Sister Stash And More| Women Owned Small Creative Business

I have come to admire so many women within my circle ~ whom have Small Creative Businesses….some long time friends, some from our school days and some admired for their work~ from being a customer myself, some by chance meeting thru Art ~ whether on FaceBook or during a Workshop…..So many that I decided to introduce them one by one…..I’d like you to get to know my creative friends.


Some of you know my friend Tracy as my ‘can’t do it without her‘ right hand-woman at the Tamaqua Community Art Center…..what you may not know about Tracy, along with her Sister Sherry ~ they have a successfully ‘Women Owned Creative Business’ called ‘Sister Stash And More’ ……created out of their lifelong passion for antiques!

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This is a photo of Tracy and I enjoying time together even as Children….sorry for the blur, but it is a scan from the 70’s!

Tracy and Sherry own and operate ‘Sister Stash And More‘, an antique shop on eBay ~ after much research and creative work ~ before the ball even got rolling, looking over every detail of their name, logo, and packaging…..they curate and have an eye for favorites, quirky things and the not so ordinary……..with only one year under their belts they have gained repeat customers and followers….and big name customers too!

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Let me back up the train……you just don’t jump into the antique business…….this is in their blood, they grew up with it ~ from their Mammy and Pappy, to their Mom! Continue reading

Workshop Schedule ~ Mark Your Calendars!

While meeting creative friends when traveling ~ whom have scheduled their Seminar years in advance and from traveling myself over the past 30 years to Seminars, Conventions and Classes and even life in general……I realize how important it is to have a plan or a schedule ahead of time.

So this is what it is looking like so far for the Fall and Holiday Season 2018 (see below)…..the Workshop dates are scheduled and projects are being sketched out and worked on!  All Workshops listed are at the Tamaqua Community Art Center in Tamaqua Pa….mostly evenings with a few Saturdays too!

Will you pencil a Workshop into your schedule?

2018 schedule

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Vintage Yellow Duck ~ Colored Pencil Technique

Another look at vintage classic style in colored pencil!

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This post is jam-packed with a colored pencil pattern created to share with you, a colored pencil technique video, a guessing game, a few places to click and visit and a quick sale too….glad you stopped by, enjoy!

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Back in Business

May I take a moment to bellyache?

Since the end of last year I knew I needed a new computer, it was 10 years old and filled to capacity with patterns, flyers and photos.  When I wanted to save something ~ I had to delete something, it ran extremely slow…..and then it crashed completely.

Panic set in… may be small potatoes to most, but my business and my life is run by this little black thing that sits on my work table aside my paint brushes……


Thankfully I knew my files were safe on ‘the cloud’ and I had virus protection, but I had no other means to reach…….my business and my life. Continue reading

Watercolor Paper, Painted in Acrylic to Color Pencil on a Bentwood Box

How is that for a title? But really…..this is what we are doing!


Would you believe me when I tell you that there is watercolor paper attached to this bentwood box project?

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Yeppers there is….and is my preferred surface to color pencil a design!  Continue reading