Sunday, June 3, 2012

Crafts and Cars

It was a short week, thank goodness because I don't know if I could have handled it being a "long" week.  I think it's just 'spring fever' for me personally.  I get a few days of sunshine, then the next thing you know I'm all giddy with excitement only to crash because, well I have to work so that I can later play.  Viscous cycle I'm telling ya!

My husband decided he needed to drink healthier drinks and bought a case of flavored water at Costco a few weeks back.  Later he offers me the 'left overs' which are actually the flavors he didn't care for much.  Orange Mango then the other was this:

Black Raspberry.  OMG!  I love it but it has to be super ice cold.

I have started drinking these now.  I'm terrible about not drinking water.  I just have issues with tap water and tend to just not grab bottled water.  Although, in the summers I usually have a bottle or two a day.  I'm surprised I don't experience more kidney stones than I do because of it.  These are really pretty good and come of several flavors.  Grab one for a dollar at Walmart next time and chill it down, then chug!  Refreshing! I promise.

Saturday we got up and ran into Olympia to pick up a storage unit for more of my art supplies.  It's kind of scary, stuff is now officially spilling over into my bedroom. Yikes!  I'm accused of being a hoarder but I keep telling him, "I have a use for everything!"  and he tells me, "yes, honey, that's what a hoarder is going to say."  He loves me though and knows it all makes me happy.

I made a quick dash to the thrift store a few days ago on my lunch break and grabbed up 4 different clear glass 'jars'.  I had a plan but wasn't sure which was going to work best.  I wanted to cover it in modeling paste tinted blue, to simulate water and then embed a pre-created mermaid.  The more I thought about it the more I realized I'd loose the mermaid in the paste.  So, instead of modeling paste I tinted the glass jar with Adirondack alcohol inks, then applied some mudd-puddles sand (something from The Great American Scrapbook convention years ago) to the base along with some shells using E6000 glue.  Once these were all dry the moment of truth, appalling the mermaid, I carefully applied a layer of E6000 to the back side of my beauty and placed her on, pressing every so gently.  She's pretty thin and I didn't want to break her, although one of her arms suffered injury but the E6000 fixed that right back good as new.  I then gave the whole then a few coats of Valspar Clear Sealer.  I know for a fact the alcohol inks will disappear once water hits it without some kind of sealant.  I'm hoping this works best, it did on my test dummy.

This pretty lady is on her way to Texas for very special Mom's birthday.

Sunday we got pretty bright and early.  Enjoyed the morning java then headed into town to check out the Annual Forest Festival Car Show-Off.  We had a really great time oohing and aahing over all the beauties.  I can never pick a favorite.  I snapped just a couple of pictures though.

Every time I see a bike at one of these shows I think of my nephew TJ and just wish he was around to share it.  Here you go TJ enjoy!

I worked a little in my Living Canvas Art Journal.  I don't know what it is with this workshop but for some reason I'm just not getting motivated to create.  It's really strange for me because Christy Tomlinson usually picks me right up and inspires the flow of art.  I may just be reading too much into it all and need to let it go.  Here's what I did this weekend.

The butterflies are made from the Crayola air dry clay and Martha Stewart molds.  I then covered them with Perfect Pearls and smudge of black Faber-Castell PITT artist pen to help define the fine lines/texture and a little smudge of white acrylic paint to help them 'pop' off the page some.

Well, that's been my weekend.  I sure hope you all had some fun hopefully in the sun.  If not, there's always next week-end.  Until next time, be safe out there and stay cool if you can.

Hugs of love.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What a time...

So I had this idea, create a blog and share 'klips' of my world.  Started out strong then sort of fizzled.  I'm not trying to rejuvenate the plan.  I problem, TIME, suddenly it seems I don't have enough time to all the things I want to do in any given day.

The only way I can think to carve out more time is to no longer work outside the home.  Problem with that, it feeds the things I enjoy doing.  grrrr.  Well, I'll just have to figure a few things out and just carve out my time each day and make the most of it.

Let's see what 'klips' from Kim would you be interested in:

Would it be, me stepping out and using something for other than it's exact intended purpose.

Then there are the up coming endless scrapbook layouts.


Of course there is the art journal, this is some work in the first one.

And now I've started a new online workshop so that means a new art journal.

We did a little treasure hunting this weekend in Port Orchard.  Does that interest you?

This weekend I also experimented with some modeling paste and self made stencils.

Now, the trick is going to be how I put it all together.  It occurred to me this evening to apply one of these lovely mermaids to a container for my Mom, I think she'd appreciate it. 

I guess the point of this post, is to post.  Quite a while back an English Professor told us when blocked just write eventually it will happen.  So, write I will.

Hugs of love.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I'm back

Oh wow!  I knew I hadn't been on the blog for quite awhile just didn't realize it has been since October.  I kept meaning to come back and share but it just never seemed to happen.  Life seems to have settled down a little for me, so I think now's the time.

In addition to a life settling, I am starting a new workshop called Your Living Canvas, check it out: .  

Part of the class is journaling to learn more about yourself (that's my take on it) then the next part is creativity.  I have to be honest though I haven't even begun the pre-work.  It's not that's hard, other it requires reflection, I just haven't sat down and done it.  I had promised myself today is the day, that was days ago.  Well, hopefully soon.  The good news, I have all year to work through the workshop!

I also became involved with a group of nice folks on facebook (thanks again Jeff) which is encouraging me to get back to my treasure hunting creativity.  I realized a few weeks ago, the weather plays a big role in my treasure hunting, in that up here there just really aren't any garage or rummage sales to venture out to once the rains start again in September/October.  Seriously, who wants to run around outside in the chilly wetness of the world?! 

Now with that all said, I haven't just been sitting on my tush eating bonbons.  I've been doing the job thing, kind of have to do that.  Courtesy of the hubs I had a terrific Christmas vacation with my lovely daughter, grandson, sister in law and niece at Disney World.  Then I worked some more doing some art to find some joy, shared that with a young lady who discovered Hobby Lobby for the first time and I've worked some more.

I've been posting a lot of the creative stuff on facebook to share with friends and family.  I'll pull a few over here over time to share and to give a little background on a few things I have in the works now.

Let's start with this one.

This glass bottle is a $1 find at the Goodwill.  I then covered it with modeling paste and applied some faces.  The faces I molded myself with Fimo air dry clay with a store bought mold.  Let it out to dry over night.

My next step was to paint the entire project.  I used burnt umber as my base coat then applied a few highlights with a couple of other browns to give some depth.

I then highlighted the faces with some jewel tone green perfect pearls.

Those who see this think at first it looks like milk chocolate, then the next impression is tree bark.  Tree bark was what I was going for.  I'm thinking on the next project I'll need to vary the brown a bit more to give it more texture.  It's a puzzle but fun.

The next project I'm planning is very similar to this one, only not with the faces and I haven't decided on the background texture yet.  It'll be something for Mom, if it turns out.

Well, its about that time, I need to start getting ready, we are going to a concert tonight, gonna go see Van Halen woo-hoo!

hugs of love.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Weekend Creativity

Hi there peeps!  We've been a little busy here at the home base.  My hubby seems to have this thing to find it more productive to schedule seasonal projects. 

For instance, last summer he worked on redoing or back deck. 

Then in the winter he bought a little boat, stripped it down and built it back. 

This recent summer he did phase two of the deck (ya it's big), sorry no pictures of this phase.  Now the man has it in his mind this winter's project is to work on the inside of the house, starting with paint!  I'm for that one!

Although we have similar taste they are sometimes just far enough apart that we end up with nothing.  It sort of works for us.  Our color choices have always been in the warm neutral tones, soft blues and greens, except for the kitchen which may be extremely bold in comparison  (black & red). 

This weekend hubs took down an old light fixture and installed the new!  We both love it.

He then go busy painting in the hardest yet smallest room of the house.  The infamous pink bathroom.  We choose a neutral brown in hopes of toning down the pink.  New light fixture and towel bars complete the process.  Some day we hope to have an entirely new bathroom but until then we are just trying to make do with the original owner's lovely color choice in fixtures.

I also had a chance to get some of my own creative mojo flowing.  It was so fun simply because it felt like forever since I had sat down to ink and paint, cut and paste.  I know a little boy who's going to get an unusual Halloween 'card' soon.

That's about all folks.  And not as an after thought but...I am so proud of my husband and the hard work he puts forth on making our house our home.  Other than that, I really want to spend more time creating, my problem now, time and the mojo.  Until then,

hugs of love.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Fallish kind of week and weekend

Well, well, well!  It's that time of year when things begin to cool off, chill down and get wet.  Here in the Pacific Northwest I don't really mind the cooling off part but I am not at all thrilled about the getting wet.  I know it rains here a lot, actually not anymore on average than it did in Texas.  Key words: on average.  The thing that gets me, or at least did this past winter, was the longevity of it.  I swear I didn't think Spring was ever going to get sprung around here.

The good news is I have a new adventure to keep me distracted from the weather.  It's now been just slightly over 30 days at the new job and all seems to being going well.  I work with some very nice people and have the opportunity to do well for myself there, I intend to make the most of it.

I'm still not finding creative time for myself though.  I keep promising myself time to play and create but it's just not happening.  For instance, I wanted to create Saturday yet the husband and I spent the better part of the day shopping for home improvement project supplies. The we get home and I have to put my part in play before the rains come.  I was so exhausted afterwards that sitting or standing in my creative space just was not in the cards.

We made an impulse buy Saturday at Lowes.  This Chocolate Mimosa Tree, it was regularly $50 but on sale for $20.  Bill and I both grew up with these similar trees in our childhood, so we just had to have one.  For me it was sort of like having a little bit of home here too, which makes me crave a crepe myrtle but I don't want to pay shipping to get one here.

Anyway, the tree was so tall it wouldn't fit in the back of the truck.  We had to prop it with the soil we had purchased elsewhere then leave the tailgate down.  We were worried the wind would beat it to death, so I had an "ah ha" moment and we bundled our hoodies around it and used the soil bags to keep them from flying away.  It worked too!  Everything got home safe and sound.

Sunday was a little less intense but still pretty busy.  We both actually slept in or at least for us it was sleeping in.  I got the laundry going then made the decision to get a hair cut.  I wanted something more styled.  My hair has grown out quite a bit but it's just sort of hanging there with no great style or shape.  I finally decided to go shorter again, not chopped like I've been known to do but brushing my shoulders kind of short.  If you saw my Vegas wedding pictures, that's the way I had it cut today.

We then had to go back to town because the Ott-Lite bulbs we got yesterday weren't the right ones, so they needed to be exchanged (these puppies are too expensive to just toss).  Bill had to get some black wood stain for his homemade keyboard tray, this also required a trip to Costco for a new office chair for the man.  Again, no creative time.

Sure I could've stayed home and let him run the errands.  The only thing wrong with that is, the weekends seem to be the only time we really do anything together and I enjoy the company of my husband.  I do wish however I could convince him to join my in my art, on a regular basis but alas that's my thing not his.

So, what did you do this weekend?  Write me a note and let me know.  Until then,

hugs of love.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Charmed Kind of Day.

I'm pretty sure I mentioned I would go treasure hunting recently.  I have yet really go.  Sorry.  Our weather here has returned to the typical wetness for the region, it does not entice me to get out and about.  I just can't get motivated to get out and about.  Maybe if someone was with me to share the adventure but on my own, I'm just simply not motivated.

I did do some shopping this weekend for work clothes but that wasn't exactly fun.  I'm finding more and more often I really didn't appreciate my physic 20 years ago, or even less than 10 years ago.  We'll just leave it at that for now.

I did wanted to spend the weekend creating though not shopping ( I know shocking isn't it!).  Again, I just couldn't get motivated Saturday.  I tried to trick myself by making a promise to myself if I got all my housework done I could then work with my art.  It seems though that by the time I got the house work done, went to town for some work clothes then started dinner, I was just not wanting to do anything else.

This morning I started out again with a strong purpose to create.  I sat on the sofa with my coffee and before I knew it I was hooked on watching TV with the hubs for a while; DIY Disasters.  I think of this show as a 'how not to' kind of program.  We then spent a lot of time discussing paint color choices and decorating ideas for his home office space a.k.a. the previous dining room.  We are planning to begin painting the interior in the next month or so.  Although we know we have a general idea of design/color scheme, it has yet to be nailed down.  This concerns me because as hard as we try to communicate our ideas we often don't quite get it over to the other person.  ah well!  We did find Sherwin Williams HGTV color schemes very helpful, you should check it too.  If you'd like to see more of what we are planning you can check out my Home Board on Pinterest.

His plan is to start in the pink bathroom and work his way toward his home office.  I think of it as the start small and end large plan.  And yes, pink bathroom, see it has walls that are tiled half way up in pink ceramic tiles, a pink tub & pink ceramic tile surround, pink toilet and pink sink.  We are going to use brown on the white walls to tone down the pink until we can afford the major renovation maybe in a year or two.  There's nothing wrong with the fixtures other than the color pink, which would be terrific I think if it was just a girly girl bathroom but in this house, it's the ONLY bathroom, so the pink has to go.

I did finally start to get creative though.  I pulled out my care package from a few months ago and went through it looking to become inspired.  I created one trinket so far from that stash.  It did the trick though.  I then pulled out an old costume piece that belonged to my Grandmother.  I just now, as I type this post, realize what a dummy I can be!  Grrr!  I didn't take a picture of her necklace before I took it apart!  Gosh Darn it!  I have to remember that next time, why?  I don't know other than I think it's the right thing to do. 

I made a few little baubles and started on a few others.  Take a look.  You probably can't tell very well but the upper pieces are beads that are primarily yellow with a stream of pink and gold.  The lower unfinished pieces are yellow.   The original necklace was a three strand piece with the shortest strand riding a choker length, very 60's.

I also cooked a pretty awesome beef stew while I worked on these things so my creative mojo was good today!  Well that's all I have today.  Still enjoying the new job! Woo-hoo!  I hope you all have a wonderfully creative and fulfilling week.  Until next time,

Hugs of love.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Have you ever...

had just one of the most perfect days ever?  I'm sure you have.  I have been blessed to have had several but this past weekend was just so totally awesome.  I can't think about it without smiling.

We budgeted out expenses then went for it!  Neither one of us had been to a State Fair since we were young parents, somewhere back in time when our children were little and didn't cry to ride every ride or to play every game and we could afford to go if we didn't have to pay for them!  Yah!  That far back!  We're emptinesters now and we get to go play now! Na-na-na-bo-boo!

So we head out to The Puyallup Fair, where you may ask is that?  Well it's in Washington but of course.  It's not as near as large as the Texas State Fair but it had the atomsphere of a fair from our memories.  That memory was just what we were looking for this day. 

We planned to arrive around lunch time so we could begin our day with a fair staple, a corn dog!  Honestly, this was the only fried food we ate that day, although the plan was to try a fried candy bar or ice cream or even both.

We wove our way in and out of the exhibit buildings, because what's a state fair with out looking at the produce, various crafts and hobbies, canning, art work, animals....!  Then it was time for food again.  See, our plan for the day:  eat what we want, when we want, as much as we want, as well as, ride the rides we wanted, as often as we wanted, for as long as we could stand it! (we took it to 10pm)

This was the best day I've had in a very long time and I'm setting aside all the food and rides.  It was simply the best day for me because I shared it with the man I love.  We teased, cuddled and laughed all day long.  We shared a joy for a beautiful bright day.  It was just simply wonderful to be that day. 

I hope you all have a chance to experience such a day yourselves.  It really did my heart good.
Hugs of love.