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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Flea Market Find.............


.........sitting on a shelf just waiting for me to come by......


...plain gray in color....one broken ear... just waiting for me to work a little bit of magic.... 


.... a little clay .... a little paint......


.....now waiting for a candle to light the way......


...now packed safely in a box... on its way to a cat loving friend..

....who hopefully will fall in love with it as i did....... Hugs! deb

Sunday, January 12, 2020

SCORE!!!!!


..........and no not a touchdown.... lol  But i scored with some after Holiday sales....  I have a 'thing' for Amarillos.... These, above were $1 each... They may or may not survive. They've spent too long in a box on a shelf.. but for a dollar i'll give it a go.. Meet 'Ferrari', 'Amigo', and 'Stargazer from left to right.. I may have 'Ferrari' and 'Amigo' mixed up but we'll figure it out if they survive and bloom.. 


I also have a 'thing' for Christmas Cactus'... they've been surprisingly easy for me to grow in the past... I had quite the collection in TX... I miss having them so i bought my first one this year... Its a peachy color.. 


Someone donated some Poinsettias to my place of work and after the Holidays i got to take two home.. They were really soggy wet when i got them... One is drying out nicely but the other is struggling.. I think i'm going to try replacing some of the dirt.. Hopefully that will help it dry out.. 


Now... THIS score literally had me on cloud 9 aaalll day! Now if your really into Christmas canvases on your wall then you could keep these as is... but if your me you see the 'possibilities'!! The larger one i paid $1.50 each.. i got 4.. I wish i could tell you the size.. maybe 11x16 and the smaller ones are 7x7 and i paid 80 cents each for them.. i got 4 of each size.. I could have got more but where would i put them.. ? Sand them down...some gesso and then i can paint whatever i want on them!!! Woot woot!! 


And last but not least ... magnets!! I have a 'thing' for magnets on my frig... These are kinda cute as is...but i paid 30cents each for them and what a great substrate to put whatever i want on them.. and they already have the magnet on the back.. !!


.......and i thought you might like a peek at the island in my craftroom ... 

Hubby has been working at finishing it lately..... Cubbies... i  .  have ... cubbies..... i LOVE cubbies... Thanks so much for stopping by!! I have the next three days off from work.. Woot woot!!!! Big Hugs! deb

Friday, January 3, 2020

Twilight Bear.......


.........my latest attempt at using recycled materials... This is a 7"X7" wood panel that is a little over an inch in depth...that i found at a thrift store for maybe $1....


The textured background is cut up pieces of junk mail..mostly security envelopes...

 I then painted the background a blue ombre.... that took a couple tries until i was happy with it...


I then colored some texture paste black and put it through a stencil.That took a couple tries too as it kept wanting to seep under the stencil....grrrrr... 


And finally some splattered on light blue 'stars'..... I just love it... that light blue or turquoise at the bottom practically glows!! So were are off to a crafty New Year..!! Wishing you the same. Hugs! deb  

Monday, December 16, 2019

We've Been Hiking .......


...............In an effort to get more exercise....get hubby's blood pumping for his heart.... we've hiked a few of the trails at the state park where i work. Walking through the dimly lit forest we saw a glow off in the distance.... so stepping off the trail we searched for it and our search turned into a fungi hunt ....The above mushroom is called a 'turkey tail' . I can see why...lol ! The neat thing about these is they always grow horizontal to the horizon .... So you can tell when these mushroom started to grow on the tree... when the tree was standing up right... or after it fell... 


These were so cool... but i don't know their name... they were everywhere... 



Above is the source of the glow....Its about the size of my hand and really 'shaggy' or 'spikey' in appearance... Its called a Bearded Hedgehog or a Lion's Mane... 


The picture does not do the above one justice... In person it was so bright yellow it almost glowed... Now i don't know if any of these are edible... We did not even attempt that... But it was so cool to find so many different varieties and have the pictures turn out so well.. I may be a fungi photo collector now...lol  


.......And last but not least.... is the above tiny little insect that i see every year in the Fall going in circles around the edge of my bird bath... It honestly looks like a spider with moss and such on its back like camouflage.. I only see them in the Fall and only on my bird feeder... Weird right?   ...

I have recently learned that this is the larvae stage of a Green LaceWing.... And some of that 'moss' on its back is actually the skeletons of various insects it consumes.... creepy...  

Well thank you for coming along on my fungi and insect adventure... Not your usual Holiday fare.... lol  If i don't talk to you again i hope you have a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.... Big BIG Hugs! deb

Monday, November 18, 2019

My First Attempt.........


......at altering a book.... If you are squeamish at the idea of altering a book you should stop reading now... I LOVE books.... but sometimes a book is destined for the dump or the recycle bin and i like to think of this altering as breathing new life into it...


It has really let my imagination 'take flight'... i've decided to work with a theme... 'Bees'!! Ofcourse! My current obsession is still going strong.. lol  



First i pulled some pages out of the book to make room for all that i would add... then i glued some pages together.... and gave them all a coat of gesso to help what i wanted to put on there stick... The pages were kinda slick.. Then i tore some old dictionary pages into pieces and covered the page... 


I used watered down acrylic paint in turquoise and ultramarine blue and had a great time using my fingers  to swirl in a background but kept it light enough you could still see the dictionary page underneath ... 


Then i pulled out my stamps and stencils and did my best to layer... Layering is not my forte.. But i bet this book will help me get better.. lol . There's washi tape and images from magazines and old greeting cards .... I splattered more paint.. and look at the owl...

Yep... he flips open! How cool is that? 


'Imagination rules the world'
I don't know about that but it definitely rules my world... :)



The idea of an altered book started when i found LorriMarie on YouTube... I have just devoured her videos and look forward to every single new one. She has so many great ideas . Her style is not my style.. She likes more the 'grunge' look. I'm more about bright colors... duh.. we know that about me don't we?! lol 


Her books also rarely close because they are so full of stuff.. I'd like to find a happy medium there..  So much texture here that you just can't see in the photo.. Glitter on the sunflowers.. They are a magazine image but i painted acrylic on top of them.. The star has clear dimensional paint on top.. That square in the upper right hand corner is a pocket! I forgot to pull the tag out and take a pic... On it its says...'Be Brave'..... 


The lizard flips open ... going to put a quote on courage there.. And the bees are tethered!  This page is still in progress.. I want to hide the bees under the lizard with magnets then you can bring them out... you know.. interactive.. lol 


So much fun! 



Here i glued some pages together and cut out a window and put a piece of clear acetate ... stamped a bee on it..  Found some purple ribbon in my stash for a bow..  Gave the owl a key.. 


Watch the owl......


He flips open to reveal two moons... Just let your imagination soar..
So many possibilities.. 


I used dimensional fabric paint to outline the flowers.. 

I couldn't resist the two owl looking in the mirror... If you made it this far... thank you thank you thank you...  :)   I have been working on this project nonstop for a while now and i think i will come up for air and do something else.. Let my imagination simmer for awhile.. Pull it out and do a page at a time as i feel the inspiration..  i hope you like it.. Have you ever done something like this? Would you ever do something like this???  So good to see you! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! deb