indigo pysanky egg tutorial

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, crafts, Decorating, Holiday, Tutorials41 Comments

I confessed on my Instagram Stories earlier this week that I still had my white lights and greenery hanging up outside.  As in Christmas lights and greenery.  I think mid-March is past the line of Christmas decor looking wintry and acceptable!  But, it’s been cold and snowy and, when it’s been warmer, I haven’t wanted to spend my time taking … Read More

sketching tips & tools

Marian Parsonscrafts, Favorite Finds29 Comments

I have had such a great couple of days of recuperating from weeks of packing. Sunday, I crashed.  My head hurt, I was congested, and I just couldn’t do much of anything.  Jeff let me sleep in.  My sister-in-law pampered me with a healthy breakfast.  And everyone gave me some time to just lay in bed and rest.  By the … Read More

30 day watercolor challenge

Marian ParsonsArt, crafts, Watercolors85 Comments

Hang in there with me while I experience my own personal renaissance!   I am just having such a wonderful time allowing my creativity to spill into other mediums.  This seems to be what happens to me… Music and theatre were always my creative outlet when I was younger, but when I finished college and decided not to pursue a career … Read More

creating with confidence

Marian Parsonscrafts19 Comments

I have been watching a lot of video tutorials on painting, sketching, trying to improve my knowledge and skills.  In one that I watched, a famous water color artist (I’m new to this world, so I don’t know who he is) said something like, “The thing that most paintings lack is confidence.” That comment reached into my creative soul and touched … Read More

artwork for Calvin’s room

Marian ParsonsBoy's Bedroom, crafts30 Comments

I remember a conversation I had with Jeanne Oliver a few years ago.  We were talking about art and the classes she offers through her website.  At the time, she was offering a painting class that was based on copying the work of masters.  I remember not knowing quite how to feel about that…a class that is encouraging a student … Read More