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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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!

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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:

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Plus, discover 19 Rustic DIY Home Decor Ideas here:

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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!

 

Visit My Updated Etsy Shop!

My Patch Of Blue Sky Etsy Shop

You may think I paint all of the time. Surprise! Sometimes I hammer, drill and slice after schlepping through tons of scrap metal at the junkyard!

Samples of scrap wall art in my Etsy shop.

It’s a dirty job. One that I love. I used to create copper art all the time, but one of my faux finishing clients bought every piece I had recently made for his man cave. Now, ages later, I’m rediscovering a passion, and, this is a great way to work out my new bionic shoulder and have a blast too.

Check out my newest junk art series, “Recycle The City” in my Etsy shop today!

Custom sizes and designs are available – think man or lady caves, bars, restaurants, art studios. You get the idea!

Awesome Junkin’ At The Thomasville, NC Chartreuse Barn Sale!

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Here in North Carolina, winter can be a new experience every time you wake up. So heading over to the Chartreuse barn sale is perfect rain, snow or shine. Find this cool classy barn in Thomasville, NC, in a gorgeous setting in the country – but not too far out.

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The Color Inspiration Notebook, And Many Friends, Are Featured In Boho Style!

Boho Style Magazine by Fifi O'neill

 The premier issue of Fifi O’neill’s Boho Style Magazine is here!
Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture by Debbie Dion Hayes
Many thanks to fabulous duo Fifi and writer Elyse Press Major of Tinkered Treasures for featuring several pages from my Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture. I found copies of Boho Style this weekend at Barnes & Noble, and you can find more info here.
The Color Inspiration Notebook for Painting Gorgeous Furniture by Debbie Dion Hayes

Thank You PaintAndPattern.com!

PaintAndPattern.com

Many thanks to Melanie Royals and the team at Royal Design Studio, who publishes the online design magazine PaintAndPattern.com, for including my tutorials for a second year in 2015! Clearly, I am nuts about stenciling and all sorts of patterns, from contemporary, to Moroccan, and everything in between.

Thanks as well for sending so many stencils and modellos for me to use in my workshops at ArtFusion in Santa Fe. They are always a huge hit.

Yes, our home is very Boho, with lots of color and pattern in stenciled furniture, accessories, and artwork. Just when I think I can’t imagine one more stenciling project, I get inspired again, often by fellow P+P bloggers like Deb Trombley, of NomadicDecorator.com and so many more.

I’m looking forward to many new project adventures using Royal Design Studio stencils, modellos, Stencil Cremes and who knows what else in 2016. See you there!

 

Thank You Modern Masters!

Thank you Modern Masters!

2015 was an exciting year for me, getting to explore even more of Modern Masters product line, particularly Metal Effects, to create rust and fabulous patina. I think these products have exploded in DIY popularity due to their ease of use, and wondrous unpredictability.

In the past couple years, I have also explored Front Door Paint, Metallic Paint and Metallic Plaster. Lucky me!

Thanks too, for supporting my workshops this year at ArtFusion in Santa Fe, and also at The New Leaf, in Albuquerque!

As a creative, tutorial-focused blogger, I am ever grateful for opportunities to work with companies like Modern Masters, who appreciate the power of letting artists like me take off and explore new possibilities with their materials.

So looking forward to working with you again in 2016 – and Periscope!

To see all of my Modern Masters product tutorials, check out the categories on my home page, and visit the Modern Masters Cafe blog where lots of artists contribute their projects!

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 MyPatchOfBlueSky.com under the home page categories, plus, discover lots more on the Artisan Enhancements blog.