Sunday, November 9, 2014


I have been working on a new space just for an Artsy Weekend.
It deserves it's own little place.
So all of the information for upcoming retreats can be found there.
It still needs a little work but it is good enough to be able to announce
the first retreat of 2015 and have you be able to visit there.:)

This beautiful lady will be here the last weekend of January.  I am so so excited to kick off 2015 with her!!  Stephanie's enthusiasm for what she does and her faith and her love of life is contagious. She is someone to know. She has just announced she has become a part of Documented Faith for 2015 and will be sharing that with us.  As well as her new line that she has created for Sizzix.  We will be art journaling and painting and stitching and making good stuff with our hands and hearts.  Love it!!  There are 12 spots available and I would love to have you there with us!!  You can go here to register and find out more.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Soup in June...

We've had some beautiful cold stormy weather here this week.
If you know me, you know that I really should move to Alaska for
the summer because I HATE the heat.  Anything over 70 and I'm just
plain miserable and a little onry.  Hell anything over 65 and that can happen.

So, I know it's a little weird to share a soup recipe in the middle of June,
but it was 50 something here the other day and I got to make a pot
of one of our favorites.  Not only do we love it but I made it for 
one of 'an Artsy Weekends' and it was a hit.

Recipe can be found right here...
I also have lots of other delicious soup recipes on 
I am a bonified Pinterest addict so if you
don't follow me, you should, because I pin a lot
of super cool stuff.
*big smile*
If you aren't on Pinterest then for heaven's sake
you should be.
Whatcha waiting for??


If you haven't signed up for my weekend with Stephanie
Ackerman there are still some spots available!
I would love to have you there with us.
For all of the info click An Artsy Weekend.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

So a funny thing...

It turns out that I can't just quit the retreat thing cold turkey...
soo I decided to just tone it down a little.
Less time, easy location, close to home, not as much worrying.

That being said I am bringing in a lady I am so excited to learn from,
She's talented. 
 If you don't know about her go on over to her blog
and educate yourself about her awesome self.
You will want to be her friend, pinky swear.
She is coming for a Friday night/Saturday class.
Only 12 lucky girls will be able to join us.
You probably want to be one of the lucky ones, right? 
Jump on over to the An Artsy Weekend page...
it'll give you the 411.

Thanks for not holding the whole not being able to quit cold turkey over my head.
You're a peach.
*big smile*

Monday, March 3, 2014

My Biggest Blessing...

I have been given the gift of 3 daughters.
They are so many adjectives I don't even want to get started.
My first was born when I was 19.
She took my heart and did something with it I never thought possible.
Then I married the love of my life.
We struggled with infertility for 11 very long hard years.
Along came a blessing I thought would never come.
Her name is Maya.
We thought we were done.
3 years later a blessing we NEVER even dreamed of came blustering into our lives.
She threw our world into a tailspin.
Her name is Peyton and she is...well...I can't explain how I feel about this girl.
It took me awhile to bond with her because she literally changed every aspect of my world.
But when we bonded...we bonded good and strong.

I was in school when the first appeared in my life.
I was going to go back to school before the second came.
When the third was in 1st grade I figured it was my time to take some of me and do something with it that I really really wanted to.
Turns out that is not the plan.
My two littles are struggling.
Life isn't fair for them in so many ways.
They are strong but right now they aren't quite strong enough to deal with what they have been given.
A dear friend pointed out to me that they are at a crossroads.

I already knew this.
I've been praying about it for months.
I thought maybe the nagging doubts about what I was doing where caused by bi-polar.
Maybe self-doubt was taking over.
Maybe I just didn't want to give it up.
Sometimes I feel selfish and just want to be about me.
I have a fear of failure and I was feeling like a failure.

It took a prompting that led me to a wise mother-friend.
She was waiting for me.
She answered my need for advice before the question even came out of my mouth.
God had prepared her to give me the answer I needed to hear.
He knew I would listen to her.
She is a good woman.

I didn't choose the life that is all about me.
I chose motherhood and motherhood isn't about me time.
It's about choosing what is best for these little people who need me.
They need me right now more than ever.
I am their safe place.
I am what they need...their mother.
I love them with all of my heart.
I want them to overcome the challenges and soar higher than ever anticipated.
I need to be there for them at the crossroads to guide them.
It's just not my time.

I love doing my art retreats.
I have met women that have enriched my life in ways they will never even know.
I have met friends who are life friends.
They know my heart in ways that others won't.
I have learned from teachers that taught me so much more than art.
I will miss it so much it hurts.
It's just not my time for this.
It's taken me months to let this reality sink in.
I thank all of you for the support and love and friendship.

So...with all of that said.
This retreat is my last for awhile.
I don't know how long...I know this year.
Maybe the next and the next.
I have to be here for the ones who mean the most.
My family is everything to me and they need me here wholeheartedly.

Why is it that sometimes the decisions that are right are the ones that hurt most?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Meatloaf and Pinned Potatoes from PW

I used to LOVE Martha.
She was the queen of all things domestic as far
as I was concerned.  That was before the www was
as big as it is and she was IT for me.
I would actually take lunch at the nursery I worked at so
that I could come home at 10 and watch her show.

So, one day she had another Martha on.
Martha Phelps Stamps.
I immediately found her book at Barnes & Noble
(no Amazon yet...gasp)
and rushed to buy it.
I read it cover to cover just like a novel.
I started cooking all of the recipes.
Cooking with skin on chicken and butter.
It is a well used book in my kitchen.
The kind that has notes in it.

I have never liked meatloaf and only eaten it
when my mom made me sit at the kitchen table
long after Sunday dinner was over and I'm sure there were
some gagging noises involved.
I mean even the name meat loaf was just too much.
There was just too many weird things put together in the same pan.
and onions...holy ick.

Anywho...The New Southern Basics brought a whole new
attitude towards meatloaf to the Welcker house.
It is one of my husband's favorite dinners and really I love it too.
What the??  Who would've known??

I love to cook and I really love to cook on Sundays
when I can make a dinner that maybe takes a little more time.
It's a great time to try out the recipes I have pinned on Pinterest.
This Sunday I made Meat Loaf and some yummy potatoes.
I wanted to share our dinner with you.
So this is the recipe along with a few changes I've made.
I would highly recommend that cookbook if you love cookbooks.
The recipes are yummy and it's just a lovely book.


2 lbs. ground beef
1lb pork sausage
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried sage
2/3 cup tomato puree'
1/3 cup dijon mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 cup tomato puree'
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 tsp. vinegar

In a large mixing bowl mix everything together...I like to just use my hands.  It's a messy business
but it works the best.  Pack into two loaf pans...I freeze one.  Pour glaze on top. Bake at 400 for about 1 hr.

Only change I would make is to maybe make 1/2 a recipe more
of the creamy goodness and a little more salt.

I love The Pioneer Woman...that woman.
She's the bomb.
But her recipes goes straight to my parts that don't need anymore added to em.
As she might have to spend a little more time on the treadmill.
*big smile*
But sometimes it just has to happen!

So, there ya go.
Sunday dinner at the Welcker's.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Ruth Rae {Through a Friend's Eyes}

I got to write a few words about my friend,
Julie Collings, a week or so ago.
She will be teaching for me in a couple of weeks
 and I wanted you to know more about her
than just her artist profile...
something more about what kind of person she is.
I thought I would also like to know the Ruth
 that her friends know and so I asked a friend of hers,
Kristen Robinson, to give me a little somethin.
  Here are her beautiful thoughts of her friend.

Hi creative friends!
Many of you may have read my dear friend Ruth’s bio however I would like to tell you about her from the heart of her best friend. Call this my moment to boast about everything I love about her.

Ruth and I met through a mutual friend in Australia – pretty amazing as we only lived a handful of miles from one another. Our first outing and true meeting took place at a magnificent historical garden and library in Southern California on a brilliant and lovely day! It was instant friendship. From that day forward Ruth and I were truly inseparable.

Perhaps one of my favorite things about my best friend is the fact that she loves to do the unexpected. While we both love great meals, the perfect cup of tea and lovely culinary presentation – Ruth is never one to say no to dining on a bowl of grits at a Waffle House. These experiences always produce a good laugh and a chance to take more than one selfie. They are made all the better when followed up with a trip to an Art Museum where even there the giggles can be heard floating through the air.

It goes without saying that Ruth is an incredible artist. Each piece she creates is packed with a piece of her heart and soul. Each thread, paper and bauble is integrated into her work with not only a specific purpose in mind but also an element of the tale she wishes to relay. Her work is not only moving but very deep in its nature.

It is not everyday one gets to write not one but two books with their bestie. What better way to share not only an amazing part of the creative process but also integrate more moments to laugh, share, and explore together.

Ruth is the type of friend everyone should have. Honest and funny, loyal, caring and giving in ways most people could only dream of. She is creative and inquisitive. An amazing Mother to her grown children and always the voice of reason as she sees thing as they truly are!

It is a true blessing to spend time with her, learn from her, and create with her. There is a quiet beauty that emanates from her soul while at the same time there is a bounty of joy that shines in her eyes. It is an honor to have her in my life!

To say I am excited for each of you to have the opportunity to create with her is an

I've got to tell you...
after reading this sweet tribute from Kristen
 I can't wait to get to know this lady better.
There is nothing like meeting someone who has a
heart like that and is willing to share it.

There is still a few days to sign up for an Artsy Weekend with Ruth and Julie.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winter {Roses}

I am a great fan of Winter.
I love to ski.
I love to be inside on a snowy day.
I could never live in a land without snow.
Nope, I couldn't live in Hawaii or some other tropical locale.  
I love to visit but I am a cold weather gal. 
I have grown up in the shadow of this beauty.
When she gets her first snow of the season it makes my heart smile.
Winter gives me a time to rest.

However, I am also a garden girl.
I adore flowers.
My mind needs the smell and feel of dirt.
I long for green leaves and grass under my feet.
My heart skips a beat when I see the buds starting to form on the lilacs.

I crave the early summer nights when my roses are in bloom.

For the last two summers my sweet husband and myself have been 
building me a greenhouse/garden get-away.
When my bi-polar hits me, as it is very likely to do, I need a sunny place
outside to escape to.  Not to mention I can keep a green place all year round.

We aren't quite done with the outside and the man is just starting on power
and water and getting the inside ready to use for plants.
I've been collecting bins and tables and all kinds of goodness for it.
We are in the home stretch and I am so excited I can't stand it!!
It's to the point now where I can start planning out the plants that will 
soften the exterior, add fragrance and beauty like nothing else can.
I already have planted two beautiful little hydrangea trees.
The last week I have been looking at climbing roses to grow on it.
Roses....I love them.
They bring something special to the garden.
I have come to really appreciate own-root roses.

These are just a few of oh so many gorgeous climbers out there.
I seriously don't know how to pick just one.
Thankfully there are certain characteristics they have to have
or I would just cover the whole darn thing with roses.
*big smile*

Hope you are making it through these last few grey days
of winter....let yourself daydream for a moment about
summer's eves spent in the garden smelling the roses.
I promise.

Another way to make it through the cold grey days is
spending the weekend with me at 'an Artsy Weekend'.
Sewing the days away with me, Julie and Ruth.
More details here...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Julie Collings

Well hello there.
I wanted to share a little something with you today about my friend Julie.
She is one of the teachers for my upcoming retreat.
I told you a little about her here.
That was the 'she's doing a retreat for me biography'.
This is the 'she is an awesome friend and woman' tale.

This is the first picture of Julie I ever saw.
Can't you just tell by her eyes that she is lovely?
This picture screams artist, wise, loving...
she is all of those things.

We had a mutual friend who had been talking about Julie and her amazing talent.
I needed some little swag packets for the Jeanne Oliver Retreat and decided
that Julie was the girl to do those.  
Her Etsy shop is just full of beautiful little trinkets and ephemera...

I also decided that Julie Collings was just the kind of 
woman I wanted to be friends with.
Just from that picture.
I expected this serious artist.
She is anything but.
*big smile*
See those smile lines by her eyes?
They are there because when she smiles,
and that is often,
her whole face smiles.

I invited her to go glamping with me for my birthday.
Just a few friends together in the favorite place.
Creating, laughing, hiking...
and of course a little trip to SUNDANCE.

She is the most awesome camping companion...
she brings a tea pot and cool teas.
She brings laughter and serious conversation all at the same time.
She asks questions that make you think
and then she listens to the answers.
Julie brings her own brand of magic with her.

Spend 5 minutes with her and you will know of her love for her family.
She is the mom who goes to Comic Con with her kids and actually dresses up.
She adores her kids and it is apparent.
She makes me want to be that mom.

Is she a serious artist?
Why yes she is.
She even has a book.
And yes she does say things like 'tickle your fancy'.
She's cool like that.

She is an artist who loves to teach.
She's taught preschool.
She's created books to teach children to love making things.
She teaches us at an art group we belong to.
She is the best kind of teacher because she also loves to learn.
If you go to Julie's Pinterest there are all of the things she wants to learn.
There are lots of things that she has learned because she has a passion for it.
When she sees something she wants to know about she just does it.
I love that.
I hope a little of that will eventually rub off onto me.

In fact, I hope that a lot of her will rub off on me.
She is good and kind and wise.
She is a loyal friend.
A beautiful person.
Everyone should have a friend like Julie.

I really want you to be able to learn from her.
To soak in some of her good.
Lucky have that opportunity.
Not only to learn from her but to create side by side with her.

an Artsy Weekend {Fabric Arts}
There are spaces still available...
to find out all of the details click here.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


"Today I will play no favorites, I will wish
the whole world a 'Happy New Year'!"
I am not sad to see the year end.
I am excited to see a new year full of new possibilities.
2013 was a year of learning and growing.
It was a good year.

2014 is going to be even better, I think.
I hope you, dear friend, will be a part of it.

My sweet friend Jenny gave me a book.
It's a good little book.

I like it a lot.
I decided this year to go easy on the goals.
To make one or two that I KNOW I can accomplish.
Work at them slowly and surely.
Be the tortoise.

I love this quote in the book.

"A year of time lies ahead of us.  Who knows what the countless
things, big and small, will happen?  Much will be out of our control.
As for now, at the start of another lap around our star, let's just drop all
distinctions for the moment and simply wish the best for all of us,
passengers together on this ship we call Earth."

I wish you the very best New Year.
I hope for you that you will have a 
year of dreams fulfilled and days that are
filled with laughter and love.
But I also wish you a year of lessons
learned, obstacles overcome, growth,
and all of the things that will
make each year better from now on.


An Artsy Weekend {Fabric Arts}
is coming up in March!!
I would love to have you join us...
it's going to be a FABULOUS weekend.
You can find all of the details here.