“What’s all the crying about?”

I wanted to jump up this morning bright eyes beaming with happiness and my heart overflowing with thoughts of how AWESOME life is. Nope. Not going to happen today friends. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place with heavy bulldozers on each side SQUEEZING the sanity out of me.

I know I’m not alone with this feeling of “Someone Save Me From This Madness!”

So, what’s all the crying about you ask?

I am a:


*Mother of a 12 year Son with ADHD

*Caretaker of my 57-year-old Mother with Autism, Mild Mental Retardation and age related heath concerns

*Work Fulltime

*Art Teacher one evening a week

*Aspiring ETSY success story 🙂 http://www.etsy.com/shop/thisvintageheart

*Housekeeper, Chauffeur, Personal Assistant, Cheer Leader …… You get the picture.

But who isn’t these days, right? I KNOW I’m not alone. I want to know others like me. It is hard to share my stories with just anyone. Not everyone can relate or even come close to understanding the amount of emotions I feel daily.

I’M ON A MISSION! I want to learn how to manage my overwhelming schedule and responsibilities. My mission starts TODAY. Do you have any ideas of where I should start? Resources or Help sites?

(Deep Breath and Release)

I’m feeling better already just having shared this with you. I think by admitting that I’m overwhelmed and need help may have been the first step. 🙂


DIY: Beautiful Bookmarks

DIY: Beautiful Bookmarks

M&J Blog

From sleeves to screens, it seems like tablets are getting the most stylish accessories nowadays! Well what about books?! Dress up your books with these pretty fabric bookmarks, and make your techie friends jealous. They’re also the perfect present for the bookworm in your life!

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark MaterialsWhat You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Bluebird 1.5” Grosgrain Ribbon #00307

1 Yard of Pink 3/8” Pom Pom Fringe #31664


Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting

1. Cut 1′ of grosgrain ribbon, and paint a small amount of glue onto the edge of the ribbon. NOTE: Every time you cut a piece of ribbon, you should seal the edge with some glue to prevent fraying.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each piece should have four pom poms.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Glue the pom pom trim to the top of the ribbon…

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DIY Velvet Gift Bow

M&J Blog

We’ve been busy brainstorming gift wrapping ideas for the holidays, and we recently came up with this lovely DIY gift bow. We used some gorgeous velvet ribbon from our store to create this adorable bow, which will probably be gracing all of our gifts this season. Check out our DIY below!

1. Cut three 10-inch strips of ribbon, then three 9-inch strips, then two 8-inch strips, and one 3-inch strip.

2. Take a 10-inch piece, and fold each of the ends into the center to create a figure-8 shape, like seen below. Make sure the velvet side is on the outside. Staple together in the center.

3. Do the same thing for all of the other strips, and staple each of them in the center to hold them together. Turn the 3-inch strip into a loop, then staple it together.

4. Using small dots of glue in the center of…

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Rediscovering is fun! :)

I’m so excited to have rediscovered colored pencil drawing.  I haven’t worked with them in such a long time, too long actually.  I’m going to do a couple more practice drawings before I start on a life portrait.

Have I ever mentioned how extremely blessed I am to have such a wonderful family that supports my having a few minutes to myself to do a little doodling?   Yes! I know they are pretty Awesome! 🙂



Free Hands On Event 10/27 -10/28 11 am to 4 pm

Plaza Art ~ Nashville is having a 2-day “Hands On” event!  Meet the experts from Golden, Winsor & Newton and Speedball to name a few. With over 20 FREE demonstratons, try your hand at watercolor, acrylics, oils, calligraphy, airbrush, screen printing, origami, encaustics and more!

Nashville’s Classes & Workshops 


  633 Middleton Street  Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-3368

Elzie Patton Expo Saturday, November 3rd 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm

A Celebration of Community Fine Arts and Business

 Inviting community artisans and businesses to join with schools from across Wilson County.

This event will be held indoors and will provide students in the community with the opportunity to both take on a leadership role and to meet the current leaders in the community first hand.  The expo will provide an opportunity for visitors to  create artwork, participate in artisan demos, storytelling, games, an old-fashioned cake walk and purchase unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

To reserve your booth contact, please contact Beth Ruble at
For more information, visit  www.elziepattonexpo.com