Monday, December 30, 2013

A Stroll Through.......



......my Idea Book!.........I always have a lot of pans on the fire.  Always lots of drawing going on , fiddling around, seeing if there's anything i want to pursue beyond the 'idea' stage. 


.........this little guy has been hanging around for awhile in the sketch book. I finally decided to color him all metallic.Hubby calls him Bug on a Wall. lol He started out as a triangle and just kinda 'morphed' from there. I see him more as a 3- D image...maybe clay with curled wires at the bottom. A brooch maybe? Or maybe he'll just continue to live as an 'idea'. 


............this one was interesting........starting out, whats at the bottom was at the top , then i drew the leaves and turned it the way it is now..........I really hate the purple flower ...... love the crow, you might see him again some time.......now the fish.....if you scroll down further you can see i fell head over heels for the fish......


...............i absolutely love the fish. In fact this idea will, WILL 'morph' into a painting.......i flirted with the idea of making a template for the fish , since there were so many . But after making many, many MANY fish i noticed something......even though i sketched them all the same way, they each ended up with their own little personalities.... each one ended up just a little different than the one before...........

.........and i like that.........If you click on the images i think they will come up larger for you..... Next post i plan on showing you step by step how i sketched the fish........ They are so simple you won't believe it. Can you see the different personalities in the fish....... or have i been looking at these fish waaaaay too long?! lol  I hope each and every one of you have a terrific New Year.  I just love it when you stop by for a visit.  I treasure all the encouragement and friendship you've given me.See you on the other side! Hugs! deb

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Its a Little Late...........

 ..............for a Christmas tutorial but i figure if its still before New Year's then its okay........ Not all my 'projects' work out. (Like i'm telling you something you don't already know ) The idea looks real good in my head but for whatever reason doesn't translate well in reality.......sigh.... So when i 'm happy with something , I just gotta share........ I was digging thru a Sale bin at Hobby Lobby that had a whole bunch of cabinet knobs.......and when i saw this one it just HIT me!( Kinda like those Magnolia Seed Trees) Those rocks glued on there to me were just horrid! But now that antique silver look i can work with!

..........so i disassembled.......I thought i would have to cut off the threads but nope......with a little muscle it unscrewed. Those rocks popped right off with a little twist of the pliers. They popped everywhere........I'll be finding them for years..... Now remember those other parts..........if it works out you'll be seeing them again...waste not want not.......


........I bought a little package of screw eyes at the hardware store and glued one in place where the threads were to give me a nice loop to hang off of. Then i found these gorgeous little gems at Michaels i think. I would have liked them all one size but didn't see any.  But now that they are glued on i like the size variation....

AND ........ it turned out just like the picture in my head! Five more to go! So, when your looking thru all that clearance merchandise keep an open mind. What might look like trash you can certainly turn it into something treasured......... Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mr. and Mrs Santa Claus...

...............have been with me my entire adult life....... they've even crossed oceans with me........ I painted them when i was pregnant all those long years ago and they have followed me everywhere. They have yellowed some with age (Mr. a little more than Mrs .. not sure why)but i find i like them that way. Santa has a very mellow appearance .   If i were to paint them today i would probably paint them different. I would pay more attention to the details........ but they were painted by my 18 yr old self.  

...........And now they are here with me celebrating Christmas in CA.  They help to make it feel like home.  Our holiday celebrations have turned a corner and they may never be the same. We are feeling a little home sick. Thanksgiving and Christmas for the last 20 years was always spent at Hubby's mothers...... Surrounded by friends and family of at least a dozen or more .... and now that we have moved and hubby's mom has passed things are a little more sedate. But we will find our way..... we always do.  Theres lots of love in this big house.  Even if it is feeling a little lonely right now. 

We wish for you a Magickal Christmas! Surrounded by all those you love!  Hold them close. Hold them dear. Because life changes.... nothing ever stays the same even if you think it always will.  Savor the moment.. Hugs! deb

Monday, December 23, 2013

Jinx is.............




...........keeping an eye out for Santa. I tell him its too early but... maybe he knows something i don't. :)

 And..........i thought it a good opportunity to show you my Snowflake collection......... I actually didn't find one i liked this year to add to it....... not that many to choose from. Maybe they are going out of style..... if they were ever 'in style' . I don't know about such things... I just know what i like.... 


And.... i wanted to show you this... You can find it over there on my sidebar. If you want to know more you can click on the one on the sidebar and it will take you to the info page. I think it sounds interesting . Usually i shy away from such things..... deadlines... dates..... sounds too much like work... but a meet and greet sounds nice and it doesn't seem too terribly complicated. And i have almost a whole month to come up with a blog post for it...... So think about it... maybe you'll join me. Might be a good way to meet new people and get some more followers. Hugs! deb


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Jinxy Has Been..........



..............ahem..........helping........... lol! He was over there helping before i even got the bottom layer on the tree.  I have my fingers crossed ........... he's never really bothered the tree before but i haven't had a tree in two years with all the moving and settling in and he seems veeeeeery interested........ But since this picture was taken i have the tree all up and he's been a good boy. I put some unbreakable ornaments near the bottom in case he gets a wild hair ........

........but honestly this is where he is most content.....   I have afghans all over the two couches. Hubby's mother made them. She passed away last year....... and as soon as i put these out i could feel her close... I hope they bring hubby comfort too. Jinxy loves them... i think he missed them....... He knew exactly what to do with them...Zzzzzzz   

I'am finally done! All the decorating is done! I might share a few more pictures by Christmas.....My meager stash doesn't come close to decorating this big house but it looks nice and its enough for us.... We don't get many , if any , visitors so really its all for us.  Its especially nice at night with all the lights on.....  

Now  my thoughts turn to baking and making treats......... Microwave Peanut Brittle, Tigerbutter........ and i have a request for sugar cookies.......so much to do.....so glad this is only once a year and at the same time i'll be sad to see it go! :) Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas came............



.............a little early this year......... and i'm in seventh heaven! Wow! I have been wanting a simple sewing machine. Just something to help me make some pillows and such..... 

........and AND this lyre easel! Hubby was going to build me an easel and the story went that i was to take him to Hobby Lobby to show him just the type of easel i was looking for...... well instead of taking notes hubby bought the easel i wanted off the shelf!!!  Christmas done!!!  

The snow never did show up (from my last post) Just a little rain and COLD temps. Speaking of COLD temps hubby is away on a business trip this week to North Dakota!!! Now thats COLD! He doesn't get above 0 for three whole days that he's there! He says snow is piled everywhere! Stay warm! Hugs! deb

Friday, December 6, 2013

I've Been ................

..............puzzling again........... Isn't this an awesome fantasy puzzle?!  I wish it would have listed the artist somewhere on there but it didn't . Does anyone know?  Something about this time of year brings out the 'puzzler' in me. :)  

Christmas has been dug out of boxes and crates and Tupperware containers and it is slowly coming together...... Christmas decorating is not a fast process around here...... I start the weekend after Thanksgiving and i guess it takes me about a week.. But i savor the process. Its not about hurry up and get it done... Its turning on the Christmas music and deciding what goes where.  Unwrapping decorations is like unwrapping old friends....'Oh i remember you!'  Each item has been chosen carefully over the years.  

The one thing i cannot decide on is a theme for my Christmas tree. I don't see myself practicing the idea but i do see the allure of having more than one tree.... So many beautiful ideas out there, how to decide!?  So my tree always seem to be in transition from one idea to the next....... Now i'm headed toward owls and antique clocks and red cardinals and keys..... 

The tree may change but somethings have been around for decades.....But i'll save that for another post 

They are predicting........SNOW ........here !!! They say up to an inch over tonight into tomorrow....... I'm in 'I'll believe it when i see it mode'.... so we'll see.... But it is cold here. Colder than all of last year.......What i wouldn't give to see a little snow........ So cross your fingers and if you have an over abundance of snow where your at send it my way....... Stay warm! Hugs! deb

Monday, December 2, 2013

Birthdays...........



 

..........come and go and now that a few have past i can share! I have such a hard time keeping a secret.... are you like that?  Aaaarggghhh!  It just eats away at me and if i'm lucky i'll make it to the blessed event, whatever it might be or sometimes i'll just cave and that special person will get it early..... The one above was actually late...... I blame it on my Muse (she's good for it) ..... she decided to take an impromptu vacation just when i needed her most..... i was not aMUSEd........ but thankfully the recipient of my second EVER Enchanted Forest Tree is so patient and forgiving and kind and , and ,and...  :) The blue tree made it all the way to Texas in one piece.... Whew! 




............ and then another birthday rose up from the depths of the calender and i found myself in the realm of jewelry making...... which i have not done for awhile.... and it was so much fun! I put together the above gift boxes....... If you frequent Trader Joe's you may have seen these mint containers...  Well with that clear window on top they were perfect for a little remake. I just printed out a copy of one of my pieces of art and cut it to fit the window and attached it with a little dab of clear glue in each corner . The tin came in that lovely shade of green.  Now can you tell me what piece of artwork i used in the window??? :)



..........all these earrings have one thing in common........ they are dangly but have a post and not a hook that goes in the ear.... So , so many dangly earrings just have hooks and my recipient has rather large holes in here ears(from where they've torn) and hates the hooks. The post will hide the size of the hole a little bit. 


.......so i decided i would make her a stash of earrings to wear. There is Carnelian stone in there and Moonstone and glass..... 


This one is probably my favorite and i may have to make myself a pair....... :)  I had a really hard time getting the circles round. I did my best but i can see i need to pull out the ol' jewelry pliers a little more often. :)  

This recipient was gracious enough to receive her gifts a little early. I just   could   not    wait   another   second !!  

I have so much more to share with you....... so for now my drought of things to write about has come to an end and the blog shall be overflowing .....ahem.......... sorry got a little carried away there .... what i'm trying to say is i have more stuff to tell you and show you and , and, and.......... oh! Just come back k? Hugs! deb










Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Looks Like...........



.............I've fallen back into posting once a week again ........ that happens when there's not a lot going on...... It doesn't mean i've been idle.. :) I've been working on another piece of ceramic hubby and i poured a few years ago. A creepy tree with great texture. I'm attempting to dry brush it but i'm no professional at that ....... Its coming along nicely but dry brushing takes such a long time...... we'll see if my patience holds......Can you see the ghost? I noticed he's kinda faded out in the picture.....I'm going to put pearlescent paint on him before i'm done.......



...........and then we have more words........ I'm not sure if i told you but my kitchen colors are going to be turquoise, ( or as close to that shade of blue as i can manage) copper and black or dark brown... So you remember the previous words that were crackled turquoise and dark brown?  Well these will be shiny copper base coat with an antique copper top coat crackled......

I have the base coat and now i must wait......... wouldn't you know it... after months and months of no rain now we have three days of it! Which brings high humidity and that is not good crackle weather, so i've decided to hold off...... maybe this weekend i'll crackle..... 

There are more projects i'm working on and some i have completed... but you  know its that time of year and some are for presents, so i have to be a little sneaky here...... :) As i can though i will show you.  

Meanwhile its so nice to have cloudy , dreary skies overhead.... that may sound odd but perpetual blue skies can be boring too.  No big storms here or torrential downpours ......just misty rain or a slow , steady rain....... but we'll take it.... it washes everything off, making everything fresh and new after months and months of dry and dusty..... The rain comes in waves off the ocean..... i'm going to try to sneak in a walk between waves..... Hugs! deb

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Finished Craft............


...........i had to announce that..... cause you know.... how often do i actually finish something??!!..lol... But perhaps you remember the glass gem/ mason jar / solar light project?? The original idea came from Kathe with an E (you can click to see her project) . But you know how things morph and become your own...... Well this became a much longer project than intended cause hubby didn't think they lit up 'properly' and you KNOW how he likes to 'fix' things.  :)  All men do i think.... Thats why we love them! 

Well he took the solar light thats inside apart...(oh God) and got out his soldering gun (double OMG) and he wanted to mount the solar panel thats on top of the solar light outside the jar because it was casting too big a shadow inside the jar and really only lit up half the jar. I mean i could see the problem .... i was just willing to live with it... lol... 

Well after many whispered curses and a few evenings spent pondering his dilemma he agreed to just let me put it together the way Ms Kathe with an E suggested........... we (he) mounted them on a couple Eucalyptus tree limbs we had..... drilled a hole up inside the limb and stuck a piece of rebar half inside the limb and half in the ground......  and wouldn't you know it ....... its been cloudy ever since........ so i haven't gotten a real good showing from them.  When i do i'll try to get a pic of them glowing...... So nice when i can say....... Project DONE!  Hugs! deb

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day!!!!

                Have You Thanked

                        YOUR

                      VETERAN

                       Today???

I have.......and now after sleeping in and a nice bacony (is that  a word?) breakfast he is out in his 'shop'(read garage) fiddling around.....its a good thing....something he doesn't do enough of anymore... I know its difficult for him to content himself with the garage when the shop he had in TX was as big as the house......but he's coming around .... slowly but surely ..... I've come up with several 'honey dos' for him to do using his tools....a reason to get out there... He turns the music on out there and piddles around...... gets his mind off work ...... which is so hard for him to do.. 

Me? I'm using the dishwasher today.......!!!  You may not think that's a momentous occasion but this is the first time i've ever owned one. Since we moved in over a year ago i let it go thru a cycle once a month just to keep it running ..... things that sit idle don't do well ....... I usually run it empty....well this time i put dishes in it!  Trust me its not that i 'am in love with hand washing dishes...... i think i just feel the dishwasher won't get them clean enough..... go figure....

Well with the dishwasher doing my dish job today i'm going to go play in the craft room! Ta Ta!!! Hugs! deb 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Playing with the Woodburner.........


Several years ago we were taking a monumental hike thru Guadalupe National Park and this became one of my favorite pictures of that time. We got sunburn the first day and snowed on the second day.  We were taking a breather from going forever uphill with loaded packs. I loved how relaxed hubby looks. Always a smile on his face. The frame is store bought but i just made the Just Breathe sign. Its a piece of Eucalyptus tree bark. Its so thin an dry i was worried it might just go 'Poof' up into smoke ...but it didn't.... And i think it fits perfectly.....

............and while i'm at it.....another favorite picture of hubby.(i might have shared this one before) We did a little fishing before we left Texas. Look how successful we were!  LOL! 
Disclaimer: No fish were harmed in the making of this picture... :) We practice catch and release........much to my hubby's consternation ......but i believe very few waterways if any are suitable these days to consume the fish from them....just sayin' ...yeah i know hubby rolls his eyes at me too.......LOL! Hugs! deb

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lets Face It..........





.............follow thru is not one of my strong points....... lol...... but i DID see this little project thru.........What started as a pencil drawing (above) became............

.........a painting on a 5x7 canvas board......where i tried my best to blend all the colors with light in the right places as well as dark.....with a little blending medium (newly acquired ) i think i was successful ........Its not as BRIGHT as the pencil drawing....thats something i'll have to work on........could be its my color choices i used Laguna Blue as the base , which is what you see in the back ground  then Navy Blue for the dark and Sunny Yellow for the light....maybe my yellow was too pale......?? 


 ...............Then i sketched in all my lines with my Pitt Pen. Which by the way went over the paint like a dream..... I love how it turned out . It really went a long way in boosting my self confidence that 'YES! I CAN do this'. It also taught me patience.......to slow down and blend and don't use too much paint.......this was really a good exercise and i WILL pursue my idea of painting a large canvas.....say 16x20 in this style for my beachy bedroom.........Well now that you know what i did with my weekend what did you do with yours??? Hugs! deb

**** You CAN click on the pics and enlarge them. Take a look at that last one ..its the finished piece.....  :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Learning Curve..........


.........I've been painting this morning on this little 5x7 canvas.
Doing my very best to get it to look like ....


THIS............sigh..........I've come across similar doodles alot lately
and they all look so beautiful and intricate and in reality they are very simple to draw......I like the coloring i achieved with the pencils and thought........I KNOW lets paint one!  Thankfully reason reigned in my enthusiasm (doesn't always happen) and i started with a small version . Because what i really see is a much larger version of this on my beachy bedroom wall........stay tuned........Hugs! deb

Monday, October 28, 2013

Spider Surgery..............!




............there's been a bit of spider surgery going on around here. i might have them whole again by Halloween! I came across these guys several years ago in TX and brought them with us to CA. I really got to looking at them this year and the look like H-e-double hockey sticks.......


......missing eyeballs...............



...............twisted fangs.................



                             .............missing and floppy legs........


And it was just past time i did something about it.......You know its bad when the condition of your spiders is embarrassing...lol....

They are made out of corn husk.....or at least thats what it looks and feels like......whatever it is they are sufficiently creepy.....no webbing this year but i thought multitudes of creepy spiders covering the ground leading up to the door might be scary enough..... :)  So what have you been doing to get ready for Halloween???  I have to remember to go get candy.....MUST GET CANDY.......*Note to self .........do NOT buy Styrofoam tombstones EVER again.......they blew away with the windy cold front that blew in last night.......canvassed the neighborhood and can't find a ONE! ................Hugs! deb 



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where did my Mojo go?????

.............have you ever lost your Mojo???   I don't know what it is......I LOVE the Fall.......seriously LOVE it...... but i've been restless lately........ ever feel that way?  I finished this drawing about a week ago and i have yet to start another or do anything remotely crafty.......i just feel blah..........  i fiddle around in my craft room waiting for inspiration to strike and ......... nothing.....  

I know these moods come and go.......  i like to blame it on the fact my sign is Cancer and i'am moody and ruled by the moon..... Gotta blame it on something...lol.... But really its just the ebb and flow of life.... I'm generally an upbeat, happy person......glass is half full kind of person......  takes alot for my spirit to sag low......

I think where i falter is i try to fight it and wander around and say things like 'Whats WRONG with me!'  I know eventually it will dawn on me whats wrong and then i give myself 'permission' to just have an 'off' day....... a day of not cooking or cleaning or crafting or surfing  or doing any of the things i KNOW i should be doing ........  just a day of feeling blah......not questioning it, not trying to change it......... just be......... maybe curl up with a book..... write in a journal......eat some chocolate..... and then the mood will pass........

like a ghost on the wind and it will be quite some time before i feel that way again.....long enough that i forget that feeling and have to remember all over again......  

So.........if you've seen my Mojo please send her home to me... i have alot to do.......... :) Meanwhile i'm going to sit here ...in my mood.....  and just .... BE.....  Hugs! deb

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Winner!!!!!!!!


...............I don't have a huge following here.........and i treasure each and everyone of you who take the time to stop and visit....thank you so much for all your encouragement .... I wish i could give each and every one of you a book but alas there could be only one......

This is the first time that not everyone followed the rules....... I try to keep it simple really........ I dislike those Giveaways that have you jumping thru hoops...... But i did have a few people that did not sign up as a *follower*...... how to handle that?  Well i sent them a reminder.....i figured that was the least i could do..........I didn't think it fair to everyone else who followed the rules....to just include them anyway.......... So....... there ended up being 7 people in the drawing.... and now that i've had a sip or two of coffee heeerrreess the Winner!!!
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                    Julia!!!!!from Jaeartworks
                         You have until Sunday morning coffee
                           to contact me with your snail mail          addy!!Congratulations!!!!!!!I hope you enjoy the book!!!
My email is nuleaf@comcast.net!!! Hugs!!! deb

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Has Arrived.......


..........around here! When in TX i used to get a bale of hay
or two to sit my pumpkins and skeletons on but this year an empty flower pot will have to do( I told hubby last night it kinda looks like he's sitting on the toilet...no seriously...ha! At least i made him smile! )......Just last night we were at a grocery store that was consolidating and rearranging their Halloween display and we asked them if the cornstalks were for sale...no...but we'll let you have them for $3...SOLD!! You'd be surprised how difficult it is to find dried cornstalks for decorating! Wish i knew somebody who had a farm this time of year...


This is our newest addition to the Halloween decorations this year. The eyes glow at night.... The tombstones are made of styrofoam and even with a stake they have a hard time staying upright...but a few strategically places stones helped alot... theres a few spiders and webbing that came with the kit but i'm waiting til closer to Halloween to put them out . Otherwise they would never survive the elements for two more weeks......

This guy is probably my favorite addition this year......He is motion activated and when someone walks in front of him he says 'Hey! Where do you think your going?! Get back here ' and then laughs evilly Bwaaahhhaaah.... I'll bet i get a few jumps out of that!!! I just love Halloween! Wish i had the $$ to go all out but this will have to do...Next year i hope to add a really big , cool spider web.....I already have the spiders......I hope your having a wonderful Fall  and a Spooky Halloween! Don't forget about the Giveawaaayyy...  that ends this coming Friday morning over coffee!You must leave a comment on the Giveawaaay post to be included and you must be a follower and let me know your address within 48 hours of notification! Bwaaahhhaaaa!!!! Ahem...okay....*cough,cough*...I'm okay...no really...  Hey Halloween only comes around once a year! Big Hugs!!! deb

*****Maggie i wanted to remind you that you need to be a *follower* to be in the Giveaway!!! You have until my first cup of java on Friday to sign up!!! Hugs!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GiveAway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It finally arrived !!!! And its FABULOUS!
So many wonderful artists. I have so enjoyed reading their words 
of wisdom....... what inspires them...... and seeing the
steps they used to create their works of art.....



Nobody took a guess as to which drawing of mine was in the book.... can you tell now?  I cannot begin to tell you how incredible it is to see my art and my words in a book..........

In fact its soooo exciting that i just HAVE to share!  Who knows if this will ever happen again. Leave me a comment on THIS post and make sure you are a follower and next Friday , Oct. 18th first thing in the morning over coffee i will pick a winner from the hat for a free copy of the book , Zen Doodle : Tons of Tangles!  Be sure to come back and check to see if you've won! And contact me with your mailing address. 
*If i don't hear from the winner in 48 hours after posting the winner i will choose another! Isn't this exciting??!!!! Hugs! deb

Thursday, October 3, 2013

There Hasn't Been.............




.............a whole lot of art going on around here! :) And for those of you who come by to see some artwork now and then i do apologize......Theres been lots of kittens and flowers and such....i guess such is my life at the moment......BUT there has been some crafty stuff going on.....I love crackle.....have i mentioned that i LOVE crackle??? LOL! Really... i can see it now.... I would crackle every available surface in my house............ I just love the 'magic' of watching those little cracks appear without much effort at all.......



I have always been a big reader.... from childhood on....So i'am a big fan of Words........These Words will not stay on this shelf. See that archway that goes up and separates the living room and kitchen?? Well across the top of that archway i'am going to cover it with words.......different sizes .....different treatments and colors. I'm mostly sticking with this teal blue color and black and copper....But i didn't want to hide these words up in my craft room while i got the others finished so i stuck them on this shelf for the time being........

Jinx had a photo shoot the other day.....what he's really saying  is 'Oh PLEASE woman i'm napping' :) I wanted to show you the red in his fur that shows up in the sun. Isn't he gorgeous? And yes he knows it! I hope your having a beautiful fall day. Temps here are 73 today...50's at night.......absolutely perfect in my book! I'm off to put my Halloween decorations up  today! WooHoo!!! Do you decorate..? Do you get trick or treaters? I've always lived in the country ....... little to no trick or treaters out there so i'm super excited! Only my pocketbook stops me from turning the house into a haunted house!! LOL! I'm sure the neighbors are happy about that!! Hugs! deb