Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy 2013 to all my friends and family!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Crochet Crazy

I am the first one to confess that when I was younger, I never liked anything crocheted. My great-grandmother had taught me how to crochet when I was little but after she passed away, I never picked it up again. That is, until a few years ago, for whatever reason, I got the itch to start chrocheting again. I bought some yarn and hooks, subscribed to Crochet! magazine and did it off and on, especially in the winter months. This year it has been different. Perhaps it is because I am older and my tastes have changed, perhaps the availability of free and beautiful patterns right at your fingerprints on Pinterest has something to do with it, or, perhaps it is the fact that crochet is all of the sudden cool again. Whatever the reason, I am loving it and I can't seem to stop...that is all I want to do.
Here is a picture of a crocheted snowman ornament that I made for a friend of mine for Christmas. It was fun and quick to make and if you are interested, you can learn about the pattern here.
Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Little Owl

These days one of my favorite spots for inspiration is Pinterest. The other day I found a little stuffed owl on Pinterest that caught my eye - he made my heart melt. I followed the link but instead of taking me to the little owl, it took me to a beautiful website. If you have time and want to feast your eyes, I would go check it out. Perhaps the little owl is hiding among the 1800 or so pages, perhaps not. I have not found him. If you do, and could let me know, I would love to know so that I can add the link here and give proper credit. You can find the blog by clicking here.

Here is a picture of the canvas. I don't sell my art so when I decided to do a paper-pieced canvas of the little owl, I was pretty faithful to the original design. I love, love the results.

Update: I found the little guy! He is one of the tons of amazing creatures made by skunkboy creatures. You really need to go take a look. They are amazing!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oh, Christmas Tree

A little watercolor inspired by an online workshop, Art of Wild Abandonment 2, taught by Junelle Jacobsen. Simple, opting for red instead of green for the tree and a few drops of watercolor to suggest lights and ornaments, painted on a gessoed Alegro coffee bag. I think I will be making several of these to use as tags for our home-made gifts this Christmas. 

"Christmas doesn't come from a store, 
maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more." 
-Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Season

It has been so long since I have posted! I have been reading Artful Blogging, trying to find out what the secret is of those wonderful bloggers out there who post beautiful entries day in and day out. I find myself in the middle of the Christmas season, thinking about using several of the tips I have found and making my New Year's resolution be to become a better blogger, if only as a commitment to myself. So, here I am!

I don't have any art to post today but would like to share pictures of the process of making what my husband calls his 'Aunt Bev's Hard-Tack Candy'. Every year he makes several batches of this candy in many of his favorite flavors and always also includes a couple of new flavors to try.

His flavors this year were Egg Nog, Cinnamon, Key Lime, Cranberry, Maple, Chocolate Chip, and Peppermint. Making this candy, breaking it, and bagging it always marks the beginning of the Christmas season for us.