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…

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,…

A Cavernous Tomb

  What is a tombstone ?  It is defined as a large, flat inscribed stone marking a grave or tomb.  But, I see it as a doorway of sorts… perhaps signifying an entrance to a world beyond ours.  A place which William Cullen Bryant (In Thanatopsis) describes as where we can be ” sustained and…

One Heart, One Pulse

Art can be very therapeutic. Many times in life, I have been able to turn to art to cope, to release,  to heal.  I have made art to donate to causes; and made art to abandon – I have viewed art that has instilled in me hope. I have been given art that helped me…