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Life Got Busy….Again

I haven’t really felt motivated to write a post in awhile, obviously you can see the last time I actually posted something I wrote.

Finals week was crazy during school, last quarter I had practicals I needed to pass, and the last one had me really nervous!  I did great on all my practicals though and I think my final exams went well 🙂  I won’t know my grades until the first day of next quarter….thats tomorrow btw!  My break week was this past week and I spent the entire time (well mostly) planning and progressing through an extra large painting!  Still working on it, I have a total of 3 weeks to finish it and be happy with the final result.

I changed a few colors and painted over a few things that weren’t quite right.  I’ve been watching plenty of YouTube videos to perfect my painting and learn a few new techniques.  I’ve had to relearn some color theory which has really improved the composition.  I’m pretty happy with what I have so far, and overall in sense of space its more than half done.  But in sense of time and detail- not so much.

Luckily this first week should be fairly light on homework, so I should progress a decent amount this week and hopefully will only have to do a few touch-ups and apply varnish the 3rd week.  I don’t believe I should share the painting with you all yet, because I am making it for a restaurant (HELL YEAH!), and since its basically a commission, I should really wait until it is finished and in place.  So be excited for that, I will share finished photos and some of my progress photos if you are interested.

I’ve also been keeping busy with some babysitting the babies, my niece and nephew have both started rolling over, its so cute!  They are going to be 5 months old on October 4th!!!  Yay!  They are both growing big and have started drooling like crazy!  haha And just this past week have started on rice cereal!  Always an adventure with those kids 🙂

I went to a local festival and found these cute little handmade necklace terrariums!  Have to share, I did not pick one up, but I thought they were adorable!  Check out her Etsy Shop: CraveJewelryDesign and another shop: Sparkover that is repurposed circuit board jewelry.  Maybe the terrariums are a new line, they aren’t listed in her Etsy shop.  Either way, I love that they are upcycling items into jewelry, and thinking differently.  That right there, is a win!

Oh, and one last thing, have any of you ever heard of Garage Sale groups on Facebook?  They are my new favorite things!  I might be addicted, but I’ve already sold a bunch of things on there.  Better luck than Craigslist sometimes!  Anyway, just search “your city Garage Sale” on Facebook and I bet you’ll find some groups!  Also try, yard sales, sales, Christmas sale, craft sales, etc.  I have joined quite a few in the area and even sold some of my handmade items there!  I am hoping to sell more before Christmas too 🙂

Make Something 365 or a Year of Something New

I just checked out this book from the library, A Daily Creativity Journal 365: Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life!  The idea of starting a 365 project sounds really exciting and overwhelming to me.  The good news is I can do anything I want, I can pick a theme or just try to express myself in any way.  While reading the prompt suggestions last night I came up with a similar idea that’s not so “hard to reach” perhaps.  What if instead I pick something “new” for every month?  I can focus on one art medium or one idea/action that I really want to explore!

So I will schedule each month to participate in my Year of Something New:

January: Organization– I will work in the house, my room, my art supplies, and organize as much as I possibly can, and maybe even get rid of the excess stuff!  (no promises, but maybe look for craft supply sales soon 🙂
February: Books– let’s try to actually read some of the free novels I’ve been collecting on my Kindle, but nothing how-to or crafty.
March: Babies– My twin sister is pregnant with twins, this month will be focusing on making things for babies and preparing for them to be here!
April: Sewing– There is so much I want to learn to do, I bought a book with simple patterns and instructions, let’s get started!
May: Food: I want to try a bunch of new Gluten-Free recipes, I got a new cookbook for Christmas so this is the month for cooking!
June: Outdoors: This is all about spending time outside, making things or just enjoying the environment in a new way.
July: Polymer Clay– I bought these different colors but haven’t done a thing with them, its time to play!
August: Watercolor Paints – I am anxious to learn to use my pencils and paints and make those beautiful color blends!
September: Acrylic Paints – Time to take my acrylic paintings to a new level!
October: Christmas Gifts – thats right, gotta start early to make handmade gifts, possibly from something I have learned new this year.
November: Family Time – time to slow down and refocus my energy on family and friends, maybe reconnect with long lost pals.
December: Pick Your Fave – time for me to revisit my favorite Something New’s of the year.

What can you look forward to?  Photos and posts about my progress.  I may not take all my “before” photos of my disorganization, its pretty bad.  I may even be able to walk away with a few DIY’s and How-To’s for you guys.  This is coming up to another busy year, I want to get started painting right away, but I know I have other very important things to focus on during the first few months.

Organization is big on the list and will help me fix the clutter when I have the opportunity to get started on my new artsy ambitions.  No worries tho, I will not stop making art or jewelry during these months!  I will continue to create and post items in my Etsy shop.  Also while I explore new mediums, get excited to see those items in my Etsy shop as well!

Is anyone else participating in a 365 Something project for the new year?  If you are, link your blog/project in the comments so everyone can check it out!

I’ve been featured in an Etsy Treasury!

Sunset on a Strip Etsy Treasury by Anne from MetalWorksJewelry

Sunset on the Strip Etsy Treasury

Sunset on the Strip Etsy Treasury

My original acrylic painting was featured: Exploration of Color – Orange $25.  It is actually part of a pair for anyone who would like to buy them both!

Exploration of Orange 2, Acrylics on Canvas, 2011

Exploration of Orange 2, Acrylics on Canvas, 2011 $25

Purse: After

Refashion: Purse Makeover

I love to DIY and refashion!  In the fall I had this old purse I bought from a garage sale, it was one of those envelope style purses, pretty ugly tho.  I had this shirt I bought from a garage sale too, I thought hey, DIY makeover!   To see the previous purse, click here.  Click on any photo to enlarge them.

I’ve been dying to do another ever since, I just haven’t found the right purse or the right fabric.  Until now….dun dun dun!  My aunt participated in a neighborhood garage sale this past summer and I picked up this ugly beige/tan purse thinking it would be perfect for my next makeover!  Its been sitting in a bag with a million other items I am hoping to refashion (and then blog about!) for a few months now.  I finally went thru the bags of refashion items, found it, and decided to start it!

Outer Purse: Before

Outer Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

I have the perfect fabric choice, its a little girl’s black/white floral print dress.  I saw it at a garage sale and just loved the pattern, I knew I could find someway to refashion it!  The purse is kinda awkward to cover completely in fabric, so instead I am only covering the front flap in the fabric, and painting the rest of it in silver (and glitter!) and blue.  Blue is my favorite color, I have so much in my wardrobe!  However, I plan to use blue as a colorblock/pop color, so its only going to go like under the expandable pocket, or framing the mirror, or every other pocket, with silver and the sparkles in between.  In this way, it won’t really matter what I wear, blue will only be visible inside the purse which I hope to never forget to snap!

Purse: After

Purse: After

Here are the inspirations that helped me figure out how to paint and make it stick, to leather!
eHow
Mr. Kate
Chic Steals

I painted the leather silver and added a powdered glitter that I found at a hardware store in the paint section.  A little goes a LONG way, so if you’re looking for a nice sparkle dust to mix with paint, I totally recommend it!  I only used the glitter on the silver parts, and I used the silver for anything that would be facing the public.  I wanted this purse to match any outfit, so the blue paint inside is mostly just for me.  You can see a little bit on the sides though, but who really looks there?  I used Leather Lace as the strap, I love the look!  It fits will over my head + shoulders and is just fun to wear!

Outer Purse: After

Outer Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

I’m loving my end result!  I will admit, painting on leather was tough and I definitely recommend placing a layer of Mod Podge over all the paint, I had some scratch off problems before doing that.  I did Mod Podge the fabric down and again another layer on top, this seals in the fabric so if your purse gets wet, it won’t be gooey and dirty.  This way, water will bead up and roll off.

I would love to hear your comments and I hope you find inspiration from this project!  It really is fun to do!

This finished purse is now for sale : Shop: Other Artistic Avenues