Come follow my journey! I have no official art training and no real connections to get me into the art world. I am 36 years young and my dream is to become an artist, not just someone who makes art in their basement, but someone who successfully sells their art, and I will not give up on that dream! I would love to break into the world of mixed media art and maybe even have galley shows someday!

Monday, January 12, 2015

I just wanted everyone who stumbles across my little blog, that I have just joined Willowing's (aka Tamera Laporte) free online art class Art Heart and Healing. You can find it here:

I have Jane davenports cd The Whimsical face and I am hoping to get her book, Beautiful faces. Pam Carriker also has a new book out in February that I want, Mixed Media Portraits.

I also took Suzi Blu's class The Goddess and the Poet which is awesome and anyone interested in mixed media should take it. She has a book called mixed media girls that I bet is really good too.

As always you can find me at:

Facebook: or just my art:

on facebook I am in a mixed media group:

and an art journaling group:

In case anyone is looking for a good group on facebook!

Deviant art:

and Instagram @ the_real_zaichick

Well that is all for now. Nursing school didn't work out and I am looking for a job. So I may have more time to spend here!

Peace and Love,

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Crafts, School and I Made a New Piece!

So, I have decided to rent a space at our local antique mall, The olde shoe factory! 

 I won't be able to do it until I finish up school next February, but until then I  will be trying to create some stock for it. I am aiming at re-purposed antiques, shabby chic items and maybe some original art print and jewelry. Any advice would be helpful!

As for school only, 2.5 semesters left yay! I am looking for a job so I suppose I will be busier than ever until next February!

We had a little break in between semesters last week so I finally finished a piece I had been working on, right now I am calling it Little Girl Lost. I am actually really happy with it.

It's an old card catalog drawer with 3 old keys hanging from the inside top, some scrapbook papers decoupaged onto it and aged with ink and crackle medium. I printed and cutout an old picture of the little girl and the mushroom. The compass, wings, do dad, feet, little door and iris in her hand are all from Alpha Stamps.

The little door opens and I added a black background painted a moon and some stars and added some glitter, then filled it with glossy accents. It got a big air bubble in it by the hinges so that kinda sucked. Maybe I'll try and fix it sometime. I also glued 3 keyholes all on black back grounds and filled with glossy accents on the other 3 sides of the drawer all about 2/3 down from the top.

And last but not least, something I have been loving lately... CeCe Caldwell's paint's! I have the wax now I just need to get some white and maybe some charcoal and blue and red and I am ready to start painting things for my booth. I am so excited it is almost garage sale/ flea market season!!! Any helpful hints abotu CeCe's paint would be helpful too, there is a ton of videos on you tube about how to use it.

I hope fully will be able to keep you all updated on my progress with my projects for!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Well, Hello There!

Wow it's been an age since I posted last! Thanks to who started a mixed media group on facebook, I was inspired to come and visit my friends in my little art world and give you all an update. I'll try to make it short, one because honestly no one ever cares about the minute details of other peoples lives and two, I just took a 3 hour midterm and I need a nap!

We finally got everything moved to the new house. I keep asking everyone how could we have moved from a 1000 sq. ft. home to a 2200 sq ft house and still not have enough room??? I really do think i had every nook and cranny of our old place packed with stuff! So I have all of my beloved books and most of my art supplies out in the garage and I still have boxes of extra bathroom stuff, memorabilia and boxes of sheets and blankets in our bedroom.

Oh well! I am too busy to care.

I have been very very grateful to have a dishwasher!

I am annoyed however, that all the plans and dreams we had when we moved have not quite materialized which I did have a sneaking suspicion might happen due to the many shows on HGTV where the people featured say "well we had planned to do that when we moved..... and here HGTV was having to come and help them out 10 years later! I just did not want that to be us.


We did get beautiful furniture...

It looks a bit better now since we got the new TV and some decorations!

We painted all three bedrooms, part of our bathroom the guest bath and part of the kitchen. I still need to take pics of those. I'm pretty proud of the kitchen even though it's only one wall and it's not perfect. it's a creamy yellow and I framed and hung up one of my favorite prints...
Above that is a deco style bon appetite kinda like this one...
No that's not my kitchen though!

we are trying to restore our 1918 Victrola to put in the living room, but we can't figure out what's wrong with it even after taking it apart and giving it a really good cleaning. :(


The kids have started their new schools and they both love it, thank goodness, and I am too because they ride the bus and the stop is just right down from our house!
There are also a bunch of kids in the neighborhood for them to play with which makes me really happy, but why do they all end up at our house........ ;)

My daughter is playing volley ball, which i love because I used to play it too! we are planning a halloween party- pics to come!, the fair is coming soon, my sons birthday is on October 19th and we have our good friends wedding next week. Whew we have been busy little bees!

And then there is nursing school...everything you hear about it is true! It's a killer and I'm not sure I will make it out alive!!! (^0^)

here's a couple good one I have seen on Pinterest and Facebook:

 All true!

And the absolute best news ever....
He asked me to marry him!!!


Take care of yourselves and I will see you all....uh....sometime!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I know someone who's having a give away!

My friend Rhissanna is having a lovely give away over at her blog. There's a wee little tea party, mysterious flowering tea and bunnies! You'll have to go and see! But hurry hurry you only have until June 1!

(and please forgive me if I didn't do this linking thing right, it's my first time!)

Photo by Planet 37 on Deviantart

P.s. It's official, all the papers are signed, we bought a house! Now we just have to do all the moving......forgive if I am scare for awhile.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The New House and Painting Furniture

We bought a house!
I am not jumping up and down to celebrate until the keys are in my hand.
Anything can happen. This is the 5th house we've tried for, but we are supposed to be closing on Friday.
crappy pic but here it is, isn't it pretty!
 *Cautious* YAY!

So I am trying to repaint some furniture before we move. I am a very messy painter and I don't want to get the new House all painty. I even bought a huge canvas drop cloth to put under my new little crafty area.

Yes a new little craft cubby!
I am excited, but also nervous because I am hoping it works out well.
See?there is is in the back corner of the basement. I am going to move that middle shelf down and make a little desk. So here is the before pic, stay tuned for the after!

So, I have been wanting to pick up stray furniture and repaint or repurpose it for a really really long time.
I guess I never really tried because I thought I would really mess it up.
Well, For our new bedroom we are going to use my grandma and grandpa's antique bedroom set. It really needs a new coat of paint. I also wanted to use a mirror I bought years ago which was quite expensive, but the gold color of the frame has gone quite out of fashion. My daughter, being almost 12 has also decided she wants a sleek new room, and I am looking for cheap ways to do that. So my adventure begins!

More pics soon!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's about time!

It's about time I wrote a new post!

sorry about the absence. You see, I am trying to pack an entire household for our move. That's right, we got the house!
Needless to say, I am trying to figure out how to move an entire house since this will be my first time ever doing it, and we've been here for over 10 years, we've accumulated a lot of junk!

Boxes everywhere! (and the stuff seems to be mostly mine, why is that?) lol

So here I am in box land trying to be creative. So far I have made several necklaces I am going to try and sell, and several I want to keep for myself and several total flops! Practice makes perfect right?

I am toying with the idea of starting a year long challenge of trying to do something artistic/creative everyday, but I am not sure if I want to commit to that with moving and nursing classes and the kids blah blah blah. :)

So here are some flops and some I am keeping, lol! From right to left, I should have laid it down for the photo, but it is a birdcage with a small white bird inside, I added the bow and a tag that says Inspire. The second one is obviously an octopus. For some reason they have become popular in the steampunk world. If I can find more like it I will sell them. The next one is the first necklace piece I ever made-gotta keep that one! I made a second one and sent it to my Mom in Texas. The one up top is just something I was messing around with. The watch I found and added the tag. The blue one is a piece of fused glass I made with the kit I got for Christmas. I need to wait until we get in the new house to make more. Something with this one went kind of wrong on the side, you can't see it in the photo. It is one of the only ones that didn't break in the fusing process!

Here's the first piece I have sold. I only sold it to a friend for $2, but it's a start!

*happy dance*

The only other piece I sold was a print on Deviant Art and I mad like 36 cents. It is called the Fountain, you know from the movie. It''s a beautiful movie I recommend any of you creative type see it.

I did this piece a long time ago, it was actually one of my first photo-manipulations.

So here is my first batch of necklaces I am going to try and sell, I am not sure how long it will take me to get enough together to take to a craft show so I may try to sell them on Etsy. What do you think?

And here are several of my newest pieces, I have started to love found poetry!

And I leave you with a little bit of happy, because I'm quirky like that!

While on one of my recent excursions, I was just lucky enough to come across one of the most elusive finds in the world we live in...

Unicorn poo!

Have a great Day!!!