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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

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!

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:

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 >.<


You're welcome to play along with this challenge and enter your project for a chance to win a prize! Check out the Gauche Alchemy blog for details. :D

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!

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!


Not only did a I finish a project, but I also blogged over at my vintage blog, Circle 7-2099. I'm on fire! lol

Have a great day everyone!

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'!







Happy birthday to my favorite first child!

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" p…

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!

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!

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

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


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 use…

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...


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.


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: …

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!

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, phy…