Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My favorite artist

Vincent Van Gogh

Ok, I need to take a break from all the craftiness.  I miss fine art.  I've been working on photographing my artwork this summer and I came across some Van Gogh studies I did a few years ago when I was student teaching.  Van Gogh is definitely my favorite artist.  His paintings have so much feeling and movement.  They are captivating.

 Study in tempera paint- who would have thought you could get a Van Gogh effect with tempera paint?!

Van Gogh Irises Study

Studies in oil pastels

And a study of my favorite Van Gogh painting "Irises".  I did this with acrylic paints on a canvas board.  This was really fun to do.  I have to try a Van Gogh study in oils someday.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Flower Cards

Here are some new card designs!  These are my new favorites.  They were so simple and easy to make :)
flower and leaf card
flower and leaf card

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Bedroom Decorations

When I moved to a new apartment, I needed to figure out some new decorations for my bedroom.  I love the frame collages I've been seeing everywhere, so I made one of my own.  I bought some thrift store frames and painted them with white spray paint.  I actually ran out of spray paint and didn't get them coated completely.  There is just a little of the original wood color showing through, but I like it this way.  It makes the frames look weathered and kind of antique.

The artworks in the frames are my very own too!  Mostly stuff from my college days that were just sitting around collecting dust.

I also found this nice little hanging board at the thrift store.  It just needed a little cleaning.  Its perfect for my room!  I now have a handy dandy place to hang my purse and camera.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Photo of the week


My sister from Oregon left last week and now it is just boring around here.  I need to visit you, Kristin, in Oregon, where I took this picture three years ago.  Maybe next year!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Photo of the week

toy cat truck

I have some company this week!  This is why I'm late it posting my photo.  My nephew and son have been playing with (or fighting over) trucks and cars most of the time, so I thought this photo was fitting.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pollyanna Party

Japanese Lanterns

I attended my first ever Pollyanna Party on Monday night!  


If you haven't seen the old Disney movie, Pollyanna, you have got to go rent it.  This movie is amazing!  The main message is about love and they just don't make movies that wholesome anymore.  In the movie, there is a big party ( or bazaar as they call it) and there is lots of food and games going on.  The coolest part is the Japanese lanterns hung all around.

So... we re-created the scene of the movie, by hanging up our own Japanese lanterns around my inlaws' deck.  The lanterns were gorgeous.  I plan to either make some of these or buy them in the future to create a tradition of Pollyanna parties with my own family.

  Japanese Lanterns

Monday, July 5, 2010

Photo of the week


Happy 4th of July!  My first time ever photographing fireworks! We waited all about four hours for our fireworks show this year so we could get a good view.  Looks like it was worth it!