Monday, February 29, 2016

Birthday at Swan Lake

Hi everyone and happy Leap Year!

My new update for The Nontoxic Project isn't ready yet since today Toot will be taking her very first Royal Academy of Dance exams (wish her luck!), so instead I'm going to share what we did for her birthday party last year. The conversation went something like this:

Me: What do you want to do for your birthday this year?
Toot: I want a ballet party!
Me: Great! Any particular theme?
Toot: I want a Swan Lake party!
Me: Mmmmkay.

Hey guys, guess how much Swan Lake themed birthday party stuff you find at the party store? That's right! NONE. Luckily, the wedding section had some black and white things (for Odette and Odile of course) and I fudged the rest of it as well. lol I found this cool tutorial on altering ballerina cupcake toppers so I started there and worked outwards. lol

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Hi everyone! Andddddddddd with this post I have officially blogged more in 2016 so far than I did in the whole of 2015. LOL

Anyhoo, I have a new art journal spread to share today, inspired by Marlene Dietrich and "Illusions"...

Of course, she offers multiple illusions and I'm only selling one. LOL ;)

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Nontoxic Project: Take a Journey, Make a Mess

Hi everyone!

Time for an update, here's some progress on my first altered something or other for The Nontoxic Project.

Last week I mentioned that I found two two-page spreads that had no writing on them in my toxic journal. I left those bare so that I could alter them along with the shadowbox portion I had already glued up. The first spread is finished, let's check it out!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Shadowbox Ballet

Hi everyone!

I'll be running around like a crazy person today so there won't be a Friday Night Fab Five this week. Instead, I wanted to share a couple of shadowboxes I made to commemorate Toot's current years of ballet. I don't even want to tell you how long it took me to finally get around to making these...or how long it took for me to finally blog about them. LOL Ballet seasons run like school years so I used the end of season year for each one, since the pictures were taken then.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Punch It Twice

Hi everyone!

I wanted to participate with the "New Beginnings" challenge over at Mixed Media Place so I decided to remake one of my older art journal pages and give it a new beginning of its own. lol

You might remember this page, omg punch it. It's very simple and although simple is awesome and I liked it just fine, now that some time has past, I thought it could be a bit..."more". But still, it wasn't bad:

And this is the new and improved page:

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Nontoxic Project: Where I Rip This a New One

Hi everyone!

You may remember last week I introduced The Nontoxic Project. This will be an ongoing series of artistic detox, as I uncover things I've been saving under the guise of "memories and sentiment" when really some of it is just plain toxic i.e. not sweet and "Awww, I wrote some funny stuff!" but more like sour and "Freaking holy crap, I really hated myself!" lol

Now obviously, I could throw away these things or I could hold on to them with the idea of "learning" about myself but for me personally, these things on my shelf and in boxes were sitting there, just being stagnant and moldy...metaphorically speaking of course. lol This project isn't about getting rid of diaries, pictures or things that necessarily trigger sad memories, it's more about reclaiming and repurposing a time in your life that might have been "toxic". (As always, check out the "Nontoxic Project" tag at the bottom of the post for more of the journey.)

So with that in mind, let's get started! Last week I shared the journal I found from 2003 that was full of ugly, toxic things I thought about myself:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Night Fab Five: Mixed Media for N00bs

Hi everyone!

This week's Friday Night Fab Five is off the cuff and completely rushed but I was really excited to answer this question! lol I got this wonderful comment from yaya snaps on my light bulb art journal post:

"Love what you're doing...and want to try it...but I don't have all the stuff you use. Is there a beginner book or info. somewhere that tells what basic equipment is needed to create this kind of art?"

Whoa whoa want me to talk about mixed media?!?! Um, please and thank you!

Okay, no way is this post exhaustive on the topic and if you like, I'm more than happy to delve further so keep leaving comments or email me! So keeping in mind that I'm barely scraping the surface here, I'm going to share 5 tools for N00bs, newbies, and mixed media know-nots that are super easy to get a hold of and, for the most part, are either cheap already or can be cheap with craft store coupons. lol

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Then a Light Bulb Went Off

Hi everyone! New art journal page to share with you today:

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Nontoxic Project: An Introduction

Hi everyone!

As promised, here is my newest project which will be ongoing for a while (hopefully, lol). But first, some background:

Before I discovered "art" journaling, I did old school journaling. lol I used to write a lot and when I was younger, I would keep a diary of sorts. I can't say I did it regularly and would rarely write off an entire book before starting a new one. (I loved shopping for journals and ended up with more journals than thoughts. lol) I still have a stack of these things. But there was one journal in particular that I wrote in until the end. It was back in 2003 and spanned almost the entire year.

I used to think that my journals would be fun for my kids to read through once I was gone. After all, I lived in the age of no cell phones, no internet, smoking was cool, and there was only one kid in my entire elementary school who was allergic to peanuts and we felt horrible that anyone should be deprived of peanut butter cups. lol

Until I started to read through my journal from 2003 (the future is here!) and decided that I would never let my kids or anyone else read it. It wasn't embarrassing...but it was...well...


Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Night Fab Five: How To Do Art Stuff

So this post went up on Thursday for some reason. LOL Oh well!

Hi everyone! Wow, it's been a while on this, right? lol No matter, I'm back now with another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I like, love or like just not in that way for the week. This week I'm going to share some cool artsy tutorial/walkthrough videos I found on You Tube. I've been looking around to find new things to try and although I haven't done every thing in all of these videos (yet), I thought I'd share ones I enjoyed watching recently. :D

1. 10 Basic Background Techniques for Art Journaling from Jodi Thompson

Link to video

I really loved this video and cannot WAIT to try some of this stuff. With every step I kept saying, "Wait, but that was awesome don't cover it up!!!" Then after she was done I kept saying, "Of course!" Lots of good techniques here and they look like fun all layered like this.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mixed Media Space Oddity

Hi everyone!

I have an art journal page for you today! It's full of layers and spacey goodness. lol In fact, let's get in the mood:

Okay, good. So I've been roaming around You Tube looking for new things to learn/try in my art journal. When I go AJ, I tend to be more "art" and less "journal". lol I call it art journaling because I'm journaling art, not necessarily my life or anything. lol Anyway, where was I? Oh right, to You Tube!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy 2016! Late! lol

Hello everyone!

Well, obviously I'm wishing you a happy new year very late but I hope you're having a good 2016 so far anyway! lol One of my goals for this year is to blog more often. I left it for a while and am finally starting to feel the urge again *urge to blog...rising...* lol

Blogging for as long as I have (and taking a break for as long as I have) has been interesting. Some of the people I used to "blog with" i.e. visit have moved on to other things while some are still writing and creating and doing all sorts of fun things. Ah, the good old days of bloggy tribes, blog parties and daily promenading around the blog-o-sphere. lol I started this blog (under its original name) when Toot was 8 months old I believe. She turns 8 YEARS old this year while Zippy will turn 5 and I live in continuous disbelief and denial. lol