Sunday, January 30, 2011

Spread The Love!

This week is all about “Spreading the Love.” I want to introduce you to some wonderful women who have created some precious projects. For those “do-it-yourselfers,” you can be inspired...And for those of you who would prefer to “buy it and enjoy it,” many of these people have their own Etsy, yay!!!

Linda from Random Creativity is an accomplished artist and published author who has created this beautiful heart tag and it is among the special treasures in her Etsy shop. So, if you need it as a gift for someone special, this would be a great way to obtain a piece of her art.

Carol from The Answer is Chocolate made this heart and it is only one of the amazing projects on her blog. Carol is so generous with her creative spirit and has many tutorials--I always learn so much from her. Her artistic talent and decorating skills are impeccable!

Roselle of Seaside Rose Creations makes fabulous pieces in pink that are filled with shabby goodness...Just look at these adorable vintage heart tin--purely dreamy, don’t you think? You can grab them up in her Etsy shop. And if you are like me and love hand-painted pink roses, she has many delightful pieces to choose from.

Kim has an Etsy shop where her tags are available--and she has numerous beautiful hearts in her shop. Kim has been so busy that she does not have a blog at this you can convo her at her shop if you’ve got any questions about her delightful creations.

Marfi of Incipient Wings is someone who is also “spreading the love.” She has something on her blog called “Guerilla Fridays.” What she asks people to do is create a piece of art and leave it somewhere for a stranger to find somewhere throughout the city that they live’s amazing! This is a key that she recently left for someone to find--and look at the message--”Believe in Yourself!” Wow, this is special!

Would you like to know how to create a “shabby cottage-style” garland for Valentine’s Day? I first took this graphic sheet that I got from Shabby Cottage Studio.

I cut it out and embellished it. And voila, a romantic garland perfect for

Valentine’s Day--or any day that you’d like to have “a little romance in the air!”

Pssst...Next week, I will have a little surprise about this garland too...can’t wait to tell you about it while I have a special feature on decorating called “Doll It Up!”

For those people who have been featured on this blog, you are welcome to display the “Featured on” button located on the sidebar.

Sunday, January 23, 2011



I would like to introduce you to 5 amazing women who create beautiful works of art. This week is not only a celebration of them, but also, a celebration of YOU because all of you inspire me in so many ways.

Chris is a Canadian artist whose diverse mixed media work exemplifies the masterful use of so many different techniques.

Never afraid to try new things, Chris is not only on the design team at Dezinaworld, but her blog is chock-full of the amazing pieces she produces.


Lovey of Fabric Photo Memories creates exquisite fabric designs and her work has been included in numerous magazines. The time and detail that goes into her creations makes each a one-of-a-kind treasure. Not only does she use gorgeous fabric, but also, her gems make a girl’s heart flutter! You’ll have to go and visit to see what I’m talking about.

The other day, I was standing in Hobby Lobby and decided to go see if I had friends who were featured in the magazine section. One major magazine caught my eye, I opened it up--and there was Lovey’s work! I was so excited. I said to my husband, “That’s Lovey--that’s my dear friend! I’m so excited she is in this!” now you know I’m like a little kid and get very thrilled for my friends. (That might also give you a clue as to why I decided to create this online magazine to feature people I feel have such incredible talent.)


Suzy is a fabric artist from Australia whose creations are splendorous. I came upon her blog one day and all I could think was “Oh my gosh--I wish I could come over and watch her create!” She has one of those blogs that makes me “oooh” and “awe” as I scroll from one page to the next--the fabric, the art, the colors, the textures--it is all sublime and her talent is astounding.


I hope that you will visit her blog to see the rich textures and colors that abound! You will be "ooh-ing" and "aww-ing" too!

June/Junibear's Jottings

June of Junibear’s Jottings is the quintessential digital artist. Her work takes my breath away and I know that if you visit her blog you will feel the same way. The layers and depth of her pieces make them stand out as the true treasures they are. June is not only an artist, but is also part of the design team of Dezinaworld.


June of Dezinaworld is a woman who “does it all,” from digital pieces to fabric to beeswax creations. If you are an artist, no doubt, you have probably used her graphics from Dezinaworld in the past as they are beautiful. Here is a beeswax collage that she created. I hope that you will get a chance to view more of her work and also visit her online shop where graphics abound!

As many of you know, I design for Shabby Cottage Studio. I created this jar which would be perfect to put Valentine candies in or to display in your home.

It was created with images from Shabby Cottage Studio...I hope you’ll take a look at their amazing digital images....With just one sheet, you will have lots of projects you can create! I know that many of you use the gorgeous images from there and believe me, you won't want to miss the special Valentine goodies that are in store!!

Here is a little tag made with images “from the cottage” that I just fell in love with! I love all that shabby goodness.

And now an announcement--Barbara of Moore Whimsies won the giveaway for the robin’s egg blue tablet and tag--Congratulations, Barbara!!!! I hope that all of you will enjoy seeing Barbara's art work that is featured in numerous art galleries...Her work is on her blog.

Also, there is a huge Blog Candy giveaway going on at my personal blog...You still have time to enter to win this special Valentine's Day giveaway!

Just go to: Whimsical Musings to enter!

Next week, I'll help you get ready for Valentine's Day with a special article called "Spread the Love." I hope you'll join everyone back here then!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Launch Party!

Welcome to the Launch Party of this new weekly online magazine.

You are welcome to grab a blog button. There will be professional guest

artists featured each Monday. This week, I would like to introduce you to

3 of those individuals.

Donna from My Shabby Chateau is an artist, blogger, and Etsy store owner.

She is inspired by her numerous trips to Paris and brings her original and

repurposed creations to her shop with so much vitality and panache. Don’t

you just love this French-inspired shelf?

Linda of Itsy Bits and Pieces not only creates her own fabulous work, but

also sells vintage items in her 2 Etsy stores, and has all kinds of vintage

finds to create art. These Victorian shoes are priceless, don’t you think?

Imagine how beautiful they would be in a Victorian-style vignette to dress

up almost any room.

Julie of Saltbox Treasures has fabulous finds in her Etsy store. Her work

is so delightful and each piece is meticulously created. Just look at this

wreath that has already sold. If you would like to order one, she will

personalize it for you!

I hope that you will have fun visiting these guests and their Etsy shops

which are located on their blogs.

Next week, will be a special article entitled, “Womankind.”

You are welcome to enter the giveaway to win this robin’s egg blue

Cottage Charm decorator tag and matching tablet. This tag could be

perfect to decorate a boudoir or adorn a book shelf. Of course, the

tablet could be used for love notes--just in time for Valentine’s Day!

If you would like to enter the drawing to win them, just become a follower

on here and leave a comment.

This will be linked to The Graphics Fairy.

Also, if you would like to enter the Valentine’s Day drawing for the blog

candy, just click the button on the right side bar.

Several pieces of my own work are currently on display at a gallery in

Vancouver--I wanted to share some pictures with you from the exhibit.

The winner for the Cottage Charm tag will be announced next Monday~

Until then, have a wonderful, creative week!