Boy! What a project this has been. I think I drove to the fabric store 3 times today. Fortunately, it’s only a mile away. But still!
The painting of the chair was completed on Thursday, but I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before tackling the upholstery. I used Montana Colors (MTN 94) spray paint, that I got at Ace Hardware. It’s actually marketed as graffiti paint, but the woman at Ace (and my friend Rhonda) sold me on it’s awesome spraying power, fuller can, and great staying power. I was sold and completely impressed. Plus, the color selection is INSANE!
I used Hydra Blue, then mixed up a darker blue color with my acrylics to make a glaze. I really wanted the wood carving to pop. Then I used Montana Colors satin finish to protect it all.
The hard part was today. Remind me to get a better staple gun next time. My poor hand is bruised from all the stapling. And don’t get me started on the fabric cutting. Measure 10 times, then cut! That should be the rule. I messed that up and had to get different fabric for the back. No biggie though. It all worked out.
I ran out of light before I was able to finish, so I will reveal the complete chair tomorrow or the next.
Have a happy weekend!!
My love for making jewelry is fast and fleeting. It hits me out of nowhere and I MUST dig through my beads to make something. Twenty-four hours later, and the impulse is completely gone. So, I must work fast when it hits me.
A while back I had ordered from etsy, little word charms that say “magic” with the thought of making bracelets like these for a few friends of mine. I wrapped plain bangles with sari silk ribbon, silver thread and made little beaded charms. They were really fun to make.
While digging through my bead collection, I found the copper oval, another purchase from etsy. I thought it would be cool to add the crystal point inside by wrapping it with wire. A fun challenge of dexterity patience.
I had wanted to do more with a beaded chain, but alas, my mind has already moved on to finishing my studio room chair.
Is this what you call creative ADD?
I was able to cross off a few food projects that I’ve had on my list today.
First up, coconut butter. I’ve been reading about the benefits of coconut and had really wanted to try some coconut butter, but when I went to Whole Foods, the 16 oz jar was around $12 and I started having second thoughts. Then I remembered reading about making your own and a quick search on my phone reveled as easy solution. So, I left with a 7 oz. bag of organic coconut flakes (full fat) for $3.50. When I got home, I dumped the entire contents into my food processor and whizzed it all up. After many minutes (about 5), it seemed pretty dry and crumbly, so I added a spoon of coconut oil and a few minutes later, I had creamy coconut butter. Yay!! You can read about all the benefits and ways to use here, here, or here.
Next on my list was Life Changing Bread. I’ve been wanting to make this since it was posted over a year ago. It did not disappoint. If you love crunchy and nutty then you must try this out!
It is especially good toasted with avocado and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. So delicious.
No photos, but I also made Fudge Babies, but I added some peanut butter, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes to the mix, so they were renamed, “Brownie Babies” by the kids. Super good and they make the perfect after school snack.
Of course, Freya was in the center of the kitchen the entire time. Never leaves my side, that girl.
I promise to have some crafty/artsy stuff to share very soon. For now, a little bit of this and that.
Looking up into a nest in our tree where the entrance is at the bottom.
Freya has a twin at puppy training class. There are actually 3 Springers in our group.
Freya met Rocky this last week. She’s not to too sure what to think about him, but has been trying to keep her distance the best she can.
Vegan fronch toast on Sunday morning. The bread made by Super-E’s friend, which made it extra special and delicious.
I haven’t been painting much recently, in a bit of a funk. So, I thought I’d do a little ink sketching. I had grabbed a piece of plain paper and the closest ink pen. A quick, no stress practice with ink and line. I’ve done one every day, just to keep things flowing from hand to paper.
Mostly, I have been working on house stuff. On the top of the list has been this chair. I bought it for $15 , many months ago, with the intention of painting and re-upholstering it. Getting the original fabric off, with it’s millions of staples has been the biggest challenge so far. Fortunately, the cushions underneath are in very good condition. I still have to sand, paint and cover it with pretty new fabric. I am looking forward to sharing the finished piece. I am hoping it will be much prettier when I do.
My little I-guy turned 9 over the weekend. We always try to make the day extra special so we started it off with some yummy sprinkle pancakes. I used our favorite vegan pancake recipe with a tablespoon of sprinkles, topped with a bit of soywhip. Certainly not a typical breakfast around here, which made the birthday boy just totally blown away.
Some beanie bag owls were (frantically) made the night before as party favors–made from recycled sweaters.
Delicious cupcakes were made exactly as requested, “Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla creme filling and strawberry frosting”. The boy is a genius because these were amazing. I used Chloe’s recipe and modified the frosting by adding 3 pureed strawberries. It surprisingly had the perfect strawberry flavoring. So good!
Of course the day wasn’t complete without his three best friends, some laser tag, video games, yo-yo tricks and puppy play.
He went to bed that night tired, full and VERY happy.
I added a bunch of new prints in my shop. You can see them here –>
Sale ends Saturday at midnight.
My sweet hubby persuaded me to take the day off, away from the computer, and enjoy the warm sunshine outside.
So, I grabbed my camera and we headed out.
We decided to check out the Mercado San Agustin and enjoyed some delicious coffee from Stella Java and a super tasty treat from La Estrella Bakery.
Despite my show being over, I still have so much to do. We have been very busy with the kid’s school stuff, plus we are in the midst of planning a birthday party for my youngest. The fun busyness of family life. I will catch up with everything eventually!
Had a lovely weekend at the art fair.
Because this was a fine art show, we had to have mostly originals and a limited number of prints. I happily sold my beloved Buddha, almost right away. I think I may need to paint a new one since it was one of my favorites. Also, some smaller pieces (the owls and blackbirds), some originals on paper and the 4 smaller girls behind me (must make more of those too). Saturday was nice and busy, but Sunday was super slow for me. Overall, decent sales, lovely venue and wonderful people.
The weather was gorgeous, especially if you were fortunate enough to be in the shade, which I was. The sun can be so brutal here in southern AZ. It was in the mid to high 80′s all weekend!
Because of our unseasonably warm temps, the poor trees haven’t had the opportunity to lose all their leaves yet, and now they are growing new buds. They are so confused!
Very pretty though, especially with the pretty blue backdrop.
Now I need to catch up on emails (ackkk!) and clean up my disaster of a studio. THEN, I will be able to get my head on straight and list some new prints in my shop and maybe even some originals on my website.
Red, Red Wine
Mixed media on 18 x 24 canvas.
I thought I had grabbed a 16 x 20 inch canvas from my stash, but instead I grabbed an 18 x 24 and didn’t realize it until I had finished the painting. I kept thinking it was so big! I’m glad though. I like to have at least one big paintings at my shows.
I am so happy with how this one turned out. I figured out that the best way to tackle a huge canvas is to not know it’s big (ha ha) and to do small sections at a time. After canvas prep, I did the face first (my favorite part), then the shirt, the the flower vase, etc. The orange blocks of color were added last to break up the red.
I might try to get one more painting in before Friday, but not sure yet. Feeling pretty zapped. We’ll see!