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I'm an artist and SAHM from the upper mid-west. In addition to my passion for paper art and mixed-media; I enjoy sewing, painting, photography, jewelry making and gardening. I love finding ways to reuse, re-purpose and recycle everyday items into art or other basic utilitarian objects.
I'm working at getting back to the basics: healthy food, reduced chemical load in our home, exercise and spending time with family.
I've been holding my little girl. She has had the sniffles for about 2 weeks but took a turn for the worse on Christmas Day. Yesterday I took her to the doctor after she spent most of the night "barking". She has croup and a sinus infection. Poor little thing. We're hoping she's well by Tuesday which is her 6th birthday! Today I've started punching out squares from old Christmas cards. I saw this blog post on creating placemats from old cards and pictures of family and friends. I have a several shoe boxes of old cards that will fit the bill. I think I'll use clear contact paper instead of bringing them to Kinkos though, especially since I happen to have some laying around.
It was a busy day so I never got around to wishing my online friends a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I also opened the final gift in the 12 days of Christmas swap. This pretty little quiltlet was from the hostess Theresa. She also included some fun fibers and a pencil to play with. My daughter has already laid claim to the stocking hat bedecked pencil.
I got these super cute earrings! I've been wanting to open these since I pulled all the packages out of the box. They were packed in an organza bag so I could see it was jewelry. Marie put my name on the tag...she knows I like PINK. Thanks so much!
We've lost our table to eat by, at least until all the glue sets.
Our son's 3rd grade Academic Challenge group has been studying bridges.
This is there homework assignment.
It's made entirely from spaghetti, marshmallows and glue. Other optional materials were toothpicks, scotch tape and paperclips. It had to span 75cm and 15cm in width. It also had to support 3 matchbox cars...as you can see his supports more than that. They also had to keep track of the materials they used because each item had a $ value and the goal was to build a bridge to meet the requirements the least expensively. He's not done reinforcing it yet so we don't have a $ total yet.
We had a "Thanksgiving dinner" this week to celebrate my brother-in-law's 30th birthday. We knew he loves a good turkey dinner so it was the perfect fit.
With Christmas approaching, I've also been doing some baking. I hate baking, but the kids think decorating the cookies is "the best thing ever" so I give in and bake. I'll be bringing LOTS of cookies and fudge to share to our neighborhood party.
I got some good advice on perspective and fixed my painting. (sorry the lighting is a little poor)
I had originally put the table in sort of wonky because my previous painting that also had a table always bugged me a bit as well. It appeared to be too flat like it was trying to climb up the wall. Now I know what's wrong with that one as well. Not sure if that one would be as easy to fix.
I was cleaning off my craft area this morning and found this page I had completed last week. I never took a picture because the glue was drying then I forgot all about it. I used all my scraps and abandoned ideas from our family Christmas letter. The star on the left is one of my digital kaleidoscopes that I had printed then very carefully cut out.
This second page I whipped together and it kind of shows...
It was just scraps I had laying around. I wanted to make something just to prove to myself that I hadn't completely lost it. Not a fantastic piece but this is just my "playtime" altered book anyway.
I've been in a major art slump. I decorated the house with seasonal decor but that's as close to artsy as I've gotten these days.
I've got a lot on my plate...medical issues with both my son and my father. This is just a really crappy time of year for this sort of thing to happen. Not that anytime of year is good but it's hard to be excited and happy when everything around you seems to be going down hill.
I haven't been able to be creative since we did some rearranging of furniture through the house. We call it the grand rotation of the crap. We never seem to get rid of any, it just moves to another room of the house.
I had to clean off the desk that went to the family room for the kids to work at...hence, the big pile on my workstation and chair and floor....
The light colored piece in the lower right is an old TV stand that was in DH office for lack of a better place. It should provide me more storage in the long run as soon as I figure out how to utilize it.
Hopefully I can get everything sorted out over the long holiday weekend so I can get back to being creative.
Every year I make a scrapbook page... virtually the only traditional scrapbooking I do...then make color copies to send out as our Christmas greeting. This year I am struggling with both a design and color scheme.
My first concept was this completely non-traditional color scheme. I love the colors and elements but can't seem to find a design I like.
The second has more traditional Christmas colors but just seems blah and ordinary to me.
I'm also struggling with what photos to use.
I think I just have too many things going right now and need to just focus on one at a time.
I grew up in a household that had many collections. Rocks, sea shells, fancy tea cup and saucers sets just to name a few. Over the years I've gotten rid of most of my "dust catcher" collections and now only collect items that are useful, such as my Fiestaware. These are our everyday dishes as well as our "fancy" dishes.
I also have a vast fabric stash and scrapbook papers but they fall into the useful collection in my book. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Do you collect anything? I'd love to hear about it or see a picture.
My good friend, Elizabeth, in conjunction with UHU glue came up with a fun challenge. Use a sample of UHU glue in an altered art project using a magazine. You can read the full details here.
Since I had a book for a RR I needed to work in I figured I could use it for the challenge. Theme of the book is Beauty. Basically anything you see as beauty in your own mind is game. I've never been on a tropical beach but in my minds eye it would be absolutely beautiful!