Resist This! Painting on masking tape and finding my home style!


Yesterday I started masking out my first ever resist painting. I’ve been seeing Pins go by on Pintrest about it and how simple and fun a way it is to decorate your home! I want art everywhere! I’ve been on a mission to make my home more to my personal taste and liking. I’ve been getting rid of things that I don’t really need or want, and particularly things that don’t reflect my personal style!


I love things on strings and old beat up suitcases! My friend, Juniper, gave me that suitcase many years ago and I always think of her when I see it. It has very real value to me!

As a result of my efforts it’s looking a lot more like what I want it to look like around here.I don’t know about you but my life gets cluttered up pretty quickly. With kids, a cat, and my hubby there always seems to be an endless supply of things to pick up!


This picture isn’t the best, but I wanted to show off my piles of mail and of course all the art and letters littering my space. It feels like home! And when your house feels like home, it makes it easier to feel inspired and create.

So what is your home style? Do you make art at home? Talk to me and tell me what makes you happy!

– Jessanne S


A Card Shower


A friend of mine is having a card shower for her beautiful baby who is just about to turn one! I think it is such a lovely idea! What a sweet thing for a mom to do for her little one. I’ll bet that looking back on all the memories and sentiments within the cards will be a great way to spend a future afternoon.

Well.. inspiration finally struck for what I might do with the card! Above is just a little sneak peek! A tutorial and more pictures in the next day!



An Excerpt on Gadgets; iPhone 5

So I work..
So I work..

Hi there from UpStartArt! Right now, as I type, I am sitting at my desk watching the Keynote presentation about the iPhone5.. and trying not to drool too much on my keyboard. Don’t worry I’ve got tissues. I am going to get one of these, I have a phone upgrade coming the 25th of this month!

First, let me tell you a little secret about myself. I am a big time gadget enthusiast. Yes, that’s right, I just LOVE gadgets. I wouldn’t go so far as to sell my soul for them, but I admit that I have though about it. ;)

Three months ago I upgraded from my early adopter iPad 1 (loved it!) and was able to get the New iPad (love it more!!). Incidentally, my son inherited the iPad 1 and has benefitted greatly with many of the educational apps. Following that, just 2 weeks ago, I got my first iMac. Having been a PC girl for the 15 years I have used, and worked with computers, this is all new territory for me.. Sort of. My IOS devices have been a launch pad into this new world. The “PC Free” revolution that began with the iPad has changed the face of computing in so many ways. People from all backgrounds, economic and social, have been able to adopt a new way of accessing the Internet, information, and social media. Connectivity and information exchange is at an all time high while wearing a new face in these sleek little devices. For myself, and many others, the tablet is the catalyst to a new freedom in the “PC Free” world. My high quality gaming laptop began gathering dust and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been able to re-focus my priorities and become a more productive artist, blogger, and photographer. I don’t feel weighed down by the technology I’ve always loved so much. Instead, it compliments what I already want to do. I have a new interface to the world and I am excited to share it with you.

So take a moment and check out this new lusty iPhone 5! Here’s the link, and get your tissue boxes too! ;)

I’ve been very fortunate, recently. I’ve turned my entire life around in many refreshing and exciting ways. I’ve got a full plate and I am happy. What’s next for me? I think I will pick something off the plate. Cheers!

– Jessanne, an UpStart at Heart

Small Studio; Perfect For Me!


I’ve been really busy this week with a bunch of craziness that I couldn’t do much about! Don’t you loathe that? Things spiral out of control without asking for your permission and land wherever they want.. Usually just short of insurmountable. I stick my tongue out at all of it! Today I sat down in my studio, just a small 5×7 foot closet, and decided to try and tidy up. I lacked the inspiration to create and sometimes simply cleaning will spark my interest or kick up the creative juices. Eventually I found myself relaxing in just a little while and able to meditate and reflect. Afterward I felt like a new person, which was exactly what I needed!

Despite it being a small studio and craft space it suits me just fine. I go in and find the respite I need and surround myself with the clutter of things that keep me happy. Stacked to nearly the ceiling and every corner with cubbyholes, push pins and post-it notes, I can reach everything I need (almost without moving!) from my oversized spinning chair to make art.


I will, eventually, jazz it up (little by little) to get it more like the beautiful space I envision. But for now I am happy and content just having my little closet size studio with small luxuries. It’s always nice to remind myself just how lucky I am, especially when I’m having One Of Those days!

Happy R & R,
– Jessanne