It has been so long since I have posted anything. I recorded a show at least a month ago and am just now getting around to editing it. We have finally gotten some good weather and I can't seem to drag myself away from all the work that needs to be done outside.
A few weeks ago our baby chicks (68 of them) arrived from Murray McMurray Hatchery. They were cute. Now only half are cute. The other half (Cornish Crosses) are freaky weird chickens. Their size and behavior just weirds me out. I don't think we will get the Cornish Crosses again. We have nicknamed them "The Fatties." We will butcher them on October 15th. It should be interesting. Our first time.
I have been busy with a bunch of other stuff like yardwork, goats, gardening, and a few mud runs and triathlons. Stuff. So busy. Oh, and my youngest daughter and I played volleyball 3-4 times a week all summer, including several tournaments. Fun. Now that school is about to start I have been busy driving my daughter back and forth to volleyball practices. She is going to a high school about 1/2 hour away so I am spending a lot of time in my car trying to figure out how to keep myself motivated to work (instead of taking a nap while I wait for her practices to finish!) Ok, so I promise to get this show edited and up by Monday.
My mom came over yesterday so that we could work on some of the projects/ideas from the latest issue of Somerset Studio. We ended up working through two projects in the May/Jun 2011 issue of the magazine instead. We started with the bird drawing exercise on page 30. I wasn't too sure about doing this one, but I actually really enoyed it and found myself wanted to draw more birds later.
In the instructions it suggest to use ink pads for color. We tried. It didn't work so well for us (probably because we used wc paper) so I broke out the water soluble oil pastels. Much better.
After spending time on the birds we moved on to the Lively Layers workshop on page 99. I thought I would really enjoy this one but it didn't hold up to my expectations. I could have been that I was so excited about the bird results that anything after that would have fallen short. I kind of think that I have developed enough of my own style that it is getting harder for my to follow the step by step directions of someone else without feeling like what I am working on is a bit off. In the end though, I was please with my background. Now I need to make something with it!
Some may say it is too early for Christmas decorations but it is never too early to try a new craft technique even if the project is Christmas related. In this episode Michelle revisits her "Peace on Earth" holiday decoration project with a new technique. Using large strips of craft paper she creates paper flowers which then frame the saying.
To make your own decoration gather these supplies:
Each year we have a duck that comes through our creek with a few babies. I was super excitied the other day to see a new duck in our backyard.
If you look closely you can see two little yellow babies off to the side. I am not sure what kind of duck this is. It isn't the same kind of duck that has visited us in the past. It has great big orange feet. In other news, I also found a fresh pile of horse manure in our backyard. Another visitor! We don't have horses anymore so I thought this was kind of funny. Especially since we never saw a horse. Such a big animal and we missed it.
p.s. - New show tomorrow!
My youngest daughter and I brought home three baby goats this week. Part Boar and part Nubian. They are so cute. Cute with a capital "C" cute. They are still pretty young so we are bottle feeding them. They love to play and jump around. They are very entertaining. We hope as they get older they will help us keep some of our brush down.
I decided that a person COULD have too many game pieces after all. So it is time to share them with my fellow crafters. I made up several different types of packs and will have them on Etsy as soon as I am finished with this post. If you are not sure what to do with game pieces, check out this video How to Make Scrabble Tile Charms or the Super Simple Stamped Butterfly Pendant video.
My garden finally has stuff growing in it! I wanted to show you pictures but realized you wouldn't get the full effect unless you saw the "before" pictures. So here are some pictures of my garden and of our new shed that we are in the process of turning into a working space.
We built the hoophouse/greenhouse last year from info and instructions provided by The Door Garden website. But ours didn't cos $50 likes his, but around $150. We replaced the plastic this year and will replace it again within the next year with something a bit more see through. But, it works well enough for us to grow lettuce, spinach, carrots and beets.
Inside of greenhouse
We are working on turning the shed into a small office space. We have added the vintage windows and will add trim, shutters and a cute portch. I will post more photos when it looks a bit better and when the garden actually has stuff growing in it.
In this episode I re-work an old collage into a new one using brighter, bolder colors and different materials. Some of the materials used for this project include:
About 1 1/2 years ago I made these darker collages while in a class. I spent quite a bit of time on them but never really fell in love with them. Then, a while back I found them again and decided to see what I could do with them. Having used Portfolio brand oil pastels in a class a few months ago, I decided to use these to brighten up my collage. After completing the first one I continued on the complete the other one that I had attempted at the same class.
In this series of photos you can see one of the collages at the beginning and middle stages. The last photo is the same collage. I just collaged and painted over it!
I promise I am still here. Actually, I have recorded two shows and am in the process of editing them. I have to try and squeeze it in in between running my daughter to volleyball practices and training for another off-road sprint triathlon.
In the meantime, take a look at the scrapbook paper I have listed on Etsy. This is all brand new paper from my craft store that I moved into my home studio. I desperately need to move the paper out to make room for more storage space.
I recently participated in a "technique fat book swap" where each participant shared a techique of their choosing. This swap was hosted by Belinda Spiwak through the mmartfriends yahoo group. Originally I had said that I was going to show the technique "burning wood glue with alcohol inks." I ended up not doing this, although I still want to try. I didn't do it because of the simple fact that if I tried to burn the glue and ink my paper would have caught fire. "Duh," I thought to myself. So I enede up just painting the wood glue on the paper and then adding the alcohol inks.
I really like how the inks spreads out in the circular pattern with the antennas coming of the edge. Pretty cool, huh? I haven't received my fat book pages back but I will post a few pictures when I do.
Here is the info I included with the pages I sent:
Alcohol inks and wood glue
This is a super simple technique that creates some very interesting backgrounds. To make this you will need Adirondack alcohol inks, wood glue, and watercolor paper. Paint the paper with wood glue and then add drops of alcohol ink. As an alternative you could then use your brush to mix the ink in with the glue. Or, how about mixing batches of ink and glue together and then painting with it? I love how the glue hardens when it dries giving the paper a bit of sturdiness.