Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thoughtfully Adorned

Hey All-I have moved over to
Thoughtfully Adorned
-I'm focusing on making jewelry now!
Come See Me!!!
Miss my blog friends......xoxo
Lesley

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

She Dreams in Flowers


Journal Art Remix

She dreams in flowers...
colors bold and true,
happy surroundings
for me and for you.

Nothing in grey
Or sad shades of blue
Just crisp yellows and oranges
with dreams coming true.

Hot pink and turquoise,
Deep saturation of hue
Makes her feel happy
Instead of blue.

Black and white checks....
bold designs will do
but color gets her
in the happy dance mood.

Lesley Chandler
6-1-10







Thursday, May 27, 2010

Drawing Without Intentions

Lately I have been enjoying working in my journals and drawing pictures without any intentions what-so-ever.  I think that helps me to relax and go all kinds of places with my creativity when I create something just for the sake of creating.  I decided to do something with my eye ball people since a friend of mine pointed out that it seems like many of my subjects have big eyes and a uni brow.  I don't know why I like eyes but I do believe they are the window to the soul.  I also think, like she said, I like to take in everything visually.  Sometimes, I can hardly concentrate because so many things catch my eye where ever I may be.  I am attracted to color and interesting lines and subjects.  It could even be a simple arrangement of objects that catches my eye.  So, today I give you "Sisters.....Looking Out For Each Other".....a simple drawing tweaked a little digitally.  Have a good evening.  XOXO
Lesley

Friday, May 21, 2010

Art Journal Idea


Oh my goodness, I came up with a fun idea for my art journaling and I thought to myself, "self, why did you not think of this sooner?!" LOL

I had previously ordered lots of 4X6 prints of my art just to give away as part of the "always give them something extra" when people bought art from me.  Last night, I started cutting out images from those prints (so much of my old art).  I also started seeing how my works could be interchanged by cutting out the pieces and adding to other pieces.  For instance, a different head to a different body.  Duh....I bet all of you already thought of this huh?  Anyway, that is how the journal entry was born (above).  The face and body are from a previous print and I drew her arms on this map paper.  See, I'm not lost, I just wander!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Flow




I have been working on my journal like I said I would using the Creative Entrepreneur workbook by Lisa Sonora Beam.  This is just one of my entries.  Today we are going to Midland to have dinner and shop just a bit.  I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Have a Heart for Haiti



I just discovered this Heart for Haiti call for help and I have decided to help.  If you want to help you can click on this link Heart for Haiti and follow the instructions there.  I have so many art pieces that are just sitting here doing nothing, inspiring no one, and benefiting nothing.  So, I offer my art to this purpose.  Do you have anything for this event?  Just like Mother Teresa said once, "I can do no great things....only small things with great love."  So here is my small thing.



 xoxo

Monday, May 10, 2010

Journal Entry


early bird got it
Originally uploaded by Funky Art Queen
Played in my journal last night. I have not done that in a while. I enjoyed the freedom and the quiet time to think while I mindlessly colored with gel pens and other inks. Of course I can't leave it alone, I had to digitally alter it some with the photo editor on Flickr. I hope you are finding time to play in your journals. Happy Monday!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Do You Believe in Fairies?

Oh my goodness, my favorite time of the  year.  Time for the fairies to come out soon from their winter sleep.  I could not wait to start working on the front of their home  and their pond as a kind welcome to them.  I just want them to keep coming back.  So, I found them this fabulous door on Etsy by Jay Beesmer at Wooden Treasures, from North Carolina!  It arrived today and it is more beautiful in person!  I love it Jay and the fairies will too.  The butterfly, well that is right up our alley around here in funky queendom.  THANKS Jay! As a side note, Jay and his wife at Lovingly Crafted...are quite the brilliant wood artists.  You just have to go and check them out on Etsy.
Here is a close up of the door!


Do you believe in fairies?  I hope you do!  Isn't it enchanting to imagine that the fairies do all kinds of magical things at night while we are sleeping?  I would love to know what your thoughts are about fairies.  How can I fix their little area up more so that they will feel welcome?  Ideas?  

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Creative Entrepreneur

I have looked at this book for a long time at the book store.  I hesitated to get it because my first thought was that it was too right brain and not enough of the business side.  But gradually as time when by, I realized that this is the perfect book for the creative individual who struggles with their creative goals.  It is a "DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real". Keep in mind I have only started the first chapter and this is all strictly an account of my creative journey.

I have this burning desire to live a life of creativity!  I dream of someday actually earning a living doing the very thing I love! Maybe you feel this way too?  Without going into "excuse mode" I will confess that I have many barriers to my success.  It is totally up to me to remove the barriers.  I think this book will help me to further explore my personal road to creative success.  It is set up journal style which appeals to me right off.  I hope to do some serious self introspection while working through this process.  Have any of you purchased this book?  Are you working on your plans/goals?  I would love to hear from you.  I may share some of my entries and some may be personal.

Often times when I struggle with something in my life I talk to my "go to girl" my sister, Rhea.  We had a nice lunch yesterday.  I told her about my frustrations.  Through our conversation we kind of had an epiphany.  It seems that I hop around from this craft to that craft....kind of a "Jill of all trades and Master of none".  I get bored so easy with one craft.  I have always knocked myself for that.  But Rhea, said the greatest thing!  She said I should look at people like Martha Stewart.  She does all kinds of stuff!  Yes, she started out cooking and catering but she has her hands in everything.  Another epiphany is that I love to teach.....and help others be creative.  I know that this is something I am good at.  So we are talking about doing more tutorials, and exploring Podcasts and video tutorials.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

blog Giveaway

Hey, I'm hosting a blog give away on the UR Creative Sunshine Blog and tomorrow is the last day so please come and see!  

Monday, April 26, 2010

You Are Creative Sunshine!

I have started a new blog that is more about you and less about me!  I wanted to start a blog that would inspire you creatively!  I wanted to have a blog that would have inspiring interviews with other artists.  Art tutorials are a must along with lots and lots of creative jolts.  So, I opened the blog...."Creative Sunshine" last night.  I already have interviews lined up with some great artists and I have so much I want to share.  I truly hope that I will inspire you and motivate you.  So without further babble....I have to invite you to come and follow me on "Creative Sunshine".  It is new...just a baby.....so come back daily and watch it grow up.  I can't wait to share my latest interviews with some awesome artists and craftsmen.

I am going to have a giveaway tonight so please stop by and you get extra chances for sharing

I will still maintain this blog so don't leave me!  Remember this blog is all about me and what I am doing.  The "Creative Sunshine" is all about creativity and you.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring Time at the Chandlers

Spring has definitely sprung at the Chandler's House.  My little corner of my flower bed that actually gets sun in the front yard has brought up the beautiful pink flowers that I planted years ago.  I got the transplant from my grandma.  These flowers always make me think of my grandma who always had them in her yard.  If it were not for this big ole tree, the flowers would bloom even more and it would be fabulous....but this tree is special.

We planted this Arizona Ash years ago.  I remember my husband standing out in a storm one time when it was just a baby.  He was trying desperately to hold it up and secure it so that it would not get blown over.  I remember so many special occasion photos being taken in front of this tree.  I remember thinking that it would never be big enough to shade the house and that my husband was crazy for thinking so.  Look at it!  It's huge and makes a lot of shade.  Here is a picture from several years ago....take a look at the tree behind the snowfamily!  OMG!


I worked quite a while pulling weeds and pruning the pond area yesterday and today.  During the winter, we put a net over it and kind of neglect the entire pond area.  The nets are off and the fish are feeding!  I love our pond that my guys built a few years back.  I had a fairy family living underneath the tree for some time but I have not seen them this year......yet.


Some of the gold fish and Koi are getttin' huge!


Then, I worked in my little English Ivey bed around another tree in the back yard.  We had lots of weeds that needed pulling.  I like to do that-weeding.  It is very therapeutic to me....calming.  I do my best thinking while pulling weeds.


Finally, I decided it was time to rest.  I went in and took a nice hot shower because my lower back ached.....not a spring chick anymore and all that bending and working muscles I don't normally use kind of gets to me.  Now, fresh and clean, I reflect on my work and my joy at being outdoors and seeing all of the wonders that spring brings to the Chandler Home.  In closing, I have to show you this last picture of the Flag we have hanging in our front until our boy is safely returned from his deployment to Afganistan.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Painted Birthday Wine Glass


I'm just having so much fun with these wine glasses.  It is always nice to discover a new medium.  It is also fun to see that the skills or ideas you have used with other mediums come in handy for the new ones.  I think I have a new idea for birthdays!  These would be fun to fill up with chocolate and wrap the wine glass in cellophane and fru fru the ties and bows at the top.  I will try to make one up for an example and take a pic.  Anyway, this glass is also listed in my Etsy Shop!  Have a happy day.  Remember to carry your creative spirit in all aspects of your life.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Painted wine glasses


I have discovered painting on glass. So.....naturally, the glass that I am most familiar with is the wine glass. LOL.  First I painted some Martini glasses with a zebra motif.  You can see them on etsy here.  Then I decided to do a leopard print, a sexy lady with a red dress and then the funky one above.  The funky one is my favorite and is more true to my style.  I started another funky wine glass and that should be done tomorrow.  Hope to post that one tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I have had a lazy day.  It has been a bit cold and rainy the past few days.  I did a little laundry, a little housekeeping and a very long nap today.  My sis came over this evening and we watched our favorite shows; Project Runway and Cougar Town.  Hubby tevos these for us every week and she comes over for "date night" and we watch them.  I don't watch much television but I like both of these shows and we always enjoy watching them together.

Son is doing fine in Afganistan.  He was deployed to Bagram Airbase on Easter Weekend.  We got to spend a good weekend with him and his wife.  Fortunately, he has been able to call us frequently and keep us posted.  He sounds up beat and in good spirits.  He is doing volunteer work when not working his assignment and he is working on clepping some collage courses.  It is a 6 month assignment and I think it will get here quickly just like Christmas comes so quickly every year.  Hope you are well and having a lovely weekend.  Cheers!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Fru Fru People

I decided it would be terribly funny to create some of my Fru Fru dolls for the Blingin' B*tches of Texas; (The Sweet Potato Queen Wannabes group I'm in).  I imagined they (the dolls) would be like the Flat Betty and Flat Stanley that kids have to send all over to friends and families to get her picture made in whatever the location.


  I believe it is also sometimes a fundraiser.  Not the Case for my BBOT Fru Frus. 



No, these girls are all about fun.  Generally, we as working girls only get one vacation in the summer.  Well, now we get five or more.  If time and scheduling allow, these little girls are going to travel with each one of us on our summer vacations.  After that, we might even consider showing up at your house.  That is if you can convince us as to why we should come to your location.  Also, you would have to swear on  your life that you would send the original Blingin' B*tches lots of pics.  Of course you can't keep them!  You would have to ship them back honey.  If you want your own, let me know and I will do a custom order for you.  

I can't wait to show you the first pictures of the girls on their summer long travels.  

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Windows


"When God Closes a Door.....He Opens a Window".  It is such a great saying.....I've always hung on to that idea to help me through really tough times.  I am hanging on to that now.  My son was just deployed to Afganistan-Baghram to be exact.  He is not quite there yet.....but he will be there soon.  He has a 6 month assignment there.

  I imagine that the "closed door" is our inability to talk to him or see him at our will.  The lack of any kind of control in this event makes that door seem tighter and decreases the chances even more of us opening it.  So, "closed door=open window".  This trip is going to open so many windows for Cody, his wife, and his family.  Forgive me for the bullet point list......it is probably more of an exercise for me than anyone else.

  • Absence makes the heart grow stronger.  Cody's wife is precious...a ray of sunshine and she loves him so much.  She is in her first trimester of pregnancy.  Cody will get her a few weeks before her due date.
  • Cody has dedicated himself to working out and staying in shape as a means to distract himself from the negative pressures in his deployment.  He will come back with a six pack of abs!
  • Patsy and her sister; Amanda, will bond even more since Amanda's husband is also deploying.  This is a window that God wants ....for he loves sisterly love.
  • Patsy will grow even stronger because she will have to continue working and experiencing pregnancy without her husband and father of her child until delivery.  Cody would so be there if he could be.  But, since he can't .....Patsy will develop such strength and endurance.  
  • Cody's parents will grow stronger and learn to accept that Cody is man and no longer a child. 
  • Cody's parents will become more active in support of the United States Soldiers who fight for our freedom.  We will be part of the solution and not part of the problem.  We have already gathered several old discarded cell phones for Phones for Soldiers.  
I would love to hear your "closed door and open window" stories.  Please share.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Blingin' B*tches are Back

Blingin' B*tches SPQ 2010
We are back from our Sweet Potato Queen weekend! OMG, I had the time of my life.  Sister, if this event is not on your bucket list.....it should be.  TIP: Just start planning early! Go to Jill Conner Brown's site at www.sweetpotatoqueen.com and check it all out.  OK-I'm going to give you a little (very small) snap shot of our trip.

Arrived in Style-Jackson, MS Airport

Attended Meet and Greet at Hilton
Went to Big Hat Luncheon
Met Lots of Women from all over the country


Attended the Ball in Fine Attire




Marched in the St Paddy's Day Parade on Saturday


Seriously, that was the funnest thing I think I have ever done as a grown up.  I loved the crowd, the children we gave beads to, the little old men who wanted kisses, the young men who wanted pics with us, the women who clapped for us-all of it.  I wanted to do it again right when we finished.  Right then and there I knew it......I was so meant to be a queen.   LOL

We attended a pajama party that night and danced our butts off!  There was a live band that played all the great Motown oldies! I don't have pics of that night yet but here is Bubbles and Cheri at the Bathrobe brunch the next morning.  


Heard Jill speak, she inspired us, moved us to tears....not a dry eye in the room!
There is not enough room or time to tell you about all the fun we had. I'm already gearing up for next year! You better believe it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sweet Potato Queen Week

This is my picture of me wearing the outfit I plan to wear to the Big Hat Luncheon at the Sweet Potato Queen Parade in Jackson Mississippi this coming weekend.  
I can't believe it is finally the week of the Sweet Potato Queen Parade in Jackson, Mississippi. 
 I have been waiting and preparing for this moment ever since I heard author  Jill Conner Brown speak at the Merry Market event in Odessa,TX  last year before Christmas. 

Jill was just so much fun with her queenly act and comical interpretation of the life of a woman, wife, mother and friend in the South.  She just touched something in me with her message of how she discovered her calling....her talents.....and over came obstacles that many of us get stuck in. 

You just have to read her books to get it.....her first book...."The Book Of Love" will make you laugh and cry and help you to understand this whole "sweet potato thing queen parade" thingy.  Read it!  Really...

So, Jill got me at that speaking engagement sponsored by the Junior League of Odessa, Texas.  I remember turning to my friend and saying "we are so going to that parade next year" when Jill told us about it in her talk.  My friend nodded "yes".  Now, here we are. 


Now, I find myself waiting impatiently for my disco purple sequin dress that I'm supposed to wear in the Million Queen March this Saturday.  I ordered it on Jan 12th of this year and recently discovered that unlike my friends, the other Blingin' Bitches of Texas, ordered my dress to be delivered via the Thailand Postal Service as opposed to UPS which is oh so much more efficient and faster as evidenced by the fact that the other girls have their parade dress and I do not!


Not one to be deterred by little obstacles, I have a plan B and C in place should my dress not get here before I hop on the airplane for Mississippi. I am so excited and I can't wait....pictures will be available next weekend.  Meanwhile, google "sweet Potato queen"





Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mama Mia in Saint Louis




My sister, Rhea and I got back Sunday night from our trip to Saint Louis.  It was just one of those self indulgent sisters trips.  We have not had one in quite some time.  With her living in CO it is hard for us to get together.  But, we made ourselves plan this trip and we stuck to the plans.  We love Mama Mia movie and we knew it was based on the broadway show-so we hunted the traveling show down and chose the one in Saint Louis because the date fit our schedule and the place sounded interesting.

Saint Louis proved to be very interesting.  We found the city to be so clean and pristine.  The architecture of all the buildings was fascinating.  This city is rich in history and culture.  The people were so friendly every where we went.  Going to see the Arch was an awesome experience.  We got to ride these tiny little space ship looking things to go to the top of the arch and view the city.  Although I am not fond of heights, I loved it and felt totally safe!



Mama Mia was my first ever Broadway show and I loved it.  It was surreal to me and I decided the movie had it right on compared to the show.  Rhea and I want to be Mama Mia groupies-haha!
I have to say that half the fun of the show was the getting all dressed up.  It was fun trying to get all glamed up together.  You should have seen the hotel room after we got ready!  Here we are at the Fox Theater.
All in all, we had the best time, took lots of photos which you can view on my Flickr site! We met some wonderful people and made great memories.  Can't wait until our next adventure.  I believe we are taking my mother to see the Ellen show.  Mama loves Ellen and so do we......

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Look Pants and Mrs. America

Here she is.......Mrs. America!  Well, not really, it is just me in my new pants that I made.  (New Look Pattern # 6896) For some reason, I decided today was the day to wear them.  I got ready for work and had my daughter take this pic.  I fussed with them a bit this morning feeling like I looked huge (not that I have gained any weight lately.....).  Then, I put on my "I'm hot----head held high look" and headed out the door.  I really believe that attitude is what it is all about.  First stop, one of my surgery groups.  They just went on and on and made me feel so good.  I love going to this account, they always do that so you can see why I start out there~! LOL

Anyway, I just really enjoyed my new pants and now I'm so inspired to make some more.  I really want black ones.  That will be my next pair of these babys.  I have so many patterns and so little time!  Things have been very busy here as my sister is  visiting and her 3  large dogs are with her.  We are non stop with activity as you can imagine.  This is the week we go see the Mama Mia show in St Louis.  We leave Thursday morning and see the show Friday night.  We are going spa hopping, art gallery visiting, arch viewing, and many other fun things that might have something to do with wine and sister time.  We so need this trip!  It will be fun!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Look Skirt Pattern 6463


I finished this skirt (New Look # 6463)  today!  It was so very easy that I really feel I should have challenged myself a little more by making view "c" instead of the easier "b" view.  As you can see from the front of the pattern pic below, C has two tiers and that is what I really wanted but I chickened out.  Although I like this skirt, I think I would prefer a smaller ruffle at the bottom like view D (second to last view on pattern front) After completing this one, I feel so confident about doing the harder ones.


I'm so pumped about creating my spring wardrobe.  I really want to use this pattern a few more times to make several different skirts for work.  I'm not completely satisfied with the one I made but I think it is because it seems kind of plain.  I want to try the very last one (view E-the pink one with the ruffle going all the way down).  I really think I can so do that.  Since I have to be outdoors so much in my marketing job, I like to wear skirts to stay cool.  You can put on a nice skirt with a blouse and a pair of sandals and look professional and stay cool.

I have a few other patterns I'm going to conquer soon.  The first one is McCalls M5813.  I love these pants!  They are so bohemian/gypsy!  I bought the fabrics for these pants last week and this is the next pattern I will attack.  Hobby Lobby was having a sale the other day and the McCalls patterns were 1.99 as opposed to 18.95 so I bought two.  Will show you those later, gotta pace myself.  Hugs to my blog friends.  Praying for warm weather soon.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Weekend Wear Fun Fashion Play

You could spend hours at this site I just discovered; POLYVORE.COM. What a great fashion and shopping tool. FUN!!!



Polyvore.com is so much fun to play with.....and hard to get off of.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

From Drawstring Pajamas to Project Runway


I discovered the television show "Project Runway" last year (the 6th season).  I know....kinda late, huh?  I just don't watch that much television and I don't even know how I happened upon this show.  But I love it. I appreciate the designers and their creativity.  It is so interesting to watch each designer execute their own interpretation of each challenge presented to them.



Recently, I had to make 5 pairs of zebra striped, drawstring pajama bottoms for my girlfriends and I to wear to the Sweet Potato Queen Pajama party.  By the time I finished the 5th pair, I decided I was "Project Runway" material (such grandiose delusions hee hee.) LOL!!!!  


Now..... keep in mind, I only have very basic sewing skills.  With those skills and grandiose ideas, I bought some sewing patterns and decided to start making myself some clothes.  Since I had a pajama pattern already, I decided to make myself a little nightie.  


I've had this pink printed cotton material for over a year now.  I made the nightie per instructions. I chose the correct size of pattern... I thought.  Upon completion, I tried it on and low and behold, it was just too tight in the chest area.  I was so disappointed at first.  Then I decided this is just part of the learning process.  My little sister Rhea will get this nice little nightie.  NEXT!


I decided I should do some research on how to purchase the right pattern size.  I learned that your pattern size is probably much larger than your retail clothing size.  One source explained that for vanity reasons, retail companies tend to size their clothing in smaller increments.  So, if you are normally a size "6" in store bought clothing, you might be a 10 in patterns.  Be prepared to measure your parts.  I also learned about measuring garments that I already have and comparing those measurements to the garment measurements on the back of the pattern.  Never knew that.



So, I measured my parts; waist,hips, and breast/chest area.....and I bought another pattern!  This time I would conquer a pair of pants with big fashionable legs.
 So, I found the perfect fabric for these lovely big legged pants and I bought the fabric and the notions for this pattern.


Now, not quite finished with the pattern/instructions, I find myself wondering if I should have paid more attention to length.  I think the pants will be too short....Dang it!!!! The pants appear to be quite short. Note to self, length-inseam also an important measurement.  Will see.  Maybe they will be just long enough for sandals. 


 I have decided that one can't  go from drawstring pants to fashion designer in such a short time.  These experiences are part of the learning process!  But I do hope that my experience will help you in your learning process.....Happy Sewing and Creativity Sisters!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mamma Mia on Tour


My sister and I are going to St. Louis, MO to see the touring Broadway show of Mamma Mia in Feb (next month) I'm so excited! We discovered the movie last summer and I can't tell you how many times we have watched it.  Well, we only watched it one time together.  That was a fun night.  No boys, lots of wine and lots of bling and feathered boas.  Good times.
  
Since that movie seemed to strike us both at such a level, it seemed only natural to go and see the Broadway version.  After all, that is where the movie started out....in theater.  The history of this production is quite interesting.  If you don't know already, the entire production is embellished (or perhaps born from music by Abba) with music by Abba.  You young thangs may not even know about Abba, but us 70's and 80's girls will totally know them and appreciate them.  


According to Wikepedia:

Mamma Mia!, promoted as Mamma Mia! The Movie, is a 2008 romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop groupABBA, with additional music composed by ABBA member Benny Andersson. Produced by Universal Pictures in partnership with Tom Hanks' and Rita Wilson's Playtone and Littlestar,[2] it became the highest-grossing film musical of all time breaking the 30-year-old record of Grease. The title originates from ABBA's 1975 chart-topper "Mamma Mia". Meryl Streep heads the cast, playing the role of single mother Donna Sheridan. Pierce BrosnanColin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård play the three possible fathers to Donna's daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried).
On 29 August 2008, Mamma Mia!: The Sing-Along Edition, with lyrics to the songs highlighted on the screen, was released in selected cinemas.[3] Mamma Mia! became the highest-grossing film of all time in the United Kingdom, surpassing Titanic.[4][5]



WHATEVER! Rhea and I both loved the movie.  We talk about it all the time.  So, we know we will enjoy the broadway version.  We both always wanted to go to New York and see a broadway play.  However, we are not against going anywhere to see a touring broadway play.

I bought the tickets tonight.  This week we will complete all the travel plans for a sisters weekend.  I can't wait to spend time with my sister and see a broadway show even if it is not in New York City.  

Meanwhile, let me leave you with this photo of the fabulous Meryl Streep from the Mamma Mia Movie.