the background is acrylic paint on textured watercolor paper...with scratch lines, heat-embossed spiral stamps, and metallic embellies.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
so i thought i'd share my recipe, i was pretty much winging it, but there are other similar recipes out there too.
it's really fast and easy to make, and i like the firm texture and golden colors that the mandarin oranges and pineapple add to the mix (don't use fresh or frozen pineapple in gelatin, it won't set). i also love the purplish shade of the blueberries and cranberries combined. i prefer to use canned fruit that's packed in natural juices, and 7-up is all natural flavors now too. using these liquids instead of just more water adds better flavor to the jelly, i think. this recipe makes a pretty large bowl, so you can halve it.
1 12oz bag of fresh cranberries; rinse well
1 cup of organic sugar
1-1/4 cups of water
1 small can mandarin oranges (reserve the liquid)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 regular can pineapple chunks (reserve the liquid)
1/2 can of 7-up soda
2 packets knox unflavored gelatin
soften the gelatin first by mixing it with 1-2 tablespoons of the orange liquid in a small coffee cup. bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium pot. transfer 1/4 cup of the boiling sugar water to the coffee cup to stir and dissolve the gelatin, set aside. add cranberries to the remaining sugar water in the pot and return to boil; simmer a few minutes until the skins pop. stir the gelatin water into the simmering cranberries, then remove from heat. stir in remaining orange/pineapple liquids and 7-up, then mix in all the other fruits. transfer to a decorative bowl or dish, cover with plastic wrap (vent it on one side), and refrigerate overnight to set the gelatin. serve solid by the scoop, or stir it up to serve chunky as shown. enjoy!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
his work was a mix of fauvism and futurism; he was also an inventor and and electrical engineer.
from a press release about a 2002 exhibit that included this painting...
the pulse of modern life animates sayen's dancers in “the thundershower,” which foreshadows the decorative patterns of art deco style. sayen studied with matisse in paris and was among the first to introduce avant-garde styles to america.
i love this prophetic 1914 quote from sayen...
modern art… is all spontaneity and requires an equally spontaneous apprehension. to feel it requires a quickening of the spirit. it has revealed to us men of great power. picasso and matisse will, I believe, exert a powerful influence for a long time on painting and sculpture.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
this was super quick to make with some felt squares, embroidery floss, and a cute little dragonfly appliqué.
i fused some fabric to the inside cover to hide the stitches from the embellishments.
i sewed the edges of the inside pages together first, then sandwiched them between the covers with a few french knots and straight stitches.
Monday, December 19, 2011
felt is fun and so easy to work with...i made this 6" poinsettia in about 20 minutes by cutting random leaf shapes from a few different shades of green felt, and some small red circles from red. then i layered the leaves on a 5" circle of green felt with aleene's tacky glue, adhered the red berries in the center, and accented with a golden green color of stickles glitter glue. this will be a sweet alternative to a bow on one of my gifts!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
a few years ago at my favorite annual quilt show (piqf), i bought these cool beads made in africa from recycled glass. i forgot about them until last week when i was digging into my supply to make earrings.
then today i was cruising around online and i saw a picture of a cute button ornament in the shape of a wreath. such a perfect idea for using these beads...so out came a little wire, a little ribbon...and a couple minutes later, cuteness for the top of a gift!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
visit my my youtube channel to see my demo clip.
This soft vinyl is often sold in bolts...ask for it at your local craft store or quilt shop to buy by the yard.
now sing it with me...frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul...
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
just made another batch of earrings tonight - sold quite a few pair to my very kind co-workers, some were designs that i forgot to shoot...shoot! anyway, thanks to everyone who supports handmade this holiday season!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
|glass and stone choker|
|long and dangly earrings|
|short and round earrings|
Saturday, December 10, 2011
|uni (top) based her atc on the pure imagination song|
and cathy made the chocolate lake and waterfall
|valerie and i ended up using the same image of wonka's utter exasperation, |
and liz trapped a golden ticket under an icy sidewalk
|donna made wonka bars and we all got golden tickets|
Thursday, December 08, 2011
it's secret santa time at my office...our holiday luncheon and gift exchange is tomorrow, always a great day! we each fill out little slips of paper with our names and lots of favorite things. the coworker whose name i drew enjoys scrapbooking, the color teal, and coffee. so i made her this little 5x7 blank board book, with a variety of distressed teal-ish patterned papers inside, that she can put her own pictures in. i placed a starbucks gift card inside. i hope she likes it...and i hope i'm right in assuming she won't read my blog until after the luncheon!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
i will be a guest on my friend cynthia's creative edventures webcast next wednesday, 12/14 at 6pm pacific (9pm eastern). i'll show y'all how quick and easy my little snowman is to make with whatever fibers and glitter you have on hand.
click here at showtime next week to join us online for some crafty fun!