Monday, September 15, 2014

WIN A SEAT in Life Book 2015

I'm new to art Journaling/Mixed Media and decided it's time to take a few classes online. I love online classes, you can work at your own pace, in your pajamas if you don't feel like getting dressed which makes it even more fun!

Anyhow,  if you are interested you can check out this link and enter to win a seat too..... I sure hope I get one! How awesome would that be!!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Shelf is Finished……"How To" Included at bottom of Post

Hope you like it….. Before and After

How To Make Your Own Shelf to house your "Art" paints

To Make Shelf:  We used Pine boards (I should say Brian used) 

Cut as many boards as you want your shelf to be high (We cut 12) 

34.5 inches wide (or desired width) 

1.75 inches deep

2 - 56 inch pieces for the sides

Mark off your row spaces on the 56 inch board. Mine are spaced mostly 5" apart. (so I have a full 5 inches for my paint containers) And the top 4 rows are spaced 3 inches apart.

Glue and Nail (we used Gorilla Glue and 2 inch finish nails)

Paint, Stain or leave unfinished as desired!

Hang with 4 L brackets, one in each corner.

Now for the REAL FUN, the Background: 

(and yes, I know you won't see most of it after the paint is on the shelf, but what a treat when you pull some paint off and see the fun images behind, doesn't take much to make me happy! LOL) 

Sketch out the inside shape of your shelf so you know where to place your book pages. (or use old newsprint, sewing patterns, scrapbook paper…)

I did not have wallpaper paste and chose to use Starch Glue.

Recipe for Potato Starch Glue: (I would think you could use cornstarch instead)

I made way too much and wound up using only about a cup of paste so I'll give you the recipe for that. Double it if you want to be certain to have enough.

1.25 cup water
1/8 cup of potato starch, make sure it's starch and not flour

Let's get started!

1. Rip out pages from an old book, I used a Hymnal. 

2. Using an old brush, brush glue on one page. In the interest of saving time, I glued the whole page then ripped it as desired. (I wore rubber gloves too)

3. Place on wall and I used the separator from an old binder (they used to be hard plastic) to rub over the paper to get out the air bubbles and excess paste. Keep a damp sponge handy to wipe off the extra paste and keep the paper clean on top.

4. Keep applying paper until the whole surface is covered. Let dry.

5. Paint, Stencil, Draw, Markers. I pretended I was doing an art journal page as that is my current fun thing to do! (I used the inexpensive acrylic paint)


Journaling About My Art Journal, and Wall Art

How is everyone?! 

I think I'm coming down with a cold…. BUT, the good news is, we had spring like weather yesterday and it was awesome!

So, I'm writing, in part, to talk about my Art Journaling. I've been having so much fun with it, lots of doodling. But the other day I began to think about how I want to express myself, I mean my own style. I started to think I didn't have one, my own style I mean. I was just having one of those days, blah. 
This is absurd, we ALL have our own style…. whether we are courageous enough to share, show it off, let others see it, is another thing. Embrace it I say!! 

So, I'm still in the throws of learning how to use my supplies and to do that I watch a lot of You Tube videos. I have my favorite channels and I also enjoy watching Ustream…. Lots of sharing people out there, a great community of artists that are not afraid to show you what they do and how they do it. I owe them a BIG thank you! 

Learning is FUN!

Then I sat down and did a journal page, not thinking about what I was doing and before I knew it, I was on the page and looked a bit sad. Which made me then think of my friend Wendy that was killed on black friday this past year. (2013) Oh, you want to see it?

I call it, "Sista from Another Mista"

She used to say that we were Sistas and made that expression up one day.

So that's me on the left (Do I look like I have my own style? LOL) I really do look like that….. and Wendy on the right. Talk about your own style, this woman was ONE OF A KIND! She always wore bright red lipstick, she was beautiful, inside and out.
I had a good cry when I was done. I sure do miss her…

Ok, so I'm getting sidetracked as usual. I wanted to tell you about my "Wall Art". I decided I needed a shelf in my art room to house my paint. I saw a wonderful shelf on a new blog site that I recently started to follow… Tracy Weinzapfel's Studio ~ Check her out! Awesome artist, very inspiring!

Loved it so much I asked the Hub to make me something like it. 

I like everything OUT and available for the eyes…. (I've also been working on the area where I sit to do my work, trying to surround myself with my supplies, Don't you find it annoying when you have to trot around the room a million times to get your stuff?!) 

So I asked the carpenter in my life, my hub, if he could whip one up and before I knew it, he did. AWESOME job Brian! 

So because it doesn't have a back on it I decided it needed something and one thing led to another and I started gluing hymnals pages (from an old beat up hymn book) to the wall. Then the stamps came out, then acrylic paint…. I had so MUCH FUN! Now I want to run around and paint all the walls! 

I must digress and tell you a story… when I was a little girl I got ahold of my moms lipsticks and crawled behind the sofa and drew pictures on the wall. It was MONTHS til she found it, when she moved the furniture one day…. The wall art reminded me of that day so long ago.

So here's the first part of it: The Background

I'll show you the rest after he hangs the shelf. 

I'm noticing I say So, ALOT… wonder what that's all about. Well, until I figure that out….

Have a Blessed Day!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

TOO Much Snow! And Not Enough Blogging!

Oh my, where to start? I can't believe it's been three weeks! Where does the time go? Well, I was off to a good start….

I have been plucking away at my goals, making phone calls, doing research, BUT...

Lets talk about my daily planner. That planner and my timer was working like a charm and then all of sudden all this snow came (I live in PA) and I don't know what happened. I feel like I'm outside every two hours digging a path for Gus. And then there's the wood stove. With my hub out plowing snow I'm tending to the fire but not doing a very good job of it…. And then there's my art therapy.

Ah…. that's where I went…. <g> Did I happen to mention that I got some nice art supplies for xmas? Well, I cleaned up my art room and sorted through all my supplies, decided I wanted to have them OUT where I could see them. That took a full week to re-organize. 
sidebar: (I'm looking at my planner right now in fact, I don't just write down what I have to do I also write down what I actually did, they are never the same thing!) And I never remember what I did yesterday let alone last week!

So I've been doodling, drawing, painting, crocheting, knitting, journaling, making stamps, trying to make stencils and I did a "work along" thing with a wonderfully talented girl on You Tube and Ustream (my new addiction). I'll post a picture below. She did this ten step creative process thing and I absolutely LOVED it! Trying to get her to do another one…. So you're dying to know what I mean right? Well, the first thing you do is gather certain supplies, we used cereal boxes for the base. Then she tells you what to do, like get paint on the surface, you have three minutes… she keeps doing that, each step different. You're not supposed to have time to think about what you are doing so you wind up just doing it and it was a blast! 

Serious FUN! Her name is Journalartista and you can find her on You Tube and Ustream. Tell her I sent you if you go over.

I'm not sure what I'll do with mine, she was making postcards with hers. Aren't they COOL?! These are my own stamps on there, made them last week. Simple city….

I am starting to feel a wee bit guilty however and must get back on some sort of schedule. Soon. This week in fact.

But first, I'd like to show you what else I have been making:

My Rattie Rag Bag Baskets…. isn't it pretty! If you want to see more of my work you can visit my Flickr page. I've made about a dozen baskets in different colors and sizes. I plan on selling them in my Etsy shop (some day soon if I can get it on my planner!) 

Check it out, I also have some of my paper and fabric flowers in there. Let me know what you think.

Etsy My Arts and Parts

The last thing I'll show you is my watercolor pictures in my "Flower" Art Journal. I'm so into art journaling right now….. LOVE it! 
So I watched another VERY talented Ustreamer, TWStudios, she inspired me to NO END, so much in fact that I ran out today and purchased the water color paints that she was using. They are AWESOME and not expensive at all. Here's what I wound up with:

It's not the best picture, but you can get the idea.

And here's my last one:

I used my Inktense Watercolor Pencils to do this. I'm just learning so don't be too critical. <g>

Oh, before I forget, I also figured out how to use my camera/recorder thing that I got for xmas. Made a little video of my mom, figured out how to edit it etc. I'm hoping to do some You Tube videos at some point.

Well, reading back over all this, I was quite productive the last few weeks after all!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Yellow Monday! And Goal Setting….

What on earth? Happy Yellow Monday?

My husband and I started this a few years ago…. Isn't Monday the worst day of the week? Coming in from a weekend off (well, I know, not for everyone). Brian would always be in a bad mood on a Mondays, so one day I decided to wear a yellow shirt and I put a yellow bandana in my hair and I declared it a Happy Day! 
You know, ever since then, it's been MUCH better! 

Try it. It's the little things in life that mean the most.

So this timer thing is working out GREAT for me! I decide what I'm going to do, then set the timer for an hour and have at it. I'm not allowed to veer off the path and I LOVE all the stuff I'm getting done. I did get the stock room cleaned up and I'm able to actually get some work done in it now instead of tripping over things.

I like to get up in the morning, and then decide what I'm going to do with my day. It really depends on how I feel, how much energy I have etc. I know lots of people think about it and make a schedule up the night before. 

What works for you? 

Recently I spent some time working on Goals. I got out a BIG pad and wrote down everything I wanted to accomplish. Little things (short term goals) and BIG things that would take weeks, months or longer. Then I prioritized them in order of importance, placing an A, B or C next to each goal. For example I placed an A next to "Get the tax papers in order". I placed a C next to clean out the upstairs closets. 

The next thing I did was map out a plan to accomplish my long term goals. I broke them down into manageable steps:

Make phone calls
Do research

I keep my Goal pad near my Daily Planner and pluck off a few things from the A, B and C list and plug them into the "TO DO" column on my weekly Calendar. I am TRYING do at least one thing off each A, B and C goal sheet each day.

I will keep you posted on my progress!

Please share if you have any wonderful ideas on how to be productive, I would LOVE to hear from you!

Time to get to work, hope you have a blessed day!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Disappointment Doesn't have to Turn into Discouragement

Good morning! 

So of course, in my attempt to get organized, I'm trying to be more careful with my time. But let's take it to another level.

Well, this morning I was reading…. I get this little monthly booklet from Dr Charles Stanley. He was talking about planning things out, and one thought led to another and I wrote this note to friend that I thought might need a little encouraging. She's been trying to get her craft room cleaned up and not having much luck.

I thought it could also be applied to relationships that aren't working for one reason or another. So here you have it….

We can all think of something (or someone) that has disappointed us.... 

"Disappointment" is our emotional response to a failed expectation.

The negative reaction that comes from not being able to deal with disappointment is:


We experience disappointment when we can't finish (or start) cleaning our messy rooms or when someone we love does something we can't understand and we allow it to fester in us and then we become Discouraged.

Do not give in to the feelings of discouragement. It's a feeling that we do not have to accept. Instead we need to ask the Lord for His encouragement and continue to plug along.

What we need to do is plan. Planning is a very important part of life. (see, this is where my organization theme comes in!)
David and Goliath for example. David planned his attack on Goliath and the outcome was good.

So, make a plan of attack for your disappointment (decide you are not going to let another persons bad decisions get YOU down, or plan out (in small increments if need be) how you will do a project that has been driving you mad). Then proceed. Don't allow yourself to become discouraged, fight back!

There you have it, lesson for the day! LOL

After I thought about all this for awhile, I put the timer on in my kitchen and went straight to my "stock" room where I keep all my "For Sale" items. It's a MESS. So I'm working for one hour… I already feel great and have accomplished a lot.

I hope something I've said here helps you rethink how you are doing things too. 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Keep Doing What You're Doing and Keep Getting What You're Getting

Or, a New Year, a New You?

So who am I and why should/would you read my blog? I won't go into the long details here of who I am, you can read my "About Me" on the right side of this note to see that stuff. But why on earth would you want to read my blog? 

I don't know, you may not, but I have a need to do this. So read it, don't read it, I've had a LONG year and I'm trying to recuperate from it and pouring out my soul to someone might help. I'm told that blogging is like journaling and I love to journal. (remind me later to have one of my kids promise to burn that book when I die) 

AND I plan on sharing some artsy stuff with you too and that might be fun. I also used to own a Bead shop, (for 12 years) which I did not share in my "About Me" and I LOVED meeting new people and sharing all my ideas and I LOVED seeing all the creative things that people made. It was Serious Fun. Bad health forced me to retire from that before my time. But we won't talk about that now…. 

Ok, so another part of my New Year thing is I wanted to get more organized. So I got this Daily Calendar thing and I have to be honest, I LOVE it! I not only write down appointments, I also write what I actually did that day because most of the time it's not what I wanted to do and I really have a need to see that I'm doing something productive each day. So here it is. 

It's in a spiral notebook format as you can see and the first page has "important dates to remember". Well, I've had so many grand babies in the past year, I thought I better write all that down or I'll never keep it straight…. The next section has three columns:
Do ~ Call ~ Buy

Did I mention I love it?

So I'm so totally not "doing what I was doing, so I won't keep getting what I was getting". Right?

I've already seen a Huge improvement in my life. I'm getting stuff done! I opened an Etsy shop and will be selling my artsy stuff and the items that I have left over from my bead shop days. (One can only use so many beads, tools etc themselves!) and I have yarns and books and and and… 

I also joined Flickr and started posting some of my work from years gone by as well as my new things. Maybe this is the spot to put a link so you can see? Hey, sidebar here… I've never blogged before so have patience with me.

Flickr myartsandparts

I also joined Ravelry, you guessed it, under myartsandparts. 

Let's change the subject. Let's talk about what I did today. (actually started this last night)

So today was a snow day here in PA, as a matter of fact, it's still snowing now…. it's so pretty. So hub is out (he does snow removal) and I'm home alone. I haven't told you yet that I'm kinda impulsive. When I get an idea to do something, I can hardly contain myself. 

So recently I have been thinking about making paper. I make these paper flowers, so far I have used recycled papers and fabrics to make the flowers but I was thinking (my hub shakes when I say "I was thinking") that I might like to actually make the paper…. so I've been asking hub to make me the set up. He's a carpenter and has wood and nails so who better, right? Nope. He's been busy with all this snow we've been having and so I got impatient last night, and I can never follow directions either… so I get out an aluminum roasting pan, a piece of old door screen (fiberglass) and a blender that one of my kids donated to the cause. I run around grabbing for some old junk paper that would have gotten tossed and start ripping. (Be sure to soak it in some hot water for a few minutes first) 

I throw it in the blender along with plenty of water and bllllleeennnddd on high speed. (I think I may You tube this, that's another whole story) 

Guess what? It was serious FUN! And isn't this pretty?! This particular batch has some yellow construction paper in it. C'mon…. seriously, I know you wanna try this!

Of course Hub is there trying to direct, but I'm like this whirling dervish when I'm creating, so outta my way bud! LOL

So I made some paper last night, just some flat stuff though (isn't paper supposed to be flat Jer?) This morning…. I wake up with a MILLION ideas and I am going to share with you what I wound up doing.

If you want to see more, go to my Flickr site. 

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