Thursday, May 31, 2018

Life Book 2018 April Lessons

or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Life Book 2018 March Lessons

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Astoria Rocks

Astoria Rocks is a thing around here - there's even a Facebook page devoted to these decorated pieces of stone. I painted my first rock today.

A friend recently lost her dog, Bear. She has asked friends to paint rocks in honor of Bear. So here's my first rock painting attempt, with my own twist:

Gesso layer
 
Printed a photo of Bear on Artist Transfer Paper, then ironed to fabric 
 
Adhered the fabric to the rock with heavy gel medium 
 
Adding detail

Friday, February 9, 2018

Life Book 2018 February Lessons

 

 
 
 
 

 
Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE

Sunday, February 4, 2018

I’m trying to put things in perspective today. First of all, I’m happy that I’m keeping up with the Life Book 2018 lessons thus far (just waiting for some hard pastels to finish the current lesson), but discouraged that I was only able to complete a fraction of 2017 and 2016 lessons – less than half of them.

For that reason, I hadn’t bound those years. I had this compulsive idea I wanted to bind them in order of the lessons – and of course since some were missing I felt paralyzed.
 
So I pulled out all my Life Books since I joined in 2013. Not too shabby! I completed ALL lessons in 2013 and 2014, and about ¾ of those in 2015. This week I bound 2016 and 2017, even though they’re not complete and not “in order.” I will add to them as I finish the back-log of lessons.
 
I’ve also decided to back my 2018 pages as I finish them. It’s really time-consuming to do it at the end of the year, especially when I'm so excited to get started with the new year's lessons. I’ve always chosen to ring-bind my books, because I like the option of removing pages if needed (to scan, display, or whatever).
 
Seeing this body of work reinforces to me that ANYTHING I produce is so much better than not being creative at all.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Life Book 2017 December Lessons

 
 
 
 Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE

Monday, January 8, 2018

Life Book 2018 January Lessons

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hoping for a better world in 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Whew! Finished a Santa Doll in the Nick of Time

Last year I made a Santa doll for my eldest son and his SO. Which, of course, means I need to make one for my youngest son and his family. I've just finished, and with no time to spare as we're celebrating our Christmas tomorrow.
 
This is "Reindeer & Santa" from a pattern by Karen Nieforth of B&K Creations/Primitives Collections. When not seated, this Santa is about 17 inches tall.
 
Now to find a suitable box and get him wrapped and under the tree.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

You know, I'm getting pretty good at Photoshopping these vintage cards to tidy up the borders, and removing defects and watermarks. Thought I'd better post this today, as hubby and I'll be working tomorrow.
 
We'll celebrate our holiday next weekend. Hope the weather cooperates, with minimal snow and ice over the coast range. 
 
I'd love to be able to sew a Santa doll for a family member, but the week will be quite full. Most of the shopping is done. This is the first year I had a day to send out Christmas cards, only to find that the box of "30 handcrafted cards" contained just that. No envelopes - so special ordered some that arrived yesterday. Very frustrating.