Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays...

Just popping in to wish you all a very... 
Merry Christmas

I hope Santa is good to you this year.

I'll see you after the holidays...I'm having fun visiting with my family.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's That Time of Year...

As you can see, I finished the second snowman...and several other small projects. Today my son arrives so I probably won't be posting too much over the next couple of weeks. I'll try to pop in and visit everyone as much as possible but don't think I've forgotten you if I don't.

Also I'd like to thank everyone who has sent me such beautiful Christmas cards. Sadly that's one more thing I may not get done...I haven't even started my cards so they might not get sent out this year. I've been concentrating on getting everything ready for my son's visit.

So if I don't get back beforehand...Merry Christmas...Happy Holidays...Happy Hanukkah...Season's Greetings...however you celebrate I hope it's wonderful!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy...But Not Much to Show

Right now there's just so much I'm doing that I can't show you. But I did manage to get one of my old posts made into a snowman.

You might remember these...

 This is how one of them looks now.

I waited too long to get some holiday fabric. 
It was all picked over and not much that I liked 
but it will have to do for now.
I'll finish the other snowman later this afternoon.

Once again my work table is a mess!
And that shape cutter in the lower right corner
 is going straight back to the store! 
It's a piece of crap!!

I hope you're having some creative fun today.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Let the Painting Begin!!

Today only, Michael's has Artist Loft canvases on sale for 70% off! I couldn't pass up that deal. I was there when they opened and quickly loaded up my cart...

I got a few 6 x 6...8 x 8...10 x 10...and 12 x 12
being practical!

Then I couldn't pass up these...

I got a 30 x 40 and two 12 x 36!
I'm not sure where I'm going to store all these
until I can use them but I couldn't pass up a deal like this.
Merry Christmas to me!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

More Christmas Decorating...

Since I have nothing that I can share with you yet (too many gifts in the making!) I thought I'd just show you a bit more of what we've done around the house...

Here's a shot of the tree in the daytime...
and my little reindeer on the table.

Ever since we moved into this house I have hated the chandelier in the dining room!
But at Christmastime I like hanging ornaments from it.

The china cabinet gets a few ornaments in bowls and three Santa heads...

A close-up of one side...

and the other. 

I like these Santa heads. They're actually supposed to be ornaments but they're so big and so heavy that I don't use them on a tree.

Okay, that's some of what we've done with the house this year. There may be more decorating done as the days go on. I have a lot more stuff to pull out of the boxes.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

It's definitely the holiday season! I'm up to my eyeballs in projects and my work table is buried. But that's a good thing considering how much of this past year I've spent in an art slump.

I worked more on my Three Wise Men...

And here they are...finished...I think!

I used gold leaf paint which is hard to see in a photo. I think they look fresh and clean. I may add some other accents but can't think of how to do it. They seem to need a punch of something. At this moment they're done. I need to find some pretty candles for them now. I used to buy gold teardrop candles but haven't been able to find them for several years.

The big tree in the living room is finally decorated. It took several days and some help from HB but here it is...

I love this tree! It's one of those tall, skinny trees and it works great in our small living room. We have very high ceilings in there...this tree is 9' tall and with the angel it's probably close to 10'. I always use only red or gold ornaments on this tree. Next year I think I might try just all gold and see how I like that.

We have a smaller 6.5' tree we put up in the family room but this year we only used 2/3 of the tree! We left off the whole bottom part of it and just made a table-sized tree. I think it looks cute...

 Most of our decorations are up and we can just enjoy them. My son arrives on the 14th so we're almost ready for him. I still have to do last minute things in the guest room. And, of course, bake some cookies!

If you're interested I put some pics of Harley and LuLu over on my photo blog. Now I'm off to work on more projects.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Art For Sale and Other Things...

I'm finally doing it! I have a new blog where I'm selling some of my art. Right now I just have a few Winter Girls listed but hope to have more in the future.

You can go here to see them.


I've also been working on some other things...

 I finished two of the ornaments I was working on.

And I started re-doing these...

I made these Three Wise Men back in the late 60's or early 70's. I went to a ceramics class for about a year. These Wise Men are about the only thing I have left from that class. They were done in a dark blue/gray and years later I added the gold (rather badly, I might say!)

I want to do them in cream with an antique wash and slight gold highlights. The base will also be gold. I just have the first coat of cream on them now but plan to work on them later today.  

A couple of days ago I put this little tree in my studio...

It's small and white even though it looks pink here. I only have a few ornaments on it right now. I want to make some small ones to add later.

Plus HB put up our big tree in the living room a few days ago. I still don't have it decorated! I go in there and add one or two ornaments and walk away. He, on the other hand, has decorated the arch between our living room and dining room...

and also decorated the big arched window in the dining room. That center piece in the archway is actually a fireplace screen that my daughter gave us several years ago. We decided to use it on the arch/shelf this year. If you click on the picture you can see it's snowmen. 

And speaking of snowmen, I'm still working on those ones I showed you last week. I hope to get them finished soon. And that's about it from here! I hope you're having a creative, fun day.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Still Being Creative...Only Different

Today I was creative in the kitchen! I hope that counts. Yes, I'm the one who hates to cook but I love to I printed out labels for things in my cabinets...

I like storing things in glass jars and I like to buy in bulk when possible. So jars of all sizes and shapes get put to work. These are just a few of the ones I labeled. Nothing fancy...just printed the words out on plain paper and taped them to the jars. Simple but it does the trick.

Then I juiced about a dozen lemons. We got a good deal at the store yesterday so I juiced them and put one tablespoon in each section of some old ice cube trays. That old glass juicer belonged to my grandma and I'm still using it.

I ended up with almost three trays of lemon cubes.

I'll freeze them and then just pop out one or two cubes when I need fresh lemon.
This is the kind of stuff I like to do in the kitchen. 
I'll gladly leave the actual cooking to someone else!
There was also some art done today but I can't show you.
It's a gift for someone who reads this blog.
I'll share later when I know they've received it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Catching Up on Being Creative...

Okay, it's been quite awhile since I've posted anything so this will be a catch-up post...a little of this and a little of that. I think I had posted creative things up through the 19th day. I can't put actual dates on these next things but they all happened since the 19th.

 I painted three more 6 x 6 canvases...
ready for dresses.

 I repaired a small chest we have in the master bedroom.
The metal edging was coming loose all around the edges.

 These are two Christmas ornaments I started.
They aren't finished yet.

 There are always old candles around here. 
These needed a new look so I rolled them in Mod Podge
and then in Epsom salts...saw this on Pinterest.

 These are two pieces of wood from some old fence posts HB cut down.
I roughly sanded them and dabbed on some white paint.
They will become snowmen!!

This is the second dress canvas I've done.

And this is what my work table looks like right now!
I'm working on other things that I can't show yet.
But you can see I've been busy.

My back is feeling better. Thanks for all the emails and good thoughts and suggestions.
I have back problems almost every day but some times it gets really bad.
Especially when I over-do...which I did over the holiday.

HB and I have started our Christmas decorating but I'm taking it easy. I'll have photos soon and hopefully more creative things to share.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Aftermath...

Yes, I'm still here...but I've been very busy. First with the lead-up to Thanksgiving and then the dinner, and during all of that I've been having lots of back problems. They are continuing today so I'm not doing much. I do have some things to show you but I haven't downloaded the photos and to tell you the truth I just don't have the energy to do it right now!!

On Black Friday I got up very early to shop. It was my first excursion into Black Friday shopping. What could I possibly want, you ask? Electronics couldn't lure me out. Clothes and jewelry didn't do it either. But cat food and litter on sale did the trick! Then it was back home to rest on the couch. I hope to be back to 100% in a day or two.

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Winter Girls...Still Being Creative

Over yesterday and today I finished eight new Winter Girls...and spent a lot of time cleaning the house, washing windows, and generally getting ready for the holidays. I guess that's creative, too.

I won't show pictures of all my hard work 
but I will share the Winter Girls...

 Winter Girl 12

 Winter Girl 13

 Winter Girl 14

 Winter Girl 15

 Winter Girl 16

 Winter Girl 17

 Winter Girl 18

and Winter Girl 19

Once again they all have lots of glitter but it doesn't show in the photos. My favorites are 12, 13, and 16. Do you have a favorite?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Catching Up on Being Creative...

I haven't posted in several days but that doesn't mean I haven't been being creative each day. Plus it was time for this...

HB and I had to get our firewood for winter. That's always a busy day for us. We don't have it delivered...we go pick it up ourselves (saves money!) ...but that means loading it in the truck, unloading it at home and then stacking it up. Could I count that as being creative one day?? I did a really nice job of stacking and it looks very creative to me! It was about all I got done that day so I hope you'll let me slide on that one!

 I did get busy the next day on more Winter Girls.
Four of them sold at the salon so I need to replace them.

 These two are almost finished...
and I have six more that are in various stages.
That takes me up to Saturday.

Then yesterday I was cruising around Pinterest and saw something that inspired me...but like a dummy I got so excited about trying it that I forgot to pin what I saw!

Here's what I'm working on...
6 x 6 deep canvas
It isn't finished yet but so far I like it.
The picture that inspired me had a LOT of
frilly things which isn't really me.

This is my own version and a bit more "messy" and more "me" that the one I saw on Pinterest.

So that brings me up to date for the past few days...Today I'll be working on more Winter Girls and finishing the dress canvas. Oh, and I'll be making pancakes, too! HB wants pancakes today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 14 - Being Creative

Whew! Today has been busy. I finished that painting I showed a peek of recently...

In real life it's much more blue but here it looks more green.

 Here are my last three paintings - Up, Up & Away - Mango Sunrise - Bahama Dreams

 And here's where we spent a couple of hours the hair salon.

I took all my latest paintings plus eight of my Winter Girls.
HB did a good job hanging my art. 
And while I was there  I got an idea for another painting.

Two weeks in and I've been creative every day.
I hope I can keep this going.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 12 & 13 - Being Creative

As usual, my mind is jumping from one thing to another in the studio. I have a couple of things I'm working on that I can't show you right now...they're gifts...but I still managed to do a few other things.

Here's a little peek at a painting I'm working on...


Another Winter Girl...number 11

(It doesn't show in the photos but each one of these girls has glitter all over the background.)
And I sketched out another face...

I've been working on all these things projects over yesterday and today. Nothing is finished except the Winter Girl. Now I'm off to paint some more. Thanks for stopping by!