All things Crafty and Artsie

Monday, January 7, 2013

January 2013 Goals and What I actually Did

These are photos of the upstairs of my rental cabin. Yes, those are my paintings on the walls and they are for sale. You can find prices on my web site, I decided to paint it the day after New Years. I planned to take 2 days but was so happy because I actually finished it in 9 hours!  And I was not moving quickly either  LOL. More about why a little later.

My other big goal for this month is to get my husband to spend 1/2 hour per day on doing our taxes. I figure he can handle 1/2 hour.  He has already slipped out of 5 days so far.  But, I am determined we WILL finish the taxes this month and not next fall.  Maybe later in the week I will post a photo of what our downstairs looks like for 10 months of the year with never ending piles of paper.

The reason I'm not moving as fast as normal is, I'm Old!  No, not really. I'm moving a little slower because I started a round of HCG. This is my 3rd round and I was so excited to get started.  I'll keep you updated on my progress but tomorrow is 1 week and measurement day.  So far I've lost 5.8 pounds.  Yeah for me.  If you would like more information on HCG then hope over here and check it out:  HCG everything you ever wanted to know

Happy New Year Everyone, this year is going to be great!! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Wine Glass Tags

So easy and so elegant.
Just take the bottom of one of you wine glasses and trace it onto paper
 that will go with your dinner party decor. 
 If you have a circle cutter or 
circle punch you could use them.  
Cut out circle tag. 
Cut a slit in the circle to the middle, then either use another punch or circle cutter to make center circle. 
Decorate your glass markers in what ever way you like. 
Write your guests name on the marker and you could even use it as a place card at your table setting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ruffled Tee Shirt Scarf

This is a simple scarf to make. Take a paper plate and trace around the plate on flattened and smoothed tee shirt, with a chalk pencil.

Then using scissors cut out circles.

Next, cut around inside of circle in about 2 inch borders, leaving a circle at the end.

Now when you stretch out each circle you will have a long strip. Divide the strips into two even piles. Gather them all together at the circle end and sew together overlapping about 2 inches this is the back of the scarf.

You now have a lovely ruffled scarf.

A Little Gift for You 

You can find both designs HERE as a little gift just for you.

I've used 4" x 4" tiles that are recycled from a bathroom remodel. I cleaned the edges up of extra grout by rubbing them on a concrete block, which is a lot faster than trying to scrape it off with a knife. Thanks David for the idea! Then I washed the tiles and laid them out on brown paper to protect my table top and painted a coat of mod podge on the top using a foam (disposable) brush. I already had my designs printed on card stock and trimmed. Then I centered them on the top of the tile and spread another thin coat of mod podge over the card stock design. 

Make sure to brush only once and only one way or your ink will run

I then just placed a fan to blow over the tiles and dry them a little faster.
I had 3 good coats of mod podge (drying between each coat) on my tiles then left them to cure over night.
I used felt that I had left over from another project and traced around the tiles then cut out the felt, remember you want to cut inside your tracing as you want the felt to be just a little smaller than the tile. I used hot glue but you could use whatever type of glue you like to adhere the felt to the back of the tile. You could use cork for the backs of your tiles also.
I then tied them with ribbon added the gift tag which I made with the leftover card stock from my printed designs and I have some lovely gifts for the ladies in my art club! I drew these designs in CS5 Photoshop and made the papers on the creating tile myself. Enjoy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fixing Kaylee's Baby

My Mom made this soft doll many years ago and I've saved it along with a few others. I keep them in a toy box for Kaylee when she comes over so she has her own box of stuff to play with and her mama doesn't have to pack up the whole house. I'm not sure how she did it (but 2 yr olds are stronger than the normal person) she tore the poor baby's arms off while dressing and undressing her. So Grandma to the rescue, 1st I had to borrow an upholstery needle from a friend that was 12" long ( I still had to put my glasses on to thread the thing!) then I found my strongest spool of fishing line and put the baby's arms back on. I did feel a little weird poking that needle thru her body but I am now confident that the arms will stay on. Well I hope so anyway... 2 year olds are really, really strong.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Garden club, "Garden Path" and Art Club, "Art and Soul", recently in 2 seperate meetings got together and made these fabulous concrete dishes or bird feeders or bird baths (whatever you want to use them for).

Photo #1 shows three uncleaned bowls
Photo #2 shows a partially cleaned bowl
Photo # 3 shows a clean, unsealed bowl with 2 fall leaves posed on top, artsy :)
Photo # 4 shows a clean bowl and 2 uncleaned bowls
You are seeing unsealed bowls with the natural concrete color, this was my preference.

These were so much fun and really easy to do (because in each case we were fortunate to have one of our husbands mix the quickcrete) Thanks, Lester and David and Jason who did some clean up of the sand in the second batch! You guys so ROCK!

Here are some basic instructions in case you want to do this yourself and you can also google concrete leaf bird feeders.

You will need, leaves of the size dish you want to make, rubber gloves, play grade sand, quickcrete with gravel, and concrete dye if you want to tone your concrete. There are many colors available at your local hardware store where you can get all of these supplies but it is expensive in comparison to the other supplies. A wheelbarrow or big plastic tub to mix the crete in and a hoe to mix with. Water source. (right here is a good spot to find someone with muscles to mix the crete and clean up the tools after LOL).

I find being bent over to work is very hard on my back so having some sturdy folding tables to work on was great. Next make a domed pile of sand on your table, pat the pile firm, then keep checking to see if it is at least 4 inches of sand between the edge of your leaf and the table.

Place the leaf face down on the inverted bowl shaped sand. If the stem of your leaf sticks straight up and you do not want a drainage hole, clip it off at this point. Put on rubber gloves and scoop crete by the handfuls and smooth over your leaf. You want the crete to be a little over 1 inch thick. Keep adding concrete until your leaf is covered and has extend past the edges of the leaf about an inch. Smooth the concrete and add extra to make a base if you want. I did not add a base as my leaves were not that large but I did make sure that there was enough of a flat area built up so that my leaf would "sit" level.

Make as many as you have supplies for. Note - have all your sand mounds set up before you mix the concrete as you don't want it to set up before you are done. If you have done this outside (vs. your garage) then cover with trash bags or plastic and let sit for 48 hours. Rain was a real possibility and you don't want them to be rained on. After 48 hours you are ready to take the wire brush and clean them up, seal and or paint as you prefer.

Congratulations! You now have wonderful presents for your friends or special one-of-a-kind garden art. Now wasn't that easy?

more projects to come in the future so remember to check back in. Happy Fall!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tee Shirt Scarves

My Art and Soul Group makes some sort of craft item a couple times a year but we are always looking for at least one gift we can make at Christmas time. This year Judi showed us how to make tee-shirt scarves.

I found that out of one X-large men's crew necktee, without side seams, I could get 2 bracelets, 1 scarf and 8 circles (quart paint can size) for a flower.
If you have a rotary cutter it will make the job faster and easier.

Spread the tee out so that it is smooth and even. Cut about 1 inch apart thru one side of the tee but stop at least 1 inch from the other side. Do this for the body of the shirt and the sleeves see red lines.

Gently stretch each loop out it will turn into a string.

On one end choose 6 strings and cut one side only next to the top edge. Now you will have 6 long strings connected at the top. Separate by 2's and braid, when you reach the end leave about 8 inches of fringe and tie off the ends.

Now run your hand thru the middle of the uncut edge and gather together so you have one big circle and the single braid. Then grasp the end of the braid and loop it up making a shorter circle inside the large circle of strings.

You can then use the longest string of fringe from the braid to wind around the part gathered in your hand to bind it off. When you have covered the uncut edges then pull the end back thru to tie off.

You now have a tee shirt scarf!

Painting accepted at Exhibit

This painting titled "Leatherwood Drive" was accepted at the White River Painting Exhibit and Sale Edwards ARt Gallery at the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks near Branson, MO. It will be on display until December 16, 2010.
I am working on a series of these paintings based on photographs that my stepson Jason Took.

New Type of Portrait

I did a series of these 12 x 12 portraits as Christmas presents. It was a lot of fun doing them and you 2 can have your child, spouse, or pet painted in this wonderful graphic style. Just email me thru my web site and I'll get a price to you.

collage painting

Well, it's been several days since I said I would upload this but here it is. This is my copy of the painting that 6 of us did as a group. Each person did one 8 x 10" canvas and then we assembled them.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's a sunshiney Day

The sun is shining the temperature brisk, I've read all my email, checked my sites and now I want to be out and about and not sitting at my computer so I guess that is it for today. This is a photo reference for a painting I'm working on. Bet you can't guess what it is of?

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