Archive for the Misc. Category

planted my fairy garden today…

Posted in Misc. on March 28, 2014 by Patti

planted my fairy garden today...

I’ve been having fun with rocks and caulk guns making my fairy castle and upcycling an old plastic fountain into a sparkly waterfall!

Yay Spring!


the 1st pumpkin spice latte of the season!

Posted in Misc. on September 4, 2013 by Patti

life is good

Posted in Everyday Stuff, Misc. on June 18, 2013 by Patti

life is good

hanging out reading with my dog Lily

Happy New Year!

Posted in Misc. on December 31, 2011 by Patti

Well, it’s the last day of 2011…

Bring on the art, 2012!!!

Art & Soul

Posted in Artistic Endeavors, Misc. on April 28, 2011 by Patti

Finally packed and ready to head off to Art & Soul tomorrow.

This year I’m taking…

Painted Papers & a handmade book class called Cover to Cover with Misty Mawn. Can’t wait to take a Misty class in person!!

Over the Edge, 3 dimensional collage with Stephanie Rubiano

Zentangle 101 with Suzanne McNeill

Secret Surprise – you guess is as good as mine at this point – with Sally Jean Alexander

I’m also signed up for an evening class with Thomas Ashman called Dremel Applications for Mixed Media Artists

As usual, I have packed way too much! The ratio of clothes and personal items to art supplies is about 5 to 1… seems about right.

I hope to come back with fun art projects and much knowledge.
See you next week…

Take that, Deadline!

Posted in Artistic Endeavors, Misc. on April 6, 2011 by Patti

I have been working on charms for a charm swap I signed up for with a group of artists going to Art & Soul in Hampton in a few weeks. We are mailing them in, and the deadline for arrival is April 16th.

Those of you who know me well may want to sit down for this next part.

Despite having to rethink my design due to a disastrous resin pour, I just put my charms – neatly tagged and packaged, I might add – into the hands of my neighborhood UPS store. Yay me!

I can’t remember the last time I signed up for anything like this and didn’t end up sweating deadlines and paying ridiculous overnight shipping fees. I wonder if this means I’m getting organized in my old age? Let’s face it… probably not.

Discovering Me

Posted in Artistic Endeavors, Misc. on April 1, 2011 by Patti

I am really into the online classes at the moment.

I’m taking a class with Traci Bautista called Discovering You – it’s an art marketing course. I’m not really as active in the group as I could be, and I think that’s because I’m enjoying my unfocused play with my muse too much to want to really go to work yet. Regardless of my level of interaction with others in the classroom, I am learning a lot. The information that she is sharing with us has really gotten me thinking about my art and how I share it online.

I’ve been particularly intrigued with designing a new graphic, and I’ve come up with something I really like…

I chose the name Mariposa Negra – black butterfly – because I am drawn to altered art. I can happily spend hours manipulating digital images as well as the more traditional forms of altered art. Butterflies are a symbol of transformation, so it seemed like an excellent fit. And the black? Well, my inner goth girl likes to play with my muse, too.

Anyway, my website,, has a new look. I’ve even gotten up a photo gallery. I’m still thinking about how best to arrange the photography section, but you can have a peek at some of my work in the meantime.

I just can’t say enough about how inspirational these online classes have been for me. Thanks for the motivation on the new graphic, Traci!