to all my blonde nay-sayers you'll love this!
yep, that is green hair.
they are extensions and will only stay in for about 3-5 weeks with careful care...but they sure make me smile!
the ladies at the grocery store did a double take when i stopped there to pick up milk on the way home.
i LOVE that!
i had the best time EVER at Red Lead.
it is definitely not a scrapbook store and i could have come home with every antique and old piece of furniture that they had as fixtures in the store!
do you see that dressform right as you walk in!!
chris and sharon, the owners, are sisters they are artistic, free-spirited and 100% real.
i really enjoyed my visit...(thanks guys!)
i took a bunch of pictures and snippets from the store that i just have to share.
if you are anywhere near st. Louis it is totally worth the trip...($185 later believe me!)
they even have their own line of stamps...they are in that shelf along the wall!
i bought this one, this one, & this one.
bought 8 of these!!
the classes were great!
it was much different teaching to non-scrapbookers.
the mixed-media students seemed much more willing to take chances and just create.
speaking of which...here is today's painting.
and guess who joined me in the painting play?
my pearl jam lovin' husband!
check it out, his first painting!
i just love the fact that he is interested and intrigued enough to try something new.
not sure if he will ever paint again, but if he does there are at least 8 more Pearl Jam album covers to paint!
yes play everyday!
whether it is in your craft room,
with your children, with your husband...
(with yourself...just kidding, but i couldn't resist!)
i only ended up finishing 1 of the 4 layouts i need done for the make the most of it column, but that's ok 1 makes me feel like i am still making progress.
i did however procrastinate and doodle, play on the internet, email and chat with some some new art journal: 101 students, and pack for my trip tonight though!
i am heading to Red Lead Paperworks tonight for a memorial day weekend full of good times. i am excited to visit this store because it is NOT a scrapbooking store, but more a collage art/mixed media kinda store!
i will make sure and bring my credit card, LOL!
feeling like i have been a little less than scraptacular lately, but yesterday i was productive!
finished up my beyond the page projects for simple,
as well as an additional 2 page assignment and even though i cannot show you the whole image of the pages i made i can show you this piece...
sing it with me,
"i'm bringing eyelets back..."
yep, sang it the entire time i was making this layout!
then i made this...
it is basically a mess, but i am finding even my messes have potential lately.
it is another watercolor crayon play piece.
what i learned, i DO NOT like the black crayon!
LOL! live and learn, so now i know.
i was inspired by keri smith's book "living out loud"
and because of that i still think the piece has some potential.
anyway, 4 more layouts to go for my nov/dec Make the Most of it column.
the product i am working with this month is ribbon, so if you have some extra ribbon laying around (LOL...now that is funny! ok barrels of ribbon laying around) and you feel like making a page with it, the call for reader submission pages is up on Simple site...FYI!
also don't forget the Trash to Treasure challenge using Paper or Plastic grocery shopping bags...i will be working on the newsletter over the weekend and choosing a submission early next week. it you have something you would like to share, email me your pics!
whoo hoo, we're live!
finally, after a couple of months of website issues, i am proud to introduce to you....
an online class
it gives a step by step how to on design and product usage to create a bold and unique art journal. there are also over 60 color hand shots that are in this 13 page instructional download (ok i wanted it to be thorough, hee hee!) to assist you with each step.
it is not a kit, i want you to use your own basic supplies that i know you absolutely have on hand.
if you would like to purchase the journal i suggested be used for the project you can also buy that through the site, however, it is not a requirement.
i have also created 5 individual handwritten fonts for instant download. ($2 each - just scroll over the one you are interested in and then purchase individually)
here is a sampling
let me know if you have any problems or questions!
where is the champagne?
i took kal's challenge!
actually both bill and i did.
i wrote my letter to myself 1 year, one month and one day in the present tense as a passage in my art journal. i kinda didn't follow the rules, but really that's my m.o. anyway.
and although i am not going to share the whole entry (i might have some secrets, hee hee) i can give you a couple tiny glimpses.
the idea comes from this book...
this book is one of my favorites!
i was excited when i had seen how kal was able to interpret the life lessons in it and take it to the next level! the challenge is about the power of suggestion and i wholeheartedly buy into that!
Kal also inspired me to try something new with my watercolor crayons.
i love my watercolor crayons, but never think to use them as the foundation for anything...i always use them to accent with...so here is my first attempt at watercolor and latest addition to a painting a day.
(i am kinda overdoing the heart thing, but it is one of those staple shapes i feel confident with. i will have to take a risk on a new shape soon.)
one of the top 5 questions i am most commonly asked is,
"have you always been creative/artistic?"
and i always answer, i was an only child, i had no choice.
but the honest answer is yes, i think i was always crafty...
i always liked playing with paper and tapes, yarns to make pom-poms and crocheting granny squares...
i even had one of those loop pot holder makers forever and i think my mom had to start giving them away as i made them.
so yes, i think i always enjoyed the start to finish process of crafting and making something from scratch with my own 2 hands (however this is limited to crafting, cause i hate to cook).
but i think making a loop pot holder isn't a measure of talent, but more a measure of passion.
so i think a better description is that i think i have always been passionate about making stuff.
when i was in college i had to take a mandatory art class...ya know real fine art with technical parameters. and i like many of you said the same old damaging 4 words, "i can't do that".
but you know what i found out? i could!
it is not a measure of talent, but of passion.
i drew that!!
i drew it because i enjoyed the process, not because i have skills. the assignment was to cut a 3 x 3 image out of a magazine and draw it from the image in a 12 x 14 format.
i promised some of the ladies i told this story to that i would share the piece on my blog. i have it hanging in my bedroom and sometimes after what seems like a non-creative day i stare at it and smile because really it is that special to me. it represents possibility and potential.
it is the same way with the painting, by painting something just because you can, you learn to appreciate the process of the brush stroke and the blending of paint. you learn what make s you happy and you repeat it.
this too applies to scrapbooking. i enjoy the process. (hell i enjoy the process all the way to the point of taking that package of rub-ons off the rack at the scrapbook store and bringing them home.)
scrapbooking is an art, a craft...the process is where we learn to find ourselves.
we develop a style and repeat those things that make us happy, we try new ideas and new techniques and we begin to blur the line between creativity and expression.
that is the gift.
today i want to challenge you to try something you never thought you could do,
then i want you to do it again tomorrow
and then again the next day, to see if you have perhaps denied yourself a bit of untapped creative license.
and check it out,
the wonderful husband of mine that he is, bill went one step further...
oh yes my friends, that is a brown camera!!
i had mentioned in passing that i wanted a small camera for my purse and he totally hooked me up!
had the best time ever at magical memories in CT
(HI PEGGY AND DEBBIE!!!)
i do not think i laughed so hard in my life...MAC, you make me smile even sitting here writing this!
debbie thanks so much for the invite and freaky, lyn, rosie, kathy...f*&^%$#@ michele and donna, you rock!
i painted this, this morning...it's making me happy.
i also scrapbooked a layout this morning (oh yeah, i am just bragging now!)
also getting ready for QVC on wed (5/16). i am on all day, flying solo, hoping i do not crash and burn!
i have some heavy hitters too!! i am excited!
side note: some dates in my 2007 schedule have cleared for the next couple of months so if your interested in booking a workshop just shoot me an email! (i listed the dates above the schedule to the left.)
i am home,
still in my jammies..
just ate some potato chips
my kids made me some of the most amazing cards and gifts (pics tomorrow)
and i am going to go watch "catch and release" my hubby on the couch!!
hoping you have a great mother's day too!!