Friday, September 17, 2010

It's Friday and I've started HOUSES!

Well I can't believe that the week is already at an end! It's been a busy busy week.
A fresh batch of calendars was delivered to the Muse on Wednesday and I finally got started on those tricky little houses!

I am so happy with how they are turning out. I even made a Halloween one for sale next week (again at the Muse!)
I started out with my new shipment of paper birdhouses and collaged/covered them with all vintage book pages. I had some french pages as well as old english pages.
The next step is painting the base colors in acrylics. I almost think they are perfect just plain like that... But then comes the fun collaging/detailing steps.

My favorite part... being able to create each house one of a kind and according to my mood at that moment!
Here's a picture of the Halloween house... creepy...

All in all, this was a very productive week; With a couple breaks built in for school volunteering, lunch with friends, errand running and exercise, the week just rushed by.

Oh, one more thing... Stacie sent me a video about artists this week. So many times I feel discouraged and wonder, "what the heck am I doing?" I wonder if making and selling pieces is worth the time and effort. I found the video very inspiring and encouraging. I realized I really do love creating things with my hands; I love the satisfaction is brings when something is finished and packaged either for sale or as a personal gift. It helped me justify my decision to create with my time & not take a more traditional career path that is just not for me.
It was helpful to me... maybe it will be for you too... or maybe not. If you have a few minutes, check it out!

Krista Vernoff "Commit to Thrive" from Omega Institute on Vimeo.

I hope you have a great weekend! See you next week!


stacie said...

The bird houses are turning out beautifully! I love the Creepy Halloween theme.

I have watched that video about a million times already & still love it.

Allison said...

Thanks Stacie! I just remembered I have a ton of creepy new Halloween images... so i think I'm going to have to make at least a few more! Love this time of year!

Renze said...

I like the colors...they kind of look like houses in the Caribbean (not that I've ever been there)!

Allison said...

Renee~ Wishful thinking I guess. I have never either :)