Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Little House Craft Studio

In my dreams: a peaceful meandering walk to my craft studio that looks like this little stamp I watercolored.

Instead, this is my reality. But I'm not complaining; it's cozy and I love crafting out here. I am so lucky to have a place I can actually call a craft studio that isn't the table tucked in the corner of the bedroom.

My desk is situated to the right, in front of the big, and very handy, laundry sink as you walk in the door. Behind me is a built-in box where I think the previous owner must have kept wood. It's pretty useless to me, but it does make a nice counter. When it's warm, I set out the blue chair so when my family pops in, they have a place to sit while we chat. Although I have a tall stool to my left, there isn't a place inside for the blue chair yet, but I hope to eventually remedy this. I dread emptying the place, but that's what it will take to get it organized.

My work surface is stocked with things I use constantly: several types of glue, a squirt bottle filled with water, black and white paint, certain markers, paint pens and pencils, a plastic paint pallet, paint brushes, baby wipes, scratch paper, and, of course, my little DVD player sitting on top of an awesome can that looks like a big ol' spool of thread.

On the shelf above are all of my tablets of watercolor and mixed media paper, watercolors, and a variety of other little things I seem to reach for every time I'm out here.

And then there's the doggers. Winnie usually likes to hang out with me in the dog bed, but lately, Molly has been joining me as well. I even put another little doggie bed out there just for her tiny self. I love their company. They prefer I keep the door open, but I can't when it's cold, so I imagine I'll be crafting for the next few months with Netflix, Acorn and my DVD player instead. Spoiled much? 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Martha's Birthday

Today is my sister Martha's birthday. She loved sunflowers, so this is for her.

Martha was the perfect birthday girl. She celebrated the entire month of November and loved it when people wanted to take her to lunch or a movie. If she were here I would have made her a card and my daughters and I would have spoiled her in some way as we did every year. I will try to be happy and laugh because that's what she helped others do when they were in a tough spot. I don't know what else to say except that I miss Martha, my person who loved life and lived it to her fullest, so very much.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Valerie's Got Talent

My daughter Valerie made this little 4" x 3" by wood burning her own design then painting it. I fell in love with it the minute I laid eyes on it, and then she gave it to me! Thank you, Val!
I have it out in my craft studio where I can see it every day. Maybe one day we'll be lucky enough to have a peaceful view like this from one of our windows.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I Miss My Sister Constantly

I picked up this Stamping Bella stamp at the Sacramento scrapbooking expo earlier this month. It reminded me just how much I'm missing my sister Martha. So I worked it into one of the playing cards from the deck I've been playing with the last few months.

As usual, I started with a coat of white gesso, glued on pieces of torn brown paper (to represent clouds or haze) I saved from some packaging, gave it a coat of gel medium, colored it with Distress and Copic markers, then tried to make rays of sunshine from Stickles glitter glue. I wanted to write that I miss her, but while looking for words, "unconditional" spoke to me.

I had intended to color and save this piece for a greeting card, but my Copic decided to take a leak all over my work. Why does an $8 maker even do something like that?! (No, I do not refill my pens, it came this way.) So I cut out what I thought I could save and used it in my mixed media piece. I'm glad I did.
My sister loved me unconditionally. I miss her constantly.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Prettiest Sunset Ever

Dawn and I couldn't believe how gorgeous our skies were the other day. We took pictures out back and in front. This one was taken from our front yard.
This one was taken in our back yard That little dot is a helicopter that kept circling our neighborhood along with an airplane. There was a bad guy holed up in a house a few blocks away. They finally got their man.
Molly doesn't care for bows. I think this one lasted about 10 minutes, if that.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Grown-ups Are Allowed To Color

We had a great night of coloring, watercoloring and feeding our faces with pizza-pizza! We all met at a pizza parlor where we had a room reserved so we could get down to some serious coloring. It was such a relaxing time, I didn't even realize 2 hours had passed before I even looked at a clock. Crafting sessions like this are the best, especially when shared with those I love.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Watercoloring and Cards

I'm a little behind in posting some of things I've been up to the last few months, so I'm posting several of my favorites.

The above was my attempt at making a card-sized bouquet, but it kept getting bigger and bigger until it took up the entire 8-1/2" x 11" piece of watercolor paper. So I put it aside and thought I would use it during one of my die-cutting sessions, maybe make some butterflies and leaves.

While I was making this card (inspired by a couple of photographs of flowers with these colors; the person I was making it for posted them on her blog), Valerie discovered the big one and claimed it as her own. She called me to her place and when I saw it on her wall, I was taken aback. It actually looks like a piece of art! Framing and matting makes quite the impact.

These are a couple of cards I made. I need to practice my signature and find a better color to sign my work.

This double page spread is in my just-for-fun art journal. I always wanted to try using a page from an old book as a background. I love the results and will definitely be doing that again. The flower on the left was created using a rub-on and gelatos. The one on the right was cut from the image from the rub-on left behind. I found the center for the flower in my scraps (cut from deli paper), and adhered it on top of the layer of gesso and the spritzing I did. I like flipping through my art journal and seeing this.

I have a deck of cards that was my sister Martha's, and I've been altering them like people do with ATC's (artist trading cards). I use things like gesso, tissue paper, paint, ink, molding paste, ribbon, twine, and whatever else I feel like experimenting with. I usually grab one when I want to clear my head or in the mood to make something just for the fun of it. I've given a couple away as bookmarks, and I'd like to put a few in a shadow box I picked up for this purpose.

One more picture. I made these cards for a Dachshund rescue group as a way to thank people for their donations. I love the background paper with the sewing on it, it gave it such a nice touch. One of these days I'd like to try my hand at sewing on the paper myself. But right now there's no place to set up my sewing machine; it's all I can do to find room for my paper crafting.

I'm currently working on a note card order (!), all dog-themed. I sent an on-line friend a sympathy card for the loss of one of her dogs and she asked if she could order some note cards. I've made 12 cards so far and I'm on the final two (they're bonus cards). I'm nervous as all get out because I rarely sell anything. Maybe this will give me the confidence to finally start putting things on Etsy like my daughters have been encouraging me to do forever.