So you want free Christmas ornaments

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Gold and Silver Acorn

Growing up in a large family, it was easy to feel invisible, especially for me.  I was a shy, quiet little girl for many reasons.  But my grandmother Agnes Deslattes Schexnayder made me feel special.  When she was alive and she died when I was in 9th grade, she was my idol.  I even took… Continue reading So you want free Christmas ornaments

How to make a free(almost) advent wreath

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One of the pitfalls and blessings of being an artist is zero to little money coming in.  I am very blessed.  My husband is employed and despite having an art degree and several years experience of graphic design, I haven’t been continually employed over the last 5 years.  So celebrations are usually limited to food… Continue reading How to make a free(almost) advent wreath

How to build a DIY desk for your studio

My daughter Rebecca is a costume designer and seamstress.  She is also an art teacher and does a lot of her lesson plans in her home before she takes them into the classroom.  Being a recent college graduate and having little or no money. She, her Daddy & I put our heads together to build… Continue reading How to build a DIY desk for your studio

How to make a DIY headboard for almost free

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I needed a DIY headboard for a queen bed.  Now don’t get me wrong, I did buy two beds a few years ago but my daughter moved out and took the guest bedroom suite with her.  And the one thing I hate more than anything is a bed without a head board.  So I decided… Continue reading How to make a DIY headboard for almost free

Playing with the children’s portraits

Lately I am focusing on portraits, mainly children’s portraits.  I love being around children for many reasons.  I always seemed to end up the babysitter or the one that the children feel most comfortable.  I use watercolors for my children’s portraits because of the softness from watercolors.  The innocence of children seems to come through… Continue reading Playing with the children’s portraits

The Bailey Cafe

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I am sitting here in the middle of North Carolina in a town that has one stop light and one blinking light and wishing that this cafe was in my present town.  I am over a thousand miles from Moultrie and am on WI-FI, eating a monster piece of carrot cake, very good carrot cake… Continue reading The Bailey Cafe

Rose Festival Paint Out

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Just spent a wonderful weekend at the Thomasville, Ga Rose Festival painting in a Plein Air Paint Out.  The Wiregrass Gallery in Thomasville, GA and The Accidental Gallery in Boston, GA sponsored a three day, four site plein air competition with 20 artists.  I participated in it mostly for the night painting session and this… Continue reading Rose Festival Paint Out

Good news, bad news

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Good News:  Day is home, he went fishing today.  Bad news:  He is furloughed.  We officially have NO INCOME.  After 5 years of partial employment for me and presently I am unemployed.  I cannot collect unemployment insurance, been unemployed too long.  I cannot find a job, not even part time, so I have no income. … Continue reading Good news, bad news

The computer will be moving

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Well Rebecca has been moved and she has begun her new job.  I am very proud of her.  The only problem is now the computer, her computer, will be moving too.  I will hopefully be able to get a new one soon.  I am trying to get my career really moving and now there is… Continue reading The computer will be moving