Privacy Policy

Smoky Mountain Diva found at (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used. This statement only applies to this Website.


Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form.

Information We Collect from Others:   The Website utilizes the Facebook commenting system, so if you choose to comment on a Website post, your profile picture will appear.

Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.

Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.

Google uses cookies to help serve the ads it displays on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying Google ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When users visit a Google partner’s website, a cookie may be dropped on that end user’s browser.


We may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • Operation and maintenance of the Website;
  • Sending you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
  • Sending you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • Responding to your comments or inquiries;
  • Providing you with user support;
  • Tracking and measuring advertising on the Website;
  • Protection, investigation, and deterance against unauthorized or illegal activity.


We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.

Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Mailchimp – this service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.

Mailchimp is an online marketing platform operated by The Rocket Science Group LLC, a company headquartered in the State of Georgia in the United States. Mailchimp enables our Members to, among other things, send and manage email campaigns and serve advertisements. We also provide other related services, such as real-time data analytics.  Please refer Mailchimp’s privacy policy for further information.  here.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.


From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.


If you leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible.   Your email address will never be available publicly.  


The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.


Display Ads

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Affiliate Program Participation

The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

Smoky Mountain Diva is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Siteground Affiliates Program uses an in-house cookie-based tracking system to keep track of my sales.

Google AdSense puts banners on my page and if you click on them I will get a commission at no extra cost to you. Should you see an ad that you feel is inappropriate please inform me and I will have it removed.


On the Website, you may subscribe to my newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. I use Mailchimp for group emails and the newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketings campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.


Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to

Amend – You may contact us at to amend or update your personal information.

Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.


At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.


The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.


At any time, please contact us at for questions related to this Privacy Policy. You may also write me at the following address Smoky Mountain Diva PO Box 406 Townsend, TN 37882

This privacy policy was last updated: March 22, 2019


Be kind and be genuine. Please respect one another, regardless of who, where, or what level our various skills are at. This is not the place for criticisms or negativity. We are in this together! Spam, Hate Speech and Inappropriate Comments will be deleted immediately without response.  


The purpose of is to help you create genuinely amazing things, be they crafts, art, or DIY projects. By sharing how I’ve made things, I hope to inspire and teach you to do it yourself, too! And perhaps in turn you may teach me a thing or two as well.

I have a number of costs associated with running a blog — server space, technical tools, and more. To offset this, I use affiliate links in posts when they are available. I will never charge you for any of my advertising methods.

The Federal Trade Commission {FTC} revised their guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials in order to protect the public from any intentionally errant or misleading advertising that has been paid for by a group or company.

Since the SmokyMountainDiva blog is a source of income and may occasionally incorporate endorsements or testimonials, I felt it was important to disclose the following to you, my readers:

  • The content of the Smoky Mountain Diva blog is a source of income for me and therefore may be used to promote products, services, or other businesses at my sole discretion.
  • I will only choose to promote products/services/businesses that I have, in fact, used and that I feel will be beneficial to my readers. I feel very strongly about this and I always try a product before I recommend it.  If I don’t like it, you’ll be the first to know.
  • Products provided by my advertising partners for my review are given to me free of charge with no cost to myself. This does not ensure a positive review of the product in any way. I will indicate at the top of the post if I am reviewing a free or discounted item.
  • I will always give my genuine opinion about a product or service whether or not I am partnering with the service provider and/or receiving payment to do so.
  • My number one priority is accuracy and fairness to my readers, and I would never compromise the truth just to make a buck. Ever. It’s not worth it to me and it’s not fair to you.
  • Mentions of associated products/services/businesses within the content of my blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. Some are affiliates, some are just websites I use or admire for all they have accomplished.

Integrity is a major part of my code of ethics, and I hold myself to the highest standards of accuracy. I also strive to deliver interesting, helpful, and encouraging content while generating a small profit to compensate for my time, research, and ideas. I make it my goal to be up front and honest with every post I write.

Thank you for reading down to the bottom! Happy Crafting! Sue Jones, Smoky Mountain Diva

Find Joy in the Skills You Have


I find hilarity and humor in almost every situation. In fact you could say Joy is my middle name. Well, actually, it is my middle name. I am a child of the 60’s.

While I am a certified worry wart, it takes a lot to get me down. I live on the edge of one of the most visited and beautiful national parks in the country. Often I will just stand in my yard and gaze at the mountains in wonder. People spend millions of dollars to do what I can do for free.

At night the stars are bright and clear and the Milky Way looks like a footpath connecting the mountain tops. There’s something about staring at a sparkling, midnight blue sky that makes all your worries seem so trivial.

I have come to realize during my journey of discovery of oil painting that no matter who I try to emulate, my own spirit/soul/personality comes through.

I want so desperately to paint like my mentor/teacher Jeremy Doss, with his warm, peaceful, beautiful paintings. But even though I can sit behind him and paint the exact same thing with the exact same palette,

(french ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, viridian, sap green, transparent oxide red, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre pale, cadmium red deep, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow pale, lemon yellow and white, in that order always around our palettes), mine always come out bolder, brighter, more fantasy than reality.


The harder I tried to paint like him, the more discouraged I became. Then came the day that turned painting from a chore to a joy.

My class and Jeremy were plein air (fancy for outdoors) painting at the Visitor Center here in Townsend. It was a warm Spring day and the mountains were budding with new life.

A woman I admire very much walked up behind me. She looked at my painting, then Jeremy’s. She hugged me and whispered in my ear, “I love Jeremy with all my heart, but I like your painting better, it’s bright and bold just like you.” That was my Aha! Moment.

The reason I can’t paint soft, peaceful, calming paintings like Jeremy is because I am not a soft, peaceful, calming person like he is. I’m bright, bold and in your face. Just like my paintings.


That was the day I decided to embrace the painter I was and not try to force myself to be what I’m not.  I removed the yellow ochre and replaced it with turquoise blue and permanent rose. I don’t necessarily paint what I see but what I feel or what I think it should look like. And that’s okay because that’s who I am.


And I found my joy. Because as you know, Joy is my middle name.


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Procrastination isn’t a Fear of Failure, but Fear of Success.

Procrastination is a big part of Crafting
Kitty Purry lends a paw

If procrastination was an Olympic sport I would get the gold every four years and every year in between.  Say, for example, I have two months to finish something, I always wait until the day before to start. Granted, it does get finished (most of the time) and the huge rush of relief and satisfaction when I’ve accomplished it is overwhelming and gratifying.  If I didn’t know better I would swear there’s a part of my brain that enjoys the rush.

It’s Never Too Late to Start

I have recently come into the world of oil painting.  After a life long desire, I started lessons for my 48th birthday with the amazing artist, Jeremy Doss. Jeremy Doss Art His words were, and I quote, “If I can teach a pigeon-toed man to dance, I can teach you to paint.” And he did.  To which I will be eternally grateful.  I’m telling you right now if you ever have an opportunity to attend one of his workshops run, don’t walk to the nearest one.
What does this have to do with procrastination, you say? Well, I love oil painting. It satisfies something in me that photography never quite accomplished.

I belong to a great Plein Aire group of men and women called the Tuesday Painters, because we, well, paint every Tuesday.  When you live in East Tennessee you will run of days before you run out of places to paint.  But when I sit down in front of that giant, mind-searingly white sheet of canvas, my brain shuts down like a frightened turtle.

I can suddenly think of a thousand things that need to be done instead. Must have more reference photos, must organize my space, must find a snack, bathroom or anything else to postpone the inevitable.  When I finally get down to the business of painting, some of the others are starting their second. Yes, Kathie Odom, I’m talking about you. (side note: If you could design a beautiful, amazingly talented, wonderfully spiritual human being, her name would be Kathie Odom.)

I do eventually start painting and have a fantastic time but the ritual never changes.

Art Cards Originals and Editions

Enter ACEOs, an artist’s version of trading cards. It combines the fun of trading Baseball Cards with the artwork of Magic Cards. These tiny (2 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch) bite-size morsels of painty goodness bring me joy and happiness.  I think of a topic, and boom I can pop out 3 in an afternoon. The process of painting is exactly the same, just in miniature.  All of the paint and paraphernalia are confined to a 4-foot square tabletop on a sunny porch. Instead of gargantuan sheets of canvas taunting me with their whiteness and blankness, rectangles the size of playing cards greet me.  Did I mention how much fun they are to paint? In other words, I don’t hem and haw. Suddenly the refrigerator doesn’t need cleaning. I just sit down and paint. Then I paint some more.

I think I will start some now, as a matter of fact.   Or maybe this afternoon. Definitely before bedtime.

Don't let Procrastination slow you down.
Monet’s Lily Pond, Giverny

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What is Your Crafting Season?

Crafting by the Season
Knoxville Market Square

What is your Crafting Season?

In spite of the fact that I’m sitting here in shorts due to an unusually warm December, my brain is telling me that it’s time to get out the crocheting and knitting. For some reason, my brain tends to split up my crafts into different seasons. Therefore, Winter is for crocheting, knitting, and quilting. Summer is for crafting and painting and Spring and Fall are for photography.

I never even realized I do this until a few weeks ago.  I looked at my ever-present pile of crocheting and thought to myself  ‘its time to get started on that’.  There’s no reason not to crochet the rest of the year. Most of my projects are fairly small and it’s not like I’m going to melt if I knit during the summer months.  But for some reason, in my brain, that’s how it’s always been.

Spring and Autumn are perfect for Photography

Even though I take photographs throughout the year I recognized a pattern recently when I was sorting my photos out. There are hundreds to sort through. I’m talking about actual photographs, not just my digital ones. I don’t even want to think about my digital ones. For instance, I realized after I split everything up into piles the two biggest piles were Spring flowers and Autumn leaves. Oh, and beaches, lots of beaches. Any kind of beach is good. Florida beaches, Caribbean Beaches, any beaches I don’t know why, I just like beaches (and sunsets.)Spring Iris

Throughout the Summer I paint like a madman (madwoman? madperson? Don’t want to get arrested by the PC police.) It’s like there’s not enough light in the day to get everything done that I want to do. But once Autumn rolls around and the sky starts getting darker earlier I find I have to force myself to pick up my paint brushes.

What is your Crafting Season?

Maybe it comes from the fact that I spent three-quarters of my life in the Popsicle that is known as the North. There quilting, crocheting, and knitting was a matter of survival. It adds one extra layer to your jacket, your mittens (try knitting with mittens on), your whatever you have on to keep warm.

But I live in the South now. It shouldn’t matter anymore. Granted, Tennessee gets four seasons. Normal seasons, not 10 months of winter and two months divided among the other three seasons. But in my brain, it’s time to pick up the knitting needles. It doesn’t help that every magazine I see has 1000 awesome patterns that I really want to try. I’ve only got dozens of skeins of yarn of various thicknesses and colors just dying for me to do something with them. But even though I have all year to work on these projects, December rings the little bell in my head that starts the process.

There’s Nothing Like Christmas to Jump Start the Crafting Juices.

I think to myself, I’ve got plenty of time. As you read in my post about procrastination, you know I can take it to epic levels. There are still two more weeks left until Christmas. If I knit and or crochet every waking moment I should be able to finish these really cool projects. Well, if you know anything about me by now, you know that by Christmas, if I’m lucky, I might have finished one project. This weird thing called life always sucks up my leisure time. Though I do remember one Christmas Eve staying up all night finishing a gigantic cable knit sweater that, by God, I finished by morning. The fact that it was big enough to fit my entire family inside was beside the point. (apparently, the gauge is important in sweater knitting.) But it was done.

Winter, the 3-month Break Between a Woman and her Razor.

There’s something comforting and nostalgic about sitting (read that sweating) by the faux fireplace, in t-shirt and shorts during the winter.  There’s something satisfying about crocheting scarves and hats and mittens that are being shipped to the hapless fools, I mean, family members, that don’t have the good sense to get out of the North.

In in the words from Ecclesiastes 3:1, made immortal by the Byrds, “To Every Thing, There is a Season, and a Time to Every Purpose Under the Heaven.”

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! And for the rest of us, Happy Festivus!

Winter is the reason for Crochet Season
My Grandson, Richard

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