Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Problem is, I have so many products I want to use; techniques to play with; that I didn't quite know which one to start first, so my brain got all confused, and being the Aquarian that I am, I couldn't make a firm decision on what I wanted to do; a journal page, a scrap page, a mixed media something; play with my sewing machine; finish that stitched butterfly and use it on a project??????? I couldn't decide, so I just let it all be.
Then I went on line and found this, by Mary Ann Moss and was totally inspired. I have so many scraps, and bits and all kinds of fabric, and what a great way to declutter and get rid of 'stuff' in an awesome, useful, super crafty way. And I love how Mary Ann calls some of her work, guerilla art. Very cool stuff.
So, now that I've got my mojo back, I'm off to search out all the beautiful little bits to use in this new journal (journey) of mine.
Happy New Year everyone!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thank goodness for sisters-in-law who know how to cook, otherwise, we may have had to order out for Christmas!! No joke! The house smelled so yummy. The women in the kitchen cooking up a storm. The guys playing poker. The kids running, playing, and enjoying the chaos. And seeing family we hadn't seen for a while. It was all good.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Mondo Beyondo Course. Check.
Drawing and Painting Portratis, with Misty Mawn. Check.
Subscription to Studio Calico kits. Check.
These are just a few things to get me going in the new year. A move towards developing and recreating me.
I'm so ecstatic to be taking this on-line course with Misty Mawn. She's just such an awesome artist, and I just adore her work. Adore. Did I say I adore her work. Take a look at this, and this, and this and this. I wanted to take her courses at Artfest but a few things prevented me from attening: 1) money 2) time 3) and it was completely booked. So, this is my opportunity to learn from her in the comfort of my own home. I'm not sure of my drawing, painting skills, but I sure as hell am going to give it a try. Who knows where this experience may lead. And although I may not be good at this (or I may learn that I am good at it), I'm sure I'll walk away with all kinds of tips and techniques, and useful information to carry forward to other projects. All learning is good learning and NEVER a wasted experience. Soo soo excited. Thanks Misty!!
And I finally took the plunge and subscribed to Studio Calico. O how I've loved these kits forever. I really don't know what took me so long to subscribe. So, I finally did. Can't wait to start creating with these babies. And one day, I WILL make the Studio Calico Design Team (just thinking positively here. smile).
Still haven't had any time to create anything. I'm going CRAZY. CRAZY I tell you.
Tonight. I must create tonight. I WILL lock myself in my studio and create (again thinking positively here. smile again).
If there are any other exciting new courses out, please do share. I'm allllll about learning this year...
Love to all,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I've never, ever really been a fan of hair and hairstyles. I have had long hair forever. FOREVER. I'm sure I was born with long hair. I remember my mom used to always put my hair in a big fat braid. I remember every morning, she would get up very early to go to work and be gone before we left for school. But before she'd leave she'd wake me up at 6:00am, make me get up to braid my hair, and then I'd go back to sleep until 7:30am to get up and get ready for school. I wouldn't have to do anything with my long locks 'cause she had already done it for me. Imagine.
I think it's this that set a very bad precedent for me. It's no wonder I don't have the patience to fuss with my hair. I used to use the excuse that I had two small kids and no time, but that just doesn't cut it anymore (no pun intended)! Pure laziness.
So, my point is, I'm sick of long hair, I'm tired of straight hair. I've had this itch to go short. I mean REALLY short for a very long time. But never really had the courage to to actually do it. This is my year to finally let go of fear. I'm just gonna do it. Here it is folks. I've searched high and lo for a short hair cut and I always come back to this same image of Pink (who is of course ultra cool, love her):
Ain't it great?
But will it suit me? Will I like it on me? But it's only hair, right?
Hmm, maybe I need the nose ring too as an extra accessory! Ok, pushing it. I'll settle for those awesome sunglasses though.. laugh.
And, um, yeah, I like the blonde too! Hmm, I've given myself the next two weeks to decide and take the plunge. No more procrastinating. New avatar here I come.
Laughing at my (crazy ass) self...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
As the new year comes, my head is afloat and bursting with ideas and dreams, and things that I want to do; places I want to go; people I want to meet; and so many fears I want to deflate. Mondo Beyondo, here I come.
I'm getting more and more excited about this. And I believe there is going to be a lot of journaling and introspection in this course. To be prepared and inspired to write I've created a journal for myself. I had some pages left over from a previous course and decided to use those, and further embellished. This is what I'll be using this:
Thanks to Andrea Scher, here is my completion ritual for 2009:
1. What do you want to acknowledge yourself for in regard to 2009?
For giving myself the opportunity to spend two full years with my children and watch them grow. For becoming a better mom, a more relaxed mom and learning and still learning to just enjoy the every moment. For having the courage to make the decision to go back to my career. It's made me a better mom. For taking the plunge into art and not being afraid to show it off. For the courage to finally call myself an artist. There I've said it. I'm a scrapbooker, mixed-media artist.
2. What is there to grieve about 2009?
Although I rejoice in going back to work, I grieve being the SAHM. It's a conundrum. What I have one I miss the other. There's no middle ground for me. I have to find more of a balance between the two. Part-time work? Financially, not possible.
3. What else do you need to say about the year to declare it complete?
I've had a good year. A learning experience. I am thankful for 2009, and yet excited to see it go, and for the start of a fresh new year.
I declare 2009 complete!
As I stand up, I proclaim 2010 my year of :
2) Deconstruct and Reconstruct ME: finding ME again. I want to find me again. I somehow lost myself in 'mommydom'. My sister said to me the other day, "go fix that hair and buy yourself some new clothes". And indeed, she's right. I want to find me again. Back to my funky shoes, and eclectic wear. No more of these 'mommy' clothes re: khakis and tshirts. No offence to mom's, but what I mean is no longer just running out the door not giving a heck about what I look like and getting rid of the attitude and excuse of "I have two kids I don't have time for me". No more shirts with stains on them, no more ponytails; but a new and improved 'me'. One that's happy to take photos of myself; of looking forward to getting dressed up in the morning and liking what I see in the mirror. Ya know what I mean?
This is the year of ME.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Challenge 5 – ATCs (4 minimum, series/not, traditional size, foldable extensions?)
Challenge Group 1 – Life &/or Death (funky and dark, light and bright, etc…)
* Required material – Transparencies (part/whole, printed/painted/inked, etc…)
Transparency: Hambly, 7 Gypsey's
PP: assorted pp from scrap drawer
Bling: Heidi Swapp jumbo crystal brad
Wings: ArtCHIX Studio
Heart: Heidi Swapp chipboard
Alphas: Making Memories
Arcylic Paint: golden titanium white; golden teal
Butterflies: Heidi Swapp
Writing: black faber castell - fine
Staz-On: inking edges
ATC paper: cut from Fabriano cold pressed watercolour paper
Liquitex gel medium
Tip to recreating this project:
Glue random pieces of scrap paer to completely cover the ATC, splash on some white paint, and when that dries splash on some teal paint. When that dries, add on your embellishments. So fun, so easy and so wonderfully pretty. Hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I did!
For the next set of ATC's:
OFFICIAL RULES for GIVEAWAY
The winner of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Card to shop like a Bad Girl in the Bad Girl Shoppe! Be sure to leave a blog comment here , on the Project 52 site, first!Three Rules to Follow:
Follow the challenge guidelines exactly
Post your project in the specific "Project 52" gallery with the title "Challenge #5 ATC's" before December 19 Midnight Pacific Time (see time converter)
Link your layout to the Challenge #5 Thread in the Project 52 forum
Theme – Life &/or Death (funky and dark, light and bright, etc…)
Required material – Transparencies (part/whole, printed/painted/inked, etc…)
Tomorrow is the Project 52 Challenge #5 Reveal. Don't forget to check it out. Lots of artful eye candy to see, and learn. Woohoo, see you then.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Xavier and his yearly photo with Santa who visited his school for the day! How nice was that, that Santa took the day to do this out of his very busy schedule? smile.
Have a beautiful day,
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I've taken matters into my own hands, literally and made my own piece using the techniques I learned taking her classes.
I've actually yet to attache a few more items. Not quite completely done but wanted to post it anyway. I want to add a few jewellery bits hanging from some of the hearts. Pearls with silver do-dads for some added umph. You can never have too much umph, right!!
Thanks for coming by, and if you're really bored, don't forget to visit my 'studio' space on my previous post here.
Have a great Sunday night,
Friday, November 20, 2009
Welcome to Our 2nd Blog Festival!
Follow these rules for a chance to win Challenge #4, and snag a Guest spot on our Design Team!)
a) Visit and comment at each blog (see links below) on their Challenge #4 post
b) Complete all aspects of Challenge #4 Paper Doll/ Joy &/Or Sadness/ Metalc)
c) Upload to the Project 52 Gallery
d) Post in the Challenge #4 Forum Thread With a Link and Tell Us About Your Process In a Few Short Sentences.
HAVE FUN! DEADLINE DECEMBER 5, 2009
Let's Hop and Get Some Fun Tips and See The Artist's Studios!!!
1. Julie Ann
3. Francesca (you are here)
8. Karin aka Mexx - November Guest Designer
9. Project 52
I didn't have time to participate in this awesome challenge, but I will however participate by showing you a short clip of my 'studio' space.
Video preamble: This video was taken at 8:30pm, just before putting the kidlets to bed, hence the pj's !!!
Click here to view video of my studio.
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It's these moments when my hearts bursts with joy and love for my sweet little family, 'thou art mine, and I am thine'. Saw that quote somewhere very recently.
I want to make a page with the both of them together. Don't know why it's taken me so long to do this. I want to take pics of them together as they play, as they fight, as they are, when they are together. This is my mission this week: to capture more moments of them together, to capture and record their relationship as brother and sister.
O how I love these two little monkeys.
Thanks for stopping by and yourself an awesome day!
Monday, November 16, 2009
If you haven't yet checked out Debbie Hodge's, Get It Scrapped on line classes, you must do so, they're worth every single penny!
Here are some samples of my 'quasi' finished Grafitti of My Life journal:
Stop blaming others take responsibility for every area of your life.
Compliment three people every day.
I will dare to do just what I do. Be just what I am. And dance when ever I want to.
Be forgiving of yourself and others.
Sample of the bound signatures.
Next step: add additional top coat with gesso, create the cover, and bind the signatures.
Did I mention I had so much fun creating this. It's just one happy, beautiful mess.
Thanks for stopping by,
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mondo Beyondo - and online class about dreaming big!
What happens when you give an unspoken wish a place to become a dream come true? How do you gather the courage required to help a new found dream soar? Join seasoned dreamers Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen as together we explore Mondo Beyondo--the powerful point of view that transforms our deepest dreams into practical realities.
This five week online class complete with inspiring lessons, real life stories, secret missions, audio interviews and hands-on activities will help you take your dreams from the realm of wishing into everyday motion. Supported by Andrea and Jen as your able guides and exclusive access to a community of dreamers, you'll find yourself equipped with the perfect tools and the just right atmosphere to take the risks you've always dreamed of.
Join us for the next session of Mondo Beyondo and we'll discover together where dreaming big can take you.
You can register here.
I'm so excited about starting this. I've heard such great things about it. I especially remember Kelly Rae Roberts blogging about this here and here and was so intrigued I promised myself I would participate the next time around.
So here I am, anxiously awaiting... what are my dreams? what is it that I'd like to accomplish? I can't wait to uncover and explore what my dreams are. Funny, sounds like an easy thing but as I sit and think about it, I almost feel afraid to dream big... and the noise that comes with dreaming big like, I can't do that, impossible, how?, and all the rest that comes with drowning the possibility of realizing dreams.
As I sit and ponder my wildest dreams, what are your dreams? Are they small or big? Do you know what your dreams are? or are you like me, not really sure? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Have a beautiful Wednesday!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Splattering paint, cutting and pasting, spraying, misting... oh my! Feel like a kid again not having to worry about making mistakes, or having to be perfect. It's perfect in all it's imperfections.
Next, to add all the glorious little details, stitching, hand sewing, inked edges, oh yeah!
Ok, tired now. Gots to go to bed. I hope to post more updates tomorrow... I'm determined to catch up. I lost track by having to go to work. Acchkkk. I wish someone would pay me to stay home and make my art! Laugh.
Have a peaceful night!
1. You must leave a comment here on this blog post with one word that describes YOU
2. You must incorporate a paper mache (papier-mâché) form (any shape or subject) in your project that is pre-made or that you make (allow overnight dry time between layers)
3. You must use the theme Self-Portrait (about you, present/past/future, serious or fun, etc…)
4. You must use Found Objects/Junk Drawer Stuff related to theme/story (such as trinkets/baubles/pieces/charms/hardware you find/collect or purchase at scrap/stamp stores, flea markets, etsy, antique, etc.)
5. Upload Your One Photo, yes, ONE Photo, of Your Project to Our Project 52 Gallery by November 21, Midnight Pacific Time (time zone converter) If you have additional photos, link to them in the description from either your blog or from photobucket.com
6. FINAL RULE: You must post a link to your project in the gallery before November 21st Midnight to our Challenge #3 thread in the forum - don't forget to do this!
CONGRATS! YOU ARE ALL WINNERS TO ME IF YOU COMPLETE THE
Graphic 45 patterned papers
Golden Liquid Acrylic – Iridescent Pearl (Fine)
Melissa Frances butterfly transparency
Cavallini and Co round stickers (in bottle caps)
Hint at recreating this project:
Gesso the entire box, inside and out and let dry completely. Then paint the entire box with Iridescent Pearl (Fine), and when fully dry, give it a good sanding to distress. Use your favourite patterned papers and cut lots of circles in varying sizes and layer, layer, layer using pop dots. Further embellish the flower centres with pearls, buttons, or rhinestones. Use a bird template (if you google bird template you’ll find a ton to choose from). The pearlized buttons were further enhance by colouring them in with Copic markers, to add a splash of colour.
Thanks for stopping by,
Friday, November 6, 2009
Not to mention, this is the exact puppy I want one of these days - look like a chihuahua or a chihuahua mix. Perhaps when Samson our 8 year old Sheppherd, galoot is no longer with us. I don't quite think he'd appreciate a little spunky critter pestering him in his 'mature' years!!! Wouldn't want him to think we're replacing him.
Happy Friday everyone!
Monday, November 2, 2009
And the big pay off! A bag full of candies... 'allllll mine' she said to her brother! She did all the hard work afterall.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
By the end of the 8 weeks I will have a hand made journal with the grafitti of my life aka the words and quotes that have meaning to me.
These are pics of the end of Lesson #1:
And the simple tools used to create the wonderful beuatiful messes above: