ArtFusion In Beautiful Estes Park, Colorado Is Next Week!

artfusion-eventI am so thrilled to be an instructor for 2 workshops next week at ArtFusion!

passionate-patinaMy all-day class on Thursday features Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Paints, plus Royal Design Studio modello.

secret-layersThe Saturday half-day is chock-full of tips for layering finishes, using Wood Icing®, Chalk Paint® and wax, and Fusion Mineral Paint and products. Not to mention Royal Design Studio stencils.

The annual multi-day event/convention for the professional and aspiring Decorative Painter and Artist features workshops, speakers, product and tool demonstrations, displays and lots of networking. Some fun extras include an artist’s live auction, live music, Fauxtini party and competitions.

Classes include mixed media, decorative painting, decorative concrete, encaustics, business, molds, concrete carving, epoxy art, alcohol ink, furniture painting, cabinets, Italian plaster, business and marketing and more.  Instructors from all over the world.

Many classes are full, and some still have an opening or two. With so many choices of amazing instructors and workshops, and cheap flights on airlines like Frontier, there’s still time to attend at the very last minute!

At this moment, I may be able to squeeze in one or two more students.

Excited to see all of those taking my workshops, and can’t wait to take the oh-so-talented Darlene McElroy’s class on Wednesday! It’s titled “Mad Scientist.” Who can resist?

Surprise! Our Front Door Was Featured In The LA Times

My front door, painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint, was featured in the LA Times recently.

Last week I was blissfully working away in Valencia, California, at the offices of the fabulous Modern Masters team! Along with fellow faux finisher and decorative artist, Mary Childs from Orlando, we each created seasonal DIY projects, to be debuted prior to each holiday.

What an honor and a treat to play with many of my favorite products while conjuring up projects I think you are going to swoon over. Watch for cool and creepy Halloween ideas, coming soon, on the blog!

Fortunate color Modern Masters Front Door Paint

During Masterminds week, I later discovered, one of my Modern Masters Front Door Paint projects, using the bright green color Fortunate, was featured in a color-trending story about Modern Masters, by writer Bonnie McCarthy, of the Los Angeles Times.

What a coincidence!

I hope you’ll hop over to the story and check out the bright and inspiring front door projects by fellow bloggers,,,, and




Thank You Bliss Ranch, Canvas Designz, Hometalk, And More!

Hang your collection with one post.

Pinch me! I am a passionate DIYer around our home, and for several DIY brands of paint, products, and patterns. Though I have been so fortunate to have many long-term followers over the years, rarely does my blog sort of blow up with high readership numbers.

Especially on a 2-year-old post that was a very simple project for me and my handyman hubby Steve!

I must shout out thanks to sites that shared this little post, and my similar Hometalk post, which has recently garnered over 235,000 views and 17,000 pins.

If you are a lover of rustic DIY ideas, you will be in eye candy heaven after clicking on these links!


Find 20 Rustic DIY and Handcrafted Accents to Bring Warmth to Your Home on:

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Also, find 101 DIY Wall Art Ideas for Your Home on:


Plus, discover 19 Rustic DIY Home Decor Ideas here:


Happy painting and projecting!


Spiffing Up Our Deck With Matthew Mead And A Wagner Sprayer

My Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer deck project with guru Matthew Mead

Do you ever have to pinch yourself sometimes when something wonderful and unexpected occurs?

I was so thrilled to host stylist, paint guru, photographer and magazine master at our home recently! I bet you already follow Matthew Mead and are as big a fan of him as I am. His talent, enthusiasm, and ideas are limitless, and he’s a blast to hang out with.

My hubby Steve built a giant party deck on our home years ago, and every couple of years we need to give it a good power wash and paint it. Then, magically, I discovered the Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer and suddenly painting the deck was no longer a dreaded chore.

Wagner's FINISH magazine for fall 2016

Get the details on how I did it, and see how Matthew and I styled the deck for fall in the new issue of FINISH, Wagner’s online DIY home design magazine here. Be sure to share the link with your friends, too.

There are are so many fun, creative, and easy painting projects in FINISH, you will come back to it again and again. And the heat gun pumpkins ( AND heat gun popcorn)… brilliant. Not to mention Cari Cucksey’s baby room!

While you’re there, check out photos of my studio, with a few words of painting wisdom from me while you’re there in Shop Talk.

Happy Painting!


A White Painted Cabinet Features My Family Christening Ensemble


Sometimes re-painting a furniture piece is more about what you want to do with it than what color it it, or what finish it is. This cabinet is not old. It’s plain. It’s functional. I just painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint, in the color Casement, that requires no topcoat. It was a passionate project, brought on by the recent death of my dear Aunt Theresa. I loved her effervescent spirit all my life, and now she is gone. The last of our family in my parents’ generation.

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An Old Chest Upcycled With Fusion Mineral Paint In Blues

Upcycled old chest, using Fusion Renfrew and Homestead Blue.

No doubt, Fusion Mineral Paint is one of the fastest and easiest ways to update a piece of furniture. The eco-friendly, matte finish, 100% acrylic paint won my heart a couple of years ago.

If you know my style, I love to layer, add texture and patterns, and more. But lately I am craving a total simplicity option: a quick way to update a piece, with NO clear coat or wax required. Used gently for 21 days to dry and cure, this product is super durable.

Having been a project blogger for many years, I am gloriously blessed with the opportunity to try out many fabulous home décor ideas with a variety of paint, patterns, and tools. And, over all of those years, our house gets, quite frankly, over-projected at times.

So I have been on a mission to redirect my style, though always a bit boho and eclectic, to a more serene place of quiet backgrounds with unique art and colorful accents.

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Create This Art Canvas Finish Using Artisan Enhancements And Chalk Paint®

Artisan Enhancements tutorial.

Watch these new quick videos from my YouTube channel to learn this cool technique, using Artisan Enhancements products, stencils, and tools, plus Chalk Paint®!

Subscribe today, and don’t miss more upcoming videos!

Easy, Inexpensive Summer Decorating From My Etsy Shop!

Summer decorating is easy and inexpensive with photo downloads from

Decorating your home or office? Need a wonderful gift for any occasion?

I am loading up tons of photos from trips to Italy, Spain, France, Morocco, and Puerto Rico that can be used alone as a single statement, or grouped together for fabulous impact. Think small – in a powder room. Or huge – use several over a sofa!

Mix and match! Choose from warm and cool colorways, castles, stunning doorways, and Marrakech moments. Old World and contemporary.

All you need to do is go to my Etsy shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky, and peruse my growing collection of gorgeous options! You will purchase a downloadable image, in JPG form, that will arrive, lightning-fast, as soon as you pay for your purchase!

You can print the photo on your own printer on photo paper, take it (or email it) to a local printer or Office Depot-type store, or upload it to a service like Shutterfly. Then pop into your own frame.

So easy!

PLUS, here’s a summer decorating coupon, that will save 30% on your purchase of $15 or more, thru August 31st!

Summer decorating is easy and inexpensive with photo downloads from

Once you have loaded up your Etsy shopping cart in my store, use this coupon code:


This coupon will apply to all items in my shop, and if you purchase 2 photos, it will be like getting a third free!

Happy shopping, and stop by often. I will be adding lots more photos all summer long!


Perfect Summer Projects For Home And Deck Using Artisan Enhancements Products!

Artisan Enhancements video tutorials on YouTube

Are you new to Artisan Enhancements? Or, maybe you are familiar with the products, but find yourself craving a bit of instruction.


Use Crackle Tex, Fine Stone, Scumble, Foil with Leaf & Foil Size, Clear Topcoat Sealer, stencils, plus Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Check these four video projects on my YouTube Channel, My Patch Of Blue Sky with Debbie Dion Hayes.


Commission Your Beloved Dog Or Kitty Portrait On Etsy!

Commission your pet's portrait on Etsy.

Do you have a treasured pet? Do you love original art? Perfect! Commission your pet’s portrait!

It’s so easy. All you need to do is send me a good, color, close-up photo.

You will receive an original, signed, 8″ by 10″ ink and watercolor portrait, on high-quality watercolor paper, for only $85. Your order normally ships within 2 to 3 weeks, and it is ready for you to frame in your own style.

Get all of the details in my Etsy shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky. You can order directly from there.

Prefer a larger size, or multiple pets in one portrait? Just send me an email description, at