Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays

I know I haven't been an active blogger for too long. But I do want to wish everyone a VERY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

This is the Christmas card I created. I sewed a pocket since most of our friends and family are overseas. This way I could include a few photos to update everyone.

Hope everyone is well and has a wonderful rest of the year!

Monday, September 26, 2011

More going into my art journal

I must be on a roll. It's a getting a bit easier to create and finish little art journal pages these days. I don't have so many unfinished pages cluttering my table anymore.

This is a good thing, because I'm hosting a playdate later this week and I need to clean up my painting, art journaling and stitching stuff. Everything is accumulating on the dining room table and the floor. It's getting worse by the day and the only thing that saves my husband's sanity is having people over, even it's the little kind  :)

I know some bloggers artistically photograph their messes and then show a beautiful post photo after clean up. I thought about that. But honestly, I'm too embarassed to show my junk - that is what my husband calls it. My kids lovingly defend me by calling it art stuff. But I know, I gotta clean up!

Anyway, let me just show you a few pages that will go into my journal today. And then I'll clean up :)

The bottom two pages contain cutouts from an old Cookie magazine. It seriously had a lot of beautiful high end ads - great for journaling. However, I am in a "fall cleaning" mood; I'm trying to get rid of as much useless things as I can. So I tore out 2 pages to be used immediately and recycled the magazine :)

Now on to more cleaning!

PS. Oh yeah, a few days ago I promised myself to work on my owl paintings. I'll keep out enough painting materials to do that in the evenings. I hope that is not going to grow into a big mountain by the end of the week *eek*

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The creative muscle

I think there is truth to when people say that creativity is like a muscle and you must exercise it to be able to use it well. This week I have made time every day to work on my art journal. They've only been short period of times, but effective ones.

Today I haven't felt the usual "fear". I didn't keep questioning myself: Am I doing this right? Does this look good? Is this really what I wanted? Would anyone else like this? ... I have a million of those questions that usually stop me from creating.

I'm going to keep this week easy. I'll keep working on small spaces, exercising my creative muscles. And hopefully I'll continue and finish my owl paintings next week. Without questions, without doubt. With an open heart, with lots of spirit and energy :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

One stitching project ... complete.

Remember this stitching project?

It's finished! Head over here to see it :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Today ...

... I'm declaring these pages to be finished!

These were all painted on those coasters that I nabbed from the Yardhouse :)

On to the next!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Yes, it's true ...

I am going to Spark!

I can't believe it! I have been wanting to go since last year, when -it seemed as if- the whole creative community was blogging about Spark 2. It looked so fun and beautiful and inspiring.

However, I have 2 young kids AND I have never left them (except for one weekend when Jasmine was 10 months old and Alex was not yet in our lives). That and it seemed a little self- indulgent to be travelling all the way to Utah for a creative weekend just for fun, just for me. So I put it away on my long wish list of things to do one day.

But then ... I asked and I received. Hubby is graciously taking a couple of days off to take care of the munchkins and letting me have uninterrupted fun all the way in Utah. *eeek* I'm so excited! Thank you hubby!

Of course, I haven't told the kids yet ... now, how to do this?

Thursday, September 15, 2011


These days I seem to only have time to make cards. I have a made a few, but this particular one I love. It went to congratulate a lovely couple who got married last weekend.

These days I love mixing geometric designs with floral designs. It looks fresh and contemporary.

I also have a new love for orange. It's strange considering I have always disliked orange and brown since I was a kid. Oh yes, I love brown, too, now. Particularly when mixed with pink or baby blue. What's up with that? My taste in food has also changed drastically since I was kid. I must be getting older! :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Working on art journal pages

Oh goodness I haven't painted for days! Lots of excuses, but let me not list them here. It goes on forever.

So now that I finally have a moment to paint my hands feel so stiff and unsure. I decided to go with painting more art journaling pages to exercise my painting muscles. I find it fun and easy because the surface is much smaller. And there is also less pressure, because I don't aim to hang any of it on my wall :) Whereas I truly hope that my canvases are good enough for my wall or good enough to gift to a special person.

These are all still work in progress. Sometimes I get distracted by the things that, well, I must do, like laundry ;)

Have you noticed how much I love my dotted stamp? I highly recommend it, if you are a mixed media artist or card maker. It's by Inkadinkado.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Orange juice, anyone?

Okay, I'm going to be the first one to admit, the kitchen is not really my domain. I have never been interested in cooking (although I LOVE collecting recipes ... for that one day I'm going to cook a feast for my hubby ... not sure when). And I have no cooking talent.

On rare occasions when I want to do something special for my kids or with my kids, I bake. Cupcakes and the sort. Nothing too exciting.

But now and then I find a recipe so easy (you don't even have to turn on the stove or oven) and yummy, I can't say 'no'. Making orange juice is one of those treasures ;-)

I found this idea on my friend's Facebook page. The instructions were simple: Squeeze many different kinds of oranges into a container. I happened to have a grapefruit, a couple of Sunkist oranges and tons of clementines. So, oila:

It made exactly 1 1/3 glasses of refreshing juice. I would have taken a photo of it, but it went into my son's and hubby's tummies faster than I could pick up my camera!

Friday, August 26, 2011

On painting

I have been painting here and there while my kids are in school. It's been slow going. In between figuring out what to paint next and daydreaming, I have also been distracted with experimenting with the paint.

You know, I can't leave left-over paint alone. I have this weird urge to use all of my paint up. Once I paint whatever I want to paint on my canvas, I usually use the rest to paint a few journaling pages. Lately I have been painting and stamping, painting and stamping.

I'm in love with the texture.

Now, I'm not sure ... finish my canvases first? Or finish my journaling pages?

Collage and card

What have I done this week?  Well, mostly cleaning and organizing my home. And there's still more to do. No wonder my Mom was happy with her 2 bedroom apartment. Whenever I told her that I would love to live in a big 2 story house, my Mom would say: Oh honey, and who will clean all that?

I never understood, until hubby and I got our first house.

I can't imagine living in a 2 bedroom apartment now! But there it is, I get what I asked for! That's for sure :-)

I do try to do something creative and fulfilling every day. No matter how small the project. I've been painting a little. No photos of that yet, cause my progress is well, very little. It seems, I do more daydreaming than picking up the brush .. haha.

I've also created a little card and collage. My Sister-in-law is moving to her brand new home this week.

I probably ought to make the habit to let you know what materials I used. Let's see: paper by 7Gypsies, K-ology and SEI. Die cuts made using the Cricut (except for the house, I cut myself). And last, but not least, the quote is from Studio 112.

The weekend is here! I hope you have a wonderful one!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lovely weekend

I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are refreshed for a great week ahead.
My weekend was wonderfully relaxing. My kids even let me sleep in :) We hung out mostly at home and at a local park. On Sunday Jasmine just couldn't leave her new dress in the closet anymore and wore it out.

I thought I'd share this photo with you, because in the previous photos it didn't quite show the back.

Happy by-product

I was cleaning my stencil and found that it produced a little happy by-product :)

The stencil is by Crafter's Workshop, btw.
What made you unexpectedly happy today?

Friday, August 19, 2011

In progress

Here's a quick peek into what I'm doing today. I have 2 hours of quiet painting bliss :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The neck dress.

Have you seen this book: Little Girls, Big Style: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe from 4 Easy Patterns, by Mary Abreu?

I purchased it several months ago, but never got around to sewing anything. I think it was nerves. I haven't really sewed anything more complicated than a pillow cover for years ... actually a couple of decades ... it's been a while since I graduated from highschool. *eek*

Last time I sewed a clothing piece was in home ec. I sewed a uniform shirt. I know, very exciting ...

Anyhow, this book is for girls 2-6 years old. So I felt the pressure to make at least one thing out of the book, before Jasmine turns 7. I let Jasmine pick out what she wanted and it was no surprise that she want the halter dress. She calls it the neck dress. She LOVES neck dresses!

It took me quite many nights to sew this one. Sewing clothes isn't really my thing, I guess. But I've always wanted to sew dresses for my daughter. So here it is.

I sewed a size 6. Size 6 store bought dresses usually fit Jasmine just right. But this one turned out one size too big around the waist. That coupled with the fact that I lengthened one of the tiers from 5.5" to 12", makes it prefect to wear next summer :-)

Back to the book. My daughter and I love it. The photos are beautiful and the directions are clear. This particular dress pattern is also very forgiving. I wasn't too precise while cutting all the rectangles for the tiers. Somehow it ended up slightly wavy, but it all came together well anyway.

Jasmine has a list of things that she wants me to sew. I think next up will be a skirt though. Something that is faster to whip up :-)

Oh and last, but not least, Jasmine styled herself: the hair, the necklace ... enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Family painting / mixed media update

Remember our family painting?
I know, you'd think it'd be finished by now and gracing our living room, ey? I thought so, too!

I thought, summer! Plenty of time to work on it.
Turned out summer was busy. And if there was a spare moment, my daughter wanted to read (she was in a race to collect all the rewards from the library's summer reading program!) and my son rather played "fight" (boys! I had to hide his swords & lightsaber several times, just to give me a break).

We finally worked on it a little last week.
We painted and stamped a few details on the flowers. Then we added a touch of glitter and stenciled into the background. My kids weren't too crazy about the stenciling. So I did alot of it. I really enjoyed working on it, without the constant "I want to do that, too!" (haha)

Some of the flowers became big and messy after adding more paint. So I cut out scrapbooking paper to define the flowers.

We also added 2 ladybugs.

So what do you think?
Starting to look interesting?

I think we'll work on it one last time, maybe adding details using sharpies. And then we'll call it finished.
My kids are ready to move on to a new project. They want to create a painting for my bedroom (which is also in desperate need for something interesting! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Blog x3

Okay, I have done it. I've been thinking about this for months, but just have been totally too lazy to do it. Now that I am taking the Flying lessons e-course and am thinking a lot about the direction I want to take with my creative activities, I have decided to just do it. Take the leap.

Take the leap to do what?
To split my blog. Into 3.
Crazy? Yes, I know! I'm terrified.

How am I going to keep up with 3 blogs?
I don't know, but deep inside it feels right. So I'm going to give it a try.

I will continue this one. I have changed the name to: Me, from an artsy point of view.

Here I will continue to blog about my creative journey that involves pens, paintbrushes and such. I want to be more creative and original in my mixed media and art journaling. One day I hope to sell my artwork and to get published :)

My second blog will take my original blog name: A journey into a creative life.

This blog will continue my creative journey that involves the things that I do or make for my family and my home. I have written a bit about the things that I do with my kids and for my kids in my original blog. I love writing about it, but I think it deserves it's own space. So far it contains knitting, crocheting, and sewing related things, and a bit of travel. I have more planned for it, such as creative books reviews and scrapbooking, among many other things.

My third blog will contain all things "photography".

I am a photographer and isn't it crazy that I don't blog about photography? I have a million ideas in my mind. I will post photos, digital art for photos, and all the stuff I make with photos :)

I hope to see you in one, two or all three of my creative journeys :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

An e-course by Kelly Rae Roberts

I told myself that I would not take any e-courses this summer, at least until my kids are back in school. But then this opportunity came along. Kelly Rae Roberts is offering her e-course: Flying Lessons: Tips + tricks to help your creative business soar, starting this week.

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She offered it once last year. While I was really tempted to take it, I knew my mind was not in the right place. I was in Indonesia and my grandmother was really sick at the time. So when I saw that Kelly is offering it now, and won't be again any time soon, it didn't take me long to decide to go with it.

You see, it is Kelly Rae Robert's art that propelled me into listening to my whispers and finally creating and learning all things creative. I was on a road trip visiting Cambria, where one of the shops was selling Kelly's beautiful art. I don't know what made it more special than all the other beautiful things I have seen in other shops, but I just couldn't forget her girls. And with it, my own whispers to be creative, which has been knocking in my heart and soul for years, grew louder and louder.

Days later I googled her, bookmarked her blog and ordered her book. Hers was the first blog I ever followed. And soon I found a whole world of beautiful blogs, beautiful people, beautiful art! I felt like: Where have I been all these years? And it's normally I, who finds all the nifty stuff on the web!

I decided to create. Or more appropriately learn to create and experiment. I decided to blog about my journey. I wanted to share this journey with others. But even more than anything, it felt like the blog made me commit to my creativity. If I had nothing to blog about, I hadn't done much that really nourishes my soul.

I'm really happy with where I am now and I'm ready to take a step further.
It feels so right to learn a few business tricks from the person who inspired me to be creative.

With this e-course, I'm hoping to revamp my photography business. This year my little one will be going to preschool five half days. This will give me more time to freelance and hopefully give me a more consistent income. Also, I would like to open an etsy shop. Although, I'm not sure if that will happen this year or next year, when my little one goes to school full-time. After all 3 hours/day is not a whole lot. Plus I'm also hoping to clean more, organize more, start yoga again ... all the while being creative and learning new creative skills ... haha ... now that I am writing all this out, I'm not sure if it's all possible. But well, I've got to try, right?! ;)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

More journal entries

Have you ever been attracted to those cardboard coasters served in some restaurants? Not me. Until recently. The Yardhouse opened in my neighborhood and they have these artsy looking coasters. So when we had our family dinner there last, my kids and I quietly tucked our coasters into my purse. I doodled and painted on them and wrote a few random thoughts and oila:

  I think I'm starting to like how my art journal is looking :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

New journal entries

Last spring I created tons of hearts, which were inspired by the "She had 3 hearts" e-course I took. In the course we were supposed to create a journal based on the hearts we share with the world, our loved ones, and ourselves. It sounded easy. I planned on doing it. But ... it's been a couple of months and it never happened. Not sure why I'm resisting.

I really wanted to use my hearts though. So I started writing all the "loves" in my life. You know, activities I love, places I loves, people I love ... it's a work in progress.

Monday, August 1, 2011

What's in your art box?

My kids are pretty busy. Just because it's summer, they are not slowing down. My daughter alone goes to theater camp in the mornings; gymnastics, piano and yoga in the afternoon. I know, I know, sometimes I feel bad and I think we've got to drop a few activities. But just yesterday, she asked if she could go to gymnastics camp. Crazy, I know. Especially because she goes to gymnastics twice a week! One and a half hours each time!

So anyhow, unless it's camp time , I usually wait in the lobby or coffee shop. Sometimes I crochet, sometimes I knit, sometimes I read. Today I brought my art box. Just looking at my art box makes me happy, because yesterday I decided to decorate it. It so happens that I have a  HUGE  collection of stickers - which I have been hoarding. That's another story though.

I finally decided that my sticker collection is getting ridiculous large. And it would be a waste if I didn't enjoy and use it. So I got a few of my japanese & korean stickers and started sticking! It's a work in progress, but this is how it looks like right now.

Interested to see what's inside?

The top drawer contains gel pens, scissors, glue, correction tape, a stapler and various accessories which changes with the seasons. Today there is washi tape, flowers, brads, a little owl stamp, etc.

The second drawer contains all of my pens. There are lots of sharpies, a few pigment ink pens, copic pens and metallic pens.

The bottom drawer contains paper (I've got a lot of heart shaped ones these days), rub-ons, die cuts and other paper-related things. On the bottom right you can see a little project I was working on this afternoon :)

Well, that's my art box. What's in yours?