Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Flowers

It's teacher's appreciation week at Jasmine's school. Today kids were supposed to bring a flower for each of their teachers. So I thought it would be nice to make the flowers.

Earlier this year I saw several tutorials on making fabric flowers, where you cut circles out of synthetic fabrics and hold it several inches over an open flame and then stitch them together. I have been wanting to make them ever since I saw them.

Now I had an incentive to actually make them.

Here they are:



I have been collecting beautiful wine bottles which so far have served no purpose at all .  I think I shall make more for my bottle collection :-)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Inspired by catalogs

I get a ton of junk mail, including piles of catalogs.
Most days I browse through them, then throw them into the recycling bag. I feel guilty doing it. So a few months ago I started giving the pretty ones to my daughter.

You see, she loves to cut. She cuts out all the pretty clothes and sticks them on pages and pages of paper to make her own catalog.  Go figure. I'm probably contributing to the garbage problem, but it does keep her entertained for  h o u r s! So I'm happy!

The other day, while I was cleaning before we had company, I found the Kids Boden and Tea catalogs in my kids' play house. Both were beautiful for different reasons. Boden's photography of kids running on the beach was simple and modern. It made me happy.  Tea's photography of kids playing had a quiet and contemplative feeling. It made me peaceful.

The next day my kids and I took those magazines, scissors and glue and I tried to teach them a bit of art journaling.  We had the greatest time.

My page:


My 5 year old's pages:
Jasmines first art journal page.
I taught her to how to draw a dog's face the other day,
and she has been drawing it every day.


{A girl + Snow White going for a walk.}
I love this.

{I am 6.}

{Her name is Cinderella.
I love Cinderella.}

This one is my favorite so far.


My 3 year old's pages:


Alex likes to practice writing his name these days.

I can't wait for more catalogs to come =)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Meditative doodling

In the past week I have been obsessed with something called "meditative doodling".

It's something I learned about while browsing through a pile of art/craft books while reading other books to my kids in an effort to find inspiration and keep my kids entertained. I LOVE the bookstore.  However going with kids who love books but don't read is hard!

Of all the techniques I scanned through, this one stuck in my mind for weeks. I finally tried it. It's addictive.

I wish I remembered what the book was called and I would give it credit here. One of these days I hope to find the book again.

Here's a peek to a few of my doodles:






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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hearts

Valentine's over. But who said hearts have to be seasonal?
I have lots of pretty paper left overs and decided to put them to good use.
It started out with just gluing strips of paper onto heart shaped card stock. Then I started cutting strips of paper with decorative scissors. Finally I played with adding tape and sticking flowers on some.

What am I going to do with these?
Gift tags - Scrapbooking embellishment - Kids' Birthday cards





This has been the funnest easy project ever.  I couldn't stop.
Time to go to bed now though. Good Night.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Shoe Rack

My hallway situation has changed from this:

to this:


What a relief.  It has been a problem area for years!

The shoe rack is from Ikea. (I love Ikea!)
So why post it here? Well, our foot board (I think that is what you call it) is quite high, so I had to give the shoe rack some feet. I got the feet from Home Depot and painted them.

Silver crackle paint + black highlights

It turned out pretty well, I think. 
I painted them this color because the handles were silverish black. A bit darker than the feet.

Now the problem (there is always a problem in my mind ;) is that the mirror above it is black with gold highlights. I am tempted to change the handles to match the mirror and then repaint the feet. But gosh, do I really want to? 

What do you think?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A few things I have accomplished so far

While my hubby was bathing the kids today, I quickly took photos of a few projects I have done this year. If I could, I would have taken more time to adjust the lighting, focus, etc. But I have been postponing a lot of creative endeavors and this blog for years, I thought I ought to get this ball rolling.

So here I am.

At the beginning of the year I bought a small journal.
Perfect for quick and easy mixed media journaling pages.
That was a silly assumption.
Some pages have taken me days to finish.

Stamps + Cricut letters + pretty paper
This is what I'm trying to telling myself over and over: be courageous.
Because in addition to feeling that I never have time,
I'm always nervous that I will do something wrong.


Pastels + Acrylics + Stamps + Jelly Pen

Watercolor + Stamps + Pretty Paper

Pretty Paper + Stickers + Lace

One thing I must admit is that I start a lot of projects at the same time and so I have tons of half finished bits and pieces all over my house.  Here are a few, which hopefully find themselves in a finished product soon.

Flowers + Eyelets
I made one flower.
My kids peeked over the table, asked what I was doing and thought it was the prettiest project ever.
They put together the rest of the flowers.
What am I going to do with these?
I'm not sure yet.


Photos, Photos, Photos
One night I reminisced over some photos which have not seen the day of light.
99.99% of my personal photos live on my external drive.
It is sad, given I have so many photographs I love.
So I printed a few out.
I was going to combine them with the flowers above and make a wall hanging.
But now I might make a few mini books.
I don't know.
Decisions. Decisions.

A wall of photos
I have a lot of empty walls.
My excuse was that I wanted to paint the walls before hanging anything.
We've been living here for 3 years and not painted yet.
I have excuses for that, too.
None of which anyone has to read about :)
I have decided that I will just start hanging.
Here is my "travel" wall.
You can see photos of Yosemite,
a temple in Bromo, Indonesia,
a scenery in Rt 1, CA,
Mt Semeru, Indonesia,
and Borobudur, Indonesia.
There is also a frame of one of my favorite pretty papers.
This wall is missing one frame.
It contains a saying by Buddha.
I thought I finished it, but I'm having second thoughts.

Canvas + Acrylics
I actually started painting this 5 years ago.
It was all blue.
Last month I added some highlights.
Actually I know exactly what I want to do with this.
I'm afraid I'll screw it up.

Fabric + Embroidery
This is going to be a pillow for my living room.
I embroidered 3 birds and 3 flowers on the white circles.
I'm afraid to finish up this project, too.
My sewing is not particularly neat.

Note to myself: Be courageous. Just do it. Fulfill a dream :)