The man I married was a clean shaven, good-looking guy and I did not bargain for the scratchy, knarly old beard that he has recently started growing. He says it was on his bucket list. How can a girl say no to that? There has to be a sneaky way to get him to shave that thang.

First off, he does know that I’m not fond of that hairy jaw and I much prefer the face I married. But he’s really loving it, especially when he gets comments from other women like:

“You look like George Clooney” (are they kidding me? Maybe George Clooney’s sheep dog).

“My goodness, I do believe that beard is changing you…you bad boy.” (OMG, gag me).

Anyway, I’m about to begin my travel teaching workshops and he will be joining me for some of them. How do I get him to shave? Feel free to give me suggestions, PLEASE. Here’s what I’m come up with so far:

  1. Tell him that really white beard is making his teeth look yellow. (Tried this and no dice).
  2. Ask him to read my blog this week…naw, that would be cruel.
  3. “If you are going to grow a beard, then so am I”.
  4. Take him with me to my Florida workshop, where hopefully it will be hotter than H-E-double-hockey-sticks. Hence, off comes the beard.

So, okay. I can’t think of 5 ideas. Help me out here! HELP!

In the meantime, let’s get down to the business of this week’s tip:


You know, of course, you can always scroll down to the Tip of the Week if you don’t want to read all of my dribble, don’t you? And my feelings won’t be hurt because I obviously won’t know. So, in preparation for upcoming posts I think you should know about this really cool palette.

For years I’ve used one of the disposable palettes for my acrylic painting – the one that you peel off the top sheet and throw away when you need a new one. But when that sheet was filled, I continued to mix color out onto my table…way out. It was obvious that I needed more space, so when I saw this palette I purchased it.

No need to show you a photo of a nice new one because it’s just a pristine sheet of white plexiglass more or less. (Yes, you could just buy a piece of white plexiglass but the one I use is called TriArt and here’s a link to it on Amazon:

It comes in two sizes and the largest size is 16 x 24! This palette is cool because acrylic will just peel off it. Here’s what mine looks like at the moment…


Next week, I’ll show you something really cool you can do/make with this palette. For now, I’m off to my first workshops of the year. Yes, in Florida. Not a bad place to go in February, yes?

SIDE NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure, the photo at the top of this blog is actually Charles Darwin. Not my husband, thank God. You know, maybe I don’t have it so bad after all. Perhaps I’ll just pretend I’m living with another man – a bad boy. A very bad boy.

Thanks for reading.


P.S. Don’t forget the special $100 off coupon for those of you who have signed up for the “Jumpstart Your Imagination” creative Mixed Media workshop (all new projects) on Madeline Island. Please note that the deadline on the coupon is Leap Day, Feb. 29th! The flyer for this class is immediately below. Then, below that is the coupon for you.


CLICK HERE for the coupon!

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