Monday, June 22, 2015

Just a few more days and we will be having some recycling fun in the studio!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


New Class on April the 18th
The Charm House
Monroe, Georgia
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wedding Photo Shoot in Porterdale, Georgia

I had the opportunity to work with some great vendors on a photo shoot in Porterdale, Georgia.
I created the invitation, menu and place cards for the project. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Class

Embellished Baskets

The Charm House
Monroe, Georgia
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Another wonderful Saturday at The Charm House! A class on Artist Trading Cards. This is by far my favorite class to teach. I can teach so many techniques in one class.  It is the perfect beginner class for someone wanting to get into Mixed Media Art. You can go to my webpage to see upcoming classes.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Just a Smile... Creating a "Blessing Bag"

Just a smile.....
I know you all have seen people holding a "I am Homeless" sign on the side of the road. Most of us just drive by, trying not to look, thinking that person needs to go and get a job and the list could go on and on. Thinking about it, I can assure you that most of the people would love to have a job, warm home to live in, a car to get them about and a family that loves them. It is so easy for us to judge people and apply labels to them that are negative. What if we turned the tables and looked at it in a different way. If we looked at that person with love, we may see a person who was put out of work, who had a terrible health problem. a person that has never felt love.
I visit Scott's Antique Market every couple of months. I always know that at the top of the ramp I will find a homeless person. You can tell in the shrubs that a "home" has been assembled for them to stay in. As I was driving to the airport to pick up Jacks and Chase, my car just drove right off 285 onto the exit. I knew I was not prepared to help the lady so I started looking in my pocketbook for anything. I found a pack of crackers. This time the lady that I usually see was not there but an elderly Mexican man about 60 who was being supported by two crutches. I let my window down and told him that all I had to give him was the pack of crackers. I felt so bad that I had not thought about the route I was taking and been more prepared. He looked at me, his hand touched mine as he took the crackers and he said, "It's the smile that you give me that means the most".  I broke down into tears...... He needed kindness, a smile, someone saying that HE existed.  I am not sure but I can almost say that I was blessed as much as he was. I can still feel his hand touching mine and a feeling of thanks and love shooting from his body to mine.
We all have come across a homeless individual and felt totally uncomfortable. We see them in need and have no idea how to help them. Handing them money is not always the best idea. But, you know in your heart they are clearly in need. Hungry. Thirsty. In Pain. Seeking Help.

If you would like to help the homeless, prepare a special "Blessings Bag" for them containing some of the following:
Trail Mix
Granola Bars
Chap Stick
Band aids
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Hand Wipes
Coins (used to make a phone call or purchase a food item)
And always include a card of encouragement.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mama E's Recipes...

"A collection of amusing anecdotes and principles 
to live by from a Southern girl's perspective. 
The recipes are truly 'From the Heart of the Family'".
173 pages
$24.00 including shipping.

Friday, November 14, 2014


I love pinterest! I seen a piece similar to this on my board and I knew I had everything to make it in my studio. It was so completely easy to make!  You can find the shadowbox frame here....  When I purchased the frame it was only $2.99... It waited around the studio for some time waiting for its purpose!
I simply glued a piece of scrapbook paper onto the back, painted the frame red, sanded the edges and applied a dark stain. I then placed the glass back into the frame, put in some jingle bells and then I just slid the back on. 
I used my Silhouette to create the word jingle.
It is just to cute!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fairy Gardens at The Cotton Depot

Blessed with beautiful weather over the weekend to create three more Fairy Gardens for The Cotton Depot! These are the perfect small gardens to help a child's imagination grow.
Think of all the different miniatures you could use in your dish!

 Sit a while and smell the flowers!

Monday, April 15, 2013


Cheese Graters!

I can't tell you how many times I have sliced my knuckles with a cheese grater and boy, does it hurt afterwards. I have always tried my best to avoid them, but here lately they have captured my heart in a totally different way. Now, Don't get me wrong..... I WILL NOT be grating cheese or anything else with these. I will be Re Purposing them for my pleasure this time. I have found that there is something about a soft candlelight piercing through all the little holes that is so very romantic and soothing.  It is almost like a thousand little stars shining out for me. Can you imagine using multiple graters on tables at a wedding? Beautiful!!!!
I also love using the grater to hold my flowers and then using the handle for a tea towel holder. Just enchanting in the kitchen! Graters can have so many ways to play with them in decorating your home, especially that laid back romantic porch.
Old cheese graters can be found easily at antique stores, goodwill or thrift stores! Go out and buy at least three for a special summer table setting!!!!

The Cotton Depot....

As of February the 1st, I will be moving to The Cotton Depot in Monroe, Georgia.  I am really excited, we will have heat and air, making it so much better for our shoppers. Today I am working on getting my jewelry ready for the shop. Monroe has became one of the antique destination of the South. We have four large malls full of antiques and inspiration. If you are even close to Athens or Monroe it would be well worth your time to check us out. I promise you will want to make a day adventure of our shops! I also will be posting on my facebook page The Charm House. Join me there for upcoming events.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa's Key

Clement C. Moore'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
Last night I was in the basement trying to finish a few last projects for my customers. As I looked around the room I spotted a couple of silver keys I had purchased for a special project. It seems as if I forgot all about the special project, even with the keys sitting in my full view! I found this picture on pinterest and thought what a wonderful idea for children without a chimney for Santa to come down.

 I immediately rushed to my office and started coming up with a tag for the keys. I had to get this done before I hit the sack!  I hope you like it and can use it for your own key! The poem came and idea came from I just changed the look of the project. She ask that you not use the poem itself if you intend on selling the Santa Key. I found plenty of tarnished silver keys at Target. Now to find those special children without a fireplace to give it to!

Thursday, November 29, 2012


All month long I have been posting on my facebook things I am thankful for! Even with the health problems I have, I feel extremely blessed! I have a husband who loves and seems to just adore me, my kids are married to amazing people, in this economy we are somehow by the Grace of God hanging in there and I find my cup half full more so than half empty. When I think of the word Thanksgiving, I see two separate words Thanks and Giving. I truly believe our joy is found through giving to others and thanking those that give to us. I don't understand the world we live in today with all of the entitlements that are being given out. I question if we have become a nation of takers instead of givers. With that being said, I also believe that many in our nation have turned their back on God. For me.... I could not live if I did not have God to lean on. He is my foundation for everything, through His Word He teaches me how to live daily. Through Him I know the true meaning of ThanksGiving and Christmas.

 I am thrilled about the Christmas season. I have been crafting for it since July with friends and family. I plan on having all of my shopping and decorating finished by the first of December. I want to relish all that the month and God has to offer me. I want to enjoy visiting with my children that I only get to see a few times a year. I want to be in the spirit of doing for others. I want to experience Christmas to the fullest!
I hope you enjoy the following pics. Please feel free to share with a link to my blog!

It has been a long time since I last posted a blog.... lately I have truly missed it! My daughter post often on her blog Jitney's Journey's and I think the bug has caught up with me to start posting again! I have been incredibly busy teaching classes. I love it! With Christmas coming up I thought I would share some of my projects with you! Hopefully I can get it going again and fall in love again with the world of blogging!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Over my blog vacation and a new decorated room....

Yes, I am back!

It feels like forever since I made my last post and I have so much to tell you!

Today's post will be about decorating a new bedroom in my home!

When we built our home, we had a small room in the front (probably most would use for an office) that I felt would have more potential if I put a door in the room entering our master bath. When you look through this door and my master bath/master bedroom door you can see straight through. We have been here seven years and the room has served as everything with the exception of a bedroom. To tell the truth over the last year I have hit the age where sometimes I need to allow my husband a good night's sleep and sleep in another room. This room does it. I can see him.... He can't hear me!

When I decided to decorate this room, I wanted something different from the rest of my house.... Something that showed my love for all things old. Most of the accessories for the room I already owned. The entertainment center came from our beach house and needed a good coat of latte paint. The room is filled with touches of blue glass (which I dearly adore)! The bed coverings are just a mixture of quilts and covers I have used in the past. I did purchase the mantle ($35.00) for my headboard and the lamp on the side table from Hobby Lobby (using 50% off). The shade on the little lamp on the metal table was made using burlap and trim!!! I also made a couple of new art pieces to display in the room! I still want to add a few things to the room.... It will happen when I find the special touches it needs.

So... What is your favorite thing in my new room???

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Friendship and the Collage.....

I am a truly blessed woman!

When you look up in a dictionary to see what the definition of a girlfriend is you will find that it usually deals with love between a boy and a girl. So disappointing for one who loves to use quotes and definitions in her work..... I have been married to the same man for almost 29 years and I claim his as my best friend! But there is something about girlfriends.... the bond, the history that seems to be a "happy place" that I enjoy going to. How is it that friends can get together after years and that bond is still there or even stronger because we have been thinking and praying for them over that time?

Friendships for me started in first grade.... Yes, I said first grade! I seem to only have good memories of "the girls", I am sure I experienced bad... but the memory of these times is just not there! Memories of parties, teachers, boys, the ball park, the All Star, Ken's Pizza, driving down Memorial Drive, Winn Dixie parking lot and my favorite~ Playing Girls Basketball!!! Over the last couple of years the "ladies" of South Gwinnett High School Class of 1978 have been getting together every month. We average about 15 at each luncheon, trying to spread the luncheons out between locations and time so all can attend. I am amazed at how this group of girls adds so much to my life! We talk about the present, but so many conversations lead back to the past. Teachers we admired, trouble we got into (including spankings) and wondering about those we no longer have contact with or that have passed on.

I have a group of about 17 girls that I actually attended 1st - 12th grade with. Now that is a true band of girlfriends.... We still know so much about each other, many of our children attending the same school and knowing each other.

When I started working on this piece, of course I had to find the perfect quote.

I loved the quote ~

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

But the I found this one....

Like branches of a tree we grow in different directions, yet our toots remain as one. Each of our lives will always be a special part of the others.

I read this quote and knew it had to be the quote for my piece.

If you have old girlfriends that you have not heard from in some time...

Call them, put together a girls date.

You will be so blessed by igniting that part of your heart again!

Some of the girls that I attended 1st - 12th grade with!

The Charm House II

Charm House I

I will turn Blessings into Praise!

I will turn Blessings into Praise!