Monday, July 28, 2014

Another Obsession, Zentangles


Did I need it? 
Absolutely not! 

But I caught the bug. 
I have been seeing Zentangles
on all my regular haunts. 
Facebook, 
Pinterest,
and
Michaels. 

And I wanted to try them. 
Oh, I tried to hook my sister into it,
thinking that would serve my need
to see them
and not have to get hooked on them myself. 

But...
she didn't bite. 

So this weekend, 
I caved and tried it

with stuff I had around the house. 
Paper, 
Sharpies.

How cheap of a 
craft
obsession
ADDICTION
is that?

Well, we will see.
I have a doctor's appointment today
in close proximity to a Michaels
and
I may just have to slide in there and see what I might need!


In the meantime,
I have actually 
found a corner of the living room
to work. 

For some reason, 
JWS has not noticed yet
that I took over another space in the house for crafting. 




I guess he will soon enough. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chickens, For Fun or Profit....or just because they need a home.




Ok 
so we are not farmers
and..
we don't even have a garden,
not even a tomato plant this year. 

Non-agricultural all the way. 

Never mind the 20+ years
that JWS spent as a dairy farmer. 

Town life all the way now. 

So, why do I have incubators of eggs on my dining room table, you ask?

Close proximity to the Dayton Fair. 

The eggs needed a home 
close to the fair. 

They will hatch fair week
not in my house
but at the fairgrounds. 

They just needed a shorter commute to the fair
and
a safe place
to 
incubate.

So for a few weeks, 
we are chicken farmers...
sort of.


And this morning....I am out of eggs
to make pork chops...
Tempting? 

Absolutely not....
someone is going to the store. 

My worst fear? 

That one of those little buggers decides 
to be premature! 

How appropriate that the centerpiece on my table
happened to be chickens to watch over
those cute little things. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Odds and Ends



A little bit of this...
painting for a customer
and

A little bit of that...
work on the string quilt
AFTER
I managed to clean the sewing room 
and
make room 
to 
work again.

Straightening the attic 
and
creating a space
to 
price items 
for the 
Open House. 

It will be here before I know it. 



And..
I found some t-shirts
that made


Some fun t-shirt yarn. 


Last of all,
work on all these "treasures"
that I found at the flea market on Sunday! 


Nothing 
earth-shattering,
just bits and pieces
of 
daily projects. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thumbprint Sheep Tutorial


Ok, 
how easy is this?

A great project
for kids, 
for adults, 
for a quick gift, 
for 
last minute craft projects. 

Trust me....EASY!

You will need:

Acrylic Paints
(the colors I used are shown below)
Some surface, basecoated.
Round brush
Liner...or Ultra Fine Sharpie if liner brushes cause you stress. 
Your thumb! 




These are the Decoart colors that I used. 


Start with the graphite
or dark gray.

Lay your thumb in it 
and 
pounce it out on your palette until it dries up a little. 


Thumbprints all around. 

With the round brush,
lay in a little grass under the sheep. 


Then do the same with your thumb and the off-white paint
right on top of the graphite ones. 


Add some fun little 
legs 
and 
heads 
and tails.

A few dots with a pen tip to look like flowers....
and 
viola! 
Literally, 
the easiest sheep you will ever "paint"!