Friday, January 23, 2015

Painted Cream and Sugar Set

You know when you try something new and you feel like:

That's kind of how I was with the cream and sugar set. 

We've had the old things for at least 15 years. Bought them at Starbucks, never used them much. I host bi-weekly coffee and crafts at my place so I do finally have a chance to use them now and my sweetie bought me a gorgeous new set (with tray) at an art sale; they're made by an incredibly talented local potter.  Not needing two cream and sugar sets, I put the plain old ones in the giveaway box.

Then everyone started doing cool things with Pebeo Porcelaine markers and I wanted to play too. So I picked up a red and black marker (fine tip for the black, medium for the red) and rifled through the house for something to draw on. Sure enough the cream and sugar came to mind and the risk was very low as I'd already said goodbye to them so to speak.

But drawing is NOT my thing at all. Seriously, not. And it stresses me out something fierce. I also got very performance-anxiety-y and put it all away for about three weeks. 

My plan was to approach the task methodically:
1. Research designs
2. Practice on paper
3. Perfect the image and increase confidence.
4. Use tracing paper to transfer image to vessels
5. On a quiet, well lit, calm day paint the images.

Then one day I got all, "the hell with it" and in the near dark (5:00 PM in winter in OR is not well lit) with a terrific headache, I drew the first mushroom of my life onto a weird shaped substrate with an unknown media. 

Turns out mushrooms are a lot like wonky houses. And since I like wonky, the stress level was really low. 

And I thought they were marvelous. And I show them to everyone who comes over. 

I'm such a craft nerd. LOL

Now my cool cream and sugars (with tray!) are languishing on a display shelf and these are seeing all the action. Because... life :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Simple Health Week Three: Printable

We had a REALLY tough week family-wise. I pretty much threw out my high cards if you know what I mean. But I did make an effort to drink water and not exist solely on coffee and sugar. It wasn't pretty. Since only good, quality foods count, there are a lot of gaps when I ended up grabbing a bagel at Panera. It's Sunday morning so I still have all day to fill in - maybe I'll finish strong :)

Look at those yummy new challenges this week! Yay!

Here's the download link:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Altered Calendar Challenge

You start with a cheap calendar and then you go to town altering it as you see fit, including the monthly challenge. 

I really don't get excited about Monet (so not my taste) so I chose one of his calendars to paint over. 

The poor man is probably rolling in his grave.

His pretty painting of sailboats:

My take on it :)

I'm including this photo to show that the wings are crackle painted as per the January challenge. The clear crackle really didn't add much to the composition at all aside from shine and a little texture. I'll be sure to use a colored crackle if I try it again. Also, I used my french book script stamp to add book text to the image in a very subtle way. My goal was to keep the original art as 'intact' as possible while altering it radically.

And I think it's safe to say that collaborating with a 15 year old boy who is drawn to horror themes has really rubbed off on me. LOL

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hand Carved Cake Stamp and Card Set

This year I'm going to try to be a bit better about birthday cards. I'm absolute rubbish. And Facebook made it easier to remember but I left Facebook last year so I'm right back to not.

Carving a cute new stamp seemed as good a place to start as any, no?

And this card set ensures at least four people will get cards this year. Which, sadly, will be a huge improvement.

All the cards were made the same way:

1. Stamp image on white card stock using black Staz-On ink
2. Stamp image on post it note. Cut out and use as a mask to protect the nice clean cake image.
3. Dab Ranger Distress Ink through 'stencil' with a foam cosmetic sponge - in this case the stencil was some old fancy cut out paper... KI Memories I think. Laser cut cardstock was quite a thing a few years back. Note: On the top card, I stamped a Hero Arts French Script stamp with distress ink, let it dry and then stenciled over top.
4. Add a sentiment - these are Papertrey stamps on bits of Gelli Prints.

This one was a little different, same idea but with a number laser cut, no ombre effect and I stamped the sentiment right onto the card like a ribbon.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Simple Health Challenge Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of the Simple Health Challenge. You can read more about it on last week's post HERE. As promised, each week has a new printable chart to fill in as you eat and move and complete the challenges.

You can start any time so please, jump in and join me. 

There are a few minor changes. The stars (bonus food) are now earned for no screens after 9:00 PM and no eating after 8:00 PM. 

Also, a second challenge was added to the week:

Under react to problems. 

Lets see how that goes :)

Last week I ate more fruits and veggies than the entire month of December and I made sure to go for walks even on my rest days. Overall I consider it a huge success even though I didn't have a single 'perfect' day.

My philosophy is to never make the same mistake twice. So if I came up short on veggies on Wednesday I had to get the vegetables on Thursday but missing something else would be okay. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Any Day Diet Challenge

Hey everyone, as predictable as leaves changing color in the fall, the desire to improve your health in January is a strong one. It's something I've been working on since last summer but January is always a kick in the pants to level up your efforts.

But I'm not a real big fan of any one diet. I tend to cobble a lot of ideas together into on cohesive (to me at least) idea of what 'healthy eating' looks like.

This year I made myself a plan that is scalable to as little or as much as you need. For example, mine says, "120 Day Diet" because our trip to St. Croix is about 120 Days away. If you were using it you could say, "Seven Day Diet" as anything is possible for seven days. Or 21 Day Diet as there's always jibber-jabber about habit-forming and such being a 21 Day thing. My point, it can be whatever you need it to be.

Here's the basic  Simple Health plan. Print a sheet each week. Fill it out as you meet the objectives.

(click to see it bigger)

I included a bribe in there... did you see it? You can exchange not eating late at night and turning off your screens for booze, candy and chips. Because realistically, a diet without a glass of wine or the occasional cookie is doomed. DOOMED I tell you!

Each week there will be two challenges. One is to have a small adventure i.e. do something fun. The second one will be announced each week. It will be diet and exercise focused for the most part. For the first week there is only one challenge as I thought getting used to the chart is challenge enough.

I think it's pretty self-explanatory but if you have any questions let me know and I'll answer them as well as I can. 

This plan suits whatever you fancy; vegan - no problem. Paleo? Check! Pescetarian? No problem. Only eat white foods... might be tricky. 

It goes without saying that I'm not a doctor or dietician. Use at your own risk ;-)

You can download and/or print this week's file HERE.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Gelli Printed Fabric Tool Tote

When I saw decorated tool totes from Harbor Freight Tools on the Gelli Plate blog, I know I had to make one (or a dozen. LOL)

My first one (not pictured) followed their directions more closely, I matted my prints in black felt and sewed down the layers. Then I used hot glue to attach them as I didn't think redline tape was a good long-term fabric-to-fabric solution.

I liked it, enough, but I did not like the behavior of the felt over the week it kicked around my studio. It kind of frayed and shed... not in a good way. 

So I made another one hot gluing the gel-printed fabric directly to the canvas bag.

Much better!

The fabric molded around the curves of the canvas much easier than the stiffer felt.

I added a little bit of waterproof pen outlining and hand writing and some white paint in the darker spots.

So cute! And these bags are intended to carry power tools so they're really sturdy. Perfect for carrying or storing projects.

Thanks for visiting :)