November 29, 2011


Hi dear friends...
In 7 days from today the 12 ARTSY ORNAMENTS OF CHRISTMAS
online workshop will begin.  It is going to be so much fun.  The artists participating in this workshop are so awesome!  Here is a little sneak peak of what my portion of the workshop will be...
I am going to be teaching you how to make a cute christmas cottage out of vintage book paper.  This was so much fun to make and there are SO many great things you can do with this little house.
I made mine into a garland with lots of little houses and strips of burlap (LOOVE burlap) and old linen strips, stamped with jolly christmas words.
But I also show how you can bling it up and make your vintage house into an ornament or a package topper or even a cute little table top village.

Here are some sneak peeks of some of the other wonderful ornaments and christmas decor that we'll be learning...
Donna Downey makes the sweetest burlap, linen & twin christmas balls

Alisa Burke shows us how to make watercolored paper ornaments.

My dear talented friend, Margie Romney-Aslett puts together this most awesome vintage bird ornament, sitting in his nest, sportin a classy christmas party hat.
Jeanne Oliver, whom you all know i adore...creates this vintage burlap wreath to add to your decor this year...(Jeanne has a new line launching this friday, you won't want to miss it, her stuff is simply beautiful and sells out quickly!)
The other artists sharing their goodness will be...
Danielle Donaldson, Junelle Jacobson, Kaari Meng, 
Shea Fragoso and Debbie Murray (the gilded girls!) and Kelly Barton!
It would be so fun to have you join us.
All the details and sign-ups can be found on Christy Tomlinson's Blog...  

I would love to know if you will be creating along with us!


November 21, 2011


so we had a new 
open here in utah.
i just moved here from phoenix where we had one open a few years ago
so i knew the hoopla that was going to go along with it.
i should've known better than to go to the mall with my girls on the very same day that it opened.  dang my planning skills.  IT WAS CRAZY!  luckily the girls wanted to eat at the cheesecake factory more than they wanted to stand in line for an hour....just to enter the store.
(cheesecake always speaks loudly to the gardner girls)

so i let the mayhem die down a bit and dropped in today.
surprisingly i didn't find anything i HAD to have.

but they did have the cutest t-shirt that i simply had to share with you guys...

isn't this so cute.
you can't tell, but it's stitched on with sequins.
i just loved it's message and thought it was worth sharing as i am busy trying to raise children to 
STAY TRUE to themselves.
STAY TRUE to their uniqueness.
STAY TRUE to their beliefs.
STAY TRUE to the values we strive to teach them in our home.

(i think i see a new art piece in the near future...)

what are you trying to STAY TRUE to today?

cultivate a renewed effort to STAY TRUE!


don't forget to go sign up for 
the 12 artsy ornaments of christmas...

November 17, 2011

my craft channel dot com...

so has anyone visited 

it's actually a really cool concept.  kristine mckay brought together several artists within the craft industry and created 12 different 
craft shows around the various elements that each artist works with.
two of my sweet friends, christy tomlinson and april meeker
both have their own shows on this new website.  

so awhile back christy asked me to come be a guest on her show and i was so thrilled to be able to do this with her.  it was an especially awesome day because 3 of my dear friends, margie romney-aslettdanielle donaldson and jeanne oliver,  all came in town to film with christy.

danielle, jeanne and christy brainstorming
christy and jeanne getting ready to shoot
christy and margie on the studio computer
 me, margie, christy, jeanne and danielle
(photo from jeanne's blog)
it was such a fun day in the studio.  i pinch myself every time i have an opportunity to create and rub shoulders with such AMAZING artists.
(photo from margie)
...especially THIS artist!
christy has become such a dear friend to me.  she has really wise counsel to share with me and is always so willing to go out of her way to make me feel so good about myself.  i tell ya, i can be having thee worst day and just a text or a phone call from christy can turn that frown...upside down!  it is such a blessing to know that there is someone in your corner who still jumps up and down and shakes those pom poms for you...especially when you can't even seem to squeeze into that cheerleader skirt for yourself!  christy is over-the-moon talented and if you haven't taken the time to sign up for one of her WORKSHOPS you are missing out.  they are so affordable, which i LOVE and christy has the best personnality to teach.  SHE IS HILARIOUS!  
so do yourself a favor and breath in some christy for yourself.

among other can find her 
(including the 12 artsy ornaments of christmas)

and i'm nervous and scared and yet happy to announce that my episode with christy aired today and you can watch that HERE

hope you take the chance to pop on over to 
my craft channel and be inspired to create something wonderful today!


November 15, 2011


I hope many of you were able to go out yesterday and 
a bit of your love to those around you!

I am super excited to announce that I will be participating in a new holiday mini workshop by my dear sweet friend,
It's called 

I feel so blessed to be able to team up 
with these 10 amazingly artsy designers...

Christy Tomlinson, Donna Downey, Margie Romney Aslett, 
Jeanne Oliver, Shea Fragoso & Debbie Murray(from the Gilded Life), Kaari Meng(from French General), Junelle jacabson, 
Alisa Burke, Danielle Donaldson and Kelly Barton.

It gives me goosebumps!

This will be a 5 day workshop starting on December 5th.
Each day for 4 days, you will be shown how to make creative and handmade ornaments or holiday decor using fabric, metal, paint, glass and 3 new wonderful teachers each day..and to wrap things up on day 5...we will feature some awesome bonus projects and downloads,exclusive to the workshop from the different artists!

The entire workshop is packaged into full detailed videos which will be available to you for 6 months, so you will have plenty of time to go back and watch 
and learn at your own pace.

I am over-the-moon excited about this workshop
 and think it's just the most PERFECT thing 
to get your holiday creative juices flowing.

For more info about this workshop and how to sign up...
Please click on the link below!



also, if you have any questions at all please feel free to comment below or email me at
i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to know who is going to participate!

cultivate some holiday mojo!!!

November 14, 2011

blessings of heaven....

i was going through all of my photos from this summer and wondering where in the world to start with my recap of all our goings on.  what i realized was that i was blessed this summer.  VERY VERY BLESSED.
and it made me think...
so many others were "giving" to me...what did i offer to those around me, to bless their lives?
and so today, instead of showering you with photos of 
"summer days in the life of the gardner home"...
i am going to go out and 
i am going to get off this computer and 
 go do, serve, sacrifice a bit...
maybe you could do the same and we could each bring
 the blessings of heaven back into our own homes.
that's no sacrifice right!


cultivate sweet giving...