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First project of 2015!


Hi all!

I’ve moved my studio in the house and I’m starting to feel inspired again! I wanted to show you my first project of 2015, I really like how it turned out! If you’d like to see how I made it and the products I used you can right here. It was my design team How-To project this month. Stay tuned for an Inspire project soon! Hope 2015 is treating you well! XOXO

"Road Trip"

“Road Trip”


Life is Better At the Beach Robin’s Nest Teaser




Come see what I made over at the Chattering Robins! This month the Beach Collection is on sale! Hope it inspires you!! My favorite were the rub ons! Check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂





Some days the things I’m grateful for seem to be hiding. Trying to stay positive and enjoying each moment of a stay-at-home-mom’s day is hard. I am grateful to be able to be home with my kids, the house cleaning not so much. I can’t keep on top of it all and I do try. I need to be more like a hummingbird. Here is a quote from the card company Papyrus that inspired my latest painting:

“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.” Papyrus


I will be getting this scanned for prints and cards. Will post when I have those available.

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Life is good :)


I finally feel like things are falling into place for us. It’s been a BIG struggle and a rough few years for my family but we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now. We are still getting settled into our home but have already started some fun routines, for instance we go on a walk around the block with the neighbors almost nightly after dinner. The kids ride their bikes or scooters, they walk their dogs and we get a little park time with the kids if it’s not too late. The kids want to play outside more than be in which in this day and age is AMAZING! I was always playing outside as a kid. I climbed trees, built forts, made jumps for our bikes and rode all over the neighborhood playing with neighbor kids. I didn’t think we’d find that in a neighborhood these days but we did! The houses immediately surrounding us have a total of  16 kids and that’s not including our 2. Our driveway turns into a personal game area, art pad and more, they play hopscotch, 4-square, draw with chalk, play basketball and just play in it. We’ve had sleepovers with our neighbor brothers which are a blast and of course POOL time! we will be living in it this summer. I couldn’t be happier here at our new home and I know my kids are super thrilled to have a play date almost daily. Our neighbors have a trampoline too and our neighbors in NY had one as well, it’s like we never skipped a beat! My heart is happy in a lot of things right now. It’s good to be settled. I can’t wait until we can start making the house ours, repainting and doing things that we want to do in the house. I need to have a house warming party soon!

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Super happy!!! God really blessed us here! We have built friendships fast and it was soo needed for us! I hope we’re here for a VERY long time!


In ART news: I wanted to share my latest piece of art. This was a canvas I struggled over for a very long time!! Over a month, I kept adding layer upon layer and hated it each time. I then decided to turn it horizontal and it came to me! It is one of those pieces I’m shocked that I actually created. If someone else had made this I’d be ooing and ahing over it but I made it and it’s at my house! NUTS! I plan on getting it scanned for prints, cards and canvases. I originally named it “Lady in the Mist” but someone made the suggestion on FB to call her “The Light Bearer” and I decided that fit her better. Super happy with how she turned out! What do you think?

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This is what she originally looked like.




Then I hated her and turned her into this:



After this I kept adding on the layers and she looked worse! LOL It was a lesson in perseverance for me because I almost gessoed her and started over when all I needed to do was to turn the canvas. Don’t give up!!

On May 2nd Faith Arts Village Orlando (FAVO) is having their grand opening since the renovations and I’m participating! There was a chance to paint on a 5′ piece of vinyl wallpaper for FAVO and then they’re going to auction them off to help offset the costs of the renovations. This is what I created.


I can’t wait to see what all the other artists are doing. I will have a small table set up with prints, cards, originals and jewelry that night from 5-9 pm.

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In other art news I am pleased to say that I’ve been offered an amazing opportunity to work with a woman I love and respect in the art world! I am now the virtual assistant to e’Layne Koenigsberg in her two businesses (Art by e’Layne and 3 Hip Chics). I get to work alongside her and her partner Lora Lee Davids, they are a dynamic duo! I am so excited because it’s something I can do from home while I’m here with the kiddos! Never heard of her? Pick of a copy of Somerset Studio and the other mags and you’ll see her everywhere! I am so excited about where this will lead for me as well. I haven’t worked for anyone in over 10 years! We both think this is a win win! I’m so glad I met you a few years ago e’Layne! We were supposed to cross paths for sure!

Here’s to a happy 2014!




Are you ready to paint from your soul?


I’m THRILLED to announce that my latest class airs tomorrow!! I would love to have you in my class! Does your art need a boost? Would you like to learn how to paint freely, see hidden shapes inside your collages that create characters? Well then please join me over at the Graceful Artist! The class is open until October of this year so you’ll have plenty of time to watch the videos and do your work at your pace. You will be included in my secret FB group that is just for students in the class, post and talk in there about your projects. cheerexample  

Come join the fun and paint with me!!! Would love to see you there! Just click on the link above to sign up! Hurry up, the bell rings tomorrow and you don’t want to be late to class!



Sassy Siren


Hi guys!

Today is the big day that my Soul Food class aired! I was super nervous and excited about it yesterday but happy I can share it now with everyone. She was under wraps for months as I waited and waited to show her off. This morning to my surprise one of the Soul Food students (Gina Morley) came up with an amazing poem to go with it. In my class videos I challenged them to tell me her story (as I’m not good at making them up). This is so perfect and must accompany the photos! Enjoy!

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The Sassy Siren

“Shall we dance?”

Sang the Siren to the Scallops passing by.

“Though you haven’t any legs, I am sure that you could try!”

But they shut their shells in horror at the thought of such a thing!

A Scallop and a siren…together…in a Fling?”

“Shall we dance?”

Sang the Siren as she spied a Pod of Whales.

But they shrieked and screamed and panicked.

Then they splashed her with their tails.

Still in her finest Ball-gown, 

She continues on her quest.

Knowing when it comes to dancing….

Sailors ALWAYS prove the best.

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Art Lessons!


I had the honor and privilege to teach two amazing artists at my home the other night. It was a first for all of us and we all were a bit nervous. It was an evening lesson and it ended up being a late night because they wanted to finish the pieces they started. They blew me away and already had ideas of what they wanted to create. I’m really looking forward to our next lesson. I think I found something I want to be able to do, teach art. I’m happy they were willing to drive from over an hour away to come to my little garage studio. Just look at their amazing pieces!

The girls working hard. They were a joy!! Can't wait till our next lesson!

The girls working hard. They were a joy!! Can’t wait till our next lesson!

Jordan wants to be a musician and a youth pastor. She writes her own music!

Jordan is a musician and wants to be a youth pastor as well as a musician. She writes her own music!

Maci wants to be a fashion designer. I love how her dress turned out. :)

Maci wants to be a fashion designer. I love how her dress turned out. 🙂

You girls rock!! Thanks to your Mama for googling me and seeking out lessons. It was a great way to get into teaching. I can tell we’re going to have a lot of fun! If you’re looking for a great wedding Photographer in Central Florida their parents are amazing at it!

If you’re local and interested in private lessons just contact me 🙂