It's so true. The more sorrow you experience the greater capacity you have to experience joy... and I would add to that love. Please watch this video!
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I know it's a little late in the season for fall decor, most of you are already thinking about Christmas by now, right? Well, lets give one last hoorah for fall with some Watercolor Leaf Art! You can impress your Thanksgiving crowd with your artistic skills!
watercolor paper- 5x7
gold acrylic paint (optional)
black ink pen
Step 1: Grab a fresh leaf off a tree or from the ground and lightly trace the outline onto some watercolor paper in pencil.
Step 2: Optional- if you want to add a cool golden effect to your leaf, start out by painting in a few areas of the leaf on your paper in some gold acrylic paint. You can water the paint down or leave it nice and thick. Your choice. Let this paint dry.
Step 4: With an ink pen, trace the outlines of your leaf to give it some definition. Let the ink dry before the next step so that it doesn't smear all over your paper.
Step 5: Now look at your actual leaf from outdoors. With your pen, recreate the veins inside the leaf and.....you're done!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
I have some exciting news! This year I'm offering a WEEK LONG BLACK FRIDAY SALE in my Etsy Shop! This is the biggest sale I've ever had ...... 40% off baby! Starts tomorrow, November 22nd and goes through the 29th.
Please visit my shop tomorrow or sometime within the next week and enjoy 40% off anything and everything I have to offer. Use the code BLACK40 at checkout.
Labels: fine art
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
It's here! The pattern for my new crochet infinity scarf is here!
This was finished over a month ago, as I wrote before, so I'm glad I finally have the pattern all written out and ready for you all! Just keep reading, or click the link below to download a pdf file.
by Elise Engh
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Jade)
Size J/ 10-6.00MM Crochet Hook
Size: 6.5 inches wide by 51.5 inches long
dc= double crochet
tr- triple crochet
sc= single crochet
Notes: To adjust the width of this scarf, make the beginning chain a multiple of 8, plus 5.
Foundation Row: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook (this section counts as dc), 1 dc into each ch to end. (19 dc)
Row 1: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, * 3 ch, (skip 1 dc, 1 tr into next dc) twice, 3 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end. Turn.
Row 2: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2dc, * 3 ch, 1 sc into each of next 2 tr, 3 ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end, working last dc into 3rd of 3 ch. Turn.
Row 3: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, *1 ch, 1 tr into first sc, 1 ch, 1 tr into next sc, 1 ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end. Turn.
Row 4: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, * (1 dc into next ch, 1 dc into next tr) twice, 1 dc into next ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end, working last dc into 3rd of 3 ch. Turn. (19 dc)
Repeat rows (1-4) 17 times, making 18 cube sections total.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail end. Using your yarn needle and the long tail end, stitch the two ends together with a whip stitch.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Ok, so I never meant to take 2 1/2 weeks off from blogging (that has to be a record for me), but life was crazy with moving, cleaning, selling our house, sending my son to a new school, planning a birthday party, and dealing with an exploding toilet. The toilet part was not so great, but the rest went remarkably smooth and we have already accepted an offer on our home for more than we thought we would get! We feel so very blessed and happy that we decided to do this!
The biggest blessing in all of this, is that I have felt well. For the first time in many many years I feel like a normal person and I can't begin to express how absolutely amazing that feels! It's incredible what that endometriosis surgery is doing for me. Best decision I ever made!
I didn't realize how much that disease affected my back and migraines, but it was major. During this move I lifted a lot of heavy boxes (which I was kind of banned from, but we had to get it moved somehow) and I was expecting some major back pain and migraines, but all I got was some soreness. That hasn't happened since I was probably a teenager! It felt so good!
It's crazy how for so long nothing seemed to be going right in my life, then bam! Everything happened all at once! I'm humbled to be on the receiving end of so many many blessings right now :)