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REFRESH & MAINTAIN RUSTIC WOOD CUTTING BOARDS

As time has gone on, I’ve collected a few cutting boards.  Some old, some new.  I love the look of wood…the natural beauty of the graining and the warm colors of course. I maintain them by cleaning/scrubbing them with coarse salt and a lemon.  After rinsing and letting them completely dry, I oil them with mineral oil.  You can buy oils made specifically for butcher block care but I spoke with a cutting board artisan that says he uses mineral oil from the local pharmacy.  There’s…

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CARPENTER’S SCRAP WOOD SIGN

Lucky me…I have a carpenter in the family and he passes on all his scrap wood.  Rather than have these scrap pieces go to the dumpster I put a little “love” on them. I love the look of wood and the artful grain mother nature provides so i usually keep the pieces natural.  I did some hand lettering (yes, all by hand) or a little stamping with a handmade stamp.  Not finished with the Michigan sign yet…waiting on some inspiration. Like this:Like Loading…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: HOMELESS ARTISTS, KNITTING & ART TO CALM & COPE

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH”  news & headlines! Two homeless artists find a platform for selling their work. Knitting arrives in the wards at Southmead Hospital. Using art to calm and cope. Like this:Like Loading…

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FORCING CHRISTMAS PAPERWHITE BULBS & A SKETCH

I decided to force paperwhite bulbs to grow in clear glass vases.  The idea is to have them bloom on Christmas.  This is my first time trying this so we’ll see how well I do growing them and timing them to bloom at just the right time. So simple too!  I found the glass vases while thrifting and I purchased the bulbs at Home Depot for a great price.  I also purchased colorful spring bulbs like tulips, hyacinths, crocus, and allium to force closer to spring.…

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DECORATIVE TIN STORAGE

STORAGE SOLUTIONS I’ve been in an organizing mood lately.  I think it stems from the fact that I’m having a hard time finding what I’m looking for in my studio…it’s a bit of a mess. I’ve accumulated a small collection of decorative tins…some vintage, some not so much.   I’ll be filling them with some of my supplies but I’m not exactly sure what will go in them.  My mom used to have embroidery floss in a tin. My favorite tins are the ones with…

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EASY DIY MARKER & PEN STORAGE

I have been struggling with pen, marker and pencil storage for some time.  After spending a half hour looking for a “certain” marker I decided enough was enough…and I created this storage unit. I searched online to see what others have done and found tutorials on using lengths of downspout gutters.  So I went to Lowe’s to buy a long section of gutter when I found these pre-cut downspout connectors.  They are perfect!  NO CUTTING. NO MEASURING. All I needed to do was to stack them…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH:

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH” headlines… New app sends patients on prehistoric virtual journey featuring fossil floor at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan HomeFront’s sewing and art therapy programs provide creative outlet for women in need. Eskanazi Health:  Art History Like this:Like Loading…

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VINTAGE NEON SIGN ILLUSTRATIONS

Check out my llustrations of vintage neon signs.  I was trying to come up with some catchy words to put on the signs but decided to have them all about me. Sooooo….what’s your sign? Like this:Like Loading…

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SKETCHY IDEAS: LANTERN ILLUSTRATION

A recent obsession of mine are lanterns.  I like that each are a little work of art and that they illuminate light.  The ones that hang are like little jewels coming from above.  I’m thinking that these little illustrations are the start of a new series! Like this:Like Loading…

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SKETCH YOUR WALK: OLD BRIDGE ON THE MAUMEE RIVER

“Sketch your Walk”  is a “creativitual” I use to stay inspired, get exercise, keep my art fresh and true to my life. I take my camera (you can use your camera phone too)  on my walk to photograph what I’m seeing and then make simple sketches. This was a recent fall day when I took a walk along a nearby river and captured this old bridge.  It is no longer being used but is a local icon for the small river town…the residents don’t want it…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, ART EXERCISES TO BOOST SELF ESTEEM & UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN GIFT OF ARTS

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH”  headlines… Children’s Hospital LA Offers Oasis for Young Creative Artists 6 Art Exercises to Help Boost Self-Esteem University of Michigan Gift of Arts Program   Like this:Like Loading…

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ILLUMINATED MONOGRAM LETTERS

I love typography … especially illuminated letters and monograms.  The Toledo Museum of Art has a great collection of works on paper.  When I took classes there as a kid, I remember being introduced to illuminated letters. I really like the single decorated lettering along a paragraph of words…simple yet powerful.  Here  I used watercolors, markers and white gel pens to create my own version of letters. Like this:Like Loading…

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LAURAMILLERARTIST: ADVENTURES ON INSTAGRAM

{{unknown}}I’ve spent the last 6 weeks staying with my sister at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s hospital.  She has leukemia and just received a bone marrow transplant.  She is doing well and is ONE TOUGH COOKIE!!   We are thankful for her donor and pray for him too. Here are a few pictures during our stay.  You can follow me on instagram. The hospital has a statue of Spider Man in the lobby of the children’s hospital. View from the bone marrow transplant floor.…

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