Monday, January 09, 2006

Contest Announcement

I would love for you to come play the search and find game at The Artist Barn. It is great fun and you could win some really wonderful prizes! You can find full details on the contest page of The Artist Barn. Hurry contest ends January 30th, 2006.


Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Barn News - January 2006

The Barn News January 2006

Welcome to the first 2006 Edition of The Barn News.
It is hard to believe that another year has once again come and gone. Boy where does the time go?!
I want to thank you for another wonderful year and for supporting me and other Work At Home Parents. It is because of you that we are able to stay home with our children and do what we love!

Featured Product

Sale: Through the month of January I am offering this romantic set for only $18.00, regular price is $25.00
This set would make a wonderful Valentine's gift for that special woman in your life. The set includes a 7 3/4" X 8" wooden frame (holds a 3" x 3" picture) , a 5 1/4" tall galvanized tin tealight holder, 1 tealight candle and 7 1/2" candlemat. I painted a Paris pink mottled background on the tealight holder and frame and then painted lush pink roses, greenery and filler flowers. The candle mat is a pennyrug cut from indoor/outdoor canvas. I painted the "penny's" pink and the center white. I then added a vine with tiny pink rosebuds, leaves and faux stitching around the penny's. When everything was finished I used a palette knife technique to give it an aged, shabby look around the edges.

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5 Great Ways To Use Books in Decorating.

5 Great Ways To Use Books in Decorating!(And they're free!)

By Kathleen Wilson
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of several popular websites. You can find thousands of budget decorating ideas and sign up for her free newsletter at
Let's face it, most of us have more books laying around our homes than we can count. That's a good thing! Even if you are tired of the book clutter, I am going to show you some great "Budget Decorator" ways to tame the mess, and add charm and character to your rooms by using books as decorating accessories!
1.Books add warmth to a room. Add a stack of books to a tabletop, kitchen counter, or fireplace hearth. Use odd numbers of books for the best result.
2.Instead of just packing your bookshelves full, try treating your books as an art form. Leave space between stacks of books, stack some vertically and some horizontally. Place contrasting objects throughout the bookcase such as plants, ceramics, collectables, or framed photos.
3.Use children's books creatively in their rooms also. Display their books so they are easily accessible to encourage reading. Use books, letters, and words as a room theme for a child who loves to read...paint or decoupage onto the wall book covers, the alphabet, and words.
4.Find old books from a garage sale and glue them together in a sturdy stack to make legs for a side table. Place a round of glass from a discount store on top!
5.Don't be afraid to display a favorite book open on a tabletop, turned to a favorite passage. Guests in your home will get a glimpse into your personality, and you will smile every time you stop to read a page!
Books are a wonderful addition to our homes, and displaying them lovingly is a wonderful example to our children. Also a tight budget way to add charm to any room!
Copyright 2003 K. Wilson

Come take a tour of Tole Town. Tole Town is a wonderful online painting community that offers classes, swaps, "school house", homepage, online photo album and so much more!

Featured Recipe

Gingerbread People

by Rachel Paxton
Gingerbread cookies are a fun family activity during the holiday season. All you need to get started are some gingerbread people cookie cutters and your imagination.
You can make your own frosting. I like to buy different colored frosting in tubes that come with the different tips ready to attach and frost. It's a lot less work and mess, and you can use them over and over again.
Use a variety of candies to decorate, like raisins, s, gum drops, etc. As you can see from the picture, mine are nothing fancy, but still cute and fun to make.
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe:
1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. shortening

1 egg

1/2 c. light molasses

2 1/4 c. flour

4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. all spice
Cream sugar and shortening. Add egg and molasses; blend. Mix in dry ingredients. Chill dough for 1 hour. Roll out dough to 1/8 in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints and more, visit Creative Homemaking at

Do you have a recipe, cleaning or craft tip that you would like to share? You can email your tip along with your name, State and website address (if you have one) to me at

Referral Program
Do you want to earn discounted for FREE merchandise from The Artist Barn? It is easy with The Artist Barn's referral program. Just pass on The Artist Barns link to your friends and family, when they make a purchase and include your name and email address in the comment section you will earn 10% of their sale as a store credit. It is that easy! Click Here to find out more about the referral program.

Check out Enchanted Hollow!

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New Year Special
Through January, 2006 receive $5 off any $15 or more purchase (before shipping) at
Stop by my blog for some interesting articles, painting techniques, decorating tips and more. It is also a good way to stay updated on what is going on with me and The Artist Barn throughout the month.
Top Crafts Site list
Do you own a craft website? I would love for you to join The Artist Barn's new Top Craft Sites list. It is a great way for you to get added website exposure for free. It is simple to join. Just fill out the join form and place the provided html code on your website. The more people that click on your voting banner the higher you rank in the Top Craft Sites list. I hope to see your banner added soon.
To visit The Artist Barns top craft sites list Click Here

Are you ready for a super fun contest to kick off the New Year?
After Christmas, Santa's 9 reindeer went astray! After researching the situation I found all of the sites where Santa's reindeer are hiding but I need your help in finding them in the websites.
Click Here to find details and clues to the reindeer where abouts and to play the reindeer game!

Happy New Year,
The Artist Barn

Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year!

Another year gone......boy how time flies! I want to wish everyone a happy New Year!
2005 was a wonderful year for The Artist Barn and I look forward to 2006. Being a work at home mom is so rewarding for me and I thank all of my loyal (and new) customers for allowing me to have such a wonderful and fulfilling job, I could not do it with out them.
I will have my January newsletter posted in a couple of days and I will also be starting the search and find game on January 5th. Be sure to watch for details, you could win some wonderful prizes!!


Monday, December 19, 2005

Last Minute Holiday Touches

Last Minute Holiday Touches on the Cheap!

By Kathleen Wilson
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of several popular websites. You can find thousands of budget decorating ideas and sign up for her free newsletter at

Last minute details can take a holiday home from ho ho hum to
spectacular, and doesn't have to cost a lot of cash! Here are some great quick, easy, and inexpensive ideas to wow your guests and comfort your family.
*Use those leftover bits of wrapping paper and a hole punch to make confetti. (Great job for the kids!) Use the colorful confetti to sprinkle across holiday tables for festive cheer, or save for that midnight moment!
*Invest in a large roll of wire edged ribbon in gold or silver, so that it can be used for all holidays right into New Years. Learn to tie fanciful bows, or just tie a simple bow to the backs of dining chairs, around stemware, or around your silverware. Let it ribbon through holiday centerpieces, over mantels, or stream it across doorways. Go to to learn to tie several different bows!
*Use graham crackers, a little frosting, and cookies and candies from the dollar or discount store to create a wonderful Gingerbread House centerpiece in no time! This is one of those projects that make memories, so bring the kids to the table, make a replica of your own home, or make replicas of friends homes and give as gifts! Ths best frosting to use is a stiff one, with no ingredients that will spoil. Remember, you can color some frosting to make grass and trees.
*Have your children pitch in with holiday decorating, and ask them if they have any toys that would like to watch for Santa! Tie ribbon around the neck of a teddy and tuck onto the mantle, use wooden blocks to spell out Christmas words or sayings…create a toy wonderland from your own "backyard" so to speak!
*Drop by your dollar store and pick up some Christmas wrapping paper. (Yes, it is just a buck!) Wrap some of the pictures from your walls like gifts, add a bow, then rehang. I like to do this just in the entryway for more impact using less dollars! You could also "wrap" your front door or window with a bow and ribbon, and some packing tape.
*Cut simple holiday shapes out of paper or felt, then hang with thread from curtain rods, hanging lamps, doorways or over the outside of a lampshade. Try your hand at paper snowflakes, and hang them in groups in your windows.
*Stamp holiday shapes on your glass windows with craft paint. Mix acrylic paint with an equal amount of dishwashing liquid soap, then use to stamp snowflakes, stockings, and santas on the inside of your windows. After the holidays, it will clean right off with window cleaner and a non abrasive scrub pad. (You know, the kind that is safe for non stick cookware, so that it doesn't scratch your windows.)
*Finally, light those candles, and bring the sparkle of the holidays right to your table each and every night, don't wait for company!
Enjoy the joy of the season, and Happy Holidays from The Budget Decorator! Copyright 2003 K. Wilson

Happy Holidays,

Monday, December 12, 2005

Thinking Outside of the Box

As children it is easy for us to think outside of the box, it comes naturally but somewhere along the way to adulthood alot of adults loose that "gift". We should all learn to step back and think outside of the box.
I painted an adorable gingerbread and snowman pot at class last week over at Tole Town (Designed by Susan Kelley). I kept looking at this adorable clay pot, and thinking about how cute it would be as a gift pot. I thought and thought about what theme I should use to make it a great gift set........bath items, kitchen items, although great those seemed so ordinary. I wanted something you do not see all the time but for some reason I just kept thinking about bath or kitchen items. lol I was determined to come up with something more unique than that. Then it hit me, a scrapbooking and stamping themed gift pot. I gathered up all of these great supplies and accessories and proceeded to fill the pot up. I got it all finished and took a good hard look at it, it was the perfect gift for any scrapbooker or rubber stamper, I was very pleased with myself. lol
It took me awhile to come up with an out of the ordinary gift pot. I mean you can buy scrapbooking or rubber stamping kits but how often do you see a scrapbooking or rubber stamping *painted* gift pot! I thought outside of the box and came up with a wonderful gift for any scrapbooker or rubber stamper. The recipient will get all of these great supplies and accessories for their hobby but will also receive a handpainted pot that is a piece of art AND functional.

Let's Talk about the business aspect of thinking outside of the box and why this gift set is such a great idea not only for the purchaser but for the business owner as well. I am providing this wonderful gift pot with all of these supplies and accessories for 2 very popular hobbies........scrapbooking and rubber stamping. I am offering these items at a very low reserve price on Ebay, compared to what the actual value is. What do I get in return? I get to market my painting to a group of people that may not normally buy handpainted products but are interested in this gift set because A. it is a gift set which is easy for gift giving, B. it is filled with what they love to and accessories for THEIR hobby and C. it is at a great price and they know what a value it is. Now here is where I as the business owner benefit, I get my painting in their hands. They get to see it up close and personal, feel it, touch it, see how cute it is in person and see what great quality it is. Hopefully, after seeing all of that they will want to purchase other handpainted items from me, for themselves or to give as gifts. It is a win, win situation. I am giving the customer what they want and I am getting my products in their hands, which is the hardest part of selling. If you offer a good quality product the product will usually sell itself once you get it "out there". So think of ways to get your product in the customers hands so you BOTH win!
To see other pictures of this gift pot go to my Ebay auctions by Clicking Here.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

January Search and Find Contest

Starting January 5th The Artist Barn will be holding a search and find contest. It is going to be so much fun! I have lined up some super sponsors that have donated some really wonderful prizes (thank you to all of the sponsors). All of the sponsors will hide a special graphic donated by . There will be 10 websites, each with the graphic for you to find. Once you find all of the graphics you will email me with the location of each graphic. On January 30th the winners will be drawn from all of the correct entries. I hope you will come and join us for this fun game of search and find. :) Stay tuned for more details.


Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Typo!

I woke up yesterday morning and had this great idea for a prim gift set to list on Ebay. I have had this box sitting around for awhile and thought what can I add to the box to make a super gift set. I finally came up with the idea to make it a kitchen themed prim gift set. I started painting the box (with a Terrye French design) and then added a handpainted lotion/soap dispenser, 2 bars of handpainted soap (which is usable by the way), a handpainted wooden tag and an apple pie scented tart. When I finished with this task it was late and I was beat, I had been painting all day to get this finished. I take pictures, weigh the set and proceed to Ebay to list, in my mind this great gift set. I get all of the typing done, get all of my entries in, do a spell check and click submit listing and felt relieved and proud that I accomplished what I set out to do. Little did I know I had a typo in the last sentence of the description area.....not just any typo but what my kids would call a "bad word".

I woke up this morning to an email from a friend telling me I had made a typo and thanks for the chuckle. lol I go and look and low and behold there was this "bad word". The last sentence should have read "Be sure to add me to your favorite sellers list as I add new items frequently". Well the first "add" was replaced with another word that starts with an A but ends in 2 S's. I was alittle more than embarassed, although it did start my morning off with a laugh. lol