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...


Okay so ASMR stands for auto...uh...sense..mmmm...response...well, it stands for something intelligent sounding that I'm too lazy to look up right now. Long story short, I call it "the chills". Like when someone brushes your hair, tickles your back, whispers in your ear...if you get the chills or "tingles", your response is called ASMR. Hey, look at that, I found a link for you, no lazy here!

Anyhoo, apparently there's this whole community on YouTube that create videos specifically to trigger this response. They're actually a lot fun to watch and can relax you before going to bed. My current favorite is GentleWhispering.

3. Josephine Foster

I love finding new music to obsess over, ESPECIALLY if said music or musician inspires me creatively. And so it is with Josephine Foster. Her voice, her style...ah, I don't even know how to describe it but she's awesome.

4. Apollo's Angels


Apollo's Angels by Jennifer Homans is a history of ballet and it is a fantastic book. I read the introduction alone multiple times because of her beautiful writing style. If you have any interest in ballet and where it came from, how it started, this is an excellent addition to your library.

5. Art Journaling

I blogged about this page HERE

I talk about art journaling a lot and it's been just about the only thing I've worked on lately but I just can't help it. It's so freeing and fun. I don't "journal" in the technical sense. I'm more of a "make a page whenever I feel like it" type of art journaler. lol But it's a blast and I find myself gravitating towards to my craft room more and more as of late.

And that's it, another Friday Night Fab Five on the books! What are your favorites this week?

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. :)

So like I said, my background...I started out making a fluid background that went from left to right but was actually planning on making them two different pages. Here are some progress shots from my Instagram:

Then, once I had Mod Podged the travel ad on the left side, I got stuck so after a while it turned into, "omg just get it done already, I'm going crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!" lol

But anyhoo, I added some Art Anthology Sorbet streaks to my Dylusions inked background. The travel ads were from a past Gauche Alchemy kit and I used an UmWowStudio star mask on the background as well. The zipper was a white one that I sprayed with various Dylusions inks. I love using the inks on neutral color laces, papers and other materials to see what happens. Experimenting is fun! lol

Same with the UmWowStudio star confetti: Dylusions inks and white acrylic paint. :) Oh, and of course, loads of washi tape. :D

I mentioned I was stuck: I had cut the end off the zipper to make it fit on the left page so once I hit the creative wall, so to speak, I finally decided to make more of a "mirrored" page on the right using another travel ad, the bottom half of the zipper and more chipboard stars.

The finishing touch is what really drove me nuts on this one. I knew I needed something on the top right, but hell if I knew what it was suppose to be. lol Looking around at my stash, I locked on to the word TOURISTS on a piece of ephemera and decided on the title, "We're all tourists". I liked it's flow with the ads and I liked that it could have a deeper meaning as well. After all, I'm known for my deepness.

Oh and here's a mistake I made! lol I was going for an "all different fonts!" type of look so at first I handwrote (yeah, I don't think that's a word) the "we're" but as you can see, it looked not so good...

But that's the fun thing about mixed media and creating in general, mistakes are not so much mistakes as they are fun ways to expand our...okay fine, they're mistakes. But my point is, washi tape and alphas cover a multitudes of sins. :D We're all tourists, after all. ;)

Have a great day!

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:

Toot had so much fun and didn't seem nervous at all. We're so proud of her!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mixed Media Ballet

Hi everyone!

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

We wanted to give her teacher a gift to thank her for a great year, which of course I didn't think about until the last minute. lol Luckily, I had recently gotten a couple of these $1 5x5 kids craft canvases, so I grabbed one of those and got busy! (Creatively, that is.)

I had a couple of false starts with this one but I started with a layer of gesso, Dylusions inks and a couple of torn pieces of sheet music. I found this quote online, "Life without ballet is pointeless" Ha, word play! Perfect! So we went from there to here:

I stamped a little through an UmWowStudio mask and outlined some hearts with a white journaling pen. I decided to add some bits from a rub-on, some beautiful music washi tape around the edges andddddddddddddddddddddddddd done!

My fingers are crossed that Toot's teacher will enjoy this little canvas! :D

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Zippy!!!

Hi everyone!

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

I'm brand new!

One year old

We're off for a day at the mall for picture taking, food eating and possible ear piercing...

Happy birthday, Zippy!!!

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"

Crocheting doilies in "The Company Man"

Awesome granny square sweater in "My Love From Another Star"

Amigurumi in "Marry Him If You Dare"

I ALWAYS get excited when I spot crochet in ANYTHING. Let's face it, knitting tends to be the yarn star of Hollywood. But in Korea, it seems like crochet takes the spotlight and it's awesome!!!

Do you get excited spotting your favorite craft on screen?

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's an art journal page I FINALLY finished...and it only took me two months! LOL

So okay...I had decided to use this picture of Lucy (one of my Blythe dolls) "stepping" in the rain. I started out with one of my previous inked up backgrounds and a "rain" type scene but used the color scheme of her dress vs typical rainy day colors. I used some Dylusions ink sprays, white acrylic paint and Art Anthology dimensional paint on UmWowStudio chipboard cloud confetti.

Everything was going well but I just couldn't get it to come together. (Although washi tape from Gauche Alchemy helped, I love putting different patterns together!) So I did what I always do: walk away, come back and do a bit, walk away. Except that I did a lot more walking away than coming back this time. LOL

I added a little pattern with a Dylusions stencil and chalk ink. I found this scrap piece of ephemera with "best voice forward" on it. Lucy's got her foot forward so I thought...WORD PLAY! Ha! But honestly, I think I was so tired looking at this page that I just said, "Screw it" and started gluing everything down. Sometimes you just have to let it'll all work out in the end. :)

Have a great day! <3