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Handmade Holiday

I have so much fun decorating for the holidays! I love unpacking my collections, old handmade decorations, and past projects the kids have made. Some of my favorite collections I put out during this season are my vintage ceramic Christmas trees. I’ve been collecting them for many years. Most of...

Star Wars Blanket

Back in the day, there was a boy I used to babysit, Marc. I ended up marring his cousin Tony, small world!! Well Marc is all grown up now and he and his wife Katie are having their second child. I thought it would be a great gift to make...

Off the Canvas November

This month for Off the Canvas! we looked at the early architecture of the Native American tipi. Off the Canvas! is an educational program I created that teaches children how to fully express their creativity through nontraditional forms of art. For November’s event I taught three grade levels about shelter,...

Trash 2 Art 2014

This is the first year we participated in Trash 2 Art. I was so excited for Goldie to take part in the exhibition. This event fosters upcycling and recycling: creating art and crafts from discarded items. It’s such an important life lesson I try to instil in all my kids...

Halloween Mantel

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate! I recently finished styling my fireplace mantel for the upcoming holiday. Here’s a peek into how it came together. For a while I’ve been collecting small cardboard boxes when I go to the grocery store or Michael’s. I’m always searching for...

Business Cards

A business cards is one of those things you just have to have. I wanted mine to be different and really represent what I do, and they are always a hit! They are constantly changing depending on what materials I come across. Lately I’ve been making them with some old...

October Goodies

Sharing some more of my favorites from my kitchen this October! Earlier this month, I shared some really delicious treats like my Applesauce Cake and Dark Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Below: Goat Cheese Pasta with roasted pumpkin, shallots, and cauliflower with my favorite fall inspired table cloth and napkin by Vera.  The dish...

DIY Dip Dye

I hand dye a lot of fabric and clothing for fivestiches and my fabric collage work. Because it’s such an involved process taking almost a full day, I usually wait to get a big lot of fabric and dye them together. Here’s a peek into the step-by-step process I use:...

Halloween Project

October is a month full of spiders! Last week in our first Off The Canvas project of the year, we made spider webs! The kids and I made a quick halloween project at home. I also recreated the front window (More spiders! Can’t wait to share that soon!). All you...

Off the Canvas October

This week I had the opportunity to go to Goldie’s class for Off the Canvas! This is an educational program I created that teaches children how to fully express their creativity through nontraditional forms of art. Our lesson for October included reading Eric Carle’s book, “The Very Busy Spider” and...

Sun Tea Goodness

I love sun tea so much! And I’m always on the hunt for a vintage sun tea container like the one my parents used to make sun tea in when I was a kid. I got the bug to start making different recipes with the herbs I grow in my...

Grey’s 14th Birthday

Today is my son, Grey’s 14th birthday! Yesterday, we had a small get together with a couple friends and family. I thrifted this horoscope glassware on the way to the grocery store Saturday morning. I was surprised to come across these! I actually have milk glass coffee mugs that have...

Owl Hair Clip

Each hair clip I make is designed with a mix of new and old vintage fabrics. My kids were off from school today, so thats a good and a bad thing when it comes to getting work done and kids wanting to participate. My daughter, Goldie, helped out with some hand...

My little book of art

I created this little book with pictures of my fabric collages a few years ago. People loved getting them! I would leave them at galleries or shops with the same style as my art. I love it because it serves both as a business card and a mini portfolio!

Fall Favorites

  Happy October! I love when October comes around because I start a bakeathon! Here are a few of my fall favorites! Share some of your fall favorites with me! Applesauce Cake Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes Baked green apples w/cinnamon, maple syrup Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies      

Dining Room Styled

Whenever I have downtime, often in between gallery showings or art shows, I like to style the art I create in my home. This allows me to enjoy the functional aspect of each piece as well as the aesthetics! Recently I shared my Living Room with you all and I wanted to...

A Hodgepodge of Upcycled Clothes

Finding something special that’s been outgrown, handed down, thrifted, bought at a garage sale, or just taken from a dumpster makes me so happy! All of these pieces are made using upcycled or repurposed fabrics and items. I love how we can create art while doing our part to help...

Thrift Store Lamp

On one of my recent thrift store romps, I found this glass lamp base and shades at the Salvation Army Store! I knew I could make something great with these. I began the transformation by taking apart the lamp. The base was badly bent and I wasn’t able to use...

Off the Canvas

I love art in all its forms, but my real passion is exposing children to nontraditional art forms. This is why I created Off the Canvas, a volunteer-driven educational program that teaches children how to fully express their creativity through nontraditional forms of art. I think it is important to not...

Blankets with Personality

When I first had kids, I was inspired to create a unique blanket. After receiving many different blankets at my baby shower, I wanted something a bit more “hip.” Don’t get me wrong, sweet teddy bears and yellow duckies are okay for most people. When I looked down at my...

It’s All About the Skirt

I found this fab vintage skirt at one of my favorite local Miami thrift shops, Red White & Blue. If only I could fit into it! It’s made of polyester, so it’s easy to wash and hang dry — no ironing needed! When styling it on Rose, I wanted to...

Indian Summer Garland

I love decorating my picture window to reflect the current holiday or season. These recycled plastic bag pom-poms were installed late spring in conjunction with Off the Canvas LIVE! During the event, attendees created these with the intention of bringing social awareness to the consumption of plastic we use on...

Vintage Teen Style

Teens today have gotten such a raw deal with clothing and styling themselves! Clothes available to them in mainstream stores are either too revealing or there’s nothing unique about them. I feel being an individual in this day and age is the way to go. As a teenager, I never...

Running with scissors

scis·sors ˈsizərz/ noun an instrument used for cutting cloth, paper, and other thin material, consisting of two blades laid one on top of the other and fastened in the middle so as to allow them to be opened and closed by a thumb and finger inserted through rings on the...