Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I'm really struggling wtih coming up with a plan for the new year. I know I want all the usual things ie; healthier living, being kinder, taking more time with family, being a better housekeeper, employee,sister,daughter,mother,wife, fellow blogger, and friend (taking a moment for a breath) and not to mention.....ARTIST! It can be overwhelming at times can't it? How can I improve in all areas at once? That is where I mess up.....thinking such thoughts.
So, some how, I will have to get my mind in a relaxed state and be quiet for a while until clarity comes. Maybe I should take up meditation? Hee-hee, people that know me well will think that is funny.
Seriously though, I do think that more times like the beach scene here are important. So that is my number one resolution.
I also want to expand my horizons. I have begun the process of developing a creative instructional book. I'm keeping the subject matter private for now. Any help on that topic of getting such a book published (not self publishing)is appreciated.
I also want to take some classes in the art/creative world.
I want to help my daughter more with her art too. She has turned out to be quite the little artist. I don't like her subject matter so much as it is darker and scary stuff....but she understands that. I love her talent though. It is kind of a yin/yang thing at our house. Ha!
Oh, and I really, really, really want to go somewhere with a beautiful beach with my husband in the summer. This September will be our 25th anniversary and that will be our celebration.
Then, I want my husband and I to focus more on our retirement plans ie; saving, planning, and dreaming.
Happy New Year to all of my friends and family in blogger world. 2009!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I got a new camera for Christmas. I think it will take close ups better....much better.
I've been thinking a lot about the New Year and where I really want to be going with my art. Do I want to continue with Etsy? Do I want to pursue other means for selling which would be what? Just what do I hope to achieve with all this? Anyway, I'm certainly not down about all this. I'm just always excited by the New Year and all the possibilities. It is funny to go back and look at my new years posts from the last years.
2006 in anticipation of 2007
Anyway, I would like to take a moment to shout out to two of my dear friends who seem to have gone underground or into hiding of some sort. (joking)
D Baker-Got your very creative little Christmas card and I enjoyed reading about updates on you and your beautiful family. I added one particular song on my playlist for you and me today. You will know which one it is!
M-Got the ornament-So appropriate for a Texas girl with a flavor for color and glitter!!!
Love you both.
Well, gotta go shower and get to work! Back to work.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Today, we plan to do some sight seeing, shopping, and yes, some geocaching. So, more later. Have a lovely day.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
click on the article above to enlarge. I wrote this several years ago for our local paper. Forgive all the typos- hey, this is Big Spring, TX! It made the front page! I know it was a while back because there is an add for the Jurasic Park movie-the first one. I'm adding it here as an entry in Ambers Great Christmas Giveaway.
I also hope my sisters enjoy this memory. Merry Christmas sisters! I love you Ronetta and Rhea. We are blessed to have each other and these good memories. Hugs.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
OM gosh, only 7 days. The panic is setting in. I think I must work better under pressure because I'm suddenly making lists...checking them twice....etc. Anyhoo, just a few things to share this morning.....
- Debbie over at Suburb Sanity featured me in her blog! Well, I say "featured" as it seems a little more special then saying "mentioned". Anyway, if you don't visit her blog, you are missing out on lots of laughs. She is very good at capturing the day in the life of women, mothers, etc....to me, she is a lot like Erma Bombeck. I hope she will write a book someday. She has over 99 followers, maybe you can add to her numbers.
- Oilcloth: Yesterday, I was listening to Martha Stewart 112 on serius radio and she was talking about making oilcloth placemats. I have been interested in making oilcloth somethings for some time but could never find oilcloth. Here is the link she suggests for purchasing oilcloth But she also gave some tips about sewing oilcloth. She said always start with a new needle as it is "tough" to sew. Make your stiches a little longer (can't remember why). You can't wash oilcloth in the washer. While I was looking for oilcloth info on her web site, I found this pattern/instructions for the lunch bags made from oilcloth. So, FYI if you were interested...
- The Christmas Sweater: Great Book! If you get a chance to buy, borrow or check out from the library.....I highly recommend. It is a wonderful and heart warming story. It was a quick read and I don't recommend reading it in public as you might cry a tear or two.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Only 9 more days until Christmas. Are you ready? I'm ready. I have not finished all my shopping, I have not done everything I would like to do, I can't figure out what we will do with our dogs while we are gone to see son, but.......I'm very unusually calm about it all. I'm just kinda like .......I will get done what I get done. SO THERE!!!!
Last night I tried out a new recipe I discovered in this month issue of Country Home. Recipe on page 90 for Mexican Chocolate Brownies. It sounded interesting as it called for "Mexican-style chocolate (abuelita). I actually found this chocolate at our Walmart in the "Hispanic" section. It is packaged and marketed for making hot chocolate. Anyway, it is a dark chocolate and has cinnamon in it. Yummy! The brownies were awesome and I don't have much left to give away which was the intention.
You have to try out new recipes before you start handing them out. I learned this the year I gave out cookies in a jar. They looked very nice but that particular recipe was not all that great!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Yesterday was a hard day to start! My husband and I were so worried as we had gone 2 days without hearing from Cody. He would not answer his cell phone, email, texts or anything. My husband was about to have a cow and I was trying to keep him calm and act like he was being silly and overly protective. After all, Cody is a man now. "Let him be....he is probably just having fun with his friends since it is his days off" Then I had to go to Walmart to get away from hubby and have a nervous break-down. Oh, all the things that go through your head. Anyway, long story short, hubby called the AFB that Cody is at, had them go and check on Cody and probably embarrassed him profusely to the point that he will never miss one of our calls again. Cody had been in bed with a little cold and did not hear his phone. Or at least that is what he said. So, hubby calls me and all is well. Well, first I had to have a crying spell (relief). Question-Does it ever get better? Do you ever stop worrying yourself sick about your children. Can we just put one of those little chips in their head like they have for pets now?
Here is my latest piece of art-"GONE FISHING". It is now available on my ETSY.
NEWS: Renea (Pocket Full of Prettys) was called out to son and daugther-in-laws yesterday as someone is thinking about making their grand appearance. I can't wait to meet little Kennedy! Keep them in your prayers please.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Christmas is fast approaching......before you know it, St. Nick will have come and gone....cookies in his pockets...milk to go please.
For some reason I was telling Renea (Pocket Full of Pretty's) about this photo of me and my step brother sitting on Santa's lap. I did not have this photo but I remembered it being in my mother's collection of pictures. I emailed my mom and she did all the hunting and scanning and sent it to me---thanks Mom.
A CHRISTMAS LONG AGO CONTEST
Here are the rules! Prize INFO At the Bottom of this post!
1. Blog the photo from your favorite "Christmas Long Ago" and tell the story
2. Put a link to my blog in that entry and tell three others about the contest
3. Let me know you are participating through comment on my blog or email-then I will add you to the Funky Art Queen's Christmas Long Ago Contest Blog entry.
I'm going to let the general public pick the winner by posting links to each one of your entries and soliciting votes.
PRIZE INFORMATION: You can select one item-any item from my Etsy shop!
OK, now get going! Good Luck!
Friday, December 05, 2008
go to THIS SITE and have some fun.
You can't steal the photo so you have to make a link to it at Worlde. However, you can print it out. I want to print it and make shapes for scrapbooking or art. Oh man, this is going to be fun. Well, gotta go. See ya later.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
On another note, excuse me if I gloat......I WON I WON. I WON THE PRIZE ON THE QUEEN OF ARTS 100TH POST GIVEAWAY. She decided the prize would be whatever the winner chose from her etsy site. I had my eye on those Diva magnets several days before the contest. How lucky am I? I'm excited. Kim, the Queen.....is a lovely person. She is so wise and says the wisest things that both inspire me and cause me to think a little harder about things. She is a gifted encourager and artist. So, it will be an honor to have something that she created.
Now, for those of you that know me well, you can disreguard this next paragraph as you already know this. But, for those of you who are just getting to know me......I want to share with you (WARNING.....SHAMELESS BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENT COMING) that December 11th (next Thursday.......mark your calendar here) is my BIRTHDAY!!!! I will be 44! But, I'm still hot! Heehee
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This one.....("To thine Own Self Be True") is a quote from Hamlet/Shakespeare. After doing some research, I discovered that my understanding for this phrase is not exactly what was meant in the famous prose. See more about that here.
My interpretation of this phrase is that I need to remain true to myself. It reminds me not to get distracted so easily in my art interests or anything else for that matter. It reminds me that I love bright colors and messing with glue and as many mediums as possible to create a wonderful and funky piece of art. Being true to myself reminds me that just because I can make something that someone else has created does not mean I will enjoy making it. Do you get what I'm trying to say?
So, since that has been running around in my mind with all the other crazy things that run around in there......I was inspired to create this mixed media piece. This is more of what I love and the message is clear.....TRUTH. Oh, and I have to mention that this is an encaustic piece. I used beeswax on the collage pieces and the last layer of the entire piece.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
What a fru fru girl she is with her pink poodle! She is sooooooo not me! But, I love her. Hmmmm, she reminds me of someone......a friend of mine........I wonder who........???? I completed this piece last night and will post it on my etsy in a moment.
Meanwhile, I had a great day. I got up very early to drive to Odessa for the American Heart Walk that I was the leader of for my work place. We had a great turn out and lots of donations. I enjoyed the dancing/aerobic warm up. It was very hip hoppy and zuma like. I wanna take a class like that. FUN!
Husband traveled with me so he could geocache in Odessa while I walked. Then he and I went to Johnny Carino's for lunch. We drove back to Big Spring (all this before noon) and I dropped him off at the house, picked up the daughter and off to my Aunt Peggy's to see my Mom who had come to town. Also got to visit with several family members who I have not seen in awhile. It was great. Here is a pic of Heather with her great grandma...
I hope you all are having a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here it is....finally....the very large piece of art that I was commisioned to do. I finally finished it and the owner said she loved it. So, it is ok to show you now. Since this was something new for me to do a huge piece of art....I took pics along the way to show the evolution of the project. (See slideshow at bottom of this blog entry).
It is a highly textured piece...the flowers are stenciled with texture paint, the bottom background has textured waves and imprints. The top is very spongy/imprinted. The vase, that is my favorite. The lady that ordered this painting revealed to me that she and her husband are building a new home. She wants the painting for a focal point when people enter the home. So, I added these words in texture paint to the vase:
"Love to all who enter this house,
Welcome to our loving home.
Love to all who enter our home
And take love with you
when you go."
You really can't read it unless you know what it says. But, I felt it would be a kind of blessing to their home.
Monday, October 27, 2008
My husband loved it. He said it reminded him of a hologram for some reason. I guess the contrast of the orange checks and the purple checks is a bit much for the eyes! Heehee
The legs on this one were so much easier than the last ones I made. I used floral wire and taped them with brown floral tape. I guess the stiffness was just right and the tape gives you something to anchor it to the body by sewing.
I finished the big painting!!!!! I emailed a pic to Tandi (the lady who ordered it) and I'm waiting for her response. Then, if she does not hate it and I am not in a deep dark depression.....just kidding, I will show it to you. Anyway, I'm glad I finally finished.
Hope you all have a great week and keep in touch. I owe you all some visits to your blogs and I plan to do that tonight.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Halloween is fast approaching. I love halloween. It is the one day each year that adults can play dress up and act silly. I don't get into the monsters and scarry part. I just like the fun and silly parts. This is Pocket Full of Prettys and Wild over Wine last year as they went about marketing in their get ups. I can't wait to see what they come up with this year.
Me and my work gang are going to be dressing up as kind of a team thing. I can't tell you or I would have to kill you! So you just have to wait until then! But, it does insert some fun and fun is what we all need a little more of!HALLOWEEN STUFF SALE!
Speaking of Halloween, I have three Halloween items on my Etsy shop that I am going to take 25% off from now until Halloween. Two of my funky house pillows and one bracelet. Just take 25% off the price before you pay. OK, off to get ready for work. Have a happy Tuesday.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
NO WATER REQUIRED FLOWER GREETINGS. I made three. But I have several more different themes I want to create. We will see about that. Oh, I should give credit where it is due. I was inspired to create these by two people. One, Pocket Full of Prettys....her little magic wands are so awesome! Then Butt Uglee's fabric flowers. She sent me one so I got to see it in person. I loved her little black and white stems. See how lovely it is to share our art and ideas? See how we each have our own spin on things.
Really, I did work on the large commission art piece. It is requiring so much paint. I just felt I needed to go over the background again because it seemed sparse. It is coming out very pretty and I think the lady that ordered the painting is going to be pleased. I am glad she is not in a hurry though because it is taking much longer than I anticipated. It is just hard for someone like me to stay focused on such a large project. So, I have to do a little of this and then a little of that and then back to the big piece. I can't wait to show it to you all when I am done. I actually have taken pics along the way to do a slide show called "Evolution of My First Huge Painting". But I don't want to show anything until I get it done and the owner sees it.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I started making these little houses a month or so ago and I really enjoy them. They are just little pieces of fabric art that can be embellished in so many ways. The one pictured above is my most recent. I loved the little fibers hanging off the chiminey on this one.
I love the "house" shape and pictures with houses. I wonder what that means? I think the house shape/pics of houses represent home, safety, security, love, warmth, many many happy things to me. I think these little houses would be cute house warming gifts.
I made one of the little houses a Frida house. I know her house was blue and so I started with that. Then I added several fabric transfers and some letter buttons to spell her name.
Then with Halloween coming, I felt the need to make some Halloween houses. This is the latest one.
All of these houses are available at my Etsy shop today! Go and check them out!
Monday, October 06, 2008
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
4 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups cubed potatoes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
16 oz of Velveeta cheese cubed
1/4 cup sour cream
In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over medium heat: cook and stir vegetables and beef , until beef is brown.
Stir in basil and parsley. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes.
Melt the remainder of butter and stir in flour. Add the milk, stirring until smooth.
Gradually add milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Stir in cheese. When cheese is melted, add sour cream and heat through. Do not boil.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
blog award from a very special friend and fellow blogger Pocket Full of Prettys. She and Lisa are my dearest and sweetest friends in the world. They are always doing kind things for me and I love to spend time with them. Anyway, sniff sniff (should have given a mushy alert huh). Thanks Renea! Now, I must pass the award on to other blog friends and here are the rules.....
2) 4 must be dedicated followers of your blog
3) one must be a new follower of your blog, or live in another part of the world
4) and you must link back to the person who gave you this award
Etsy Shop. Hope you will check them out. I think you will find the prices very reasonable.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I'm going to post it on Etsy for that much! OK, perhaps that is a little steep. But the emotional strain and stress over this whole matter......heehee again. Really, I'm just trying to be funny. I am going to list it tonight. Also, in closing, I have to introduce you to "Rupert" our pond frog. I think it is one of the frog/tadpoles my sister Rhea gave us. See how he has grown?
Monday, September 15, 2008
I thought of this idea last week and I had to start making them. I can't decide if I will try and sale them or make my whole tree kind of shabby chic or victorian with all these type ornaments. Here is how I did it on this one...then I will tell you about the others that I don't have pics of but they are very similiar.
This is one of those plastic ornaments that is in two halfs that fit together. Got it at Michaels for about 2.00 I think. It also has a hook on the top to tie string or hang wire.
I had this vintage pin-pretty big and suspended it from the hook on the top of the ornament with very fine wire...I wanted it to hang in the middle.
I filled the bottom with vintage beads-pearls-pinks-silvers.
I tied wire ribbon and one that was not wired to the top.
I used a toothpick to apply Aleenes Jewelry Glue around the edges of each side so that it will stay shut. Walla! A Victorian Christmas Ornament.
The others were created with those glass ornaments you can buy at the craft stores. You can take off the top but it only has a very small ( a little bit bigger than a pencil head) opening. So, of course you won't be fitting a large pin or brooch in their. So I just used the same instructions above omitting the pin. Just fill it with pretty beads and tie some pretty ribbon. Now get busy so you will have enough for your tree. Or you could make lovely gifts for your friends!