Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wanting to Get Back to My Old Ways

I haven't painted since December 10th. My soul just screamed a little bit. That is the longest that I have gone without painting in years. I must get back into the routine of painting everyday. I truly love it, and I miss it terribly. I know that there isn't an excuse, but, I've been so incredibly busy this holiday season with so many things. I want to create new work that dazzles and amazes, that captures the imagination. I guess the bottom line is that I want to create new work that is different and exciting and that also is the best that I can offer. I think that in order to do this I may have to let go of the idea of creating a painting everyday. I like doing this, and it certainly produces a lot of paintings, but I have to wonder how much more I could offer in each painting. The painting a day exercise has been the greatest teacher that I have ever had, I have learned more than any book could ever teach me. I wonder if I should continue, or start really taking my time with my paintings, and producing less, but more detailed work.
It's not really about the quantity with either approach. It is more about the learning process. I don't know, I really have to mull it over and figure out which is more beneficial right now. There are many others who create a painting a day, and their work is fabulous. Somehow they manage to paint realistic and just plain beautiful paintings. One of my favorites is Abbey Ryan. Her art is so simple and beautiful, I love it. From what I've seen she paints a lot of foods, some of them unusual. You should check out her blog here: http://ryanstudio.blogspot.com/
I have been doing a lot of glass and resin pendants and magnets. They have sold quite well this holiday season and of course, take a fraction of the time a painting takes. Here are my newest pendants and magnets:








Monday, December 14, 2009

Bottle Caps - The Finished Product

I posted at least a week ago about the bottle caps that I am making now and how much I like them. They are super cute and I just ordered 200 more to keep me busy for a while. Here are some of the finished ones. I like the bottle caps a lot and I think that I will be adding some magnets to the collection.




Monday, December 7, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

It's the most wonderful time of the year. This is it - the holiday season. Crazy shopping, crazy cooking, crazy wrapping, crazy decorating ... I think that it is just the craziest time of year. This year though, I'd like to create some new traditions with my children.
We have all the traditions of baking and adorning the tree with pretty plushy ornaments (three year old in the house). I'd like to do something new this year - something exciting and different. I think that I will get the kids together and make ornaments. I think that would be so much fun. It would have to be super simple and easy because, like I said there will be a three year old involved. I am looking through some books searching for something that all of us could do without injuring ourselves or each other and something that wouldn't cause my entire house to be messy.
I like these ideas:
http://crafts.kaboose.com/marbled-glass-ornaments.html
http://crafts.kaboose.com/family-history-book.html
http://crafts.kaboose.com/marbleized-ornament.html
http://crafts.kaboose.com/reindeer-food.html
I'll let you know which ones we ended up doing and how it went :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Etsy OOAK

I just love unique and one of a kind things. I decided to do a search on etsy for some handmade ooak items. These are my favorites:










Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Drum Roll Please ..........

The winner of my November blog giveaway is ... Tamara!!!

In other news - my new bottle caps! I am loving them. This is the first time that I've done these and the first batch came out really cute! It's a learning curve - it's different than the scrabbles. I'm working on the second batch today. I have a craft show coming up this weekend, and I'd like to have a lot of these done for the show.


This is how the first few came out. I'm pretty satisfied with them.









Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Winner of Giveaway to be announced in the morning!

So excited to announce the winner of my blog giveaway tomorrow morning! It's a good one :)