Sunday, February 26, 2017

T stands for Two Households...........


GoodMorning my TeaPeople and everyone who pops by once a week to visit me.. Its a gloomy Sunday morning as i sit here typing this Tuesday post... I'm a little stiff and sore in places i haven't been for quite a while...We finished putting insulation in the ceiling of our neighbor's house yesterday and working over your head for a prolonged time is never fun...



At the same time we try to continue work on our house...... We are putting sheetrock on the ceiling of the OTHER half of the craftroom...(again working over our heads) Maybe you can tell we also created a false wall to hide the plumbing and the concrete walls... remember this used to be a garage... See that green pole....there are two of them ( the other is out of frame) Can you tell theres a piece of metal between them? Anway thats where my island will be....



As usual i still find time for art....Its my zen... Remember the mug drawings... Well here i pulled out my acrylic paints and had a play...I'm still learning how to manipulate the paints to get them to do what i want them to do... But i enjoy the learning process...It doesn't show up on camera so much but the shading on the mug i think is better in real life...
Backgrounds are always an after thought to me... That is sooo frustrating...So much easier to do a background then paint on top than to try to get a background in around the focal image... 
***Something momentous happened when i showed this to hubby... he said it was 'beautiful' and i quote... ' You really should start painting on good paper' Woot Woot!!

And to top it all off Spring has sprung around here...The daffodils are up in force...beautiful spots of color... the Bradford Pear trees are in bloom... white everywhere... like snow... the snow we haven't had this year....Fall and Winter are never long enough for me... yes i'am one of THOSE rare people..lol I hope everyone has a wonderful day... I'll be spending mine out in the yard picking up limbs and rocks.. that is after  i do a little mudding on the walls... multitasking you know...:) Happy happy T day to everyone... I'll be popping in to visit... Hugs! deb

Sunday, February 19, 2017

T stands for Tools of the Trade.....


Well this last week has been all about workin' in the CraftRoom baby!!! Yes! Above you can see the tools of my trade...lol  ...Thats a dust mask and a handkerchief  to go over my hair... if i don't the dust dries my hair out like nobody's business... a power sander and a hand sanding block... I like to use the sanding block when i can...it doesn't create as much dust... then a towel if i need to dust off an area to see better...

 Aaahhh the CraftRoom.... I apologize for the poor lighting.... Still have a ways to go but if you only knew how far we've come... that far side of the room is almost done... then we move all the stuff on this side over there and put sheetrock on the roof!!!I won't have to look at those rafters anymore!!! 

 See that three foot space between the light and the wall?? Thats how much i have left to sand over there... thats it!! Infact since i took this photo the other day i've almost gotrdone!  


Well since i sketched that girl w/ mug for the Warm Winter Wishes page i've had coffee mugs and coffee cups on the brain... So i sketched a few in my notebook and then made templates out of them so i can use them in the future..
What to do with the sketches in my notebook after i made the templates??? Why have a play with them... Here i added a morning glory vine and used gesso to block out the lines... I have to be careful not to use too much gesso .. this paper wasn't made for that..

Well my Tea People i hope you enjoyed a peek at my CraftRoom... I think we are going to make great strides in there next month... 'knock on wood'... If you don't know about Elizabeth and the Tea People... just hope on over to Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's  and she'll tell you all about it..  Big Hugs! deb

Monday, February 13, 2017

T Stands for Valentine's Day..........



Things have been soooo crazy around here.... New friends and neighbors of ours is building a new house and they are in a time crunch to get out of the old house and in to the new so we are lending our expertise and labor on putting up insulation in the walls and ceiling etc... and a myriad of other things... Wednesday is moving day for them so we've been running around like crazy trying to help ... along with the electricians and plumbers... HVAC people... Generac people... just nuts... But ... i did find time to make two Valentine postcards for my swap partners... 


They may look identical but they are slightly different... Let me quickly walk you thru the process... Ofcourse it all starts with cereal box chip board... glued a napkin covered with butterflies on ... Then in a trick 'new to me'... I watered down some gesso and put it on top of the butterflies to help 'push' that into the back ground.. 


Then i used a fabulous new stencil and colored some modeling paste black and put it thru the stencil ... the flowers are cut out from a magazine... and the butterflies are left over from making those bookmarks a couple weeks ago...  If you look close you'll find a gold and/or silver heart there too... that is actually a metallic jewelry tattoo sticker.. I hope they like them... I put everything in an envelope this time and tucked in one of those butterfly napkins to be used in their own art... 

..............and finally for my T people...over there at Ms. Elizabeth's..
You've already seen this but since the Tparty i've added snowflakes... and i thought you might like to see...... :) Happy happy Tday everyone!!! Things are still a little crazy around here until we get them moved in their new house so it may take me a couple days to get around to everyone... Big Hugs! deb

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Second on the 2nd.......

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jinx Approved..............


Joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for the Second on the 2nd for the first time... Hope i'm doing this right....lol   This post is from way back in 2014 when we were still in CA! I forgot how much i so love that dragonfly even if he is goofy! Hugs! deb



...........Sketchbook Friday with Dion Dior! This is what i've been sketching in the evenings while i have one eye on the TV and one eye in the sketch book. 


I want to come up with several different houses then put them all in a line on a long canvas.  Two done.... lots to go. :) 

Here is probably the final shot of the dragonfly. I tilted the paper and if you enlarge it ( click on it) you can see the iridescent medium i added here and there. This little guy was so much fun.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs! deb 

Monday, January 30, 2017

T Stands for Warm Winter Wishes.....


Hello everyone!!! How was the rest of last week and the weekend for you?? We've been working on the house...duh.... The ditch is dug for the plumbing... did i tell you about that?? We had to dig 35 feet of ditch about 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep ... all by hand... It took us several days with just hubs and i and the neighbor helped too... Thank goodness for good neighbors.. let me tell you...That was a major hurdle done for us.... 


Mudding and sanding in the craftroom continues.... We had to redo and wrap some waterlines that we forgot.... frozen pipes reminded us... wasn't that nice? ....no..... So thats done... We are very VERY close to having half the room done... walls...ceiling ...period! And that is the side that most of my craftroom will be on... think worktables/countertop... island... But then we will start work on the other half... 

 That half will have shelves and be mostly a storage area...I don't think that will take half as long.... We will be doing the 'mud' a different way that hopefully will be better... The side i'm working (sanding) on now we did following a YouTube video... maybe that video would have worked for a professional but not us... It just made more work for us... live and learn...
We even bought some lights! Woohoo!!! I almost ended up with some fancy ones but we procrastinated too long. Have you ever done that? See a good sale and wait too long to take advantage of it???  Yep somebody scarfed those puppies up... Oh well... I think what we bought may not look as pretty but i think they will do a good job... and thats the main thing.. I need to SEE ! It is after all a converted garage... so its a little dark...  

OH! And one last thing... ALL the doors upstairs have been replaced and new trim put in and baseboard all down the hallway... Now its just waiting for me to caulk and paint it... Always something...never done... Now do i work on the craftroom or the trim upstairs?????lol  I hope you enjoyed the sketches.. You know me always doodling.. :)  Happy Happy Tday!  Thank You Ms. Elizabeth for being such a wonderful host.... If you'd like to meet a great group of ladies for T please pop over to Elizabeth's and join the party... Hugs! deb