Hi, I’m Catherine. It’s nice to meet you and I’m so happy you’re here. I’ve always been an Artsy/Craftsy sort of person and if you are too, you’ve come to the right place! I invite all of you to play with me here in the studio. I bet you’ll have a marvelous time!
Growing up as one of the oldest of 10 siblings, it was often my job to teach and entertain the little kids. Throw 6 young cousins into the mix every now and then, and I learned to invent interesting things to do at almost a moment’s notice. “Playing school” with 15 kids really prepared me for all that came next and becoming licensed and certified as an Elementary School teacher was a natural next step once I went to college.
Although I taught all subjects in the lower and middle elementary grades for 10 years, I realized I loved teaching Art the best of all. Eventually, I taught Art on alternate days at 2 different schools, reaching almost 400 students in grades 1-8 every week for 20 more years. Adding to all that activity, I served as a school librarian for many years too! What fun that was!
It was also a challenge because I was a single mom. Although I considered my own daughter to be the “best kid in the world,” and she was (still is) a super fun person to be around, I still had to work full time, put dinner on the table, drive the long commutes, repair the house, take the classes that enabled me to constantly renew my teaching license, and so much more. It was a real marathon at times.
I did it though, and was determined to learn everything I could about Art along the way. In the years before I moved on from teaching, I took all the college courses in Art that I could afford and what I couldn’t afford, I taught to myself from books, online tutorials, and through good old trial and error. I filled my shelves with supplies and, although I felt guilty about it, bought the best brushes and paints. I practiced and practiced.
Later, I decided to use my spare time to learn all I could about the graphic side of Art. I bought copies of Photoshop and Illustrator via the teacher discount Adobe offered at the time and learned to use them as much as possible. I opened 2 shops on Etsy and eventually began to sell my paintings in the form of clipart that people could use to make beautiful wedding invitations, greeting cards, t-shirt designs, and much more. The shops are still open and I’ll use many of those original images in the projects you’ll find here. Flowerdance LLC and Flowerdance Studio LLC
My daughter is now grown, I’ve retired from classroom teaching and I’ve still got hundreds of ideas about Arts and Crafts running through my head. I still get a big kick out of making it, teaching it, enjoying it and passing the love of it on to others.
What can you expect from Flowerdance Studio?
You can expect to find inspiration for creative fun! Make my projects the way I’ve shown them or use them as a jumping off place to come up with ideas of your own. The main thing is that you have a great time. I remember watching little kids who had huge smiles on their faces throw glitter into the air just to watch it sparkle on the way down. You could have THAT kind of fun!!!!
If you don’t have all the materials at home, try and figure out what you do have that would work, altering the project as needed. The real object is to be creative and have a fun and fulfilling artsy/craftsy experience for yourself by choosing from my adult projects. You could also have happy play time alongside your kids while making one of my little kid projects.
Flowerdance Studio gives me a place to post all the ideas and the projects I come up with and make them available to you. You’ll find lots here to keep both you and your children occupied, entertained and learning a little more about the happy world of arts and crafts.
Come play in the studio with me. The doors are always open!
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You can contact me via email here: catherine (at sign) flowerdance studio (dot) com