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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More terrain

Here's my latest bit of miniature terrain for the boy. Obviously it's a hill but this one is tall enough to block line of sight. Otherwise know as something to hide behind. :)

I think another building will be next.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Vacation album title page

As you know...I love being creative. But when it comes to scrap booking, I am a complete failure!  I think I get way too uptight when I think about preserving those memories. I'm determined to put this scrapbook together in a timely manner and not get to stressed out about each page and each photo and each piece of paper I choose. It doesn't have to be perfect...

Maybe once I get this one done, I will start the kids baby books! AGH! I know...bad mommy. I'll get them done before they have their own kids, I promise.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Garden update

We've gotten tons of small yellow tomatoes. Also some Big Boy's and the heirloom striped variety I traded with my friend for in the spring. We've also harvested  a few green onions as well as some green bell and jalapeno peppers.

This is today's sampling....

I'm pretty sure the striped variety are Tigerella tomatoes aka: "Mr. Stripey" from what I've seen online.
Anyone want to confirm that for me?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Freebie

This week I'd like to share with you this nice young couple. The gal has a cute little puppy in her arms...isn't that sweet.


(click on image for full size)

Monday, August 23, 2010

And now for something completely different...

As if I couldn't get any more random... This weekend I started making terrain for miniatures.

My son recently got very interested in a miniature wargame called Warhammer 40k but the cost of said game can drive a person into the poorhouse. After talking with the hobby store owner about terrain and looking at some books I decided that I could make some hills and ruins out of stuff we already had around.

The hill was my first piece. It's made from foam sheathing. I carved it into hill like shapes then glued them together. Sand was used in place of the expensive texture paint that was recommended. Then came the paints to make it more "real".  Little bits of moss as bushes helped with the allusion.

The other piece is a ruined building....at least one corner of a building.
I had a lot of fun with this one. I used molding paste to give the heavy cardboard some stone-like texture then used some paint techniques to give it definition.  Again, little bits of moss as bushes helped with the realism.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Freebie

This week I'd like to share an image of Willard.

OK. I confess...I made it up. I have no idea what his name really could be but I like Willard.

I've used his image before in an ATC swap but I had a printer issue.  I decided to work with what I got and it actually turned out really funny.


(click on him for full sized image before saving)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I'm back...did you miss me??

Bet you never even knew I was gone! Ah, the magic of scheduled posting.

We just got back from Wisconsin Dells! It was a blast! We stayed at a resort that had 5 water parks. Of course the one we loved most was a long walk but hey...wears the kids out!!

We did the typical Dells things that you just have to do at least once if you visit...

We rode the Army Duck Boats, toured the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory, walked the tourist trap downtown area, had our picture taken at the dam and played in the water until we were very prune-like.

We also did some goofy things like stopping to take a picture of the kids in front of most any statue we could find.

It was a wonderful vacation...without having to board an airplane. :)  Jamaica, I'm sure would have been better but we can't drive there. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More ATC's

I'm on a roll...

I can't seem to stop making ATC's!

It's a great way to use up scraps!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

ATC's just for fun

I felt the need to make something... ATC's seemed like the perfect choice since they are small and make it easy to use up scraps.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Amazing photos from 1939-1943

I came across a link at Frugal Dad to an amazing set of photos. I was so intrigued and captivated by these photos I just had to share.

The 70 photos are at the Denver Post site.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Freebie

This week I'd like to share a couple of potential background images for use in your artwork.


(click images for full size before saving)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Some days...

...things just don't turn out as planned.

This is what came out of my oddball brain after a few mistakes.

Maybe I need to take a break from the madness for a little while...at least until the kids get back to school. Maybe then I'll be able to complete a thoug....

Oh,sorry... what was I saying...?!

Random thoughts rein supreme around here these days.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Story of Plants

Here's tiny 4x6 inch canvas I made yesterday from scraps as I was attempting to clean up my art zone. Of course, I got distracted...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Freebie

How does Friday roll around so quickly...?

This week I have these two little munchkins to share with you. I love the sideways look the boy is giving. The girl  makes me wonder what is off to the side that she can't stop looking at...

Enjoy using this image in your artwork. As always I'd love to see any creation you used their image in.

(click photo for full size image before saving)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wardrobe transformation

I finally got around to making this little cabinet into a wardrobe for my Dress Up Project dresses.
I may still play around with distressing the brown. It was going to be more of a dry brush look but I got little heavy handed and had to go with it.

The little dresses look so cute on the little hangers.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Dress

Wowsers...August snuck up on me. I had to quickly whip up this dress so I wouldn't fall behind the rest of the Dress-up project participants.

I call it the Summer of Love sundress.
The fabric was scavenged from a pair of pants my son wore many, many years ago. I had fun drawing on the fabric with markers before sewing. 

I was going to make a mini replica of my flag twirler outfit from high school but decided that would be just too difficult to figure out on the fly. Maybe I'll make it for October...like homecoming. My junior year when I was a flag twirler was my best year of high school...so many good memories. Hard to believe my 20yr reunion was just last week! Although, I skipped it. :)

Don't forget to check out all the other August Dresses over at the Alice and Camilla blog.

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