Thursday, April 29, 2010

ADO's 2nd Quarter Challenge - Alice In Wonderland

WE ARE HAVING A BLOG EVENT, SO MAKE SURE YOU GO OVER TO WWW.ARTDOLLSONLY.BLOGSPOT.COM AND SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE. THE EVENT STARTS JUNE 1, 2010 and YOU HAVE ONE MONTH TO FINISH AN ART DOLL IN THE THEME OF "ALICE IN WONDERLAND." I created TWO Alice in Wonderland Art Dolls. I really enjoyed creating their little knitted shrugs and working on their hair...ALL THAT HAIR! It wasn't hard to do since my hair is long and thick! LOL

This was a fun challenge, and if you are interested in participating with us on June 1st, make sure you sign up so we can all come and visit your Blog Post on your creation of Alice in Wonderland.

Until Next Time...Have a Wonderful and Creative Weekend

Thursday, April 22, 2010

All Tied Up In Muslin & New Listing on Etsy!

Well another week has gone by, and today the weather doesn't seem to know what to do today! Will it Rain or Will the Sun Come Out and let me continue with painting outside? We wait with baited breath. LOL

I finished up my listing over at my Etsy Shop. I just listed my Spa Washcloths. I really like how they came out. I also love the fact that I'm getting big shipment today of fantastic organic cotton in a bunch of new colors. I have listed the colors over at my Shop if you want to take a look at the colors that I will be offering for these Spa Washcloths. I absolutely cannot make these fast enough for people. These knit up so nice in the yarn that I'm using and the colors are to die for! I have also included with the Spa Washcloths, a white ceramic bowl that has been hand stamped by me. If you are interested in purchasing a set and would like a different wording on your ceramic bowl, just convo me over at Etsy and let me know the colors and the wording that you would like and I will get the order started.

These Spa Washcloths are made to Order. The delivery time on your Order is approx. 2 weeks. However, if I eat boxes and boxes of Fruit Loops and have a ton of Java, I could get them to you sooner! LOL
These Spa Washcloths will last you a lifetime. Enjoy!
I've been working on my Muslin Journals too! As you can see by this picture, it's great having a clothes line up in the yard! LOL

Sanding, Gessoing, Painting, Staining, Sanding, Gessoing, Painting, Staining & Sanding. Well worth the time and effort in preparing these pages for Art Journals.

I made this journal after reading Lynne Hoppe's Muslin Art Journal Tutorial that I have posted earlier here on my Blog. This Journal is Approx. 9 x 11. I didn't pre-wash the Muslin before I dipped it in Tea Stain and it shrunk a bit. So if you want your journal a specific size after you have tea stained it, make sure you pre-wash your muslin first! LOL

On these pages, I have started adding bits of fabric scrapes and glued them down with Gel Medium. I would recommend using Golden's products for this. I had some Gel Medium, (Dick Blick Brand) likey, likey! LOL

These pages I added some additional walnut crystals and waiting for the pages to dry.

I like doing a lot of prep work on my art journals. Once they have coats of paint and gesso, the whole art journal will be ready to go and make some art whenever I feel the muse coming on!
I hope you all have a wonderful and creative weekend. I will be sharing more pages with you next week and some new fabric journal covers that I'm working on.
Play, Laugh, Dance, Create, Dream, Believe, and always make sure you have a Bottle of Wine on hand!
Until Next Time...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Studio Madness Again!

Greetings & Salutations!

I can't believe it's Friday already! Where does the time go? I would say, right out the Studio Windows! LOL I love waking up, smelling the Java brewing and planning my day in the Studio. Sometimes it doesn't go according to plan, but those times I treasure because MAGIC happens, and when it happens, I just go with it! I haven't bonded with my sewing machine much lately. However, today we are bonding again and making wonderful Art Doll Clothes!

My Marie Antoinette painting has been staring at me for months. Why is it when you begin a painting, or I should say, when I begin a painting, I never seem to finish them fast. I have walked by this painting countless times. Some days I add a splash of paint here, a piece of vintage collage paper there, and sometimes nothing at all. I guess I like the paintings to "SIMMER." LOL
I was inspired by my painting to create some Art Dolls to go along with the painting. As you can see, I still am working on them. Just like the painting, I let the dolls SIMMER too!

Now for these little gals, I will be completing them today as they will be heading off to their new homes. I can't wait to add their Knitted Shrugs and Leg Warmers that I hand knitted for them. I'm giggling in anticipation to seeing them done. LOL

Gotta LOVE Polka Dots!

In their GLORY!

Oh my, these little babies need some clothes! These are waiting for me to find my MUSE!

I keep knitting washcloths and my husband steals them! LOL I promise I will have some of these wonderful, hand-knitted Washcloths up in my Etsy Shop Very Soon!

Yes, as you can see, my Yarn Stash is quickly growing! I just freaking LOVE YARN!

Update on my DRAWING...This is about it! So many things to do and never enough time to get everything done! Will be posting an update on my Drawing soon, so make sure you stay tuned!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL & CREATIVE WEEKEND!
Spend time with your Art Supplies, no matter what they are...Play and Bond with them. You never know what new discoveries you will find!
Until Next Time

Friday, April 9, 2010

Art Dolls Galore, New Knitting Supplies & Muslin Art Journal

Okay, I have a lot to share today, so grab yourself a cup of Java, and of course your Fruit Loops and let's begin.
Just got some new yarn to start another knitting project. This is going to be a Market Bag. I'm currently using this same yarn for my Yoga Socks, which has a little stripe in it. I wanted to try this yarn on bigger needles instead of the double pointed ones I'm using for the socks, so I will let you know how that goes! This yarn is wonderful. Knits really nice and soft. This is a picture of the what the Market Bag will or is suppose to look like after you have completed the project...we will see how I do! However, I will change the initials to CROW...of course!

Some more new colors over at I can't wait to start using my new circular needles. Now if I can just figure them out, I'll be good to go. Heading to Knitting Classes tomorrow, so will take them with me!
As you all know, I've been working on my Muslin Journal that I learned over at Lynne Hoppe's Blog I absolutely love working on fabric. You can do so much with these pages. You must try's so much fun.

What I'm doing is gessoing some pages ahead of time. Let the gesso dry and then I started adding some paints, foam stamps, and putting in some texture. I got some of that new Tim Holtz Crackle Paint. It didn't work as well as I thought it would. May be it works better on paper. Not really happy with that product. I do like his inks though! LOL The thing with journal pages, you can keep adding more and more layers, so I will be adding more paints and stuff to these two pages.

Now for Art Dolls Only. We are having our Monthly Challenge and this Month is entitled
"SPRING ENCHANTMENT." I still need to finish my First Quarter Challenge...LOL
Here they are in the "Work in Progress" stage! As you can see, I'm still developing more Art Dolls, but completed the Three for Challenge!

Introducing the "GARDEN GIRLS"

I absolutely loved doing their hair. I use some left over wool roving and attached it with a glue gun!
I think that about does it! As I'm writing this, I'm looking around, and I see so many projects started and waiting to get completed. I wish there was more time in the day! If any of you can figure out how to make the days longer, let me know...I would love to know! LOL
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Muslin Journal Playing

I hope you all had a great weekend and very Happy Easter! I believe I ate to much chocolate! LOL !

I have been working on a Muslin Journal that Lynne Hoppe put up on her blog as a tutorial. If you haven't seen her fantastic tutorial, hop over there and check it out. Be warned, it's addicting! LOL
All you need to get started is some Muslin. I tea stained the Muslin and added some walnut crystals to the mix. Measure out your pieces. I wanted a bigger journal, so my pages are 10 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Tear your Muslin after you have measured them out if you want the raw edges (which I absolutely love).
I did a drawing and then sewed it to the cover.

Add, ribbons, paper, other pieces of fabric, etc. to your pages. I gesso, so gesso your pages and get your paints out. You can also use watercolor, oil pastels, pencils, papers to get your creative magic going!

I sewed the signatures together and then used yarn to sew them together and bind them in the book. It's so much must make one of these, you will love it!

Have fun making your Muslin Journal and make sure you stop by and see Lynne's wonderful Muslin Journal Tutorial!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy, Happy, Happy Easter!

Greetings & Salutations!

Just hopping in to wish everyone a very HAPPY EASTER and a very CREATIVE WEEKEND!

I will be batting down the hatches and locking myself in my Studio! However, on Sunday I will be finding the Easter Eggs, and eating lots of CHOCOLATE! LOL
Until Next Time...


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