Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crochet Coasters

Last week I shared this card that I painted for my sweet friend, Amy's birthday. I also made her these coasters. 

There are a lot of crochet coaster patterns online, and while I did a lot of searching, I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I improvised.

Simple rounds of single crochet are the base of my coasters, topped with two rounds of top stitching inspired by this pattern, and wool stars inspired by these coasters.

You might have already guessed it, but with the top stitching and wool stars, these coasters make a slightly wobbly surface for narrow based glasses. They are, however, perfect for wider based vessels, such as coffee mugs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mixed Media Daffodil

This summer I have probably taken hundreds of flower photos. Yep. Hundreds. I see a beautiful bloom and I want to paint it. I'm just drawn to them. The colors, shapes and awesome textures get me every single time. Allan is constantly having to wait for me while I take another flower photo. Thankfully he doesn't mind. He's awesome like that. I'm saving most of these photos to paint from this winter when it's gray and gloomy here. I think that's a pretty good plan. ;-)

This daffodil, however, demanded to be painted right away on a greeting card for my dear friend Amy's birthday. 

Supplies: Watercolor card, artist watercolors, opaque watercolor, acrylic paint, and waterproof pens.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A portrait for my mister.

I'm taking a quick break from the fun and sun to share some of my summer artwork.

To celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary I painted this piece for Allan.

Supplies: Watercolor paper, watersoluble pencil, water brush, pencils, and acrylic paint.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Watercolor Greetings

This year, rather than purchasing or paper crafting Mother's Day cards, I decided to paint them.

This Goldfinch for my mom.

And butterfly for my mother-in-law.

Supplies: Watercolor cards, artist watercolors, opaque watercolor, and waterproof pens.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Life Right Now

The end of the school year is always straight up craziness. Final projects, exams, recitals, parties, and for Moya and me (this year) a springtime cold/flu bug. Things are finally settling down a bit, though, Moya would disagree as she still has one more week of school and her finals, but I'm actually able to sit down and type up a blog post. The first in over a month.

Allan and I have been enjoying this spring by getting in lots of walks. This photo was taken over a month ago at Reeds Lake, one of our favorite places in town.

We don't always walk down to Crazy Charlie's for fries when we visit Reeds Lake, but it's a fun treat every once in a while.

I'm really enjoying my Mother's Day gift, and I've gotten lots of great bird photos to paint from, but I've got to tell you, I had no idea how fast the birds would empty this feeder. One day. One! Sadly, it spends much more time empty than full of seed.

Allan chaperoned Elijah's field trip to Chicago. They had so much fun. The museum of Science & Industry, Willis Tower, The Bean, Giordano's pizza for dinner, and a historical boat tour of the city. All in one day. They were so exhausted.

This girl has been enjoying the warm weather as much as she can, even doing her homework outside. Yes, that's our field of dandelions, er, backyard I mean.

 Elijah had a belt test a couple weeks ago. This was his first weapons test. He was awesome.

Now he is a Green Deputy. Only two and a half more years to first degree Black Belt status.

Elijah turned twelve on Sunday. Twelve. Sigh.

He always chooses donuts for his birthday. Since we are all gluten and dairy free I decided to make them this year. I added some strawberry puree to the batter and drizzled them with strawberry glaze. Yum. They were a success...which is not always the case when baking gluten free. ;-)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Sketchbook: Ludington

More sketches from last summer's adventures.

These seagulls were relentless while we ate our lunch...of course, my son and brother tossing them food may or may not have had something to do with that. At least it provided some good photos to paint from.

Supplies:  Journal, mixed media adhesive (used to prime the pages for paint), watercolor travel set, water brush, white paint marker, and waterproof pens.

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