1. ART JOURNALING TODAY
Filling Up Another Journal
I love when I see myself getting close to the end of another journal. It means more than just finishing a book. It means progress. It means I didn't give up when it got hard. It means I made time to make art. It means I learned new techniques or practiced old ones. Art Journaling makes me feel good. A little bit at a time or long days in the studio it all adds up to making my heart happy.
2. WEAVING TODAY
Choosing New Materials
I am always experimenting with new materials when it comes to weaving. I try my best to find repurposed textiles to incorporate into these random and colorful pieces. When I found a large length of vintage floral jersey knit I couldn't wait to strip it and make it into yarn. I have used it for both weaving into pieces and most recently, for the fringe on a newer weaving. I love the texture the print seems to create.
3. MAKING MEMORIES TODAY
And Capturing them on Film
Capturing our families memories on film is a big deal to me. I want to preserve the moments that are extra special to me for all time. It makes me happy to look back at photos and see what we have recorded as noteworthy. So good or bad, I keep snapping. Phone or camera I keep taking them. And perfect or not I keep them. A photo full of movement just means we were too busy having fun to pause for that one flawless shot.
4. FILLING ORDERS TODAY
And Heading to the Post Office
I am so happy to announce that the Boxy Bloom™ Stamp Sets have arrived and have been labeled and packed and are ready to ship! I can't stop using them and had a fun day stuffing envelopes for all of you who pre-ordered your set over the last few weeks. Knowing that these will land on the doorsteps of so many talented artists and be incorporated into their artwork thrills me to no end! I look forward to seeing all the creative ways these fun florals will be used!
5. PLAYING WITH CHALK TODAY
And with the Cutest Artist Ever
When she discovered she could walk last week she made a bee line for the chalkboard and she never looked back. She has kept been busy making beautiful art since. Each little scribble and mark a huge accomplishment in her eyes, in which she waits for my praise. And praise I am happy to give. She is eager to share her chalk and even more eager to have me join in. This is the kind of art that makes me the happiest of all.
6. MAKING FACES TODAY
And Being Okay with Them
I have never been very good at sketching faces, but I do enjoy the trying. It is difficult and I continue to be amazed at the huge wealth of talented artists out there who can draw faces that will literally make you think they are coming to life. One of my favorite "maker of great faces" is Lynne Hoppe. She is not only talented and kind and generous, her faces are the dreamiest. She encourages me to try and I appreciate all that she shares!
7. LOVING THIS GIRL
And Her UnWavering Sense of Fun
She really is my right hand these days and I am not sure I could keep up without her. Not only does she help with all of the little day to day stuff, she is a constant and honest to good source of encouragement. She is cheerful and optimistic. She gives good advice, is honest to a fault and has a sharp and clever eye. I love all that she does to keep me smiling, laughing and moving forward.
Another peek into my sketchbook. I learned so much about the in's and out's of sketching as well as how to research and educate myself on the craft from Lorraine Bell. She continues to be a huge inspiration. My other love, as you can see from the sketches above is Mary Ann Moss. She is a fun and talented teacher!
Sometimes my daughter and I create these fun art projects together where we challenge ourselves to upcycle random objects. A few weeks ago she challenged me to make something out these pink hair rollers. I honestly didn't have to think twice about it - napkin rings for sure!
These were super simple. Just cover your rollers with fabric. I used a hot glue gun. Add ribbon trim and a pretty clip. Add a name tag or note to your clip to personalize your table scape. I love using vintage handkerchiefs for dainty napkins when my girls and I get together. What would you make with pink hair rollers?
I love making headbands for my daughter, so when I had a ton of dyed ribbon left over from a weaving project recently I knew just what to create.
Here is a simple step out process if you would like to create one of your own.
1. COLLECT YOUR SUPPLIES
I used a plastic headband, white felt & some hand dyed ribbon
2. CUT STRIPS OF FELT
Cut these wide & long enough to cover your headband. I only covered mine to within a few inches of the bottom, on either side, so it would tuck behind the ears nicely.
3. STITCH RIBBON TO FELT
I used a contrasting thread and a simple straight stitch
4. REPEAT UNTIL FELT IS COVERED
I overlapped by rows of ribbon to prevent felt from peeking through
5. ADHERE YOUR STITCHED FELT TO HEADBAND
I used hot glue and adhered a few inches at a time
6. ADD AN EMBELLISHMENT
I loved these fabric birds in my stash
These are so quick and fun! I think they would make the cutest party favors or stocking stuffers. Have fun and happy creating!
Tapestries and Hand Carved Stamps are two of my favorite things. Either one can be as simple or as complex as you dare to imagine. If you want to learn more about carving your own stamps - join in on the fun in Doodle & Carve! I love that this challenge allowed me to create with both of these favorites in mind. And because this week I was a bit short on time, I was able to create something simple and pretty, all in just a few short minutes.
A simple page that you can create in a short amount of time. Have fun with this week!
GUESS WHAT? THE NEW SHOP IS OPEN !
It is a big process moving everything over from Esty, so I appreciate your patience as we work out the bugs! The Etsy shop will remain open for a bit longer in an effort to make all items available while we slowly build our inventory on the new platform. Have fun browsing the new SHOP TAB found on the blog and stay tuned for new updates in the next few weeks!