Welcome to my website.

Tole painting is my passion, so it's the primary
focus of this website, but it's not the only thing
featured as my interests are varied;
from painting to basket weaving, to motorcycle riding,
have a look around, and thanks for visiting.

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I am a member of Motor Maids, Inc. (the oldest women's riding club in North America). See our local website here: acmotormaids.multiply.com

Here is my bike! It's a 2004 Honda Shadow Aero. To see more pictures of my bike, click here.

Click here if you want to see how we installed the grips.


Tolepainting originally referred to painting on tin, however it now encompasses any type of decorative painting, be it on wood, glass, tin, etc... When peddlers travelled across America in wagons, hawking their wares, tin was the major product sold to settlers for their kitchen utensils. Not able to afford fancy dishes or cookware, settlers decorated these pieces to make them more attractive. Painters have been known to paint on nearly any surface imaginable, and some you might not imagine...Click here to learn more about tolepainting.


The following links include some websites that I frequently visit and/or order products from. I also subscribe to several of the magazines listed, and I was One-Stroke Certified in Atlanta, 1998 (hence the link to Donna Dewberry's site). On these sites you can find paint products, craft products, tips & techniques, free project ideas and learn about upcoming events. If you'd like me to add a link to this page for your site, or a resourceful site for decorative artists, send me an email. For a comprehensive website listing of painting sites, click here.

  • The Wood Shop, High quality wood kits by many top designers. Let us do the cuttin', leavin' you more time for the paintin'!
  • Carolina Paints One Stroke Painting and Decorative Painting - One Stroke Painting and Decorative Painting information, articles and tips, classes, and more!
  • For more information on tole painting visit the Society of Decorative Painting's website.
  • Tolefriends This is a Internet mailing list, with lots of great activities and fellow painters to boost your creativity.
  • Country Carousel Art Studio This is the website of artist Neadeen Masters, CDA - Art Instructor (she is also a travel instructor).
  • Quick & Easy Painting Magazine  A great magazine with fun painting projects. This magazine offers quick and easy directions or if you are a more experienced painter, more detailed instructions.
  • PaintWorks Magazine Online - This is an excellent painting magazine with great projects in each edition.
  • One Stroke Painting - This site features the one-stroke technique developed by Donna Dewberry. It's a great way to learn to paint, and it's a great technique for quicker, easier painting.
  • Artist Club - A great site for ordering books and supplies.
  • Home Craft Express - This is also great site for ordering books and supplies.
  • Delta Ceramcoat - Delta makes the medium many of us painters love, acrylic paint! This site also features products, ideas, and free projects.
  • Deco Art - This site features Americana Paint and also has lots of fun projects and ideas for the artist in you.
  • ACMoore - It's great to have one of these stores next to a Michael's because they compete for your business and their prices are lower than you'll find at a Michael's where there is no ACMoore nearby. You can find upcoming classes by visiting their website.
  • CraftDirectory.org is one of the largest directories for Arts and Craft enthusiasts on the Internet. Over 24,000 links in more than 900 categories.


Click the box below (it's a link) to go to my database page.
There you will find instructions on how to use the database and a link to download it.

The Microsoft Access 97 version for those of you with Access 97 is now available, please click the box below.

***New Information August 26, 2008***

If you do not have Microsoft Office, and are therefore unable to utilize the free database to organize your books, magazines, and patterns, there is a free office suite, called OPENOFFICE, with a database module, that reportedly is able to open Access databases. Please click here to read more about OPENOFFICE, or to download the application.



Click here to see some of the Christmas projects I've painted over the years.


To see some more of my latest pieces
please click here .

For a quick look at some of the projects I've painted
click here to view.


Here's a snowman plate holder. Painted Dec 2009. You put a plate with yummy Christmas cookies on top! Click either image to see a larger picture.

Here is the winter scene painted on the flip side of the
Autumn sign shown below. It's a combination of a couple patterns.
Click here or on the image
to see a larger picture.

Here is an Autumn sign, very nice for fall.
It's a quick project to paint, from Quick and Easy
Painting, October 2009.
Click here or on the image
to see a larger picture.


This is a snowman sign. The garland also has lights in it and the lantern has 4 lights, one in each pane. It's adorable. I made this one for my "new" sisters, Andrea and Jamie and I made one for my mom too. Click here or on the image to see a larger picture. Painted December 2007.

This is a little metal sign I painted for me, November 2007. Click here or on the image to see a larger pictures.

Here's a great Halloween pumpkin, painted October 2007! Click on the photo, or here to see a close up.

This is a Sue Beckerton design, painted by me in October 2007. The wood is from Coyote Woodworks. This is a great little Halloween center piece!

Here's a clay pot painted to look like a scarecrow. Great for fall.


Here's my very first quilt. I hand quilted most of it, and then I hand painted the roses on the white blocks. Started this quilt in January of 2004, so it took almost 3 years to complete!!! Still it was fun incorporating sewing and painting in one project.

I took another Bob Ross painting class at my local Michael's and this is the project we painted. It's the Northern Lights. Turned out pretty good, but not quite enough color in my lights. Gave this one to my sister-in-law. To see the first Bob Ross painting I did, click here. Click image for a larger view.

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This site was modifed on March 27, 2011