Last weekend, my family visited a pumpkin farm north of Minneapolis, MN. It felt so good to escape the noisy city for a while and explore fields filled with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They had specialty pumpkins and gourds growing alongside the carving pumpkins so, as we trudged through the tangled vines, we… Continue reading The Beauty of Letting Go
The Reawakening: Creative Mixed-Media Art Journaling retreat is coming up soon and Joleen Emery (of Big Raven Farm) and I would like to make sure that you get all of your questions answered before registration closes. So, we're hosting a virtual tour of Big Raven Farm over Zoom! Join us next Tuesday evening for a… Continue reading Take an Online Tour of Big Raven Farm
2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges, unfathomable circumstances and, at times, surreal situations. But, during this difficult time as we have been forced to keep our distance from each other, we have overcome the obstacles, called upon our creativity and found new ways to come together. And the members of the Minnesota Visual… Continue reading 2020 Handmade Holiday Buyer’s Guide
I make art every day. Somedays it’s a quick 5-minute collage. Other days I’ll have an hour to work on a single piece or a few at a time. But at some point every day, I schedule time to do something creative. I credit this habit to the monthly challenges I started in January of… Continue reading 30 Days of Found Object Art
I’m very excited to announce that my Etsy store is officially open for business! I am slowly working on getting it fully stocked, but I do have a variety of my Found Object Creativity Kits available for purchase. Each kit contains: A Found Object Creativity Kit Guidebook – a 14-page book that explains how to… Continue reading Opening Day!
I am always looking for new ways to use or reuse household items. This has rubbed off on my daughter Lucy. She never throws anything away, instead she hands it to me and says, “here, this is for art projects.” One of my favorite techniques is dipping an empty toilet paper roll in paint and… Continue reading Creating a Gratitude Banner from Found Materials
I love pens. It’s somewhat of an addiction really. I can’t go into an art supply store or even Target without perusing the pen section. There’s always a need for a new pen: the perfect white pen to write on top of a dark-colored paint, the perfect fine tip black pen to sketch on mixed… Continue reading The Little Lost Pen (and friends)