Threading the Needle: Embroidery Basics Lesson 1, The Needle

Crafting & DIY / Tutorials

When you want to start learning needlepoint the first supplies are fairly simple – needle, some type of thread and something to stitch on. These are all simple things but with so many different types of each, starting out can be intimidating (even when I go to a thread shop I get overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices!!) The…

Using CreateSpace to Print Books – A Review

Creative Inspiration / Product Review

Hello! When I decided I wanted to make coloring books I knew I didn’t want to (or honestly have the time to put in the effort needed) find a publisher. I search around for ways to self publish and settled on using CreateSpace, an Amazon publisher. I chose them because they get good reviews and they provided the distribution channels…

Making Beaded Jewelry – Crafts with Kids Series #1

Creative Inspiration

Hello! As a mom I try to find things that my kids can do that don’t require electricity. Crafts have always been a staple for our house (as I could probably stock Michaels from my supply closet) and so today I will talk about BEADS! I love beading and so does my youngest boy.  All children have used the big…

Why did I decide to do a coloring book?

Creative Inspiration / My Art

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the ArtStart blog.  I have been meaning to do this but have been busy drawing and formatting my newest book ArtStart Mandalas – A Draw and Color Book (available on Amazon November 10th!). I have been asked many times why I chose to create art books, especially in a totally and utterly saturated market.  As a…