Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Thirteen

What a fun day!  Today was spent with some wonderful women at my friend Allison's studio.  Our mission for the day was to try our hand at several different flowers and embellishments.  Some were fabric and others were paper and all were pretty cool. 

Joyce, Allison, Alice and daughter Clarissa
Alice was in charge today with plenty of projects to share.  She recently started a blog so be sure and check it out from time to time to see what she's up to. 
Tonight I'll share two or three pictures from today and the rest in another post.  

Joyce's Paper Flower

Both of these paper flowers were created by Joyce.  I love the way the mixing of coordinating papers work with the bottom flower.  It was a happy accident.

My favorite project of the day was this twisted fabric flower.  I made this one out of muslin with a sprinkling of beads and a touch of tulle.  It doesn't quite look the way I want it to so it's still a work in progress.

Allison's beautiful Keko fell in love with the die cutter bag.  I couldn't resist getting his picture.  Doesn't he look perfectly content. 

I feel so blessed to have friends that like to spend a Saturday doing the same things I love.  If you have a group of art buddies, then you totally understand.  Thanks Allison for opening up your studio.  Thank you Alice for all the time you put into the project instructions and samples.  Thank you sweet Joyce for just being you and sharing your time with us.  And of course, thank you Clarissa for getting up early and spending the day with me.  Later...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Thirty Days Of Posts - Day Twelve

This evening I am relaxing in my art room.  I'm sipping on a cup of decaf and I have no pressing committments.  What a feeling.  I am getting a few things together for an art date with some friends tomorrow.  Check out this beautiful gift from my friend Allison....

Isn't it great!  I've been holding on to this beauty for several weeks...waiting for just the right time to use it.  I need a sewing kit for tomorrow's fun and decided to put one together in my vintage tool box.  So far I'm going with neutrals...should I add some colors?  Black, white and cream buttons...ecru ribbon...embroidery floss...I even threw in a roll of muslin.  You never know when you'll need muslin.

Scissors, threaders and needles are in the supply tin.  Am I missing any 'must-haves' in my kit?

I have to share a photo I took this morning after helping Clarissa set up her art table at the school art show.  I think her display looks great.  I have to admit that it's a huge relief that she's finished with this.  It was the last 'big thing' before graduation.

That's it for today.   I hope to have some cool things to share tomorrow!  Later...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thirty Days Of Posts - Day Eleven

This has been an evening filled helping my daughter prepare for her art show tomorrow.  I've been so busy I almost forgot to blog.  Clarissa did Independent Art this year and the show will be based on the printblocks she cut.  The theme is coffee and the pieces of art are those created for her imaginary coffee shop.  I'll get some photos after we set up tomorrow and hopefully be coherent enough to explain the concept better then..  Here's a couple of photos for now.   Good night all...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thirty Days Of Posts - Day Ten

Today's been a 'day' if you know what I mean.  The weather has been nasty with tornado watches and warnings in all directions.
Have you ever heard the expression, "You can't get there from here"?  Well, that's where I found myself while trying to get home from work.  Unwilling to cross high waters 'at my own risk', I turned around about thirty minutes from home and made a circle that turned the trip home into an almost two hour haul.  I took a few cell phone shots along the way.  They're not great pictures but you'll get the idea.

I've got to go back and see what the Jesus sign says....

After having to turn around and go in a different direction, I shot this one:

Besides the weather, we are on "Graduation Countdown".  I don't know how many school days are between now and then but I'm sure Clarissa could tell me.  Along with the physical weariness of too much to do, I'm beginning to realize that this is real.  The baby is graduating from high school.  Does anyone ever think this is really going to happen?    Bittersweet is the only word I can find at the moment. anyone reading the Thirty Days Of Posts I wonder...?   I hope to get something art related posted soon.  Later...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thirty Days Of Posts - Day Nine

Tonight is crunch night for Clarissa and her friend Cassie.  They have a scrapbook due for English class tomorrow and so you can imagine the flurry of activity at my house.  It's fun to watch them  and even though they're exhausted, they're having a great time recording memories.

I've had an idea!  I'd love to do an ongoing mail art exchange.  If you're interested, just send me an email at and I'll send you my address.  Once I receive your mailart, I'll send my swap to you.  My mailbox could use some good mail for a change!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Eight

Monday afternoons have been much anticipated during this school year.  Clarissa and I have been taking classes at Firstlight Arts Academy and we're having a great time.  Firstlight is probably best known for its kid's classes but there are several adult classes as well.  If you live in middle Tennessee and have been tempted to take an art class then check them out.  This is a piece that still needs a little bit of flower stems....

Tonight was 'artist's choice' so and I was in the mood to just play.  I began this background and have no idea where it's headed but I like the direction so far.

This piece is layers of dictionary pages, paper towel and a doily.  It was quite therapeutic to just play tonight and sometimes that's all that matters.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Seven

Happy Easter!  It's been a wonderful day here in Tennessee.  After church this morning, I spent most of the afternoon and evening helping Clarissa with her senior scrapbook.  I'm not much of a scrapbooker and I'm amazed at the amount of time it takes to put a spread together.   


We took a break for a while this afternoon and let Mac explore the yard. 

Allergy season is in full bloom but everything is looking beautiful.  My hosta and grasses are coming alive and poor Clarissa is allergic to grass but what do you do!

I discovered this growing near the shrubbery.  Is it poison oak or ivy??  Anyone?

Here's wishing everyone a good week.  Tomorrow night I hope to post some photos of my Monday night art class. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Six

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Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone's having a wonderful weekend.  Today I want to share my plan to open an Etsy shop.  I'm working on making some things to sale and plan on opening around early June.  We shall see!  With Clarissa's graduation coming up and then a trip to celebrate that graduation, I'm not sure if I'll be ready by then but June 1 is my goal.  Any words of wisdom about selling successfully on Etsy?  

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Five

My daughter has taken Independent Study Art during her final year of high school this year.  An art show will be held at school next weekend and she will get a table to display some of her work.  One of the things she did this year was carving these print blocks.  I had never used this material and when I tried my hand at it I found I prefer the softer material by Nasco.  Using the blocks, this is one of the pieces she made:

Each block was colored using chalks and was sprayed with fixative.
Clarissa has also been taking a graphics class after school and really prefers graphics.  She wanted to be able to use graphic design in the art show so we scanned each of the above pieces into the computer and adjusted the colors and hues to make different colored blocks.  Sheets of tiled images were printed out to use in art pieces.  This is one of about a dozen sheets:

This is the end result of one of her projects using the tiles:

Individual tiles each about 1" square were glued onto the heart.  Several layers of varnish followed with a light sanding between clear coats.   Later...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Four

Today I want to share a link to three free e-books.  The e-books which are offered by ClothPaperScissors are on printmaking techniques, artist journaling techniques, and mixed media art techniques.  I enjoy going back to these freebies over and over for creative inspiration...and it's free!  Also on the same site, there's twelve free videos that demonstrate everything from a bound heart journal to altered ice skates.  Grab a cup of coffee enjoy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Three

My day began early thanks to storms that roared through middle Tennessee at about 4:00 a.m.  The rumble of thunder is starting up again as I type but I'm really hoping the storms pass us by this time.  I love Tennessee but if I could change a couple of things I'd get rid of the tornadoes and the humidity would vanish.  How's that for dreaming!   
Tonight I want to share something I did for a swap called "Meet the Artist".  Each artist trading card is 3"x5" and is made of heavy cardstock or chipboard.  The head and face is an image of the actual artist but the body must be created or in my case, borrowed.  My body is courtesy of Altered Pages' Beauty in Blue image sheet.

I seem to have lost part of my neck in the process but I gained a pair of wings!  The wings are diecuts and were embossed using a diamond embossing folder.  I created the background using graphics in my photo editor and a few circles of white acrylic paint were stamped on before attaching the figure.  Other touches are the zigzag stitch along the edge of the card as well as some doodles using a white gel pen.  The white gel pen was another requirement in the swap.  Check out Yahoo group "In This House and Garden" if this sounds like something you'd enjoy.  The swap is closed but there will be others!  Later...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day Two

In my day to day life, I really don't like change.  But it seems that I'm constantly looking for new and better ways to do things in my art room.  It dawned on me the other day that I might actually use more of my 'stuff' if I could see it.  When supplies (or just about anything) are behind a closed door, I'm prone to forget that I even have them.  When we moved to our home several years ago, we brought a set of cabinets with us and installed them in my room.  It never occurred to me to leave the doors off.  But now fourteen years later, I've removed the doors.  I've been working in one section at a time and I'm organizing by type: wood, paper mache, and metal.  The next area will include glass, books and hopefully a display area.  For today here's the before and after (so far) of the first section of cabinets.

Before with closed doors
This is what hid behind those closed doors (with head hung...what a mess!)
After - and as always...still a work in progress!
If you've read this far...thank you!  Does anyone have ideas on how to store metal embellishments.  Please share.  Later...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thirty Days of Posts - Day One

It seems like life is speeding by and I've not been posting much.  On Saturday amid all the hustle and bustle of helping my daughter get ready for her senior prom, I decided to commit to posting to my blog every day for 30 days.  So this is the first day.   I'm sure many of the posts will not be about art or crafting but just a glimpse into my day.  Hopefully someone will read it!

Here's a photo I'd like to share of my daughter at prom.  I think she was beautiful but then I'm her mom! 

Any mother of a daughter knows all the time and effort it takes to get ready for big events like a prom.  This day started early with a pedicure and hair appointment.  One of Clarissa's friends came over and they got ready together.  This is not a fast process!  It was a wonderful evening and well worth the effort.

That's it for Day One.  Tomorrow I'll show you what I'm doing to improve my art room.  Later...