All About You: Reader Survey

2015 Deep Space Sparkle Reader Survey

2015 marks my seventh full year of creating content for Deep Space Sparkle. As many of you know, I started out posting some pretty random stuff; art lessons, a few art supply reviews and some pictures of my students. I never really had a plan. It wasn’t until around 2013 that I really began to focus on creating intentional content. The stuff you asked me for and the stuff I … Read More →

The Business Of Creative Blogging


My inbox is full of people asking for business advice. Things like how to set up a home-based art business to making PDF lesson plans to increasing blog traffic and even when to pay taxes. It seems people are looking for creative ways to make a little extra each month and need specific information to get them moving in the right direction. I’m happy to give you any advice I can. Deep Space Sparkle has evolved … Read More →

What I learned in 2014

What I learned in 2014

Lessons learned. Always good to reflect back and see what resonated with you most in the past year. Here are my biggies: 1. Despite feeling awkward and just plain silly, nothing makes you feel seven again like wearing a tiara. Thanks Jonna for pulling out the tissue-paper, sequin encrusted birthday crown again this year. 2. Loved attending my first 2014 NAEA conference. Meeting Phyll and Cassie and Rina and Donna and Jessica made … Read More →

Favorite Posts of 2014

A list of my favorite Deep Space Sparkle posts of 2014

2014 has been a great year. That’s not to say that everything went swimmingly, but I crossed stuff off my bucket list and ended the year happy. This site has been a catalyst for much of my joy. It’s where I get to exercise creativity, push through comfort zones and dream of doing bigger things. The best part, of course, is connecting with you, sharing ideas, and extending a helping hand. When I receive emails from … Read More →

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas from Deep Space Sparkle

The most wonderful time of the year…. We can’t wait until the boys come home from college. We plan to do nothing. Not going anywhere. Just cooking (me) eating, drinking wine and waiting to see the The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and Unbroken, which was one of our favorite reads this year.  Doesn’t get any better than that. My next newsletter will be delivered January 1st.  I will be posting my best … Read More →

Live the Life You Want (this recap is a tad long)

My experience at Oprah's The Life You Want weekend

I just spent two days in San Jose at Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend. It was not a fireside chat with Oprah but rather one of ten thousand (mostly women) listening to her amazing stories of inspiration, courage and life lessons. I wanted to get my thoughts from this weekend down on paper but figured Deep Space Sparkle might be a better place. Of course, I realize that many people … Read More →

Conquering the Cassoulet

conquering the cassoulet FB

When you have a creative business, it’s important to fill your creative well. Burnout is common with bloggers and maybe even more so with art teachers…I mean, all that lesson planning and kid-management and energy. It’s exhausting. So at the beginning of the school year, I vowed to devote a bit more time to creative cooking. Not just dinners but dishes. The ones you might order in a restaurant. I pinned a few recipes that looked … Read More →

About Patty

I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.

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