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Beeswax recall. Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Beeswax recall. Protect our bees illustration

Beeswax recall. Not beeswax at all! Protect our bees by using friendly waxes! As a mother and furniture painter and artist, I am mindful of health hazards and risks. A recent beeswax recall was on my radar today.  My bee illustration is cute and upbeat but writing about this beeswax recall and the implication of […]

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Free printable bookmarks to colour and bless loved ones

Free printable bookmarks Valentines Day and every day

Free printable bookmarks. Remind someone you care. Let’s face it, our loved ones deserve to be reminded that we appreciate and love them. These free printable bookmarks are a lovely gift for someone you love. Most of us read right? So, isn’t it lovely to open up your book to repeatedly find a little message of […]

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For those who can only draw a stick figure – there’s hope!

Stick figure drawing solution. Basic drawing video tutorial

Busting the stick figure myth Have you ever complained or jokingly expressed an inability to draw, even a stick figure?  I know a lot of people who have.  In fact, if I had a dollar for every time someone said, “I can’t even draw a stick figure”, I’d be an extra weekly almond cappuccino in a […]

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Drawing on Furniture Free DIY Video Series

Facebook Live series Drawing on furniture

Grab coffee or wine & watch me do all the work, or…   …join in and PLAY!   Hey friends!  If you are curious about drawing for any reason or love art on furniture, you’ll want to check out the live video series I’m offering. It begins this THURSDAY! 7.30PM EST And I’m offering it […]

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Fun ways to organize the New Year with a creative bullet journal.

Fun ways to organize with a creative bullet journal.

Bullet Journals. One of the fun ways to organize time and goals I’m always looking for fun ways to organize my time, projects and goals. In my opinion, creative bullet journals are the best tool for this. Starting with a blank bulleted page you create fun productive pages as you go. Since December 2016 I have […]


Should you paint furniture or keep wood?

Should you paint furniture or keep wood?

Watch out for the wood gods. This is a backstory or possibly a horror story, depending on how you look at it.   When I purchased the unique drinks table pictured above, the kind seller offered to drop it off at my home.  I’d purchased an antique Tudor style drinks trolley from her also.  As […]

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Cute Illustrations after a business crash

Cute Illustrations: When I'm Shining with JOY, PEACE, KINDNESS & LOVE picture books

Cute illustrations for a series of cute picture books! There was an abrupt halt to my illustration career last year. It’s time to explain. The cute illustrations here came after a series of unhelpful events but I eventually got back up. I have been posting painted furniture related stories instead of illustrations as a result. […]


Using Hemp Oil

Video Using Hemp Oil and more information

Using Help Oil. This week, I recorded a Facebook Livecast on PLAYfessionalEDU, where I demonstrated using hemp oil and liquid umber wax in combination -video below. I also used gold gilding wax to create subtle accents on a set of bedside drawers. Following the video and into the next day I was getting a lot of […]


The Pros and Cons of liquid wax & Video Tutorial

Pros and Cons of liquid wax and video

The Pros and cons of liquid wax One of my most favourite things to use on furniture is tinted liquid wax. The wax I use is L’essentiel Botanics Liquid Wax and is a recent discovery for me. I thought you would like me to share the pros and cons of liquid wax and the appropriate uses of this […]


VIDEO: Choosing Matte, Satin or Glossy paints and finishes

Matte to Gloss Video

Facebook Live: Choosing Matte, Satin or Glossy paints and finishes In one of this week’s Facebook live video explained different paint sheen levels and how they affect the surfaces of furniture. The paint and finish references weren’t brand specific so great information that applies to any brands in general.  I addressed what sealer to use on […]


Nativity Gingerbread House – Chocolate Baby Jesus!

Nativity Gingerbread House

I present to you the more appropriate Christmas table decoration… A Nativity Gingerbread House! I wasn’t keen on a yet another gingerbread house. I like original, creative ideas so I asked Joy (my pastry chef sister) if she would make me a nativity gingerbread house. For me and my house, Christmas is about Jesus not […]


PLAYfessional Facebook – The Journey is about to begin!

Playfessional Facebook banner

PLAYfessional Facebook – New creations galore! The banner has changed, the email, the content and even a bot! A bot you ask? Yes a notification robot to send broadcasts before a #LIVE video on Facebook. And that is just the beginning. This blog on all that’s happening on my website & social media & how […]


My Top Specialty Paint Finishes #1

Specialty paint finishes Upcycled Beauty

Specialty Paint Finishes #1: L’essentiel European Style Shimmer High Gloss Top Coat I promised my Facebook followers on PlafessionalEDU to post on a product I love and use including specialty paint finishes. This is the first as promised… By now you may have realised I love shine and bling. While I don’t like furniture to be […]

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We Worship God by Kayleen West and Nancy Streza

We Worship God

We Worship God – Limited AU copies… In Australia NOW! Exploring the character of God through alphabetical devotion I thoroughly enjoyed and fondly illustrated We Worship God. Each illustration is painted in watercolour. A very limited number of books have arrived in Australia. I have the only copies! Order your copies by here! We Worship God – Poetic […]

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A furniture painter’s worst fear. Please no not again!

Video Tutorial Dents is a furniture painter's worst fear.

What is a furniture painter’s worst fear? Have you ever invested your heart and soul into a creative piece, built something or written something beautiful and then as soon as it is complete and perfect –something terrible happens to your perfect creation? This has to be a furniture painter’s worst fear surely? It is no […]

PLAYfessonal Creative Lifestyle Blog

(Balancing and maximising a creative life)

Topics covered: furniture makeovers, children’s illustration, illustrated note taking, bullet journal, organisation and balancing a healthier lifestyle as a creative.

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