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Earring Frame Holders

I came up with the idea for this earring frame holder after raiding my daughter's jewelry box and having a difficult time locating pairs of earrings.

It's the perfect way to display and organize your favorite studs, loops, or dangling earrings for easy access and it creates a nice little fashion statement, too.

Want to make one of your own?

You will need: Wood picture framePlastic mesh (or chicken wire)SandpaperGessoAcrylic paintsPaintbrushModeling paste (or joint compound or vinyl spackling)High gloss spray varnish (or brush-on Triple Thick gloss glaze)E-6000 glue (or staples and staple gun) To make your earring holder frame, follow these simple steps:
Remove glass, if necessary.Sand down wood frame until it’s smooth.Prime the wood with Gesso.Apply modeling paste to the front of the frame, sculpting it as necessary.Stick embellishments into the wet modeling paste.Allow the modeling paste to dry for 48 hours.Paint over the modeling paste with Gesso and let dry.Paint over the…

How To Create A Valentine's Day Gift Box

Back in 2010 I participated on the Glue Dots® design team, as a Dottess, and created this beautiful floral gift box. You can fill it with photographs, handwritten notes, and trinkets that remind the recipient of your past together or you can let your gift recipient fill it him- or herself.

10" x 5" Round paper mache boxLiquitex acrylic gesso surface prep protectorFolk Art Baby pink paintLiquitex Interference GoldGlue Dots® Dot-n-Go Glue Dots® Mini DotsSparkly Fluff: coffee bean brown Glitter: Chunky white (or cream)Polished glass stones (a.k.a. miniature glass flat-back beads)Glass rhinestone embellishments (a.k.a. mirror glass)Flowers: paper, silk, felt (various sizes)Heart-shaped cookie cutter PencilPaint brushesPlaid acrylic sealer, matteInstructions:
Paint the Paper Mache box with Gesso and let dry.

Paint a second coat of Gesso on box.

Use a wide-tipped paint brush to paint pink stripes on the side of the lid and the base and let dry.

(I chose to eye the stripes…

Tomatillo Verde Quick Soup

My husband contracted Influeza A this week and I immediately wanted to make him a batch of homemade soup so I went shopping for all the essential ingredients and made him two great bone stock bases (chicken and pork).

Today, he was tired of having just the broth so I made him a simple, yet delicious treat: Tomatillo Verde Soup with Honey Butter Biscuit Bites.

If you'd like to make the pork bone stock, here's what you'll need:
3-4 pounds of pork neck bones1 gallon water1/2 C white or apple cider vinegar2 bay leaves4 celery stalks, complete with leafy part, scrubbed4 carrots, complete with leafy part, scrubbed but not peeled2 onions, rinsed but not peeled, and cut into wedges5 garlic cloves, peeled1 leek stalk, scrubbedOptional: a few Napa cabbage leavesAnd here's how you make the pork bone stock:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.Place bones on stainless steel tray and roast for 60 minutes, turning after 30 minutes.Fill pot with 1 gallon of water and apple cider vineg…

The Second Half

Real moments. Real life. That’s what I want this blog to be about… not just art, not just creativity, but life. And yet, as I sit here contemplating what my next blog post should be about, I am stumped.

You see, all my life I wanted for nothing more than to be that stereotypical 50’s housewife portrayed in television shows like “I love Lucy” or “Bewitched”. I wouldn’t even have minded being Caroline Ingalls, from “Little House on the Prairie”, if it meant I could still have modern luxuries like a running toilet, washing machines, and a functioning kitchen. And, thanks to a very understanding husband, my Prince Charming, I got to be that.

Even when the entrepreneurial bug beckoned me, and I started a homebased freelance business and online magazine, I was still able to put that business on the backburner any time it interfered with my ultimate dream of being a 50’s housewife and mommy.

Then my children grew up, graduated high school, and moved on with their lives. And there I was, i…

Defining Yourself As An Artist

How do you define yourself as an artist? That’s something I’ve struggled with for as long as I’ve been a creative person. For years, I’ve tried to define my style of art, but I always came up empty handed. Sure, I had talent, but I had no idea where I fit in.

I couldn’t paint realism if my life depended on it. I’ve never had an eye for home d├ęcor or trends, and don’t even get me started on creating art that requires symmetrical relationships or clean lines.

Then one day, I realized that I simply don’t fit into a box. In fact, I don’t like creating art that puts me in a box because it reminds me of a time in my life when I felt smothered, suppressed, and suffocated. And I don’t ever want to feel that way again. So I create art that isn’t necessarily structured.

It took a long time for me to define myself as an artist, but today I gladly call myself a mixed media abstract artist. I create art that often requires no rules, no boundaries, and no need for perfection. I simply create art t…
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