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"Creating a Life that reflects my Dreams...Living a Life that Defines my Purpose.."
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My two 50# suitcases & I flew up to San Jose on Friday morning. We were greeted by my friend Andrea, an empty ice chest, two styrofoam cups and a Honda Odessey gassed up and ready to hit the open... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Homegrown Hospitality
Up, up and away off to San Jose where I will then jump in a car with my pal Andrea and we will take a road trip to Art-Is-You in Petaluma! You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram during... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Homegrown Hospitality
Even though I was born and have lived in sunny Southern California all of my life, I am convinced that my heart is a little bit country (sorry of you are now humming the Donny & Marie song) Actually my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I am taking you right through my Bible journaling process and will try to answer all of your questions along the way. Q:What inspires me to create around a verse in my journaling bible? A; Before I start my day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
The entire Whatever Camp Create experience was, well.. just dreamy. Really, perfect in every single way. Each room in the house took my breath away over and over and over. As we spent the day preparing for the girls to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I headed for the airport last Tuesday calm as a cucumber which actually startled me because I was heading to Kansas for just about a week and that is not my usual schedule. I fly in, teach, sleep, teach, fly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I am back and do not have the words gathered to recap the past week. From start to finish, it was filled with moments, memories, tears, joy, pain, love, prayers and creativity..oh and food, lots of homemade yummy food. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
Great news as I head off to the Homegrown & Handmade line is now available at Please be sure to check with your local scrapbook stores too as all order are now shipping and arriving daily. yay. Next... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
Once again, there is alot on my plate but it is all in preparation for a big faith filled casserole. What that really means is that everything I am reading, preparing, creating and working on is all connected in one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
For the past several years, I have had a yearning to do something. You know, really DO SOMETHING. Something that is meaningful, that has purpose, that changes the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but maybe the world to someone...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
Our summer is 99% finished here, boo. School starts on Thursday and then we are back to our normal. I am a little sad that "summer" is going to be over but I am looking forward to the fall (yes,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
Farewell to you Summer of 2014. You will be missed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
When you put yourself out there, when you share from the heart, when you take a leap of faith, when share your art, your feelings, your commentary, your gifts, etc. there is always going to be a chance that someone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
Again, my creativity and faith have collided and I am so into this, which is probably obvious by my excessive posting on Facebook and Instagram. Not going to apologize though because it is all good. It has also changed the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
It happened sometime on Thursday. I was just minding my own business doing what I was supposed to be doing by taking just a little time out to play with dies cuts and watercolors when somehow, not sure how, well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
bag of microwave popcorn. (you thought I was going to say box of chocolates, didn't ya?) WARNING: THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY RANDOM POST. I HAVE TYPED AND RETYPED IT SEVERAL TIMES SO I AM JUST GOING TO... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I taught a class at the Sizzix headquarters yesterday and it was a great day. Thank you so much to everyone that came from near and far to create with me. The ladies & Scott did an awesome job creating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I will pick up again Monday with the Sizzix recap but today, just a little art from art with a quote that was in my inbox this morning. “To put the world right in order, we must first put the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I set out for a walk early Monday morning and was prompted to run, so I did. As I was running down the back path at the edge of the canyon I saw a stick in the shape as a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
Today I am taking a break from the Sizzix stuff to share something a little different. In my year long 52 Pick{ME}Up class, at the beginning of each week I send out a word and a little random "blah blah... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I have seen a ton of embellishments, project life cards and stamps with the "hello" theme this year so I have been a little anxious and excited the past 9 months knowing there was another hello about to roll into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
Yesterday I showed you that I created foam alphabet stamps using the Fresh Blossoms Alphabet. I also did the same thing using the Hearts #4 Bigz Die and created a stamp that I used with DecoArt Acrylic paint on another... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
I am going to do my best at sharing specifics about the release but THE LAST THING I WANT THIS BLOG TO BE is a place where all I do is push my stuff. I know I can't please all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
It was a WHIRLWIND July, I am home sweet home and have so much to tell and share that I just do not know where to start. THANK YOU ALL for your kind comments, congratulations (and patience) on the Sizzix... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality
It is now official. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Natalie Paige Ellison/Sizzix 949-598-8822, ext. 125 Crafts Leader Sizzix Announces Partnership with Stephanie Ackerman to Create DIY Product Line Newest Sizzix licensed designer to showcase collection at Paper Arts Show... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Homegrown Hospitality