Monday, April 30, 2012
Today, I am sharing how to create a unique "Stenciled & Stitched Special Occasion Greeting Card"... PERFECT for friends or family!
In this example, I am using one of My NEW! Bird Stencils by StencilGirlProducts.
In this example, I am using a wash of Tsukineko Walnut Crystals.
On Tuesday, May 1st - Traci Bunkers - Gelatin Plate Printing On Fabric
On Wednesday, May 2nd - Lisa Engelbrecht - Script Lettering, Tattoo Style
On Thursday, May 3rd - Judy Coates Perez - How Can You Resist Such A Simple Technique
On Friday, May 4th - Melanie Testa - Thimble Cinch Add On Pattern
On Saturday, May 5th - Lyric Kinard - How To Edit Photos for ThermoFax Screens
On Sunday, May 6th - Jill Berry - Layers Of My Heart
Stop by each site for more May Day inspired projects and tutorial joy!
Friday, April 27, 2012
It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived."
-Jean Luc Picard
This is my favorite photo...weary little robin, sleep, may your dreams be sweet.
I was completely crushed by the discovery and seriously debated whether to even share these images, as my tender heart melts into a puddle of tears each time I see these pictures. This year has definitely been a lesson in the harsh realities of nature. However, I continue to hold hope for the future and all its possibilities.
* And a question for you, dear reader... would it be better to remove the nest or leave it hoping for a new beginning? Many Thanks for any information you can share.
*Update 12:00 noon on 4/27/12, I wanted to share this small ray of sunshine. I felt really down after publishing the post above, so I decided to treat myself to lunch out, and I was very glad I did. I encountered a sweet family of ducks and their newly hatched ducklings that had taken up residence in an large empty planter outside Wendy's. They were kind enough to visit with me for a few moments, making me smile and helping to mend a broken heart.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Kansas Butterflies & Moths Pocket Naturalist Guide and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Butterflies.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Today, I am so excited to share one of my new favorite books, Stash Happy Applique. I was so honored when author, Cynthia Shaffer, contacted me last year, wanting to use fabrics for her endeavor from my Premier Collection, Nature Inspired.
So not only do I have the pleasure of being a contributor, but charmed by page after page of super cute projects highlighting unique ideas, tips, techniques, and motifs.
My Branches and Berries Fabric is part of Flower Power Pendants starting on page 37. Cynthia was so kind to gift her creation to me as a thank you.
I hope you will check out this wonderful book! And as a bonus, Cynthia and Lark Books are offering readers a handful of bonus projects on-line.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
This week I am definitely "Gettin My Ink On!" Inspired by the recent
trip to the city's Botanical Garden on my birthday. I used every color
of ink to decorate new journal pages and discovered a rainbow.
These are some experiments I did before applying the ink in my journal.
I am so please with the end results, such a bright, happy background...
Thursday, April 19, 2012
So after several weeks of carefully watching,
patiently waiting, consulting with birding
friends, and desperately hoping the little
House Finch would return, I made the difficult
decision to remove the nest from the front
Such a gut-wrenching experience, I shed
so many tears during the ordeal that my
heart felt as if it would break into a
The eggs are breathtaking, honestly more
beautiful than any gemstone. However,
I would much rather have had these miracles
as part of the world, instead of in a state
of eternal repose.
A few days after, my husband spotted a
gift.... a mama Robin busy, busy building
a cozy abode in perfect view from our
dining room windows. The nest is woven
with more colorful yarn bits and even a
ribbon I had tied around a garden statue.
So with one ending comes another beginning!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
As a birthday gift to myself, I decided to
abandon my normal routine yesterday,
and go on an adventure.
With no set plans, I meandered through
the moments filled with joy, soaking in
LOTS inspiration from flowers, a few
butterflies and a surprise waiting for me
Many Thanks to all for the lovely birthday messages!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This new journal entry was more of a challenge
than I have experienced with earlier pages. Not
unusual, as all artists have ups and downs during
the creative process.
When wrestling with a work, I have found that it
is best if I let it rest, not try and force a solution.
SO," let it rest" is exactly what I did for almost the
entire week... slowly, very slowly the work began
to come to fruition.
I started by using some favorite colors to paint
a background using a dry brush technique.
My painted background went through many
iterations. This was a picture of only my first
Ultimately, I felt the pages were to dark, so I
lightened them with coat of heavy white acrylic
paint and added texture with a piece of stenciled
I love creating custom shipping tags from
vintage papers. I decided to make several
and used almost everyone of them in the
I added small stitched details to the cut paper leaves
to draw the viewer into the artwork for a closer look.
Finding the right balance between all the elements on
the page was probably what took me the most time.
I especially like the burst of art that seems to radiate
from the center and the absence of visuals on the
I am very pleased with the finished pages!!!