Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quirky

Hello, now isn't that an odd little word?  Quirky?   I think this year's weather could fit under that category 100%.   Now here it is nearly and almost  Easter and still snowing in parts of the U.S.   Of course we know not to ever never ever plant anything like flowers and pretties like that until after Easter.  The mesquite trees have not put out yet around here so we know that NOPE  it is still winter.  They haven't been fooled since I have been alive.   Now we were a tad south yesterday and they had started putting out their bright little green buds but not many of them.  

You know we have seen it snow on Easter so nope no planting of anything YET !!!!!  Well I guess we could but don't like the thought of black curled up leaves on plants it is just not becoming to them.   So we will hold our hands and wait until MONDAY !!!! Then will go see what we have to have, need or want in the line of plants and force ourselves to purchase some of them.   Love doing that seeing all the pretty colors of Mother Nature and seeing what might survive the triple digit weather we have.   A tricky little dance we do isn't it?   The weather and Mother Nature and the sun or lack of it?

BUT there are other little things that can be quirky and quite cute and whimsical to see.  No really it is true.   I am not pulling your leg.   

I have just finished week 15 inspiration lesson on Life Book and Tammy's cute little animals are Quirky.  Or Quirkie as I think sometimes I write it.  Pretty cute little things and I did a couple of cards for Easter for the Grands, different than this one I did for my book.   I think the next ones I do will be even Quirkier?   I don't  know about y'all but sometimes the next or several next exercises in art I do get maybe not better but deeper in depth.   Make sense?  

So here are my Quirky/ie animals.  Hope you enjoy them. 

 
Of course I had to have a fairy in there.   Of course.
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my Quirky world today.
 
xoxoxoxo
Annette





Friday, April 4, 2014

The Faerie Juanita


Hello and happy Spring.  Well I hope it is spring where you are and some of you it is Fall.   Now some of my faeries have not gotten to be created in CQ yet and I do have ciggies printed of them all.   So I thought OK I will make this some sort of a project for myself and even can use it in my CQJP2014 that Kathy Shaw hosts.   I should have done Mother Nature first maybe she would calm down some but she is next. her flaming red hair and all.  I don't know why she came out red headed but she did and looks a little older than the other gals.   Hummm maybe that is why she is playing havoc with the weather?  Surely not. 
 
This little gal is Juanita.   Which after watching Romancing the Stone, Juanita is Spanish for Joan.  Which was my mothers name.  The lady in the movie was Joan Wilder a author and was in South America for an adventure.  Really can't remember why but she and Michael Douglas had a fling of sorts.    Loved those movies but anyway back to Juanita.  
 
I printed this one on silk which made her colors softer and not having any really soft colors of supplies she got to be brighter if she wanted it or not.  I guess I should have some soft colors on hand just in case of a faerie emergency shouldn't I? 
 
So I thought what am I going to do?  Not a world changing  project or dilemma to lose sleep over but still a faerie dilemma.  You know those little magical sweeties, no telling what mischief they might do.  
 
I had some silk with some orangish flowers and thought OK the background was light light very light purple and I will just push it a little and see what happens.    So here you go what Juanita did and how she came out.
 
 
 
 
 
A close up of the flowers I had on hand and did some silk work and of course had a faerie charm, of course. 

 
Another close up of some SRE and of course beads



 
 
Here is a close up of her, with the sweet little birdie listening and peeking in to see what she was doing in the faerie garden. 

 
The finished block, hope you like it.   Now when I pieced this one I did 3 others, it is baseball season you know and I need something to do while watching it on TV and besides we might get a wild hair and go somewhere.  I think we are over almost 100% the CRUD, so time to start moving and shaking I do believe. 
 
There you go, Juanita the purple faerie.   Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
OXXOOX

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sparkle

Hello and we are celebrating.  We got 1/8th of an inch of rain.  Now I know that isn't much but they gave us a chance of sprinkles.  So to us that is a deluge.  The patio and drive way even got wet and some water standing.   Come on rain we can never have to much, well unless it is the great flood like Noah is associated with.   Our little playa lakes are low low and the Canadian geese that come to visit  for the winter are not happy.  Sometimes the little lakes are packed with the geese, I mean like little sardines.   

We thought of doing a Rain Dance  but just going to deep water the trees.   Now we found this little ring that attaches to the water hose and waters like 12 inches deep to the trees.  The underground water system just does not water deep so we think SAVE THE TREES.   Now Bermuda grass just keeps ticking like a Timex watch.  Just can't kill it even it the grass is brown it is just waiting to spring alive, especially if it is a flower bed.  And it will grow like crazy over the drive way and you have to use the edger.   We use to have blue grass that takes lots of water in another house.  When I bought the seed they said it will never over seed we have to till the grass us and start from scratch.  Well guess what?  I over seeded and it looked like hair and thick oh my.  So don't always pay attention to  THEY.    We are fortunate to have a water well but still would water the trees deep even if we didn't.  In West Texas Trees are far and few between and what we plant is what we have. 

I remember once we were coming in on a plane and I was sitting next to a young man coming to Lubbock to play football or basketball, forgot now, but he looked out of the window and said it is so flat.  Yep that is West Texas, but we love it. Flat and brown and wind blowing all the while.  It has great people though and that counts for a lot.    

I thought in celebration of the rain  I would go ahead and post Sparkle.  A sweet little faerie I drew and painted a while back.  I did make a ciggie out of her and thought of doing softer colors but these colors just screamed at me. I have a little 9 drawer cabinet we bought at Hobby Lobby and painted it RED of course.  It proudly holds my colors for CQ and my threads.   So I pull out each color and see who yells at me.  They do speak to us you know if you let them. 




 
Meet Sparkle,  I had to give her a head band with sparkles in it.  The upper right is a fabulous button that I was told about on FB and the lower button is a depression glass I think copy.  Not sure haven't tried to break it to see if plastic or glass.   The rest just kind of grew to where it wants to be.  I never plan a thing with these little gals and I just start and see where things want to go.   Guess that is called creating.   This is for CQJP 2014.   Just a self motivated  project.  I put these in a book and one did find it's way to the Princess Giget in Hawaii.  Now the reddish color is more magenta, sometimes it and purple photograph different.  LOL I am to lazy to set up lights to take it's pic so you get the picture I bet.  
 
It is hard to name these little gals, one I painted I named Mother Nature.  Not looking the friendliest in the world, hummmm maybe I should have made her looking not so stern?
 
Sparkle is one of my Essence faeries, I took her essence from a dear friend's granddaughter.   But added bangs and the hair color is definitely not hers.  Just wanted a little look of her granddaughter.  
 
I have 4 more blocks ready to embellish.  I need to do some more before we get busy, our Relaxed Retirement is a job.  Baseball season is fixin to start and I have to be ready to have some busy work to do while we watch them.   You know there is down time with Baseball and there are 162 games in a season before the world series.  We are going to have to root for two teams this year, some of our favorite players have gone to the Boston Red Sox from our Texas Rangers.  Whew a job indeed.   
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
OXOXXO
Annette

Friday, March 21, 2014

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Wow am I behind here friends.  Well I don't like excuses but we have been under the weather AGAIN!!!!  Funny sometimes when you get the "crud" as I call it and it lingers and you get over it--surprise it comes to visit you again.   Guess it liked it here and just didn't want to die.  So sort of back in the saddle again.  Nope not a real saddle we don't have a horse.  Well the steel stallion we drive. 

Now I haven't been a bum totally while under the weather.  I have been "trapped" in my art room.  A good trap but my little sanctuary.  Hubby knows when I don't feel 100% not to really talk to me.  I just want to be breathing and arting and the crud will go away.  Do any of you feel that way when you get sickish?  He says I am a good sick person though, just leave me alone !!!!!

Now get a cup of coffee, hot tea or good and yummy Iced tea because this is a long post.  No kidding.  Might even need a sleeping bag or take a break, go run around the house, go get the clothes out of the washer into the dryer.  

Life Book  2014    http://www.willowing.org/life-book-2014/  has been keeping me busy.  They have a new exercise each week and you can do it if you want and I wanted so here is some that I have done.    This is the third year I have taken it.  Last year shouldn't count though I think I only did like 6 or 8 exercises, we had a lot going on.   I wasn't going to do it this year but wow am I ever glad I did.  I just keep learning things, so the saying of teaching an old dog new tricks is true.   I am a living testament of it.  Bow Wow. 


 
This was a class by Anna Dabrowska,    http://tworzysko.blogspot.com/wow  what a talented young lady.  She made it on canvas but I used 140 lb. watercolor paper.  That stuff is tough and with enough gesso and stuff on the paper it holds up well.   This was up my alley,  lots of pretties and goodies to our hearts content.  I do have to mention Anna is an awesome teacher.  I know lots of artists that teach but don't really share their secrets.  This little gal told it all.   Now I have the first one under my belt I am anxious to start another one.
 

 
This little girl, Tammy taught it.  It was fun to stray away to just do a whimsy little person.  she does them so well and love hearing her visit while she demos what she does.  I forgot why we did, possibly to have a tree hug or encircle us,  it but in 100 years it won't matter will it?  I did collage some tissue for her dress that came in some shoes I purchased.  Don't throw a thing away do  I?   I don't hoard I just recycle or repurpose things. 
 


I forgot now what this one was for and it wasn't a thing like it was suppose to be but I enjoyed it and kept me out of Hubby's hair.  It is the Basketball playoffs you know.

 
One more exercise, instead of a whimsy gal I just did a sketch I had drawn and for some reasons the redheads are coming to visit me and the horses.  They were some knapkins I had and I dissected them down to one thin layer and they work like a charm with the collage. 
 
Now I am not finished, I have a lot of catching up to do my friends.  In the Spring we have a few sand storms and wind.  We know when the weather gets warm that is what comes with it.  I feel for our Northeast friends and all that snow they are getting.   Mother nature has indeed cleared her throat this year. 
 
 
This was taken from the air, of course, on one of the sand storms coming to visit us. 

 
A close up of the sand.   Now I can remember in the 50's and the early 60's we would have some hum dingers like this.   Sand gets everywhere and I mean everywhere but it has been dry here and I hope this was the one and only one like this.   Usually just the sand is in the air and you just live with it.  That is just the way it is not from neglect of the land.   A strong strong front came in , it chilled and gave the East havoc with snow and blizzards
AGAIN.  I say it is population control for our part of the world.  I do have to add a PS to this paragraph.  Farmers are the stewards of the land, they take pride in taking care of the land and love their land.     The reason it is like this right now is we have had a terrible drought a terrible one like in the 30's.   I am saying NO rain.  They put the hopes and dreams on the line just as farmers do today.   You have not idea how loose the dirt is and it is the future for us all.   This is where the food comes from.   I know of not one farmer anywhere that neglects or abuses their land.    
 
The mermaid did make it to Hawaii.  Our warrior granddaughter as I refer to her.  She is brave and I don't know if I could have sold my car and moved that far away to Hawaii by herself.   She has met some great and good people and I think that says something of the Islands.    Sometimes I feel you have a calling and you should do it while you can. We encouraged her and said do it and enjoy yourself. 
 
She wanted the mermaid so I redid a matt I had and painted on it and framed it and off it went.  Of course had to make some Amish friendship bread to send also. That stuff is so good and weighs a ton. She and brother love it and of course we do also.  I like to give it away and people don't seem to mind it at all.  I included enough of course for her and her co-workers. 

 
I know she will say NANA!!!!! because of the pic but I love it shows her giant personality. 

 
Now here she is doing Tandem surfing.  I didn't even know there was such a thing, but hey I am land locked as she was.  Auggie, an artist   https://www.facebook.com/CostantinoArt  beside being a surfer taught her this fun sport.  He has a beautiful wife and family and from what I can tell loving Hawaii to the most a person can.  
 
So there you go, I hope you haven't gone snow blind or sand blind or anything or gotten eye cramps from all of this.  Just had to catch you up and give you hugs.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today, well the last few days.  
 
XOXOXO
Annette
 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Football Player, A Magazine Lady, A Faerie and A Mermaid

Hello and Happy March.   I'm wondering if I do a post on the first of the month if Winter will say ok off I go and make ready for Spring?  Worth a try anyway.

Now my title got carried away today, as you know sometimes I do get carried away.  My fingers just sort of fly over the key board trying to keep up what is wandering around in my head.   Hurry fingers hurry.  I know you all do that at times, think of things and just trying to get them out on paper or a canvas or even an idea for a little yard work.  At times I think oh I will remember that, HA HA, what a joke that is.  Nope, no remembering at all what was such a great idea.  Case in point.  I think it was last year Hubby and I were in the car on a little trip and thought of some wonderful idea we could do to our backsplash in the kitchen.  Not the same ole same ole but something artsy.  Didn't write it down and guess what?  It is still wandering around in our heads like hide and seek. We still can't remember between us what we were going to do.   Maybe we just need to take another car trip to jog our memory?  Bet that might do the trick. Maybe.

Now my title has a lot in store for you today. So here goes.

The Football Player--- In the Sunday's paper there are always ads in there with people.  Pretty people doing things like showing off the hair and how it shines and the color that you try and it never really really turns out like in the pictures?    Well this football player was in an ad about Shampoo and how it can make your hair thicker.  Wow if only it would make my hair thicker like his.  This guy has awesome hair. So I had to sketch him and his glorious hair.  The photo was a tad bigger than a thumbnail and after throwing two of the sketches away I thought goofy, go to the internet and get a bigger photo.   So that is what I did.  This is my rendition of Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburg Steelers.  Now I didn't know all of this had to Google it and Hubby knew about him.  I had just remember seeing all this hair under a helmet.   I did remember seeing this glorious hair is insured for $1,000,000.00.  Yep I think I got enough zeros in that amount. 

 
Now this is not a perfect sketch but I think you got the picture .  The sketch itself is pencil and lots of erasing and blending.  The hair, seem like pencil just didn't give it enough justice so I got out my trusty soft pastels and had a blast.   So Mr. Palamalu hats off to you young man. 
 
 
THE MAGAZINE LADY
 

 
The pretty magazine lady, after taking her photo I did correct that "far" eye.  It is funny after taking a photo of your work you can see many little things you should have corrected.  Kind of like turning them upside down and looking at them also or giving the ole squinting eye trick.  Seeing what else you need to do to your art piece.  Just sketched her in my sketch book while watching TV.



                                                                 THE FAERIE

 
Now not to be outdone this little faerie just had to be painted.   I wanted to do something a little different with the light and airy backgrounds.  Well this little gal didn't want that.  I had put her away to mellow or whatever they do when I am not happy with them.  I added some "knapkin art"  just pieces of knapkins glued on  the art piece.  still not happy,  so thought ok you want the background more dramatic so dramatic it got.  They do have minds of their own you know.   I have done a few more things to her after this photo but she is basically done. 
 
 
                                                      THE MERMAID
 
Now the finishing touch of the post here on my blog.  The mermaid.  Such a group of people together and I bet they are having a party together.  I had been wanting to do some sort of a really whimsy Crazy Quilting piece so forever ago I had done an art journal page of some mermaids.  So I just photographed one of the mermaids and put her on the computer to resize and printed this little thing on fabric.  
 
 
 
Here she is, I did get carried away adding and adding and adding pretties to her.  The star fish was a charm from Tisha's Treadworks  810-678-8191.  A fun place to shop over the phone.   The starfish was metal and I just glued beads, many beads on it.  I just had to have it with bling on it, we are in Texas you know.    The best part is granddaughter wants it and I have made a funky matt for it and will mail it to her.  Best compliment ever. 
 
So there you go what a group of doings but it was fun to see what I could do with them.  No telling what this week will turn up.   Come on Muse get to working.
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
                                                                         XOXOXO
                                                                          Annette

 
 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Making my Nest Organized


I have been making my nest a little more organized so to speak.   Shuffling and rearranging and labels and whatever else we do when we do this little adventure.  Then usually play hid and seek of where we put things. 

I am lucky enough to have a bedroom that is my art room.  One time grandaughter came in it and said  "Nana, why did you choose the smallest room in the house for your art room? "  Well it is actually the same size as the other two bedrooms on this side of the house.  Just has lots going on in it.  LOTS.

I use to work in a tiny area in our utility room, just a little dab of room. But you know I have always figured out that the more room you have the more mess you make and you just have to clean up more.  Like a kitchen.  I have had giant kitchens and small kitchens.  Ours right now is small but I cook the same food out of it that I use to cook in giant kitchens.  When we moved into this home 5 years ago, can't beleive it has been that long.  Anyway when we moved in here I thought where is everything going to go?  Well it all found it's home and just sits there for when I use it.


                                               THE BEADS


I first started with my beads.  On a blog and goodness knows I can't remember whose but thank you talented lady for sharing the container idea with us.   She had used the containers from JoAnn's.  So I got online and they were on sale and in different configurations.   Of course you need to order twice as many as you think then you won't have to reorder again like I did.  

I was storing them in little plastic bags in a pretty box.  Well let me tell you I needed a hoist or fork lift to lift the box.   But now here they are all sorted in their little homes and I can unscrew which one I need and love it all.   Hubby put the shelves up for me and I can just pick and chose as I need them.  No hide and seek here, they are just sitting pretty and waiting to go on some fabric and be a CQ piece.  I have sequins and some fancy buttons and all kinds of goodies that a CQer needs in her work.


THE PRETTY BOX AND JARS OF RIBBON


You will see  the pretty box that held the beads.  It now holds pretties I sell on etsy so it will keep safe and no dust.  We do have massive dust here in West Texas.   I have a basket that hold purse handles and my jars hold my silk ribbon.  Grandson gave me the jars.  I rewound the silk ribbon on little wooden spools  ( thread use to be on real wood and I never throw sewing stuff away )I had from forever ago and sorted in colors.  I printed labels and I am in hog heaven.  


THE SPOOLS AND PRETTY BOX OF CIGGIES
Next set of shelves are more labeled tubs,  aka shoe boxes,  and some bigger fancy laces to pretty to hid on some wooden bobbins I had from a million years ago.   The little flowered box I covered and now stores my ciggies in them.  Well the ciggies I drew and painted.  


MORE TUBS AND FRIENDLY CRITTERS
More tubs and I had to give the friendly critters a tub of their own.    The computer was my friend in the labels, it is not always friendly.   I think sometimes it just wants to show me that this machine is smarter than I am.  It is but I don't want it to get the big heaf and it is a time stealer if you let it.  That is one reason why I retired from professional photography.  I didn't want to be tied to the computer and it was getting that way with digital photography.  I loved film.  You composed and exposed it correctly and printed and you were good to go.  Of course you can do tricky things with digi .  


MIXED MEDIA ART WORK
 
Some of my faeries and journal and just doings that share the art room.  These pretties share the wall with my CQ work and I didn't want to hurt their feelings and not say something about them.   I try to keep my wet messy art separated from my CQ work. Paint does have a tendency to splash and splish around.  My clothes attest to that.  I do have an apron but usually wait til my clothes get paint on them before I put it on.  You know the drill.   The art here is resting on a box I made years and years ago, the 70's, to hold my pastels. 


PART OF THE WALL
                                            Here it is all together.


There you go my doings for the time being.  I am working on a mermaid block right now.  Not elegant how I wanted but whimsical, I guess to match the drawing I did and printed.  I mean blue glitter and all.  You know how I like my bling.  

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. 

XOXOXO
Annette

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Creating Art Anytime

Hello and February is  upon us.  I didn't realize I have been out of pocket.  So Happy February and hope all are keeping warm or cool, depending on where you are.  Just hang on and wait a bit and it will be visa versa. Cool and warm.

I try never to really really say I wish it were summer or I wish it were winter.  Each season has it's charm and beauty.   Now I do complain and say oh no the wind is blowing.  Did you notice that in any of my posts?   Usually when it warms up so does the wind warms up and lets us know it is here. I mean like Sunday here is suppose to be in the 80's and guess what Mr. Wind will blow.  Oh well that is how the cow ate the cabbage as the saying goes.   

In the winter when cold a good excuse to stay in and create and get lots of projects done.  We are not cold weather people at all.  I know don't laugh it does get cold to us here in Texas.  We are in the Northern part just a tad away from Colorado.  Well a tad on the map anyway.   In the Spring we "get" to start doing yard work and not as much creating gets done except at night when we settle down and watch some wonderful thing on TV.   I know not much on is there?  BUT Baseball will be starting soon.  Yahoo.

Then we have Summer, now when it gets triple digits and it does get toasty here but no humidity at all.  That is a good thing. A great excuse to stay inside under the air conditioner and create my pretties.  Whatever is on my plate at that time.

Fall is my favorite time of year, things are still pretty and colorful and the temps are usually the best and not much wind or anything and then back to Winter.  

Basically all year is a good time to create and sometimes the yard and tiny bit of flowerbeds we have now get prettied up.  We use to have lots of flowerbeds  but only a good trimming once a year and it was good to go and I did love it because it looked so lush.   I have a sort of fairy garden started and will work on it again this year.  When it is show off material I will share.  

February is the Valentine month and on Face Book I said I just don't think you should give just because of a made up holiday.  Anytime is good to give presents even if only a package of pink coconut snowballs.  A Random Act of Kindness to someone or a RAK.   But when it come to Grand Children now that is a different story. Any excuse to give them a present is good for me.  Even if it is a Tiddly Wink holiday.  Do they have one for that?  Have I missed on giving and spoiling the grands for Tiddly Winks?

I made a couple of Valentines for the grands and did get carried away.


Can you tell this one is for the Princess?  I try not to make two things alike but this project is closest to alike that I have gotten.   And sorry but I forgot to take a pic of Grandson's  card but his is pretty close to this but he did have as much lace on the middle of the page.   Of course we had to tuck a little check in the last pocket. 


These are a duo Accordion book.  I did fasten it on the main board with some heart brads that I had from my scrapbooking days.  Good job I hang on to things. The paper lace I used on here is a million years old also.  I printed the valentines off of the internet but on the front one did put their name on it also. 

 There you go,  my take on Valentines and creating.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.

                                                                OXOXOX
                                                                 Annette