There’s SNOW place like HOME!

We RARELY get snow in ALABAMA! But this past few days, my town has been blanketed in the white stuff! We’ve made snowmen, snow reindeer, snow angels, snowballs, snow cream…well, you get the idea- we have taken full advantage of the nearly 7 inches of snow we received. As I’m sure you can imagine, we…

Holiday Magic

For a big kid like me, everything about the holiday season is magical… from the twinkling lights to the scents & sounds- and who can forget Santa! My childhood home didn’t have a chimney. What a major source of anxiety that was for young me! (LOL) This ornament is my tribute to the “magic” key…

A Trio of Tricks and Treats!

Halloween is my favorite holiday- partly because I am never at a loss for inspiration during the All Hallow’s season. And when I decided to make an an art doll for my Retro Cafe Art Gallery monthly tutorial, I couldn’t stop at just one! Hope you enjoy! I began my Halloween Hag brush doll with…

Tarot Tombstones

Wald Amberstone said, ” This universe speaks directly, even sings, to poets, primitives, mystics and children, and through Tarot, everyone can hear its song.” For the 2017 Tombstone Swap at Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I decided to make a series of tombstones based on the art and idea of the story-telling cards, The Tarot. This…

Tombstone Treat Box

It’s my favorite time of year! I can always get in the Halloween mood when the Retro Cafe Art Gallery tombstones are released. A new set every year! And the new 2017 tombstones do not disappoint! I love to put together goodie bags for the special kids in my life and had originally planned to…

Tiled Treasures

I love tile. Talavera tile, pottery tiles, mosaic tiles… well, you get the idea. I wanted to come up with a way to re-create tiles on a smaller scale and with the same artisan feel as the pieces they are inspired by. Usually when creating a tutorial, I begin with a specific project in mind…

Mosaic Majesty

I purchased a bag of these wood tile bracelets with little images of saints on them at a yard sale for a dollar. I loved the imagery but had no idea what to do with them. They actually hung around the studio for a year until inspiration struck! Tiles! They look like tiles! And thus…

Happy Spring Y’all!

Spring fever is going strong at the Matthews home- we’re spending more and more of our time outdoors- and now that all the pollen has been rinsed away, everything is so vivid and bright! I created this piece to celebrate the season’s change. I started by gluing the tiny shrine together with a bit of…

Duo de Fridas

Any Frida fan(atic) knows you can’t stop at just one necklace… and you gotta have the earrings to go with it! Here are two fast and easy Frida pendant pieces- you can easily complete both in one afternoon! 1. To begin, I assembled the shrine pendant using gel medium. Next,Patina Effect Paste was added to…

Frida in the Garden

My daughter and I recently revamped our gnome garden AND added a fairy garden to our yard. I know miniature gardens are popular on sites like Pinterest and Instagram… I’m always drawn to them. I’ve spent many hours perusing the uploaded inspirational pics. It brings out the little kid in me. However, I started thinking…

Sailing the Seas of Dreams

When I first saw Retro Cafe Art Gallery’s Stand Up Vintage sailboat kit, I imagined it sailing the night sky – navigating a sea of stars… a nautical dream catcher of sorts! Here’s how I made my “DREAMBOAT” ( and how you can make one too!) STEP ONE: Apply gesso to all your masonite and…

Have a BANNER HALLOWEEN… or a Halloween Banner!

Projects made out of masonite tombstones from Retro Cafe Art Gallery have been added and incorporated into my Halloween decor year after year- in fact, it’s become tradition.  These banners are what I have created for this year. The vertical style would be perfect for hanging on walls, doorknobs- even ceiling fan pulls! ( just remember,…