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Shoe hop Winner!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in My techniques, Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Shoe hop Winner!

Thank you all for participating in the Altered Shoe Blog Hop. Random.org picked my winner here as Jody, from Ma Passion Pour le Scrapbooking! I wanted to share with you a map I did for my first book, it is done with Twinkling H2Os on Arches Black Cover. My favorite combo! I am working on Book #3 and healing. That is a lot for me right now. And, I cannot show what I am working on because it is secret…. until May, 2016 when the book comes out! Next week I will head to Minnesota to teach for Midwest Art and Lettering conference, and I am...

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Making Postcards with ColourArte!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Making Postcards with ColourArte!

I am making all thing map related an using ColourArte products because I love them and am currently on their design team. Today it is postcards from old maps using Radiant Rains, a watercolor spray that shimmers. Check out the how-to on the ColourArte Blog...

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ColourArte Shoe Hop!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Giveaway! | 40 comments

ColourArte Shoe Hop!

Today the ColourArte Design team has done itself proud by decorating shoes with all the products we sell. You can hop around today looking at shoes, leave comments on here and on the ColourArte Blog  for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to shop on ColourArte.com. My winner will be chosen August 6th and posted here on Aug 7th. Click on the logo above to see all the shoes! Oh the Places She’ll Go My shoes are size 2 baby shoes. They fit my girl when she was two. She is now 17, and going off to live in Brazil for a year as an...

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Luggage Tag Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Tutorial | 0 comments

Luggage Tag Tutorial

Head on over to ColourArte to see a tutorial on making this luggage tag so you don’t have to examine every black bag in baggage claim! GO NOW…  

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About My Heart

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in About me | 62 comments

About My Heart

It has been four and a half months since I went from having a cough to the Cardiac ICU in five hours and ended up having open-heart surgery for 8 hours for a 9cm aneurism I had no idea I had. I have spent the recovery time taking drugs and getting off of them, three days a week exercising to rebuild the 50% muscle tone that I lost because of this, and generally getting used to being a cardiac patient. The thing is, I am nowhere near used to it, and am not sure I ever will be. I went into the hospital a fairly fit 57 year old with ambition and...

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Happy Classes in Oregon

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Map Making, Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Happy Classes in Oregon

I just got back from my first long teaching gig since “the event.” It was a clear blue day, and on the way into Portland, we flew past Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainer.   The event was at Focus on the Book, a five day retreat for book lovers, in Forest Grove, Oregon. The guild there put it on, they are brilliant at it and all details were covered with humor and efficiency. That sounds like a 1950s drippy description of a housewife, but it is true. My first class was three days long and was called “An Intimate Atlas.” There...

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Flashback to Fall!

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Flashback to Fall!

Hey Everybody! If you did not get a chance to sign up for Fall 2014 21 Secrets ebook journaling class, now is the time! For a huge discount you can download an ebook of 21 classes and keep yourself busy for months. My class is called “Map to Happy” and it will guide you through how to make a game board map that leads you to your ultimate goal of happiness. SALE STARTS: Friday, June 5, 2015 at 2:00 am PST SALE ENDS: Monday, June 8, 2015 at 8:30pm PST SALE PRICE OF EACH WORKSHOP (Spring and Fall 2014: $58 REGULAR PRICE OF EACH...

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Operation, Gratitude, Haiku

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Gratitude | 5 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Haiku

Yesterday I called my friend Valerie and said we have to go see the tulips! It was a fine day, my husband reminded me it was tulip time on the Pearl Street Mall and I should get out there. The city plants blocks and blocks of tulips of every shape, color and size. I did not feel very well, but since Valerie said yes and I needed to see both her and the tulips, I dragged my sorry self to the Mall. So glad I did! We ran in to Alix who walked with us and took this picture. Here is my Haiku, for both me and Valerie. Blooming testament all is...

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Operation, Gratitude, Prayer Flags

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Prayer Flags

I have a creative stitching group of talented friends that organized a call for Prayer Flags for me. Since they are up on the wall in my family room making the room cheerful and blessed, I cannot tell you right now the names of all the 40 dear ones who sent me these flags. I think Kathy York stitched them together, but since I was a bit under the weather at the time I do not know for sure. If your flag is here and let me know! I think I might just leave them up forever, they add so much color and lovely wishes. Thank you to my group of...

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Operation, Gratitude, Books

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Gratitude | 6 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Books

The week I had the surgery I was supposed to teach three classes at Art and Soul retreat in Portland, Oregon. This is my crowd, and I look forward every year to being amongst them. Disappointed did not come close to how I felt about missing this, for many reasons. Life’s best laid plans……. If you have read my blog for a while you know that one person I met and love there is Connie McDowell, who gifted me a fantastic journal she made a few years ago. I have filled it up, and it is gorgeous. She collages the page edges and...

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