Thursday, January 29, 2009

Artsy Girl Challenge #70

I've recently signed up for the Technique Junkie Newsletter and have to say I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying it. I used the Mono Masking technique from this month's TJ newsletter to make an atc for this week's Artsy Girl Challenge. Supplies used: Adirondack inks in terra cotta, rust and butterscotch; stamps by Magenta, Stampers Anonymous and an unknown. I can't wait to try some more of the techniques!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Postcard Art

This week's challenge theme at Sunday Postcard Art is cats. My cardstock base is painted with two shades of green acrylic and as well as a bit of sponged on Adirondack in lettuce. A crackle stamp was stamped on the base with Staz On timber brown. The cat is an image by LunaGirl.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Theme Thursday Challenge

I'm a day late but that's not too bad for me!! This week's challenge is 2"x4" art. There could be so many interpretations of this woman with her suitcase and gloves in hand. I almost left words off because I think she could very well speak to every one differently.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

One World One Heart

I just recently read about the One World-One Heart started by Lisa Swifka. Lisa started the giveaway event as a way for the blogging community around the world to meet and get acquainted. I decided to be a part of the event this year. Please leave a comment on this post and I will draw a name to receive this work apron on February 12. You can read more about the grand giveaway event at

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Postcard Art - Turquoise

This week's theme at Sunday Postcard Art is turquoise. I love turquoise and this was a quick one to make. A thin layer of soft turquoise acrylic was first put down and allowed to dry. Buttercream acrylic was pounced on using a paint brush. Ribbon and a doily were used to stencil some background interest. The sentiment is by Dawn Houser and the image came from one of my purchased collections. The coral color is from the Sweet Dreams Encore pad.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

This and That

What began as an effort to sort through scrap papers, ended in this card. My cleaning is at a snail's pace. The shelving I ordered last weekend should have arrived earlier this week but didn't. So as I wait on that, I sort and throw away and sort a bit more. It's probably best that the shelving didn't arrive; I found out this week that I have mono and should rest. So I'll give resting a try although I really don't feel that bad.

I can't remember who makes this image (would love for someone to remind me) but it is a favorite. The trim is from Rock Candy and began as white. I used acrylic paint in a coral shade called passion punch as well as brown acrylic to color the trim and then scuffed it up a bit with fine sandpaper. A piece of scrap paper was sewn onto brown cardstock and the paint was stenciled and scraped on the card. The image was stamped with StazOn in saddle brown and the dress was colored with watered-down acrylic paint.

Hope everyone is staying warm. Some of the schools in our area closed due to the temperatures yesterday and that doesn't happen often. Later...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #82 - The Same But Different

I barely made it! This is my take on this week's Blogger's Challenge, "The Same But Different". Stamped images are all by Oxford Impressions. The blue silk ribbon is from Rock Candy. See other artist's work by clicking on the sidebar.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mixed Media Melange in Tennessee!!

Four talented ladies from the West Tennessee area have put together what promises to be a first of its kind mixed-media event in the south. Just click on the logo to check out the site for all the info. Class details and instructor links are now up. Sign-ups begin tomorrow so sign-up early! See you there!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Finding Things

Finding things...that's what happens when you clean. This plate was done quite some time ago but I wanted to post it today. I love to decoupage and especially enjoy making plates. This one will go on my new 'gift shelf' and will hopefully be a birthday present to someone this year. The cleaning continues...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Another Goal

Progress on my cleaning and organizing was slow this past week. I had some things to complete for Rock Candy and I was back to working part-time as well. On Wednesday, Clarissa and I were shot down by a 'flu-like' virus that lasts for a week or better according to her doctor. Ah, but isn't that just like life? Prayers would certainly be appreciated as we both still feel poorly.I decided that before I could completely clean the dormer area from my last goal, I needed some additional shelving. I've fallen in love with the track shelving that went in the furnace room so I have the same shelving on order. It will go into the walk-through area between my workroom and sewing room labeled "Paint, Glue". Currently, a Little Debbie snack shelf is holding these products but the new shelving will work so much better. The door will also come down; it will be the last remaining door in here since I've already removed two.

As Dave Ramsey would say, I'm still on Baby Step #1! Later...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Something To Live For and More!

Let me explain the title. I have a fifteen year old teenage daughter in my house and sometimes there is drama. Can anyone relate? She likes to share her feelings but she doesn't usually share until I'm ready for sleep. Then she talks and talks and I try to listen and encourage her. I do remember being fifteen and I don't want to go back; I understand she's growing up and the teen years can be stressful. Somewhere along the line, we came up with a little saying to sort of end our evening rants...uh chats. I try to think of something that's in the near future that we have planned so we can focus on that. We always end that discussion with "Well, that's something to live for!" Silly, but it works.

Off and running onto another subject: I've signed up for an online digital art class and this is one of the photos I took for that class. I love trees and really like the contrast of the afternoon sky with all the trees. Living here in the middle of Tennessee, there aren't many opportunities for classes that interest me so this online opportunity is exciting. But I do have to share an event that is happening right here in Tennessee in September 2009. Four wonderfully talented ladies have come together to bring Mixed Media Melange on Sept 10th - 13th, 2009 to Tennessee. The event is near Memphis and registration begins on January 15. Please jump over to the blogs of Roxi and Michelle for more information. Hey, it's something to live for!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Dumping Grounds

While organizing for the last few days, I've dumped lots of stuff from drawers and containers. Several piles have accumulated along with piles that already existed. Since the holidays are over and real life must resume, my next goal will be to work from a zone. I plan to clean the dormer area of my workroom. This is where I've dumped some of the stuff while cleaning but it already needed organizing. Pegboard hangs on one wall and that will remain.
Here's the before shots....stay tuned for the after shots hopefully by the end of the week.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Two Steps Forward!

Progress, even a little at a time, is very encouraging. I have to share yesterday's efforts! First of all I cleaned out what would become the fabric cabinet and put everything in either a new home or a new pile. Take a look at yesterday's post to see the before of the cabinet. Here's how it looks this morning:

My second goal from yesterday was to hang track shelving in the furnace room. Here's the before and after shots of that project.
Before (Yikes!):

After:So...that's about it for yesterday. Today is church and stamp club so there isn't any time for organizing. I'll be back at it in a day or two with another goal. Later...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

"Organize": Day 2

I hope this isn't too boring a subject. I have to tell you that it is exciting to finally be facing this task. I've worked in an organized space before - really, I have - and I know the difference in how it makes me feel opposed to working in a total mess.
Because I won't be able to work on this everyday, I'm trying to get some time in before life returns to on Tuesday! This is a really quick layout of my space to help you visualize what I'm working with.
I've started in the S&S room since it had become my 'throw it down' place although the rest of the space has gotten pretty bad, too. I've decided to set goals for each time I organize so that I don't feel quite so overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed is one of the reasons I haven't been able to get started on this before and by sharing with the world...or at least a few readers...maybe I'll be more accountable. Feel free to share comments and tips along the way...or maybe a cheer to keep me going.
OK, I'm going to share some more shots. One of yesterday's accomplishments was to totally remove the rack that held the hanging paper. I couldn't roll the paper up, partly because I didn't want to and partly because some of it was so thin that it didn't roll well. So it is in a large cardboard folder that the art stores give you when you purchase the larger sheets of paper. Where it will end up, I have no idea! It is stuffed into one of the dormers for now (is that what you call those little hallways?)
I purchased another large shelf unit and then a smaller version which was marked down to $19.99 at Target. Those both were assembled yesterday which was time consuming in itself.

It doesn't look like much yet, does it? Note the bottom bins here are the produce drawers from our fridge that died a couple of months ago. I knew they'd come in handy someday! They will hold my unfinished projects.

Today's goals: #1 Clean out this cabinet:Anyone remember "My Buddy"? And there is the 'sick' Care Bear my son got when he was 13 months old...he's almost 25 now. These and everything else will get a new storage home and this cabinet will hold fabric, batting and associated sewing stuff.

Goal #2: I have some track shelving stored in the attic from our previous home. It will come out of storage and be mounted in the furnace room. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Coming Clean in 2009

I was reading Michelle Murphy's blog the other day and she has chosen a personal word for 2009. That has been on my mind since reading it and I like the idea. So I'm choosing a word too. My word for 2009 is "Organize". Maybe even "Declutter" should be my word but I think organization requires some decluttering so "Organize" it will be. I've always been able to go right to the supply I needed but that's no longer true. At some point, I lost control of my space and I've been struggling to get it back. So...I'm going to share my efforts throughout the year. I'm starting in the smaller room that connects to my workroom. It is home to my sewing machines, paper area and tool storage among other stuff. I said I'm coming clean so here's the current picture of my paper corner and it is a mess!Today's task will be to take all the hanging paper down and store it rolled up. I'll also start moving some things onto this shelving unit I picked up at the local super home store. The urge to assemble this thing hit me at about 10:30 last night and I knew I wouldn't sleep until it was up. It's 4' wide, 18" deep and 72" tall. I will probably purchase one or two more of these units as the organization evolves. Later...