Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sewing Feed Bags With The Girls

This weekend was a lot of fun. 
I had my sister's over for a night of crafting.
We had seen these bags
on our Montana trip and thought they would be pretty easy to create ourselves.
We found a video on YouTube that was a little different.
My sister, Veronica furnished us with a lot of bags from her work place.
I should have done a short tutorial for you here, but you can find many on YouTube.
We'll be getting together to make more soon.
Perhaps, it will be daylight and I'll have enough light to get some good photos.  Please excuse my terrible photography.
Creativity Rocks!

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Turning 50 has been great!
My friend Lisa invited me to see the play, Wicked.
It was a birthday present.
I loved this story so much more than The Wizard of Oz.
I loved the question this story asked.
Is someone born evil, or does that person become evil because of things in their lives?
Then, the munchkins ask Glinda if it's true? Was she once friends with the wicked witch? 
This is really the opening of the play, and the story continues with the true story of who the wicked witch really is.
I adored the witch just as much as the always positive Glinda.
This story is about friendship.
Call your best friend and go see this show. 
You will love it!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chris Farley Reincarnation

Do you remember Chris Farley from Saturday Night live and of course all the movies he starred in?  He could always make me laugh. My family loved him.

I found this photo today online and had to share.
Is this for real?
Here's a comparison.  Amazing isn't it?
Hope you're having a great week.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Abstract Art - A Watercolor - Water Therapy

Water Therapy - that's what I'll call this one.
It felt like therapy creating it.
Hope you enjoy.

Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY - Owl - Doodling/Painting/Mixed Media Tutorial How To

 I've been noticing a lot of Owls lately.
Have you too?
I decided to see if I could make an owl painting of my own.
Here's what I came up with.  It's easy, fun, and I'm guessing you can do it too.
Here's how...
First step - Sketch a picture of an owl.  I found a cookie jar owl and used it to get ideas from.

The next day, I found some of my favorite scrap paper.
Cut it up into shapes, similar to my sketch.
I laid it out on a canvas, and then decoupaged it down.

I was going to paint around my owls parts, but decided I'd rather doodle.
No surprise there.  So, I started by outlining.  Then, I doodled.

For the words, I decided to use. 
"Owl Always Love You."
Not sure
how these things just pop into my head.
But, I'm glad that they do.
I cut out some more scrapbook paper and used a stamp for
my letters with white paint.
I ended up doing my green background after, but you might want to do it before you
glue your owl down.
Let me know what you think, or show me a picture of an owl you create.
I'd really love that.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My First Art Retreat with Alisa Burke

So, I was thinking, what would make my 50th birthday extra special?  Something, I would always remember?
Then, it came to me.  An art retreat. 
I remember the moment, I clicked the button and paid for the retreat.  Whoa, did I just do that?
Yes, I had.
The next couple of weeks, I waivered a bit.  But, then I bought my airline ticket, and next my hotel.
I was really doing this.  Yippee!
Where did I go, you might wonder?  Well, I have been a fan of the talented Alisa Burke for a couple of years now.  She is one of my very favorite artists, as she inspires me on a weekly basis.  Going to one of her retreats, would be a dream come true.  And, it was!
I had so much fun...
The class was called Graffiti Remix.
Alisa taught us about layering paint onto the canvas and then taking that
canvas and making something with it.  In this class, we made clutch bags.
I also learned how to use a sewing machine to free stitch my clutch purses.
The stitching becomes another layer to our canvas.
This retreat has opened up another way of creating for me. As you all know, I already love painting on canvas - see my post for Doodled Backpack's.
But now, I have plans to create my own backpacks, purses, etc...
Don't you just love learning and trying new things?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Jade!

Fifteen years ago today, I was at the hospital giving birth to my daughter.
I'll never forget the moment when they placed Jade in my husbands arms and
he brought her to me.  That feeling of love was so strong, so powerful, it took my breath away.

The frantic moments, the pain, just moments before, 
It was all worth it.
I remember kissing her and telling her how much I loved her.
It's true.  I really, really do.
I am so proud of you!