Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Just Listed on Etsy

One Christmas I was given a little hand loom made for children and for a number of years I had loads of fun making little yarn pot holders and coasters. Recently while looking through some old Belle Armoire magazines I came across an article featuring little amulet bags woven on a piece of cardboard from scraps of yarn,
 beads, ribbon....I guess you could pretty much add whatever you wanted to! It's easy and fun and once lined with a bit of cotton fabric, they could hold a couple of dollars or a debit card or small phone!
I ended up using some very old beads and a lovely yellow crystal, vintage yarns and old pieces of ribbon and although it didn't make much of a dent in my scraps box it was worth the effort in the fun I had!

(I hope these photos only showed up once but since Blogger and I have a friendly war going on they may be posted a few times...:( I have no way of knowing as to me they only show up once.)

If anyone would like to have the instructions from the magazine just let me know and I will be happy to pass them on!

Tina xo

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Back To My Roots

When I was young my family was very poor and so most of the artwork I did was with pencils which was probably the best way to begin anyway. I learned about all the different grades of graphite and how to work with it using my fingers for shading.
As the years went by and I could afford more varied mediums I drifted away from pencils except for the starting sketch. This past week though I got a yen to gather all my different pencil grades (H's and B's) and sit quietly and try to reprise my youthful experiments.
 Yes I gave in and added color with pastels and watercolors.
I took my inspiration from an old black and white photo of Frida when she was obviously young.
I still have so many projects I a trying desperately to catch up on but for today I am happy with what I accomplished!
I hope everyone else has had a great start to the New Year and I will be making the rounds and visiting all my favorite blogs this week to catch up on all the doings!

With much love to all......Tina xo

Monday, January 9, 2012

Post Holiday Blues/Purples/etc.

Is anyone else feeling a little anti-climatic this month? I guess after all the holiday prep it's to be expected that there would be a little static chaos (my expression for this feeling) following all the hoopla. 
My way to deal with it is to make something or paint a little canvas and so this is what I spent the weekend painting hoping it would pull me out of my doldrums.

I am planning to do a few pencil drawings this week, something I haven't done in quite awhile, and maybe adding a touch of color with watercolor pencils! 
Hey it might be fun and lift my flagging spirits!

How are you dealing with the after holiday slump? Or is it just me!!!

Tina xo