Peaceful Creating

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I love when I can create – really create. When I don’t have a very clear image in my mind of my project, and just let the art kind of take off in whatever direction it wants to go in.  

When my space is quiet and calm.

When I feel most at peace. 

Last night, after a Girl Scout troop finished a private party early here at the shoppe, I took advantage of the extra time I had and found myself in that moment of creating that I haven’t been in for a while.

It’s funny how little time there seems to be to create art – now that we actually own an Art Shoppe! You would think it would be quite the opposite. But it seems now as if most of my days are spent on marketing, developing new classes, preparing for classes, teaching classes, retail, and other business sort of things. The opportunity to really make art . . . it kind of falls to the wayside. 

But last night . . . I played. I glued. I cut. I stamped. I painted. . . I let it unfold.

It was blissful.

I think good things often come from moments like that . . . when you can just play. 

And if you haven’t done it before . . . consider joining us for a night of play.

We’ll be making this above piece on 5/10/2017 – it is our “Caged Bird” project. And I think you will love it. 

I need to allow myself more time like this . . . because taking the time to make some art is so very very good for the soul! 

Our Little Sign (sigh!)

So many of the visitors who have been able to stop by Creative Wings Art Shoppe have more than likely met my sister, Laura and me, Leanne. With each handshake and introduction – the responses we have received have been wonderful – from warm smiles of interest and excitement, to those who have shared that “it just feels so good to be here!” Our little shoppe has become exactly what we have wished it to be. At least once a day Laura sends me a quick text, “How is our little shoppe today?” and I just smile! We truly are living our dreams. 

And this month, after submitting permit application and waiting for the city to give us the OK, we proudly completed another dream. We hung our shoppe sign on the exterior of the building – for all passersby to see. It was a beautiful day . . . a little chilly, but as sunny as could be. Our husbands and our beloved landlord did all the work, as Laura and I anxiously awaited for the job to be complete. Even though we opened November 1, I think parted of me felt that our sign really solidified our place here. Yes, Creative Wings Art Shoppe. HERE WE  ARE!!! 

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April is gearing up to be an AWESOME month for us, as well. We have some FANTASTIC classes and workshops planned (oh, have you seen our Beauty and the Beast canvas piece yet? It’s stunning!) Make sure you keep an eye on the “classes” tab above. Oh – and we have A BUNCH of new retail items coming in the next two weeks!! I can’t wait to show you what we have ordered. I think you will love it!

Thanks to all of you who are spreading your Creative Wings with us!  See you all soon! 

Good Bye January! Hello February!!

Greetings, dear Creative Friends! The month of January FLEW by . . . and found us settling into our little shoppe and routine nicely. I can’t even believe we have been open a for three months now! Each day I walk into our little shoppe, I find myself loudly exclaiming, “Hello Shoppe!!!” as if I am waking up the creative energy inside. I hope you feel it when you enter our doors. It still feel like a dream – each moment that I am here. Thanks to YOU for being a part of it. 

I’ve made some new art this month – it felt good to take some time and create again. (It’s funny how little time I seem to have to actually create!) I sure am in the mood for Spring (aren’t you?) and just LOVE these little flower blocks. 

And our Creative Wings Angel . . . with our mantra . . .


Ooooo . . . and my new Yoga Girls. Because, every once in a while, you need be just . . . do what it says in the art . . . 😉


All of the above is for sale in our shoppe, if you are interested.

But, I am not the only one creating in these walls. There has been LOTS of creating going on!  What lovely visitors we have had, and what wonderful art has been made!!

Like Vision Boards, and words of the year, and whimsical trees, and Angel Wings! 


I love to look at our POS system (that’s not-so fancy talk for “Point Of Sale” system, for any of my non-retail friends) and see how many Creative Wings have flown since we opened our doors on November 1st. Wouldn’t it be fun to start each month with a TOTAL of Creative Wings (that is, the number of people who have come and taken classes in our shoppe), so we could see the creative souls who have flown! Don’t you? Let’s do that . . . 

So far, since we opened our doors on 11/1/2016 . . . 192 Creative Wings have soared!!! That is 192 people who have taken a workshop or class here . . . 192 . . . many didn’t think they could do it – many didn’t think they could create. And ALL 192 who DID IT!!! 

Happy February Friends! Wishing you lots of Peace this month! And LOTS of creating! 



Merry Christmas!

christmas-3The past few months have been a whirlwind for us at Creative Wings Art Shoppe. From finding our shoppe space to opening our doors to the community . . . sometimes I feel like it is a dream when I set foot into our creative sanctuary and I think, “Wow . . . we are here!” 

We have met so many wonderful people –  in the 1 month 22 days 4 hours 21 minutes since we have opened our doors. (Yes . . . I looked it up. We have been in business 1 month, 22 days, 4 hours and 21 minutes. Officially.) 

Thank you,  ALL of you – for allowing us to start this journey in 2016. We wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas – and look forward to a wonderfully creative and prosperous 2017!! 

May our Creative Wings fly us HIGH in the new year! 

And remember . . .

Never underestimate the power of YOUR Creative Wings!! 

Christmas in Heaven

A friend of mine sent me a photo of a crafty item she found on Pinterest last week.

“Can you make something like this? I would like to give it to my mom,” she texted. 

I wasn’t quite feeling the project she sent. But the poem – the words on the project that she sent – they immediately had an affect on me. And of course they would. Because we all feel them – each and every Christmas. We ALL think of those loved ones who are in heaven. And the poem . . . it brings tears to my eyes.

Immediately, a vision came to mind that I just had to put into art. My vision for that poem.

“Yes,” I told her. “I could probably come up something with the same quote – but my style and my art.”  So, I got to work on it. Because sometimes when a vision comes to mind, I can do nothing until I sit down and make it come to life.


I made about 10 of them and am gifting some of them to some dear people in my life. The 5 I have remaining will be available for sale in the Shoppe to the first 5 people who want them. Where ever they land in this world – I hope they help someone feel comfort at this time of year when our heart aches for those we have lost.

It is moments like this when I am most grateful for my art – to be able to share it with others and to help soothe a soul when it needs it most.

Wishing you all a blessed day, dear friends.


Merry Merry Ornaments!

One of the most fun things about having a little art shoppe of our own, is having lots of time to create – without the guilt that comes when spending time filling ones soul.  (Don’t tell my husband . . . but it’s not like work, at all!)  There is that . . . and coming across LOTS of AWESOME supplies and turning them into something special. 

Like, these great little paper mache ball ornaments . . . 


Immediately, I had a vision, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. 


It took a little little paint, some papers, ribbon . . .and voilaaaa! 


You are welcome to join us for an ornament class on Saturday, 12/3, from 12pm to 3pm. The class is only $20 and includes supplies and instruction for one ornament. You can make additional ornaments for only $5 a piece (imagine – you could make 3 ornaments for just $30 . . . that’s a pretty sweet deal!) 

Call us at 815-905-3068 to sign up for this class! No prior art experience is necessary . . . trust me . . . you CAN do it! 

We Opened . . . and it WAS GRAND!

Last weekend, we held our offical “GRAND OPENING” and Ribbon Cutting Celebration with the Lockport Chamber of Commerce, and my friends . . . it truly was a HUGE SUCCESS!! We still feel like we are walking on cloud 9 over here – floating on the well wishes and support of our dear friends, family members, and community neighbors who welcomed us.

Creative Wings Art Shoppe is HERE! And we are so glad to be!

Here are a few photos from the festivities of the day.

Thanks to all of those who came and made the day so perfect. We are forever grateful.

Too Soon? (We think not!)

Do you know that Christmas is one of our most favorite times of year? Seriously . . . we are dangerously festive and it is never too early to prepare for the holidays (in our book.)

So . . . we are putting out some of our holiday goodies! Just in time for our Grand Opening. Because . . . you can never be TOO early. 😉

Just sharing a few photos of our holiday offerings in the Shoppe.

Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing?


Believe is kind of our word for the season, we think. Because it truly is what has made Creative Wings Art Shoppe come to be. BELIEVING in a dream. It started with that.

So, you’ll find LOTS of “BELIEVE” here this holiday. And that’s just fine by us!


Don’t forget . .


Hope to see you there!

Peace to all!


November 1st came and went, and I didn’t have a single minute to even write about it. It was a WONDERFUL day in the Shoppe, as dear friends stopped by to share well wishes and my former employer sent the most beautiful flower and plant arrangement. Before we knew it – we flipped the sign to “closed” and finished day one.

Not only did we open – but we had an absolutely wonderful FIRST CLASS at Creative Wings Art Shoppe on Saturday, 11/5! Seven creative souls joined us, and their final works were fantastic.

Here are just a few photos of week ONE. More to follow soon!

Blessed beyond words, friends. That’s what we are.

Blessed BEYOND words.

Our Somewhere (over the Rainbow)

This week we really hit the pavement in the shoppe – (actually, we really USED the pavement . . . as in the sidewalk) and painted and sealed the chairs and tables. Boy-oh-boy, are the results exciting! We love to see how the colors are just popping in the space. It’s wonderful to watch the transition – from when we first took over the storefront (with golden and red colored walls), to today. We know that some may shake their heads in wonder at what we are doing, but we have a vision – a very CLEAR VISION as to what this wonderful shoppe is going to be. And it is coming to LIFE. Truly. Each and every day.

We’ve also added window decals (so everyone knows who we are), hung art work, received business cards, and opened some of the retail inventory this week. We can now officially say that we feel like Oprah – opening the UPS and FedEx boxes of delivery is like opening our very FAVORITE THINGS. We can’t wait to share them with you all.

It’s so interesting – this whole process of creating the Creative Wings Art Shoppe.

I am the artist in the team – Leanne – the type who visualizes everything, even when it is a dream. I see it clearly in my mind. When I am about to work on a canvas art piece or an art journaling page, or even a little doodle on a piece of scrap paper – I can see it in my mind. I know exactly what it is that I want to create. Then I sit down, and do it. Our shoppe has been very much the same process for me. When we first looked at the space, I saw it. Clear as can be. And now, day by day, we are getting there.

It is thrilling, my friends.

Here are a few photos from the week.

Stay tuned . . . there is so much more to come.


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