Monday, June 25, 2018


I am a huge supporter of Animal Rights, every life is important and worth saving. I fell in love with Tarra and chose to adopt her and to help to support the life she deserves to live along with her other friends at the Elephant Sanctuary. My support is small in comparison to what an elephant needs on a daily basis. One elephant eats about 150 lbs. of food a day.The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is an amazing place. Tarra was the first Elephant to arrive there. She was born in Burma (now Myanmar) in 1974. When she was six months old, she was brought to the United States in a wooden crate via cargo plane. She was sold to a tire salesman in Southern California who kept her in a delivery truck. Shortly after Tarra’s arrival in the US, the Asian elephant was declared an endangered species, and all future importation of Asian elephants into America was halted. 
At two years old, Tarra was purchased by Carol Buckley. She was trained to perform, give rides and became know for roller skating and painting. Carol and Tarra traveled working in circuses, amusement parks, zoos, on TV and in movies for the next two decades.  In 1995, Carol Buckley partnered with Scott Blais to found The Elephant Sanctuary and Tarra  became the first resident.
In retirement, Tarra made new fans. The story and videos of her unlikely friendship with a stray dog named Bella at The Sanctuary was viewed all over the world. The duo were near-constant companions for eight years before Bella’s passing in 2011. 
Tarra has been at The Elephant Sanctuary for 21 years. She has welcomed many of the newly retired elephants, trumpeting and spinning excitedly as the transport trailer arrived at the barn with a new resident. Caregivers refer to Tarra as a social butterfly—an elephant that seeks out all the other elephants in the Asia habitat for visits and companionship. Although Tarra is most often seen with Shirley and Misty before her passing, she frequently spends time with Sissy and Winkie. It is common for Tarra to walk miles on any given day to visit other elephants or to explore on her own. Elecams have often recorded Tarra wading in the lake, sometimes stirring the water with one of many sticks that she carries with her during her travels. 
  At 41 years old, Tarra is one of the youngest Asian elephants at The Sanctuary. She has been at The Elephant Sanctuary over half of her life.  Her favorite food is watermelon!
Can you imagine a grocery bill that looks like this: 
 9 truckloads of hay (5,624 bales to be exact), 2,100 pounds of peanut butter, 1,500 crates of fresh fruits and vegetables,supplements and vitamin E, and that goes up everytime a new elephant arrives.

 In the right top corner of my blog is a button that says, "Buy Me A Watermelon". That is Tarra's favorite treat. Any "watermelon" purchased there goes directly to Tarra and her friends at the sanctuary once a month. You can also view them on the EleCam. Thank you for helping to preserve our planet, one elephant at a time.
This is where you can meet:
and Tarra 

We owe these magnificent animals a life of protection and love.
Much Love,

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Summer where I live has made her entrance with the normal hot and humid days for Central Arkansas this time of year. I've had the good fortune of starting off my Summer with being published in two of my favorite Magazines by Stampington and Company. I love the variety of days that Summer brings, random rain and thunder storms, (good for art days), picnics, park days, pool days, shopping sale days, 4th of July cook outs, gardening days, vacation days and just days to re-organize, maybe re-paint, alter some furniture and some days to just relax and do nothing but enjoy a day of gratitude for simply being here surrounded by so many blessings!

 I created these little sachets from Tea Bags using bits of paper, scraps, rubber stamps, ribbons, images, fabric, flowers, whatever I had in my stash. Each of them are filled with dried flowers and herbs for some sweet smelling goodness and then sewed across the top to close.
They make wonderful additions to any room, closets, drawers, and really nice to insert in gift bags for special occasions and cards to friends who might need a little lifting up!

 This little Journal was also handmade using dried tea bags for the book and pages. The technique and how to make one of your own  as well as the tea bag sachets can be found in the newest issue of Somerset Studio July/August 2018 publication.

                                                                       July/ August 2018
       My page on lettering in the new issue of Art Journaling

Many Thanks to Christen Hammons, editor of Somerset Studio and her amazing staff for my two articles in the new issue of SOMERSET STUDIO July/August and also the honor of being this issue's Cover Girl which was a big surprise! I also had the honor of one of my journal pages being published in the "Written Word" section of the new issue of ART JOURNALING Magazine. Both issues are always packed with amazing works by some very creative and talented artists!
Be sure to pick up one or both of these issues for some great reading (nice summer hammock or poolside days) and creative inspiration for a Summer Art Days of your own!
Happy Summer and Happy Creating and stay cool!