Monday, December 29, 2014

Wild {Crocheted} Bear

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday(s)! :D Christmas here was great, the girls loved it, American Girl has finally invaded our house (dang) and I crocheted this hooded bear cowl for Zippy!



I used a pattern from monpetitviolon on etsy. It is such a great pattern, I hope to make more of these soon! In the meantime...cute kid spam! :P






Have a great day you guys! :D

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

101 Square-A-Thon: Square 13

Helloooooooooooooooo!

I decided to pick my 101 Square-A-Thon back up after years of WIP hibernation. lol Instead of keeping with the squares in order, I decided to jump to Square 13:


This one was a lot of fun to hook up although I had to frog and re-hook more rounds than I care to admit. lol I didn't have much of a plan for this one, I just grabbed a couple of colors and ran with it. :P


I've been working so hard on my hat shop this year that I had stopped making anything outside of it for the longest time. I finally decided to make some time for other projects that I want to crochet so the 101 Square-A-Thon is BACK ON. lol! :D

Have a great day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Art Inside You

Hi everyone!

December is upon us, incredible! I'm doing the challenge this month at Gauche Alchemy, here's the inspiration board:


I decided to work on a page in my art journal and I got a jumpstart from this full page magazine ad:


I cut out the model, lol, and created a background that would fill up the hole I made in the ad. The biggest benefit of using a full page ad was that it covered up some ink bleed through from the back side of the page, lol. You can kind of see it in this picture:

Background with film negative, Bingo card and grey roses napkin

I covered the partial background I made with a very thin tissue paper-like handwritten sheet. I will really miss this when it's all used up. Best thing in my stash lately!


I thought this little sticker quote worked well since I've got a background inside of a snowy window. lol >.<

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Moon Sees Me

Hi everyone!

No Fab Five today as I wanted to share a new art journal page of mine that is also posted over at Gauche Alchemy. I headed up October's mixed media challenge and this is my project inspired by it:


My background was created with Dylusions inks, water and star stenciling with chalk inks. I painted a chipboard circle flourish with Art Anthology gelate in Black Leather Jacket and cut out an illustration of Audrey Heburn to become my "moon". She makes a pretty moon, doesn't she? :)


Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014 Red Heart Crochet Along

Hi everyone!

Today is my birthday but more importantly, I finished a project! lol :P I decided to join the October Red Heart Crochet Along (or CAL) on Ravelry. The pattern was the Divine Hat pattern and I used Red Heart's Boutique Unforgettable yarn in Parrot. This line of yarn has some unbelievably beautiful colorways.


It took me no time at all to hook this up which was definitely a plus!


Super quick + colorful yarn = Finished hat that I'm not afraid to wear. lol Fun hooking times!


Have a great day everyone!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Toot!

Hi everyone!

Well, it's been a year and today Toot turns 6 years old. omg seriously. I started this blog when she was around 8 months old, I think, so yeah...time's a'flyin'!

N00b

1 year old

2 years old





Happy birthday to my favorite first child!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Under the Sea

Hi everyone!

So as I've mentioned before, Toot is taking ballet lessons and we've become quite the ballet family, by which I mean that I've become obsessed and my family very sweetly nod their heads as I go on and on and on...LOL. :P I thought I better educate myself on just what ballet is all about, it's history, the dancers, the choreographers, the ballets themselves, companies, etc. Of course, the allure for Toot is the future possibility of dancing "en pointe". She saw the older girls at the school in their pointe shoes and it was all over for her. lol

Pointe shoes have a short dance life and aren't "dance-able" for very long. Okay so what happens to all of those "dead" pointe shoes? I assumed that most dancers simply threw them away, which to a mixed media artist, is like a punch in the creative gut, am I right? lol So I started asking around the school and a couple of the older girls very sweetly gave me their "dead" pointe shoes...


That's right, time to upcycle, reuse, alter, whatever you want to call it! :D I started with one dead pointe shoe:



I decided to use the ballet, Ondine as my inspiration. (The story is about a water nymph that falls in love with a human.) So I wanted my shoe to reflect an underwater theme...like something that had been underwater for a long time and was rusty and all patina-ed (yes, it's a word) with sea life growing around.

I started by using a tutorial I found on the Art Anthology blog which uses a base of gauze (what a smart idea!) Only I didn't have the colors they listed so for the actual painting, I used a patina paint tutorial from Andy Skinner which I really loved. Actually, both tutorials are awesome so check them out!


Okay, so let's just skip to the good stuff! lol Here's my finished "Ondine" shoe:


Initially, I was going to use different styles of loose moss but that really would have been a complete mess. I got lucky and found some moss "ribbon" onto which I dabbed some of the bronze-y paint I had used on the shoe to make it blend a little more.


I used burlap ribbon, pearls and a couple of other strings and things for the "ties". And of course, had to add some seashells. :D


This was SO much fun to create! I offered it to Toot's ballet teacher who said she loved it so I'll count this one as a win. ;)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frida Kahlo Inspired Canvas

Hi everyone!

We've started doing monthly challenges over at Gauche Alchemy and the inspiration this month is Frida Kahlo. (You can find the challenge and all the details HERE, there's still time to link up your project!)

I used a 5x5 canvas from a store's kids craft section, seriously, I know I say this a lot but that's the BEST place for smaller and wayyyyyyy cheap canvases. lol


I first collaged on some torn book pages, then painted over that with Art Anthology Sorbet. I also added some crackle accents. The quote was written on a simple journaling card and I got out my collection of Stickles for this one. lol I've missed using them! I added the Stickles to both the card and the cut out fabric skulls. And of course finished off the edges with washi tape. :)


I thought this quote was both witty and sad, but found it inspiring as well!

Thanks for looking and I hope you can play along!

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Soul Listens

Hi everyone!

New art journal page to share with you today, lots of layering on this background, I just kept adding to it. lol This page actually all started with a baggie of odds and ends an artist friend of mine sent me a while back. She included this sticker sheet of crosses, the backing of which became part of my background.


I used a couple of napkins, under and over the sticker backing, also adding back in some of the crosses. Punchinella stenciling, Dylusions ink sprays on the background, it's all there. lol I also Mod Podged on some very very thin writing paper to help cover up the edges of the sticker backing. Washi tape, a sticky beaded strip and chipboard "hinges" (which I inked and crackled) made a door sort of edging.


I added a little decor around my picture and phrase, done and done! :D This one was a fun one to create and I'm very proud of it. :D


Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Middle Aged Action Hero

Hi everyone!

I have another page from my art journal to share with you. :) And HELLO, I am so obsessed with this art journal. lol I just love creating new pages in it, here's the newest one:


This one was a lot of layering and a lot of walking away. >.< I'd add something but was never satisfied. lol I started by inking the page with Dylusions ink sprays, then stenciling the background with punchinella and chalk ink. The next thing I added was the vintage cigar ad but it wasn't doing it for me. I added the, "I hope you choke" partially out of frustration and partially because it made me laugh. :P

The rest was a napkin, a playing card, a cigar band, a small type ad, photo corners and some fussy cutting...all piled on there. lol

Thanks for taking a peek, have a great day! :D

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Essence of Joy

Hi everyone!

I'm in the weeds right now trying to get ready to leave for Blythe Con this week! But before all that, I wanted to share a wall hanging I made for a friend. I started with one of those $1 paper type canvases, it had a picture of Tinkerbell on it. lol I wanted to just paint and ink over her but she is one tough broad and did NOT want to be covered up. lol Soooo I went to the napkins and Mod Podged that all over her fairy face.


Speaking of which, how come Tinkerbell lives in a place called Pixie Hollow, uses pixie dust but everyone calls her a fairy? I always thought of a pixie and a fairy as two different things but Tinkerbell seems to use them interchangeably and it bugs me for some reason.

Hmmm...

ANYWAY, she got covered up with paint and napkins. :P

See Tinkerbell's face and arm? lol

I was using a doll picture on the canvas so I went with orange and green to play off the colors in the picture. Doesn't make sense when I type it but in the end, I think those colors worked well together. lol


I used some black and white washi tape to offset my color combo. lol I also stenciled in some white chalk ink circles to break up the background a little bit. The "essence of joy" was one of my little magazine cutouts (I keep a bunch in a box for creative emergencies. ;) lol) And of course, I had to add some washi tape around the edges to finish things off:


My friend loved it (yay!) and I had so much fun making something for her to enjoy. :D

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Best Meatloaf in the World*

*according to my husband

Hi everyone!

I don't typically blog about food or recipe type things but I have finally perfected my meatloaf recipe and have decided to share it with the masses! *spit take* That's right! *collective gasp* Please, try to stay calm everyone...

Family Circle magazine, 1968 *Image*

I can cook but it's not a big thing in my world. I love baking and really enjoy cooking for holidays (Thanksgiving being MY day) but for the most part, dinner is dinner is dinner. However, for whatever reason, I've always enjoyed trying new things with meatloaf. I think it's because you just toss stuff in a bowl, mix it up and cook it. Lots of leeway with a meatloaf, you can do tomatoes, potatoes, sauce, gravy, onions, garlic, 100 different types of bread crumbs, you can really make it anything you want.

Cottage cheese? Um...no. *Image*

Okay, so here's my recipe, it's not completely new or groundbreaking but it is delicious*! (*according to my husband) Feel free to give it a try or change it completely, just whatever you do: MAKE A MEATLOAF TONIGHT.

Ingredients:

-1 pound of ground beef
-1 pound of ground pork
-1 package of dry onion soup mix (regular or beefy kind)
-1 egg
-Mushrooms (regular white ones or portobello, both good) Hmmm, not sure how much I use typically. Let's say a cup before I chop them to bits but you can put more or less depending on your mushroom love. My husband always wants a lot in there. (That's what she said.)
-Bread crumbs...uh...just how much you want? lol I usually use the heels of the bread loaf because my family would rather go hungry than eat the heels (ends) of the loaf. So that's what? 2 pieces of bread? You can also use biscuits, saltine crackers, round crackers, panko, already made bread crumbs, anything you want! If you do use crackers that are salted, make sure not to add any (or too much more) additional salt.

*Another note about salt: I started using the dry onion soup mix because it is LOADED with salt and seasonings. I used to use separate salt and seasonings but the onion soup mixes are cheap, ready to go and making a meatloaf is that much quicker and easier. (Is that grammatically correct? Much quicker and easier or should it be much more quick and easy? Eh, whatever, you get me, right?)

Okay, so throw both meats, the egg and the onion soup mix in a big bowl. Set your oven to 425 degrees (I like to bake my meatloaf at Hell-level heat, that thing will be good and DEAD).

Now, tear up your bread a little bit (or slightly crush your crackers) and put that and your mushrooms in a food processor. If you do not have a food processor, stop reading right now and go buy one. Seriously. You don't think you need a food processor until you have one and then you realize that you don't have to chop up onions and pulverize bread crumbs like a chump EVER AGAIN. It's the best feeling in the world.

Now at this point, stop what you're doing and start putting dishes away. Why do this? Well, I'm easily distracted and always think of something that "has" to get done before I can go any further with what I'm currently doing. Actually, that's a bad habit of mine so don't do that. Just forget this whole step.

Pulse your bread and mushrooms until they're teeny tiny pieces, then throw that in your bowl. Get out your bread pan (or whatever pan you use for meatloaf) and set it beside your bowl for easy transfer. Now, this next step is one of my other meatloaf secrets (along with the onion soup mix) and it is: mix everything together BY HAND. One hand holds the bowl and one hand mixes. Don't use a spoon or whatever, get your hand in there and get to work!

The benefit of this is that everything will incorporate together and get nice and meatloafy. You won't have big hunks of meat not mixed in or chunks of crackers sticking out of places. You don't want to cook it and it have the texture of a hamburger. Mixing it by hand makes it awesome-r. Mix it until you can mix no more. When you arm feels like it's going to pop out of your shoulder, it's ready.

Stick it in the pan, I start with about 30-45 depending on how thick it is, usually once the juice is clear and the edges start pulling away from the pan, you're good. I *try* not cut into it for at least 10 minutes after I take it out of the oven so it doesn't dry out. But if you're squiqqy about meat being completely cooked, slice into that bad boy and double check it.

I really thought those were olives at first... *Image*

I do believe that's it! Maggi's Famous (to her husband) Meatloaf Recipe! Seriously, the onion soup mix adds all the seasoning you might need and the hand mixing takes care of the rest. Give it a try! :D

Monday, July 14, 2014

Right in the Gumballs

Hi everyone!

Here look at that, it's July already! How the heck did that happen??? lol At the end of the month I'm off to Seattle to attend (and vend at) BlytheCon! Since I'll be selling my hats, I've been working on different cutesy things to decorate my table with and here is a project that I found online and it's incredibly easy (and cheap) to make! A gumball machine from a terra cotta pot and round bowl:


Funny enough, I remembered that a former Alchemist at Gauche Alchemy had made one so I tracked down the tutorial she used which was this one at Kara's Party Ideas. This was so easy to make, it took like an hour. lol


I decided to use pom poms as "gumballs" since it will be sitting on my table, less mess and fuss that way. lol I'm also working on a couple of other candy themed whatnots for my table, one is finished and one is giving me fits. lol But still, hope to share them soon!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

omg PUNCH IT.

Hey everybody!

New art journal page today, I kind of said, screw this by the end of it though. lol The past couple of days have not been the best for me and if they had a face I would have punched them. :P

I started with one of my pre-misted Dylusions ink backgrounds. I really didn't want to add too much texture or layers because I really loved the color effect it had. So I kept it simple. I've got a friend who gives me her old magazines so I enjoy cutting things out of them to glue somewhere else later. That's where my boxing chick came from. :)


Like I said, this one is pretty simple...although now that I'm looking at it, I think I meant to ink up that library book card. Darn it! Oh well, it's all good anyway. lol >.< The line at the bottom, "Elderly nothing!" I said, with some spirit." was actually on the backside of another line I was going to use somewhere but I felt it fit with the general theme of this page: my own growth and changes, physically and mentally, my willingness to start punching s*&$ out instead of continuing to let it slide and my admitted bad mood. LOL


There's been a lot of changes in me lately as a matter of fact. I want to blog about them because I finally feel like I'm at a point that I want to share and not keep hiding behind my "everything is awesome!" attitude. So yah, we'll see when that post gets written. lol

Thanks for taking a peek into my mood swing! Glitter glue and booze for everyone! ;)