All New ART Studio Spring Schedule

I am SO thrilled to announce that we’re making plans to extend our Busy Bees Summer Camp and the days filled with art projects and fun in the sun for girls ages 7 and older to year round Art events in our Studio!

In an effort to add value to our program for young girls, adding enrichment activities for our local friends and neighbors, we’ve come up with a springtime calendar of events, in hopes that there’s something for everyone’s tastes and busy schedule! You do not need to be enrolled in the summer program to take advantage of these upcoming events. Take a look-see!!

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Reservations are required and space is limited. Early reservations are strongly encouraged.

The fees are as follows (unless otherwise announced):

PAINT NIGHTS = $20 /Busy Bee Alumnae and $30 /Non-Alumnae participants
Good Friday Egg Dying & Coloring = $10 /Busy Bee Alumnae and $20 /Non-alumnae participants
St. Patty’s Day Special (mosaic art) = FREE to all participants
Mommy & Me Tea (mixed media art) = FREE for all Busy Bee alumnae and their Mommas (or Parent/Guardian) and is ONLY open to our alumnae of girls.


I look forward to all the creative hands and minds that will join us this spring in the studio!! Again, space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP as soon as you are able. Thanks very much! See you soon!!

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With Gratitude, Barb

There's a Buzz in my Ear

Last week we were experiencing negative temperatures as the polar vortex pressed down hard on us, leaving us with crunchy, hard snow, constant fires in the wood stove and 2 full days of school closures. Today, the sun is shining, my office window is open and I can hear a buzzing sound from a pesky fly in my ear just feet away. Crazy northeast weather, I suppose. I’ll gladly take this little teaser from Mother Nature, though, and am not complaining. Anytime I can turn the heater off and open windows and hear nature, however pesky it might be, more clearly is a good day.

Lately, we’ve had some Ah-mazing setting skies! I count them as good days, too! This one was from the weekend… and the colors were breathtaking! My iPhone 8 camera is pretty dang sweet, if I say so myself.

Sunset February 2

The girls’ school district originally sent out a 2-hour delayed start notice on Thursday. So, we all slept in a bit, and leisurely got ready for the day. How nice those delayed starts are, don’t you agree?! I much prefer that instead of the usual rush-rush, hustle-bustle mornings. I hadn’t checked my email yet that morning, so by the time I did and learned of the change in plans that the girls now had the whole day off, they were all set to go. I played it all serious faced and said to each one separately (with camera set to shutter their reactions), “I have to tell you something and I don’t want you to get upset, … (insert dramatic pause) … but… school is closed today.” HA! Worked like a charm! :) They totally weren’t expecting that one. High five, mommas!!

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Contrary to what you might believe based on their reactions from my “Gotcha” moment, these girls LOVE school!! They love their friends, their teachers, the structure and gathering new knowledge. I’ve often asked if I could homeschool them, but they won’t have it. They kept themselves busy creating during their days off and made these puppets to act out new plays with! Emilia has discovered the incredible benefits of hot glue guns, along with the cons of unfavorable blisters. ugh. These puppets were worth it, wouldn’t you agree?!

Sophie and Annie the puppets

This past weekend we celebrated Kurt’s mom, Dorothy’s (aka Grandmom), 89th birthday!! She’s been living in assisted care for over a year and our visits with her are getting more and more difficult, as her mind slowly fades away to the horrible disease of dementia. We had a nice visit with her on Sunday. There was a musician playing his acoustic guitar and singing some of our favorites to the residents. He even personally serenaded Dorothy with “Happy Birthday!” as we all sang along. It was a sweet treat with our beloved Mom/Grandmom. We are so thankful to have her and for the million ways she continues to bless us, daily. She’s a Peach.

The girls with Grandmom Celebrating 89 birthdays

What’s been happening in your corner of the universe? How’s your weather? I’m thankful you took the time to stop by and for your friendship. :) Happy February to you!! Wishing you ease and joy in all of your days. xo

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january's nest

The weeks following the holidays and December’s festivities leading into a brand new 12 months, new chapters awaiting to be discovered leave me feeling like a nestling in my warm home, making preparations to soar into the new year! It’s a time of renewal and cleansing, as I organize closets, drawers, filing cabinets and make my dream lists of what the year ahead may transpire - some are in my control, while others I leave up to the Universe to take hold, guide and make manifest. It’s possibly one of my most favorite times of the year. I’m great at dreaming up new schemes - just ask Kurt!! (;

the january light

I’ve been on a Facebook cleanse, as a friend of mine calls it. I tiptoed my way back in after taking a full 2 months of “deactivation” and reactivated my personal account a week ago, but I must tell you, I’m not really “there.” I apologize if I’ve missed the latest news that my friend connections have posted within the site, however, I’ve found that my mental health and creative life was suffering — actually, I only realized it after taking the break. It was much needed. I do love Instagram though! Please connect with me there if you haven’t already! So… please, fill me in, friends. Let me know how things are going with you!! You all know how much I love your comments!

Emilia's Art Studio

I’ve put my girls on a cleanse also. The minecrafting, youtube watching, pinterest pinning, and anything unrelated to homework has been put on pause. I noticed Alanna writing again; Emilia is creating up a storm (quite literally a STORM - and I go in to her new art studio space to scraps of paper, glitter, pens, markers, colored pencils galore!! - insert my scary face!!)! Alanna has always been a book worm, but she’s been more so while on the internet fast. They are making their plans for when the break is over as they prepare to make videos for their youtube channel, including stop animation. But, in the meantime, I think they’ve gained a new appreciation for their creative selves.

the mill property

The girls and I took an afternoon and made our way to a local favorite, The Mill Property Antiques. January is a great time to find good deals while treasure hunting within their brick and mortar walls. I love to find unique gifts to give while rediscovering the past nostalgia of collectibles that are a plethora here!! Although, there are new, antique inspired goodies here that are equally rare finds! Plus, it’s just plain fun to browse the booths!

the mill property
the mill property
the mill property

I added some vintage finds, and not-so-vintage items to a happy house-warming package I sent to my Chelsea and her partner, Sara, as they settle into their new home in Craig, Colorado. I’m so dang proud of the two of them!! Talk about brave girls - they surely are! We’re counting down the days until we visit them!

the mill property

I’ve been dreaming (there I go again!) of painting an entire wall with chalkboard paint for YEARS! Well, we did it!! We’re calling it our “Welcome Wall.” It just happens to be the wall you first see when you enter our home. Perfect! We’ve been having so much fun with it.

the Welcome Wall

I’m in the process of developing plans to expand on my summer program for girls ages 7 and older, to include year round art activities in our studio space! We’re set to launch this new idea into life this February with a Pizza & Paint Night on Saturday, Feb 16, just in time for Valentine’s Day! The girls will be making their own personal size pizzas (rolling out the dough and all!) then we’ll paint a Valentine’s inspired design on 11x14” stretched canvasses! This is bound to be a memorable night together with my hive of Busy Bee girls!

There will be more art nights and days coming up this year to keep our girls buzzing along together in a safe, creative space where they can grow their beautiful minds, and keep their hands busy making art. A calendar of the spring events will be coming up via my newsletter. Have you signed on yet? If not, click here to subscribe. Special discounts apply for our alumnae of girls.

Alanna outlined Emilia (:

Alanna outlined Emilia (:

Emilia outlined Alanna

Emilia outlined Alanna

The Busy Bees Summer Camp calendar will be announced on Friday, February 1. I’m loving all the positive responses to the ART studio and for your warm encouragement and friendship. It’s going to be loads of fun and Busy!!! (: Check out the new page I added to my website for a preview of what’s to come: Busy Bee Girls

Please let me know how you’re settling into the new year. What’s one thing you’re dreaming of? What’s on your agenda to create? I’d love to hear from you! xo Wishing you ease and joy in your day.

with gratitude, Barb