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Tips for Choosing a Muralist

Are you thinking about having a mural painted in your home, business, or community? Are you wondering how to find a muralist and what questions you should ask? I can help you! As a full-time artist who has painted dozens of interior and exterior murals, I can tell...

Hand Painted Sunflower Hats

Hand Painted Sunflower Hats

Do you ever have a day so busy that the thought of adding even one more task, like doing your hair, might send you into a tailspin? That’s why I consider hats a real lifesaver because they help me leave the house looking sorta put together! A colorful hat and an eye-catching pair of earrings...

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Christmas In July

Christmas In July

Our curators have been working hard to share their best holiday spirit to deck the halls with a creative flair for Christmas in July! While the temperatures soar outside, the holiday magic comes alive indoors with a burst of colors and imagination. From handcrafted breadboards that evoke...

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Surviving Cancer During Pregnancy

Surviving Cancer During Pregnancy

Angie Nordstrum shares her story of surviving cancer during pregnancy and how laughter was an unexpected saving grace during a difficult time. You Are Stronger Than You Know “That's funny,” my doctor said. “When you laugh your thyroid bulges.” I had no idea what she was talking about. “What is...

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Benefits of Having a Hygge Home

Benefits of Having a Hygge Home

Hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") is a Danish concept that is all about creating a warm, cozy, and welcoming atmosphere in your home. Amy Sadler shared with us her journey in learning a hygge lifestyle. Have you heard of Hygge yet? It's a total vibe and I am chasing it like a wild horse running down...

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Cultivating Your Creative Space

Cultivating Your Creative Space

Are you a maker, Creator, writer, crafter, or artist of any kind? I encourage you to understand the importance of cultivating a creative space that is personalized, in which you can work and play. There are many studies on the psychology of space and how it affects your behavior and...

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Art While Traveling

Art While Traveling

Kristal Coral Marie Molina is an artist inspired by the tropics of her birthplace, American Samoa. Now residing in San Diego, California with her husband, she is a proud mother of two young adults. In addition to her role as a K-12 art teacher, Kristal also conducts art classes for adults at...

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Backyard Garden

Backyard Garden

The Flowering Farmhouse is a small flower farm located in gorgeous Hood River, Oregon. Jennifer Gulizia, creator and farmer at The Flowering Farmhouse, grows a wide variety of specialty cut flowers. Of course, dahlias have always been Jennifer’s favorite cut flower and the farm currently grows...

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How to Create an Art Series

How to Create an Art Series

Esther Franchuk is a mixed-media fine artist from Ukraine. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany, with paintings represented in private collections globally. Esther was professionally trained in classical drawing & oil painting at Grekov Odessa Art School; one of the oldest and one of...

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Finding Joy Living as an Artist

Finding Joy Living as an Artist

Are you considering making a living as an artist? Kari Johnston, Curator for The Turquoise Iris Journal shares her perspective for artists in this space.   “I just want to paint,” Gary Blevins says with a sigh. “I want that for you,” I respond, and I mean it. It’s hard for him to believe,...

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How to Host Successful Workshops

How to Host Successful Workshops

Workshops can be a wonderful way to add revenue to any retail business. In fact, you don’t even need to have your own space to host a workshop. Many businesses are always looking for ways to get traffic through their doors. Don’t be afraid to ask about utilizing their space. Over the years I...

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