Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Archive for February 2013

I want to try selling some of my art, so like many people, I have an Etsy shop. I have had said Etsy shop for MONTHS now and even though I have  been to my shop several times in the past few months, I have never listed a single item. I don’t know if it’s out of fear or doubt or sheer laziness, but I have never been able to finish a single listing and put my art out there for the world to purchase. I share my art on Facebook, my blog, on my weekly webshow and in my classes, but I have never placed my art up for sale and I REALLY want to take that step. At long last, the time has come for me to send my little art babies out into the world so they can spread their wings and fly. It really is like being a mother and sending your kids out into the world for the first time! Wow, I had no idea this was going to be so emotional.

*Breathe…… *

Soooooo….. because you are my peeps…….. and you know me……… and I love you…….. and trust you…… I have decided to offer my art to you first. (Holyshit,holyshit,holyshit….. I’m really putting it out there. For the world. And these pieces mean so much to me! But I must let them go and bring joy to their new homes <3)

Plus, on the practical side, I need a schedule and some accountability to get this stuff actually listed at some point this year! This is where you come in 😉

Here is what I have decided to do – Each week I will list three items in my Etsy shop, (I know that doesn’t sound like alot, but have you ever tried to list anything on Etsy??? It is a looooong process!) but before I list the items on Etsy, I will offer the pieces to all of you… AT A DISCOUNT!

I will run those three items here on my blog, on Facebook and on Twitter for one week at a (SERIOUSLY) discounted price. If they have not sold by the following week, I will then add them to my Etsy shop at full price. This will help me to FINALLY fill my shop, PLUS it gives me a chance to test the waters with people who already support me.  It’s a win-win!!!!

So, without further adieu, here are the first three items UP FOR GRABS!!!!

All prices include shipping within US. International shipping cost will be adjusted.

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“Roots and Wings” $6

Mixed media painting – 2″ X 4″  canvas with wings attached to the sides. Total width 3 inches.

acrylic, collage, glitter, paperclay wings


“Spiral Dance” $12

Mixed Media Painting – 12″ X 12″   ‘cake board’

Acrylic, glitter, microbeads


“Swing” $ 40

3D Mixed media painting – 11″ X 14″ canvas with Paperclay doll attached to the front. Depth of painting approximately 3 inches.

acrylic, paperclay, fabric, metal chain



Feel free to ask any questions about any of the pieces you see here. To purchase any of the pieces you see here, please email me at

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I will be back tomorrow with yet ANOTHER new weekly segment!

See you then!


Welcome to mixed mEDIEology Monday! Over the next few weeks, I will be making changes to several areas of my online presence including being more consistent with my posts and changing my blog name. The new title of my blog will be mixed mEDIEology and I haven’t decided if I will continue to host my blog here, or if I will have to start an entire new blog. In an effort to make the transition as simple as possible, I will be adding a new post each week with the mixed mEDIEology title.  I will keep you posted on the progress and I will be sure to let you know where I decide to continue the blog!

Each mixed mEDIEology post will be released on Monday’s and they will cover everything from works in progress, entire finished projects and tutorials to cooking projects, shopping trips and product reviews. I also have another surprise to share with you, but you will have to wait for Thursday to see what that is 😉

On to this weeks post…

A few weeks ago, my husband and I converted a small section of our bedroom into an art studio for me. I have been organizing and arranging it little bits at a time ad even though it is not finished, I wanted to take you on a tour and show you my progress. There is a much longer version of this tour already recorded and ready to be edited, but it is seriously almost an hour long! I you would like to see the full, much extended version, leave me a comment and let me know.

I hope you enjoy the tour of my not quite finished studio and I hope it gives you some ideas on how to organize your studio. If you enjoyed the tour or got a great idea, share this post and tell your friends 😉 If you have any questions leave me a comment below and I will answer it.

See you next week!


I L-O-V-E  Pinterest. I love being able to pin all of the awesome things I find on the internet and I love that those pins take me back to the exact spot I originally found it. I could spend HOURS just browsing and being inspired by all of the amazing things people pin. I have boards for art inspiration, health and beauty  and… recipes.

I have been waiting for six months to make one of the recipes I have pinned and with Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I was finally going to get my chance to make it! The original pin showed these delicious looking cupcakes that when cut would display a perfect, plump, heart shaped strawberry in the center.


I thought these would be super cute to make for my husband for Valentine’s Day, so I bought the ingredients and got to work. I am a pretty proficient baker and cook and these cupcakes looked pretty simple, so it never occurred to me that there might be specific directions for making these cupcakes or that I would need to follow said directions.

I mixed up the batter, filled my cupcake pan and put a strawberry into the center of each cup before baking.  I baked the cupcakes for 20 minutes and pulled them out of the oven to cool before removing them from the pan. After they cooled for a few minutes, I began moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling and that is when I realized I had done something TERRIBLY wrong.

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Every single strawberry had turned to mush and the entire bottom half of the cupcakes were slimy and falling apart! That is when it dawned on me that when you put strawberries in the oven…. THEY COOK!!!! We didn’t dare eat the first batch. I just threw them away and RAN to my pinterest board to find the directions!

I found the recipe and immediately realized where I had gone wrong. You are supposed to bake the cupcakes FIRST and THEN you cut a hole in the center and fill it with a strawberry…….. DUH!

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I made a second batch, following the directions and got MUCH better results. Still not like the photo I saw on Pinterest, but waaaaaaaaaay better than my first attempt!  🙂

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I love Pinterest but I also LOVE Pintrosity.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Pintrosity, it is a site for people (like me) who attempt to make or do things we see on Pinterest but FAIL miserably. We share our flops and fizzles on the Pintrosity site and we don’t feel so alone in our disastrous endeavors. Plus it is a great way for people (like me) to help other’s not make the same mistakes! I think this DEFINITELY qualifies as a Pintrosity super fail!

Her are a few tips I discovered along the way.

1) Bake the cupcakes BEFORE adding the strawberries!

2) Let the cupcakes cool COMPLETELY before carving the hole in the center.

3) Try to make your strawberries look as much like a heart as you can before inserting them into the cupcakes. I cut the tops off in a V shape to achieve the heart effect.

4) Try to place all of the strawberries into the cupcakes facing the same direction and try to keep them facing that direction as you frost them, that way when you cut into them, you have the best chance of getting the heart shape.

If you have any Pinterest success or big fat failure stories, I would love to hear them 🙂 Leave me a comment and tell me all about it. You can also follow me on Pinterest.

NOTE TO SELF – Next time, check for directions BEFORE attempting to do anything you see on Pinterest!

See you all next time.



Do you ever buy random things because you just KNOW you’re going to make great things with it… someday???  That was the case with the neon green, silicone pot holder I bought several months ago.  It looked like a honeycomb and I just KNEW I could make something super cool with it.  I wanted to use it as a stamp, put it in a painting and at least five other projects came to mind just by holding and squishing that piece of random inspiration. The problem was, I didn’t want to USE the potholder because I only had one.  I thought it was impossible to mold because it is so flexible and thin that is, until I discovered Compisimold!  Compisimold is a pourable, food safe silicone mold that you can melt and remold over and over again and it was exactly what I needed for this project.


You can view BOTH full video tutorials below.

I don’t own a microwave, so I melted my Composimold on the stove and poured it over the potholder. Once it was completely cooled, I removed the original and I had a reusable mold that looked just like my potholder! The Composimold did have a lot of bubbles which would ruin most molds but it actually enhanced this particular project, so I didn’t mind too much in the end. The Composimold instructions recommend stirring often, but I think that is what caused all of the bubbles. If I had just let it sit and melt, I don’t think I would have had near as many bubbles.

Once the mold was ready, I broke out my Creative Paperclay® and started playing. I rolled out my Paperclay over the top of the mold which gave me an absolutely fantastic honeycomb texture, and then I cut my ATC out of the textured Creative Paperclay®.

I let the ATC dry completely and then I painted it, glitterfied it and added the honeybee embellishment.

I wrote out my quote, painted the paper and glued it to the ATC and then I covered the text with Glosssy Accents to make it shine.


Overall I was pretty happy with the Composimold and I plan on making more projects with it. If you have something that is an awkward shape or just too soft to mold, you may want to give Composimold a try.  It worked great with the Creative Paperclay® and I am really happy with the way this ATC turned out.

I hope you enjoyed this project and I hope you have a Valentine’s Day that is filled with love!