Friday, January 28, 2011

Where Am I?

Oh yeah right ...Blogger!
Geez 2 days without a fix and I am lost.:) I have been so busy the last few days I wasn't able to visit my favorite blogs and read the it was eating me alive!
I felt like this old iron:
Rusty, dusty....out of practice, lol.
This week I had to go house painting, my tv broke down, the dryer went kaput so I have clothes hanging from every available door or towel rack. Not my finest hour and yet I survived and I can even smile this morning. 
Ah yes this weekend, I will clean the house, my friend's hubby is coming over tonight to look at the dryer (fingers crossed) and I will finally have some time to browse "my blogs" (similar to the old "my shows" but way more fun)!
So in addition to all the other stuff that happens around here I am setting aside quality time to BlogHop!
Miss you guys!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How Wonderful Is This?

This morning the Rustic Victorian posted this precious video from YouTube and I just had to re-post it here. This is something I would love to try and see how many hugs I would get! 
Wouldn't you love to try this in your town? 
Consider yourself hugged by me this morning!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011


Ok I am not sure whether to be thrilled or what...I crackled the painting and stained it. 
As you can see the crackle is not consistent which gives it interest and charm but it irks my perfectionist side no end!

I used DecoArt One Step Crackle which works great for small projects but try to get it to cover a 16" x 20" canvas in an even coat ...well it "ain't" going to happen. So it came out a little uneven and that got my goat.
Oh well I am hoping that maybe the finishing sealer may even out the surface a bit otherwise it will be what I refer to as a rustic finish.....:)
Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the question to "to crackle or not to crackle" it was fun to read the comments and overall I think crackling and staining was the way to go!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Dilemma

I have reached my least favorite part in the creative process.....yes the dreaded "finishing"!

I really would like to crackle and age this painting, but I always hesitate and hem and haw for days over these decisions and it drives me nuts.
When I am this close to the end I am anxious to put it to bed if you know what I mean. Tomorrow I head out to Michael's for another bottle of OneStep crackle medium to make sure I have enough for this painting as it is 16"x20"
I kind of am leaning toward the crackle/aging process as I think this would look great as a vintage style piece...
I know a glaze of umber will be unifying, but should I crackle also?
Votes please.....

Friday, January 21, 2011

Christmas in January!

A few weeks ago I entered Jan's giveaway and what a happy day it was for me, I won! If you have never visited Jan's blog : /i-recommend.html                                                                             do yourself a favor and stop by and say hi. Her blog is full of her adventures in and around her mountain home in Colorado and being an amazingly talented photographer and artist she shares it all with us!

 I knew when her parcel arrived it was going to be special but I was overwhelmed when I opened the package she had sent!
The most beautiful ribbons and a precious watercolor that I had admired when she shared it on her blog!
And then wrapped in more rose colored tissue paper was these love, delicate handkerchiefs...
 A layer of pink tissue paper later and I uncovered this! A beautiful Villeroy & Boch teacup and saucer! The pattern is called "Persia"! And inside the cup were dozens of paper flowers that you can see I spread around for the photos...(did you spot the tiny bottle of pink glitter?)
Oh we are not done yet!

A gorgeous package of lovely papers and cards all tied together with more pink ribbon! A sweet little card on weathervanes with a bookmark styled after a vintage weathervane and beautiful notebook I am going to enjoy using!
This is so precious, one of Jan's handmade beauties that is going to be hanging on my kitchen wall when I finish painting it! Notice the little mother-of-pearl disks by the ribbon hanger!
And all bundled up like a little angel was this amazing little treasure! She has such a sassy look in her eye you just have to love her and I am going to keep her close to my computer where I can feel her energy while I work!
Jan how can I ever thank you for so much bounty! You are not only a wonderful photographer and artist but a lovely and generous soul that I am so happy to know. 
Thank you so much for making my January feel like December 25th all over again!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bet Ya Can't Make Just One!

I have finished the other two small jeweled canvases for Valentine's and here they are....

This one is of course done in green, and has added lace and a crochet piece from my stash. After adhering it to the canvas I painted it to buff up the color and then added a few baubles.

This one I sprayed pink and then added a piece of paper lace that I later buffed a bit with stencil paint in a soft blue color. The center is an old pendant surrounded by mother of pearl disks from a vintage bracelet. Then came the inevitable pearls in pink and white.
I am still working on the pink one I showed on yesterday's post. For some reason it just looks painfully plain next to these canvases.
I will be working on that last little canvas this morning. 
Last night I had the urge to start a larger canvas of the Virgin Mary and Jesus so I sketched it out and dropped in some mid-tones in a very loose way just to keep the original idea fresh in my mind and I plan to work on this later today!
I hope you are all having a wonderfully creative day whatever you have planned!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wall Jewelery!

Sometimes I forget how long it has been since I last posted! I get an idea and I just get so absorbed in it that everything else seems to disappear for awhile....
When I spotted these little 6" x 6" canvases at Michael's a few weeks ago I just knew I could come up with something interesting.

Valentine's Day is coming up soon and so my mind turned to jewelery..:)

Here is bauble #1
The background was done using lace like a stencil, yarn dipped in white glue for the form, then painting the inside of the heart with gold metallic. Now came the really fun part! I applied white glue to small areas first and then placed beads and vintage pearls from an old necklace to the surface.
I used tweezers and applied the beads one at a time which was oddly fun (and slightly addictive)!
On the pink one I used some very small silver glass beads, clear bugle beads and the pink pearls and clasp from another old necklace. The inside smaller pearls are from the other necklace and an ecru color.
I finished them by adding clear glass glitter in dots here and there and then chose to color the glitter with ink to match the color theme of each canvas.
I still have 2 canvases left to decorate and I am not sure I am finished tweaking these two! It's kind of like that darned bubble wrap, once you start popping it's hard to stop.....Yikes!
Have a fun evening and stay warm!