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221  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wedding shoot I did...just a couple fun pics on: May 01, 2010 06:49:23 AM
I was asked to shoot a wedding. Here are a couple pics I took. They're fun. My couple was very playful which made the shoot a LOT more enjoyable!

222  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Whew (wipes sweat from forehead) - it's DONE! on: April 28, 2010 12:13:53 PM
Here's another mixed media piece. Lots and lots of glorious texture. Even has  real jewels in the hair band.

Thanks for looking!
223  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / With Arms Wide Open - 24x30" mixed media on: April 22, 2010 11:10:46 AM
A young father had me paint this for his daughter on her 5th birthday. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he is unable to see his daughter as much as he would wish. He wants her to know how much he loves her, even though he's not around, so he had me paint this as a token of his love to her. I am honoured that he would have me paint something so dear to his heart. Such a lovely man.

I was filled with emotion while painting this. I wanted it to be perfect. I made his hands slightly bigger than I normally would because I wanted her to know that her dad's love is strong and will always take care of her. I made the sky brighter around her head, and it has a pearlized sheen to symbolize that she is the light in his life, his angel. The accessory in her hair is symbolic of a halo.

I hope you all enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed painting it!

224  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Another page in my art journal! on: April 13, 2010 02:08:36 PM
I'm having lots of fun and learning a lot about myself with this art journaling. I find it to be so much fun! Anyhow, the page on the left is not a drawing of mine. I printed it off etsy. Sometimes I'll find something particularly inspiring and have to print it. This is just such a piece. I don't know what it is about her, but I really like her. Her hands, her face, her hair.

My art is on the right. I've used a whole lot of mixed media in this. Gold leaf, cadbury egg wrapper, glitter, paint, pencil crayons, ball point pen, black ink...

I've taken to 'laminating' my pages with packing tape so that they don't stick together. I am having way too much fun with these are journals, and I always feel a lot more settled after having done a page...

225  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I started an art journal... on: April 10, 2010 07:28:44 PM
and it was SO. MUCH. FUN!!!!!!!!!

Ok, so I spent the day in a gym watching my husband ref my kids' jiu jitsu tournaments (ok, well he didn't ref my kids, because that would be a conflict of interest, but he reffed the tournament, ok? Geez...)

Anyhow...it was a loooooooooooooooong day, so I pulled a little journal and a pen out of my purse and started sketching. This little lady on the left is what I came up with. When I got home, I got out my art supplies and just kinda went to town. It was super fun and really therapeutic. I've tried the art journal thing before without much success, but now I think I could get into it...

Mind the picture quality...they were taken at night and using a flash washed them out...

226  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My half of a personal swap on: April 06, 2010 02:01:23 PM
EdelC and I did a swap. She's made me a poppet (yay!!) and I've done this painting for her. It's a little washed out in the straight on shot, but is more accurate in vibrancy in the angle shot. Hope she likes it! As always, I'm really nervous!!!!

227  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dress-up time! on: April 06, 2010 06:35:17 AM
I initially made these costumess for Halloween, but they quickly turned into playtime fun costumes! They have lots of fun playing dress-up in these. These are my own patterns. They came out perfect the first try! I was pretty proud of these. There was a lot of sketching involved in these blueprints, and I was pretty impressed that I made no errors.
228  COOKING / Dessert / Left over Easter chocolate... on: April 05, 2010 10:16:27 AM
I don't know if baking goes in this category, but just thought I'd share this idea with you all. Since most of us have enormous amounts of chocolate left over, why not chop it up and use it as chunks in your baking? I'm baking a batch of white and milk chocolate chunk cookies right now!

Just a thought  Smiley
229  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Peeps bunting!! on: April 02, 2010 07:03:09 AM
I LOVE PEEPS!!!!!! I found this little bunting tutorial here: http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2010/03/guest-tutorial-blogger-dana-of-made.html . I used some yellow fleece that I had and handstitched mine rather than using my sewing machine, but they will turned out pretty cute, I think! Sorry about the pics, though. They don't depict the actual cuteness of the peeps!

230  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A bunny for my daughter on: April 01, 2010 07:09:01 AM
Here's a little bunny for my daughter Sapphire (aka Sisi).

I used fabric from her old baby dress to line the ears, and I also hand-embroidered a little message for her:

The bunny's pretty big. Probably around 18 inches tall.

I added some nice big buttons just for fun...

I hope she likes it!

PS - it's my own pattern...I just fly by the seat of my pants most of the time. I'm not a fan of patterns. I'm not big on rules! lol
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