knitting (arm toasties)
painting tires (soon to be sitting stools)
knitting (arm toasties)
painting tires (soon to be sitting stools)
It started simply enough with these first two utensils. Simple. Nice. Just not enough for me.
So, I went a little crazy with the designs.
Flowers an owl, of course!
How will these stand up to cooking and washing? I have no idea. But, they are so fun and pretty.
These are bamboo utensils. Much harder to burn than the Baltic birch cutouts I shared yesterday. I sanded them down a bit before burning and will rinse, dry and treat them with some buttery spoon oil. Then they will be fabulous!
I decided to dig up my old wood burning tool today. I am pretty sure that I haven’t used this tool in a really long time. In fact, I can’t even remember why I bought or what a used it for. Weird.
Anyway, I got it out to decorate wooden spoons (as seen on pinterest here and here) but found these little craft wood cutouts made from Baltic birch plywood to play with first. I wish the circles were a little bigger, they are only 3″ round or smaller, because they’d make really cute coasters.
It is super addictive and fun. I went a little crazy on the spoons. Will share them tomorrow, since it has been getting dark so early and I lost my sunlight for picture taking.
We went on a hike yesterday morning in the Sonoran Desert. There are cactus hearts everywhere, but this one was almost perfect.
The weather was so nice and the scenery gorgeous. We didn’t spot any wildlife, but there were javalina (aka peccary) foot prints everywhere.
Being out in the desert was just the inspiration I needed for this commission piece. A fun painting with a little boy on a desert tortoise.
I wanted to capture a few moments, for memories’ sake, of Thanksgiving day with two of my most precious guys.
I also did a super quick and simple centerpiece that is still on the table. Probably will be for another week or so.
I took a piece of pre-gessoed canvas, folded over the edges and secured with tape to make a hem, then added a simple painted edges.
I used the small gourds from Halloween, some candles, pine cones, painted rocks and some very special leaves all the way from NY, sent from Dana. They were perfect!
We will be waiting another week or longer before we pick our tree. It is so dry here in So.AZ that you run the risk of your tree drying out before Christmas even gets here. We’ve made that mistake before!
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
To celebrate, I thought I’d make and share this little embroidery pattern. I had wanted to make this a lot earlier, but you know how that time thing is! The pattern is cute for Thanksgiving (maybe next year?) but I think it would be great for anytime of the year, don’t you?
You’ll need: pre-washed, solid, light-colored fabric, embroidery hoop, needle, floss and either transfer paper or transfer pen or pencil.
To transfer (2 options):
1) Place printed pattern right-side up with fabric on top, trace firmly over design with transfer pen or pencil. May need light source like a light box or window.
2) Lay transfer paper (chalk side down) onto fabric. Place printed pattern right-side-up on top and trace lines with ballpoint pen pressing firmly so that chalk transfers to fabric.
Embroidery: Use half strand of floss (3 strands out of 6) for best results. Use any colors you like, but I can see this in bright oranges, golden yellow, woodsy greens, chocolatey brown and teal for the words. Use the following links for basic stitches (I use the back stitch for most of my embroidery, sometimes with a few fancy stitches thrown in):
Sarah’s Hand Embroidery (see side bar)
Basic Embroidery Stitches
Embroidery Basics (video)
Uses: Maybe for a tote bag, decorative pillow front, wall hanging, dishcloth, quilt square, apron or maybe even a t-shirt. Skies the limit!
Meet our new pup! Her name is Freya and she is a Springer Spaniel. She will be coming to our home a few days before Christmas. We are so excited to meet her and have been preparing the house for her, plus getting some ideas for some puppy DIY. She is only a few weeks in the picture above, but will be 11 weeks when we get her. So excited!!
And, remember this painting that I entered for the 2014 All Souls Procession Poster Art Competition. Well, I got 4th place for the main competition, but it was chosen as the image for the Procession of Little Angels, which is the children’s version of the main event, held the day before. My painting also sold, so very good news! It will be exciting to see this painting in poster form next year.
Also, my sweet friend Jenny Wentworth will be teaching in this really great e-course called Studying Under The Masters. What a great idea!! She has chosen Botticelli.
Join Jenny and eight other artists and become the “apprentice”. They will share how to became a modern-day apprentice. Through discussion and technique videos, each artist will share their week with a “master” as if they are sitting next to them. You’ll learn who their “master” artist studied under, who influenced their work and what techniques and mediums they used.
Sounds cool, yes?!?! —->Go HERE<—- to find out more and sign up!
Can you believe that it is Thanksgiving week? I can’t. Not even close to being ready, but I am really looking forward to it.
And here are my little treasures from the weekend fair. Some were trades and gifts, others were purchased. So much great stuff!!
1. Funky felted birdhouse by Carenas Creations 2. Ceramic owl necklace and whistle by Three Star Owl 3. Awesome bird skull earring by Abandoned Memory 4. Infinity Scarf by Carenas Creations 5. Paper Flower Klip made by an 11 year old girl (can’t find her info anywhere!) and 6. Frida Necklace by Wearwolf (which I actually bought here in Tucson a couple of weeks prior).
What a crazy weekend! We drove to Phoenix last Friday (almost 2 hour drive) to do this show at the Arizona Audubon Society and it rained the entire time.
Because of the rain, we were tightly squeezed indoors. Well, some of us had very little space, others had a lot. Definitely not an equal split up of space, but I made do with what I had. My wonderful, and incredibly patient husband came up with this set up and it worked out well. What you can’t see in the pictures, was that there was only a small triangular space in front of my table. No more than 3 people (huddled closely together) could fit in my booth.
That, the rain and a very slow Friday night left me pretty discouraged. At least there was free wine. But, Saturday and Sunday went surprisingly well. I sold the very large painting in the center (the highlight of my weekend) plus several other smaller originals, lots of prints, cards, almost all of my little art blocks and about half of my bird ornaments (there were a ton of bird themed items at the fair). A very successful weekend overall!
Plus, I met so many wonderful venders and lots of wonderful shoppers. Connecting with other like minded individuals is really the best! I also splurged on a few really awesome gifts for myself which I hope to share tomorrow.
I’ve been busy all day taking photos and editing all the items that will go in my shop for a big shop update tomorrow! It is always a much bigger undertaking than I think it will be. So, please stay tuned.
Another quick post to show the last of my new creations for my show this weekend. I’ll also have other things like cards, prints, blessing banners, calendars and little wood blocks.
They are painted on wood planks. The tallest is 2 feet by 5.5 inches and the smallest is 12 by 3.5 inches.
My show is tomorrow, so I am sure to be up late getting everything together, making price tags, signs and carefully wrapping all my pieces. AND it is supposed to rain all weekend in Phoenix. Now, what are the chances of that! Fortunately, the venue can be indoors if needed. I just hope people want to come out in the rain. Arizonians are not used to that rain stuff!