Comment Giveaway Contest for May...

The monthly comment contest (leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win. Winners will be announced the first day of each new month)
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Bookbinding Buddhist Prayer Book....

This is a book I made for my father. It has Buddhist prayer cards inside. I was never able to give it to him.

!st Grade Pattern Butterflies...(this project page is under construction please check back)

2nd Grade Totem Polls....(this project is under construction please check back)

Today's Art Room Report...

Day 29
Look what I made! I got to use fire and  solder and a blow torch, how awesome is that! I was having such a wonderful time this week end at Donna Downey's Studios that I forgot to check out of the hotel. Three whole days in southern North Carolina during one of the worst storms they have had in a very long time and I hardly noticed it was even raining! Granted it was not much fun to drive home in but what an awesome weekend. I feel refreshed and rejuvenated.  Even though I did not get home until 10:30 pm and was 5 mins late for advanced art club the next morning. Thank you Mrs. Cahill for opening the door for the kids.

This is the fantastic Stephanie Lee who was my jewelry teacher this weekend. I just love her work and I can not say enough about how much I enjoyed every moment of this weekend workshop.

This is my class! We are so fab! Donna Downey is in the gray "Artist" sweet shirt and Stephanie Lee is to her right. I am on the far right of the picture wishing I had lost more than 8 lbs in the last month! I can't under stand how I look one way in my head and another completely different way in real life? I know I need to loose wight in my mind but I never think I am as big as I am until I see myself in a photo. Most likely why there are so few photos of me!

This is my wonderful advanced art club helping my put stars in space for the Space Week bulletin board! We used white paint and tooth brushes. I have never seen children so happy to hold a tooth brush before! A few of us went to class with white blobs in our hair this morning.

Click on the Alligator Fish Boat for more of Today's Art Room Report

October Comment Contest...

Sorry I am late getting to the contest winner...I was out of town at Donna Downey Studios taking a jewelry class with Stephanie Lee. If you ever get a chance to take at class with Donna or any of the artists she has at her it! It was an awesome experience and Donna and Bill are just the nicest people. 

Which brings me to this months question...
Have you ever attended an art workshop just for yourself outside of your state art conference? Tell us which workshop and describe the experience.

Bonus--If you include photos of your workshop art work your entry will count 5 times. Please mail your photos to

*Each comment is one entry and you may enter as often as you like!
*Make sure you leave a good contact email--if you do not wish to leave your email publicly you can email me your email at:

*If you win you will be contacted by email, you have 30 days to claim your prize.

Special note---Vicky Segal - please contact us we do not have your email address! 

Aside from being Zentangle certified I have been to Cloth, Paper, Scissors workshops and now a jewelry workshop at Donna Downey's Studios, which was totally awesome!

Click HERE for Stephanie Lee's blog

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Diva Challenge #237

Dive Challenge #237 by Lee Darter

Dive challenge by guest blogger Charlotte Carpentier, CZT owner of CharKat’s Creative Insanity, in Temecula, California. I am honored to say Charlotte edited a letter I wrote recently
...thank you again Charlotte. 
We were asked to find something to use for a stencil, gather your dye and spray, sponge, Q-Tip, etc. and make yourself a string. I used a stencil I got from Donna Downey Studios while I was there this week taking a jewelry taught by Stephanie Lee. It was awesome!

Words To Live By...