Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some upcoming classes...

I'm out on the road again. Feels like a song.  Maybe i should take up singing :)   OR NOT.

Anyway, I'm here on the East Coast working on CHA stuff and teaching some classes.

I'm very excited to be teaching at some new stores as well as some of the ones i love coming back to!

I'll be at Kept Creations tomorrow.  Excited to meet Kim. I've talked to her several times but never had the pleasure of meeting her.  Teaching a fun Mixed Media Canvas class there...  If you're in the area of Whitman Massachusetts...come join us!!!

Then i'm also at Eclectic Paperie.  Cannot wait to meet another Kim :)  Talked to her on the phone also but never had the chance to meet her YET. She sounds like a hoot!!  I'm teaching two classes there.  She is located in New Hampshire


Come join us....

If you are in New Jersey and want to play with me (well you know what i mean) then come to Scrappers Cove and do some fun christmas projects!!!


hope to see you at some of these stores!!!

Keep checking back for more updates with additional stores that i will be teaching at.



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Blogger I am not

I try hard to blog.

I mean well.

 I just always set it aside to do later. later never comes.

 So many things have happened that i wouldn't even know where to start at this point. Lets just start with the one thing that is keeping me crazy busy.... well ok there are 2 things.

My amazing grandson Reef
He was born on May 17th. He was perfect and my beautiful daughter did amazing.  She is such a good mama! But i always knew she would be.

My Companies


They are both doing awesome.  Art Anthology has grown beyond my wildest dreams and Basically Bare has been rebranded and we're getting that up and going.  I'm very blessed to have been given the opportunities that i've been given.  So grateful.

Then of course there is the rest of life.

Ups and downs, good and bad.

Recently I was allowed to see my granddaughter after 3 years.  She is the sweetest little girl and i LOVED spending time with her.

I was hesitant to let her into my heart. She was taken away from us once before and that was deeply heartbreaking.  Her mother promised it would never ever happen again.  That made me happy.  We spent a lot of time together and had a ton of fun. 

But once again, we don't get to see her. :( 
Taken away again abruptly
Totally broke my heart.
Someday maybe I will understand.
But for now... I don't.
We are her family.
We love her.
We would NEVER do anything to hurt her.
She deserves to know us just as much as we deserve to know her.

I put my faith in God that things will change someday.  Until then i just look at the memories we had those short 6 weeks and know that someday we will make more.

peace and love...


Friday, March 1, 2013

Sharing Time...

yes...i'm blogging.  Holy cow!  I keep saying i'm going to do it but something always gets in my way and I'm too busy.  I received and email today that really stuck with me.  So I felt the need to share it.
I do this sometimes but find i'm not doing it as much recently...once again...because i'm so busy.

So its time to step back, take a deep breath and relax a little.  Spread a little joy, give a little love and share a little time!

By Amy Carroll

"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
"How are you doing?" she asked. "I heard about the death of your grandmother and have been thinking about you." My eyes widened in surprise and pleasure as I recognized my friend Melanie's voice on the phone. She's a friend I dearly love, but we live long-distance and don't stay in close touch.
I told her about my sadness, but also my joy over the fullness of my grandmother's life. We chatted about old friends, kids and church with the ease that a long-time friendship brings. However, I started to wonder when we'd get to the reason for her call. Finally, there was a pause, and she explained that she needed to go back to her work.
I was stunned. That was it?
There was no other agenda or hidden need? No. Melanie had just carved out the time in her day to call and check on me.
A phone call from a friend is always appreciated. But for Melanie to call meant even more, because she is a young widow whose husband died suddenly. She is dealing with raising children, running a business they used to manage as a couple and all the other curve-balls life inevitably throws her way. Yet she made time in her day just to check in with me. I told her how grateful I was she had been so intentional and kind.
That’s when Melanie shared what happened after her husband's death. Worship time at church was when the floodgates of her grief opened. She would often stand and cry throughout the service, pouring out her heart to God and receiving comfort from Him. And there was one woman who often sat by Melanie and silently held her hand.
One woman.
In silence.
Offering the ministry of presence.
A profound gift.
Melanie continued, describing the impact this gesture made on her. "I've learned how much sharing time means. If I can only run by and take a cake to someone who is hurting, I do it. All of life's busyness can be overwhelming, but I make time for people now. People are the most important thing."
I thought of how my friend reflects Jesus—of how Jesus made people more important than His to-do list. There were so many He stopped for. Countless faces in the crowds who made Him pause, just because.
The woman rejected by others for her many husbands.
The despised tax collector.
The woman who had despaired of ever being healed.
The men who gave up everything to follow Him.
The list could go on and on.
I think about the day's to-do list. A long list. There are lines and lines of things to do that aren't checked off yet, calling for my attention and time. They're all important, but how do I process my list through today's key verse, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12)? How do I become more like Jesus, numbering my days aright so that I might gain a heart of wisdom?
I think I'll start a fresh to-do list and take a lesson from Melanie. My new first line on my checklist: "Be more like Jesus. Make people important today."
Dear Lord, I need Your help to plan my day with Your priorities. You know how task-driven I can be. Will You teach me to put people first? Sensitize my spirit to listen to Yours and to pause for people like You would. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Art Anthology Cruise!

So excited we can call it by its real name now.

Come join Art Anthology for our first cruise!  Join Jen Starr, Stayce DeWid and the Art Anthology Team sailing through the Caribbean and crafting the nights away!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I can't believe my trip to Italy is right around the corner.  I'm so excited!!

I'm nervous to be debuting my new company but i know it is going to be amazing.  I have the best business partner in the world.


Art Anthology...WOW!

so many wows.

Its crazy how many things happen and how fast they happen.

I feel a little overwhelmed at the amount of stuff we need to get done but i have faith that we will get through this. There are always going to be bumps but we are put together for a reason and all things will work out as they are meant to be.

Its amazing the amounts of well wishes we've received regarding Art Anthology. We are incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our corner. I feel bad for some of them because they feel put in the middle. I'm sorry that they have to feel that way. I wish they felt comfortable enough to have to not sneak around to talk to us out of fear of childless retaliation. :(  boo

well there is no bursting my bubble.

Life rocks!!!

as a good friend of mine always used to say...

Living the dream!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Here i am...in Hawaii for vacation with my family.  We're used to seeing several different places so this is a bit different for us. Jimmy has never been here so he is in absolute heaven.  It is beautiful here. We have a great condo on the beach on the north shore.  We spent the whole day yesterday on the beach. Got a bit sunburned. eek. But that always happens.  Today we are headed out to Waimea Falls for a nice hike.  I'll be glad to not lay out.

The sad thing is that i have such a hard time just relaxing. My friends keep telling me to relax and enjoy. I enjoy being busy. I don't like to lay around and do nothing. It makes me absolutely insane. I'm trying really hard though.

I've found my happy place this morning. YES i brought some products with me. I couldn't resist. Playing on the lanai overlooking the ocean with a beautiful breeze...THAT is relaxing to me.

so poo on trying to relax. i'm going to do what makes me feel good.


So do what makes you feel good!!!

ps....September 1st....good news...stay tuned

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