Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone!  I am just stopping by to wish everyone celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Also, Happy Hanukkah as that holiday starts this evening, too.  If you are traveling, please stay safe!

The room re-do went well, and our daughter is safely home until next Monday.  I'll be back next week with photos and to visit everyone.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

T Stands for....

 What was I Thinking?

Hi Everyone! I am really late linking up to Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday , but I have a really good excuse.  Those of you who have visited my blog before, may have seen the post where I showed my craft space which doubles really is the room we keep our washer/dryer and winter clothes line in.  Just in case you missed it, here is the photo again...kind of a before photo:
So looking into this narrow 7' (2.1336 m) wide x 12' (3.6576 m) long room, the above is just part of what is on the left wall.  Just above (out of the photo) is the clothesline.  Beyond the rolling cart on the right are bins of beads, magazines, and paper crafting supplies.  The right wall is taken up by the washer & dryer. The room ends in a bathroom that has a stall shower--you can just see the frosted door in the next photo.  Since we don't use the shower unless we have guests stay over, it is filled with, yes, you guessed it--craft supplies!  The reason I am being specific is because the room now looks like this:
Under those tarps are the desk (now empty), the washer & dryer, and you can just see into the bathroom.  Here is another view to show the floor.  What you cannot see is the area where the floor is badly discolored by the sun and spots where tiles have come up.
I think I have been inspired by seeing all the organizing of craft rooms lately--especially when our hostess redid her basement though perhaps, not for the same reason as I remember her shelving collapsed.  Anyway, I got it in my head that I needed a new floor before the holidays.  We host family and friends on Christmas Eve and a different group Christmas Day--virtually the only time we have a house full.  I decided if I was going to clear everything out (refer to first photo) than I was going to paint at the same time--I'm only going to do this once.  So Sunday was spent buying the paint, floor, and new trim. Yesterday and today were spent painting the room with two coats of paint.  I'm getting muscles pushing those three items around in the room so I can get to each wall!  Tomorrow I hope to start the floor. After that, I have to put everything back in such a way that it is more organized, accessible and neat! I hope to have an after photo next Tea Day!

I did take a break for a quick lunch of yogurt and tea but forgot to take a photo!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tea Tuesday Sea Tea Art

Now try to say that title three times fast! Today I am linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for a tea art themed post.

I have a half dozen or so tea bags that I have been saving to use in an art project, and finally was inspired to do something with them for T Tuesday.  You can enlarge the photo to see all the details.

I had no idea what I wanted to do when I started this project, but the first thing I did was take some pan watercolors and splash on some color.  It reminded me of the beach so I went with that idea.  The darker vertical bars are where I chose to fold the bag rather than just cut it to size.

You can probably tell that I made the sea themed pieces along the bottom using the tags.  The first item is supposed to look like some coral, followed by a sand dollar, and seashell with dyed strings as accents. Next came a starfish and lastly a crab.  I added a few accents here and there on the tags with Sakura pens. 

Thanks for stopping by--I hope you enjoyed seeing my tea art today. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friesen Friday

Hi Everyone!  It seems like I haven't posted a Freisen Project in awhile.  This month we are working with Christi Friesen's book, Polymer Clay and Mixed Media Together At Last.  It is another awesome book chock full of information, examples & suggestions mixed with Christi's wit and style.  Some of the book includes similar projects to those in the Dragons or Birds books, as well as those in Under The Sea.  I decided to take some of what I am learning from this month's book to continue making some more glow-in-the-dark ghoulies.
Left to right they are:

"Gulp"  (whose real name is Barney--I asked him twice and that is what he said, LOL) He includes a lampwork bead fish and a steampunk collar.  He has lots of texture and a shiny green mica finish.

"Zerk" has one red eye, feathers for hair, and he likes to eat keys.
"Mel" a happy go-lucky monster with gear wings, gold horns, and red wiry hair.

Can you tell I had a lot of fun naming these and listening to their stories?

Have a happy, creative weekend everyone!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tea Tuesday Texture Art

Happy Tea Tuesday!  Today I have some art to show with texture, but first I wanted to give you an idea of how cold our nights have been:
Yes, that is my Christmas Cactus already starting to bloom!  Last night it went down to 35 degrees ( that's 1 degree celsius!) Is it any wonder that I keep my still tender, young and small cacti that I started from seeds covered in plastic wrap?  I hope they make it through the winter.  Now for the tea and texture:

I'm almost embarrassed to show tea in my everyday cup with the stains that I have only barely tried to remove.  But, let's move on to the art....
I used some metal sheet that I drew on with a stylus. I layered on top an acrylic abstract landscape, a clear window and butterfly.  The butterfly can't decide if it wanted in or out!  Here is a better photo:
Thanks for stopping by today.  If you would like to see what everyone else is up to, please visit Elizabeth and Bleubeard's Tea Tuesday post here.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday Night Special Sale

I decided to do a Saturday Night Special Sale on the spur of the moment....

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