Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Art Journaling - May Update

Just 10 minutes each day of play in my art journal has been inspiring.  I've tried a few new things, added on to existing pages and actually journaled on other pages.  I'm excited to work on some more ideas I have floating around.  Plenty of fun.  Here are a few of the pages I've worked on recently.

Calligraphy, Paint, Stamps, Distress Stains, Distress Ink

Distress Stains, Oil Pastels, Pen&Ink, Calligraphy

Watercolor Pencils, Stamps, Distress Ink, Marker, Calligraphy

Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor Pencils


Printed Tissue Paper, Gel Medium, Twinkling H2O's, Perfect Pearls

Distress Inks, Tea, Gel Pen, Pen&Ink, Calligraphy

Acrylic Paints, Watercolor Pencils

Fabric Paint, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastels

Fabric Paint, Acrylic Paint, Stamps, Staz-on Ink, Marker

Monday, May 23, 2011

On the Menu - Baking

Now that our hot and busy weekend is over I spent much of today baking and cooking.  I love baking - cakes, crisps, brownies, all kinds of yummies.  The simple pleasure of measuring, mixing and putting something in the oven is a real treasure for me.  I made a batch of fudge brownies for DD's brownie pot luck, also the kids favorite treat.  I also made extra so we could enjoy them with the fresh strawberries and homemade chocolate syrup.  Yum!

Brownies with Strawberries

I love to use my crockpot, especially when the weather gets warmer.  I made some crockpot pork chops for DH's lunch with leftovers for tomorrow's dinner.  They are delicious, especially with quinoa and a salad.  We are all ready for dinner tomorrow.

Crockpot Pork Chops

Today was my first attempt at Rhubarb Jam.  It actually turned out pretty tasty.  It took longer than I expected for the rhubarb to simmer down to mush but it did turn a lovely ruby red.  I couldn't find any of my diamond "quilted" jelly jars so I had to use a plastic freezer container.  I need to find those jelly jars since I still have at least three more batches of jam/jelly to make.  It is lovely on scones, English muffins and toast.  We're going to try it on ice cream for dessert tomorrow.  Should be delish.

Rhubarb Jam

Friday, May 20, 2011

Illustration Friday - Soaked

Here is my take on "Soaked" for Illustration Friday.

Made with watercolor pencils and to add some sparkle to the rain drops - Stickles.  A little splish-splash in the puddles.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Illustration Friday - Safari

This prompt reminded me of how we have our own "safari" adventures in the backyard - hunting for the fierce tiger-cat, capturing the wild flutterbys and observing the colorful girl-climber high in the trees.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Illustration Friday - Beginner

This is late since Blogger was down parts of last week and the so was the power at home.

Doodling with watercolor pencils, pen & ink and calligraphy.  Since I'm fairly new to "Illustration Friday" I am a begginer.


I feel like I have been just coasting along lately.  I'm teaching some painting, card making and scrapbooking classes here and there.  I am working on mixed media pieces here and there.  I am playing in my art journal on an almost daily basis.  I create layouts when the mood hits.  But I don't feel any urgency to create at the moment.  I have tons of ideas for projects and things I'd like to create, try and do.  I am constantly scribbling these ideas in my "planner" notebook but don't feel the need to act on any of them.

Almost in Bloom
I have been spending a great deal of time sighing over lovely magazines - from art to cooking to home decor to fashion.  I love looking at all the pretty things and ideas.  But even after looking I just continue to cook, clean, take care of the kids and get creative here and there.  Coasting along, waiting for something.  I'm not sure what it is I'm waiting for but here I am, waiting.

Seems like there is something just out of sight or out of reach.  Something that will make it all "click" and put everything into motion.  Maybe it is the delayed spring we are having around here.  Some time soon everything is going to suddenly be brilliantly in bloom.  Will I bloom at the same time?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Windy, Wet Weekend

We had storms here all weekend.  Tons of wind.  More than enough rain.  Hours and hours without electricity on Saturday and Sunday.  Two coughing, puking, sniffling kids.  Yet, even through all of that we did manage to have a pretty good weekend.  Cuddling two sick kids in a candle lit house during a wind/rain storm was not as bad as it seems.  We told stories, sang, laughed and even danced with glow-in-the-dark bracelets on our wrists and ankles at one point.  DH cooked meals on the patio grill.  He even boiled water and made toast out there when kiddos started to feel sick.  Good thing the patio is covered and sheltered from the wind fairly well.

Glow-in-the-dark Dancing
I have been attempting to work in my art journal at least 10 minutes each day since the beginning of May.  I was keeping up pretty well, until Saturday.  I've added to existing pages, started pages and even done some actual journaling on pages.  Stamping, distress inks, doodles, calligraphy all mixed and matched for fun on a few pages.  I have been practicing my calligraphy more and more recently.  There are some fun and ornate fonts I want to tackle.  It has been fun scribbling, scratching and doodling with my nibs and ink.

Art Journal Pages
The flowers the kids and DH got me for Mother's Day are still looking pretty nice.  Daisies always feel so happy and they bring a smile to my face.  So cute and sweet, a touch of sunshine among the rain clouds.  I love seeing these as I walk into my kitchen, even if it is time to do the dishes.  The simple pleasures really are the best.
Mother's Day Flowers

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

On the Menu

It is truly spring - I've made my first batch Rhubarb-Raisin Crisp.  Yummy.  I'll be making Cinnamon-Rhubarb preserves next, great topping on ice cream.  I'm also going to try a recipe for Rhubarb Bread that I found.  We have a ton of rhubarb to harvest this year.  I love picking something growing right in my own garden and baking/cooking with it.  I'm hoping that all the goodies we've planted will give us a good crop for baking, cooking and canning this year.  It has been a wet, cold and late spring around here so we just put in some of our plants and seeds while hoping that we'll get the rest of them in soon.

DD had a tummy ache so we had a "feel better" tea time while she rested in her room.  The tea may not have made her feel better but having a cozy snuggle in bed with a special tea tray made up just for you at least makes you feel pretty special.

Feel Better Tea Tray
 I've also been doing a bit here and there with my "On the Street Where You Live" piece.  It's getting there - the background is almost completed.  I've added a layer of gesso, more paint, stamping and tissue tape.  I can see the finished piece in my head and I'm excited to keep working on it.
On the Street Where You Live - mixed media piece

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Illustration Friday - Lesson

 Love bumblebees and how they can fly even though they shouldn't be able to do so.  Pen and ink, oil pastels and pencil to create the doodle.

Checking Out Spring

We are finally getting some lovely spring weather for more than a day at a time around here.  The kids are loving it and so am I.  I've spent some time raking up all the twigs that our tree shed during the rain and wind.  I've also rediscovered my rhubarb plants, bursting up and almost ready to start harvesting.  I can't wait to bake some Rhubarb-Raisin Crisp - a tart, sweet, sticky, gooey, touch-of-crunch, crispy-topped treat that the entire family loves.
Ruby Red Elephant Ear Rhubarb
The kids got a kit of those super fuzzy pipe cleaners recently and have been making all kinds of critters.  My favorite is the cute dog DS made.  There has also been a lobster, a whale, a snail, a jellyfish, and a clown fish.  I keep vacuuming the tiny decorative poms up since they end up everywhere.

Ed - the Pipe Cleaner Dog
Another reason I am so happy that spring has finally arrived - fun shoes!  I was getting so tired of my dreary, mud-dodging, sturdy walking shoes.  I broke out the toe-showing, flashy footwear and even bought a new, higher heeled version of my favs today.  DH says they are completely unpractical and my reply was "of course, they're spring shoes."  Shoes are my second weakness, after craft supplies.  I'm still looking for a pair of bright green or red "high-heeled sandals" as DH calls them, just to add a little spice.

Fun Black-Gold and Cork Slip Ons
It seems another thing is starting to blossom again with the spring time weather - my love of calligraphy.  I purchased a book I came across at Barnes & Noble the other day, "The Calligrapher's Bible".  I had to dig out my nibs, inks and inkwell and start practicing my scribbles.  I'm not sure why I put them away because I love how wonderfully the ink flows and how each nib has it's own unique traits. Time to start doodling with pen and ink more often.

Pen and Ink

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Illustration Friday - Bicycle

Can't believe I forgot to put this up.  Here is my take on 'bicycle'.

The background is patterned paper with the critters on it.  I added the hill with acrylic paint, stamped the bike body and tire, then added details with pen and ink.  Quick and cute doodle.