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Looking for something fun to do this summer?  I’ll be teaching two T-shirt classes at Arrowhead Gallery and Studios in Old Fort on July 23. Last date to register is July 16. Must prepay.

BatikaPainted Batik T-Shirt.

For kids ages 8-12, 10:30-12:00. $35 total.

DESCRIPTION:  Design your own colorful T-shirt for a  finished wearable design using an age-old technique called Batik.  We’ll adapt this resist method of dyeing fabric to a more modern method. In this case we will dye the shirts using acrylic fabric paints and glue.

NOTE: You need to bring a clean WHITE cotton T-shirt. All other supplies will be provided.


bleached TbutterflyBleached T-Shirts. For Teens and Adults, 1:00-2:20 pm, $25 members, $30 non-members + $10 supply fee.

Design you own vintage-look T-shirt with that oh, so trendy faded look. We will work with simple cut out patterns we make ourselves and then alter our shirts using a spray technique to get that cool retro look.

NOTE:  Participants need to bring their own own clean colored cotton T-shirt. All other supplies will be provided.

for more info visit http://arrowheadart.org/


Mixed Media Art, Rustic Red Truck

RusticRedAI finished this mixed media artwork last weekend. It began with an acrylic painting on paper of the truck and house only. Then I layered wood glue on top and while it was wet, burned around the edges of the painting with a propane torch.

RusticRedBI wanted to make an assembly of items on old wood boards and stumbled onto this aged wood pallet looking board at Walmart, of all places. It had a driftwood color but I wanted to tie everything into the house and car so I painted it in acrylics.

I felt the truck painting needed some rusted tin and after a couple attempts of rusting an aluminim sheet and giving up, I found this crescent piece of metal left over in my metal bin from brazing I had done. A small piece of burlap was also glued down.

Next came the wild grass and for this I used gold acrylic paint in a squeeze bottle which dries with a raised appearance. I felt the need for an old fence so I cut up small pieces of board and deliberately made them uneven. Next, I painted the boards with a brown wash in spots and once dry, aged it more with a thinned down black antiquing acrylic. The final touches were the trees and tire swing.

The finished artwork measure 20 x 16 and is consigned in Arrowhead Gallery in Old Fort, NC.


Inspirational Quote of the Week

ourreaction...Our reaction to a situation literally has the power to change the situation itself.


Broken Pottery Chipped China Mosaic Mirror

mosaic mirror from classLast weekend I taught a broken pottery mosaic mirror class in Old Fort at Arrowhead Gallery and Studios. I always love seeing what other people create so I thought I would share one of the mirrors my students made.

They were encouraged to choose their own colors and pieces. I love the bright colors of this one and the blue glass accents really make it pop.

I will be teaching another chipped china and broken pottery and mosiac mirror class on Saturday, June 25 at Resource Warehouse.  There’s still time to register.


Inspirational Quote of the Week

quoteLook for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.


N043CarneleanCrescentNeck1Pictured is a hand-painted glass necklace I made from a recycled wine bottle bottom. The bottle broke in such a way that it formed a crescent and it seemed perfect for a necklace.

I put the glass in a rock tumbler to smooth it out and then I drilled the corners with holes. I then painted the necklace with a swirl design using Pebeo glass paint which is baked in the oven to make it permanent.

Complementary beads of carnelean and ruby were added along with a sterling silver adjustable chain and lobster claw clasp.  The necklace is listed in my Amazon Handmade  store along with a matching bracelet.


Product Review Kurgo Baxter Dog BackPack

aggieThis past Memorial Day weekend we took our rescue dog, Aggie, up to South Mountains State Park. Carrying water can be a hassle on the trail and on one of our mountain trail journey’s we had seen people with a dog wearing a backpack of sorts and thought it was pretty cool.


aggie2We purchased this Baxter Backpack by Kurgo for dogs for $42.00 at Petco.

Aggie is part Beagle and Golden Retriever mix so she’s a medium size dog with slender build. The pack is designed like saddle bags with a pouch on each side. The “saddle” part is padded and has a handle on top with a metal clip ring. I suppose if you want to clip your lease to this section you can but we just stuck with clipping the leash to the collar.

The backpack is lightweight and can be adjusted.  Colors are light blue and navy but the packs come in different colors.

It has a zipper pouch on each side with an additional smaller zipper pocket on each. The largest zipper section is just large enough to fit a bottle of water.  I used the smaller section to store my sunglasses. I suppose you might also be able to clip a additional small insulated pack to the metal clip ring if you want to pack some sandwiches.

The saddle bags need to be loaded with equal weight or it will list to the right on left.

Aggie adjusted quickly to the pack and seemed to not even notice it was there. We look forward to taking her and the pack with us on future adventurs.

NOTE:  I recieved no compensation for this product review.



peacockefullpicpeacockcuI picked up a weathered art deco vintage frame bundled with several other items at the flea market while passing through Pidgeon Forge, TN. It had no back (see photos below for the way the frame originaly looked.)

I think it may have orginally been a mirror frame. The wood needed some tlc and the frame was such an odd shape I had no idea what do with it. It sat in my studio leaning against the wall as I waited for inspiration to strike.

It finally did, after I spent a Saturday selling at the Catwba Farm’s Farmer’s Market in Newton. NC. This farmer’s market, as the name indicates, is located on farm and there are lots of animals. One is a male peacock who decided to block my car while I was trying to pull in and set up my booth. He was begging to be painted.

Before I could proceed I needed a backing, so I traced around the frame onto a Masonite board and cut it out. In order to fit the frame with this painting I had to paint the peacock with his tail feathers folded and I elongated the bird, stretching out his crest.

The frame is carved so I added colors in these blocks to match those of the bird. This is all done with acrylic paint.

I consigned the finished piece at Bottgea in Hickory, NC.


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bubblelightLike many artists, I love to turn trash into treasure so I enjoy going to thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales and even auctions when I have the chance.  I have been so busy this year that the opportunity has pass

These items often find their way into my art, my home or I may do a little fixing up and then sell them in consignment stores or on occasion on Ebay.

I stumbled onto this video by Dallas Moore which gives some tips on what to look for at these places which bring good returns when selling on Ebay  (or elsewhere if you know the location.)



Meatballs and Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

I bought some Italian sausage at the Catawba Farms Farmers Market where I sometimes sell my handmade gifts.

Here’s a recipe my husband came up with using several recipes he looked at. It takes a bit of time to make this meal but it is absolutely delicious and we both over indulged.

meatballsMeatballs and Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

Takes approx 1 1/2 – 2 hours to make


  • 3 slices of bread, blended to crumbs in food processor
  • 1 egg
  • milk
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb sweet Italian Sausage
  • red onion, chopped
  • Merlot wine
  • Penne pasta or spaghetti noodles


  • In bowl mix bread crumbs, egg, 2/3 cup milk, Parmesan, garlic cloves chopped or crushed, and basil.
  • Add lean ground beef and blend with hands.
  • Form 1 1/2″ meatballs and place on a plate.
  • Put in large pan and sear meatballs making sure they stay soft and rare. Set meatballs aside
  • In same pan  add olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped red onion. Brown onion.
  • Add 1/4 Merlot wine, and one 29 oz (by weight) can of tomato sauce.
  • Heat to a simmering boil. Add meatballs. Lower heat between medium and low and cover with slight steam venting. Set timer for one hour and stir occasionally.
  • While this simmers brown and mince sweet Italian sausage.
  • Add sausage, one regular can of tomato sauce and small can of tomato paste to a separate large pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add this sauce mixture to meatball mixture.
  • Cook spaghetti, penne pasta or favorite pasta and top with sauce.



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