Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Spay Painted Pinecones

decorative pine cones

Last week I got a start on my Christmas decorations.  I spray painted pine cones I had picked up around my apartment complex.  First I sprayed a solid color, then a coat of sparkly spray.  I think the pine cones would look even better if they were more sparkly, but I ran out of sparkly spray.

I plan to use these as tree ornaments or a garland to hang on the walls!  Now I just gotta get a tree!

pine cone ornaments

glitter pine cone

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pies, Pies, Pies


I have to use this post to brag about my husband who is turning out to be an amazing cook!  These are the pies he made for our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday:  Mexican Chocolate Pie and Coconut Cream- yum!  I think he could give Marie Calendar's a run for her money!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Photo of the week


Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas- and we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bird Painting

bird painting

Experimenting with oils is always fun!  I'm such a realist, so its good for me to branch out once in a while, but I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it.  Your honest opinion would be very much appreciated.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Photo of the week

bridal veil falls 
Ok, so I haven't been posting my pictures as much.  I just haven't been out taking them as much.  The cold weather keeps me from getting out.  So this one is from last year-can you guess where this is?   I love the colors.  I'm going to miss them!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wedding Cards 2

wedding card

Today is the big day!  My brother-in-law is getting married!  We are soooo excited for this one cause he's marrying such a nice girl!  Here's the card I made for them and below is one I made for my old room-mate, who's getting married later this month. I'm still lovin the patterned packing tape!

wedding card

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Patterned Packing Tape Cards


Ever since I discovered patterned packing tape at Michaels, I wanted to try some out on cards.  I love it!  This tape is awesome (and very affordable, I think I paid $1 for a whole roll!).  The possibilities for it are endless.  The wheels in my head are turning.  What else can I use this on?

owl card

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hard and Fuzzy Friends

My son got into my craft stuff last week and we ended up making some cute little friends for him.  Googly eyes can make just about anything cute!

pom pom caterpillar

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fall Decorations

acorns in a jar

This week I've been decorating for fall!  Better late than never, huh?!  Not having money to spend on new decorations meant I had to get a little creative and use some things I already had.

Acorns and Pine cones are great to decorate with.  I went around my apartment complex and collected tons of them for free!

I  also used some old fake leaves to make some hanging garlands for my window.

leaf garland

I'm all set for fall, now on to Halloween decorations!

Friday, October 8, 2010

More Flower Experiments


I saw some headbands with these cute little flowers on them at a store and then I found out how to make them at blissbloomblog and then... I had to try it!  Way easy to make! 

I used the flowers to make a headband of my own, plus a few other things.  Here's what I came up with:


Now if only I had a little girl to wear some of these!  Oh well, someday....


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Printable Happy Birthday Sign

happy birthday sign

For my husband's birthday last weekend, I made a birthday sign!  I plan to re-use it for my son's birthday next month, since its laminated and should last a long time.  If you would like to make one too,  click the link below to get a free PDF file of the letters I used to make it.  Just print out your letters, cut them out with some pretty card stock, and glue and laminate- if desired.  Happy Birthday planning!

Birthday Sign PDF

happy birthday sign

Monday, September 27, 2010

Photo of the week

sunflower

This photo was taken by my sister Lindsey. I've always loved this one.  So beautiful and it reminds me of home.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Watercolor flower #2

Another watercolor experiment.  I think I'm finally getting the hang of it.  This was really fun to do. I've been having a hard week, so it helps to paint. It relaxes and calms me.

purple flower watercolor

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Toddler Table Make-Over


We have needed a little table for my almost-two-year-old to use for a while.  We found some cute ones at Ikea and opted to buy an unfinished set because it was a lot cheaper.  I was just going to stain it, but then decided to paint some designs on it first. I made stencils for the elephants and birds.  The leaf designs I found a stencil for in a really old book from the 70's.   

So this is a look at the table after I finished painting the designs with acrylics. 

 

Next, I applied 3 coats of Polycrylic  finish, sanding in between coats.  I chose this water-based finish because its safe to use over acrylics. 


Here's how the table looks now- all painted and protected and ready for my son to make messes on.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Eric Doodle


This is sketch I made of my husband, Eric on his I-Pod Touch.  I just happened to come across it today.  I had completely forgotten that we had saved it to the computer! We have so many files on our computer that things end up lost and forgotten in some weird folder that I never look in.  Anyway... enjoy a look at what Eric would look like as a cartoon! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Figure drawing beauty

pencil portrait of a girl

Out of all the art forms I've tried (and I've tried a few) figure drawing and figure painting still remain my absolute favorites.  I haven't done much of it since having a baby, but I have my drawings from college to look back on and remember how much fun that all was!  The human figure is beautiful, especially the face.  There's nothing more challenging and nothing more rewarding than drawing a face.  This face is of my little sister Michelle, who has down syndrome.  She may look a little different to some, but to me she is beautiful! I'd like to think that this sketch captures a little of her amazing spirit.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My favorite artist

Vincent Van Gogh

Ok, I need to take a break from all the craftiness.  I miss fine art.  I've been working on photographing my artwork this summer and I came across some Van Gogh studies I did a few years ago when I was student teaching.  Van Gogh is definitely my favorite artist.  His paintings have so much feeling and movement.  They are captivating.

 Study in tempera paint- who would have thought you could get a Van Gogh effect with tempera paint?!

Van Gogh Irises Study

Studies in oil pastels



And a study of my favorite Van Gogh painting "Irises".  I did this with acrylic paints on a canvas board.  This was really fun to do.  I have to try a Van Gogh study in oils someday.



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Flower Cards

Here are some new card designs!  These are my new favorites.  They were so simple and easy to make :)
flower and leaf card
flower and leaf card





Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pollyanna Party

Japanese Lanterns

I attended my first ever Pollyanna Party on Monday night!  

 

If you haven't seen the old Disney movie, Pollyanna, you have got to go rent it.  This movie is amazing!  The main message is about love and they just don't make movies that wholesome anymore.  In the movie, there is a big party ( or bazaar as they call it) and there is lots of food and games going on.  The coolest part is the Japanese lanterns hung all around.

So... we re-created the scene of the movie, by hanging up our own Japanese lanterns around my inlaws' deck.  The lanterns were gorgeous.  I plan to either make some of these or buy them in the future to create a tradition of Pollyanna parties with my own family.

  Japanese Lanterns

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Watercolor Therapy

Watercolor Pear Painting

I have turned into a craft-aholic lately.  Its tons of fun and easy to do while taking care of a 19 month old.  You can start a project, go change a diaper and come back to the project easily.  But I miss making actual fine art.  Fine art requires a big chunk of time with no interruptions.  That's harder to do.  So the other night after the baby was in bed, I pulled out my trusty old watercolors.  It was therapeutic really.  Making art can be sooooo relaxing.
Even if nothing you paint is realistic, just slop some watercolors on the paper and watch them mix.  This never fails to make me happy!

Abstract Watercolor Painting



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pinwheel Appliques

fabric yo-yos

I saw these cute little things on a quilt once and thought they would be good for livening up some of my shirts!  I really don't know what these things are called, so I'm calling them pinwheels because that's what they remind me of.  Since I didn't know how to make these either, I did a little experimenting and figured it out on my own.  They are sooooo easy to make.  All you need is some fabric scraps, thread, and a needle!

If you want to make some of these for yourself, I'm posting a tutorial below.  These look good on clothes and could be used to decorate lots of other things too: bags, blankets, etc.

Step 1:  Trace and cut out circles from fabric.  I just used a cup and a pen to trace them.  And the best thing about these are that it doesn't matter if your circles are perfect- they still turn out great!

fabric circles

 Step 2:  Sew around the edge of the circle with a simple up-and-down stitch ( I really don't know the technical name for that stitch).

fabric yo-yos

Step 3:  Carefully pull thread to gather the fabric into a small bunch and tie off thread.

fabric yo-yos

Step 4:  Flatten out into a circle shape and sew it onto whatever you want!  Easy!

fabric yo-yos
fabric yo-yos