• Ramblings

    It’s class time – come join me!

    It’s Marathon time! Gather your scrapbook supplies, some bits and pieces from your stash along with lots of your pretty papers and join us in this next Scrap your Stash Marathon set for Sunday, Oct. 20. You’ll learn to use papers and embellishments you already have in your stash. Dig deep and bring those buttons, numbers, washi tapes, threads, lace and more to use in your layouts. I can help show you how to incorporate those things you’ve been holding onto into your page layouts. Bring a couple border punches and see how to use them to create pretty paper edges on your layouts. Use Ranger’s Distress Inks and edge…

  • Ramblings

    Enjoying the craziness

    Like most of you, I feel November and December can tend to get pretty crazy. But we wouldn’t have it any other way would we! I have so much fun creating and yet, I’ve had my days where I get up with so much to do, then just sit and stare into space because I just don’t know where to start, completing absolutely nothing! And you know what? I really don’t give a damn! Usually by the next day those feelings are gone and I’m back to life-as-usual. I still have several Christmas gifts to make but right now I only need to work on the ones that need to…

  • Ramblings

    Visiting the farm

    Back in September the old guy, Rachel, and I had a chance to travel to Trade, Tennessee to visit our middle child/Rachel’s brother, on their small farm. A visit to their farm is like stepping back into a quieter time with a much slower pace. Kevin (River) and Sarina bought the 13-acre farm nearly two years ago. They packed up everything they wanted to bring with them from Oregon and traveled through the mountains in December’s snow and ice. They have some funny stories about that trip and I’m hoping someday they blog about their farm life. They raise Icelandic chickens, Icelandic sheep, rabbits and have added a couple milking…

  • Ramblings

    It’s creative playtime!

    It’s been nearly two years since I’ve taught classes in our studio/shop. I enjoyed the break but recently felt that urge to jump back in. I’m happy to say a terrific opportunity just opened up and I’m taking it. I’ve joined the Brighton Art Guild, a group full of so many talented artists, and a perk of membership is the availability to use their classroom alongside other teachers from the Guild. I’ve been able to prepare for a couple of classes quickly and you’ll find them listed here: Linda’s Shop. It’s quick and easy to purchase a class and you’ll also see the dates, times, and supply list. All of these…

  • Ramblings

    Picking violets for grandma

    Can there be anything more beautiful and refreshing as the bloom of spring flowers in Michigan? At the same time, is there anything more daunting than a yard and garden full of weeds? The older I get the more I appreciate the beautiful spring blooms and the memories that accompany them – like the violet. The lovely lavender and blue blooms of this beautiful wild flower seem to spring up everywhere this time of year, their delicate little faces nearly hidden from view by their green leaves. As I was facing the daunting task of weeding and prepping my garden bed surrounding my little backyard pond I kept coming across…

  • Painted Furniture,  Ramblings

    Through the years

    ***post written by Rachel Poniatowski*** On September 7th, Green Door Studio will have officially been open for 3 years. We started out on this crazy adventure after I was laid off from my job. I had always dreamed of having my own business, and my mom was out of her mind enough to be a willing participant. Since then, I have gotten married, moved around, had other jobs, quit working, and became more involved again in the business. Mom has been the consistent face of the business, and has worked her butt off to make it what it is today. Mom and me on opening day, September 7, 2013. We…

  • Ramblings

    Crowd-pleaser salad travels well

    It seems I always need a quick-and-easy dish to take to potlucks, picnics, reunions and on short road or kayak trips. A food that doesn’t need constant refrigeration. Something the majority of people will eat. And a dish you can take in a reusable container that you can leave with the host. For the past several years it’s been a pasta salad recipe that the old guy found in one of his cooking magazines. It’s done well by us, but I was tired of it and looking for something a little different. So, we’re coming back from the casino one afternoon and I knew I needed a dish for an…

  • Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts,  Ramblings

    Breaking routine

    I spent the weekend with inky fingers, creating art with my peers at Artiscape in Dublin, Ohio. I had so been looking forward to the annual weekend-long event. My friend Cathy and I travel together – she’s the driver. We left Friday morning and took nearly the whole day to get there, stopping at any antique store along our path. We even ventured into one estate sale where we scored some interesting objects! We took a little side trip to Wapakoneta to visit Gild the Lily, a lovely little antique shop we visited about three years ago. We were so glad we made to effort to get there because Glenna,…