Monday, January 30, 2012

Art Around the House


This tag was totally inspired by a creative jumpstart by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (her blog is here).


My husband finally hung the shelf for my paint table.  Finally.


I have also been playing with Pan Pastels in my art journals when I have time. 

Happy Monday! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Free-form Stitching


Because I cleared a path to my sewing machine…and the temperature outside on Friday allowed me to be in the attic without freezing my tuckus off…I decided to play with some free-form stitching. 


My tiny little sewing corner.  With that beautiful Bliss fabric by Moda that I have only used bits and pieces of, but provides me with endless hours of color inspiration…


Practicing writing my name.


My word of the year for 2012…


And I folder that I knew would come in handy…

Happy Saturday from the Studio!  I am soooo  hoping to take some time to create today!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Winter Formal 2012


Winter formal was Saturday night.  William apparently wasn’t in the mood to go full formal, even though he has nice dress pants (cough…tuxedo pants that I hemmed…cough cough)


Anyway…I was allowed to go to his friends house with him and take photos of the group.  Winking smile  He knows I love this.


And they are all absolutely adorable. 

And when we were finished taking photos, William handed me my Jo-Totes bag and I said, “Here’s your bag, what’s your hurry?” 

And I made my exit. 

He said he had fun, but I don’t usually get any details from William…

Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Green Lantern


A couple weeks ago I was in Hallmark and they had the ornaments 75% off.  So I bought this one.


For this guy.  Who looks a lot like the Green Lantern. 

At least he’s not carrying around a limited edition Green Lantern Lantern Open-mouthed smile


Except I’m pretty sure that the Green Lantern didn’t wear Buffalo Bills Slippers Winking smile

I like them though.  They are very fitting for this guy!

Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Art Journal Inspiration-January


Inspiration comes in many forms.  On Friday afternoon when I left work, I stopped at Target for an Artist Date. 

They had polaroid film in stock. 

I Loved that.


I found this journal in the dollar spot.  I had to have it.


And then I used it for inspiration to create this page.  I have some “grungy” letter stamps from Michaels and they mimic the journal font perfectly!  And I had been wanting to play with the chevron stencil (Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for The Crafter’s Workshop) and the new bottle of red pepper Color Wash spray that I got.  I love how that turned out.


This is the finished page.  Lots of hearts.  (Not sure what happened with the ugly heart except that I was playing around and I was like, “Oh, I should make a messy heart here.” And then I was like…Um…how do I cover this up?  But I left it. 


I love this sentiment.  It was perfect timing too because that was how I was feeling that day.




I created this page before I left for work on Sunday, I think (all the days are mixing together). 


I used gesso and the harlequin stencil from the Crafter’s Workshop. And many many different types of things that I had that were orange.  I hadn’t planned it that way, but I was loving the look.


And then I found some more orange and some stencils. 


And finished the page last night.


So that is pretty much what has been going on over here.  Lots of work and lots of art journaling and trying to fit in some exercise too. 

Happy (almost) Thursday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Buying Books


Off to buy books the day before school. 

Yay! We love you and are so proud of you, Elizabeth.  You can do it!

Happy First Day of College!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blast from the Past-80s Style


A friend of Bill’s just showed him this picture on Facebook.  Love it!  I asked him if his jeans just happened to be rolled at the bottom too…


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wednesday Night Around the House


Elizabeth and I talked a lot about Scrapbooking and Project Life on Thursday night. 


She wanted a picture of Bryan, her, and I. 


But Bryan disappeared.  (I think Daddy was bothering him and making him fly his helicopter in Battlefield even though he probably should have been going to bed…)  Anyway…Matt took the picture for us instead.


Perfect photo for Wednesday Project Life. Open-mouthed smile 

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

First Snow of Winter 2012


I borrowed an ornament from the tree that is still up…


Poor Tigger did not really enjoy the snow…or the cold. 


Ralph loves it.


He is a snow dog. And he loves to annoy the other dogs by jumping around and barking at them. 


Early into the snow this morning. 


The view. 

I took a few minutes this morning to take some photos in the freezing cold and blowing snow before I left for work. 

But it looks like I will have more chances to take snow photos next week Open-mouthed smile 

I just hope it’s a little warmer.  Love the snow, but not crazy about the 3 degrees.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012



Today I bought myself an African Violet because I have always wanted one. 

And because when I saw it, it made me happy Open-mouthed smile


And then I took a photo of myself because I was feeling goofy. 

Maybe I was just a little too happy. 

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Art Journaling


I finally took a day to play with my pan pastels.  I have been trying to art journal more this new year, and so I pulled out my art journals.


This is my pan pastel moleskin that I use for Donna Downey’s PanPastel classes.  I haven’t quite finished playing around with this page yet. 

(Note:  If you look closely, you can see brushmarks on the page. This is from Golden brand “Acrylic Ground for Pastels” that my Mom bought me for Christmas. I promised that I would post about it.  It gives the page a lot more “tooth” than a gesso’d page which hardly absorbs any of the color at all.)


This is a page that I played with in my art journal.

(There is no gesso or acrylic ground on the art journal pages.)


I love stencils.  Because I couldn’t make a real star to save my life Winking smile 

I hope you took some time this weekend to play. 

Happy Monday!