Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This is Where I Play


The other day I arrived early to Art More Place in order to set up for a class I was offering over the weekend. I found myself sitting quietly at one of the tables where we creatives gather and these simple and lovely thoughts thoughts came to mind.

This is where I play.
Where I can be myself,completely,and without judgement.
Where I connect with those that get...what it is I have to offer
and where I get...what it is they have to offer
and for this 
I am eternally grateful.


Ended up having two amazing classes,with amazing students
 and even though I may be the teacher for the day
I always feel 
like I'm the one learning.




This is where I play.




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, July 17, 2015

Momma's Book Shelf

My Momma's offered many pieces of advice through the years,with patience and love she shared her wisdom with us and sometimes I listened,and regretfully,sometimes I didn't. Now I think back and her words are like sweet echos in my heart. I hear them constantly and they surround me like a warm and gentle hug. 


When creating this piece,I somehow wanted to incorporate her words of advice through the years,hoping perhaps,that in someway they were like books on a shelf that I could pick up and ponder at. Wouldn't that be absolutely wonderful,a shelf full of books filled with moments and words of those we've loved and lost. Especially moments we never experienced ourselves with them,like books on their childhood and teenage years...makes me smile thinking of it. 
 I wish I could remember every little word she gave me,but it's ok, I'm thankful none the less for what I do have,thankful for the love I still feel everyday.


I assembled the shelf and added premium paper on the inside.


I glues on cardboard on the back sides and roof.


I distressed the inside and outside of the box to give it an older feel and then added crackle and an antique finish to the cardboard.


Next,I made a selection of Momma's books with chipboard and book text.



I then added some Patina to the brass box by hitting it with a flame and then filled it with some Crochet scraps.


I added some Metallic Lustre to a mini wood frame and included a photo...


and lastly, I glued in all the components.




Retro Cafe Products used in this tutorial include:

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner x 2

Thank you so much to those of you that left me comments here and also on Facebook.


The two winners of my Soldered Bangles Video Tutorials are Gayle Bessenoff and Maggie Van Zandt
I will contact you to get your email so I can send you the links to the tutorial.
If you want to get more info on the tutorial,you can go here!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bangles Giveaway!

I'm giving away two free Soldered Bangles Online Video tutorials to my artsy friends!!

Please help me spread the word about my new Etsy mini tutorial! If you want to join in on the fun ,share my Simple Soldered Bangle Etsy Link on one of the following...Facebook,Instagram,Pinterest and then come back here and let me know that you've shared it and I'll pick two winners on Sunday the 12th. You can share it wherever you want...just let me know where. I'll pick two winners on Sunday. 

You can click the link above and copy and paste or use this one...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/234878057/easy-soldered-bangles-video-tutorial?ref=shop_home_feat_4



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Art Life


I'll openly admit...I like to work fast...
and when I dont,when I get stuck,
I want to throw something against the wall 
and eat a gallon of Rocky Road ice cream!

I suppose I feel this way because Art,
is the one thing in my life that I now feel(because it wasn't always like this)
completely confident about. 
I trust my choices and follow my instincts and if someone doesn't like it,
I'm completely ok with it.

That doesn't mean that I don't ask for advice,
that I don't like learning new things.
It simply means that when I create,
I create for me 
and no one else.

So when I cant complete something,it's frustrating
 because I see it in my head
but my hands cant translate what I want.

But I'm learning...
that not everything happens,the way I want it to happen.
Especially when it comes to art.

I'm learning to walk away.
I'm learning to not get so stuck on an idea.
I'm learning it's ok to re-work and re-work and re-work.
Even if it takes me a month, or two.

This Art Life,is a blessed life.
It teaches more than I ever expected,more than I ever hoped for.
It goes up and it goes down
just like every other corner of our lives.
But this process of becoming
it screams loud
and it screams clear 
that  like every journey,
this is a journey
 worth taking.

Of course,walking the line,
doesn't stop me from wanting a gallon of Rocky Road ice cream.




Retro Cafe products I used in this video tutorial:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6361/Large-Exquisite-Antiquity-Shrine-Kit.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3659/Steampunk-Gears-II.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5817/Primitive-Angel-Art-Doll-Kit-Style-3.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3339/Star-Mix-Cut-Outs--48-Pieces.ht
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6422/Ornate-Flourish-Cut-Outs-Style-4--Set-of-2.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6222/Mini-Printed-Wood-Butterfly-Buttons--Set-of-6.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_2307/Stickles-Glitter-Glue--Silver.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5282/33-Santos-Art-Doll-Head-Paper-Cuts--Set-II.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_1493/Butterfly-Cut-Outs.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6165/Tim-Holtz-Idea-ology--Small-Talk-Word-Stickers.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5052/117-Bird-Word-Collage-Paper-Cuts--Classic-White.htm

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Brass Love

I get into this fix,every once in a while...it's a iity bitty love affair with brass...yes the metal...haahaa..

Perhaps it's the shine that first catches my attention,but that never lasts...because I love to torch and add patina to brass to give it an old vintage feel...

Here's are some of the goodies I created with the lovely stash I picked up from Retro Cafe Arts! Many of my jeweler friends were surprised to hear that RCA also had a nice selection of brass...



Brass,Masonite and soooooo much more! 



To get more info on these pieces,you can visit my Etsy Jewelry Shop


If you want to make your own,be sure to stop by Retro Cafe Art...just a warning...working with brass...may be addictive...heehee. 

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, May 18, 2015

There you are...


As I was putting away my Mother's Day cards,I started crying all over again after reading this letter my 13 year son wrote me.
Touched me to the core.




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Itty Bitty Things

I'm on a Retro Cafe Art high! I love using these products and I always always find myself inspired!! 
Here's one of my new pieces...I think I used at least 10 RCA items. Things like two different shadowboxes,gears,candle sticks,butterfly,egg,Sandra Everton's resin pieces,key and much more! A girl can get lost with so many yummy things to work with! ( :


Today,I have a new tutorial for you using what else...RCA Designs!
They're itty bitty assemblages and I think their super sweet and fun to make!


First I glued and assembled the Mini-Ornate-Framed-Shrine,then covered them in delicious UmWowStudio cardstock.I also inked the edges.


I painted a spool black,added some metallic luster and wrapped a cord around it.



I then added some Iced Enamel embossing powder on the frames and then covered them in Amazing Clear Cast


Next I took some more itty bittyies and covered them in paper.Here I used houses and angels.


and instead of using these as the wings,I turned them into clouds.

 
then I added some words ,added a tiny number and all I had left to do was assemble.





Retro Cafe Art items used in this tutorial:
Before I go...
I'm thrilled to share that my Retro Cafe piece called "In my Heart I know the Way" is on the cover of the new issue of Somerset Studio. I think you would have had a nice chuckle if you saw me when I found out...just about fell off my chair! Pretty darn exciting.Pretty darn thankful.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Creative Inside Me


So while working on these ATC's a thought ran over and over in my mind...ATC's have been around for a very long time and I have always loved creating them...but I dont want mine to look like the ATC's of the past...and I dont want mine to look like any that are out now...that almost controlling creative feeling shouts out..."I wanted to offer something new"...perhaps a new texture,or a new thickness...or maybe a new medium...sky's the limit right?

So,I say,reach.
Be original...
and always,always, think outside the box.


I painted the Retro Cafe frames in Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paint and let it dry completely.


Next I glued on the collage sheet to the back and sealed the image three times


I mixed up two equal parts of Clear Cast and added it to the center and to the frame


I then dropped in some metal watch gears and let the resin cure 24hrs.


Next I added a rub-on word


and mounted the frame to a chipboard blank ATC board for added thickness


I painted the light bulb black with a sharpie and glued the pieces together


Glued the bulb in place and added one final layer of resin along with confetti stars.


Covered the sides in black Dresden Trim.


Retro Cafe Products used in this tutorial

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,