I had the pleasure of going to the International Art Material Trade Assocation (NAMTA)  Show last week with DecoArt.  I would like to thank DecoArt for this opportunity to demo their products and be part of a great team!  Trade shows are a lot of hard work!  It is like setting up your bedroom in a 10 X 20 space from flooring to the decorations in one day and then having to tear it all down and ship it back.  It starts out something like this.


and turns into something like this…

NAMTA2My favorite part…..painting.



Talking with friends old ones and new ones I meet…


Working with these screwballs…and all to pack it up again….


and there are so many things I love about the trade shows and the work.  It is the down time, the laughs….the balloons that welcomed one and ended up on my door.



It’s what makes work fun…




and I even enjoy the come from around the corner moment when a certain Artist yells “Boo” and your legs give out from under you!

Those are the moments that put a smile on your face.  And when you pick up your rental car on the at 4:30 in the morning and the valet gives you the wrong car…..WHAT ARE THE ODDS IT WOULD BE THE SAME COLOR!???? (only me!)



It is on the flight home with only 4 hours of sleep you giggle. Thankful for the opportunity and the crazy path that got you there!  Thank you TEAM DECOART!  NAMTA 2015 is a WRAP!

Living is about learning as you go.  Living is risky business.  Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a small risk.  To truly live is to know you’re getting up and taking that risk, and to trust yourself to take it.  To not get out of bed, clutching to illusions of safety, is to die slowly without ever having truly lived.  Think about it: If you ignore your instincts and let shallow feelings of uncertainty stop you, you will never know anything for sure, and in many ways this un-knowing will be worse than finding out your instincts were wrong.  Because if you were wrong, you could make adjustments and carry on with your life, without looking back and wondering what might have been.”