Friday, June 13, 2014

Sing to the Lord!

I am so loving playing with these canvases! You might even say it's been an addiction! They come together quick and make great gifts. This one though, I might keep for myself.

I wanted to play with the Faber-Castell gelatos and see how rich I could get the color coverage. So I darkly colored the canvas with a rainbow of stripes and then smoothed out the lines with water. After making such a bright background I had to put something on it.

I drew a swirly tree and what tree is complete without a bird? My bird needed to sing so I added some metal brads shaped like music notes. The brads were black and being such they blended in too well with the tree, I wanted them to stand out. Trying around different colors I finally settled on silver. So I sanded the brads and then used a paint pen in sliver to color them.

For my letters I just grabbed random letters from my chipboard. I actually colored them all black with sharpie. Again the letters didn't "pop" so I decided to add some pen stitching with a white gelly-roll pen.

I was quite pleased with the finished product. It will make a fun addition to the wall in my craft area. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014


As I said I have had a "craft crisis" with many of my supplies unavailable to me to play with. That being the case I have been playing a lot with paint, canvases, and Faber-Castell gelatos. Within my mom's painting treasures was "texture paste" I have never played with it before and wanted to experiment.

I thought it would be cool to make another gift for a friend. She is an amazing person and the Lord has done such a transformation in her life. It's awesome to see!

So I started out with a Gelato background, when that was dry, I outlined the word "Transformed" and then filled it in with texture paste, building up layers. I colored in the paste to blend in slightly with the background but then outlined it with a black sharpie to give the letter's more definition.

Wanting to have something to symbolize a transformation, I stamped butterflies on vellum and then heat embossed them. When cool I colored them in with painted on Gelatos and then cut out the butterflies. Bending them slightly at the middle I was able to hot glue them on just down the middle to give the look of the butterflies being "in flight" as well as landing on the word "Transformed."

After adding a scripture reference I called it done. It looks much cooler "in person" and my friend Erica loved it!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Showers of Blessing

As you may know, my daughter Winter graduated from High School last night. Today we celebrated HER with a party. A friend of mine gave Winter the most adorable gift.

She was told to save the money for a rainy day! How cool is that!!! Thanks MaryLee!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Graduate!

Today I would like to take a moment to honor my daughter! Winter is an amazing young lady! I have had the privilege of not only raising her, but teaching her as well.  She is a talented musician playing violin, guitar and mandolin and wishes to become a worship leader and music instructor someday and go back to the Christian Youth Center and work with kids providing a music program for the organization.

 She graduates from "homeschool" as well as High School tonight and I couldn't be more proud of the woman of God she is becoming!

For your listening enjoyment. Czardas by Monti

Winter has recently started a blog if you wish to read her random thoughts about life, music and the like visit her blog Synthetic Plastic

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

On Tuesday You Shall DYE!

One of the loves of my life is volunteering at the Christian Youth Center of Morris. My kids have been involved with their program for several years and I have helped on and off through the years with projects and events. The past two years (ish)  I have had the privilege of volunteering there on a regular basis. I love working with the amazing teens that cross our path and just loving on them.

Being that I volunteer there occasionally the board lets me get away with CRAZY ideas!! So that being the case I decided to see if any of the kids were interested in tie dying! Well not only were the kids but the adults were. So I set out to make a memory they wouldn't want to forget.

Having worked with a friend for several years at a homeschool group I am a part of I wanted to use the professional strength dyes for our project. I knew that would involve, presoaking in soda ash, and then using dyes that well change your skin all kinds of strange colors, but I knew to get the effects I wanted it needed to be done.

When all was said and done 30 teens and 10 adults dyed 70 shirts. In addition to dying shirts for ourselves we tie dyed shirts to put in shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! 

Their creations turned out AMAZING!!!!! It was a night none of us will forget for a long time! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

All tangled up!

Last year I was given a "Zentangle" book. I have always been a doodler but was enjoying the guidelines to make my doodles more "purposeful." I love the black on white look and enjoy just playing around with a sharpie on cardstock.  I love "tangling" during meetings. I find the doodling helps me focus on what is being said, it also calms me down when things can get heated ;)

The one problem with being down sick is that you have WAY too much time on your hands late at night after you have slept all day. This offered me a perfect opportunity to play.

Grabbing a canvas from a stack left over from a class, I started out with a giant letter "E" (for my daughter.) I then proceeded to tangle the inside. To finish it off, I added some washi tape to frame out the canvas.

The finished project was a fun canvas to decorate her bedroom. She LOVED it. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Playing with paint and canvas

So when your house is torn up with a never ending rehab project meaning your craft supplies are for the most part "boxed up" what's a gal to do? Play with what's in front of her that's what! As you know my mom passed away and I have had the rather difficult task of cleaning out her house. One of the treasures I took with me was some of her painting supplies. That being the case I have been dabbling with canvas and ink lately.

A friend of mine asked me to make her something for her kitchen so I had this idea of a watering can "showering love" now I am NOT a fact the kids usually come up to me and say "my mom what a nice picture." so I didn't want to do a whole watering can just give the illusion....

So I just did the top of the can. I added a saying and some hearts and called it done. 

I found out after the fact, that her entire living room is decorated in watering cans, so loved the idea of  carrying the theme into the kitchen  :) I'll let you know what she thinks of it.