Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hauls and Yarn and Jewelry and...

I went to A.C. Moore during their yarn sale days and scored some awesome yarns to make hats, baby things, amigurumi babies, and stuff. Four big canvasses and a huge lot of acrylics later (all at 50% off), I'm bound for painting a large, glorious tree through the four seasons. I scored some $1 jewelry parts so in a bit I hope to have three sets of earrings and a couple of necklaces or lots of silver-toned bracelets. I adore sterling, but it's so damned expensive!

I'm working on an owl hat for the baby (ck. out the owl hats on my Pinterest Crochet board) and the body of the hat is finished...the eyes, some side flaps and some tufts for the 'ears' are left...very simple parts. I want him to be comfy and such through the winter. He's still mostly bald and with my short hair and the cool days we've had, I can see where we both need hats. My hair is growing out like his, but...we're doomed for cold scalps for the winter.

Beyond that, some serious thrifting is in my future and major crocheting. I'll work in time to draw and sketch while I work on the Four Seasons.

Enough for now...Amber didn't happen last night so I have nada to report.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I'm woefully behind on my sketches and my thoughts on what to sketch. I've got a jacked up art journal going now and one that was abandoned but that I'll likely pick up and start again in...soon. The one I'm working in now will fool you. It's great looking on the outside and weak on the inside. Weak! People...Weak!

Apologies to Jen for not sketching. I'll get back to it and catch up! I promise...*hugs*. Other than that, I've spent the morning sleeping and watching art vids. Wasted? Nah, since the Methotrexate has me tired and down. I'm headed to Holly's maybe and have some family time. I need a pick-me-up!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Turning Point in My LIfe

Oh how I loved my Ix...

Fav. Candy...Salt Water Taffy!

Salt Water Taffy from Florida!

Day Nine

Backwards writing makes for weird handwriting. I tried to draw my TV. Lol...sad.


What's this do?

Fav. Cartoon Character!


Lost 6 sketches...damnit. Reproducing now!

That's "Return of the King" in Elvish...right? Ok, my swirls suck and it appears to be backwards English, but hey...I'm in a movie chair with popcorn and a soda. Oh to have popcorn again....

Catching up with Sketching

Hahaha....backwards. That's so me. Forgot that photo booth is a mirror. Duh! Oh well, my movie will be filled with backward writing awesomeness as well.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day Four (Out of Sequence...Naturally)

Elbow Beach, Bermuda. Those are tiny peeps on the beach. The beach is pinkish and the waters are turquoise! The temps range from 50-80 during the day with ocean breezes (winter to summer temps) and at night, 50-65. The almost daily average is 70. Heaven on Earth.

Sketching Challenge Continues!

Do spirit guides count?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

30 Day Sketching Challenge

Day Three: My Fav. spaghetti if you can't tell. Yes, it looks like a bowl of worms with space boulders sticking out, but...come on, there's a fork! The lighting sucked, so it's hazy. Maybe that's better? For absolute proof of it's goodness, I put it in a big bowl for how much I'd want to eat at any time! Yummy...Noms for the win!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day Two of Sketching and a Hurricane

Day Two requires that I draw my favorite animal. I did a quick 15 min sketch of a cool Tabby only adding in big, big eyes! Important. All things should have big eyes. I later added whiskers over his eyes...duh.

Hurricane Irene is threatening my area. It's scary and the same time. I hope she's not a Hugo...

Monday, August 22, 2011

30 Days of Sketching!

Day One:
"Yourself" - here's a 10-min big-eyed doll sketch of the midst of being thin. Note, I am idealistically and unrealistically thin! Googly-eyes and uneven lips - wait, why not?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

30 Day Sketching Challenge

I'm not even able to cheat! I read today and let my back/knees rest...which lead to laziness.

Friday, August 19, 2011

30 Day Drawing Challenge

Jen has enticed me into doing a 30 day drawing challenge starting Monday, August 22, looks good! I like that it's a doodle challenge. That'd a lot simpler for me. If I had to do 30 days of intricate or accurate sketches...there'd not be 30 in a month...too lazy, too distractible, too into my kids and grandson, too...a ton of things.

So fun to come!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Doll Dreams Basic by Adriana Almanza

Adriana Almanza's "Doll Dreams Basic" is on sale through August 1, 2011.

Doll Dreams Basic Class

I'm excited about taking the "Doll Dreams Basic Class" and learning how to draw beautiful dolls for art journaling. Jen started thinking about it and showed me that, through July, she was offering it for $30 dollars and then it was going up to $50 in August. I've seen her work on YouTube and went for viewing more over the weekend. I signed up and am excited about starting. Everything is downloadable, so you have time to study it at any time, any where. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes I took from Suzi Blu and I keep an eye out for other art vids (which I watch periodically).

So, as far as movies go, I'm caught up to "The Deathly Hallows, Part II". Now to convince myself I want to sit in the theatre for it. I loved "Captain America" at the IMAX, but I have to say, I can't get myself fired up for much. Last movie I saw was "Thor" and the seats at theatres aren't any softer or more comfortable for my back/knees.

So the blanket grows by spurts and leaps. So far, I have 11 12"x12" squares, all in subtle, mid-tone blues and greens. I hope it continues to grow. That way I'll have the next 25 squares (ahhh!) done and lots of left-overs for a shawl. Clean your plate!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Crochet - My Fav Pattern

I'm crocheting again and have some awesome things to show for it...scarves, hats, computer sleeves and I'm currently finishing up my favorite pattern for a blanket for a present! I have a couple of rows left on the outside and I'm really happy that it went so quickly. It's soft and verigated - easy to care for and sturdy.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Newsboy Hat

I finished the Red Heart Newsboy hat in 48 minutes on my first try. The pattern is super fast and easy and looks great. My first attempt was in a dark, dark brown - a little too dark to be photographed and posted here, but I'll work on a lighter one for show.

Word to the wise, the pattern runs small if you're on gauge.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Plans for Crafts

Gotta get my head together on things that I can do that aren't back-wrenching for gifts and such. Puts brains on high power. Other than that...I'm still sketching...getting my mixed media journals filled with various things. This one is destined for a journaling page.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Artist Resource

This is a fantastic artist's resource for copyright-free imagery. BibliOdyssey has listing that you could spend hours digging into and never come close to finding your way out.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Art Stuff and Crochet Possibility

Found a great little pattern through Ravelry for a shell patterned bag. I bought 2 lbs of 100% cotton mill ends for $9 today - a lovely teal, brown, verigated-ish yarn. The yarn was on sale for 2 for $9. I probably should've bought 4 skeins yesterday, but that was yesterday. The binomial decision maker didn't give me the heads up yesterday and I walked away. After pondering some bags, I managed to get it with Holly's help.

Art supplies...I had a 40% off coupon from AC Moore and almost bought an $18.99 set of Sharpie poster pens, but instead reigned in my need and settled for a couple of inexpensive, 100-lb bristal pads for $3/each after their in-store 40% off. I found a brayer and used my 40% off on that and whoot...came home with little money spent, but with a nice haul purchased. Toss in a bone folder, a key woobie, two Dover books - both Faeries (one stained glass coloring book and the other a faerie fashion book) for $1.91 each instead of the $6.99 Dover charges....and I'm pretty happy.

Altered Art and Crochet...I'm down to that for hobbies at the moment. Writing is a part of life, so I don't count it as a hobby, but more of a sanity shield.

Enjoy the pattern.

Crocheted Duffle Bag/Purse

Clicky on the title for a great duffle pattern. It was originally made from two strands of DK cotton but one strand of the bulkier cottons would work really well. I'm nervous about the zipper, so I'll probably continue on with my soft summer sling bag for now.

Here's the link on Ravelry:

Friday, February 04, 2011


I'm enjoying crocheting with this lovely organic cotton. I'm making face scrubbies in my favorite square pattern and discovering the right hook to use with a heavier cotton than worsted weight.


Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Art of Silliness 3.0

I joined Carla Sonheim's workshop for the month of January-February for a mere $25. She's the author of "Drawing Lab" and I love her easy-going style of learning art.

Now that I've spammed you with everything wonderful about this lady's work, I'm here to say it's fun to have assignments ...even if they are cute and not torturously laborious. I'm sketching more and loving contour drawings all over again, even if they're in the margins of my journal and not in a valid sketchbook.

Limited other things to tell. I've had the crud for six days now and I think I'm finally making headway into "wellness land". However, I'm noticing the path is thorny and uphill. I had to miss my Methotrexate dose. That blows. I'll ache and hurt more than the cold and the rainy weather have tossed me into this week. Bleh. This, too, shall pass.

Writing tons in a cheap-ass, graph paper Composition book in Breast Cancer Relief pink. I'm hoping it turns out to be worthwhile. I've been working on this one 'book' since 1991. I should have 20,000 pages by now or well past 10 million words. Not. Sigh.

Photos and a new format coming soon!

Amazon Fiasco

Good morning everyone! (Barely morning). I found out something intriguing and infuriating about Amazon today. If you have an "