Monday, May 30, 2016

ICAD - warm-up #* . . . imperfect cirles


Just a few more days until Daisy Yellow's ICAD challenge starts.  I am really looking forward to 61 days of creative fun.  Warm-up # 8 was "imperfect circles" . . . I came up with these monster faces.
I love monster faces!

I had hoped to also be posting pictures of a finished doll, but instead I spent a good portion of to my long weekend cleaning and organizing our garage and my art/craft supplies.  The kind of cleaning that requires an awful mess in order to do it right!  I decided to enjoy the process.
I got rid of a lot of stuff . . . and I am exhausted.  
I tend to over do . . . but that's what Tylenol is for - right?  

GOOD THINGS THIS WEEKEND . . . 
1. Adam's baptism . . . and being his god parents.
2. Working on index cards
3. An almost clean garage . . .(I still have a few things to go through.)
4. Making a decision . . . and making it work
5. 3 day weekend . . . and only two more weeks of school!
6. Talking to Mom . . .she will be here in about a week!
7. Reading
8. Coffee and reading the paper in the morning with Richard
9. Feeling relaxed!
10. Apricots

Thursday, May 26, 2016

a little more ICAD warm-up . . .

"Creativity is seeing what everyone else
has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought."
~ Albert Einstein
One of the warm up prompts for ICAD 2016 is to make a collage using junk mail.
Oh . . . I think this challenge is going to be fun!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ICAD 2016

I decided to try the ICAD challenge this year. (Index-Card-A Day)
  It looks like fun and challenges are always a good way to spark my creativity.  
The challenge runs from June 1st thru July 31st . . . that's 61 index cards to create something on.  
If you are interested check it our here . . . Daisy Yellow.
It is a busy time of year for me to take on a 61 day challenge, but things will slow down once school is out . . . and this challenge sounds like more fun than a "challenge."
Grab a stack of index cards if the mood strikes you and join in.

Monday, May 23, 2016

love today!

"Never lose sight of the fact, 
that just being is fun."
~ Katharine Hepburn
 Happy Anniversary to these two couples . . . who share their anniversaries today.
Jake and Kasey have been married two years and Brent and Ashley have been married for six.  
I love these faces!
 Never enough time - especially this time of year, but I am doing pretty good at painting a little bit each night . . . and I am getting back to my dolls.  I just like all the color on my desk tonight.
My head is full of ideas . . . makes it hard to go to bed and then get up and go to work, but Summer vacation isn't far off!
 . . . and of course Charlotte has to paint whenever I do.  This is her latest creation.  
She has decided to paint a picture for everyone she knows.  


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

three little monsters . . .

I like my three little monsters . . . although I have a lot to learn about shading.
Looking at them makes me want to make three little monster dolls . . . which sounds like a fun project I should probably make some time for.  

Sunday, May 15, 2016

good things this weekend . . .





 GOOD THINGS THIS WEEKEND . . . 

1. A surprise party for Jacob . . . and we really pulled off the surprise
2. Flowers and Peace Signs
3. The perfect weather for a lazy Sunday
4. Chocolate cake for breakfast . . . just have to every so often.
5. All my kids and babies together!
6. Painting flowers
7. Charlotte being Charlotte . . . oh my she can be entertaining
8. Prayer . . . 
9. Wonderful colors
10. This picture of Stella . . . I love it!

Friday, May 13, 2016

painting with charlotte . . .

 She always has to start with PINK.  She has so much fun painting . . .
but also seems very serious about what she is doing.
I love watching children create.
 She is so proud of her painting.  
Grandpa told her that it needed to be framed and would make a frame for her picture.  
She was thrilled with that idea.
"Let yourself be drawn 
by the strong pull of what you love.
I will not lead you astray."
~ Rumi

Sunday, May 8, 2016

good things this weekend . . .

Busy is a choice.
Stress is a choice.
Joy is a choice.
 Choose well. 




Girls just want to have fun!
So I actually had hoped my weekend would be busier.  There were some things that I really wanted to get done, but things just didn't work out the way I had hoped . . . so I chose to just go with it and enjoy the weekend for what it was. 
 I had an unexpected phone call from a dear friend today.  We live quite close to one another, but life gets in the way too often and we go way too long without talking or seeing each other.  
We are working on correcting that. 

GOOD THINGS THIS WEEKEND . . . 

1. Mother's Day with my kids!
2. Playing with paint.
3. 50% off nearly everything I needed at Michael's
4. Lily and Charlotte playing dress up.
5. Talking to my dear friend Julie
6. Beer and rocks with Brent :)
7. Talking to my Mom 
8. Reading to Charlotte
9. Coffee . . . always a good thing
10. Getting some rain . . . my tomatoes are happy!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

painting every day . . .

Whatever you decide to do.
Make sure it makes you happy.




I found these pieces of cardboard last night when I went to put something away in a drawer.  (Who knows why I keep some of the things I do.)  Looking at them I thought they would be perfect just to mess around  with - with some doodles and paint.  I gave them a coat of gesso and now I have a whole stack of little pieces to play and experiment on.  My personality - who I am truly needs to create something every day  . . . whether it be a doll or a doodle or just a little painting on a piece of cardboard.  I also believe that the more I paint . . . I may just find myself painting what I want to paint.  I may just be able to put the ideas in my head on a canvas and have them look the way I want them to.  My goal . . . to paint something (not matter how small) everyday.  I am thinking that can only lead to something good.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

enjoy the process . . .

"To live a creative life, we must
lose our fear of being wrong."
~ Joseph Chilton Pearce



 I seem to like my practice painting better than the other things I am working on, 
but I am thinking of it as a process . . . and I always try to ENJOY THE PROCESS.
I'll just have to see where this crane painting goes . . . I don't like it - but who knows . . . I still might.
Now that I think about it, I do that when I make dolls all the time.  When I don't like how a doll is looking . . . I know that eventually I will come up with something and then I will like it.  Hopefully that happens with painting also.  (Enjoy the process . . . right?)  I probably need to paint more like Charlotte . . . just paint . . . and then proclaim, "Look, it's so beautiful!"
We can learn a lot from children!
This weekend went by way to quickly, but then weekends have a way of doing that.  
The weather was everything you could ask for on a weekend . . . perfect for being outside.  
We even had a small surprise thunderstorm last night . . . nothing huge, but enough thunder and lightening to make sitting on the patio while watching Fear the Walking Dead a little more fun.

GOOD THINGS THIS WEEKEND . . . 
1. Charlotte's help watering the garden
2. Lunch with Jennifer and Lily
3. Working on my rock peace sign in the backyard (finally)
4. Charlotte wanting to paint rocks.
5. Sarah coming over . . . staying late . . . and drinking champagne
6. A little thunder and lightening
7. "Love Suds" Open House . . . a friend of Jennifer's makes her own natural and organic spa products.  They are wonderful!
8. Sitting outside reading 
9. Richard making a fabulous dinner
10.  A relaxed, lazy Sunday . . . 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

just because . . .







Yesterday was simply a fun day.
Flowers, polka dots, doodles . . . little stuff that inspired me.
 Inspiration is everywhere if you just take the time to notice.

Then there was Charlotte. . . who seemed to think painting her face at preschool was a good idea.
  She was as wound up and silly as she could get last night.  Grandpa had gotten her some strawberry ice cream for dessert . . . maybe that was why.
She told him that the ice cream must have made her crazy. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

painting paper cranes . . .

Whatever is good for the soul ~ do that!

I am determined to learn a more about painting and to just paint . . .
and I figure I can only improve - right?  
This isn't exactly how I wanted it to look, but I can live with it.  I like the look of the practice flowers in the left top corner better.   
Part of my problem is I tend to get impatient and then get in a hurry to finish.  
I am working on that . . . so I got this far and decided to take a break.  

Monday, April 25, 2016

doodles and paint . . .

"Allow yourself to be a beginner.
No one starts off being excellent."  
~ Wendy Flynn