My life is one big story, seriously it could be on a reality tv series, not the kind of made up drama, but real life drama. There are times when I look back on my 52 years on this earth, I think “Oh my goodness, how can I survive another day?” and then there are other times when I think life is the greatest.
It’s been a year or so since I’ve devoted attention to my blog and website. Sometimes, you just have to sit back and renew, change directions, change focus, and then tell your story to who ever will listen.
Previously, this blog was about my creative life. I kept it mostly about my artwork. Now it’s time I tell you more of who I am. So moving forward, I’ll be sharing stories of my life, what I learned from my mistakes, my childhood, my kids, travels, food and of course all the DIY and crafts you have come to know me for. I intend for this to be more of a lifestyle blog with a focus on life, the good, the bad and the ugly. I have discovered that if you look long and hard, there is ALWAYS a rainbow at the end of the storm. I’ll help you find yours – or maybe we’ll find ours together. Who knows….life’s a journey and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.
I come from a long line of creative people. My Grandma could sew anything without a pattern. My Mom also sewed and later quilted, My Aunts were mixed media artists before the term was ever even heard of.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, grew up in Illinois and spent my teen years in Southern Missouri, where I currently reside. My home is Branson, a popular tourist destination – think Family Vegas! I love the area and I love talking about my hometown. It’s full of interesting people, lots of talent in country music and a beautiful place to live.
I am a wife to a wonderful husband, who proves his love to me every day, Dana, a Mom to two beautiful-now adult kids, Alex and Mariah and two great Step-kids, Elise and Julia. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Beth and I’m now a Grandma to Carlee Jane and Olivia.
I’m a designer and consultant in the crafting industry and an author of 14 how-to titles with various titles ranging from jewelry making, home decor, floral design and creative upcycling. I’ve also been a repeat guest on major cable networks such as HGTV’s The Carol Duvall Show, DIY’s Jewelry Making and PBS Beads, Baubles and Jewels.
My passion is upcycling. I collect junque – not just any junque – good junk. Then I find a way to r-epurpose it. There is a story that is untold in things you throw away and if I can give them life and a new purpose…all the better.
Keep living a creative life!