Dear Service Member

Can you join me in participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program? The Red Cross will be distributing handmade holiday cards to our troops and I am excited about contributing to this worthy cause. If you would like to help, the Red Cross has just a few simple guidelines:

  • Please do not use glitter of any kind
  • Please do not include personal contact information
  • Please do not use envelopes

Our local Red Cross chapter has requested donations be delivered no later than December 5th. If you would like to be a part of my card drive, please get your card(s) to me no later than December 4th. Participate with me and I will enter you in a drawing to win a set of 5 handmade holiday cards. There are three ways you can earn entries to the drawing plus I am offering coupons for $2 off my handmade bath soaps for participants who visit my booth at the Knights of Columbus Craft Fair on December 6th.  Check out all of the options on my Holiday Mail for Heroes page.  Let’s remind the dedicated members of our armed forces that they not forgotten here at home.  Please post below if you wish to participate!

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

When I was a little girl, my mother watched the tv news with a special interest I could not understand.  Every night, when coverage of the war in Vietnam aired, my mother sat very close to the screen scanning the images, searching for a glimpse of her brother, who served as a Marine.  Mother told stories of a brave uncle killed in World War II and on special occasions would allow us to hold his Purple Heart.

Many members of my family have been in the military in all branches.  Dad served in Korea as a young man and to this day uses his favorite Korean phrases around the house.  Several of my cousins are currently serving; one of them was recently selected to join the Blue Angels!

While we honor our vets today, take a moment to thank them for their service and thank their family members for their sacrifices.  Look around your community and you might be surprised by how easy it can be to give back to our troops!  This year, I am participating in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail For Heroes program.  I’ll be making cards for the campaign which distributes them worldwide.  I hope my cards will put smiles on the faces of soldiers and sailors who need to know that our country is proud of them and grateful for the sacrifices they make.

If you would like to join me in participating in the program, please create your handmade card (no glitter please) and write a holiday message of cheer inside.  Envelopes are not needed.  Get your card(s) to me by December 6, 2014 and I will deliver them to the Red Cross for distribution.  I’ll reward each participant with entry to a raffle with five handmade holiday cards as the grand prize.  Please post below if you will join me in creating cards for the Holiday Mail For Heroes program.

Fall Festival

Join me this Saturday, October 11th from 9am until 2pm for the Arlington United Methodist Church annual Fall Festival!  The church is located at 1400 University Blvd N. between the Arlington Expressway and Jacksonville University.  Stop by my booth to pick up our newest Idea Book, handmade cards and gift tags.  I’ll also have a selection of handmade soaps and shampoo bars.

This festival is packed with vendors offering baked goods, plants and crafts.  There are children’s activities planned plus the Methodist men and youth group are firing up the grill, serving hamburgers and hot dogs.  Come out and join the fun!

World Card Making Day

We’re expecting beautiful Fall weather this weekend so I decided today’s card project should be quick and easy.  Try it and I’m sure you’ll find time to celebrate World Card Making Day, enjoy the break in the heat and maybe even catch a football game!

masculine card

Made with Catch You Later

Matchbook cards come together so fast; I’m hooked on them.  I love the value too.  You can create three card bases with a single piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  Simply cut a strip of paper 4 x 12.  Create the bottom fold one inch from the edge.  Fold the top down so that the paper meets the inside edge of the bottom fold.  The completed card should measure 4 x 5 1/2.

For this card I stamped the chicken wire background from Distressed Backgrounds in Champagne ink over the stamped image from Catch You Later which I had stamped in Saddle.  The Champagne Ink is so light I didn’t even need to mask the darker image.  I used 3D Foam Tape to create dimension and layered a piece of ribbon across the card for a pop of color.

Thanks for celebrating World Card Making Day with me!  I hope you’ll post a link to your card creations in the comments.





Come Out and Play!

Join me for an evening of creativity and crafting inspiration this Thursday, April 10th at 6pm.  I am offering a workshop featuring Spring themed cards and 3D Cricut cut flowers at Green Lotus Studios (located on Rosselle Street between King and Stockton, just one block from Bold City Brewery).  Experiment with clear acrylic stamps, gorgeous inks and unique die cut shapes.

Don’t forget this Saturday is the Welcome Spring Craft Fair.  I’ll be at 2762 Park Street with my good friend Courtney and our booth is overflowing with terrific products including Lotus Bud teas, healing balms and salves from Green Lotus Organics, handmade soaps and luxury bath products including some very special Easter goodies.  The Craft Fair runs from 9am until 4pm.  Hope to see you there!



While Saturday’s Welcome Spring Craft Fair was a soggy wash out, Sunday’s Zumbathon benefit was just what I needed to pump up my energy.  Even better, the Welcome Spring Craft Fair rain date has been set for Saturday, April 12th so I’ll be heading back to Park Street with loads of goodies from soaps and solid shampoos to Idea Books.  I hope you’ll make plans to be there!

Speaking of solid shampoo, I will be back at Green Lotus Organics this Saturday at 3pm teaching the art of beer shampoo bars.  Join me and explore techniques for creating shine and volume in the hair without the use of animal proteins.  Please note that this is an advanced class.  Please contact me before registering if you have not completed the hot process soap making class.

As we say goodbye to March, I want to remind you that today is your last opportunity to take home the Happy Place stamp set as well as the end of our Studio J March savings promotion.

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

Banoffee Pie

Do you have a favorite dessert?  For years I would have said mine was bananas foster or creme brulee.  Last year I attended a dinner at the Publix Apron’s cooking school and found my most recent favorite, banoffee pie.    Rich and creamy, this delectable blend of bananas and caramel was introduced to me by Chef Judith Johnston McLouglin.  Chef Judith has a beautiful cookbook, The Shamrock and The Peach, with a variety of unique recipes that blend Irish and Southern flavors.

My neighborhood Publix store recently held another dinner featuring Judith’s recipes and I was inspired to create a soap version – calorie free!- of banoffee pie.  You can find Chef Judith’s recipe on her blog.  Like Chef Judith’s, my version includes a pecan ‘crust’ (just enough for gentle exfoliation) and I’ve also taken the liberty of adding a swirl of chocolate!  My soap will be available next Saturday at the Welcome Spring Craft Fair at Flaire Celebrations.  Visit my booth from 9am until 4pm at 2762 Park Street.

Banoffee pie soap bar

This layered soap features a pecan crust and a chocolate swirl with the rich scent of bananas and caramel.

Cricut Cut Flowers

Join me Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6pm for an exciting new cards workshop featuring Cricut cut flowers!  I can’t wait to show you how easy it is to make your own dimensional rolled flowers which will match your projects effortlessly.  Our Art Philosophy Cricut Collection includes six different flower designs to enhance your cards, scrapbook layouts, gift wrapping and home decor projects.  Because you can use a small piece of your card stock or background and texture paper, your flowers will always be a perfect match.  Imagine the effects you’ll create when you stamp a pattern on your flowers or ink their edges with the coordinating ink for our exclusive inks collection!

Cricut cut flowers on gift boxes

Rolled dimensional flowers make these gift boxes extra special.

Email me to reserve your space in class today!

Slow Food

Come out for a good cause and enjoy local produce prepared by some of Jacksonville’s best restaurants!  The First Coast Slow Food Slow Down will be held May 2, 2014 at Intuition Ale Works.  Come out and taste dishes from Corner Taco, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Black Sheep and many more.  Savor delicious treats and check out local vendors like Trad’s Garden Center and Meteor Street Produce.  I’ll be there with Donna from Green Lotus Organics.  Be sure to stop by our booth to check out our beer soaps and solid shampoo!  Get your tickets now; this event sells out quickly.