ask Rae


So many of you stop by each day to read, find creative inspiration and share in my art filled journey. I love the huge variety of questions I get asked and thought it might be fun to start answering some of the "most asked" queries here.


 Is there something you have been wanting to learn? Are you wondering what that tool is I use over and over again? Need an opinion on a new paint color before you hit the stores? Join me here in the studio each week and let's chat!  Leave me a comment here or email me using the contact form above and I will gladly add your question to mix! 

1. What does a typical day look like for you?

Oh gosh. This is a funny one for me as there is no typical around here! With such a big family there is always happy chaos and activity over here. Four of the five days a week I watch one or both of my two toddler grand daughters. So for me, that means working with them underfoot- a challenge but a happy one at that. Most days, weekends included, I try to be up and in the studio by 7:00 am. I like to answer emails and comments, fill orders and do a bit of "me time" art with my coffee before the sun is high. Then I try to hit the fitness center for an hour before the babies arrive. It helps me get energized and focused. Home again I am ready to tackle art projects and play time with the little ones and often try to let them join in the art fun by giving them something to do alongside of me. Afternoons are full of violin and orchestra, clubs and sports and volunteer events with the kids. Evenings find my hubby and I walking several miles around the conservation area, often pushing a buggy or two! It is a great transition from the constant noise and activity to a quieter time of day. By 8:00 pm I am ready to sit down but always find myself with a lap full of weaving, crocheting or embroidery to help my mind wind down a bit. And while this crazy life often slows me down, and has required me to learn to work in small bursts of time I wouldn't change it for the world- because it is filled to the brim with people and things that make me laugh and keep me hopping! Besides three grown daughters, I have a son that is leaving for college this week and one daughter still in high school, so there are lots more busy days to come. I will take them! 

2.  Do you plan on teaching any weaving classes in the future?

Yes! I am working out the details of a weaving class as we speak. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. I have hesitated because I am not a trained professional- aka I did not go to fibers arts school or anything fancy like that, but I do love the craft and have mastered my own way to make beautiful and interesting pieces of fiber art. I have several ideas swimming around in my mind and hope to have one ready to share early next year so if you are interested stay tuned! 

3.  What are some of the most recent workshops that you teach online?

Scribblepedia™ which will launch in October on Jeanne Oliver's Creative Network is my most recent online workshop that is available. Early registration has already begun (you can read more and register here if you are interested) but you still have plenty of time to sign up if you are interested. I also recently co-taught in this little Pocket Journals™ workshop  with Sandi Keene, one of my co-artists from The Documented Life Project- The UNplanner™ . You can access both of those classes as well as several others online here and here