If you are local, hope to see you there!
The very kind folks from ChalkOla sent me these free chalk board markers to try out and review. I have two doors in my home painted with black chalk board paint, so of course I jumped at the chance to check these markers out. The image above is on my kitchen pantry door.
First, I love the neon colors! Second, the two different style markers make writing and drawing super fun. They come in 6mm and 15mm. The 15mm markers are my favorite because you can make both bold and thin lines and fill in larger areas quickly. I used the 15mm markers, almost entirely on the Tea drawing above – using the smaller markers to add highlights and small details lines.
Here is my other door, decorated with lovely words by the Beatles for Valentine’s day.
A few things to know about these markers:
1) The Markers are used on Non Porous Surface only (So its best to test a small area). They work great on windows, chalkboards, whiteboards, glass, labels, etc.
2) Chalk markers, as a medium, have high density Chalk Ink. New markers take 2 to 3 mins prep time – Once used the ink flows smoothly.
3) They are perfect for kids, parents, teachers, crafters and artists.
4) Wipes off easily with wet cloth (don’t forget to test your surface first!).
I also got to try out the chalk board labels, which are removable self-adhesive. I made labels for my jars of nuts. Now they look so nicely organized in my pantry.
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***Although these items were free for review, the Amazon links are not affiliate links.
The gem and mineral show was in town for the last 3 weeks and we finally went. It has been 10 years since the last time I went, and this time around was so much more fun.
The gem show, one of the biggest (or THE biggest) in the world, can be so overwhelming. There are 45 venues all over town, some require a retail/business license and others are open to the public. Some tents sell beads, some have rough gem stones & crystals, some have fossils, others sell fine jewelry and some have a little of everything. Once you know what you are looking for, you can narrow it down and make it much more manageable.
I wanted some beads and some crystals & gem stones. I found my fair share of both. It really helped that my hubby got into navigating me to the right spots and helping me find what I was looking for. It was like a grand hunt. We went for two days, telling my boys about how much fun we had, they wanted to go too–so we went on the last day of the show for another gem show adventure. It was fun to see my guys get all into it and pick a few stones they liked. They even want to save up some money and go again next year.
I left with a hearty stash of beads and gem stones. I have some necklaces and bracelets I want to make for myself. And the gemstones are for my beloved collection. I love keeping them in my studio and all over the house.
Just a fun, super quick painting video – 2 minutes long – in reality took me about 2 hours.
And a fun, messy big heart, with two little baby hearts. Super fun to make something like this after concentrating on flowers for the last couple of weeks.
Hope you have a happy, love filled day!
I was asked to be the featured artist for an upcoming show at a local art gallery at Tohono Chul Park. The title of the show is “In Full Bloom”. Oh, how very perfect!
So, I have been painting, like crazy, for the last two weeks to get these painting done. The instagram pictures above, are partial or progress pics — they are little snippets of what will be in the show.
For the first time since October of last year, I have no pressing deadlines for the next two weeks! I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself, but I will probably do some more painting.
Be the weirdo! I just love that word, weirdo!
Just finished listening to Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I have to say that I loved it quite a whole lot. Like, a lot a lot.
I’ve always believed in the whole idea that inspiration comes most when you are hard at work. When you look for it and keep your senses open to it. That you have to paint, draw, doodle, write everyday so that it knows you need it and want it. That it comes and goes, but will come back and that you have to act on it to keep it.
And you have to be curious. Always curious.
Now, I can call it inspiration, and not procrastination, that suddenly sends me on a detour when checking off a big list of things to do. And thank inspiration for allowing me to grab it when I least expect.
Oh, and may I also blame the kid’s science projects from keeping me from my list. Ugh!!
Here’s to letting big magic happen and to being a weirdo!
I have a huge list of very pressing things to do, so of course, that is the perfect time to have an incredibly wild urge to paint a night sky with watercolors.
I just had to.
Man alive, it is dry here in southern Arizona. My poor little guys suffer from dry patches on their skin and this is the go to lotion of choice. I’ve been making this for a while. Sometimes I whip it into a luscious, creamy butter and sometimes I leave it as a salve. I had to share it this time around because it was looking quite lovely in this cute little 8oz mason jar.
It is pretty easy-peasy to make if you have all the ingredients. Equal parts butters and oils, a little squirt of vitamin E oil is a nice addition too, if you like. You can try adding essential oils, but if you decide to use cocoa butter, it will smell strongly of chocolate, which I find to be quite fantastic. It’ll be hard to cover the cocoa scent. In fact, I added lavender to this batch and I can’t really smell it.
I usually use calendula oil, but I didn’t have any calendula flowers on hand to make an infusion. It is especially good for eczema, but the body butter is still very soothing without it.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond, calendula or olive oil
1/4 cup cocoa butter or (2 tbsp beeswax pastilles)
1/4 cup shea butter
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
Essential oils of choice (optional)
Melt and mix everything together in a double boiler. After, allow to cool in the frig until firm, but not solid. This took about 90 minutes for me. Then whip up with a hand blender until creamy — like the consistency of butter cream frosting. Or you can pour the melted mixture into jars, without whipping, and call it a day.
I LOVE this for the winter when it is dry and cold out. I’m so happy I finally made some this season, we were in dire need of it.
I have made the big switch to a REAL online shop! I am so excited with how it looks and works! I’ve been wanting to do this for so long now, and finally gave it the big push to get it done this week!
I had been using a word press plugin that was not very easy to use. I also use etsy, but am slowly going to move away from that. I love etsy, but a lot has changed since I first opened my shop in 2008. I will keep prints in my etsy shop for a while longer. We’ll see how it goes!
Just about everything is in my new shop now. All art prints are 40% off if you use coupon code BDAY44. There is a ton of other stuff on sale too! Banners, calendars, original art, jewelry, pill boxes, ornaments and more! Look for the orange sale dots. Sale ends Saturday at midnight.
Please go check it out! shop.creativekismet.com
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I have picked my words for this year. Normally, I only pick one, but this year I could settled for only one. After narrowing it down, and thinking a lot about it, I ended up with three. I feel so much better having done this.
My words for this year encompass how I want to feel in my business and my over all life. I’ve written, more in detail, in my Desire Map Planner (which I absolutely love!). I am a big fan of Danielle LaPorte and what she teaches about living life by how you want to feel. I love that! A big improvement over the whole new year’s resolution stuff.
More about why I chose my words and what they mean to me.
Expansive: To make big space for myself in my art biz allowing growth and what ever comes my way this year. I can feel my reach extending further each year, and it really scares me. I hope to allow space for it this year, breathing into it with open arms –instead of resisting and trying to shrink and hide.
Lightness: I carry a lot of useless weight on my shoulders worrying about everything and stressing about every little detail. I started to ask for help last season, which is really hard for me to do. I am hoping to allow myself to ask for help when I need it and to let some things go that are not serving my creative powers. More ease, less force. Let this lightness bring me more light.
Vibrant: I want to feel more energetic and alive. A greater presence for me and my family. To feel this way, I need to take better care of myself. Eat and do things that make my feel more vibrant. Get rest when I need it. Make yoga and walking the dog a priority. Do more hiking and movie nights with my family and more coffee and dinner dates with my honey.
Have you picked your words for the year? I’d love to hear them!