Monday, March 30, 2009

Is it Really Monday?

Is it really monday? I did not think the weekend was long enough this time around. I was very busy and productive this weekend, but I did not get around to taking the camera out to take any pictures. I spent most of my day saturday cleaning up from the latest round of home improvement projects Randy(the hubby) has been working on. After finishing our living room and dining room floors he decided that we really needed to raise the bathroom floor to meet up to the other rooms. It was about 1/2" lower than the other rooms. So.......another flurry of sawdust whipped around my house and pounding and occasional swearing. (there is always a couple swear words in each project) I now have a bathroom floor that meets level with the other rooms and new linoleum tiles are down. The sawdust is once again vacuumed up and most of the dusting is done. I have a plan to further convert my attic into a workshop for Randy, because I really hate wasting my time cleaning up the entire house again after each project. I never complain though---I would be stupid to give him an excuse to not fix these things, wouldn't I? Sunday I spent sewing some more on the second wing for my large bug lady and I finally painted some of the ceilings in my flower shop dollhouse. The flower shop is my first "real" dollhouse and I was so excited when I bought it that I started wallpapering and decorating and I totally forgot to paint the ceilings. I will never, ever be that stupid again. It is not really easy to paint the ceilings once the wallpaper and flooring and everything are all installed. It is slow work and you need a pretty steady hand. I am about halfway done. I wish I could have had 2 more days. I want to paint in my library room in my real house and I need to finish painting in my dining room. I need a clone. Of course, if I had a clone, I would just consider that an excuse to play in my art room all day and drink wine. Maybe a clone is not such a good idea. Happy monday!

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Project


I really don't need a new project, but this has been sitting on my desk in my art room for awhile now so I thought I would at least start it. It seems like I am not happy if I don't have a hundred different projects going on at once. This is a piece of scrap wood cut into a house shape. It is hard to tell in the picture but there is six boxes on the house and I have started covering them in paper clay. This will eventually hang in my art room and will contain pictures of my nieces and nephews. I am going to make the pictures with velcro on the back so that I can change them as the children grow. It looks awful now, but that is usually the case when I start a project. It will get better.

I have been tagged :) 6 Random Things About Myself

Laura over at http://sunshineshangout.blogspot.com/ has tagged me so here goes. I am pretty new to blogging and don't know many people yet, so I will just say that if you feel like doing this in your journal then I tag you.

Six Random Things About Myself


Here are the Rules...
The Rules1. Link the the person who tagged you.2. Post the rules on your blog.3. Write six random things about yourself.4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Here goes- 6 random things about me:

1. I cannot remember much of my childhood.

2. I am not happy if I cannot "make" something for longer than a day- I love to do all sorts of crafts.

3. I rarely watch tv- mostly I listen to what my hubby is watching. Sometimes I will actually see a commercial that I have listened to for weeks and bust out laughing. My husband finds this amusing.

4. I love the rain.

5. I love, love, love pumpkins, acorns and oak leaves and fall is my favorite season.

6. I worked as a floral designer for 20 years.

Anyone that feels like doing this in their own journal, please consider yourself tagged. Thanks Laura, this was fun.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

WELCOME!!

I have a new follower this morning! I am extending a warm welcome to Meli from Spain! Please check out her blog- she does some incredible miniature work! I am amazed by the talent!!! Thank you for visiting me Meli!!!

http://casitasdemeli.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WELCOME!!!!!

I have two new followers today! I am so happy to meet other people in the blog world with interests like mine! Please welcome Laura and Doreen. Laura is in Canada, with cold winters like mine and she is also anxiously awaiting spring. Please visit her at http://sunshineshangout.blogspot.com

Doreen makes the most wonderful dollhouse miniatures, and judging by her march 23rd post with pictures of her garden is also anxiously awaiting spring! I have to admit that I am jealous that she has more signs of green flower babies showing up in her garden than mine...but I am so happy to see the signs of spring in anyone's garden. What a long winter this has been! Please check out her blog at
http://doreensminiatures.blogspot.com/

Thank you for reading my blog ladies!!!

Bit of color from last spring :)


One more post.......just so there is something a little more pretty to look at than my brown garden. Here is my favorite bearded iris from last spring. Only one bloomed so I am crossing my fingers that it made it through the winter and will start to spread soon!

Happy almost spring!!!

I want to garden!!!!!






The past couple of days here in Minnesota have been a mixture of rain and sleet. Parts of this area really do not need the rain- in Fargo, North Dakota they are sandbagging like crazy to keep the rising river at bay. I love the rain, but I hate to see people lose their homes and lives to a rising river. I hope that the weather gives them a much needed break soon.

This is the time of year that I itch to get out in the garden. I have quite a bit of time before I can really do much out there. April and May is filled with pulling whatever weeds show up and inspecting the soil daily to see if I can see any new shoots of perennials re-awakening. Yesterday after work I went out to take a couple of pictures to share of my garden in late March. Pretty brown, but the rain will be waking up my sleeping flowers and next month I will have the joy of seeing green slowly poke through the brown. I usually don't take much of the old brown stems out till May---just in case we get another snowstorm they have a touch of protection still. My outdoor cat, Mr. Kitty Kitty, is glad the weather is turning warm too. He loves to lay on the garden path and sun in the summer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Welcome with a big huge hug!!!

Welcome to my good friend Debi- my new follower this morning. She is a wonderful mixed media artist and does some of the most beautiful beadwork I have seen- as well as being a truly caring and wonderful person. Check out her blog........she is in the middle of a blizzard right now in her area of the world so there are some amazing pictures to oggle at too!

http://withheartwideopen.blogspot.com/

Stay warm Debi!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bug Lady




Okay- one more post- again using blogspot add image- the last set of pictures looks better. I still think I should learn how to use this blog better as I have time. I am still working on my large Bug lady for my art room. This weekend I finished one of her wings and I could not wait to attach it and see how she looks. I also started adding some beaded felt leaves as a headcap for her. I still have a long way to go- but she is no longer looking like a gourd on a stick!

Pictures



I have to admit that I do not know how to upload my pictures to blogspot. This post I am going to try to put the pictures in differently and see if that helps with the problem of my pictures getting cut off. If not, then I am going to have to bite the bullet and learn how to use blogspot better. I hate trying to learn how to do things on the computer! Things that most people pick up in 10 minutes seem to take me 10 hours. Anyhow, here are a couple of pictures of a trio of handmade tile/mosiac work I started a loooooong time ago. The tiles are all handmade and then there are altar boxes that contain handmade polymer clay prayer boxes that I add to as the years go by. They are very, very close to being finished and I am pretty proud of them because they were so much work! I don't think I will ever get rid of them.

Staircase

My hubby has been doing so much work. He finished up some work on our short staircase this weekend. The first picture shows right after we ripped out the old stair treads and iron banister and started to level and repair the stairs. The second picture is after a new banister was installed and the third picture shows the work almost done. Things are getting closer and closer to being finished. Perhaps there will be a day when our house does not consume our lives!!

stairs progress 2

stairs progress

stairs done

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dress Form

Well, I think that I finished my duct tape dress form. I put one of my dresses on it and it seems like it is pretty close to my size. Hurray! Now I can do some altering of my summer dresses!

Here's some pics:

dress form 2

dress form 1

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wish List



I still have work to do on the bakery addition to my dollhouse, but I cannot help wishing for this house. I have a little jointed teddy bear that really would love to live here!

1/2-Inch Scale Farmhouse Kit by Real Good Toys


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring is Coming

Spring is on it's way here in Minnesota. I just have to be patient. The seed catalogs have been showing up in my mailbox for awhile, so I am really eager to get outside and dig in dirt. We can always have another frost here in Minnesota right up to Labor Day weekend in late May, so I really do need to be patient and be happy to see some of the grass again- even if it is brown. At least with all of the melting puddles the beautiful scent of wet soil is returning. I love the smell of wet soil.

I have been kind of tired out this week so I am sharing some pictures of work in my journal. The first picture is the cover of my journal and it is my favorite cover so far because it was so fun to paint. I make my journal's from scratch now- ever since attending artfest in 2005 and being able to touch the handmade journals of Teesha Moore. This particular journal has plexiglass covers and the image was painted on the reverse side of the plexiglass. It was so much fun to paint! You had to remember to paint the things you would want on the top of your painting first....harder than it sounds! I made a few mistakes, but I am still happy with it for my first attempt. I learned this technique from another wonderful artist Judy Wise after I saw it on her blog and asked her how she had made hers.

The rest of the pictures are pages from my journal. I smudged out all the writing. I am still not quite brave enough to have the whole world reading my personal journal....I might get there someday but for now I smudge. Anyhow- happy spring to anyone out there waiting patiently for winter to end along with me.

cover

journal faces

journal garden

journal mother teresa

Welcome!!!

Hello and welcome to a new follower! Please take a minute and visit the beautiful blogs of Tiny Delights. Her blogs are http://alltinydelights.blogspot.com/ and http://tinydelights.blogspot.com/


I am so very honored and touched that she would read my blog- I was just at her blog yesterday in awe of her incredible artwork in dollhouse miniatures. She is a very talented artist- her pieces look exactly like their lifesize models!!! Thank you for visiting!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Welcome!!!

Today I am welcoming a new follower. Please visit Daisy from Brazil- her blog is: http://daisysminiaturas112-forsale.blogspot.com/
She makes beautiful dollhouse miniatures- her teapots are outstanding! Thank you for visiting Daisy!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wings for the Bug Lady

While it snowed the other night I worked a bit on the wings for the large bug lady for my art studio. The wings are netting, with edges wrapped in yarn and beaded sequins across them. This is the first one still in progress.

wing 2

wing 1

Welcome

A big huge welcome and thank you also to house of duck for following me. House of duck is my incredibly talented brother. He works mostly in a graphic novel, comic sort of style and if you follow comics at all his blog is a great place to visit. Check him out- he's packed with talent and another inspiration to me- especially because he turns out art far more frequently than I do! Love ya little bro!!

Thank you and welcome!!

This morning I have the wonderful suprise of my first person to follow my blog. Thank you and welcome to you Pussman. I love your blog also. If you are interested in dollhouse miniatures please take a look at her blog: http://pussman.blogspot.com/ . I am finding so much inspiration in this new blogging community!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dollhouse

I have a front opening dollhouse that I bought a couple of years ago. I have always had dollhouses growing up- mostly plastic sets that you get for christmas as a child. I have been fascinated with miniature things since I was a little girl. I always wanted a dollhouse that opened in the front and I finally bought myself one. Since I was a florist for so many years I decided my dollhouse would be a flower shop with an apartment that the owner lived in above the shop. After I had the house for about a year I decided that I needed a bakery next door- so now there is a husband and wife team that run a flower shop and a bakery and live in the apartments above the stores. My husband built the roombox type addition that houses the bakery and another room in the apartment.

Anyhow- this last weekend I added some work on the living room. It is so fun to steal away some hours to just play.

Here is a little shot of the living room in my dollhouse and a shot of the front of the flower shop and the side of the bakery in progress. The entrance to the bakery is on the side.

Dollhouse

dollhouse trim 1

Grateful

Five things to be grateful for today:

1. My wonderful husband and our warm house
2. The sun is shining today
3. I have a job and so therefore a way to pay my bills
4. My hands, eyes and ears- I thank God for these every morning
5. Good friends

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Snowy March

March can be a snow filled month in Minnesota. Today would be a good example. This is the time of year when I just ache for open windows, fresh air, the smell of soil, green buds popping up on the trees. As much as I desire this, we still really have another month of winter here and Mother Nature is reminding us today. Here's some pictures of my garden and my backyard. The snow is coming down pretty heavy but you can't really tell too much in the pictures- I need a better camera. I think I am going to go curl up with some beading under a blanket next to the stove.

Garden

Garden close up

Backyard

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bug lady and cooking

I sneak in periods of art where I can these days. I have stayed pretty busy trying to finish up house projects...I know there must be an end in sight. When I can I try to finish up projects that I have started but not completed and this is one of them. I have about 14 little bug women hanging from the ceiling in my art studio and I decided I needed a larger version to stand next to my desk. This is the start of the bug lady- I don't know what her name will be yet. She is about 3-4 foot tall and her skirt is an upside down tomatoe cage to give you an idea of size. I am currently sewing her wings which will be covered in sequins.

Studio gaurdian

Studio guardian




I have also been trying to learn to cook and this is such a fun little toy that my sweet hubby gave me for christmas :) I am in love with it.

mixer

House work....

My friend Debi mentioned that I should show some of the work that we have done on our house. Our house is not the type of house that a person that restores homes would jump at. However, it was a good price range for us when we bought it and we have an incredible 7 acres around us, which is what enticed us to buy it. The house itself is a mod-podge of whatever building materials the first owners could find when they built it and whatever must have been the cheapest as it was added on to. There are no level surfaces, no square walls and every repair for more comfort has been challenging to say the least. It is finally starting to become a house I am very proud of although a lot of people would not think it is all that special compared to a brand new home. I like the character and quirkiness of my home and at this point in my life I would not trade it for anything.
This picture shows my new living room ceiling. The living room originally had dark paneling walls, popcorn ceilings and a floor that looked like an upside down bowl. This means it was high in the center of the room, but dropping down quite a bit by each wall. We recovered the ceiling in tounge and groove boards and the same boards form a waiscotting on the bottom of the walls. The top half of the paneling was re-covered by textured wallpaper that I then painted. Hope this works from my flickr page!

ceiling living room

The second picture shows the laminate flooring we installed. We still have lots of trimwork and finishing touches to do in the living room, but what a big difference so far- wish I had kept some before pictures! The entire floor had to be leveled for the laminate and it was not fun. I envy people with level homes :)

living room floor

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Learning

I added a couple of blogs that I read almost daily to my reading list here on this new blog of my own. I hope that I have not stepped on any toes- I am pretty ignorant of the rules of social conduct when it comes to blogging, but both blogs I added I think are wonderful. Still kinda reading and learning how to use blogspot.....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I have been working with an old friend



My art projects lately have consisted of finishing house projects and finishing up long overdue christmas presents. I have, however, been working in my journal again. I forget how much I love to work in the journal- no rules there. Anyhow, here are a couple of pics of pages from this week- the blue page has white on purpose because I tend to rant about family matters in my journal and out of respect and privacy no one needs to read about that. Thank goodness for my journal though so I can vent some of it!