Saturday, April 5, 2014

Almost Done!

I finally finshed cleaning and purging the studio (almost).  All the glass cupboards are now just waiting for the movers, as well as the closet and the rest of the room.  Now, I have to go through all the bottom shelves and cupboards and sort out all the stuff that's been in there for 12 years - stuff that had nowhere else to hide!

Actually, moving can be a great motivator to get rid of things that we no longer want or need.  Of course, there are so many emotional ties to objects - and some of those are valid.  I just want to feel lighter.  I remember when we moved into this house, I had so many empty rooms and shelves!  It didn't take long to fill it to the brim!

This is only one room!  I have so much more to do before I can put it on the market in May!

The "Welcome Home" banner is something I'm making for the church - it will be gone soon.

To the right is my art table and everything that I can't live without during this process!

And, to the left is my sewing station - cause I still have to make things for Mount Dora! (And, notice that I've cleverly hid the litter boxes?)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Downsizing is Hard!

For all of you who get my blog post by email, sorry about this, but the video didn't download the first time - and, this might not work either!

So, the first thing I had to do to get the house ready to be on the market is to clean my studio!  What a mess!  I can't believe how much stuff I have in there!  I decided that as I cleaned, I would sort - put some things in storage, throw away a lot of things that I no longer need  - and make my studio look as minimal as possible.  Good intentions,right?  HA!  I think I'm just going crazy!  If this video works, this is what it looked like the last time I "cleaned" - which is shorthand for moving things around!

And, here is where I am today - after 2 days of work - and I took a carload of knitting stuff in tubs and boxes to the storage unit!

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm Still Here!

Thought I would post an older collage piece, since I haven't been making art lately!  I can't believe that it's been a month since my last post!  What have I been doing???

Really, not much!  Making prayer quilts, cards and bowls and stuff for Mount Dora - and just doing nothing!  But, now, we've decided to put our house on the market in May, and plan on moving back to Kansas City!  Lee's Summit, MO to be exact.  Even though we love the weather here in Florida, we miss the kids and the grandkids - AND Spring and Fall (Winter, not so much).

So now my focus will be on cleaning out closets, drawers and cupboards and getting this place ready to sell!  I hope there will be some time in there for making some art -- we'll see!  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hope and Love

Man, I need to order some more Stencil Girl Stencils!  I'm part of the SG Stencil Club, and if I want to post my journal pages on their FB page, I can only use SG stencils.  So, all of my posts are starting to look alike - nothing but birds in the garden!!  Oh well, I just got paid for my last class, so I see an order in my future.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today's Collage Class

I taught another "Creative Collage" class today at She Scrapbooks in the Villages - and once again, had a great group of gals who were all so creative!

Left to Right
Seated:  Angela (Happy Birthday today!) & Shayla (my youngest student so far - 12 years old!)
Standing:  Susan, Sue and Paula
Marsha was also there, but left before the photo shoot!!

Thank you ladies - you made the day so much fun!  And, you all did amazing work!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Signs of Spring

Here in Florida, we are experiencing a gorgeous Spring-like day!  It led me to do this little journal page, using some of the stencils I received yesterday from the Stencil Girl Stencil Club!  This is a great stencil club, with a lot of added bonuses!  Check it out - click the Stencil Club button on the right!

Friday, February 14, 2014

It's Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  46 years ago, I went into labor on this day - in the middle of a great snowstorm!  Finally got into the hospital at around 10pm, but my beautiful baby girl decided to wait till the next day to be born!

So, Happy Birthday - tomorrow - to my wonderful daughter and best friend, Serena Dawn!  I love you more than words could ever express!  xoxo

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Birds on Stilts

Today in the mail, I received my "Mixed Media Inspiration Deck" by Kiala Givehand.  These cards are to be used to prompt you if you are stuck - which I always am!  So, I drew four cards from the deck - and here's what they said!

I had just gotten some new stencils from Stencil Girl - and I was wanting to use them, so here they are!  The worst part for me was writing with paint and a paintbrush.  I have such difficulty, that I don't like to do it.  But, in the spirit of the cards, I did - but I had to go over the letters later with a black pen.  Still don't like it, but, Oh Well - it is what it is!  I certainly will do it again - there are 52 prompts, so what could go wrong?  Ha!


I've joined The Stencil Girl Stencil Club.  In this club, you receive 3 exclusive stencils monthly, and access to all sorts of wonderful sites!  While I'm waiting for my first club stencils to arrive, I've been playing around with the stencils I do have.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Derwent Inktense Blocks

The other day, I received my Derwent Inktense Blocks.  I've been watching all sorts of videos using these blocks, and was very intrigued.  You can color on the page with the blocks (which is how I made the rainbow) and then add water - they become like watercolors, but once dry, they won't reconstitute - so you can add more wet paint or medium and they won't change their color! And, what intense colors!  Also, you can wet a paintbrush, rub it on the block and paint that way - that's how I did the flowers.  The flowers are a new stencil I bought from Stencil Girl.

So this is just a page in my journal, testing out things.