Friday, September 30, 2011

and that's how we spent September

I realized I had not posted any IG photos since September 2nd.
So rather than a week in Instagram you are getting a month.
Time flies...

{ pretty fresh flowers - 
I later realized they made me sneeze the entire 
week they were with us }

{ things fall apart }

{ sail boat for supper }

{ U.S.A. ♥ }

{ swinging at Nana's }

{ little messages }

{ homemade veggie pizza }

{ my snackin' buddy }

{ the day I realized how much older Charlie looks }

{ blue is the clue }

{ wool felt from Benzie Bazaar
wonderful product / great customer service / fast shipping }

{ pillow fight }

{ "P" is for peanut butter sandwich and pears from our tree }

{ hello Scentsy - my friend Lauren sells it and she's great }

{ yogurt mustache }

{ my new favorite thing }

{ lots of tomatoes }

{ slowly but surely decorating for Fall }

{ that's all folks }

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

words and paint

The other day my husband texted me this quote.
Talk about putting a smile on my face.
Having the ones I love support my 
love for art means so much.
He's so good to me, 
like when he left me this note.

Did you notice my pallet isn't a paper plate anymore?
It's the back of a clipboard. I know, even classier.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{shop talk} may I have your attention please

I wanted to make sure I got your attention.
Since I will be taking a breakity-break I thought I might offer a big discount for the paintings in the shop.
So I am giving you a super, fantastic 20% off any thing in-stock!
When you checkout there is a link where you can apply a shop coupon code. Click on that and enter
HEY20 and 20% will be taken off your order.
The shop will go on vacation on October 1st.
Happy Shopping!

Monday, September 26, 2011

♥ I heart art ♥ Creative Courage

Today begins my first day of Creative Courage.
I am so excited about this!
Here are a few of the amazing artists I will be 
learning from over the next 7 weeks.

I heart their art ♥ Be sure to check out their work.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm dreaming of white pumpkins...

What is it about white pumpkins that is so pretty?

I have never really decorated for Fall // Halloween // Thanksgiving before other than the occasional pumpkin spice candle and a jack-o'-lantern.
This year I am trying to be a bit more festive.
I haven't quite narrowed down what I will be doing but I am leaning towards some white pumpkins on my mantel.

Do you decorate for Fall?
Do you have any ideas? Please share with links!

If you need any ideas Pinterest is full of them
and Everything Etsy has this great guide.

*The image from #1 was on Pinterest and I looked high and low on the blog it is linked to with no luck.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

just perfect

"Peace begins with a smile."
-Mother Teresa

I will never tire of Rachel's beautiful work.
quotes + doily = perfect

Rachel's blog and shop.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

in focus

Oh, Roy. I love you, ahem, ROYGBIV.
I made these 12 little camera paintings this summer for Craft Weekend
but I couldn't show you because it had to be a surprise for the ladies.
I wanted to keep them. It's that color spectrum thing that gets me every time.

seg-way into camera topic

My camera broke.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. My precious camera broke.
Mr.Wonderful bought me that camera 5 years ago, maybe 6.
It was my Christmas present.
I had no idea how to use it because it was a DSRL and I had never even heard of them and he stayed up all night reading the instructions because I don't read instructions and because he loves to read instructions (meant to be right?).
Thankfully my sister has a nice camera she is letting me borrow.
For now, I cry every day (not really, but maybe) and have to decide what to do. . . fix or not to fix.

seg-way into breaks topic

I am going to be taking a break soon.
A good break! I signed up for Creative Courage, and I am beyond excited. The only art classes I took were Art History in college and you know, Art in grade school. Now I am having a chance to take an amazing course led by 12 other artist. I can't wait.
I won't be painting as much for the shop, where by the way I just added two new paintings. Go see.
Also, I may put the shop on vacation.
I haven't quite decided, but y'all know where to find me (:
I am going to spend some time focusing on projects for myself like learning how to crochet and cleaning out my inbox and the holidays and other things like that.

What are you focusing on right now?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

♥ I heart art ♥ Alyss McKell - Roots

I have been able to come across other artists in the most unexpected places. . . when I wasn't looking for them.
One day while checking out Alyss's pictures on Instagram I hopped over to her blog. I saw she painted, and I was excited to share her work with you.
Come meet Alyss, another talented wife-artist-mama.

1. When did you first begin creating art?
If we are to believe that we are created in the image of God, then it would follow that we all inherently carry each one of His characteristics within us. Some are buried deeper down than others, but they are all present. His grace, mercy, generosity, forgiveness, love. All of them. Including His creativity. I hear people say that they wish they were creative all the time. Well, you are. And it doesn't have to be showcased solely on a canvas. Ever planned a sweet date night? Or cooked a smashing meal? That's all creativity. That's all inherited from the character of God.

For me? I came out of the womb with a paint brush in hand. Ever since the days when the people I drew had arms coming straight out the sides of their heads (you did it, too... don't lie), I've been obsessed with all things artsy fartsy. Growing up, my grandma and I would look through those huge coffee table art books and work together to try to reproduce our favorites. Later in life, you encouraged me to put the books away and trust my own imagination.

I think I'm preaching to the choir when I say that trusting your own ideas is the hardest part of the creative process. Thank the Lord for grandma. Without her, I don't think I would have taken the plunge in college to study what I love: art. It took years, but I think I finally found my own style: working with natural wood to give it new life.

2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
My most sentimental piece is my favorite for three reasons:
a. It was my first and last oil painting ever.
b. The style and subject matter was so outside of my comfort zone.
c. It depicts some of my most special possessions: dried yellow roses from my husband, my two favorite books, and an old yellow box that is home to my most treasured letters.

It's beat up from transporting it so many times, but I love it and what it represents for me. Who knew oil paint really takes that long to dry? I didn't, apparently.

Painting those shadows. Never again. Holy moly. Mad props to all the oil painters out there.

3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I thought for a while about how to answer this question. I have thousands of ideas running through my head, and I can barely focus on just one. Maybe that's why I never get around to accomplishing any of them. Hmm... So when going to answer this, I scanned through my filing cabinet in my head looking for the most profound and inspiring answer I had. And yeah know what, the same silly answer kept popping up:

I want to paint from the inspiration of children's stories. There you have it. I would LOVE to take some of my old favorite books and paint depictions of the moral of the story or of my favorite "scene." How fun and whimsical would that be? I'm gonna do. Make me do it, guys.

Well, that's me in three questions. Thanks for having me, Lindsay! Isn't she amazing? Yes, she's amazing.

Shop: Where I paint and create
Blog: Where I muse and talk about life
Twitter: Where I post ridiculously cute photos of my son and shamelessly self-promote

I hope you will check out more of Alyss's work and connect with her as well.
Thank you Alyss; I ♥ your art!

Monday, September 12, 2011

one [sweet] love

I am sure many of you know my friend Danielle and follow her blog, but in case you don't...

They are adopting.

And to help raise money for their adoption Danielle has an amazing fund-raiser lined up.

I am happy to be participating and hope you will check out all the giveaways she has lined up today and donate as you can.

one sweet love

click the above button to check them out

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Happy Sewing Machine Day!

Happy Sewing Machine Day to all you who ♥ to sew.

Friday, September 9, 2011

{All Cut Up} DIY: fabric wrapped Fall wreath

With Fall approaching I realized I wanted a new wreath for a back door.  Of course I was not going to make another yarn wreath due to all the drama from my first two.
I looked around and found some pretty book page wreaths and coffee filter wreaths. While I really like both options, I am lazy busy, and I didn't want to spend lots of time scrunching coffee filters or cutting books up.
Instead I decided to use fabric from my goodwill stash.
I took a long, neutral, linen skirt and a deep purple, cotton sleeveless, shirt and cut them all up. The linen kind of looks like burlap but not as scratchy, and the cotton looks like bias tape or ribbon.
Oh and I found more vintage lace stuck in my craft stuff along with mustard, brown, and cream felt.
Ta-da! Fall colors.

Mr.Wonderful even noted it looked "rad" and was "fall-ish", because we still call things rad in these parts. #notreally

So let's make one.
-wreath (I used an 18" straw wreath and keep it covered in the plastic)
-hot glue gun and glue
-fabric (I don't sew so I know very little about fabric measurements. I am positive a yard of fabric would be plenty, like I mentioned above mine was made from a long skirt and a sleeveless shirt)

Time Frame:
no longer than an hour and a half with a few interruptions

First choose your fabric and felt. Cut fabric into about 15 2" strips. 
If 15 isn't enough just cut more. If it's too much, well, you have some extra strips of fabric to make something with :)

Hot glue an end of fabric to the back side of the wreath and allow to cool. Then wrap the fabric around the wreath covering the end and and continue wrapping the remaining fabric around the wreath overlapping it so none of the wreath shows through.* Once you reach the end of the strip of fabric hot glue the end to the back side of the wreath. Continue until the wreath is completely covered.

*For a shabby look (see the neutral fabric above) bunch the fabric together as you wrap where the frayed ends show.
For a cleaner look (see the purple fabric below) simply fold your fabric strips in half and be sure to cover the frayed edges with the folded ones as you wrap.

Choose your embellishments and hot glue them to the front side of the wreath. I went with vintage lace and felt flowers and leaves. You can use Danielle's tutorial to learn how to cut felt flowers. . . be warned she is the one who introduced me making a yarn wreath, and she is obviously better at it than I am.

Hang your pretty, new Fall wreath on your door. Make a pumpkin spice latte I keep hearing everyone talk about or an apple cider and count the days until Fall is officially here (14 days, I think).

Told you I was not ever making another yarn wreath again.

PS. If you make one let me know! I want to see what you create.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

♥ I heart FOOD art ♥ Jill & her boys - Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

If you children are anything like mine they can be very picky when it comes to meals. When both of my boys began eating table food they would eat just about anything I offered them.
Now, not so much.
It can be very frustrating, especially because I refuse to let their meals consist of chips and cookies (most of the time), AND because they will often refuse to eat something I know they like.
In an attempt to encourage a variety of food and healthier options I chose to start playing with our food - food in the shapes of flowers and boats and silly things. One day I was just stumped. I couldn't think of anything fun to do so I went to Pinterest and searched for "kids food", and I found Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons [insert the Hallelujah chorus].

So, let's meet the creative mama behind some major food play, Jill and her three cute boys:

When did you first begin creating food art and why?
I have baked for years, but started creating silly food to get my little boys to try new things.  My oldest was a little picky about food, but not near as picky as my middle child.  Getting creative with food has opened up a whole new world of eating for him.  The boys had just as much fun helping with our silly creations in the kitchen.  My older son is the best artist of our house and he helps come up with a lot of ideas.  We started our blog to share our creations in hopes that everyone else can use our ideas and create fun food for their kids as well.

What is your favorite creation?
It's hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to say Bert and Ernie.  It's a very easy snack to make and it looks so much like them!  

Do you have any plans to further your food art?

This is really just something that I get to share with my boys and do for fun. However, we would be thrilled to be in a magazine or make a book, etc...

You can click on each image to view the directions on how to create each fun meal by Jill and her boys on her blog.
Connect with Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you so much for sharing Jill. I ♥ your FOOD art and my boys do too!