Doodles on the Wall?

Yesterday I took my doodles to gesso board. I gave myself a limited palette and made the goal to be to have fun.

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Having fun is always always always part of my creative process! I had good tunes playing in the background, oils in the diffuser, and a fab Starbucks refresher nearby, and spread all the things out on my kitchen table. :)

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Dr. Suessish, yes? 

I'm not sure they are finished, or if they are a good fit for hanging with other artwork, so I propped them up on the table to see. 

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If you are a painter, do you like to hang your art work in your home?

The New Workshop

Who is ready to learn how to make perfume? The kind of aromas that cause second sniffs and that make an entrance with you because they are natural and without synthetics. Woah, is there such a thing? Yup, there totally is. 

The Art of Couture Perfume

Saturday morning I’ll show you how it’s done. There’s a signature for every woman and every mood. I think you are worthy of the very best in life. In fact, it’s okay to be extra. I’m extra sometimes too. 

Who’s ready to learn how to make perfume? 💖

The one hour class takes place over in my Lemon Tree Academy. Click 👇🏼and you’re in!

I've been making so many beautiful perfumes in my studio lately, and decided to make some labels for roller bottles too.

Roller Bottle

There's a beautiful set of 6 and 2 blanks. You can find them in my shop: here!

Peonies are My Fav

This blog post is best expressed with as few words as possible. Just photos...that's all that's needed. My PEONIES have bloomed! They just make me so happy!!!


Picked up this bouquet at the Farmer's Market and added a peony to the center. Why not?! 


Enjoy! :)


A Peek in My Studio

Who else likes peeking into the creative spaces of others? I raise my hand, high! 


Studios are a sacred space to me. Yes, it's a working space, but it's also a retreat and it's personal. Maybe that's why they are intriguing. I organized a few areas of my studio this week. Uhh, finally, and I'm pretty sure the angels in all the heavens are grateful I did. Here is most of my watercolor supplies, all in one cabinet.


You can see the cabinet better in this photo. I also picked up a rolling cart. I filled it with shipping supplies. All in ONE place, imagine the smile on my face! Because it's on wheels, I can roll it over to my desk easily and print labels. 

The bin on the floor is filled with books, and will hopefully keep Lilly the Yorkie dog from chewing on them. Please!? 


My desk is actually a dining room table. I've had it forever. It's perfect for me because I love to spread all the things out. Painting supplies, video equipment...yup all the things. It's a challenge to keep it clean and cleared off. It rarely is. Certainly more inviting when it's clear and that spurs creativity for me! Those are a few of my fav oils, called The Oola Collection. 


I even spiffed up this shelf which I love to look at now. I sketched that portrait a few years ago and it's one of my favs because it has finished parts and unfinished parts. That represents life to me and let's the viewers eye fill in the rest.  


In the Studio With New Supplies

I've been watercoloring and painting more and more. It feels like I'm reintroducing myself to old friends! My love of watercolor has deepened and I have been gathering more colors that I love to swash across paper. 


That brush is partly to blame. My friend, Nikkee, suggested Isabey brushes and once I splurged I haven't regretted it for a second. Have you ever tried these brushes? 


Playing and getting lost in the happy colors. Watercolor has been magical to me for a while. I get lost in the colors!

This is a rework in process. Not watercolors, but acrylics which are so much easier. I was inspired by this pretty bottle. Isn't it irresistible?


It's so important to keep your art and creativity alive. I never want to lose that gift. Everyone has it you know...winky wink. It's also like a muscle and it needs to be kept in good shape. Use it or lose it! With that, I'm off to the studio to paint. :) 


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Put An End to Backwards Live Videos

Hey friends! A tip for you today! Did you know you can flip your live videos? No more confusing your friends with backwards images or text! It's easy to do, bonus points for that. 

Backward Live Video Fix

Backwards text is no longer backwards when you do this: 

  1. Click Facebook Live icon
  2. Click magic wand icon
  3. Click tools icon
  4. Click horizontal flip

This has been helpful for me when I do live videos on Facebook and my audience appreciates seeing text they can actually read. Sometimes it's on my artwork, a product I'm using, or even on a shirt I'm wearing. Ha! 

Need more tips on how to make your live videos a success? My Build a Better Live Video Course is updated with even more helpful content for you! I love to keep things as fresh as possible and recently added even more to this Course. 

Get the details for the Course under Classes in the sidebar or here.

More Pretty Little Labels

Do you like candles? Cuz I made some labels that I'm crushing on and had to share.

This time of the year I love the glow of candles. Maybe it's because it gets dark earlier. I also am (as you know) BIG on toxin free candles. So many synthetics and scary chemicals permeate into our homes and we breathe them in. So do our children, pets and guests. Uhm, no thanks. 

I love love love making candles, and hopefully I'll get a post together soon about my methods. Super simple, but for now the labels! 

I am a clean and classic let's your candle and your glow shine so that's what I've created for you. 

Clean Candle Labels

I also made these instantly downloadable. Super easy. Enjoy!

You can find them in the shop section here

Have you gotten essential oils into your home yet? Get the good stuff. You deserve it and so does your family. Don't settle for oils at the grocery store. OMG. No. Get the real deal! I had the pleasure of visiting one of the many Young Living farms last year and saw their practices first hand. You can't do that with grocery store oils guys. 


Check out my website about oils and get yourself a Premium Starter Kit. That's what I started with and it's, truth be told, the best bang for your buck. 

When you become a member, you can get the above labels as a thank you from me. Also, I have a very active private oil chat group filled with families who are using oils and loving LESS toxins in their lives. That's another thing you don't get from grocery store oils. We host classes regularly, you can ask questions openly and enjoy the help from like minded folks who are amping up their wellness on the daily. You'll love it! 

Pretty Little Labels

Is pretty packaging your jam? Mine tooooo. In fact, I'm a firm believer that if the product is amazing, the packaging should reflect that. Right? I designed some labels for your roller bottles, lotions, soaps and sprays! 

  Ethereal Roller Bottle Label Set

Ethereal Roller Bottle Label Set

With the holidays before us I know lots of peeps are wanting (needing) labels to enhance the experience of their handmade gifts. You need good looking labels and you need them 

They are in the shop section!

  Ethereal Home Care Label Set

Ethereal Home Care Label Set

  Woodland Monogram Label Set

Woodland Monogram Label Set


Yup, your new labels are ready! And they’re downloadable because you:

-Have gifts to make & share 

-Have gifts to share 

-Have a house to decorate 

...and we all KNOW eye 🍬🍭🍬 is good for the soul. 


Go load UP and let the merry making begin! Enjoy friends! 

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Friends, let's have a little chat about the light in your space. I know lightbulbs aren't sexy, but the light they project in your space can be.

One of the first things I did when I remodeled my art studio was celebrate the natural light...of course. YAY! I have my desk right next to a window as a matter of fact. It's the best! 

The second thing I did was to add LED natural light bulbs to all of the light fixtures and lamps. Game changer status!! The lighting in your workspace, if you are painting is critical for getting true colors. It also makes the art or decor in any of your home look prettier. 

If you are doing live videos, you need to get the correct lighting too. A ring light is awesome, but if you can't swing the price yet, at least get natural LED bulbs in your fixtures. Or do those live videos outside, or near a window. Those are photographer tips too. :)

Studying a lot or someone in your home studying a lot? Natural lighting will decrease the eye strain too. 

Head over to Home Depot or Lowe's and look at their extensive light bulb selection. Most of the manufacturers have a display that shows the color of the bulbs. Pick natural...not blueish or yellowish. Here's an example...see...not sexy but they will make everything look better!



Learn more about how to crush your live videos in my newly launched Course. It launched this week and folks are love love loving it!

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Live Video Like a Rockstar

You're ready to click the live button and you get a wee bit nervous or draw a blank and then whaaaaaat?! Let's kick those nerves to the curb. Ready? Yes! 


1. Know your subject

You know it better than your audience so take comfort in that!  Nobody is asking you to be THE #1 expert of all things...really they aren't. They want to learn from you. Because you're pretty cool and they like you. 

2. Make a Plan

Sounds easy enough but those extra steps will up your confidence and your viewers will feel it and appreciate it! Make an outline on a post it note and stick it near your viewing area so you'll see it if you get off track. Genius, yes? Yes!

3. Engage with your audience

Part of the fun and excitement of live videos is seeing them in real the moment. Give a shout out to someone you see who is watching. Also, go back and read the comments later and interact with your folks or answer questions. Hey, it is SOCIAL media, right? Doing this helps folks know that you care and they will appreciate it! 



Want to know more? I did too. So, I created Build a Better Video

A Course for folks who want to grow their audience & crush their live videos.

The Course starts soon! 

Build a Better Live Video

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5 Things Not To Do When Going Live on Facebook

Have you been going live on Facebook to connect to share content yet? Because you totally should. It's sooo much fun! Yes, it can be a little scary the first few times...I totally understand I know the feeling. Once you get comfortable with live videos it gets a lot easier. Plus, your friends and your audience loves seeing you and what you are up to!!

5 Things Not To Do When Going Live

So, once you decide to jump into Facebook Live land I've got a few tips that will be super helpful! 


Here a couple things NOT to do when you go live: 

1. Wait to start speaking. Once you click that GO LIVE button, start talking. Yup. You'll be so glad you did when you watch the replay. 

2. Start without a smile. It's a proven fact that we humans love to see people smiling. It makes us happier and hey who doesn't want to feel happier?

3. Speak with a monotone voice. Come from a genuine place of excitement and not fear. You can hide your fear for a few minutes, right? Tell fear she can join you but to sit in the back seat for a hot minute, while you try something new. 

4. Hold your camera. Keep your camera (your phone, right?) as still as you can. When you watch the replay you'll be so glad you did. Prop the phone on a stack of books or set it somewhere safely in front of you so you don't have to worry about it while you are live.

5. Go live in the dark or in poor lighting. Of course, natural lighting is always always best. if you are outside in the dark or in a dark room and want to go live, you and everything you show will be really grainy and well....dark and hard to see. Best advice is to turn on lots of lights around you or wait until daylight to go live.


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Still Making Graphic Mistakes?

Lots of folks are asking how I make the graphics they see me sharing on social media.  So, I'm putting on the designer hat for a hot minute. 

Do you want to up your graphics game? Do you ever look at other folk's graphics and think to yourself "Wow, that looks so great, how did she DO that?" 

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First of all, no comparing yourself to others. Nope. Nope. Blowing the whistle on that right here right now. Whoever she is...she is not you! 

If you want to make a boss...that get looks and stops and totally can. Don't have the fancy schmancy software? That's okay. You don't need it. Don't get me wrong, PhotoShop is fantastic and I love it, but guess what? There are several apps you can use on your phone or tablet to do close to the same thing.

If you already use some of those Apps now, great! If you're feeling like you need some help I've got you covered. I've created a Design Flow Cheat Sheet to help you make sure you cover the main steps when making graphics. 


For LOTS of people, making a graphic isn't something they do on the fly. Maybe it takes time. The good news is, the more you do it the better you get. Isn't that the truth with everything? This Cheat Sheet helps you remember all the steps you need to cover to make that graphic sing. Well, maybe not sing...but I think you know what I mean. 

Did you know if you have a splash of color in your social media content, people are 80% more willing to read it? Or that content with relevant images gets 94% more views? Basically, pictures make for more engaging social posts.


Now, if you are a pro, this probably isn't for you. If you need help in this arena...know that everyone has been there. This Cheat Sheet an angel on your shoulder helping you do all the pretty things.



Ever make a mistake, forget something in graphics making mode...then kick yourself after it's too late and you already hit publish? This will help, friend.

Know what? It's pretty fun, too. Get the Cheat Sheet.

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How I Organized My Life (and Business)

This year has been a busy one. In that busy-ness I have struggled to keep all the things organized! I think this is especially HARD for creative folks, don't you? It literally hurts my brain.

I've tried so many different ways to get organized, too. Planners with oodles of stickers and goo gahs...journal after journal...and i love a good KNOW I do (and all the pens and markers to go with it). Then there's the piling up phone calendars that are mehhhhh. I seemed like all my stuff was a hot mess and literally everywhere. That was no fun and I was always playing catch up and spending time trying to find that "one" thing...where did I put that?

Nothing was as good as what I've started using tho. None of that. 

So what's working?

Cranking up Spotify, sipping a hot latte and Trello.


I can plan there, I can grow there, structure ideas there, create tasks, lists, look at my week, even my shopping list. It's my new EVERYTHING. If I do it, I add it to Trello. 

I give it 100 extra bonus points for looking clean and beautiful. 

I give it 1000 extra bonus points because I can use it on my laptop AND my phone. It's all in both which makes it ideal for the Target run, the mall run, the birthday shopping...see? All the things!

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You can color code cards and tasks, add photos to it, you can add recipes to it, you can add ALL the things and it's all in one place. You can add others to it too. Mind blown! 

There are lots of add ons which I'm just now getting to know. I'm mega impressed so far tho!

Do you use Trello, too? High five sister friend! 



Going With The Flow

Have you tried flow painting yet? You must! It's so much fun! Every canvas is a surprise and it's mesmerizing to watch the paints react with each other. I'm obsessed.

Intro to Flow Painting w/Teresa McFayden

Here is one of my first canvases:


Look at all the gorgeous cells in this one!


There are so many recipes and how to's online. You'll have a blast watching...just like I did. I know you will. Try flow painting with your kiddos, too. They'll love the combination of science + art.

I have been happy with this combo:

1 part acrylic paint

1 part Floetrol and Liquitex Pouring Medium

1 Part water

Then I top of the each color with a small squirt of silicone.

AMAZING results! You can see videos of this process on my Instagram and and an 18 minute how to on my Facebook timeline.

Go try it! 


Been painting!

Hey hey peeps! So I've been doing some creating this Summer and gotta share! First, a bit of watercolor. This was done in Sheila Atchley's Course; Let Us Make. So good! This is called The's my fav piece so far in her course. 

The Firmament

This started out as an abstract then I ventured off the patch (shocking). It's a Pinktini.




Last week I was feeling extra creative. It's funny how one little spark (like the above) can fuel you onward to creating in a new direction or new way. So I used two bigger canvases this time because why not? No names for these two yet...


This has made me want to clean my studio. So I've been trying to redo and rework things when I can. Love that!! 


Savvy Minerals Crushes It

Have you heard about the new Savvy Minerals make up Line Young Living just released? Because it's a big deal friends. All natural make up...which I have been on the search for and yet to like anything I've picked up.

I got so excited when this line came out I took a photo of what I got.

Savvy Minerals is best described by telling you what isn't in it. There's no talc, no bismuth, no parabens, no petrochemicals, and no synthetic fragrances. Isn't that incredible? 

Did you know the average woman puts over 186 chemicals on herself before she starts her day? Lipstick contains 33 chemicals that don't need to be there to for us look pretty and feel confident.

Did you know the European Union bans over 1300 chemicals. The U.S. Bans 11. 

it's time to start being smart about what we put on ourselves. 

Some girls on my team and I just did a HUGE online class about The Savvy Minerals line we've been loving. We shared lots of videos, how to's and hacks and it was a blast! I did a live video in front of over 500 viewers. That was a little nerve wracking but it went really well. :)

Gals who've used it so far are loving it more than their Mac products. I through out all of my Bare Minerals which I thought was a pretty safe product but after seeing their scores on my Think Dirty App I know that's simply untrue. 

I'm loving:

-the coverage options

-the matching to skin tones

-the concealer hack

-how it doesn't irritate skin

-how it doesn't settle into wrinkles (ahem)

-and of course that Savvy Minerals is completely natural and I'm not adding toxins and chemicals that don't need to be there to my skin.

You can see the colors and options on my oily website here: Amazing Frank

It's flying off the shelves, and you can order from my site but I wouldn't wait!

ProTip: Order a Basic Starter Kit and then add the Savvy Minerals that interest you. It's only $45 but it gives you wholesale pricing. SWEET. That's 24% off Retail friends. :)

I started with the Foundation, Misting Spray, Lipstick, Lipglosss, Mineral Veil, and the Multi-Tasker. Then I fell in love with it all and went back and loaded up on Blush, Bronzer, Eyeliner, 3 eyeshadows and another color of lipstick and lipgloss. SO GOOD! 

He did it!

Hey friends! Last month was a busy one. I love May but it's always a busy one and full of fun! Our youngest graduated from high school so that made it a whirlwind of fun and excitement! We are so very proud of him! 

If you have read/followed my blog for a while you have pretty much seen him grow up over the years. Well all of our kiddos really but he was really young...maybe 4-5 when I started blogging. So I had to share this special day with you too! 

We had family and lots of his friends celebrate at his grad party.


I was so busy that I didn't take a lot of photos to share. I mean I took lots of photos of his peeps and all but those are  for him. 

We were so busy that I feel like I blinked and now it's Summer! Bring it on! I'm looking forward to lots of painting adventures! 



Natural Citrus Electrolyte Drink Share Time!

Whenever I try a new recipe I get excited and have to share about it! When it tastes yummy and I know it's good ingredients that are helpful I'm all a flutter. I love to replace inferior ingredients with better ones, too. That's a BIG win in my book.

Do you know how much junk and gunk is in the sports drinks hydrating drinks people sip and chug? Seriously. It's like we think they are helping us or our family and there are some super easy switch outs that can be impactful. Not all electrolyte drinks are created equal. Most commercial sports drinks and other mainstream products that are marketed towards our children are not so great. They are full of refined sugars, food dyes (ugh), and other questionable ingredients. 

My kiddos are Sporty McSportersons and this is so much better for them than the very colorful drinks they used to drink after working out and competing. I love that! 

Citrus Drink

Natural Citrus Electrolyte Drink

This is easy, I promise. 

4 C. filtered water or alkaline based water (I prefer Fiji Water)

4-5 drops Lemon, Lime, Orange or Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

1/8-1/4 t. sea salt

4-5 drops Trace Mineral Concentrate

5-6 drops Stevia (optional) 

Add water to a large glass pitcher. Because of the citrus based essential oils, you will want to use a glass pitcher. Add all ingredients and stir. Add ice and fruit garnishes if you like. Serve immediately. Super fun to pour into mason jars! 

This is also a refreshing cool down drink on those hot Summer days or if you are feeling dehydrated, post yoga, running, hiking or biking. All the fun Summer stuffs we love to do!

This drink contains vital trace minerals and electrolytes. This is crucial after physical exertion or during illness. Water alone is not enough so it's important to restore those nutrients. The Trace Minerals are optional but check out what's in it...tons of minerals that are readily available like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous. 

The Young Living Essential Oils are the only oils I would ever feel safe enough for my family to ingest. Read your labels, peeps. You'll be amazed. :) They taste amazing and are very concentrated so you only need a couple drops. 

Not intended for children under one year of age due to the citrus.

I would love to hear how you like it! 



Let's Do a Catch Up

Hey friend, oh my word where does the time go? I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to pop in here and keep things fresh and interesting. Sigh. It's been quite a rollercoaster around here. In a good way tho!

A few updates:

  1. I started doing yoga. I puffy heart love it. 
  2. My son is graduating from high school in a month. I will be crazy busy until then but I can't wait to share more about that monumental day.
  3. I'm working on an awesome cooking w/essential oils class. Super stoked about that.
  4. I rearranged my studio and love it. I put my big working table near a window. Now even more natural light. Boom! 
  5. Hubby and I are heading out on a fun biz trip I'm doing soon. Yay! That like never happens.
  6. We are working on some backyard spruce up spiff up projects. Spring is here! We like to spend time out there so this should be fun and I hope it all ends up looking like we are planning. :)
  7. Folks are love love loving the Build a Better Graphics Course I launched a few weeks ago. I am thrilled they are thrilled. It's a self paced Course, so there's still time to partake! 



Build a Better Graphic Course

There's a NEW Course coming up! Entrepreneurs this one is for you. It's about time, right?

I've been wanting to offer a Course just for those friends who are working hard to provide for their family. I see you out there and I applaud you. 

Who is this Course a good fit for? 

Small business owners, entrepreneurs in all sizes and flavors. The local coffee shop owner, the artist or crafter who just created an Etsy site, the savvy fashionista, the blogger, the network marketer, the side hustler, the eBay marketer. The folks out there making a difference but need a little help in the graphics department. 

When you share something about your business you have two ways to do that. Your words and your graphic. Guess which one your audience looks at first? On most social media platforms (and in print), your audience looks at the graphic before they even read what you have to say. If they like what they see, they will read what you have to say. 

I've been working hot and heavy on creating a Course just for you. A Course filled with step by step video tutorials, and a heirarchy for your graphics that is simple to master and you will refer to again and again. I'm pretty excited to share it with you! 

Gone are the days of spending hours with your nose in a 3" thick book trying to master design and PhotoShop. It was pretty overwhelming wasn't it. Don't get me wrong...I have mad love for PhotoShop...oh do I. It's not a good fit for most people and the learning curve is pretty steep. Guess what? It's 2017 and we can now create amazing and impactful graphics on our phones and our tables. 

It is important to me that every person in this Course walks away with more confidence in their graphics making so I am limiting the number of enrollments. If this interests you, don't wait until the Course is full.

The ultimate goal for small business owners is to invest little time and a few dollars and see big results quickly. I understand. I'm keeping this very valuable Course at a minimum price to help you do that. I know how impatient you are, I'm a small business owner, too!


Click on over to The Art Workshops section in the side bar to

get all the details on build a better graphic course


The Build a Better Graphics Course starts April 3!