Queen of Halloween 2018

It’s that BEWITCHING time of year again… time for All Hallow’s Eve, which is , in my opinion, the most wonderful time of year. There’s a magic in the air- and my creativity seems to be recharged in the crisp night air of Autumn. At the Matthews household, we go all out for Halloween. My…

I Believe in Fairies

“Some day you’ll be old enough to start reading fairytales again”. – CS Lewis That is where I am in life… and I believe it to be perfect for my inner artist. Where I have that childlike wonder yet enough experience to not be fearful. Comfortable in my own skin. It feels like I have…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…