Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Photos of the Week

Enjoying more snow-covered nature...........


Excited for Christmas yet? I'm finally starting to get really excited for it myself- even though I'm still living in my in-law's home and I'm not able to travel to AZ to see my own family.  At least I have my husband home for quite a while.........he got recently lost his job and is on the hunt for a new one. That's stressful, but it has it's perks too.

In some ways I'm glad we're being forced to have a more simple Christmas with fewer presents than usual.  It helps me focus more on what's really important and I've let go of wanting more stuff all the time.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Magnolias and Feathers

Golden Spray Painted Magnolia Seed Pod Christmas Decor: Grow Creative

I saved these magnolia seed pods from our last trip to southern california - ya, about a year and half ago- yikes.  It was time to make something pretty with them!  Hello gold spray paint and girly ribbon!

Golden Spray Painted Magnolia Seed Pod Christmas Decor: Grow Creative

I tried spray painting some feathers too.....
Golden Spray Painted Magnolia Seed Pod and Feather Christmas Decor: Grow Creative

So the plan is to use these as Christmas Tree Ornaments or a string them up for a Christmas Garland.  It may take me another year-and-a-half to decide which one to make!

Golden Spray Painted Magnolia Seed Pod Christmas Decor: Grow Creative

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Look at my Sketchbook

Here's what I've been sketching lately........................

Colorful Aztec Design and Christmas Wreath Sketches: Grow Creative

crazy designs & Christmas greenery,

Christmas Greenery Drawing: Grow Creative
Ink Sketches of Geraniums and Cosmos Flowers: Grow Creative

geraniums and cosmos,

Ink Sketches of Geraniums and Cosmos Flowers: Grow Creative

and other tropical plants!


What's in your sketchbook?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Photos of the Week

Some wintry Christmassy photos..........

Winter PineTree Photography: Grow Creative
Winter Snow Landscape Photography: Grow Creative
duck pond photography: grow creative


Well, my day got off to an awesome start with me dropping a gallon of liquid detergent on the front step and it exploding every where...... and then my boots fell apart.  sigh.  One of those days I suppose.

Sometimes it seems like it's harder to be happy when you are supposed to be the most happy- like around Christmas time.  I think it has to do with expectations.  If I expect my life to be perfect, then yes, I will be disappointed.  But I don't want to expect things to go wrong all the time either.  So here's to finding that happy medium, hoping for better things to come while being content at the same time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Silver and Gold Juice Lid Ornaments

Recycled Christmas Craft- make ornaments from juice lids, paper, and spray paint: Grow Creative

We sold our house and closed on it yesterday!  The weight on my shoulders feels about 20 lbs lighter!

So now I have more free time for Christmas Crafty Adventures. I can't decorate as much as I normally would- living in my in-law's basement has it's limitations- but I've come up with some easy and economical Christmas Ornaments made from juice lids!

Recycled Christmas Craft- make ornaments from juice lids, paper, and spray paint: Grow Creative

Materials:
Metal Lids from Cans of Frozen Juice Concentrate- washed and dried
Paper cut-outs or stickers in shapes of choice
Glue Stick
Gold Spray Paint- I used Krylon Brilliant Gold Indoor Paint
Small Nail
Hammer
String

Step 1:  Using a glue stick, glue paper shapes to the top of the juice lids or put stickers on if you have stickers.

Step 2:  Hammer a small nail through the top of the lid to create a hole to thread string through for hanging.

Recycled Christmas Craft- make ornaments from juice lids, paper, and spray paint: Grow Creative

Step 3:  Spray paint one side of the lids and let dry.

Recycled Christmas Craft- make ornaments from juice lids, paper, and spray paint: Grow Creative

Step 4:  Peel off the paper or stickers.  If you have any residue left, lightly wash it off by rubbing it with your fingers under warm water.

Step 5:  Cut small pieces of string and thread through the holes created with the nail.  Tie string together and hang on a tree!

Recycled Christmas Craft- make ornaments from metal juice lids, paper, and spray paint: Grow Creative

Recycled Christmas Craft- make ornaments from metal juice lids, paper, and spray paint: Grow Creative
Recycled Christmas Craft- make ornaments from metal juice lids, paper, and spray paint: Grow Creative

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Crochet Baby Boy Hats

Baby Boy Hats: Crochet Bear and Pom- Grow Creative

Today I am venturing to post something baby-related, even though that is still a sensitive subject for me.  I don't know if that will ever change, but I press on, loving the child I do have and the other children placed in my path.

Crochet Bear Hat for a Baby Boy: Grow Creative

These two little hats were made with joy.......
for a precious little boy that was adopted by my sister and her husband a few months ago.

My faith was strengthened as I witnessed the miracles that love can perform!

Crochet Pom Hat for a Baby Boy: Grow Creative
Baby Boy Hats: Crochet Bear and Pom- Grow Creative

The free pattern for the Bear Hat is from JJ Crochet

The other also free pattern for the hat part of the pom hat is from Alli Crafts- I added the pom- I couldn't resist such cuteness!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Photos of the Week


Another warm week in Herriman.  Perfect for walking and exploring! 

As much energy as I have, sleep and pain are battles I still fight daily. I had hoped my surgery would have taken away more of the pain and kept it away longer, but not so.  So I try to focus on the good stuff, like going on walks, seeing Christmas lights, and taking my kid to the Lego store.  Man that place is cool!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Everyday is a Good Day When You Paint

Did anyone else grow up watching this guy?

source:http://pixgood.com/bob-ross-funny-quotes.html

Call me cheesy, but I have fond memories of those times. I was always fascinated with the way Bob Ross would turn something that looked like it was going to be a disaster into something amazing.  It was magic to me.  And the image of that fro will never be forgotten!

Please enjoy a little video tribute to that happy man.  And yes .......it is a good day when you paint.

                   





Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Custom Portraits and Kissing Armadillos


I've had lots and lots of watercolor projects going on lately- mostly custom stuff for gifts.

Like this watercolor portrait of my newly married brother-in-law and his lovely wife.  These make really awesome wedding presents!

Custom Watercolor Wedding Portrait: Grow Creative

I went through a lot of photos to find one with the right lighting for this one, but in the end it comes down to a lot of tracing- so I'm not as technically talented as you may think :)

Check out my Easy Watercolor Portraits to see the process!

Custom Watercolor Wedding Portrait: Grow Creative

And lastly..................the Christmas Kissing Armadillos- made for a lady in Texas!

Custom Armadillo Watercolor Painting

DCMA

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