Monthly Archives: January 2015

Be Fearless!

Recently I was taking two classes at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete with Joanne Sharpe.  Both were Free Motion Quilting techniques.  Joanne said to me that I was talented at everything that I do.  I was a little startled by that statement.  I by no means think I am talented at everything I do but I have heard it before so it made me stop and think.

My Mom told me a story not long ago about when I was young.  She had entered my Brother and I in a drawing contest at (if I remember the story correctly)  Holy Spirit Hospital.  She said when they were announcing the winners that I was perched on the edge of my seat ready to run up on stage the moment my name was called.  She said I just knew that I would win something and as it turns out I did.  I think I have tapped back into that feeling now as an Adult.  There are NO MISTAKES in art feeling.  That create with abandon feeling we used to get as children but went away as we grew up and were told that we were doing it wrong.  I gave up drawing and painting for a long time because I was told by a College Professor that he had no clue how I got accepted to Art School because I sucked.  I thought to myself well then it is a good thing that I came here to make jewelry.  Well those that see my art now are surprised that I gave it up for so long.

I think my point in all this is that I have become Fearless.  Especially when I am learning something new.  I just go for it.  Last weekend was no different at Whim,  I went for it with Free Motion Quilting and I am so happy with the results that I am now looking into getting a sewing machine.  I loved the process and this is the second time I have taken a class from Joanne.  She is an amazing teacher!


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So try to quite that voice in your head that tells you “You Can’t” because YOU CAN!  And just GO FOR IT!  I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised with the results when you get out of your own way.

I’ve been bitten by the Love Bug!

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I have been making beads for Valentines day recently and I had this lightbulb moment! I just love those don’t you?! And this is what was created a Love Bug.  I think she is just Adorable. I have also began giving them mouths. I am still on the fence about them, but they might just grow on me who knows.

Crazy how fast time flies by!

The rest of the year just flew by!  I can hardly believe it is 2015 already.  I kept intending to update my blog but then got distracted by life… the best intension right?!  Well I had a Fantastic 2014!  My Beads are selling like crazy.  I fell in love with Jamberry nails and started selling them as well.  (  Here are two of my all time favorite Jamicures so far.

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I have been doing some Trunk Shows on facebook and the response to my work has been so incredible.  I am so blessed to be able to do what I love.  Also I have been doing a show every second Saturday in my neighborhood.  So lots of stuff going on!


Last year I also started to do EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique.  And it has helped me in so many ways. Some of the Art that I have produced after sessions have been some of my all time Favorite work.  Here is one of my favorites.


Let see I was also in the Tradewinds newspaper in St John USVI for painting my fathers Land Rover.  There is a big movement going on in Coral Bay right now to get plans for a big Mega Yacht Marina thrown out.  Check out  #savecoralbay for more information.  But here is the finished piece.


I also rescued another black kitty.  We have named her Lopo.  But everyone calls her the Ghost… because she is very skittish and avoids everyone but me…. and even then if I go to pick her up she is off like a shot.  But she has come a long way from when we first brought her home.  She is beautiful and getting so big!

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I think that about covers it I will end this post with pictures of my most recent bead work.  I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them!

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