More Items in Destash Surfaces/Pattern Packets

Just a quick flash to let you know that I have added a few more items to my Destash Surfaces and Packets.  Prices have been reduced on some of these.  Just in case you have been holding on to some of your Zim’s Nutcrackers simply because you could not figure out how to paint them, I have also included several packets for these.

In closing, as many of us continue with our day to day lives, let us all continue to pray for all who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma!!!

Zim’s Discontinued Nutcrackers

What a beautiful day it is today here in Virginia!!

I just wanted to let you know that I have just added the last of my stash of Zim’s Discontinued Nutcrackers on my “Shop” page.  I sold several of these about five years ago.  They went in a flash.  I think the reason that I have a really tough time of letting go of these is because they are made so well…..rounded smooth edges.  However, I have come to realize that all of my stash will still be here long after I’m gone.  So, if I know that I will never paint these, there is definitely no need to hold on to them.  It’s time to let someone else paint, enjoy and share these with family and friends.  I also have close to 40 nutcracker pattern packet by Kristen Birkeland.  I will probably get these posted in a couple of days.  I have also lowered the price on some of the other surfaces, as well.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Hello Again!!

Hello Everyone……..

I cannot believe that we are halfway through 2017.  It seems like the days are passing by at warp speed.  I wonder if getting older has anything to do with that. 

I, like many of you, have acquired far too many pieces of wood, tin, paper mache and pattern packets over the past 30 years.  I have finally realized that I will never paint on most of these surfaces.  As a result, I have included a few reduced priced McNaughton packets from previous classes taught and several pieces of wood surfaces in the “Shop” section.  I will periodically add more surfaces like a few Zim’s nutcrackers (which have been discontinued) as time permits.

Please contact me via my “Contact tab” if you are looking for a teacher for Maureen McNaughton and Betty Caithness designs.

Sure hope that all of you have a wonderful summer!!!

A Taste of Spring

Maureen McNaughton updated website and e-packets (coming soon)

A few things have happened since I lasted posted to my blog.  Sally McAloon and I (S & S Brushstrokes) hosted Maureen McNaughton’s final east coast seminar last November.  Though, quite sad, this was the fifth and final seminar that we have hosted since our very first one in Feb 2007.  We had an awesome time with many new and past students.  As usual, our students left with some beautifully painted pieces.  The designs for this seminar, by far, were some of Maureen’s best work to date. Continue reading

Time to Declutter

It seems that each time I begin this blog, I start out talking about the weather.  I cannot help myself.  These past few weeks have been absolutely wonderful.  It seems like in these past few years, we can count how many times we actually have spring weather.  We usually go from winter right into the heat of summer.  It has been a joy to have the windows open.  So far, I am not bothered with sever allergies as many of my family and friends are.  I am loving every single day. Continue reading

Happy New Year!!

I certainly hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with your friends, family and loved ones.  I had a great time spending time with my family here in Virginia and a quick trip to North Carolina to visit with my sister and brothers and many other family members. We always spend a lot of time getting ready for these special days, but they come and go so quickly.  However, we are left with treasured memories that will last a life time!  I love it. Continue reading

A Fabulous Seminar week with Maureen McNaughton

As I write this information for my blog, my good friend, Sally McAloon, and I, have just completed and are recovering from hosting a wonderful seminar with Maureen McNaughton in Annapolis, Maryland from Nov 16-20, 2011.  This is the fourth seminar that we have hosted with teacher Maureen since February 2007.  We have her for five days, usually from Wednesday thru Sunday.  Our students just love our location.  One of the most popular features of our seminar is that we leave the classroom open in the evenings.  Students can go out and have dinner and return to the classroom for as long as they like.  It is a great opportunity for students to complete their projects or get pretty close to completion.  We have great food and every student gets a welcome gift as well as a favor each day that is made with pure love by our hands.  The painted projects that were taught by Maureen can be seen on our website at  Keep in mind that these are new projects and have not been released to the public yet.  If you are interested in any of these projects, consider having me come teach any of these at your location.  Our next Annapolis seminar with Maureen will be in November 2013.  We have not finalized any of the details as of this date.  However, if you would like to be added to our mail list, please contact Sally or me.  Details are on our website under the “Contact” tab.

Also, keep in mind that Maureen’s Russian designs have been licensed to decorate fabric in the quilting market under the name of Maureen Calvert Kiev Collection 1 and 2.  You can see more of this fabric collection at Continue reading