Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Be-lated Merry Christmas to all my friends!  I can't quite believe it's been over a month since I have blogged.  2011 was a busy and exciting year for me- but with the excitement and fortune of our branch at work growing, my personal life suffered a bit.  I have missed blogging- but what better time to try to restart again than on the eve of a new year?!!  I'm full of excitement for 2012.  I am already contemplating goals and making lists of things I want to get done this year.  I want to finish organizing and decorating my craft room this year- spend less time cleaning in there and more time creating.  I want to get back to my art journal this year- I have not touched my journal in months-it's been neglected right along with my blog-and I have lots of mini projects swimming around in my brain.  I have so many things I want to work on in 2012 and that I want to accomplish.  I think that is my favorite part of a New Year- the excitement you feel for what's to come and the plans to make.  I've seen a few bloggers in years past choose a word for the year that symbolizes what they want 2012 to be about for them.  My word would be "reconnect".  I would like to reconnect with being creative, with visiting friends, with blogging and with taking care of myself.  Do you choose a word for the year?  Would you like to share yours with me- I'd love to hear it! Before I go-- Miko the Pomeranian says hello- he's missed you all too :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Painting in my Free Time

I have some new followers--welcome!!! Life has still been very full and crazy, so I try to work on creative things in the moments I can. I have been trying to finish my painting for Willowings Mythical Magical Makings course. I think I am almost done- I need some more work on the face and hands. I am really unsure of her dress- what do you think? I love criticism- and sometimes someone else's advice can really help me out.

I've also been working on the Christmas ornaments I mail out every year. Here is a little peek at some of them-there is more work to go on these and then I have another set after these to paint up. I like to be done before the 1st of December so I can mail them all out before the post office gets too busy :) What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reality Shot Thursday

Claudia from the blog Mockingbird Cottage has created Reality Shot Thursday- a day where we share photos that are not staged or pretty and wouldn't normally be on our blogs- a slice of our everyday life.  I love this idea and I wanted to participate this thursday. 

This picture is the corner of my dining room.  It's the first room you enter in the house when you come in off the porch.  It's also where we tend to take off our coats and the dog's leash.  The floors need to be vacuumed and dog toys put back in the basket.  The floors need to be swept too :)  On the hutch in the corner is some amber glassware, pumpkin serving dishes and wheat patterned dinnerware.

  The trim in this room and almost all the others needs finishing.  It might not get done in my lifetime unless I learn how to do it because my hubby hates the job.  This corner is a bit what my entire house looks like right now--a touch worn and "lived in".  Maybe I'll clean at least this little corner up after I post this blog entry. 

I'm linking up to the Reality Shot Thursday with Claudia from Mockingbird Cottage

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Projects in Progress

I have been slowly easing back into crafting again. Here's what I have been working on in little pockets of 10 minutes here, maybe a half hour there. We'll start with the miniature sunroom. I built two shelves and attached them to the wall. Then I had the fun part of deciding which treasures I have been collecting to put on the shelves. A lot of these are made by the talented Katie from Katie's Clay Corner. You can find her etsy shop here:      There are 4 adorable birdhouses that Katie made and a line of small houses that spell out the word "grow".  There is a watering can and antique sprinkler that I purchased from a dollhouse store.  The little lavander plant I recieved in a swap and I apologize, but I cannot remember who gave it to me.  The beautiful wreath on the door is from Dale at Dale's Dreams.  You can find her etsy shop here:     I hope Dale does not mind- I took the purple bow off the wreath and I'm going to add a raffia bow instead.  I took 2 very cheap gardening tools that I bought at a craft store and antiqued them with acrylic paint and hung them on the wall.  That's as far as I progressed on the sunroom.

I've also been working on one of my unfinished projects- an owl.  I've started adding feathers to his body and sculpted his face a bit with paperclay.  I have a long way to go on the owl, but I think he is looking kind of cool so far. Here is his front and rear views:

Last- I signed up for an art course called LifeBook being held by Tam at  .  With sign up you  could choose a self guided course to take also until LifeBook starts in 2012.  I chose a course called Mythical Magical Makings and the first lesson is painting a goddess in the style of the artist Gustav Klimt.  Here is where I am so far in the painting.  I call this the ugly stage- it's where I usually get discouraged-but if I push on it will get better :)  So....that's what I have been up to lately- I am looking forward to getting caught up with all of you.

Monday, October 17, 2011

to blog or not to blog

Today is just a text post to get thoughts out of my head. Our move at work is over and I still feel like I am recovering from it.  My hubby and I work for the same company and right before this move business really started to pick up for us.  In today's world I know that is a GREAT thing- but we have not had a complete weekend off in a really long time and I am just struggling to keep up with the simple things in life like working a work day and then going home and trying to make sure the pets get attention, the house gets cleaned and the things a person has to do at the end of summer in Minnesota get done.  I am really behind on that one- we still don't have the hoses rolled up and the outside water turned off- maybe tonight if we are not at work too late.  I miss my blog a lot.  It's funny how when I started blogging it was just a little place where I could write down my feelings- I didn't think anyone was reading so I didn't obsess about whether my post would be interesting or what comments I might get.  Slowly over time that has changed a bit for me and I think it's a stumbling block for me right now on getting back to blogging.  After thinking about it for quite awhile I think I need to be true to myself and go back to where blogging was enjoyable for me.  I'm not going to worry about who is reading- and I'm not going to worry about making sure I stay "interesting" or make sure I have projects to try- life is just too crazy for me right now.  What I am going to do is what I started out doing- posting when I have things I want to share and when I have them to share.  No deadlines in the back of my head, no worrying about if the post will be interesting to everyone reading or if I will lose readers.  I've met some incredible friends from blogging- so although I thought about quitting, I just can't lose those friends.  It's amazing how important people I have never met have become to me- how much support and love I have received from them.  Anyways, this week I was lucky enough to snatch a couple of hours to work on something for myself and I'll be back tomorrow to share them.  If you have read this far thanks for reading and letting me get thoughts out of my head.  Here is just a little shot of my new office- I won't share much because I don't know how thrilled my company would be to know that I put pictures of their building on the internet.  I'm very lucky to work somewhere so new and clean and beautiful--and busy :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Extending my Break

I thought I could keep up but I am having to call "uncle" and admit that I am not really keeping up with anything.  We have our big move at my job at the end of the month and each day leading up to it has become busier and busier.  I am even dreaming about work at this point- so I am going to disappear for awhile again and concentrate on work so things go smoothly in my department.  I'll be back in October- hopefully as a very happy camper because I have had a chance to see the painted walls in my new office and they are gorgeous.  There are 2 windows that let in a ton of light and my desk will be right next to them- no more working in a dark little cave :)  Best of all- my husband (whom I work with) will have his own office and I won't have to nag him to clean up anymore- I can just shut the door : )  If only I could do that at home-lol.  I don't know if I will be able to even visit blogs  much- but I will miss you all so much!  See you in a few weeks!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Sink for the Craft Room

I love my craft room, but it can be a bummer to run up and down the stairs all the time when I need running water.  My hubby came up with a make-shift sink for me and I love it!  Here is what he did:

We had this old sink on a metal stand that was out in the barn on our property.  My husband disconnected it, cleaned it up a little bit and dragged it up to my room.  Here's what the little sink looks like:
Hubby put a wood shelf in the middle of the stand.  We used an old ice chest as the container that will hold clean water for use and set that on the floor under the shelf.  Hubby put a pump for a pond into the ice chest and ran the hose up to the pipe that comes out of the faucet.

Then my hubby used a bucket under the pipe from the drain.  When I plug in the pump and open the faucet handle I now have running water!  It's not never ending- there is only as much water as the ice chest holds- but it's better than constantly running up and down stairs and I love it!  When I use up the water I just take out the bucket and empty the water and fill the ice chest back up.

I added a skirt in the same fabric as the chair in my craft room so that the bucket and ice chest is hidden and the sink looks a little prettier.  What do you think?  I thought hubby was pretty clever to come up with this :)

Before I go I'll give you a little shot of Miko cuteness.  He always thinks he needs to help me in the craft room :)   Look at the awesome Pommy smile.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Candy House and Artsy Bloggers Sunday!!

I tried to get this post up earlier in the week, but I kept forgetting to get the pictures off my camera.  I have been working on the living room in The Candy House and it's almost done.  I think I just have some trim work to finish by the ceiling and a curtain for the window.  Of course, that can always change :)  I added a decorative wall treatment frame over the fireplace.  I made some molds from brass charms I had and made the top of the border with paperclay casts from those molds.  The sides are chipboard and I painted the entire frame cream to match the fireplace.  Then I made a couple of candle scones for beside the fireplace with 2 earrings, 2 more paperclay molds from jewelry pieces and a wooden bamboo skewer.

I made the two topiary trees with paperclay and small punched flowers.  Here is the tree before- I roll a paperclay ball and stick it into the twig in a clay pot.  I let that dry overnight and then paint it green.
Then I add the tiny flower punches to the paperclay ball.  After that dried I touched up the topiary with a little paint and added coffee grind dirt to the bottom of the topiary.
I painted a little chair for the corner and a cream basket to hold some firewood. There is a trio of picture frames hanging in the corner made for me by my friend Dale from Dale's Dreams and the birdhouse is made by Katie from Katie's Clay Corner.  Katie made the "candy" sign on the mantle and the sweet gold and orange candles on the coffee table.  They are real wax and can actually burn!  The little book on the coffee table was made for me by Maia from Maia's Twinkle Miniatures.  The needlepoint picture of the Eifel Tower was made by my friend Kibbygirl from The Frugal Dollhouse Addict.
Next I'll start working on the kitchen.  I already added a skirt to the kitchen sink and some wire to the cabinet doors.  I need to finish the grout in the kitchen floor before anything else in the kitchen, so that is my next project.

  Now that you've had a little peek at The Candy House's progress how about some Artsy Blogger Sunday links?  Each week a group of my friends share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too. If you have the time please check out what my friends have been doing this week :)
Creative Paperclay Necklace
Something new with paperclay!

Beading Arts
Want to add a bezel to a curved surface? Cyndi shows you one easy way to do it! 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen tries her hand at 3D paper tole. It's not as difficult as it looks, but does require a bit of patience.

Creative Dreamer
June's red bird turned out so well, she's made a blue bird... a blue bird of happiness, of course! And she's giving it away... get entered by September 4th!

Blue and Teal Garden Glass Sculpture
Another glass sculpture! This one uses blue and teal glass.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

It has been a beautiful weekend here in Minnesota. I've been working on The Candy House dollhouse today and it sure feels great to have time to work on minis again. I needed a break so I decided to pop in and post for Artsy Bloggers Sunday. Each week a group of my friends share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too. If you have the time please check out what my friends have been doing this week :) We've been a busy group this week!

Beading Arts
The "Mostly Metal" challenge was a great success, many thanks to Michelle Mach! Come and see all the fun pieces that were made. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Did you love finger painting as a child? Here’s a – sort of – grown-up version you might enjoy.

Hot Pepper Jam
A great way to use up all those extra peppers in your garden.

Creative Dreamer
From a journal page to a three dimensional piece of folk art, June shares her completed bird!

Glass Garden Sculpture
Cherie makes a glass totem with recyled items for the garden.

I've been working on The Candy House dollhouse a little bit today- it sure feels good to work on miniatures again.  I'll be back later in the week to show you the progress :)