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Saturday, November 21, 2020

I'm Ba-aack!

 It feels like I've been missing from Blogland forever, but there have been lots of changes in my life lately, the most important being the unexpected loss of my mom. It's great to have grown up with good parents, but it's spectacular to become friends with one of them as adults. My mom was one of my best friends, and the grieving process is like falling overboard in the middle of the ocean. Right now the waves keep pulling me under, not every moment, but frequently. Crafting has been like a life raft for me, so even though I haven't shown much on my blog lately, I have lots to show you!!

I know Halloween has come and gone, but here's a peek at one of my favorite spooky projects. I had an old dream catcher that had seen better days. I pulled off the tassels, painted it orange, and gave it a frightful makeover:

I've also dug into all those thrift shop snags and up cycled a few. This had been a vintage wood footstool, but I updated it to a vintage 70's foot stool, complete with "shag carpeting".:
The next one was difficult. But part of the grieving process is to honor the memory of what or whom you lost. I took an antique wall mirror/music box that was my Grandma's and repainted it, replacing the mirror for a photo of y mom and Gram together. This thing is over 60 years old and it still pays music!
One last upcycle - I love sushi, and I get the best from a local grocery store. We've become friends with the Sushi guy and when I learned his birthday was coming up, I decided to give him my own idea of a trophy. Since knives play the most important part of sushi making, I did a major makeover on a thrift store knife block. He was surprised and loved it, and brought it home to his family to show it off.
That's it for this post. I just wanted to show you I'm still crafting, still making art, still in the game...
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Sailing at Sunset

Finally had some time to paint, so I created a water color/ocean scene, and decided to give it a mixed media dimension by adding pebbles and sea glass. My framed art is 4x6 because I snagged over a dozen matching wooden frames this size for $1 each.
I tried watercolor crayons this time, and got deeper colors, although I would have preferred a lighter sky. I also picked up a big bag of sea glass, pebbles and those round colored glass "bubbles" for half price from a thrift store. I originally painted the shore a sand color and then adhered sand to it, but the piece needed some sparkle, so I used this crushed shiny glass pieces (don't know what it's called).
I've created about 7 of these pebble/sea glass canvases  so far,and they are hanging above my bed.
Challenges I am Entering:
Country View - I Do Like to Be beside the Sea
Crafty Friends - Summer Colors
A Vintage Journey- Water colors

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Fairy Garden

To continue trying my hand at different techniques and types of projects, I started creating pieces for a fairy garden.  I discovered that my neighbor's daughter has her own fairy garden, as well as a birthday in August. The first item I created was a fairy house, whose skeleton is a terracotta vase. I had a variety of pebbles and glass to give the appearance of  a stone dwelling, using jewelry glue for each stone. I cut, drew and colored the double doors, adding a set of steps made out of popsicle sticks.
A slide frame made the perfect window, from which my candle drawing is seen.
I created the roof by folding a piece of cardstock and attaching cloth leaves to it, and finished off the dwelling with varnish so that it can weather the weather...

Since I still have time before the little girl's birthday. I've added a couple pieces of furniture to go with the house. I created the chair with sticks fallen from my backyard maple tree and hot glue. The tiny table is built from a cardboard tube,cardstock and faux leaves. The vase is from a water bottle straw cover with tiny artificial flowers. I found the mailbox in a clearance bin at Michael's.

Challenges I am Entering:
We Love 2 Create - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Bleeding Art - Anything MM,Collage,Assemblage,Altered Art Goes
Mixed Media Academy - Mood Board
(I took my inspiration from the brick background with a couple pictured colors mixed in)
The Fairy & the Unicorn - Mixed Media Anything Goes
All Fun - Color Inspiration

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Flip-a-Coin Challenge at 12 Months of Christmas

For those of you who have been self-isolating, I hope you've been using your time wisely, and by wisely I mean building your stash of holiday cards!! My card today is a DT make for The 12 Months of Christmas, a challenge blog that promotes creating holiday cards yearlong. 
The challenge is Anything Holiday card Goes with a fun twist, where you'll need a coin to flip for the creation of your card. All Dressed Up is the guest sponsor, and I have used a digi called "Tra-La-La-La". I used Decosse's Dynamite Doodles paper from a kit called Snow Bokeh Trees (I love all her Bokeh papers).

Of course, I flipped my penny to "discover" my challenge requirements, and then I used my coin to cut out the greeting, which is a part of the image. Here is the flip-a-Coin box where you flip for your own requirements:

Make a card with 3 layers or less
Make a card with 4 or more layers
Make a rectangular or square card
Use a fancy fold technique
Add dots to your card
Add stripes to your card
Add lace or ribbon to your card
Add gems or pearls to your card
Add a frame to your card
Use faux or real stitching on your card

As you can see, I flipped Heads for #1 and made a card with 3 or less layers; #2 was Tails for using a fancy fold technique; #3 Heads had me add dots to my card (if you click on my card, you'll see that all my singing animals are wearing dotted winter accessories; #4 brought out my lace; and #5 Tails caused the card to offer faux stitches.

Prize Info For This Challenge
  • Main Prize being offeredTWO images of winner's choice from All Dressed Up Stamps store to one random winner.
  • Additional Sponsor: Décosse's Dynamite Doodles
  • Prize being offered: One free digital paper to everyone who links up a minimum of two cards to the challenge. Cards can be anything goes for this prize. The mini set of six digital papers called Eclectic Mix 1, will also be offered up as a prize to one individual who has followed the twist.
So, how have you been putting you're isolation time to use?  My house has been cleaned, de-cluttered, organized, and redecorated in a couple rooms. My front deck is now decorated, and my tomato garden is flourishing. AND I have a healthy stack of holiday cards from which to choose this December. Of course, I don't have children to home school and entertain, nor a job to do from home. I'd love to know what you've been doing with yourself,  and I would LOVE to see your holiday cards linked to The 12 Months of Christmas Blog. See you there!

Challenges I am Entering:
Shopping Our Stash - Christmas in July
The Holly & the Ivy Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
2 Crafty critter Crazies - Anything w/a Critter Goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Christmas in July
Sheepski Designs - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Christmas in July

Anything Goes at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

The most difficult part about the last few months is missing my friends. It's one thing to text and call, but a totally different matter when you can't get that hug, or taking a long car ride together, or thrifting our way through the stores. So when this month's challenge theme at Scribbles Designs let us choose our own theme, I naturally thought of friendship.
I've sent quite a few (dozen) handmade cards in the mail and dropped off at my neighbors and left for the letter carriers. Here's one of the cards I made (when I say one, I mean two; after all, it's just as easy to make 2 at once). It features a Scribbles Designs' image called Envelopes 2.(p.s. It's a freebie) I think they work great as pockets, don't you? Because I had a perfect sentiment from a rubber stamp set from Stampin Up, "Friends are like can never have too many." 
I found a roll of teal-colored burlap while cleaning and organizing my craft supplies, and made it my background for the Copic-colored image and the sentiment. All I needed to finish off my card was a strip of cording and something at the top of it and I was finished. Well, except for my second image, which I colored and created a very similar card.
Now it's your turn. You have free reign to create what you want, and when you link it up to the main challenge blog, you'll get a chance to win a gift certificate to the Scribbles Designs Store!
Challenges I am Entering:
Cards 4 Guyz - No patterned paper
Use Your Stuff - Summer Fun (hot summer colors)
Classic Design - Anything Goes
Daisy Chain - No Design Paper
The Crafting Challenge - Bright Colors

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Beach Life

I found this lovely digi image in one of my photo folders. I printed it twice and fussy-cut the second image in pieces, adhering it with dimensional tape onto the fully colored and uncut image. The background was created i Photoshop using three digital papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and Pixel Scrapper Dawn Prater.
Using Mod Podge, I adhered my beach scene to a piece of wood and attached cording with which to hang it. It's going into the screen room at my cabin, over a cabinet where we hang our outdoor stuff (swim suits, caps, etc., before we enter our "home away from home."
But there is something missing! There is a mystery to be solved!! I have NO IDEA whose design this digi is!! There is a tiny copyright symbol hand-written at the bottom of the digi:
"M '11"
That's the only clue I have to identify who drew this lovely image. Does anyone know whose it is?? Please comment so I can give the designer his or her due credit. Meanwhile, I hope you're getting in lots of crafting during the isolation that COVID-19 is causing.
Moving Along with times - At the Beach
Southern Girls - Anything Goes

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Exercise?!! Not Me

How is everybody dealing with Covid-19 and its demands on society? My daughter just got back from road trip, passing though states where NO ONE wore masks, inside nor out. She is isolating in the basement for another week before she shares her breathing with me. The basement is made up for her to be comfortable - TV, fridge, microwave, bathroom - but it gets lonely, for both of us. Can't wait until she "returns" to me.
Meanwhile, I've started creating cards again. It looks like the repercussions from this virus will continue for months. So I need to revamp my outlook and plan a couple more months ahead. I'll be sharing my goals and expectations with you in a later post, but for now I colored up an image I had already printed to make today's card.
It's one of those unusual fold, slanted cards. I actually created 2 different cards with the same paper that I cut on the diagonal. My image is a digi from Ike's Art called "Basket Case". I thought this kitty's expression worked perfectly with my sentiment. On the inside, another sentiment asks "Meow's it going?"
 It will go into my box saved for neighbors and friends, to keep their spirits up. Every other week I deliver handmade cards to a few neighbors, since we can't really socialize. In fact, it's time to pass out a few more...

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ANything w/a Critter Goes
Classic Design - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - NOT Square!
Crafty Creations - ANything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything w/an Animal Goes
Creative Moments - ANything Goes
Show Us Your Pussy Cats - Furrything Goes