Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
It is in a little leather box....there is a gold metal frame around the
picture and under the glass...does anyone know anything about this item?
And my favorite find...this broken porcelain doll head...
with probably just enough of a neck to attach to a doll project.
About the other items I purchased...as I was paying for items, the husband owner (whom we found out had grown up on 134th and Budlong in Los Angeles which was just a few miles where Goodie and I grew up in Gardena, CA - small world) asked..."How are you going to get that back to Texas?"...to which I quickly answered, "In my luggage, of course." (Another blonde moment.)
The problem...the items I purchased were 3 bullet / missile casings that I thought might look good as part of an assemblage doll. Of course, the casings were empty, but I don't think they would be able to determine that via the baggage xray device.
Can you see me now on the evening news! Why do people always look horrible in mug shots? They would have pulled me off of the plane and asked questions later! Goodie is going to send them to me via the US Postal Service...keep an eye out for me on the evening news.
Goodie and I also stopped at the Hoover Dam. I also got to visit my sister-in-law's hair salon opened recently. I also took some pictures of Goodie's truck. I will share these pictures in my next post...this post is already too long!
Friday, February 20, 2009
I am working on my abilty to create depth in my backgrounds. I painted the 12x24 canvas with Golden Black Gesso. Next some Golden Molding Paste to create some texture (I need to be a bit bolder in the use of my molding pastes…next time). I then added some Golden Quinacridone / Nickel Azo Gold. I allowed to dry completely between each application. Then I covered everything in a wash of Golden Titan Buff, then blotted it here and there with a paper towel.
I stared at it for a day until I saw a face. I filled in the face area with Titanium White, Iron Oxide and a bit of Titan Buff. The back of her head disappears into the canvas. My intent is to lift a face from the filled in area by adding shadows and highlights.
You can see I have added the mouth and some shadows and highlights. I also added arms and a heart with wings...waiting for shadows and highlights.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
One other thing I should mention...I gifted myself with Photoshop. I may be going digital with my art any day now...
Isn't he handsome! If you read this today and you believe in the power of God through prayer, pray for my baby today according to how the Spirit may lead you. A mother thanks you.
I love you Babe!
I was very controlled with my spending, but I did join the Block of the Month Club that meets the 1st Saturday of the month. Listen to this! The first Saturday you pay $5 bucks for the material for your first block. If you show up the next 1st Saturday with your FINISHED block, you get your next block free! So if you show up with your finished block each month, at the end of the year you will have a quilt top for $5 (in my case $10 - since I got started late I had to pay for my January and February blocks)! That is awesome! Here are the few things I purchased including my January and February block kits: Yummy batiks from their gorgeous selection, Moda "urban couture" precut 6" blocks. These blocks include several different fabrics and are great for quilting, and for small faric projects. I have already created a handful of little hearts that I have embellished with beads and stuff (lol) for my dollies. I also picked up a couple of small paper piecing kits to try my hand at paper piecing.
So I left the quilt store and my new friends and "lo and behold", there was a thrift store right across the street! Here are the goodies I found there. First, a new magazine holder for $2 bucks. Now I can organize SOME of the mags and books I have purchased since I moved to Texas. If I feel really industrious one day I may get out the gesso!
Here are my other thrift store finds. Two square wooden frames with mirrors; small silver-plated serving tray; a silver-plated compote and swan; a brass candle holder that will become a stand for a dollie and (in the foreground) a little metal candle holder that is headed for the rust bin.
An since I had to pass by Hobby Lobby anyway, I stopped in and picked up a few miscellaneous items.
The two little stamps (i.e. flourish and the bird), I actually grabbed out of the $1 bin at Michaels last week. I figured I would throw those in so you could see them.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Once Upon A Blue Crow
Monday, February 9, 2009
Well I got a chance to run out on Sunday. Inspired by my new book "Acrylic Revolution" by Nancy Reyner, my first stop was Asel Art Supply where I picked up some more Golden items. Paint brushes were on sale for 50% off, so I also picked up 2 gorgeous paint brushes. I also picked up 2 6x12 wooden supports. I have already painted one with gesso...since it seems to be the prerequisite to everything!
Friday, February 6, 2009
I probably haven't mentioned that I am a IT Project Manager (the real job). In May of 2008, I moved from sunny CA to humid Texas in search for gold (affordable real estate). God's plan and timing is just a little different than mine...I am totally with that...His plan and timing are always better!
As it happened, the gold is still within reach, but in the meantime I am living with my 75 year old Mom and my 93 year old grandmother and providing support they need currently as they recover from a stroke and surgery, respectively. There is no place I'd rather be than helping them.
I work from home which is a real blessing for this circumstance. There are caregivers coming and going all week long to handle personal care, physical and occupational therapy, as well as weekly nurse visits. All that to say...I don't get out much.
So Thursday after work (I keep a strict schedule), I went wandering not to far from home to Agatha's Antiques and fell upon the most romantic scene!!! I said ROMANTIC!
A young man had orchestrated a proposal at Agatha's Antiques! Why Agatha's? As it turns out the couple collects bottles and they purchased their first Dr Pepper bottle at Agatha's shop! The young man had advised the owners of what he planned to do. He placed a Dr Pepper bottle near the rear of the store. He tied a string around the bottle which his "intended" followed to a small white box with a ring in it. The answer was YES!!!
Now wouldn't it be lovely if I had pictures to show you...WELL I DON'T because my camera was left at home once again and I missed this beautiful photo-op. What is worse, they didn't have a camera either!
So from this moment forward (lol), me and my Sony cybershot 5.1 megapixel camera with 3x optical lens are ONE. I will never leave home without it again!!!
But I did get some shopping done...
footed creamer #617 that will be great to hold some do-dads.