Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Why aren't I posting?

I've been sick... sorry friends.  You might think I overdid it on the gardening (I usually do – it's great exercise), but most likely I picked up bronchitis.   Hope to be back on track next week.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

in the garden....

is where I have been.  I am feeling a sense of urgency this year to start and finish projects.  And I really do feel like I am making progress.

Here is the garden related crafting I did last week:

Very old, brown magazine holder, collaged with garden catalog photos.  Yay for Mod Podge!  Now I have one nice place to keep all my garden catalogs together.

Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

*8 Things: Learned/Learning/Learn


1. To say no.
2. Everything, yes, everything is connected.
3. Composting - my son told me yesterday "Your compost is way better than the one from the store." I can make awesome healthy soil.

4. It will be okay.
5. To move my body again, thank you Nia dance!
6. My stuff does not define me (this one is hard, I have issues with letting go of "things")

7. To eat healthy
8. To say no.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Self-Portrait Saturday #6

Cutting it close today . . .

Photography and typing all in one (super efficient)!

Luckily you can not see how dirty my fingernails are!  I've been in the garden for the past few days getting ready to plant some seeds, sifting three wheelbarrows of compost, cleaning out the chicken coop, and looking for free plants, paver bricks, and even more compost on craigslist.

 I am reading Gaia's Garden, rereading actually, and finding so many great ideas.  I wish I had the time, energy and money to do half of them.  Hopefully after implementing more permaculture ideas, spring gardening won't be so much back-achey work.

I'll be back to more crafty stuff later this week.  

Where ever you are: enjoy the sun, be grateful for the rain.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Some pretty things...

Nina Bagley's jewelry, this is an older one.  Some of her newer designs on Ornamental are more colorful, still so beautiful.

The altered "fancy" knits at Anthropologie.  I love all the ruffles, flowers, pintucks and lace. Their catalog is inspiring me to remake some of my plain t-shirts.  I am trying to discipline myself to always do some hand sewing when I'm watching tv.

Who and what will inspire you today?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Self-Portrait Saturday #5

Sample for Picasso Art Literacy project.  Cubist Collage Self-Portrait.   At the moment I do have hot pink streaks in my hair. 

Go play!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Something green...

in honor of Style Shock Cheer!  

I'll be in Anaheim for a long weekend cheering for my niece at competition.  My largest packing/traveling dilemma seems to be... "What project will I work on?"  Idle hands = no more fingernails for me, so fabric roses it will be.  (that rhymes, sorry!)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vintage button sweater

Collections... Sometimes you have a collection that you love that you can't imagine actually using.  My grandma's vintage linens are like this for me, I am fine wearing her jewelry, but gorgeous lace tablecloths actually put on the table... I'm not there yet.
Buttons are a collection that can be beautiful in storage and in use.  I love my little button jars, all the different colors and patterns, sorting them out to find the perfect little accent for jewelry or a project. 
Another sweater from Target (surprise, surprise). Vintage shell buttons 
replaced the original plain brown buttons. 
Eventually, I figured out these were shoe buttons, like these I found on ArtFire
  Maybe they originally were from a pair of boots like these vintage Victorian boots
Problem: The little gap near the waistline always bothered me.
Solution: It just needed MORE buttons!!!!!
I love how doubling the number of the buttons solved the gaping problem 
and beautifully refers back to the original source of the buttons. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April Stash Bust

I have a lot of craft stuff...  It sometimes seems like it is taking over my house... oh, wait!  It actually is!  And living as green as possible is an important part of my daily life.

So when Diane of CraftyPod shared this with me, I knew I had to join in. 

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, you can make a pledge not to buy any new craft supplies, art materials, tools or fabric for the entire month of April.  Go get a badge from Dollar Store Crafts and check out the whole story over there.  Then, create a project from your stash using only what you have on hand. Submit your finished project detailing the stash materials you used with a link to your finished project by Earth Day, April 22nd.

I am so in on this one... I actually gave away my craft store coupons for this week, thereby removing temptation. This is a great opportunity to evaluate what you have, organize your stash, reduce (give some stuff away to a school, church or shelter), reuse, recycle.  My mind is always full of potential projects, so challenges like this are a great way for me to prioritize and energize myself to create.

Off to eat some chocolate (also good for energizing)...  Thank you, Easter Bunny! *bock*bock

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Self-Portrait Saturday #4

So I've had a few people ask me...

"What's up with this self-portrait thing?"

It is not my usual kind of activity, it seems a little vain and self-centered, so it makes me a little uncomfortable every time.  Part of my inspiration is a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, "Do one thing every day that scares you."  Hmmm, maybe I should change it to one thing every week...

Another reason I started doing the self-portrait project was because it forces me to blog on a more regular basis and be accountable to myself.  I really enjoy blogging, researching information and preparing photographs, but sometimes life and responsibilities get in the way.

Like right now,  I really need to finish a lesson plan on Picasso for elementary school art classes.  The focus is cubism and self-portraiture.  Maybe next week, I'll take a break from the photography for my Saturday self-portrait.

This week I spent some time (maybe a little too much) making fabric roses, seen here on the t-shirt I'm holding. Very fun recycling/altering/sewing project... I can't wait to do more... and share!