Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Have you been participating in that unwritten contest of 'whoever dies with the most art supplies wins'? Do you have tons of art supplies and even some that you suspect that you will not ever use? I know I do.....I can't stand to throw anything away because just as sure as I do, I will find an article in CPS or Somerset that tells you how to use this supply. But, realisticly, I think I would be happy to know that I don't have that one supply or media because I shared it with someone else in an art supply swap.
In response to this New Year and my need to organize and renew....I have several items I would love to swap. So, that inspired me to sponsor an art supply swap. But, how will I organize it? How will I ensure that everyone who participates is pleased? I can't promise anything but if based on the trust and artist sisterhood system....I think we will all come out well.
Here is how it will go:
- Send me your address firstname.lastname@example.org
- I will pair you up with another participant
- Gather up a regular shoebox full of art papers, fabrics, rubberstamps, (these are just examples), paints, markers, pencils, found objects, whatever you want to share with your art sisters and get it ready to mail.
- I will send you an address of someone to share with. You and that person will swap. So be nice and kind and share well. Remember 'tis better to give than to receive'. Let's make this fun and kind.
- Deadline to sign up is Feb 3rd.
- Must mail by Feb 14th
- Please send me feedback so we can see how this goes.
Happy Art Supply Swap. Can't wait. Fun Fun fun!!!!!! Sign up here!!!!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I have a higher appreciation for Noodle and Lou now. Her little doll was just precious. But, this is my version and I know my friend will like her. It is definitely the F.A.Q. version.
Today was a special day because we celebrated my son's 19th birthday. We all went to Midland and ate at Carinos-I'm still full. We shopped and enjoyed each other's company. I can't believe my baby boy is 19. It has been a lovely weekend thus far. Tomorrow.....laundry, housekeeping, etc.....yuk!!! Have a good Sunday. Hugs!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
It is early Saturday morning and I am sitting here in peace and enjoying my coffee and checking out some eye candy on Flickr-blogging-just enjoying myself. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about life. Reflecting....continuously trying to evaluate where I am at....what makes me happy....what I want to happen in my future. I suppose the book I mentioned in my last blog had some impact. That idea about living in the present. Which brings me to this idea that I have had formulating in my little brain for some time now. It's like that song...."If you can't be with the one you love honey....love the one your with". No, I love my husband very much. It's not about that....I relate it to if you can't be where it is you think you want to be right now....then love where you are now!
For example, I have been dreaming and fantasizing about our dream home by the lake. Just a little simple place. I dream of having a big garden, herbs, flowers, vegetables....all of it. I dream of having a simple little studio and perhaps even a little gallery where I will display art by me and others. I will have workshops and I will meet so many wonderful people. My husband and I will sit out on our porch in the evening and watch the lake, the nature of it all. We will travel some and we will just have a ball. Of course I won't be tied down to a J-O-B. I will make enough money in my studio and workshops!
In the fantasy, this all would occur when we retire....this is not going to happen for some time. So lately, I have been thinking why do we have to wait to live our dreams? Why can't we incorporate as much of our fantasy into our current life as possible? I'm pretty sure I started thinking like this some last year. That is why I planted my little container garden.
So, how do I live this dream now? I think that I should try to create the environment I envision into my current home. I should try to constantly remind myself to live in the moment.
We are planning a really big garden for the backyard this year. That is a good start. I am still working on my mini workshops plans. I just could not get the courage to go and talk to the craft stores this week. I have to do that!!!!!! I know~!!!!
Hubby and I can take get aways to those lakes and nature places from time to time. There are so many things we can do to love this moment. Have a happy saturday!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
One of the things that sticks in my head is where Dr. Izzo talks about one woman he interviewed. She said that every decision she makes, she stops to imagine herself as an old woman sitting on her porch reflecting back on this decision. Will she pleased or disappointed with her decision? Will she regret the decision she made? Boy, that really stuck with me. Another point I got was about how we should live in the moment. We spend so much time planning for later. Planning for tomorrow, next year, our retirement. He reminds us that life is so short that we should remember to enjoy every moment. This one hit home with me because I know that I am always planning for tomorrow, next year and retirement. It is hard to live in the moment. But, when you try to think about what it is that would make you happy this moment, it is usually something very simple. Warmth, friends, family, foods, comfort..... I liked the book. You might check it out.
Meanwhile, right now, I'm cooking dinner and trying to blog real quick.....living in the moment-teehee.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Help, I'm making ATC's and I can't stop!! Heehee
ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) are fun little pieces of art. I decided that I would use the ATC as my first subject in my art workshops. Afterall, what better way to introduce multiple mixed media techniques? Plus, these little creations are so small (3.5"X2.5"), they hardly take any time at all. I have created about 10 of them using many techniques in just a day or two. I wanted to have some examples to show the people that attend the workshops.
The ATC image posted above is one of the favorites from the 10 I created. I used metal tape to cover the entire ATC canvas. Then I dropped three different colors of alcohol ink on the metal tape canvas and used the alcohol ink solution blender (just a few drops) and dried it (and blew the colors around) with the embossing heat gun. Then I stamped the circular image and applied the collage element of the fortune teller hand. I added the word "fortune" with my label machine. I finished the piece by using an emboss pen around the edges and embossing powder and heat gun to emboss.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Meanwhile, in search of ideas for purses, I found this great site with tons of handbags that people designed from recycled materials. My favorite was the one made from magazine paper beads. Take a look here
I'm going to get a haircut and some highlights today! Weeeee! I hope I come out looking gorgeous......or at least updated! So, happy Saturday....do something for you today!!!!! Oh, and go buy something from me at Etsy so I can afford to make more stuff!!!!!