I recently made some abstract painted backgrounds for a class I’m going to be teaching at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. I will be demonstrating how to make mixed media pages for journaling with acrylic paint, watercolor paint, assorted markers and Fiskars gel pens. I embellished my sample pages further with decorative scrapbooking paper, stickers, paper tape and rubber stamps. The binding rings I used in these samples are by 7gypsies.
I hope these samples inspire you to take a class with JoAnn or experiment with mixed media journal and planner pages on your own!
I hope you can join me for a demo this Saturday, March 18 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts in Maplewood, Missouri. Try your hand at writing, lettering and embellishing a journal page. We’ll supply you with background paper, a rubber date stamp, stickers and 48 colors of gel pens for you to try out!
The samples I made will be on display and I’ll be demonstrating in the store while helping you out with your own designs. Take home a personalized page that you can put in a journal, a planner, a memory planner or a scrapbook.
I’ve been having lots of fun and keeping busy since I joined the teaching team at the JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts store in the Deer Creek Shopping Center in Maplewood, MO. Last weekend we were having a rubber stamping and paper sale, so I came in to demonstrate how to make greeting cards with rubber stamps. On my demo table I also showed some products that are good for card-making and in the shadow box are samples of upcoming classes that I will be teaching. My upcoming classes include Kid’s Hand Sewn Initial Letter, Kid’s Beaded Wish Bracelets, Make an Art Journal, Easy Button Bracelet and Kid’s Hand Sewn Bee Art. Go to my Classes and Events page for my schedule of classes and demos.
My own sewing skills can always use improving, so I took the Comfy Pants class from instructor Miss Kate. I had a great time and made my first ever handmade clothing item (unless you count the Barbie doll clothes I made when I was young). I did a lot of sewing when I was a kid but I was afraid to use a sewing machine and did not learn how until I was around 40 years old. I have done some sewing on a machine but I sewed simple things made from my own patterns such as table runners, scarves, fabric pouches, laundry bags, pillows and the like. Making clothing from a commercial pattern was something I had never done before and I’m thrilled to learn how to take my sewing to the next level! Kate knows a ton of things about making high-end clothing or simple clothing like my new Route 66 themed pajama pants!
I hope you can join myself, Miss Kate and the other teachers at our Open House this weekend!
Teacher Open House Date: February 11 and 12, 2017 Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Location: Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts
3200 Laclede Station Rd.
St. Louis, MO, 63143
Join myself and other members of the teaching team at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts for an open house! See what projects we’re working on and find out about upcoming classes.
I’ll be teaching this fun class suitable for beginners at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts in Maplewood, MO. Make fun personalized decor while learning to trace, cut with pinking shears and hand sew fabric and felt. This class is suitable for ages 5 and up.
Available dates and times:
Sunday, January 29, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday, February 25, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Monday, February 27, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost of class is $35 and you will need to buy a few supplies in addition to that. To register for the class please call 314-644-3436 or go to:
At the Schnarr’s Hardware store in Ladue, Missouri today we hosted a live broadcast by 550 KTRS radio. Our boss Frank was interviewed along with some other guests. Watch videos here on the Schnarr’s blog!
Displays That Pay Announces MyCare Displays Healthcare Solution
Designed to Scale and Support Caregiver Communications and Provide Peace of Mind
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Displays That Pay® today announced the pre-release of their newest display solution, MyCare Displays, at the Startup Connection Conference being held today at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. MyCare Displays is a display service cloud solution that allows skilled nursing/extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, and hospice organizations to manage the display of patient care information at the patient’s location. MyCare Displays provides a simple user portal for family caregivers, home health workers, nurses, therapists, hospice personnel and even patients to dynamically update and share patient information.
“Providing affordable displays at the point of need for patients reduces confusion, stress and dependence,” said Mark Rice, CEO/founder, DisplaysThatPay. “Patients can enjoy peace of mind as they view care messages that include reminders and updates for medicine, office visits, therapy, and family activities.”
Untethering Caregivers with the Right Technology Helps Strengthen Connections Between Caregivers and Patients
The AARP recently published a report that indicates there are over 40 million caregivers providing unpaid care to an adult. Almost half of these caregivers are made up of people under the age of 50. Almost two thirds of these caregivers are seeking effective uses of technology to help them untether and free up time they must devote to providing caregiving activities. The AARP also projects an increase of only 5 million caregivers by the year 2020. At the current rate that means a gap of 72 million caregivers required to support 117 million adults requiring care.
Caregiving consumes a lot of time and resources that can sometimes put undue stress on relationships with family, friends and co-workers. MyCare Displays simplifies caregiver communications and provides peace of mind so that caregivers can be in touch without having to be present 100% of the time. Of course this depends on the patient’s needs, but for many caregivers and patients, having the connection 24/7 can take the place of a caregiver being present all of the time.
The MyCare Displays solution helps strengthen the relationship between patients, medical care teams, caregivers and families. It is projected that caregiving is going to personally affect you or someone you know in the next few years. MyCare Displays is a solution designed to meet the challenges of caregiving.
Displays That Pay helps companies be more efficient with their time and resources when planning and exhibiting at trade shows and customer events. Our unique dynamic and interactive display solutions, let customers leverage their multi-channel content and boost attraction, interaction and transaction of lead capture. Our display service cloud solution transforms flat displays into, dynamic and interactive, social, mobile and video walls that enable businesses to tell their company story, connect with customers/prospects and capture leads. Fortune 500 to small businesses have deployed and enjoyed our display solutions to provide easy management and display of multi-channel content.
I’m writing this from the Displays that Pay booth at the Innovation Showcase are of the Mumuration festival. We’re demonstrating a vertical display divided into two sections, each with a different stream of images.
I made a couple of slide images on the spot with my laptop to add to the image stream. We are encouraging people to Tweet photos of the festival or any photos they want using the hashtag #murmuration16.
I used the Twitter application from my laptop to Tweet the slides, but you can also use the Twitter app on your phone. The picture below shows Mark from Displays that Pay working with a representative from Scopio, an image search engine and licensing platform. They are curating the images submitted with the hashtag #murmuration16 to make sure the content is acceptable.
After they approved my images, I received messages in my Twitter Notifications.
I clicked the link in each message and granted permission to use my images by entering my email address and pressing submit. Once I did that, the images were available for viewing on our display. I received an acknowledgement message from Scopio in my email with more information about their service. The two links below lead to the top and bottom image streams, if you want to see what has been submitted.
We’ll be at the Murmuration festival on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Innovation Showcase. The Murmuration festival is a 3-day event that explores the intersection of art, music, science, and technology. It’s named after a flock of my favorite bird – the European Starling!
Stop by the Displays that Pay booth to see our display service cloud application (SHOWCloud). Add your Murmeration pictures to the display at our booth and see applications for health care, retail, hospitality, trade shows and education.
I saw a notice for an event called Creative Arts Fellowship, an event for Christian artists to share art and faith. Both my faith and my art needed some help so I decided to attend and see what it was all about. Besides just being curious I was ready for some spiritual and emotional healing. When you’ve been emotionally abused by someone who puts themselves out there as a Christian, it can really shake your faith. I don’t want to let one person ruin how I feel about God any more than I want one person to make me look down on myself or lose faith in the possibility that some people are capable of being good to you.
We watched some short inspirational and musical videos. Some of the participants joined in with a form of dance. We heard some very good preaching which was on topics that I really needed to hear about. For someone like me used to a more formal style of worship it was refreshingly different. The content is from a non-denominational Christian perspective. We did some discussion and sharing, both about personal issues and about art issues. I believe the arts are inherently healing and sharing art in a kind and supportive atmosphere is even more so – the art world in general can be pretty unkind as any artist knows. All forms of art are encouraged here, participants shared visual arts, crafts and poetry. The art shared does not have to have specifically spiritual content.
I was treated with love, understanding and acceptance at the event and I made a lot of progress in how I feel about my faith and other human beings. We all need a reminder that there are people who want us to succeed and won’t put us down for trying to use our creative gifts. This past summer a person I loved tried to destroy my self confidence by attacking me for just that reason. He knew me well enough to know what would damage me the most. Right after that the studio I was renting closed (it was extra frustrating because my hard work over the last several months was just staring to pay off financially) and I didn’t need that when I was already feeling worthless and like a failure. When you’re in a state of heightened emotions it’s easy to see everything as being a personal attack on you even when it’s not. Sometimes it’s just life. I believe creativity comes from God. The God I believe in would not give me creative gifts if he didn’t want me to use them. I got some affirmation that it’s ok for me to use my gifts and some ideas for outlets where they might do the most good. As I get stronger I believe I will be led to opportunities to help others heal through art. Art therapy is not a new idea to me but art ministry in the form of this meeting kind of is – I want to learn more!
Future dates for Art Fellowships are on selected Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at DaySpring School of the Arts at 2500 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.
September 19, 2016
October 3, 2016
October 17, 2016
November 7, 2016
December 6, 2016
I’m planning on coming back for more fellowship nights! DaySpring School for the Arts also has classes for adults and children in the fields of Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Crafts and Design. They have space for rent for special events and parties. I didn’t see all of the facilities but what I saw of the building looks very modern and stylish. For more information go to: dayspringarts.org.
For those recovering from emotional abuse, these links have helped me – they might help you too.
The Lower Meramec River, which runs from Sullivan, MO to the Mississippi River, is not one of the most popular sections to paddle. If you enjoy lake paddling or exploring large rivers, you might want to take another look at the Lower Meramec. I paddled two sections recently and enjoyed it tremendously.
On August 27, 2016 I joined some other volunteers to participate in Operation Clean Stream, sponsored by the Open Space Council. On this day there were several locations we could pick from. I brought my own kayak this time so I chose a route that was not serviced by an outfitter.
I checked in at Castlewood State Park in Wildwood and met a great group of people at the put-in point on the beach. This fun and hard-working group of volunteers and I headed downstream toward our eventual takeout point at Green Tree Park in Kirkwood.
At one point I had to paddle upstream for awhile to go back to that sandbar because I thought I had lost an item there. It turned out I hadn’t lost it but I did learn one thing – it’s pretty easy to paddle upstream (perhaps up to Route 66 State Park?) so it’s possible to go for a solo paddling outing from here without worrying about a shuttle. Just paddle upstream for awhile then downstream again to get back to your vehicle.
Taking photos like those above could be hazardous to your safety if you are not careful! The current is pretty swift here so I probably should have concentrated on steering the kayak. It was pretty awesome to see all the logs stuck in and on the bridge from the Flood of 2015 which was of historic proportions – can you believe the water got that high? This bridge is not far from Simpson Lake, where I participated in flood cleanup in February.
I’m pictured at the left with Eric and Kim. On the right are Simon and Tim at the takeout point at Greentree Park, displaying part of our haul. It’s only about a six mile float from Castlewood State Park to Greentree, but it took us a good part of the day because we stopped a lot for trash. Trying to retrieve trash from a boat in a current will really test your paddling skills – you have to be able to maneuver in and out of tight spots, enter and exit frequently without tipping, be able to approach and dock alongside obstacles safely and have a good idea how far over you can lean to grab something. You’ll exercise different parts of your body than you’re used to – a great workout!