I thought I would share a little since it’s been so ridiculously long since I posted here. I do have a good excuse – we have moved! I thought I would also share bits and pieces of my new studio as it’s coming together. I always enjoy seeing where my artist friends work and thought you might enjoy a sneak peek as well. My color palette in the studio is a little retro. The wall color is from Martha Stewart’s paints “Smokey Aqua” it’s an aqua that pushes almost to the green. It’s sunny and bright and goes really well with my totally fun red glitter vinyl 50’s stool we got from Target about 10 years ago. I have a mix of some great chintz fabrics, the window chintz is butter yellow with tan, pink, burgundy and a touch of red. I’ll show more of that later when we get the tools out of the way so I can do the important stuff – ie DECORATE!
As we are nearing the end of our family’s move I realize, I hate moving, but am loving it now that we’re almost done. We moved half an hour closer to town though still very much in the country. We have another fabulous (though different) view, are near friends and church and enjoy an almost non-stop summer breeze. There are still boxes in the corners of several rooms, but almost everything now has a place and I’m actually starting to REMEMBER where that place is, LOL!
My sweet husband worked until 1 o’clock this morning getting my art studio nearer to completion. He has created a corner work space repurposing items that have been in almost every art studio I’ve used for the past 30 years and yet he’s making them new and wonderful. You would have loved watching him carefully “distressing” my newly painted but repurposed shelves. He’s mister anal-retentive and he actually very carefully “randomly” distressed them while I just grab a piece of sand paper and go at it. It made us laugh so much looking at how different we are from each other and yet how well we work together. I have a couple of in process pictures today and I’ll post things as they get set up and finished. Any suggestions you might have are greatly welcomed!
It’s been fun rethinking how I do my work and getting a chance to reorganize my work areas. I’ve thrown and thrown and thrown away some more. I’ve donated things I realize I’ll never use (like my wooden mannequins for drawing) since I just don’t paint people!
My computer/office work area is public as part of the great central area of the house. No chance to hide my mess any more so I’ve actually been doing better at keeping it organized. Wonder how long that will last, LOL!?
I’ve discovered new ways to organize that are working really well with my own natural bent. Costco has great plastic “shoe box’ sized stacking boxes that are 100% transparent so you can see what’s in them. I was able to condense all of my crafting supplies into a single shelf in my studio closet and will only need to bring out the box when I’m working on a project. Soooo easy! I was amazed at just how much fits into one of those boxes and how sturdy they are when stacked. Living in the country, lids are VERY necessary as dust is everywhere at all times. My tools got dirty and dusty in the open drawer system I had before.
The view out my window goes all the way to the high sierra, snow-capped peaks which you can’t see here. I have a beautiful pastoral view close in and my beloved mountains as well. The flowers in the window are my window boxes that line the front of the house and patio. I loved where we were before and I love where I am now. I am learning with the Apostle Paul -to be content in any state that I find myself.
All of this brings me to today’s devotional thought – sometimes God wants to move us whether we like it or not! Being comfortable isn’t very high on His list of priorities for us. In fact, in my experience He’s pretty happy when I’m UNCOMFORTABLE enough to let Him change what He needs to in my heart. Has that been your experience as well?
I’ve also learned that “Father truly always does know best!” His plans for me are always for my good and he imagines so much more for me than I would have ever thought for myself. I’m learning every day to trust him more and to delight more in His surprises. One of my favorite things about our new location is that I get drop-in guests now. We were soooooo far up in the mountains that nobody came by unless they had really good reason or time to waste, LOL! Now friends pop in on a whim and we love it.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be astounded.
They will put their trust in the LORD.
4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD,
who have no confidence in the proud,
or in those who worship idols.
5 O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
LINK TO VICTORIAN ROSE HEARTS KIT IN STORE (On sale for $4.78)
LINK TO VICTORIAN ROSE HEARTS PAPER PACK IN STORE (On sale for $2.73)
A BRAND NEW, NEVER OFFERED BEFORE digital clip art kit and matching Paper Pack, just in time for scrapbooking, card crafting or digital crafting your projects for Valentine’s Day! But this kit has a much wider appeal than merely this holiday. It’s filled with red roses fresh from my garden and an abundance of hearts in ever shape and color so it’s perfect for all those romantic occasions like Weddings, Anniversaries and Love. I included the Valentine’s word art pieces at no charge in this kit, so that my International customers who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day will still get the full value.
It was such fun to actually get to create some fresh, new art! In between creating the portfolio pages for my new agency, MHS Licensing and Art for the walls for the CHA Winter show in Anaheim and wrapping up my newest fabric collection that will be out later this year (in June I believe), I snuck into my studio to play a little!
This kit will be on sale for two weeks only (until January 22nd, 2009) at 20% off so if you’re looking for a deal keep that in mind!
I forgot to post a winner for the first of the month. Boy, do I really miss Deb D 🙁 I would never have gotten to the 8th without a gentle reminder — okay, not so gentle!!! The winner is the lady who wrote the first comment on December 18th, 2008’s post. Congratulations to the winner! She gets a $5 gift certificate to use in my store. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! (to find the comments, go to the date’s post, scroll to the end of it and at the bottom will be a small link that says “comments.” Click on it and it will show the entire post including its comments).by
LINK TO KIT IN STORE HERE I had a few extra minutes before I run out the door, so I thought I would upload another Christmas kit. This one is one of my all-time favorites. Created out of my memories of Christmas as a child the art in this is particularly warm and wonderful.
There are several pre-made card fronts included. The art itself was created specifically with card crafting in mind. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the delightful Christmas cards that many of you ladies have made out of this kit since it was released at The Daisie Company last Christmas. I’m always so excited and amazed to see your creativity!
The kit, along with all my other Christmas or Winter kits will be on sale for 20% off until December 15th, so grab it quick!
Again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll see you in December!by
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO STORE FOR “HOLLY BERRY CHRISTMAS 3” Now available for $5.98. I have been working on this kit this week and just finished drawing and painting the word art for it today. I wanted to capture a mix of the new, contemporary colors and design elements yet make them work with a classic Christmas color scheme or the other digital clip art that you might already own.
There are very delicate and detailed scroll work accents, hand lettered, hand-painted text, beautifully detailed holly sprigs in various shapes that work together very well to round corners and make frames with. I’ve created some delightful “ornament” charms that can be printed on cardstock and placed back to back with your trims to make sweet little ornaments to adorn your hand made cards for Christmas. These ornaments were first produced in gold accented orcelain by a manufacturer a few years ago.
I’ve been working with this kit today on two additional kits, an “Instant Scrapbook” set and a greeting card and envelope set. It’s very, very easy to work with and almost anything you do with it will look great!by
CLICK HERE FOR STORE LINK FOR “HOLLY BERRY CHRISTMAS PAPER PACK 2” Now available in the store for $3.98. This is a brand new paper pack goes with the new art kit that I’ve been working on this week. All of this is part of the “Holly Berry Christmas” series I started releasing last year. Everything in this kit, while brand new, will coordinate with the other two Holly Berry Christmas kits and their paper pack.
These are very rich, colorful and yet contemporary papers that will work very nicely to create your hand made greeting cards, scrapbooking or other crafting projects. I am working on a greeting card set with these sets and will have it out soon as well.by