Exciting News!


Art Journaling Program: Name & Website Reveal!

I’m happy to formally announce the name of my art journaling program for at-risk children: Bits & Pieces Art Program!  I selected the name partly because I encourage the children to use “bits and pieces of things” (like papers, ribbon, aluminum foil, etc.) in their art journals.  I also chose Bits & Pieces because we reveal bits and pieces of ourselves when we write, collage, draw and otherwise create.

Bits & Pieces Art Program now has its own website: www.bitsandpiecesart.org

Huge thanks to my husband, José, who did an awesome job building the site.  I hope you’ll all check it out!

Art Supply Drive Reminder

There’s still time to donate art supplies, gift cards or funds to support my at-risk art journaling students. I really appreciate those of you who have reached out to give, and urge those of you who would like to donate to do so today. I have enough donations for one class thus far, but would love to teach two or three classrooms full of students this year and hope more donations will come rolling in soon.  :]


Michaels will send GIFT CARDS directly to your recipient!   (In this case, that would be me.)  If you’d like to order a gift card, please email me through the contact form, and I’ll happily provide my mailing address.

Donate through www.skybluepink.com!  Christina, the wonderful proprietress at SkyBluePink has a special page set up so folks can donate to my program!  You can donate in increments of $5, and can help provide blank journals, scissors, ink pads or Loteria/Mexican Bingo sets.  SkyBluePink then sends me supplies – purchased and provided at cost.  Big thanks to Christina for this helpful option!

Art Journaling Program – NEW VIDEO!

Hubby created a new video for my Bits & Pieces Art Program back in June, and I think he did a terrific job. Have you seen it yet?  If not, please take a peek!  Just three minutes long, you’ll see footage from one of the 2012 art journaling shows, will see student artwork, and will hear feedback from teachers and one of the school principals.  This program IS making a difference!  :]

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding donations, and please feel free to offer feedback on the program video and website.  I appreciate all those who have donated and/or otherwise supported my efforts in the classroom – you’re helping me make a difference in the lives of many!

With warm regards and thanks,

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  1. Posted October 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Congratulations on getting this up and running Melody. Good work.

  2. Posted October 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! Hubby did the bulk of the work on the new website, so I’ll be sure to pass on your kind words in order to give credit where credit is due.
    :] Melody