Thursday, December 12, 2013
So there are these friends.
New baby boy. (the baby brother of little miss rebecca - she is the owner of the butterfly artwork)
I needed a gift.
Happy DO Year underway.
Stash usage is a serious part of the DO idea.
And So here is the next giftie ----
I stalked mom's pinterest boards and discovered ------ the following pin was my inspiration
Miss Jill McDonald makes beautiful handcut illustrations that she then sells these wonderful prints of.
Being an artist myself, I twisted the idea into my own version of the artwork.
I knew little Chips' room was going to be blue, so I gathered several blue themed scrapbook papers and set up my CRICUT machine. I cut the letters - attempting to use a variety that I could mix and mingle.
I painted the background of my canvas pale blue --- latex from a miss-mix shelf at Lowe's.
After I cut my letters I randomized the lines and laid them out on the canvas.
I taped off the edges to keep my spacing fairly accurate. Hours later, I had Mod Podged all the letters into place.
I peeled off the tape and decided it was a little bland for my liking.
So I grabbed some blue glimmer mist. Spritz away.
I then took my heat gun and dried the mist. (to keep the letters from peeling up at all)
I discovered that the ModPodge bubbled with the heatgun and it left this awesome texture on the canvas. (I call that kind of discovery a Happy Accident ---- although every now and then it can be an OH SH*&)
After the spritzing and blow drying - I sprayed the entire thing with clear spray sealer.
And called it DONE.
I love it ---- I hope mom and little Chip love it too.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Take off over here
Too meet the lovely ladies who are making up the Globecraft and Piccolo design team.
I am in awe of being one of them.
I cannot wait to see what inspiring ideas this group presents to us all.
Also - take off for shopping too
2014 looks like an inspiring year to come.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
So I have lots of sweet littles in my life.
Rebecca Peterson is one of them.
Several months back - little Missy announced to us that she was going to be a BIG SISTER.
I stalked her mama's pinterest for ideas to make a gift for the new baby.
(that post in a few days)
While I was mulling that over,
I started on a little giftie for Rebecca.
(BIG SISTER had to get a gift too)
I sent her dad a text and it was determined that pink butterflies would be the ticket.
I painted a 12x12 canvas green.
Then punched sixteen circles.
Some glue and patience later they are laid out on the canvas.
Then I wanted dimensional butterflies and I had these great sequins in the right shape.
I punched assorted paper ones too.
I bent the sequins for dimension.
stacked them on the paper shapes
(see the beads)
I strung the beads on light gauge wire.
Wrapped to the back to secure.
Because I KNOW someone will ask, here's how I bent the sequins using the back side of my xacto knife blade.
After making all the little butterflies, I moved them around and decided on the layout I liked.
If you are ever around me creating - there is that moment that I refer too as "look - it sings"
More glue - this time a clear drying tacky glue.
The finished artwork
I likes this one a LOT.
The full front view.
A sweetie little missy enjoying opening her present.
Monday, December 02, 2013
I've wanted to design for a company for a long long time.
I saw that GlobeCraft and Piccolo was looking for design team members.
Being that my word for the year is DO.
I clicked and linked.
And over the Thanksgiving long weekend, I received an invitation to be a part of a lovely group of talented ladies.
I readily accepted the invitation.
I will be a design team member starting in 2014.
I am so excited to work with these products and the ladies on the team.
I do hope all of you will follow all of the goodies the entire team comes up with.
I am so excited to be a part of this.
Watch for more fun updates soon.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
sorry - these are cell phone pictures.
I am busily preparing for an artist market
Saturday November 16
It has been one of my best shows in the past, and if the weather is good, should be again.
There will be a few
Lace and button angels
A new item design for me.
I bought the wings stamp years ago
Had not stamped one thing with it ever
(please make me feel better here and pretend you do this)
I didn't even tuck it away, it was on the shelf in full view, I just had no idea how to use it.
Then the muse came to visit.
I LIKE HER
Made on a similar design as the button fairies.
Stamped and embossed wings on card stock - heavy plastic - vellum - etc
Metal wire threaded with buttons/beads/stuffs
Pretty little face
Assorted halos (lace, jewelry findings, rhinestones, big buttons)
Note - none of these buttons are super valuable - they are a mixture of glass, metal, MotherofPearl and plastic.
I ramble through my stash (playing) and decide what fits the personality of the sweet face and wings
There are also these wonderful - children appropriate - wood block nativity sets.
I've painted several sets and, with help, gotten them all stained.
Nice, stunning, 20 inch wide, butcher board with sawmill marks not included.
Maybe, I'll see you guys on Saturday
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Food was the prompt. Wrote a note and gmail address on the card and left it on the bakery case in the grocery deli. We will see if I get an email response.
I am tremendously grateful for every meal.