Monday, December 29, 2014

Wild {Crocheted} Bear

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday(s)! :D Christmas here was great, the girls loved it, American Girl has finally invaded our house (dang) and I crocheted this hooded bear cowl for Zippy!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

101 Square-A-Thon: Square 13

Helloooooooooooooooo!

I decided to pick my 101 Square-A-Thon back up after years of WIP hibernation. lol Instead of keeping with the squares in order, I decided to jump to Square 13:


Monday, December 1, 2014

The Art Inside You

Hi everyone!

December is upon us, incredible! I'm doing the challenge this month at Gauche Alchemy, here's the inspiration board:


I decided to work on a page in my art journal and I got a jumpstart from this full page magazine ad:

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Moon Sees Me

Hi everyone!

No Fab Five today as I wanted to share a new art journal page of mine that is also posted over at Gauche Alchemy. I headed up October's mixed media challenge and this is my project inspired by it:


Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014 Red Heart Crochet Along

Hi everyone!

Today is my birthday but more importantly, I finished a project! lol :P I decided to join the October Red Heart Crochet Along (or CAL) on Ravelry. The pattern was the Divine Hat pattern and I used Red Heart's Boutique Unforgettable yarn in Parrot. This line of yarn has some unbelievably beautiful colorways.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Toot!

Hi everyone!

Well, it's been a year and today Toot turns 6 years old. omg seriously. I started this blog when she was around 8 months old, I think, so yeah...time's a'flyin'!

N00b

Monday, September 8, 2014

Under the Sea

Hi everyone!

So as I've mentioned before, Toot is taking ballet lessons and we've become quite the ballet family, by which I mean that I've become obsessed and my family very sweetly nod their heads as I go on and on and on...LOL. :P I thought I better educate myself on just what ballet is all about, it's history, the dancers, the choreographers, the ballets themselves, companies, etc. Of course, the allure for Toot is the future possibility of dancing "en pointe". She saw the older girls at the school in their pointe shoes and it was all over for her. lol

Pointe shoes have a short dance life and aren't "dance-able" for very long. Okay so what happens to all of those "dead" pointe shoes? I assumed that most dancers simply threw them away, which to a mixed media artist, is like a punch in the creative gut, am I right? lol So I started asking around the school and a couple of the older girls very sweetly gave me their "dead" pointe shoes...


That's right, time to upcycle, reuse, alter, whatever you want to call it! :D I started with one dead pointe shoe:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frida Kahlo Inspired Canvas

Hi everyone!

We've started doing monthly challenges over at Gauche Alchemy and the inspiration this month is Frida Kahlo.

I used a 5x5 canvas from a store's kids craft section, seriously, I know I say this a lot but that's the BEST place for smaller and wayyyyyyy cheap canvases. lol


Monday, August 25, 2014

My Soul Listens

Hi everyone!

New art journal page to share with you today, lots of layering on this background, I just kept adding to it. lol This page actually all started with a baggie of odds and ends an artist friend of mine sent me a while back. She included this sticker sheet of crosses, the backing of which became part of my background.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Middle Aged Action Hero

Hi everyone!

I have another page from my art journal to share with you. :) And HELLO, I am so obsessed with this art journal. lol I just love creating new pages in it, here's the newest one:


Monday, July 28, 2014

The Essence of Joy

Hi everyone!

I'm in the weeds right now trying to get ready to leave for Blythe Con this week! But before all that, I wanted to share a wall hanging I made for a friend. I started with one of those $1 paper type canvases, it had a picture of Tinkerbell on it. lol I wanted to just paint and ink over her but she is one tough broad and did NOT want to be covered up. lol Soooo I went to the napkins and Mod Podged that all over her fairy face.


Speaking of which, how come Tinkerbell lives in a place called Pixie Hollow, uses pixie dust but everyone calls her a fairy? I always thought of a pixie and a fairy as two different things but Tinkerbell seems to use them interchangeably and it bugs me for some reason.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Best Meatloaf in the World*

*according to my husband

Hi everyone!

I don't typically blog about food or recipe type things but I have finally perfected my meatloaf recipe and have decided to share it with the masses! *spit take* That's right! *collective gasp* Please, try to stay calm everyone...

Family Circle magazine, 1968 *Image*

Monday, July 14, 2014

Right in the Gumballs

Hi everyone!

Here look at that, it's July already! How the heck did that happen??? lol At the end of the month I'm off to Seattle to attend (and vend at) BlytheCon! Since I'll be selling my hats, I've been working on different cutesy things to decorate my table with and here is a project that I found online and it's incredibly easy (and cheap) to make! A gumball machine from a terra cotta pot and round bowl:


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

omg PUNCH IT.

Hey everybody!

New art journal page today, I kind of said, screw this by the end of it though. lol The past couple of days have not been the best for me and if they had a face I would have punched them. :P

I started with one of my pre-misted Dylusions ink backgrounds. I really didn't want to add too much texture or layers because I really loved the color effect it had. So I kept it simple. I've got a friend who gives me her old magazines so I enjoy cutting things out of them to glue somewhere else later. That's where my boxing chick came from. :)


Monday, June 16, 2014

TuTu Cute Crocheted Bag

Hi everyone!

I've got a crochet project for you today. :) Toot is way into ballet now so I started looking around for ballet themed crochet patterns. Funny enough, I didn't find that much that wasn't slippers or wrap tops. lol But I did find this sweet (and free) TuTu Cute bag pattern on the Love of Crochet website. (My Ravelry page for this project is HERE.)


Monday, June 9, 2014

An Exciting Story

Hi everyone!

I've got another art journal page for you today, filled with Dylusions inks, washi tape, stenciling (via punchinella, a Dyan Reaveley stencil and a paper doily) with chalk inks and all sorts of What-the-Heck haphazardry. lol


Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I love during any given week. This week, well I don't think there's a theme...wait, maybe the theme is love because I love all of these things. sing*womp womp womp*/sing :P

1. Peeps


When I was a kid (i.e.-"Back in my day..."), the only time you could get Peeps was at Easter and you got a choice between a chick and a bunny in either yellow or pink. Seriously, kids. Not so these days where you can get your choice of color, during every holiday in multiple shapes and loads of flavors. Some people hate change but I say that having Peeps almost year round was the best thing to ever happen to this country. Okay, that might be an overstatement...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Art Journaling Tourists

Hi everyone!

Got a new art journal spread for you today. :D This one took me months to do (I'm like a creative broken record!) I started with the background and began my "glue down, walk away" routine but, as per usual lately, I walked away far more than I glued down. lol Also, I originally set out to do two separate pages, not a double spread but it happens like it happens I suppose. :)


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Princess Tea Party

Hi everyone!

Toot performed on the big stage over the weekend in a Princess Tea Party themed ballet recital. She loved it! lol The princess for her class was Snow White:


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mixed Media Ballet

Hi everyone!

So Toot is finishing up her first year of ballet at a new dance school:


Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Zippy!!!

Hi everyone!

My little Zippy turns 3 today, can you believe it???

I'm brand new!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Korea Loves Crochet

Hi everyone!

So my current obsession is the Kdrama i.e. Korean TV shows. Kdramas are a brilliant format: they run a set number of episodes and almost never go beyond 1 season. You get a complete story (well, most of the time) and they run the gamut from melodrama to romantic comedy to supernatural to historical and so forth. (Actually, I just finished one that was all 4 of those. LOL) I've watched a LOT of series in the past year or so. lol (You can find some Kdramas on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime although you can subscribe to Kdrama specific streaming sites such as Drama Fever, Viki and Crunchy Roll.)

One thing I've noticed, both in Korean dramas and movies is that crochet pops up quite a bit. Which thrills me to no end, I'm a hard core hooker and you typically don't see much variety of crocheted props or clothes, if at all. lol But since discovering Korea's vast landscape of dramas and films, I've spotted more crochet than I almost can count although I try to take pictures whenever it happens. lol Here's some of my latest hooked up discoveries:

Granny square blanket in "I Need Romance 3"

Monday, May 5, 2014

Art Journal: Best Voice Forward

Hi everyone!

Yikes, April got away from me, didn't it? lol Well, April is not my favorite month quite frankly so I tend to just ignore it all together. lol Ah well....here's an art journal page I FINALLY finished...and it only took me two months! LOL

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Night Fab Five: Sing-a-Long

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm totally into this week. I'm rarely without my kids in the car, so usually we're "rocking out" to Yo Gabba Gabba, Fresh Beat Band or some other sort of music that makes me nutso. But there ARE times here and there when it's just me and when that happens...I SING. So here are 5 of my favorite songs that, when they come on the radio, HAVE to be belted out at full volume.

1. "It's Too Late" Carole King



Monday, March 24, 2014

Mixed Media Blythe Style

Hi everyone!

Yes, I know, I know...it's like a glitter filled ghost town around here. Funny enough, I HAVE been making stuff, I HAVE been doing fun "life" stuff but for whatever reason, it just hasn't translated into frequent blog updates like I used to do. *sigh* Actually, I'm just going to come right out and say it: It's Instagram's fault. There, I said it. It's just so easy to take a shot with my phone, type in blah blah blah and get out. lol It's a shame...but the silver lining is that this week I'll be around the blog so yay! lol Anyhoo, look at what I made!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Journaling and Lace Texture

Hi everyone!

So, Mary Brockway did this awesome tutorial on the Gauche Alchemy blog which showed how to add texture to a project using fabric and lace. As soon as I watched the video, I wanted to try it out and I did! Go me, heh heh. Anyhoo, I was inspired to use this technique on the cover of my Dylusions art journal.

See, as I've been doing pages in this here journal, I've been putting any extra brush paint, wet stamps, etc on the cover, thinking that, down the road, it would end up creating this funky layered look and make an awesome cover. Welllllllll....it *might* have worked out okay if I had kept going but I really wasn't digging it. PLUS, I added gesso to the back and it just made it yuck. Like, it felt too gritty or rough or something so, nope...had to change it. See what I mean:

The Front:


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blooming

Hi everyone!

So merry Christmas and happy new year to you and yours! I hope that...okay fine, totally missed every 2013 holiday on the blog and now it's 2014. Ah well, I'll try harder this year to keep this place updated more often. :D

In other news, here's my first art journal page in the new year!