Sunday, August 30, 2009


IT'S THAT TIME of year again. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 17th for the annual Gathering Room Gallery Night (more details to follow). And that means....

paint, illustrations, fabric, buttons, glue and ribbon galore. :) I think my studio was beginning to forget who I was. Pretty sure I'll get reacquainted really quick in the next couple of days.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


EVERYDAY we face challenges in our lives that force us to either fear or have hope. The choice is ultimately in our hands. We can take the courageous path of fighting through or giving up.

I found out a few days ago that a friend named Jennifer has a very rare type of cancer. She is having a really rough time dealing with the news. Let's be honest. Who wouldn't, right?

I wanted to not just pray for Jennifer but SHOW her that she has reason to hope. I wanted to
give her the gift of hope and so... this is what I made:

Inside this container are all kinds of encouraging thoughts and quotes. Each inspirational saying is folded up and she can pick one out for each time that she needs a spiritual lift.

Even if it is little, it may be the one thing Jennifer needs for that moment of her day. Because
after all, "Hope never abandons you; you can only abandon it." -George Weinburg

Have you given someone hope today?

Sunday, August 16, 2009


X-acto Knife
Spray Adhesive
Hot Glue Gun (optional)
Clips to hold fabric in place while it dries

STEP 1: Purchase fabric that you'd like to use to re-cover the old lampshade.

STEP 2: Carefully remove the fabric from the old lampshade with an x-ato knife. I used the tip of the knife to get the fabric loose from the shade and then gently tore the fabric away from the shade.

STEP 3: Lay the shade on your new fabric and use it as a guide for how much fabric to cut. I cut enough fabric so that it would have an extra .5'' on the top and bottom of the shade.

STEP 4, 5 & 6: After you trim your fabric, I ironed mine to make sure that there were no wrinkles. Spray the backside of the fabric with a spray adhesive and then slowly and gently wrap the fabric around the shade. Smooth out any bumps in the fabric as you go and when you're happy, use some small clamps (or in my case, small clothes pins) to hold your fabric in place as it sets.

OPTIONAL STEP: I found some matching ribbon to hot glue around the top and bottom of the shade to give it a finished, trimmed look.

STEP 7: Light your world - step back and admire your masterpiece.

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