Monday, August 21, 2017

T stands for..........


........some projecT updates...... You may remember this butterfly canvas from awhile ago... the camera really didn't handle the bright orange very well...  I finally got around to adding the quote..... its one of my favorites... If its not clear enough , it says, "What if i fall?  But oh my darling, what if you fly! "  I think it fits in with my general lack of self confidence over the things i make... sometimes that quote is just enough to kick me in the booty so i overcome my fear of failure...... 'What if i fly!'...


And.........i even have it up on the wall!!!  This is heading downstairs from the front door.. the door on the left leads into the craftroom... I hope to have that a glass paneled door one day.. 



Remember the green sticks....lol   


Well they got shaded a lighter shade of lime green..... Above you can see it in progress.... 



The lighter area got treated to some glitter.......It doesn't show up very well i'm afraid.......

Reguardless of all the tips i read up on and no matter how careful i was decoupaging napkins was not an easy thing for me... They cut out fairly easily( i didn't separate the layers until after i cut them) but when gluing down it was difficult not to tear them.. I did manage it though...One great tip i found was to use saran wrap (plastic wrap) between your hand and the napkin while smoothing... Some more steps to do though so.... stay Tuned.... 

I'am well covered for the T party with my coffee cup in the header... my reshowing of the mtn dew can from last week and lastly the cherry coke zero... lol  Some weeks i cannot find one drink photo and others i have too many...  Happy T day everyone! I'll be by to visit!!! Hugs! deb

Monday, August 14, 2017

T Stands for .............


........OMGosh i don't know what T stands for this week.... Drama maybe... of the crafting kind.... busyness ... craziness .... ?? I'll let you decide....lol 


Remember the beautiful things i received from Valerie a couple weeks ago???  Well she politely asked me.... pssst.... did you look in the bag??? Well i 'thought' i had... so i looked again and LOOK what i found.... a beautiful stencil!  Thank you so much Valerie.. I cannot wait to try it... 


Then the gifts just keep coming.... Pearshaped Chris sent me a beautiful card ..........


With lots of goodies.... And now i'm really worried thinking i didn't do enough for this swap.......... Everyone has been so generous and i thank you from the bottom of my heart......


Hubs has been hard at work putting more shelves up for me.... 


I have more staining to do and on the counter you can see the whale tail board he finished and i'am now staining... If you don't know what that is... stay tuned.........


This is part of the old kitchen cabinets... I took the doors off and i'am in the process of painting it...It will go under the island... stay tuned........



....and here's the bloody owl.....sigh..... here is really where the 'drama' starts..... i found this owl...at a flea mkt  $1... Apparently he's made out of rubber...flexible you know... well i thought hey.... rubber is close to plastic... well i'm sure a few T partiers could have straightened me out on that theory.... but here we go... So i had the idea to paint him black and highlight him with... you guessed it my go to color...copper.... He is highly detailed so it would show off all his feathers...anyway.... so for me step one was to spray him with one of those fusion paints ...you know the one that bonds to plastic...because he's like you know... RUBBER.. which might as well be plastic...um....NooooOOooo....  Trust me when i say it was a holy mess..... stay tuned........


For the life of me i cannot remember is i showed you my GREAT find at the dump..... now don't cringe... I cleaned it within an inch of its life... what is it?  Here's a hint... each circle is a shelf.... its OOoooold... I would love to know its history... where it spent most of its life... but i saved it... don't be scared by the green... hubby just shakes his head... i have PLANS... Now i will tell you... just for your future reference.... the top of each shelf has vinyl on it and apparently... vinyl IS close enough to plastic and the fusion paint stuck!!   Stay tuned..........


Aaaahhh now here's another little bit of drama this week.... Have you ever done this??? Covered a bottle with masking tape..... I remember doing this back in GirlScouts... and it must have impressed me enough to try it as an adult...  so i have spent some glorious evenings watching TV and tearing and sticking masking tape.... then in GirlScouts we (probably the adults) put stain on the masking tape.... I remember loving it! Well i put stain on mine... um...yeah.... didn't turn out so well... but i have an idea to resurrect it... Stay tuned.....


If you popped by the blog earlier in the week you saw my latest drawing.... Well hubby tried to make some copies with our computer but that was a little drama there too... So i ended up taking it to Staples where they did a really passable job... I'm going to  add a few things to it and turn them into PostCards.... !! :) 

And last but by no means least my friend Eileen sent me a beautiful PostCard!! Using mopped up leftover paint and a stencil and homemade modeling paste... I just love it Eileen!! Thank you so very  much!! You sure brightened my drama filled day!!!  Just like all the T ladies do when they visit from Ms. Elizabeth' !! I hope i didn't wear you out with all the goings on.... I'll be around to visit!!! Hugs! deb

PS... note the soda in the picture of my dump save! :)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A New Drawing........


.........no two ways about it.... i like boxes.... 


I like when one image spills out of its box into another box...


I've added a dimensional clear coat to some .....


Apparently i love silver fish... 


....they keep showing up.... Now after i took this photo i put iridescent medium on the fish and gave them an eye... 

This was fun!! I hope to come up with more ideas for different themes in the boxes....  If you look on my side bar you can see the drawing of the boxes with the owl...  the ideas with boxes just seem endless......... Hope your having a great week!! Hugs! deb

Monday, July 31, 2017

T Stands for ATC Reveal.....

 ...............last day of July, can you believe it??? or first day of August depending on when you read this...lol Summer is flying by and that suits me just fine...... Above is the lovely ATC i won over at Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeard 's.... Its not often i win a drawing like that so what a nice surprise!!  And Elizabeth assures me that it came wrapped in homemade paper... It really is amazing. 

 Valerie is my ATC partner and the beauty began with her envelope! And didn't stop there...........


This is the bag inside the envelope that held the goodies... 

 And while i love them all and i'm amazed at the attention to detail and finishing touches ... the one that grabs me is the Mary Poppins..Just love her.......... Thank you so much Valerie......




Well i have had my nose in the craftroom off and on all week.... Work on the house has been nearly nonexistent for the last month and let me tell you i have been soaking it up... Oh its not that the house is done... no no no.... we just needed to step back... personally , physically and financially.... Just for a while... I have so enjoyed just 'living' in the house... and not working on it... Oh hubby put the cabinet handles on and i've been painting some doors but nothing major.. 


I've been going thru boxes.... amazed at some of the things i forgot i had...lol  


...And trying to arrange things where i think i can find them again.. Parting with a few things i know i will never use again....I have this habit that i want to make multiple of one thing.. .So i can keep one for myself and then sell the rest......... i don't think the sell part is ever going to come around so i need to quit hanging on to so much... Its a different way of thinking for me but its helping me clear out some things.... 

Did you notice the header???  Thats my roll top desk upstairs that i had all my art supplies on for two years.... Believe it or not it took a couple days to unbury that desk... carry the stuff downstairs and find a home for it... whew!!! To celebrate that i did something i've been thinking about doing for quite some time....  I started writing a book....... a scary , haunted house book.....OOOOoooo.....lol   i have decided to stop writing in my Journal that i've written in for over 30 years and put my writing energy into this endeavor......... I'm making it a habit.. just like my journal.. i sit down with a cup or two of coffee in the morning and just write... just keep adding to the story..And its been fun.... I have no idea where the story is going to go... i kinda think of things as i go along... In the end it might be a cohesive story or it might not...lol who knows.. But its been fun thinking of things that scare me.. things that go bump in the night.. and figuring out how to write that so it will scare someone else... So before you leave dear Tpartier... what scares you? Hugs! deb

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dinner Party Results.............

Well......... the first 3/4 of the evening was pleasant...... My goodness they have a beautiful home that they designed and had built out here 20 years ago...... Sunroom and decks... and i now know where all the hummingbirds go...lol I have about 3 or 4 that hang around my feeder she must have had 20 or more!! Just wonderful...... We were 'encouraged' to break into groups before supper ....while the noodles cooked......the ladies sat in the sunroom and the boys in the living room...... I thought that rather old fashioned but they are in their 60's maybe early 70's...  

Truth be told when we all got our drinks (diet soda for me and hubs) and before i realized we were separating that way... i went and sat down on the couch with the guys.. and had to be 'encouraged' to sit with the ladies........From experience i much prefer 'guy talk' than sitting with the women folk...... lol  So i sat with the girls....... and it was pleasant...We talked about ourselves... got to know each other a little...... i talked about my craftroom!!!  Then supper was ready........ 

We all sat at the dining room table.  Her hubby made the spaghetti sauce.. It was delish!!!  and she made Ceasar salad  and garlic bread and apple pie a la mode.......... My first inkling of how the rest of the evening was going to go happened when they wanted us all to hold hands and say grace at the table....... Now honestly i don't mind this..... I hold hands , close my eyes and do my own thing..... and the rest of the meal was pleasant... again talk centered around getting to know each other...... When we were all stuffed to the gills we AGAIN broke up into boy and girl groups..........oy vey......

Sitting in the sunroom the conversation slowly turned to religion ... and for the next hour or so i pretty sat there like a like a bump on a log...........  Now i pretty much do my best to keep politics and religion off my blog......... So i won't tell you how the rest of the evening went in detail... at least not here on the blog but if you are interested you can email me and we'll chat  lol   I'll just say i don't expect to be asked back ......  I have spent my life being a people pleaser...... being who people expect and want me to be.... and for the last several years well more than several i have worked very hard to just be me....... warts and all...... and it doesn't always go well...... i guess i'm different than alot of people..... I woke up this morning feeling very anxious....about how i handled last night  ... but i was true to myself and that feels important to me these days...So if you'd like to hear a little more about the evening you can email me... jinxxxygirl at yahoo dot com........  

Tell me..... when you are invited to a dinner party and you ask the host what you can bring and they say just yourselves........ do you listen??  Hubs and i just brought ourselves..... i would have loved to have brought something..... but the other couple brought some dessert...........I haven't been invited to dinner at someone's house in years so i was just wondering.........  Hugs! deb