Gardening Without a Green Thumb

Growing up with a mother who can grow anything was intimidating for me since I wasn’t born with a natural green-thumb. I think us “NON-GREEN THUMBERS” carry that title around almost too afraid to even try. I’ve had many dead plants and more than a few failed gardens, but I never gave up. I beganContinue reading “Gardening Without a Green Thumb”

Couture Tangles Skillshare Class

When I started creating Couture Tangles I was sitting on the couch watching the Oscars. This was many years ago and during the Zentangle craze. I shared a couple of my drawings on Pinterest and then forgot about it. I was contacted a couple years later by an editor with Walter Foster and asked ifContinue reading “Couture Tangles Skillshare Class”

14 Ways to Successfully Homeschool

We began homeschooling our kids in kindergarten while working from home. The kids were little, and it was a choice we made to keep them at home with us. We had a curriculum and plans in place, yet our daily homeschool/work situation rarely looked like the pretty schedule I created and hung on the wallContinue reading “14 Ways to Successfully Homeschool”

9 Ways to Protect Your Business During Uncertain Times

During the housing crisis of 2008/2009, my husband and I were running an architectural marketing company and overnight the phone stopped ringing, emails dried up and clients stopped paying their bills. Our world finds itself in the midst of very uncertain times again, but we survived the 2008 crisis and we can survive this asContinue reading “9 Ways to Protect Your Business During Uncertain Times”

7 ways to start your mornings right when social distancing

My husband and I have been self-employed and working from home for 19 years. During those years I homeschooled two kids through graduation. I found in all those years the most important thing is to have a great morning routine. Otherwise your mornings drag out and by the time you get to work your dayContinue reading “7 ways to start your mornings right when social distancing”

11 ways to keep kids busy when stuck at home

This coronavirus crisis has forced many schools to close and has left many parents scrambling to find ways to occupy their kids during the day. There will obviously be schoolwork to stay on top of, but parents are forced to find ways to keep them busy. I homeschooled my two kids from Kindergarten through graduationContinue reading “11 ways to keep kids busy when stuck at home”

Art in the Written Word

Handwritten letters are a lost art form. Modern technology and convenience have replaced handwritten letters (even viewing them as archaic) and replaced them with a crazy form of shorthand, filled with abbreviations and emojis. I may be somewhat old-fashioned, but I love handwritten letters and journals. It’s my goal to find handwritten journals, diaries, datebooks,Continue reading “Art in the Written Word”

Splatter Inky Illustrations in Adobe Fresco

My latest Skillshare class just launched and I’m so excited to be working again in Adobe Fresco. For this class we’ll be creating digital inky splatter illustrations using Fresco’s Live Watercolor Brushes. They are seriously cool brushes and using them to create inky splatter illustrations has been such fun. I have to thank you allContinue reading “Splatter Inky Illustrations in Adobe Fresco”

Using Color Swatches in Collage Journals

I hope you all had a chance to play with color last week and that you were able to discover which colors evoked emotions. Were you able to find a color palettes that spoke to you? What did you decide to create with your selected color palette? During my color play the purples were callingContinue reading “Using Color Swatches in Collage Journals”