Thursday, December 31, 2009
I wanted to share the gift I received at my local art group's annual Christmas party this week. (We are all so busy with jobs and families during the holidays that we always plan our party for after Christmas.) We draw names and make something special for that person. This year my good friend Julie had my name and look at the fabulous wire dress form she altered! It is full of bits and pieces of "junque." I love it! It is so apropos as I am the one who introduced her to recycling and saving everything. One of the most meaningful items on this are the tiny charms with pictures of each of my 5 children, as well as a heart charm with 5 "stick" figures. There are also little special items like a Texas license plate (we live in TX) with my name, her high school athletic ticket (she has four very athletic boys), a ribbon from chocolates (I love chocolate), a bit of a tape measure (I sew) and so many more. The best part of this gift is I can keep adding little goodies to it. Every time I look at it I see different things. Thank you Julie for a very special gift.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I didn't get many other good photos all weekend, but here's one of my youngest, Sara, (on left) and eldest, Kim (modeling her new cat-eyes T-shirt).
We drove home Sunday and this is what Boomer looked like most of the trip! We thought he'd sleep most of the way but he was very interested in the scenery. I would love to know what was going through his head! I'm grateful he was a good traveler - in fact, my husband remarked that the trip was easier with him than with any trip with the kids!
Friday, December 25, 2009
I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. We are in Albuquerque at our daughter's house where the entire family has come together. This is a real treat - first time ever that one of my children has hosted Christmas dinner and I'm enjoying being a guest! It's cold here and we had a bit of snow the first day. We've seen weather reports that back home in Texas they received six inches of snow yesterday and today for the first white Christmas in 80 years! I can imagine it's beautiful but I'm glad it came on a holiday when everyone didn't have to get somewhere. Hopefully the roads will be cleared when we drive back on Sunday.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
One of my online groups has a tradition of sending holiday 4x4s instead of actual Christmas cards. Some of us bind them into little "fatbooks." Here are the first two I've received this year - the first is from Autumn in SC showcasing one of Tim Holtz' mini holiday collage stamps - I'm just going to have to get that stamp, love it!
The second is from Linda in Temple, TX - the beautiful, shimmery embossing does not show well in the scan but is gorgeous in person! She uses that swirl stamp often and I love it, too.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Lisa Vollrath is offering her 25-day countdown to Christmas at http://countdown.tentwostudios.com/
Tim Holtz is doing another "12 Tags of Christmas" on his blog: http://timholtz.typepad.com/
Roni at http://inkstainswithroni.blogspot.com/ has 25 days of Christmas ornaments.
And you can find 12 days of Fast Holiday Ideas at http://colormedaisy.com/messageboard (Scroll down to find the thread with the holiday ideas.)
I think these sites may keep you busy for awhile and give you some great ideas for holiday projects!
Monday, November 30, 2009
I have been meaning to post a picture of this for ages, but who takes a camera with them into the bathroom? So, while prepping for classes after hours last night, I finally remembered to take this photo.
This is one of the bathrooms at Anthologies where I work. Nita hated the tiles in the bathroom but there were more pressing matters to deal with to get the store opened, so she decided to retile later. But those pink and gray tiles bugged us. So, I used alcohol inks on the two rows of pink tiles to tone it all down. This room is approximately 6' x 8' and I think there was about 16 linear feet of tiles. I combined Stream and Lettuce with a bit of blending solution and, amazingly, I still had ink left in the original two bottles when I finished! If you look closely on the left of the picture, you can see just a bit of the pink peeking through.
This worked really well, though I wouldn't suggest it for a permanent decorating job unless you seal it well. It was also difficult to keep the grout lines free of ink - if I ever do this again, I will definitely use something to mask the grout (maybe a liquid frisket mask?). Anyway, it makes for a fun story and whenever anyone wants to know about alcohol inks, we send them into the bathroom! You should see the looks we get when we tell them to check it out.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I just couldn't resist posting this darling no-bake idea. How cute is this and the kiddos can even help make them! Check out the how-tos on this blog.
The first is a recipe box from Kaiser Craft. It's a large wooden box with cut-out windows and wooden dividers inside. I used the new Basic Grey paper line, Nook and Pantry, which has a retro feel to it. Do you like the "handle" I added?
This is a partial view of the inside of a "Christmas Past" shadowbox I made. I love the glittery vintage look of this piece. I used some new Christmas goodies which I love - Jenny Bowlin's miniature "bingo" cards and a Melissa Frances bottle tree.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
The "Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem is dear to my heart as it was our family tradition for my husband to read it every Christmas eve to our five children as they were growing up. I intend to dig out the pictures of the kids with Santa from every year and add them to this book as a special keepsake to share with my grandchildren when I have them.
So today I finished it! Here are pics of the front and back covers and a few of the inside pages. The poem is printed and cut into strips which are added to each page. I just hope it doesn't take another two years to add the Christmas photos!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Here's the Anthologies gang in our costumes. From left to right: Nita (store owner) and her husband, Tom, as Lucy and Ricky; Cheryl as a Sonic drink (note that costume was made by her husband!); Kristyn as a slumber party girl; Lynn as Raggedy Ann (great makeup); Tracy as Miss Smartypants (Smartee candies glued all over her jeans); Rhonda as a truckstop waitress (perfect dress found at a thrift shop); and Susan (me) as Minnie Mouse. We had a great time.
And earlier in the week, my daughter visited from Chicago so we could work on wedding plans. Since she will be married in May on the beach in Mexico, this is what we came up with for the save-the-dates. A similar one from the Martha Stewart wedding website caught her eye, but we changed it up, adding starfish (did you know that you can get real, preserved ones from Hobby Lobby?) and substituting twine for ribbon. The numbers for the date were cut with the Cricut, tied onto the twine and attached to the layered postcard with a knot over a starfish. (The wording says "Save the Date - Kelly and Josh are tying the knot.")
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I can't attest to the taste of this Halloween-themed fudge, but doesn't it look delicious? I found this over at about.com and thought it unique enough to share. I'd love to hear if anyone makes it and how it turns out! Check it out at:
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Since I have no new art to share, I will share these cute Halloween images from my files. Maybe you will be able to make some Halloween art!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Warning: the photos are not the best - these were hard to photograph without a glare.
For the rectangle pendant I stamped Stamping Bella's "Witchy Bella" and colored her with Copic markers. She was then cut out and layered over a Halloween paper. The reverse side was stamped with an Impression Obsession "eyeballs" border and the words were also stamped with an IO border and then cut out.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The first card uses Copic markers and Perfect Pearls. (Just realized I'd taken the photo before finishing coloring the witch - she is dressed in purple!)