My home is filled with my family stories... all you have to do is look around to see vintage typewriters, jars filled with cream buttons, framed photos of family and friends, to the vintage teacups and ornaments.  The teacup is one from my beloved Grandma's collection.  For the holidays, it's turned on edge to hold a vintage Christmas ornaments from one of the many antiquing trips with my mom and sister.  Normally this tea cup is turned upright with an earring sitting on a vintage spoon from my Great Grandma Middleton. The typewriter sits out year round, but at Christmas it holds holiday sheet music.  The Ball Jar is filled with vintage cream buttons.  My Grandma Jones used to have tins of buttons.  As children, one of our favorite games to play with Grand was Button, Button, Whose Got the Button.  This jar sits out all year round but at the holidays, some pine greenery, a crocheted snowflake and lights are added.  Remember as you decorate for the holidays, add pieces in your h...
What I have learned this year is that the most treasured times are the ones that we can gather together with family and friends, whether that is via zoom, social distancing dinners or gathering together in our homes.  I am behind excited to share my first online workshop !  In this course we will be creating some watercolor holiday recipe cards to document your treasured family recipes.   I will be teaching easy techniques to sketch and use watercolors to create beautiful recipes keepsakes to  share with your family and friends.  Don't forget to make some for yourself! Learn from other creative artists, home decor and food experts to make this season a joyful celebration. My hope this year, is that you create time to reflect on this holiday season.  To create new traditions and keep the old, but most importantly share a little bit of yourself, your gifts and talents this Christmas season. Register now for the Christmas Collective .  ...
 Are you taking the time to capture this autumn season?     With all our busy schedules and family responsibilities it is sometimes hard to pencil in taking the time to capture and document the seasons.  What I have found is when I actually take the time to capture the season, whether that is in photography or in my art, I always come away feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated. For me, I pencil in creative time into my calendar each week.  It can be as few as 15 minutes to stop by that roadside stand filled with fall mums and pumpkins.  Grab your phone and capture the colors of autumn.   On your walks around your neighborhood, capture the changing on the seasons by taking photos of the scenery and leaves changing.  Creativity and exercise... What could be better? In the evenings when the sun is going down, I'll scroll through my photos editing and also grabbing my paintbrush and watercolors to create in my art journals.   This week, I encourage you to schedule time to create and cap...
I am beyond excited to be interviewed for a Maker's Story with Rachel and Linda.   It was a wonderful conversation on all art, what inspires me and news on my upcoming classes.   Won't you join me?   https://www.makersstory.com/episodes/episode-19-sheila-rumney/ ...
Vintage book pages make a great start for your watercolor art pages.  I created these art pages using one of my beloved Aunt's Rumford Cookbooks, that she collected.  I used matte medium to adhere to watercolor paper.  Once dried, I added clear gesso so the beautiful vintage pages could peek out from the watercolor.   I added more dimension to the background using charcoal.  I then used a combination of black and white pens to add additional interest.   It is a great way to re-purpose those old books from your loved ones, so why not grab an old book at start creating some beautiful art? ...
I enjoy collecting quotes and beautiful photography.  It amazes me how words combined together  and gorgeous photos can bring such emotion. Through photography and digital art, I can combine both and fill my art journals with them. Having a camera phone and a few apps gives me the opportunity to create on the go.  No longer do I have to use my "big girl" camera to take photos and then edit with my computer. My iPhone  has opened up so many wonderful creative opportunities.   Some of my favorites apps: Rhonna Designs Rhonna Magic DistressedFX Have you started using your camera phone to create art?  What are your favorite apps? ...
For years I have enjoyed bringing the past into the present with my artwork... whether that is in the pages of my art journals, family scrapbooks or wearable art. I created this art apron using vintage fabrics, millinery, bits and babbles and the best part is a photo of my mom, when she was a toddler, with my grandma.   This apron is displayed in my office.  Each time I look over, I remember all the beautiful memories of  "bumming around" (shopping without buying), trips to McDonald's, weekly pizza nights and Grandma's snack drawer.  It was filled with cookies, Vienna sausages, circus peanuts and orange slice candy. Do you enjoy bringing a bit of the past into your present? ...