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corona del mar

 I wish I was here!  I miss the southern California coast so much right now......

Artist Inspiration

Watercolor Textures by Ann Blockley

 When I checked this book out from the library last week, this lady instantly became one of my new favorite artists! She uses watercolors in such a unique way.  Her paintings are full of life, expression, textures, and beautiful colors.  Sometimes, they don't even look like watercolor because of the richness and texture of the paint. 

I know it will take me many years to every attain this level of skill in watercolor, but I had to try right away anyway.  Here are a few of my water-coloring- Ann Blockley- Style experiments.

purple watercolor flower

yellow watercolor pear

Crochet Flower Headband

grey flowered earwarmer

Here is my first head band for an adult!  I usually don't have the guts to wear things like this outside the house, even though I think they are cute.  Most of the time, I'll put it on and get out the door, then let myself get all self-conscious and I take it off by the time I get in the car.  Ya, kinda lame.  So I decided I wasn't going to let that happen again and I wore this to the store.  It kept my ears nice and warm and I felt cute that day!

Since I can't remember exactly how I made it and I've never written a crochet pattern before, I'll just give you some specs on it, in case anyone out there wants to make one :)  Its very simple and quick to make.

Crochet Headband Pattern

11 Double crochet wide using an H hook
About 32 rows long- or just make it long enough till it fits snugly around your head

Watercolor Fruit

Oil painting is still my favorite art form, but I'm learning to love watercolor too.  I love how it turns out when I'm patient with it.  Here's an apple I painted last year.

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I'm back from my vacation, so on to more crafty stuff!  But, first, let me say... 

Happy New Year! May 2011 be everything you hope it will be!

Ok, now here's a lovely winter sunset to enjoy.  

winter sunset