Thank You Artisan Enhancements!

Artisan Enhancements

Working with Artisan Enhancements in 2015 was such a memorable year for me. I blogged frequently using lots of their fabulous products, worked with Staci Belew and her team on training materials for retailers, and even taught finishes I created at the inspiring ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe.

Find my blog posts here on under the home page categories, plus, discover lots more on the Artisan Enhancements blog.


Thank You Fusion Mineral Paint!

Fusion Mineral Paint 2015 projectsMany thanks to Jennylyn Pringle, the Fusion Mineral Paint family, and many merchants for a fun year in 2015. We accomplished a lot of learning in Orlando and Toronto, at the ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe, and at my studio in North Carolina, and much more!

Fusion Mineral PaintFind lots of project tutorials here on (click on the categories on the home page), and on the Fusion blog.

Happy New Year, and I’m looking forward to continued painting adventures with you all!

Remembering 2015 Projects: Stencil And Paint Upholstery With Chalk Paint®

How to upcycle upholstery using a Royal Design Studio stencil and Chalk Paint®.

As you can see, Buggy Buggerson immediately claimed ownership of this little upholstery loveseat, which is right in the soft afternoon sun.  I wrote the blog project for Royal Design Studio‘s blog and it was a favorite by readers in 2015, and me, including folks at!

Get the tutorial on PaintAndPattern.

Remembering 2015 Projects: Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Using Modern Masters Metal Effects

Make Rusty, Crusty Wall Art Magic Using Modern Masters Metal Effects products | Tutorial

Thank you Modern Masters for including me to spread the good word about your amazing products during 2015!

It has been a fabulous, creative year for me, using Modern Masters Metal Effects to create projects for the blog,, and in workshops across the country.

Rust, crust, and patina, on letters, home accessories, artwork, focus walls and more! Here’s a look back at a favorite art project that I did for our master bedroom, using a old ceiling tin mounted on a wooden frame.

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Remembering 2015 Projects: Make A Simple Plant Stand Gorgeous

Make a simple plant stand gorgeous using Fusion Mineral Paint and products |Tutorial

Here’s one of my many favorite projects for Fusion Mineral Paint, using their paint, Tinting Kits, Sand Stone Texture, Gilding Paste, and Beeswax Finish.

There’s nothing like the feeling of taking a piece like this large, boring plant stand and making it a fabulous statement in a room!

Get the tutorial on the Fusion Mineral Paint blog.

Give DIYers The Gift Of The Color Inspiration Notebook For Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture!

FIRST, PSSSSTTTTT. Look what I found on a page inside Prairie Style Magazine!

Fifi O'neill's BOHO Style January 2016

The amazing stylist, blogger, author, Fifi O’neill has discovered that I adore color – specifically bohemian color and pattern combos. I am sworn to secrecy (it’s so hard not reveal all), but Fifi has divulged that I will be sharing color inspiration in her new BOHO Style Magazine, on newsstands January 12.

Color. Inspiration. Hint, hint. Details to come!



by Debbie Dion Hayes & Friends from the USA and Canada

48 pages on heavy coated stock, 6″ by 9″  *  built-in color wheel

Suggested retail is $19.95 in the USA and Canada, plus applicable tax and/or shipping


There are no recipes, or brands, mentioned! So any painter is free to interpret their inspirations.

On the front pages, find gorgeous, inspiring photos from around the globe, organized by the color wheel, plus neutrals, white, grey, brown, black and metallics.
The Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture

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It’s A Blast Being 2 Years Old Again!

My Patch Of Blue Sky is 2 years old

From the 2-year-old me, and the artsy me, Happy Thanksgiving!

I am ever grateful to my family, friends, clients, blog readers, paint and project lovers, students, printers, Color Inspiration Notebook retailers and readers, and companion kitties for a fast, fabulous, 2 years in business. You all allow me to do what I love so much.

All the best, and cheers to you,


MyPatchOfBlueSky Is Now Open On Etsy!

MyPatchOfBlueSky is now on Etsy!

I am so excited to announce that my shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky, is now open on Etsy!

As you probably know, I spend a LOT of time creating projects and blogging for my fave DIY paint, products, and stencils. I have been making extras to keep, give as gifts  – and add to my Etsy shop.

As a former retail shop co-owner, owner of a faux finishing studio, and passionate world traveler, I have also collected many unique vintage pieces over the years to share.

You can go directly to Etsy to find MyPatchOfBlueSky, or click on Shop Now on my Facebook Page. You can also hop into the shop from the home page of my website from the shop listings on the right side.

Visit often to see what’s new.

Enjoy, and I would love to hear your feedback!


Create This “Ice Palace” Wall Finish Using Wood Icing®!

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Have you noticed that rustic furniture can mix beautifully with a glamorous wall finish?

Our 1970s ranch home is far from glam, but I have decided that a gorgeous treatment on a focus wall can be a sweet addition.

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Create Cool, Contemporary Faux Brick Using Fusion Products

Create Cool, Contemporary Faux Brick Using Fusion Products

Recently I posted about painting our fireplace brick and mantel with Fusion Mineral Paint. It was fast, inexpensive, and provided the immediate gratification I crave! Just a bit of cleanup to begin with and I had a fresh, new look in about an hour and a half, no sealer coat required.

While I was painting, I thought about folks who do not have a brick fireplace – maybe just drywall above their mantel, or even no fireplace at all. I realized that Fusion has a wonderful option for creating the faux brick look! They offer a stencil shaped like authentic brick that can be used for painting what I call southern-traditional-style brick. You know, terra cotta and browns. Or, like my new favorite, a cool, contemporary color scheme, using soft grey and white textures.

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