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AGL Summer Showcase and Giveaway Day 2 – Affirmations Shadow Box

Welcome to Day 2 of the Spellbinders Paper Arts™ AGL Summer Showcase and Giveaway!

This project showcases a selection of the fabulous bezels, pendants and texture plates that are a part of the Spellbinders-A Gilded Life line. Dies are available to match each of the bezels, which makes adding embellishments […]

Be Inspired with Spellbinders and A Gilded Life!


Be sure to check out Spellbinders Blog starting July 14 for links to 2 weeks of tutorials and giveaways

featuring their wonderful line by A Gilded Life.

I’ll be featuring  tutorials here on July 16th and 22nd as part of the summer showcase,

so stop […]

Cowboys and Angels


Cowboys and Angels.  Isn’t that a wonderful name for a shop?  Located in historic Sykesville, Maryland, this cute little boutique is packed full of all things western….

Including the most mouth-watering selection of cowboy boots!!

What else do they sell?  Necklaces and […]

A Bit of Glitz

I’m sure everyone has been busy getting ready for the holidays.  I have too, but thankfully I still find time for a bit of creative fun in my studio.  The December box of supplies arrived from Debbie and Shea of A Gilded Life.  I am really enjoying serving as one of their Design […]

Embracing Spellbound

As I previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Spellbound Art Event in Pasadena, CA.  This event is put on by the uber-talented Mother and Daughter Team of Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, otherwise known as A Gilded Life.  I didn’t think last year’s event could possibly be topped – but […]

Becoming Spellbound

I just adore this time of year.  The time for Spellbound – a most amazing art retreat put on by A Gilded Life. For five glorious days I made jewelry, sewed, and spent time with the most creative of souls.  Part of the fun is in the preparation – making special things to wear and […]

A New Beginning

When people ask what I do, my immediate response is “I teach”.  That’s how I’ve always seen myself.  That’s what I have always wanted to do as a career. Being able to serve others in this way is so rewarding – I simply love my job as a special education teacher and find it […]

Playing in the Studio – Part 2

One more project completed over the long weekend.  I have had a couple of vintage purse tops stored away for quite a while, one gold and one silver.  The top flips up, and then the top frame opens up accordion style.  Dipping once again into the wonderful fabric pieces from A Gilded Life – I […]

Playing in the Studio

Today I gave myself the gift of time.  Time to play in the studio and create using some of my most favorite treasures.  I wanted especially to use some of the wonderful materials I picked up from A Gilded Life at the Spellbound Event last November.  I purchased several of their “Bundles of Joy“, which […]

Altered Spoons with Friends

On Monday I had the fantastic experience of introducing some of my friends at work to the wonderful world of mixed media collage.

Even my principal got into the spirit! I keep thinking Dr. Who when I see this!

Using this altered spoon tutorial as a starting point, my enthusiastic group of “students” spent […]