Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tea-less is okay, too!

Hi everyone! I'm joining up with Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday even though I am a bit late!  I'm also Tea-less today which our host says is okay.

Since I might be new to some of the participants, I thought today I would do a little "getting to know you" type of post.  I was born on a Tuesday in October, but unlike the poem, I don't consider myself "full of grace ".  Sometimes, just the opposite.  I'm more of a Monkee's "dream child".  Always dreaming of places I'd like to visit, things I like to do, and projects I'd like to craft.  My interests are all over the place; but if I had to narrow it down, I would say beading, painting, and cooking are at the top of the list.  I have always been inspired by Southwestern and Native American art although my ancestry is Italian on both sides. I am married 22 years this August & we have one daughter who just graduated college & is headed off to Grad School.  We live 75 miles north of New York City in a small town of about 8,500 people.  Having grown up in a city of over 50,000, it is quite a change--and I love it!  Now before I bore you to tears, let me get on with the rest of my T (less) Tuesday post!

I promise that I really do craft...but for today, I am sharing another favorite meat-less lunch.  Quesidillas! Fun, quick to make, and very versatile!
I use a burrito-size flour tortilla and in this case layered on shredded cheddar cheese, red onions, sliced red pepper and some homemade guacamole (recipe below).  I simply heat it until the cheese melts & lightly brown it on both sides and...
paired with a glass of orange flavored sparkling seltzer, this is one of my favorites! 

Guacamole--This is my quick and easy method to make a small amount
1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
chopped onion--I used a Vidalia onion which is a sweet onion
chopped tomato with the seeds removed
salt & pepper (I consider these optional)

I put everything in a mini food chopper and blended it until smooth.  You could chop some of the avocado and add it in after everything is blended if you like more texture.  I'm not big on measuring but 1 teaspoon of lemon juice seems to be enough for this to remain fresh for a few days.

Thanks for stopping by to visit--I'm going to visit everyone now else now.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

More With Four

This month for Gloria's More With Four or art Inspired by (nice) Four-letter words, I wanted to try a technique that I had seen floating around in many places on the web. It is a way to make a FAUX stained glass look on paper using GLUE. Unfortunately, things don't always work out as we plan--this project is definitely NOT Pinterest worthy!
Here is my first attempt:
I added some black paint to regular white glue and traced over the design I had penciled onto an ACEO blank.  It came out rather gloppy (Is that a word?) and thick,  but I thought looked better after I painted it with some watercolors.  The ROSE and LEAF looked pretty good in two tone color.
Here is the second attempt:
This time I wrapped a piece of cellophane tape around the nozzle of the glue bottle in an attempt to get smoother, thinner lines.  It didn't quite work. Of course, the drawing is pretty bad, too. I'll probably title it "Lollipop Rose" or something like that, although I think these are both destined for the scrap pile.

After both tries, I decided I actually liked the first one better.  I think the problem (besides me) was that the glue was too thin and runny.  I would use a thicker bodied glue if I ever tried this again.  It does work perfectly in keeping the watercolor paint inside the lines.

Has anyone out there ever tried this technique and have any wisdom to share?

Have a happy creative weekend everyone, and stop by New End Studio and see the other art inspired by four letter words.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

IA Challenge-Show & Tell

This week, Inspiration Avenue is using the theme of "Show & Tell". I don't remember if I have shown this before, but this is a spirit doll that I made awhile back.
The bear mask, hands & feet are polymer clay. The head & body are fabric. I beaded those tiny little moccasins myself as well as the breast plate that I intended to look like hornpipe beads. The hooded robe is part of a rabbit pelt I have had for so long--I don't even remember where I got it. All of the clothing is handmade by me--I even made the fabric that I used for the pants. I started with plain muslin and added all sorts of paint, glues, etc, to make it look like leather--I'll never be able to reproduce it because I didn't write it down!

This is one of the projects that I am most proud of. Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

T Stands For Tuesday

I am joining in on T Stands For Tuesday again this week and extend thanks to Bleubeard and Elizabeth for hosting. There is not an awful lot going on in my life at the moment, so I thought I would share one of my favorite lunches for a hot summer day...a veggie wrap. While I am not a vegetarian, I realized that I eat quite a few meatless meals without even thinking about it.
I start with a high fiber, low fat (110 calorie) roll up and pile up whatever I have handy in the refrigerator. This one includes a bed of shredded lettuce, sliced fresh cucumber, tomatoes, onions and pepper rings. I added some homemade marinated roasted red peppers, feta cheese, and a tablespoon or so of cucumber dill yogurt dip. Sometimes I add marinated artichokes; sometimes not. I can't show it rolled up, because it takes more hands than I have to keep it closed & take the photo! Paired with a tall glass of Blueberry iced tea, and I am set to craft the afternoon away!

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Another Seahorse

Glacial blue, blue steel, arctic ice blue, frosty blue raspberry ice....
Oh, excuse me! I'm just trying to keep cool in this continuing heat wave we are having!
It isn't really working, but I'm crafting with cool blues:
The weatherman says relief is on the horizon--by Sunday we should be back at normal summer temperatures and humidity. But for now, I'mmmmmm meltingggggg!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

T is for Tueday!

Welcome to "T is for Tuesday" as hosted by Elizabeth (& I suspect, Bluebeard, too) of Altered Book Lover. For all the info, please visit her post here. This Tuesday, my drink of choice is a nice cold glass of Green Tea since it is still very humid & hot here in New York. Never too hot for crafting though, so I will also show off my latest polymer clay project.
Since January I have been working my way through the polymer clay sculpture series books of Christi Friesen by taking part in an event led by Kater's Acres. You can click on the button on the right for more information on this. We have been working on one book a month, and so far it is a blast! I love to do a variety of crafts, but my main focus has been making beaded flowers. I enjoy polymer clay, making art cards, painting, other forms of beading, gourd art, etc. You may recall our host, Elizabeth, very generously taught a free series of classes on altering books which had become another obsession of mine! But for now, let's stick to the polymer clay piece. Here is a closer photo:
The current book we are working with is Christi Friesen's "Birds of a Feather".  This time I ventured out on my own as this was not one of the birds that Kater's Acres chose to feature (yet!), but who can resist an adorable parrot? Parrots come in so many colors, it is hard to go wrong no matter what combination you pick. I'm a lover of vivid color and mine, I hope, reflects this!

After I carefully removed the cover from the paper and spiral binding, I built up the clay and baked it right on the cover. It was an experiment as I have a larger journal that I want to cover but wanted to see how it would turn out first. It seems pretty sturdy, so I will be interested to see how it holds up to use before I do the larger journal cover.

Thank you to Elizabeth for hosting what I predict will be a lot of fun for anyone who joins in. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post, and I look forward to visiting everyone!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

APR-Bookmark & More Ivy

This week the challenge at Artist's Playroom is to create a bookmark.  Mine is fairly simple made on a double thickness of watercolor paper.  I'm not sure if you can actually see the texture, but I applied tissue paper which crinkled nicely.  On top of this I glued a feather &  a quote inspired by a book I was reading..."The tracks in the snow tell the story".  The book was Hard Reset  by John Edward White. Here is a close up of the writing:

Of course, I have to have a beaded project to show, too...
Remember the gold ivy I made?  We here it is in mixed greens!

Hope you are all keeping busy and staying cool!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

IA Challenge-Words

It has been awhile since I have had time to participate in any challenges, but I could not pass up this week's Inspiration Avenue challenge. I love using words in my art, especially when I make ACEO's. If you are not familiar with them, ACEO stands for artist cards, editions and originals. They are small works of art in any media, the only criteria being they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". So, here is what I came up with...words and my favorite subject-Flowers:
I came across another piece of this pretty patterned cardboard which I embellished with stamps, rub-ons, paper, and a resin flower.  It may be hard to read in the photo, but the quote is by Oliver Wendall Holmes: "The Amen to nature is always a flower.

If you have time, stop by and see all the other entries this week. Just click on the link above.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Friesen Project-Owl

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend. We are still experiencing unusually high temperatures and humidity, although if you ask anyone in the western part of the US, they will think it is a cold wave after some of their recent 100-117 degree temperatures!

I made an owl for the Christi Friesen inspired Friesen Project. Even with air conditioning, the heat made the clay softer than normal--great for easy conditioning, but a little challenging for sculpting. The look I was going for was a totem wood-look owl.
I'm pretty happy with the way he turned out.  His eyes look a little bugged out--probably should have made deeper sockets, LOL!  I used two different colors of brown to add some antiquing dimension. I think he will make a nice Christmas ornament.

Hoping to get a few more finished this week

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

It Wasn't Me!

Thank you to everyone who tried to help me with my photo issues. It turned out to be a blogger issue, not the way or size of the photo I was saving and uploading. I posted the problem in the blogger forum and within 10 minutes someone very kindly answered and told me what to do to fix the problem. I hope blogger fixes it on their end so I don't have to go through this extra step, but basically the poster told me to switch from HTML to Compose while I upload the photo and switch back afterwards to type the post.

So now, I can show you the next custom order, just finished, in a normal sized photo:
I think the poppies look really cool in different colors!

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends. Our local fireworks are on Saturday which we can see right from our house. We usually watch the Macy's fireworks on TV on the 4th. Are you going to you local fireworks display?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Purple Roses & Happy Mail

Hi Everyone! First, I want to wish all my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day! Hope you enjoy a wonderful, safe day!

Many of you may already know that purple is my favorite color. Well, I received a custom order for purple roses so you know I had a lot of fun creating this arrangement:

I liked the mixed purple roses so much I decided to mix up some more and make a mixed purple butterfly:
I also want to show off some happy mail sent to me by Stacy of MagicLoveCrow. Most/all of you probably already know Stacy paints beautiful ACEOs of crows.

This one is no exception! The background of feathers and the crow itself are totally awesome! I love it Stacy--thanks so much!

I am really getting frustrated with blogger--what is it with the "wildlife" photos? I don't know what I am doing wrong since the rose photo came out just fine. Hope I can figure it out soon. In the meantime, enjoy the almost life-size photos, LOL!