Creative 2017 is Now in Session! Won’t you Join Me?

It looks like 2017 is going to be an extremely creative year for me. I’m only 3 days in and so far I have been working on a quilt, drawn a neighborhood home, started Joanne Sharpe’s 2017 Artful Life Class, and have a knitting project on my needles! All this… and so much more either in the design stage, or further!

The Quilt – I fell in love with Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Star Storm pattern and have been busy choosing fabrics for mine. I am blogging about the process… so you can read all about it HERE and HERE. Deviating from the original color scheme is certainly exercising my creative brain!

Star Storm creative Fabric Selection

House Drawing – My neighborhood is an eclectic mix of homes at the Jersey Shore. From sprawling mansions to tiny bungalows and everything in between, we have it all. As I walk around I am humbled by some of the amazing homes. I want to draw and paint so many of them!! One of my favorites is one that has so much character and texture it SCREAMS for me to look at it as I pass. The stained glass window on the front door is a spider web!!! So AWESOME! Taking a break from the quilt and some computer work, I spent this rainy day finally drawing this house. I still have to pull out my water colors to finish… but that might have to wait for another day. Working from a quick snapshot taken this summer, I had to take creative license on some areas I couldn’t see well.

creative Ink drawing

2017 Artful Life Class – I signed up for this online class the moment I heard about it… grabbing the ‘early bird’ pricing. I have been following Joanne Sharpe for a few years now, purchased her books, read her articles in magazines, and have even taken an older class or two. I love her easy style of teaching… and the positive atmosphere she creates in her classes. This particular class runs the ENTIRE YEAR!!! One of the main reasons I signed up for her class was to document my life in a fun and creative way, while learning new techniques on a regular basis. I highly recommend this class to ALL of you… even if you don’t think you can draw! Seriously! Joanne makes it sooooo easy to follow her!! More information can be found HERE!

Creative Lettering - 2017 Artful Life

Knitting – In reality I have TWO projects on needles. The first is a hat for my grandson in Florida. Obviously it will be lightweight as the temperature doesn’t drop that low. It won’t take long to complete… maybe a day or two. The second project KILLS ME!!! The scarf that took me THREE YEARS of off and on again knitting… and had to be ripped out and re-started FOUR times (post of progress HERE)… was LOST!!! I only got to wear it TWICE!! I was wearing it when I hopped on the PATCO High Speed Line, and by the time I walked the many blocks to The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia… it was GONE! AAACCCCKKK!!! I can only hope that it is keeping some homeless person a little bit warmer this winter, and they needed it more than me. I quickly purchased new yarn (on sale… SCORE!)… and am ready to start all over again! To satisfy my creative side, and not feel I’m knitting the same thing over again, I purchased a different color.

Other Projects – First up, I have another card table play tent to sew for my daughter’s business… Posted Fete (formally Bash Box). Last time was a Luau theme… this time it’s camping. Fun! It will debut next month. The creative design stage is complete… it’s now time to get this thing on the sewing machine. Secondly… I’m working on a super secret project due soon. As soon as I am able to share it with you, I’ll post.

Working on the computer, checking in on high school classmate’s parents, staying in  touch with family and friends, and finally eating and sleeping round out my day. The big question I have now is… WHEN did I ever have the time to work full-time job????

Here’s wishing you a happy and creative 2017!!!



Draw Your AWESOME Life!! – DP#117

Draw Awesome Life


Hello… My name is Debbie and I’m addicted to PINTEREST. It’s been  24 hours since I last logged on.

Seriously though… as I scroll and pin through the Internet I am in total AWE at some of the clever and talented people out there in the Universe. No matter what idea I seem to have, it pales in comparison to what others have already done. PINTEREST is a fabulous source for Do-It-Yourselfers. As a matter of fact… one day I saw a PIN about using furniture legs as a bed frame. Since my mattress and box spring has been flat on the floor for the past 3 years I was THRILLED to find this inspiration!!! AND… I have an old door to hang horizontally as a headboard. Ta-Dah!!! Instant bed… for mere pennies! I’m so excited.

I find myself drooling at pages, and pages, and pages of art journals. As a general rule I’m not one to write or draw on a daily basis, and I don’t get the whole ‘fill up your page with all kinds of found objects’ things. However… carefree, unstructured paintings always catch my interest. Perhaps because my drawing and painting is all so ‘technical’.

I used to draw and paint buildings for an architect. All very linear… using perspective and scale… very ‘Mechanical Drawing’ type stuff. Although I can’t draw a straight line without the help of a ruler, I still draw pretty much the same. My work doesn’t seem to have ‘movement’ or ‘life’.

So…….. I threw caution to the wind, parted with some unused funds sitting in my PayPal account, and signed up for an online art journal course. DRAW YOUR AWESOME LIFE is taught by Joanne Sharpe. I am hoping to ‘loosen up’ a bit, have fun, and learn a few new tricks.

My photo today is of my very first assignment… the cover page to my first ever ART JOURNAL.

Of course we are our own worse critics. Over all I like the final result. I followed the instructions and added a few touches that make it ‘mine’. The Dunkin Donuts cup, the sun and stars, and the supplies pretty much sum up who I am. The blue represents the sky and water, the pink for sunsets, and green for terra firma. The only thing I’m not thrilled about is the lack of BOLDNESS. There’s a lot going on in this little picture… yet the instructor has a way of being more LOOSE and VIBRANT. I guess in time I’ll figure that all out.

I’m off to my next assignment!!