Smoothfoam Wreaths for Any Occasion

Smoothfoam wreaths are wonderful for any occasion- and they’re not just for making wreaths.Smoothfoam Wreath

It’s that time of month again when the members of the DCC (Designer Craft Connection) blog hop and bring to you all different ways to decorate with a given product. This month’s wonderful sponsor is Smoothfoam™ and they generously provided me with 4 ruled wreath rings, of different sizes.smoothfoam wreath

Smoothfoam Wreath

With so many projects on the go I like when I can use something like this fantastic round tray to keep everything together, and for ease of movement. Here I’m gathering the materials and deciding how I want to design this wreath. I love that the wreath is clearly marked for ease of evenly filling each section. I have had my eye on this luscious green chalk paint from Americana® DECOR for quite some time and decided TODAY was THE DAY to work with it.


  • Smoothfoam™ ruled wreath
  • Americana® DECOR Chalky Finish, new life
  • twine – enough to circle the wreath (following the marked circle)
  • Maya Road zippers, blue and green, cut in length to wrap around wreath
  • Succulents
  • Feathers
  • Assorted greenery
  • Pom Pom flowers
  • Recollections® wood die cut butterfly
  • organza
  • Americana® DECOR 2″ paint brush
  • hot glue gun
  • flat stylus


  • Paint the wreath on both sides. Repeat when dry, and let dry. I wasn’t sure how the chalk paint would do with the Smoothfoam™; with two coats the colour is uniform and beautiful.Smoothfoam Wreath
  • With the hot glue gun adhere a piece of twine along the marked circle of the wreath.
  • Glue zipper pieces at each of the marked numbers. I lined them up so the smooth side was touching the number and that’s where I ran the glue. I alternated one blue, two green, etc.Smoothfoam Wreath

Tip: Use a non-stick tool, like a stylus, to act as a ‘2nd finger’ to press the parts you are gluing so you don’t get burning hot glue on your skin – like I did! 

  • Place succulents at every second number. Cut the length of the plant stem so you have just enough wire to stick into the wreath without poking a hole through the other side. Put some glue in the hole or on the end of the wire and stick it into the Smoothfoam™.Smoothfoam Wreath
  • I then added fabric, peacock feathers, pom pom flowers (that’s what I call them), and embellishment(s).Smoothfoam Wreath
  • Add a hanger, hang her up, and ENJOY!

Please visit the Designer Craft Connection blog and check all the other designers’ creations!

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My Mother and Words to Live By

I did not want to say “thinking about my mother” because I do that every single day. I think about her, feel her, hear her voice; she is so ingrained in who I am.

why god created mothersI am convinced that she always had a plan for me, both spoken and unspoken, and it’s her essence and light that has given me the tools to move forward each and every day since the event of my greatest heartbreak over 20 years ago. She was my anchor.

And I built upon the heartbreak and learned, and with the guidance she nurtured me with, I believe she tried to prepare me for the day she would no longer be alive.
We went through a lot; some very dark and bad days together, but the vast majority were bright and loving and inspiring. I remember a happy, loving childhood in a home full of love and support. My mother started teaching me bookkeeping when I was 10 so I would understand business and ‘always have an employable skill’! — I am so grateful that I had my mother. She taught me so many important things, like;
  • You can do anything!
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated
  • The truth is much easier to remember than a lie
  • If you make a mistake, own up to it, with no excuses.
  • Always be self-sufficient. Know how to cook, clean, sew, research, and NEVER depend on someone else to provide these basic life skills for you. It is ok to share with others and rely on them for various things, but NEVER let someone ELSE tell YOU what you need, want, should buy, must have…. You have a brain; use it!
  • Believe in justice and equality. Fight for what you believe in. Do not stand idly by if someone needs help and you are able to help them. Trust your gut and don’t’ wait for ‘someone else’ to make the first move.
  • Be a leader, not a follower
  • Appreciate life. Appreciate beauty. Appreciate all that is good in your life.
  • Don’t hold grudges. If you can’t let go, then back away and don’t look back. You are only hurting yourself if you hold onto this negative energy.
  • Hug! A lot!
  • There is no such thing as saying ‘I love you’ too much. (As long as you mean it).
  • Pick your battles; ask yourself, “Self, is this REALLY important?” or “Self, if this was your last day on earth, is THIS how you want to be spending/wasting it?”
  • Help those who are less fortunate than you. Even if you only have 10 in your wallet, someone else has less.
I miss how much she loved her grandchildren. How she would ‘sneak’ Aero bars into the house and share them with kids. She forgot to check for little bits of melted chocolate stuck to the leather sofa where she would sit in the front room of our house. I miss the warmth of her hug and the way I would feel when I was sad or hurt and she would be there on the sofa waiting for me to nuzzle in. There was no safer or loving place in the world. I can feel my head pressing against her flesh and I could sense the love shooting out from her finger tips as she wrapped them around my head and body
Shhhh……Shhh……. Everything will be better………Shhh………Shhhh……..
Loving and missing my mother today and every day.

Put Circuits in Your Crafts

Put Circuits in Your Crafts using Chibitronics!

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

The canvas in natural light

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

Beautiful Mixed Media Canvas with LED Adjusting my camera settings to allow me to show the lights.

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

Using this Starter Kit from Chibitronics is the best way to begin your new adventure in circuitry AND Art!
With it one can:
  • Make almost any surface glow, sense, or interact with Chibitronics circuit stickers
  • Stickers are super lightweight, thin, and flexible
  • Perfect for educators, artists, and novices
  • Create electronic projects without coding and soldering
  • Put circuits in your crafts and artwork!

Thank you Chibitronics for sending me this great kit!Chibitronics Chibi Lights

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

When Science and Art Collides: it actually happens all the time!

I created this great canvas in a few hours. So what did I use?

  • Chibitronics Starter Kit
  • DecoArt® media™ Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt® media™Shimmer Mist, White
  • DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics®, Iceblue and Amethyst
  • DecoArt® Glamour Dust™: Crystal, Gold
  • Americana DECOR® MAXX GLOSS™, Patent Leather
  • Americana multi-surface SATIN™; chartreuse, flamingo
  • white canvas
  • Testors yellow enamel spray paint
  • Karen Ellis stencil

How did I do it?

Paint canvas with Patent Leather Maxx Gloss. It glides on so beautifully and a little goes a long way.

While wet, splash various colours of paint on surface. I had fun with the chartreuse and Amethyst. I scooped up some paint on the end of a stir stick and just let them fly!Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

While wet, sprinkle Gold and Crystal Glamour Dust.

I used painters tape to secure my stencil, and then using a spatula, I applied paste over the stencil.

Block off the area and spray paint the words stencil in yellow. I did this immediately after I spread the paste. The Testors spray paint dries almost immediately and the paste needs an hour or so.

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

I love my little moon lit up in the night sky!

Create a circuit, following the instruction booklet, on the canvas.  I first tried to run a circuit behind but ran into a little difficulty so I revised the plan to put the circuit on the front and add a ‘moon’ ( the ‘moon’ was an accidental over-pouring of mold paste over a plastic cup. It dried in the bottom of the cup and I thought it looked like a moon. I’m glad I saved it!) Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

I painted over the copper wire with Patent leather, then attached the moon with some tape. You can barely see the copper foil!Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

I think it looks pretty cool! I wonder what I should add lights to next? Any ideas?

Be sure to check out what the other designers have created on the Designer Crafts blog

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Artwaves 2016 Art Show

Audrey and Roberta Artwaves 2016

Coast2Coast Events’ Audrey deJong and Roberta Artwaves 2016

I spent last weekend in Toronto, Ontario participating in the Artwaves 2016 Art Show. I had a blast!



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Before the show began there was a ‘Professional Day’ from 8 am to 5 pm filled with fun workshops and educational seminars. 


Artwaves 2016 Art Show

Social Media Seminar presented by Artist and Designer Tracy Moreau

I had a booth in the show and also taught two classes; which were amazing!

Many thanks to BrotherCanada, DecoArt and Pebeo for always being such wonderful sponsors!

It was a great experience. I can’t wait for the 21st Annual Artwaves Show NEXT year.

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Powertex Spring 2016 Art Classes

Spring 2016 Art Classes

Upcoming -April 30th

Spring 2016 art classes Powertex seated lady RebeccaYou do not need any experience – just a desire to create and have fun and go home with a beautiful work of art that YOU created!

You will learn how to create the armature with wire, how to flesh out the body, wrap and drape fabric, and highlight your creation. Learn how to sculpt with Powertex and fabric and you won’t want to stop! Powertex is a versatile and forgiving product so it is impossible to make a mistake. Really!

All materials and supplies are included! You don’t have to bring anything!

This is a perfect Mother/Daughter or Girlfriends’ Day Away. So grab a friend or two and enjoy a peaceful and creative day in the country.

Spring 2016 art classes Powertex Workshop Seated Figure

Join me at the beautiful South Coast Guest House in Port Colborne for a one day crafting retreat.

Call Bev Smith at 905-328-8966 at Niagara’s South Coast Guest House to reserve your spot!

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I hope to see you there!

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