A Day Of Shooting With Fifi O’neill For Boho Style Magazine

Friday the 13th of October was more fun than a barrel of kitties! Magazine editor and styling guru, along with her masterful photographer, Mark Lohman and assistant son Taylor, arrived toting a giant bucket of gorgeous fresh flowers and equipment galore.

Kitty lover Fifi immediately charmed Gracie Lee, and even aloof Buggy Buggerson kitty let Fifi snap her photo.

Our home fits right into Fifi’s BOHO Style magazine. She featured my Color Inspiration Notebook in the premier issue, and I have loved BOHO Style ever since.

The next issue, coming to newsstands in a couple of weeks, is stunning. (While here, Fifi let me preview the issue, that includes a lovely shoot at her own home!) Don’t miss it, and stay tuned for our fun and funky home in an upcoming issue next year!

Join Me At ArtFusion, Black Mountain, North Carolina!

Reverse Psychology: Painting On Glass workshop, September 20, 2017, in Black Mountain, NC

Craving a jump-start to get your creative juices flowing? Want to meet dozens of super-talented artists and instructors? Check out the ArtFusionEvent, in Black Mountain, North Carolina (my home state)!

Several classes are sold out, but there are still some spots left. Check it all out, and register today!

Register for my last available spot.

Join Me And These Pros At General Finishes Furniture Flippin’ Expo 2017!

Join the Furniture Flippin' Expo in Indianapolis!General Finishes The Success Formula- A Panel Discussion with Industry Pros at Flippin' Furniture Expo

Are you a furniture flipping nut like me? Would you like to be? Join a host of pros from General Finishes and the industry September 5 thru 7 in Indianapolis, Indiana!

I have had my hands in all sorts of paint over the years – as a full-time faux finisher, a product merchant, and a DIY blogger for several fabulous brands. I am new to General Finishes, and beyond excited to discover new possibilities at this event. I am counting down the days to seeing my furniture painting friends, old and new, and learn new products and tricks.

On Thursday, September 7, these pros and I will answer your questions and share our many years of combined furniture painting business experience.

Take advantage of the experts in the room during this moderated Q & A session focused on attaining success in the painted furniture/upcycling industry. Christine Adams, forum moderator, will be joined by little old me, Rhonda McClesky of Restored Home, Amy Jo Price of Refreshed Nest Furniture Design, and Rachel Trimble of Restyle Junkie. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask us for perspectives on running a retail store, marketing advice, experiences we’ve had and much, much more.

See you there!

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Discovering The French Farmer’s Wife Barn Sale In Kernersville, North Carolina

Rarely do I ever seem to find a new inspiring, exciting, mind-blowing junkin’ event these days, at least near home in North Carolina. Surely, I have seen them all within driving distance. However, my junkin’ partner Gloria and I were truly awestruck today, just minutes from our homes, after entering the French Farmer’s Wife!

Open just one weekend per month, from Thursday thru Saturday, The French Farmer’s Wife features curated vignette after stunning vignette of must-have items, a feast for our eyes. Who were the masterminds behind this gorgeous treasure trove of rusty gold, of French goodies, amassed all in one bucolic location?

After my first lingering pass through, I had to find them and gush compliments! Kathee Zurian (right), barn owner, and her partner Gail Cetuka, are just beyond amazing. They are most talented pickers, passionate about French antiques, who were willing to totally convert a 2,500 square foot working horse barn into a magical oasis for junkers and antiques lovers like me.

(Photo courtesy of Seasons Style & Design magazine.)

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DIY: From Ugly Joint Compound Texture To Lustrous Venetian Plaster – Part 1 Prep

This post is sponsored by Modern Masters who provided me with Venetian Plaster products and tools. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own​.

How to go from ugly jount complound on paneled walls to lustrous Modern Masters Venetian Plaster

Are you a faux finisher, reluctant to tackle old textured walls for a client? Or, an adventurous DIYer who would love to go from Old World décor to a more contemporary style, using Venetian Plaster?

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Modern Masters Masterminds Week Easter Projects!

Modern Masters Masterminds Week with Katie Gaines and Mary Childs

Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint, me, and Mary Childs of Focal Points, knee deep in paint. Photo Modern Masters Instagram

Early in March I jetted back to Masterminds Week at the home office of Modern Masters in beautiful Valencia, California. I am always overjoyed and honored to join the superteam of experts there to group-think and produce exciting and new DIY projects using primarily Metallic Paint, Front Door Paint, and Metal Effects.

Can you imagine have every one of Modern Masters products and colors right there in front of you, awaiting magic? Oh yeah. Nirvana.

Fellow Masterminds joining me were Mary Childs of Focal Points, faux finisher, muralist, antiqued mirror guru, and Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. You just have to check out Katie’s classy take on weddings, and events in general!

We each took on several projects to be featured seasonally on ModernMastersCafe.com, where our tutorials can be found to inspire you to try new products and techniques. Many are perfect to do with a group, or with kids!

Modern Masters Spring Masterminds Week | ModernMastersCafe.com

Click on this photo to bunnyhop right over to the ModernMastersCafe.com blog to get the full Embossed Easter Egg DIY tutorial!

Who knew? I have been a faux finisher for 20 years, always wowed by wall finishes created with venetian plasters. Timeless, elegant, troweled wall finishes. I’ve covered a lot of square footage in show homes, my home, and clients’ homes with this gorgeous product.

Did I ever foresee that Modern Masters Venetian Plaster could be used to decorate huge statement-size Easter eggs, like my elegant blue beauty above? No way!

Here’s my second Easter idea, a simple interpretation of paint and a little nature walk in my back yard.

Modern Masters Masterminds Week Scandinavian Easter Eggs | ModernMastersCafe.com

Click on the photo to leap right over to the full Scandanavian Easter DIY tutorial!

Mary’s Easter eggs, soon to come, are stunning!

Stay tuned for all of the Masterminds projects coming up during spring and summer. You’ll never be without an idea for your home, gifts, or upcoming events!

Excited To Be An Instructor Again At ArtFusion Event 2017!

ArtFusion Event 2017

I was an instructor for the first two years at the ArtFusion Event, in Santa Fe and Estes Park, Colorado. Words can’t express how founder and organizer extraordinaire Kathy Boyd knows how to get a crowd of the most talented faux finishers and decorative artists together to learn and share.

Returning for the Black Mountain, North Carolina event this fall will be especially fun, as it is only two hours from home, in a gorgeous area I have only passed by for years on the way to Western Carolina University when my daughter Jenny studied there.

Debbie Dion Hayes | Painting On Glass ArtFusion 2017

Here are a few images to savor, that show a bit about my workshop, titled “Reverse Psychology: Painting On Glass”.

These pieces were hung as artwork, as shown in the side view, however, they can be used as stunning table décor like runners and chargers.

I will also offer optional pre-sales of my wall hangers, and extra glass, to take home for students who may want to dive in and hang, or sell, their pieces back at home – add create new ones quickly.

Debbie Dion Hayes | Painting On Glass ArtFusion 2017

Debbie Dion Hayes | Painting On Glass ArtFusion 2017

Stay tuned for more images, and even though it seems like a really long time until September, classes sizes are limited. There are so many exciting options to choose from right now – amazing instructors and workshops all during five days.

Also, be sure to follow the ArtFusion Event on Facebook to see more evolving details that Kathy will be posting!

Hope to see you in Black Mountain in September…

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Win Your Copy Of Where Women Create!

Where Women Create, including Debbie Hayes of My Patch Of Blue Sky

I have been a passionate reader of Where Women Create magazine since it was first launched. As a lifetime artist – illustrator first, then faux finisher and DIY project blogger – I have always had a studio. Some tiny, one even in an 1890s flannel mill.

No matter where I created my own magic, I was curious about other women artists, their studios, and their personal stories about how they made art for a living like I do.

I was so pleased to be featured in the current issue, photographed by my friend and fabulous stylist and magazine guru, Matthew Mead! Many folks over the years have asked me how I began my journey, and to share some of my secrets. In this issue, find out my story as I have never told it before.

And savor every word by so many other accomplished artists!

Where Women Create has given me a copy of this issue to give away, and even if you already have your coveted issue, you may want to receive this one to share with a friend.

Just hop over to the post on my Facebook page, until midnight Tuesday, December 13, leave a brief comment about your life as an artist, or ask a question about creating a studio, or selling your art. One winner will be selected randomly and notified after December 13th. Where Women Create will send the winning copy direct. (Sorry, but only to USA addresses.)

Upstyling Your Home With Matthew Mead – And Me!

Matthew Meads' new Upstyled Home Magazine

Surprise! Coming soon to your favorite newsstand is Matthew Mead‘s newest brilliant endeavor, Upstyled Home Magazine.

Lacey Jane the calico and my office managerI just received my copy, and couldn’t wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word.

And yes, how cool is it that Matthew has included several of my favorite blog projects and home vignettes in his magazine. Along with one of my design idols and authors, Mary Emmerling, and  new-found designers that I am now loving too.

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It’s Time To Order Your Holiday Pet Portraits!

Order your hand-drawn ink and watercolor pet portrait on Etsy.

On of my favorite artsy endeavors is to draw 8″ by 10″ ink and watercolor furbaby portraits for holiday gift-giving! For yourself or a loved one, this is a heart-felt gift that I find often turns out to be a remembrance of a love now in heaven.

All you need is a good quality closeup color photo! Get all of the details in my Etsy shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky.

Order now to assure delivery in time for gift-giving! I will ship to you, or gift-wrap at no extra charge and send to the recipient.