Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another bracelet

Here's a flower bracelet I whipped up yesterday.

I really love crocheting flowers and bracelets. They are quick to make and look so sweet.

Actually I also crocheted four tiny flowers in a row to make a bracelet for Jasmine. The flowers were like the one above, but I used a really skinny wool. They curled in, too. So they looked more like a string of pompoms or lace. It's cute. Unfortunately, Jasmine has managed to lose it last Friday. I'm hoping she misplaced it somewhere at home. But so far, no sign of it. 

Oh well, I have to get back to my sewing project.  Will share it when it's done :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pink bracelets

I love to crochet and knit. My problem is that I don't have the patience to make big pieces that take forever or that might show the fact that I can't crochet/knit in straight lines ;)

So the other day, when I got an itch to make something, I pondered over what I could make that could give me "instant" gratification. And so it came to me ... bracelets.

I love Nikki Epstein's "Crocheting on the edge". I picked a ruffly design and away I went.

Above my little girl is sporting hers.
And below it's me wearing one.

I love instant gratification!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Art journal entry

Oops, time has flown. It's been busy, busy, busy with trips and playdates and summer activities. But I have a little journal entry to share with you. (The paper was torn from a Whole Food paper bag.)

Note: I blurred my journaling a bit, because, well, I was ranting ... :)

I have recently started a crocheting project and a sewing project. More on that soon!

Friday, July 8, 2011

While on the playground ...

We live in a condo. So I take my kids out to the playground as much as I can.
They are big enough now to play without constant, undivided supervision. I always bring my camera, and unless we are on a playdate and I'm busy chattering away, I take a little time to do what I LOVE doing: photographing something. Most of the time it's my kids. A close second is nature.

Is it strange to photograph clover though?
I don't know. It's a weed, isn't it? But I must say I love it's form.

Here are a few shots from a few weeks ago.

They were all blind shots. I put my little point and shoot close to the ground and hoped for the best.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

In my art journal ...

New in my art journal are a few exercises "to loosen up". I find my "art" often to be stiff and I would like to go more with the flow. I would love to be lost in the process and discover something I had not planned.

In my "She had three hearts" e-course, I learned about how to use the alcohol inks by Ranger. I had a few alcohol inks from a different company in my art box and I added a few more Ranger ones to the collection. It was interesting to see that both reacted a little differently when mixed with each other and with the Ranger Blending solution.

The idea to my little exercise is simple: just drop and mix, a little blowing here and there ... no planning required. Once it was about 80% covered, I covered the remaining white spaces with copic pens. Then I just looked at it .... I was hoping something specific came to me to draw or paint on top of it. Unfortunately ... nothing.

So I grabbed my sharpies and just drew patterns - which I found quite therapeutic. Somewhere in there I saw a little girl and decided to draw her in white. Then I journalled a bit.

In the second one, I decided to use my black pen and draw flowers. Somewhere in the middle of it I saw a bird and then of course I had to draw rocks for her to stand on and a pretty flower to keep her company.

If nothing else, it was a very relaxing exercise :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monterey road trip

How was your 4th of July?
We hadn't planned a thing for the long weekend. In between our trip to San Diego and our upcoming trip to NYC, I thought we needed a breather. But on Friday, my hubby decided to do a last minute fun trip. We pricelined a hotel in Monterey and 3 hours later we were on our way.

Most of our time was spend in the swimming pool.

We added a bit of beach fun ...

playground excitement (my kids love the huge Dennis the Menace playground!) ...

tree climbing adventure ...

and a side trip to Big Sur 

and Cambria.

{Elephant seals molting on the beach.}

{Zebras at Hearst Castle. This is at least the fourth time
that I pass by Hearst Castle and yet it's the first time
that I see these zebras.}

{The "secret fairy garden" behind a garden shop in Cambria,
which is a must visit for us every time we visit.}

I am totally exhausted!
But look at these munchkins. It was totally worth it :)

I hope you had a great weekend, too!