My latest watercolor from last two weeks!

Hi friends! Just wanted to show you my last two weeks’ watercoloring effort! I finished it today! I also signed up for classes in August, as practice and learning never go to waste! I hope you like my picture and as always, thanks for checking in!

 

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I’m taking watercolor painting classes!

Hey all! Well, I’ve had two sessions in my beginners watercoloring class and am finding it a lot of fun! I must admit that I tried to learn on my own, i.e., using books and videos, but I find learning in person, with an instructor, is so much better! The artist instructor has been doing mixed media for 40+ years and knows her stuff! Fortunately, she is also very kind, patient and encouraging of her students! Anyway, below are my two “masterpieces” (fruit from class 1 and desert/mountain scene from class 2). I have a ways to go, but I’ll continue the classes and practice, practice, practice! Thanks for stopping by!

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Trying to get back in the crafting groove!

Hello my very few followers!  I can’t believe it’s been since October 2013 since I posted anything! And now it’s July 2014! I guess I got too wrapped up in everyday life and didn’t find time to do some crafting ~:o(   Well, that’s changing a little as lately I’ve been real interested in learning to paint with watercolors! Lindsay in Maine, this is where you come in!  Your YouTube vids and blog have inspired me so much! I  signed up for a beginners watercolor class at one of our parks and rec centers starting next week! I think the socializing part will be fun as well!

In the meantime, I have been practicing painting with photos I have taken and what I have learned by watching countless videos on YouTube. Here is a pictre I took of the Grist Mill in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and then my watercolor rendition….oops, other way around!

I do hope you like it and thanks for checking it out! I’ll be sure to update after my class starts…..till then…..love and hugs!Image

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Treasures from the Ocean

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, so I thought I better get crackin’ since I received a request from my BFF Stephanie that she’d like to see some “craftiness!”

And what a better way to get started than to pull out (from many years past) my collection of sea (beach) glass and pottery/ceramic shards from my visits to Rockport and Plymouth, Massachusetts and Sunset Beach on Oahu, Hawaii! There may be some other beaches involved, but heck if I remember them! A few photos below show my beach “treasures.” The only things missing are my many shells and driftwood!

 sea pottery and glass 3 various colors of seaglass
So Stephanie, here you go………..I bought a soldering tool and materials to use on the ceramic/pottery pieces, which I am still practicing using, so it may take a while until something photographable turns out.  I have been researching, on YouTube, videos on soldering for beginners and there have been quite a few that have been very helpful.  Our friend, The Frugal Crafter (http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com), Lindsay, up in Maine, has a great soldering video!! She is so entertaining, as well as talented in her many crafting skills. Hope you don’t mind, Lindsay, that I put in a plug for you?! Check it out folks!

Well, I did make a necklace with a piece of my sea glass and a couple of “ocean” related charms. The necklace is pictured in my sea glass photo above, but here is a close-up of the necklace. I’m very happy how it turned out!

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That’s it for now, folks! Lots more jewelry to make! Any positive feedback would sincerely be appreciated! Thanks for stopping by! Luv and hugs, M.

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What to do with giant Texas-size acorns……

Turn them into ornaments, of course! As promised, here are four more decorated, Texas-size, acorns.  These will look cute on someone’s Christmas tree! I left my messy, painted hand in the pic so you can see just how big these acorns are! Hope you like them!

Cardinal

Bluemouse

Greenmouse

Redmouse

Products used:

  • Texas-size acorn (provided by my neighbor)
  • Paints: DecoArt and Anita’s acrylic paints
  • DecoArt Snow Writer (for around the roof of birdhouse and mice hats
  • Tan and Pink Felt
  • Red, Blue and Green Hemp Twine
  • Small White and Tan Pom-Poms (feet, tail and hat ties)
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • A Small Cardinal (from Michael’s florist section)

Hey, if you have any other suggestions for what I can do (be nice, now) with the rest of my supply of acorns, I would appreciate the feedback! Thanks for stopping by! ……..Luv…..M

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Sweet Dreams With No Worries

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had sweet dreams, all the time? I watched an How-To video on You-Tube, by vickypgr, blog: http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2013/09/stamptember-blog-hop/, on making a dreamcatcher card using stamps and die-cuts. Loved it……check it out! Here is my version…….

Dream Catcher

Products used:

  • Paper:  Gina K, Bristol Watercolor, vellum (unknown)
  • Ink:  Ranger’s Mahogany Distress
  • Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Feathers: Cricut
  • Stamp: Anita’s (from 1999) Feathers w/Ranger Super Fine Gold EP
  • Paper Pearl for the “beads” and center of dreamcatcher
  • Hemp twine
  • Hero Arts White EP
  • WOW Embossing Pen
  • Versamark

I had to make my own leaf shape template for the center of the dreamcatcher, as I didn’t have any dies or stamps for the size I needed. I also added a few gold links to the top of the dreamcatcher, in case the recipient of this card would like to hang it up. I think it turned out OK!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out vickygpr’s video if you would like to make a dreamcatcher, too! Sweet dreams, Luvs!

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Moxie Fab World’s “All That Glitters is Gold” Challenge

Happy Friday peeps! Last night I posted my golden acorn project…….I will be posting more on acorns, only slightly different. But for now, it is yet another card!  or two, or three…….keeping with the MFW theme, this is my card………

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Honey is golden! The inside reads, “hope your special day is as sweet as can bee!” I may just have to give this card to my “honey” because he is so patient/tolerable of my crafting/card making!

Products used:

  • Paper:                                  Recollections
  • Embossing Folder:           Darice – Honeycomb
  • Embossing Powder:         Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold
  • Ink:                                      Ranger Archival Ink
  • Stamps:                               Stamps of Life

 

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