Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day weekend! YEA!

Time for sun, fun and family! 

I love having these three day to spend just enjoying each other with no time restraints or schedules... 
It's been a long month....

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 
See you next week~!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Our first set of babies this year!

A few weeks ago a mommy and daddy chickadee (I think) started scoping out our gourd birdhouse for a possible new home site. ... and after a few visits, renovations and furnishings, they laid their set of 4 eggs. The mom diligently sat on those eggs and the dad made his unending trips for food...

Then without fanfare, the babies hatched! I saw four little beaks hungry for food... so cute!
Then today I guess they flew the coop! Except for this one youngster who is a little bit of a late bloomer. I gathered him up and tried to put him back in the gourd... but after a few minutes, he was trotting around again on his own. So I guess he's ready... or at least he is trying to be!

Good luck babe!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More paintings...

Just had to make more... I think the blue haired woman (originally Taylor Swift) looks a lot like Kate Voegele.

A Fine Mess
I love this album, by the way :) 

Hope you are having a great week!!!

An Unhurried Sense of Time...

I have been taking a few days for me. Painting, collaging and just having some personal time.
Stacie showed me a technique she learned from 21 Secrets and I played a little today with it.
You take a magazine face and transform it (mold it) to your own.

Here's how my face turned out... PS. the face I used to start was J. Lo's! (Can you see it? of course, not!)
My daughter says it's missing something. Who knows, I might add more.

I tried to add colors to resemble a self portrait... drk hair and eyes... no bangs... etc...
It doesn't really look like me... but I still like it. I like the saying... because I am always struggling with time. I like the "unhurried" sense. I will try to be in such a hurry :)

You can get more information about 21 Secrets from Stacie's Blog and view her collage she made using this technique! added plus - You can check out a list of GREAT quotes on her blog post as well!

Well, I hope you are having a great week... I will post again later this week!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

LOTS of LAYERS just for ME!

I don't have too many days where I just make art for my enjoyment only. Usually I am making something for sale or as a gift. But today I had the opportunity to just mess around with a technique from the newest Somerset Studios Magazine I subscribe to ~ and I got to spend the day crafting with Stacie!

The project was to explore layers. And we really did put layer upon layer on this watercolor paper base. I love using PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive). It's the first time I"ve used it and it works AWESOME in place of mod podge or gel medium. I belive it comes in both matte and gloss finish. I used Matte.
Acrylic paints, gesso, inks, water, sewing, stencils, stamps, ephemera and glimmer mists... all mediums I LOVE to use.

Here's how mine turned out! 

In the end I cut it in half to make the front and back of my art journal (and it is definitely tough enough to handle cover wear and tear!)
I think Stacie put her's up on her blog! - TAKE A LOOK!

I had a MUCH NEEDED day of rest having fun with my friend and creating something I really like to look at. I hope to do it again very soon!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy MAY!

April came and went... and fast! And with May comes a lot of changes!
The weather is beautiful, the plants and trees are growing, lots and lots of animal visitors in the yard and lots of new goodies!

The birds are busy foraging for materials to build their homes and prepare for new babies!
Why not a little sparkle and sturdy cottons?

This week I have some new colors for NEST BUILDERS. These metal cages are painted and then sealed with a weather proof spray and filled with organic and other fancy fibers. Some fabrics are pulled apart and everything is cut to no longer than 4 inches. All materials are safe and fun for birds.

When you run out of fibers, fill them again with your leftover yarns and strings! (remember, no longer than 4inches :) )

You can see more and purchase from my etsy store on sale now!