Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Evolution of a Big Piece of Art

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

Purple Bird

My dear friend Renea inspired me once again. She said something about the birds I had made and that made me want to make another one. I was really planning to do another wordy bird but you know how I get distracted. I saw this purple and gold fabric in my fabric stash and it was calling me. What a funky bird this would make!

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 Coming!

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!


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 Flowers

I was very busy yesterday with housecleaning, laundry, and not having the garage sale I was supposed to have! Neighbor did not get an ad in the paper as planned and I think I was really glad about that. I did not feel very good Friday and yesterday but I'm feeling a little perkier today. Anyway, I did find time to create these little (what I call) 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

House Warming Gift for Sister

Yesterday was day two for me. I thought all day long but nothing came to me until late in the day it hit me. Lately, I have been making these little fabric houses. They are just little funky, stuffed houses that are ornamental and fun. I had thought these would make fun little gifts for people who have recently bought a home. A house warming gift. But that idea was brought about as a marketing idea. I'm always making all this stuff and trying to think of ways to sell it.
Then, DUH! It hit me. My sister and her husband recently bought a beautiful home. Why could I not make her a special little house. Usually when these thoughts occur, I selfishly think how that will keep me from making something that I might can sell. Well, it's not like I"m poor! I have a day job. I'm just obsessed with the idea of making this art thing my day job some day!!!!Anyway, I decided to make Rhea (my sister) and her hubby (Jesse) a little house warming house. I spent all evening after work on this. I even embroidered their last name on it. I hope that it will be a blessing to their home. I also wrote a funny little blessing poem to add to her house. But that is a surprise.
It felt good to do this and I know when she gets it she will be delighted. Or at least she will act like it for me because she is just good to me like that. I love my sisters! Hmmm.....I wonder what gift I will give today.
PS: I have always struggled with the idea of when you give you are supposed to keep it to yourself. What are your thoughts on this. Teach me teach me.Have a beautiful and giving day!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Happy Little Fabric Houses

Happy Funky Fabric Houses!

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.

Happy Halloween!

All of these houses are available at my Etsy shop today! Go and check them out!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Cheeseburger Soup

It just seems like fall is the time to start getting out those soup recipes. I have been making this particular recipe for a few years now and the family loves it. The other day, me and Lisa and Renea went over to Olive Garden to eat lunch. I ordered the Tuscany soup for the first time and it was so good I wanted to lick my bowl but I restrained myself! Anyway, that Tuscany soup reminded me of my Cheeseburger Soup. They use sausage in the Tuscany and I use Hamburger meat. I love this soup.....I have never been a big soup eater but this one got me. So, since it is getting to be fall and will soon be winter.....I wanted to share this recipe with you.

Cheeseburger Soup

1/2 pound ground beef
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 1/2 cups milk
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.

You can print this recipe out at

I love the allrecipes site. I have my own little digital recipe box there. I have all my favorites recipes saved there. I used Velvetta instead of chedar cheese as written on this recipe. It is so much better to my taste. I would love to hear about your favorite soup recipes. Please comment and lead me to that recipe!
Also, please run over to Pocket Full of Pretty's Blog to participate in her 100th post blog give away! Go and look at the scrumptious little blocks you could win!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Hodge Podge of Things to Share

I found this cool site where you can make a seal for your blog or whatever. I believe I found this before. Probably blogged about it....will see if I can find that. But today, I wanted to share this with you for some digital fun. Just click on the image above to go and play with this digital toy. It is very easy.
I received a 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.....

1) there are only 5 people allowed
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

OK, of course I would give it to Pocket Full of Prettys and Wild Over Wine but they just received the award and we would be passing this thing back and forth for years. NOT! So here are the recipients I have chosen.

Kim at Queen of Hearts-always present and wise...love her.
Amber at Recycled Realities-another wise friend
mren at MRen Designs a long time internet friend
Teresa-SabbiWabbi-love her blog and she is so kind
Susan Buckner-Newest Follower -

I want to leave you on this bumpy middle of the week day Wednesday with this pic of my most recent pillows of peace. I just love the peace sign lately. I see it every where and it is really groovy don't you think? These are all available on my Etsy Shop. Hope you will check them out. I think you will find the prices very reasonable.