Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Ella, my 6-year old helper, solidly positioned herself next to me and got busy creating her very own art.
It was fun to work side-by-side...but a little nerve-wracking as well. Think acrylic paint-loaded paintbrushes soaring through the air right above my work and blue chalk pastel dust filling the air and you've pretty much got it.
And here is the screenshot...
AND I sold two pieces (including the eyeglasses piece pictured here)! I'm very excited if you can't tell ;)
Monday, October 18, 2010
As you may or may not know...I have a short attention span. I tend to pour my whole heart and soul into something (soldered jewelry, art, sewing, cooking)...for about 5 minutes, then I'm ready to move on to the next thing :)
So, one of my latest passions is making gymnastics leotards for my girls. I've made them each so many leotards, that I opened a new etsy shop as an outlet. It all began one day about a year ago...the girls needed new leos and I didn't want to pay $30+ for a leo they would grow out of in 6 months...so I did a little research (a LOT of research actually). I discovered several patterns that had positive reviews, read up on some sewing tips for spandex fabrics, bought some fabric, and the rest is history.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Ella turned 6 over Labor Day weekend, so I gave her a choice..."do you want a Chuck E. Cheese party (she always does) or do you want a themed party at home?" I was a little shocked and happy to hear that she wanted a princess/cooking/make-over party at home this year. After I assured her that we wouldn't have time to do all of the themes she wanted, she settled on a princess party.
The invitation - yes each "girl" had on a different party dress!
The thought of it was secretly flooding my head...we'll have a few people over, we can do it on the cheap, it will be fun! We can make the invitations, party decorations, food (we had lots of snacks, princess punch, princess parfaits and pink lemonade), etc. to cut costs...haha!
Well, my ideal small-cheap party quickly grew into a big, all-out princess bash! Could we really have it any other way? I quickly started assembling pink tutus (used to decorated the chairs and then handed out at the end of the party) and making giant pink and white puff balls.
Puff balls made from tissue paper!
The girls decorated magic wands and treat bags.
Eva is in the blue Cinderella dress and Ella is in the gorgeous white flower girl dress.
They slayed a dragon pinata and hunted for the king's missing treasure. Yes, I dressed like a princess too!
Then they had cake...but not just any old cake. The kiddos got to decorate their own individual 4" cakes any way they wanted.
Then Ella blew out the candles on her 3-tier princess cake and opened all of those wonderful presents.
That was a re-cap of the two-hour party in a nutshell. They girls stayed busy and seemed to have a great time! Yes, it was a TON of work and I had to take two days off to accomplish it, but the look on her face at the end of the day was priceless. Chuck E. Cheese has nothing on me!
Now...I wonder what kind of party Eva will want...
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The Looker, 4x8 on cradled hardboard
Here is my first attempt at using some of my new acquired materials in a collage. I was worried at first that the gel medium wouldn't work with the film or that my spray fixativ wouldn't stay put, but I'm happy to say that I didn't have any problems with the film at all.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Years later, I don't have to hide my addiction anymore. Although my free time has been drastically reduced by two little demanding girls, when they are in bed my books come out. One book in particular of late...a lovely book containing 7 Jane Austen novels.
When I stumbled upon this gorgeous book at Barnes and Noble last week, I knew immediatlely that I had to have it. Cracking the cover open, I was instantly transported to another world. This is what EVERY book should look like...beautiful, leather bound with golden pages. Nevermind the it is completely impractical. You can't very well tuck it into your bag and pull it out to read during your lunch break, but who cares! Everytime I open it I get this wonderful giddy feeling...pure joy! I'm currently re-reading Sense and Sensibility, but when I'm finished with Jane, I'll have to pick up another of these amazing books...Shakespeare or maybe Poe...I really don't care which, the books are so gorgeous!
On a side note...this book was a wonderful distraction and has allowed me to successfully fight this wierd urge I have to re-read the Twilight series. Am I crazy? Maybe...my brain is telling me not to re-read the series, but yet the crazy urge remains. Anyone else read the series and struggle with this?
What are you currently reading?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Little Angel #2 6"x10"
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
One of my pieces is in the current issue (Jan/Feb 2010) of Somerset Studio...and imagine my elation when I discovered that I shared the page with a dear friend and talented artist, Nancy Lefko! This was my first attempt at submitting something (solo) for publication...it wasn't as hard as I'd imagined. I'm glad I took the plunge and encourage you to do the same.