Wednesday, August 16, 2017


(Jungle Queen butterfly, Stichophthalma frustorferi, inhabits a very specific range in Vietnam, this image represents both sides of its wings the upper on the left and the underside on the right which resemble dead leaves of plants of that region.  When the butterflies are resting on vegetation they close their wings to blend in, when flying, they zigzag near the vegetation to resemble falling leaves as protection from predators.)

10 years ago today I timidly approached this new to me thing called a blog and tapped out my first ever post.  I had no real rhyme or reason for what I would share, no agenda, no promotion plan, no reason to do it for business purposes, etc.  It was for me, a way to make a connection to others who shared my interests, especially in art.  I did not have many creatives who understood my artistic side or pursuits and now I have a whole tribe!

I have met and made lifelong lasting friendships over these last 10 ten years with people I would never come across in daily life.  I have been inspired by so many, encouraged, uplifted, and supported and for that I thank each and every one of you who crossed my path.
(THE PATHFINDER by Sandy Babb - 11 x 15 Mixed Media Painting, acrylics, ephemera, plaster, ink, pencil, and found objects on a handmade substrate)

I thought I would host a little give away to celebrate 10 years of blogging bliss and offer my latest artwork, The Pathfinder, as a gift to one reader.  Not to worry, everyone else will not be left out, I have a little surprise planned for everyone as a consolation prize!
I thought this an appropriate offering since my blogging adventure has been very much a path-finding journey.  I forged ahead into a world of technology that was very foreign to me, made so many delightful discoveries, and now I continue my path-finding adventure marking the way through words and art to show others the way.  Its been and I hope will continue to be a grand adventure for many years to come.
To enter the give away just leave the word PATHFINDER in the comment box of this post, that is it, no standing on your head while juggling lemons or anything like that, lol.  Everyone is welcome and that includes my dear international friends.  A winner will be chosen 1 week from toady on Tuesday, August 23, 2017 and the consolation prize will be announced then too.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my path!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Pressing & Preserving Botanicals with Preservation Book Tutorial...

I wanted to share a little video with you on collecting, pressing, and preserving flowers as well as a little tutorial for a quick and easy for a preservation book to house your pressed collection until you are ready to use them in your creative endeavors. Click the link below to view the video:



Monday, June 5, 2017


The big day is finally here, my very first online class, An Artist Field Kit at Artful Gathering 2017 is launching live tomorrow, June 6th!  It is not too late to register for the class if you have been thinking about it, registration will not close until June 22nd.  This is scheduled as a 6 week class but I am extending it to an 8 week class to allow more time for project completion.
The class is $130 for 14 hours of detailed video instruction.
I am hosting a class give away for registered students, 3 of which will be randomly selected at the ending of the class to win one of the 3 handmade prizes as featured below:

I hope to see you there!

Monday, May 15, 2017


I took a tiny trip to Tennessee...
I took a tiny hike upon a tiny trail...

 I saw a waterfall flowing wild and free...

I spent the night in a tiny house nestled in a tiny dale...

 I wandered through a tiny forest of karst limestone topography... 

I let out a tiny sigh, my how the time did fly...
I was so content, standing sheltered under the aged trees...

I turned and bid Tennessee goodbye...

We were so limited on time that we were not able to hike down to the bottom of Cummins Falls in Cookeville, TN but we did take the tiny hike to the overlook.  If you look closely at the photo you can see people at the base of the falls swimming.

The tiny house we stayed in overnight was built by an Amish Woodworker and the workmanship was amazing.  It was so comfortable, clean, and well appointed.  There is another pink tiny house on the grounds as well as a cabin style tiny house being built. Hammocks hang from trees for guests to relax in and stone fire pits stand at the ready for marshmallow roasting. The rental price for these little hidden gems is beyond reasonable ( tiny house for rent ) 

The 10 acre property is privately owned with gorgeous woodland trails with limestone karst topography. Karst topography is a landscape that is formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. It is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves.   The owner of the property thinks there is an underground cave system that may have been created over time by the ebb and flow of the large lake that skirts the property.

If you are ever in the area of Galatin, TN you MUST eat at Mabel's Dining Room!  Best melt in your mouth non greasy catfish dinner you will ever dine on, truly a taste of heaven on a plate!

This was literally a whirlwind trip, 48 hours to be exact, but we managed to squeeze a little fun in between business.  I am off to plan my next adventure!


Sunday, April 30, 2017


This is it!  Registration has officially begun at Artful Gathering 2017 Online Art Retreat!  Class Kits have been listed in my Etsy Shoppe for those students who wish to purchase them.  Kits are $25.00 + shipping.  Kit contents are listed in the Shoppe listing.  Please note that you must use the Student Code in the comments section to order a kit. 

Please note the a kits is not necessary to take the class.  I have lovingly prepared and packaged a limited number of kits (25 while supplies last) and made them available to those who might wish to save on some of the prep work of the project process.  If you have any questions leave me a comment or contact me via email at

I am excited and I hope you are too!

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