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