. It is ALL about value. It wasn't until I added the mauve pink that I felt that I     finally had a painting!

         And color gets the glory. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Camouflage Cupcakes
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PEEPS Chick Surprise-inside Cupcakes
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Peppermint Bark Cupcakes Click HERE for Recipe

Commercial Design Job!!!

If you are interested in interior design...commercial interior design, you might want to read this article. I am very happy I was given a commercial design job for a 3 story building to initially design the 2nd & 3rd floors in the common areas including the restrooms, hallways and entrances!

I started with the ladies & men's restrooms. I just finished my initial design presentation and they seemed to be very happy with the items I selected.

 The first video shows the initial video presentation. The second video shows the edited (after some items were eliminated except for sinks & faucets).

They wanted an industrial, modern, eclectic design....This is what I came up with.

This is the YouTube link for the initial presentation:

This is the link for the edited version after some items were eliminated (except for sinks & faucets):

I think the whole design process turned out to be a winner!  Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Visit my Etsy Shop for Original Pastel Art!

"Walk With Me" 9 x 12 Pastel on Uart 400

I have been working on pastel paintings now for awhile. I love, love working with pastels. I just recently added a few items to my Etsy shop. Please take a look at

"Beach Path" 9 x 12 Pastel on Uart 400

"Walk With Me #2" 9 x 12 Pastel on Uart 400  SOLD

I will do commission paintings of your dog, but only if you can provide a really good photo for me to work off of. Here is one that I recently completed.

                                                                         "Maggie Mae"

This is another pastel of my daughters dog "Timber" that I did 3 years ago.

I'm using my craft room that I blogged about awhile back. This is my easel with pastels that I work at.

Please send me a message if you are interested in having a portrait done of your dog. A 9 x 12 is $150 plus shipping. Thank you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

IKEA Hacks

Love this super cool IKEA hack. Using 3 Billy Bookcases!

Add wooden trim. In this case, it matches the homes existing trim.

Add a ladder and get a custom high-end look.


There no reason why you can't create this look too. I love the picture lights at the top and framed art hanging in front.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


This year we had 16 people come over for Thanksgiving. I set up 3 tables and I had a couple of tablecloths that would white and one gold damask. I wasn't sure what I was going to use on the third table though and I'm not that thrilled with gold damask, but the color works for Thanksgiving and it was too traditional for me. (I'm kinda done with traditional.)

When I spotted this black & white table cover at Target $3.00, I knew it was just right. Bold, fun and contemporary for my house:
I know $3.00 isn't a very big spurge, but I'm sure I would have spent more if it was priced higher. It was 54" x 96". It is paper on top with a plastic backing. I had 3 tables to cover and I was sure this would only cover 2 tables, but what the hay.....First I laid the end of the table cover over the smaller 4' banquet table and cut it to fit so that I could wrap the edges under the table and tape with masking tape to the underside. I didn't really care what direction the pattern was going. I made the pumpkin centerpiece out of Ball canning lids by tying a bunch together. I stuck a twig in the middle and added a few leaves. It was so easy!

Then I laid the table cover over the 6' banquet table (for the younger adults) and cut off what was needed and taped up the underside as well.  I made the centerpiece by using a small glass vase and I cut off an artifical flower to place in the vase.

This left me with a strip of paper approx 16" wide by 66" long. So I thought why not a table runner? I used that piece on the main glass dining table!

I don't like using paper plates for holiday meals. I didn't have enough of my white Williams Sonoma 'Everyday' dishes for 16 people so I pulled out 8 of my Lenox china plates for my dining table. I'm sure your thinking that is crazy to use Lenox china with a paper table cover, but it worked. The kids and younger adults used the Williams Sonoma plates and us 'older' adults used the china.  :) Don't forget to put the crayons at each table too!

Now you wanta guess who did the most coloring?  Yes, you guessed it the 'older' adults!  Hah!

Ever hear of a pink & purple pumpkin? Me neither, but I like it!

I used my IKEA bowl for the centerpiece. I thought about buying fresh flowers, but they are expensive and to spend $30 for one day just didn't seem right to me. I bought the group of 4 gourds at the grocery store  cost less than $5.00. Why not go with the cheaper centerpiece? (I added a pear because I wanted 5 pieces...when I took my interior design classes they always said to use odd numbers in design so I did.)

This so much that I am thankful for...Health, Family, My home, Work, My three Grandchildren and My beautiful Daughters. I am so blessed! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Color Trend for 2016

I just found out that Benjamin Moore's Color Trend for 2016 is white. SIMPLY WHITE OC-117 to be exact. I love that they decided upon this color! They call it the "Silent Hero".

I have always loved the look of white on white. Someday I'm going have all white.

Now Benjamin Moore carries an allergy/asthma paint called Natura. This is great for allergy sufferers like me.

I do not get paid by Benjamin Moore to promote their products. I just like their products! As an interior designer I have been specifying Benjamin Moore for many homes throughout the years and have found that the color ranges is phenomenal and the coverage is great too.