Monday, November 29, 2010

stitchin' and bitchin'

quick.  look up.  see the blog header?  yeah, well, i'd made some little progress on it, but essentially still requires lots of attention to complete.  i think i kinda stopped because i was running out of little ideas to stitch.  so to remedy the creative block, i got me a couple of books.  and lo and behold i have found my embroidery mojo again.  just like that.

two reasons why i chose these particular books:




1)  seriously? because look at how damn cute the covers are
2)  because i'm slightly obssesive and can't just buy 'one' of anything
3)  because one comes with a cd choc-full of images you can resize in photoshop elements to resuse over and over again
4)  and because the other comes with a bunch of really awesome transfers ready to use

...and that's the truth folks.

so i've printed up my patterns and am ready and rearing to stitch and bitch tonite. cause i'm good at that (bitchin' that is, not stitchin'). 

btw, fact:  did you know you can use your laser jet printer to print up a pattern (reverse it if it's lettering), and iron it on to your fabric for an instant transfer?  well, i tell ya, i know that now.  and you know what that means.  anything that is printable is going to be ironed onto fabric.  cause i'm crazy like that.

happy monday,
Francesca

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Merry Xmas to Me from Me

after checking misty's blog yesterday (a daily ritual, mind you), i noticed she'd posted more originals to her etsy shop

GASP.  QUICK THINKING. 

so i did what i had to do.  i put dom in a strangle-hold, wrestled his wallet out of his pocket, found my way to his credit card (because mine had to be shredded heehee), and single handedly made a successful transaction. 

so this sweet baby will arrive on my doorstep some day soon:


this is the reason why i picked up my paint brush.  this is the reason why i'm so inspired to paint faces.  this is the reason that i can't stop thinking about putting paint to brush, brush to canvas.  i find her work incredibly inspiring, to say the least, and choc-full of emotion. 

it's small but it speaks volumes.  so misty, if you're reading this, know she's found a good home where she'll be well loved. 

ok.  gotta go.  waiting at my front door.  is it here yet?????  lol  yes, i'm indeed insane.  i do declare.

love love love,
Francesca

Monday, November 22, 2010

Journal Pages: in progress

'you have everything you need to begin'
my inspirational quote for the week

Seaside Sandcastles Collage Heaven (in progress)

Pinwheels and Togetherness Collaged Heaven (in progress)

'Sunday Best' embroidered collage in progress

happy Monday,
Francesca

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Art Journal: Lady Blues

'lo viso mostra lo color del cuore'
                                                                ---- dante alighieri

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My new 'studio' and collaged furniture

So. I was working from my basement. I used it as my dedicated creative work space. Although it was a big space that accommodated all my thousands of dollars of 'stuff', I just wasn't able to make it my happy place. It was great for a while and I enjoyed the convenience of an art sink and tons of cupboard space. But the lack of proper lighting and natural light was getting to me. I know now that working in a well lit space with natural light makes a huge difference in my state of mind when creating. It's huge. So in light of this (no pun intended), I've move shop to my bedroom. Yup. The bedroom. Laugh.

I figure my most serene favorite part of the house is my bedroom. It's where I go these days to relax and hide and recharge. Not to mention the light during the day is incredible. We have a huge south facing window so we get tons of sunshine.

Be because I can only fit one cupboard into the space only the essentials will come up with me.
My most favorite go to things ONLY like alphas, stamps, rub ons, my paints of course, and my easel. Yes. My easel.  And to freshen up the room I've done a little something funky with one of my drawers that will house said products.

(this is where I was going to give you a mini tour of the room but blogger isn't cooperating and won't let me upload the video..  i'll try again tomorrow.)


new studio and collaged furniture from Francesca Di Leo on Vimeo.

So, for now here's a close up of the cupboard, however it's dark and raining outside so the lighting isn't at it's best, so the quality isn't very good...



This space is still a work in progress.  The walls are bare so perhaps some shelving and some framed 'somethings' need to go up.  New curtains perhaps.  But I want to make sure that I don't clutter it up because that'll make me crazy.  I like clean and simple especially if it's also serving as a bedroom.

So there you go.  A little view into my life and home.  On to collaging more furniture... this is dang addictive.  I say that a lot don't I.  oh well.

Happy Sunday night all,
Francesca

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday : Q

on january 28 i will become a quadragenarian.
huh? you ask.
yup, a qua-dra-gen-ar-ian, a person between the age of 40 and 49.
i will hit the big 4-0 mark.  40.  me?  really?  yeah, this is horrifying me just a 'little' bit.

to ease myself into quadragenery,  i am planning on a trip to good 'ol Paris.  i want to sit in a cafe and drink espresso, and journal, and people watch, and visit museums, and pretend i am a parisienne, and nod my head when people speak french to me like i understand.  wonder if my quebecoise will get me through.  smile.



ok.  off to enjoy a quarender (dark red apple) and some quirk (soft cheese made by skim milk) by the soft light of a quarion (candle).

now go here to see more 'q' goodness at ABC Wednesday.
and if you want even more 'quirky' words that start with 'q', go here.

happy hump-day!

Francesca

Monday, November 8, 2010

more journal pages

so I can post from my iPhone. Huh. how awesome is this.

i will admit I haven't done any scrapping lately. in large part because i haven't printed up any photos. but even more so because i haven't had any motivation to do so.

right now:

- really into playing in my journal after the kids go to bed and pulling out all my art supplies on my bed

- planning my 40th birthday trip to paris
- can't believe i'll be 40 this january
- loving my new short hair
- in love with shiva paint stiks
- planning on enrolling in two new courses - preferrably on-line (painting with Misty and perhaps a photog)
- i am in LOVE with meatloaf, especially this and this recipe
- am planning to use my slow cooker more often to help simplify my evenings
- love watching the kids participate and enjoy sunday mass, and catechism
- listening to xavier read to me from his goosebumps book series
- love finding xavier reading on the couch, or lying down on the carpet, or in his bed.  LOVE IT.

experimenting with my embossing tools and my stamps. and journaling. and drawing my 'pretty ladies.





when i get home today, i should have a lovely box waiting for me at my doorstep.  my monthly awesomeness that is studio calico november kit.
happy monday,
francesca

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ABC Wednesday : P


Jackson Pollock

Photographer Hans Namuth extensively documented Pollock's unique painting techniques.
Birth namePaul Jackson Pollock
BornJanuary 28, 1912
Cody, WyomingU.S.
DiedAugust 11, 1956 (aged 44)
Springs, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
FieldPainter
TrainingArt Students League of New York
MovementAbstract expressionism
PatronsPeggy Guggenheim
Influenced byThomas Hart BentonPablo Picasso


FACT:  Pollock's No. 5, 1948 became the world's most expensive painting, when it was sold privately to an undisclosed buyer for the sum of $140, 000, 000.  The previous owner was film and music producer David Geffen.  It is rumoured that the current owner is a German businessman and art collector.




Pollock introduced the use of liquid paint.  He used paint pourings as one of several techniques on canvases.  He began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and he developed what was later called his 'drip' technique.  He used hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes as paint applicators.  Pollock's technique of Pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting.  In this way Pollock challenged the Western tradition of using easel and brush.  He also moved away from the use of only the hand and wrist, since he used his whole body to paint.   Time magazine dubbed Pollock, 'Jack the Dripper' as a result of his unique painting style.



Now, get out your canvas, get out your liquid fluid paints, and a turkey baster, and let the magic begin.  Ready, set go.  Meet you back here when you're done.  Would love to see your version of the 'drip' technique.  ok?


Francesca

Monday, November 1, 2010

glimmering hope and mary with some shrooms

i just bought these two new stamps.  there's a whole series of them and i plan on buying them ALL.  because if you've been reading this blog, you know i'm obsessive like that.  i just adore them.  they're so pathetic and adorable at the same time. how could you not love them. they're called Glimmering Hope and Mary, and you can find them here:
glimmering hope
and
mary

i plan to use them for xmas cards!  you're probably say 'huh, but they're goth, halloween no?', well yes, halloween cards, xmas cards... just think glimmering hope with a santa hat on her head a gold star on her chest and a sparkly sparkly dress with lots of glitter.  and mary with a santa hat and a candy cane in her hand and some presents at her feet.  ah.  genious.  gonna give it a try this weekend and see how it goes.  i always say i'm gonna make xmas cards, and then never do it.  so i'm determined this year.  hopefully i'll have something to show you this weekend.
and since i'm on a stamping kick, this is what I bought the week before:
giant shroom
and
mushroom group

how adorable are they.  there was another text stamp to go with it that read, 'everyone needs a quiet place to hide' , would'a gotten it but the funds ran out.  laugh.  shhh don't tell my husband.  he's complaining that i'm using up the mortgage and the babysitting funds.  laugh more.  i told him to then get himself a 2nd job.  let's just say, he wasn't laughing or amused in the least. 

and alsas, another one of my paintings.  this one sketched in front of a mirror trying to seriously capture me.  i like the light and dark.  and the definition of the eyes, but not liking the hair and the nose.  how do you paint hair?  i just can't figure it out.  arghhh.

you need to click on the picture to get a better view of it

happy souls and saints day!! 

Francesca