Monday, February 12, 2018

Around Here-February Edition

Winter is the perfect time for puppy snuggles :)

And making art here in this funky Ikea chair.

Every sunny afternoon the sun casts sparkling spots all around the studio.

Bare trees against a blue sky, my current skylight view.

Working the exercises in this book.  I'll share more in my next post.

While Dad's desk has stuff on it, happily it's actually project ideas in process.  I love working in the different areas in my studio.  Feeling very fortunate and grateful lately.  

Typed a bit on Aunt Ruth's Olympia typewriter.  Great addition to this art tag.

Got my first Passport and planning some 2018 travel.

Cooking more from scratch foods.  This pizza was so delicious.  

Hope you enjoyed your time here.  


Monday, February 5, 2018

How to make cut flowers last

Hey all, with Valentine's Day coming soon, figured I'd pass along some tips for making cut flowers last.

This bouquet cost $4.99 from the grocery store, it's colorful and cheery and makes me smile.  And I can keep it looking lovely and new(for at least 2 weeks) by doing a few simple things.


grocery store bouquet

1. mix up the flower food(packet of white powder) with lukewarm water in a clean container with cover.

flower food

2. Trim all stems at least 1 inch and at an angle. 

3. Remove all leaves from cut end up about 6 inches.

            trimmed stems

4. Arrange the flowers in a vase and pour in 2 to 3 inches of flower food.  Don't fill it up, it's not necessary and it keeps the stems from getting slimy. 

5.  Be sure to watch water level in the vase, pull flowers out and if there's stuff in the bottom like this picture shows.  Rinse it out, trim another 1 to 2 inches off the stems and pour in 2 to 3 inches food.   

time to clean out vase

6.  Repeat the above steps and they will last a long time. 

7.  Enjoy!

macro shot

Remember that pretty vase of flowers isn't glued to the table, pick it up and move it around throughout the day(s).  It'll bring a cheery glow to dreary Winter days.  Peace  

Monday, January 29, 2018

this old desk

There is a beauty to old things or perhaps it's the familiarity with associated memories that brings a comfort level that is hard to explain.  

This desk was a gift from my father, a very talented woodworker and all around good guy.  It was my 17th birthday present and I am so grateful.  It's often buried beneath piles of papers and art supplies.  But I'm working on that. 

clean desktop

My intention this year is to keep it clutter free and actually use it.  Write with that vintage typewriter and make some stuff while sitting there with my sweet memories.

contact paper

Clearing out the drawers seemed like a good first step.  Wonder what Dad would think of this contact paper in the drawers?   I like them this way. 

Dad's mug

Surrounding myself with things from people I love is a great way to make a simple desk magical and maybe that magic will repel all the detritus that often finds its way here.  One can only hope.  Peace

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Memorable macros 2017

I learned so much by taking and sharing a macro shot every day in 2017.

Very proud to have completed a yearlong daily challenge.

Click here to see all of my photos.

Instagram is a great way to quickly share whatever kind of pictures you want to take.

Do you have a favorite?  No way I can choose, they're all my babies.

Click here if you're interested in seeing ALL my macros from 2017.

Have a great day!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Saturday is National Sticker DaY!

My calendar says Saturday 1/13/18 is National sticker day.  Saw that and went to town making stickers with my Xyron machine and rubber stamps. 

pile of stickers

Using painted and recycle magazine papers for stamping, makes for fun backgrounds.

Jojo stickers

These butterflies were stenciled onto contact paper.  Take the paper backing off and you've got stickers.

contact paper butterflies

 Gelli printed Avery full sheet sticker paper was stamped with swirl stamp and then circle punched out.  No idea where I'll use them but this design is a lifelong fave. 

swirl stickers

Drew a peace sign directly onto speedy carve rubber and decided to put words throughout the design.  Anybody know what's wrong with this picture?  I bet Julie would!  ha ha ha

kindness close up

Carved the entire peace sign, so excited was I...only to realize that all the words were backwards when printed.  

It wasn't a complete waste because I stamped it onto fresh carving rubber which made lettering right and got carving. (again)  

backwards words 

Backwards words for the WIN.  Shaking my head, hoping to remember this lesson next time words go on a design.  

The final stamp came out great and hey I got more carving practice out of the deal too!  Each XYRON CREATE a STICKER cartridge has 20 feet of adhesive so I plan on making some more funky, unique stickers.  

stamped image in/sticker out

What images would you stickerize?  Nothing in the studio is safe now, any papers could be transformed forever.  teehee  

Happy National Sticker Day all!