I'm having my afternoon coffee in a Christmas Gift Mug. The six-mug set sports three festive and colorful designs. They were a Christmas gift several years back from my fun son and daughter-in-law. The set rocks!
I do LOVE my afternoon coffee
in the Christmas Gift Mug.
The cute gift design is embossed and
I often rub my thumb over it.
Oh the joy!
Afternoon Coffee + Christmas Gift Mug
I hope you're finding joy during this lovely season too.
I purchased three Copic markers in blue, pink, and yellow, and a 9" x 6" spiral bound journal. Since Copic markers are a bit pricey I wanted to try them out before buying an entire set. My conclusion: LOVE!
I also like that the journal is spiral bound, and I can keep the pages next door out of the way. I played while sitting in front of the TV, and here's my first page in the new journal. I also used Zig Brushables, watercolors, a Black Sharpie, and a White Uniball Signo pen.
I just recently started playing with watercolors and this is my first piece. The background was created with watercolors and I free-hand drew the stylized tree with a Zig Brushable. After creating the tree, I used the same method that I recently learned in an online Letter Lab class to widen various areas of it, and create the "Merry Christmas" text. The tree and text were finished off with a bit of glitter paint and a Sharpie.
The photo really makes the glitter stand out maybe more than it does when you see it live and in person. Doesn't the term "live and in person" make it sound as if the piece is making personal appearances? Well, it certainly does not make personal appearances at this time. Should it learn to sing Christmas carols, I will see to it that it goes on a world tour!
The Letter Lab class that I took was fabulous! It was taught by Lori Vliegen and her lettering is amazing! The class definitely helped me with my lettering, and opened up an entirely new world for me that I'm very excited about! I do love text and being able to make it look pretty just increases my joy! Click here to go to Lori's blog and see her spectacular work. She also has a link to the Letter Lab class on her sidebar if anyone is interested.
As I mentioned, the picture came out a bit too glittery. Does anybody know how to mute down the shine in a piece like this without altering the rest of it? I may have to figure that out when I have some time which is not now.
I really like Christmas trees and I'm thinking about letting this piece be my first in a series.
The weekend before last I attended the Quilt Fest in Houston. I was only able to be there from 10:15 to about 3:30 on Saturday so I was like a whirlwind blowing through that place. There was way too much to see in too little time but I was happy to be there!
This post is to share some pics but first let me apologize for the quality of some of these, and especially the information sheets. I used my iPhone and tried to keep a steady hand but have you ever seen a steady whirlwind? I need to take a different camera next time.
I bought this 8.5" x 11.5" art quilt from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative booth. It's a national grassroots effort to raise awareness and fund research through art. I'm going to make some quilts to contribute to it next year in honor of Mom and everyone else who suffers (or will suffer) from this horrible disease.
This one was made by Julie Sefton from Barlett, Tennessee and is entitled Fireworks. The Artist Statement reads: "Fireworks filled the night sky, mixing with reflections from the houses across the lake. Explosions of indigo, egyptian, cerulean and aquamarine. Memories like these should be forever - so I stitch for AAQI." She made it in honor and memory of her mother using Superior glitter thread and free motion quilting. Of course, the bling caught my attention!
As usual, there was all kinds of glorious stuff!
Colorful, life-size horses!
They were pretty!
A quilted SUV cover!
That's not something you see every day.
Then there were dolls.
Lots of personality here.
A mermaid doll
And more dolls.
These were awesome!
The Santa makers buy vintage quilts to use
in the Santas, and the only place they sell
them is at this quilt fest every year!
I think this was a cross stitch booth but I
didn't see anyone looking cross or stitching!
There was LOTS of jewelry
This fabric jewelry was neat but it's
hard to really see it from the pic.
Click here to go to her website
for a much better view.
I finished my 3rd art journal page! Can you tell that I've takin' a likin' to eyes? I wondered how they would look growing on springs in a garden. Doesn't everybody wonder that? Here's my answer. I'm pleased as punch with the page, and I had a grand time making it! I see more eyes in my future.
I ordered the two books below and was excited when they arrived yesterday!
The first book, Journal Bliss is by Violette Clark. I've been reading her colorful blog for awhile now. I really enjoy her happy journal pages so I knew I would find even more joy amidst the fun-filled pages of her book. I love the cute cover too!
In reading Violette's blog, I learned about a free Raw Art Journaling webinar held by Creative Coach Quinn McDonald on October 20th. I attended the webinar and found it very uplifting and interesting! It left me wanting more so I ordered her book too. I've also started following her blog. You can check out Violette's blog here and Quinn's blog here.
I can't decide which book to read first because they both appear to be chock full of fun stuff. I think I'll flip a coin to decide.
I'm attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston this weekend, and I can't wait! It's always such a blast!
After reading blog after blog about art journaling, I got a hankerin' to journal. The idea of mixing art stuff together with words is magnificent and fits me perfectly! I started my first ever art journal earlier this week and below are the first two pages.
My first art journal page features
this gal. I've named her Ella.
Acrylic paint, Sharpies and Zig Brushables
were used. A dryer sheet and drywall
tape were painted to create her blouse.
My second page features two of my
favorite things. I didn't name this gal but
I will name them all from here on out.
This page is acrylic paint, Sharpies
and Zig markers.
Both gals have big eyes (the better to see you with my dear) and rather large lips (the better to kiss you hello & goodbye my dear) but I love them. I find that I'm very drawn to this art journaling thing! It's a blast! More to come.
I've been working on a doll too and it's been almost done for awhile but I got sidetracked to journaling and other things. I will finish her up and post her soon.
Our sweet granddudes Preston and Triston visited for a few days, and they brought our new granddog Isabella Grace with them. You can call her Isa! We do.
Isa is an adorable Mal-Shih, (Maltese-Shih Tzu mix) and only seven weeks old. She's a tiny thing too so I felt compelled to measure her. Turns out, she's 8-1/2 inches long, and with the end of the ruler on the floor, and the middle of her body against it, she's a huge 4 inches tall! I thought I'd share a few pics.
Our Boston Terrier Daisy seemed to like Isa.
Our Mini Schnauzer Sally didn't want
anything to do with her. She kept her distance.
They were cute together.
Checking each other out.
Reminded me of mother & daughter.
We painted pumpkins on canvas.
Triston and I made Happy Halloween Houses.
Triston's place is on the right and mine is left.
If you're about 3/4" of an inch tall, you
might want to drop by our little haunts!