Friday, June 17, 2016

Something new

Besides walls, I’ve never really painted anything.  I dabbled a few times when Donna Dewberry was all the rage, attempting to make various home decor pieces.  I just never felt that confident in what I created. 

The last trip to our favorite island found some changes, they had redecorated the rooms, the dark heavy wood walls had been painted white, new drapes billowed in the Caribbean breezes and there was a piece of art work over the bed that I fell in love with. It was a mixed media sort of piece, an impressionist style painting with sand, shells, sea glass and bits of broken mirror all along the bottom. I loved it and wanted so much to recreate something similar, but my self doubt in painting skills continually caused me to push it to the back.

Recently, for various reasons I’ve been dabbling in all kinds of crafty endevors.  Things that I wouldn’t have done, tools I wouldn’t have used, products I’ve only read about have landed on my desk.  I finally set aside my self doubt and set out to create my first impressionist style piece of art!


I like it, I don’t love it though.  The colors aren’t quite where they need to be for the sea and the sky.  The wave area may also be a little too wide, though in the real life version hints of aqua can be seen.  If you’ve never seen the waters of the Caribbean they are something so hard to describe, dark blue in places where the corals are, but a crystal green where the white sand reflects the sun and an even darker blue in the places where the thick sea grass grows.  The way the ocean and the sky meet is more of a gentle fade, a melting into each other almost.

This is my first try, so I didn’t expect perfection, not that I ever do really, that isn’t my style.  I won’t put the sand and seashells on this one, but I will hang it in my crafting space and look at it often.  It’s really quite calming!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WOYWW #354

Good Wednesday follow deskers, I’ve returned for another round of hopping and sharing.  Before I get to the juicy bits I want to answer the question so many asked about ‘naked rubber’ last week.  I had several red rubber stamps that had slid off their ez mount and it was making a sticky mess.  So I peeled it off, cleaned with adhesive remover and then a nice soapy bath.  Following that I applied Aleens Tack It to the back of the stamps, now they act much like clear, sans being able to see through them lol!

Now this is what I like to call, the damage after Easter lol.  Scrap paper and paper pads to put away, stamp set too.  On the far left is my newly acquired book You Can Draw In 30 Minutes a Day and a drawing set.  My mother is a most amazing artist as is my brother.  The gene apparently skipped over me or went dormant, I’m not sure which, but I thought I’d give it a shot and see if I can learn to draw even if it’s just basic sketches of flowers and leaves.


So that’s it, now off you go to see Julia at the Stamping Ground and all the other wonderous desk!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WOYWW #353

Good Wednesday to you, it’s time for another day of over sharing our creative spaces and hidden places!  Don’t know what I’m talking about, hop over to see Julia at the Stamping Ground. She can explain it all brilliantly!


Today I attempted to give you a full desk shot, I took three pictures and stitched them together, all but the far left made the cut, I actually had to lower the blind so you could see the entire desk.  Lots happening so I’ll go quickly through starting at the far right, two sheets of naked rubber that have been bathed in Aleens Tack-It and left to dry.  Under them my box of scraps still waiting to be sorted and you can just see my magnetic bar peeking out behind it needing to be mounted to put all my large scissors on. A few tools, two Easter cards in various stages of completion and a third getting ready for production is found in the middle of my desk. Beside that are some of the stamp sets I was using to create said cards and more papers and cardstock.  There is a very guilty bottle of glitter on the table, it tried to toss itself off the table sans cap onto the floor and my lap yesterday. That ultrafine glitter can really travel and boy does it stick, to everything.

Okay enough about my desk, off to see who is doing what today!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Reclaiming my space, nearing completion..

It has taken me longer than normal to get my crafting area back to where it makes me happy.  It was really a mess and since I’m moving slower than normal these days, that delayed the progress as well. 


Here you can see that I’ve gotten all my stamps, sans Christmas and winter transferred over to the laminated cardstock and Avery Elle pocket style of storage.  I purchased laminating pouches, a Scotch laminator and some 110# cardstock to make this project a reality.  The dividers are made of light weight cardstock cut to size and laminated for extra strength.  Christmas and winter are next and will be housed in their own bin.  Sadly my laminator died prior to completion so it’s looking like the Close to My Heart sets will end up on Duralar sheets in the Avery pouches.  The laminator was $20 and only had a 30 day warranty.  I would not recommend the Scotch laminator to anyone!


Remember I said those pouches had to go, well they are gone!  I was sitting at the table and was looking at them and trying to figure out something different to do that wasn't expensive. I was looking at those small plastic containers and realized that if I found something that was less than 2” tall it would fit.  I searched Amazon for a while before coming across a few different options.  The first were the longer pencil boxes, those worked great for my brushes and other items that had a little length to them.  Then I found the Iris photo boxes, they come in sets of 10 two sizes 4x6 and 5x7 they are absolutely perfect!  I got some hook only Velcro dots and attached to the bottom of the boxes and viola’ I’m a happy and organized girl!


Look at all that extra space I gained by mounting that monitor, I knew that was a good idea!


This is not the final paper arrangement, for anything other than my Bazzill., it’s out of those holders and exposed for me to see.  The rest is just my printed paper packs that I need figure out how I want to sort them to make sure I’m actually using them.  That’s always been my biggest problem with any of my supplies and even stamps, out of sight, out of mind.  Right now they are all in plain sight that is for sure.  Paper has always been that one supply for me that is a challenge to organize, I have tried so many different ways and still not found one that I love.  I’m hoping that now with all the precut card layers (you can see them in the bin on the right) it will be easier to use. The printed papers remain a mystery for me, for now.

If you have any suggestions on good ways to store patterned papers, I’m all ears.  Please let me know how you store yours in the comments, I really need some ideas on that stuff!

Happy creating..

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What is on your workdesk this Wednesday #352

Here we are again, peeking in on people crafty spaces and desky happenings.  If you still have no clue as to what I’m talking about go over and visit Julia our ring leader at The Stamping Ground.


Here is my actual desk basking in the morning sunlight.  Not a lot going on, in a crafty sort of way, but loads going on in the getting it put away sort of way. If you’ve been checking in you know that I was out of commission for a while and my space became a bit of a dumping ground that I had to clean and tidy up.  Now, off to the far right, my Really Useful Box full of scraps I need to sort.  My new laminator on top of that. My newly mounted on the wall monitor that takes up desk space no more.  My copic binder and Prismacolor chart and look those crazy birds are still hanging around from last week. The middle is a collection of storage bags that I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with. The bin behind is holding a collection of polymer stamps that need indexing and my crazy talk stamp set waiting to be put away.  Just to the left there a container of large scissors and another empty one.  They had tissues in them and I think that they must be able to be repurposed for something!

I have partners in crime today


First up is my Ally who loves all boxes and bins especially ones in the sunlight.


My very large puppies.  Cooper the Blue Harlequin is 2 years old, Tucker the solid Blue is almost a year old.  They make for great company and entertainment all the day long.

Well that’s it for today. off you go to explore the world of crafty places and spaces..