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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ginger Watercolor

Got a happy surprise in the mail the other day.  My neighbors in Hawaii forward my mail to California when we're not there.  A check arrived from the gallery...I sold 5 paintings in January and didn't even know it.  How fun is that?  Kind of makes up for the slow sales (make that non-existent) at the Laguna Beach gallery.  So, I've had to get busy and paint some new inventory to take over next week.  We're heading to the Hawaii house for a few weeks of sun and relaxation.  I'll miss grand baby Kale but looking forward to being warm for awhile.  Here's one of my latest pieces...

Ginger 16x20

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Quick and Easy Baby Gift

My friends are all becoming grandmas...it's SO fun to watch our daughters become mothers.  I've been going to lots of baby showers lately and usually try and give something that the mom-to-be has registered.  But, when I'm invited to come "meet" the new little one I like to take a small welcome gift.  I did these for Lucy...the new grandchild of one of my best buds. I got the onesies at Walmart for less than $4 each...
Using my Cricut I cut "Lucy" out of freezer paper in 2 different cursive fonts (thought they'd be more girlie) After ironing the freezer paper to the onesie...I just mixed up a cute pink in fabric paint and dabbed away.

This took no more that 20 minutes, waiting for the paint 
to dry took the longest.  

After heat setting the paint I
wrapped them up and went to visit Lucy!

New Doormat

My doormat has gotten pretty ratty looking...I knew it was time for a new one.  While at Home Depot yesterday I found this plain mat for $5.97...what a deal.  I knew I wanted to try and stencil my own design and figured I wouldn't be devastated if I had a project fail if I only spent $6.  So...being the irreverent person that I am I wasn't about to go the traditional route of "welcome" or initials or anything like that...instead, I opted for NICE UNDERWEAR.  The whole thing takes about 45 minutes and one is only limited by one's imagination for the design.  A cute nautical theme (lighthouse or shell motif), maybe paw prints if there's a dog in the house...lots of possibilities. I started with my plain mat
next, I worked out my text on my Cricut
(I had this brilliant idea to cut the stencil out of contact
paper like I use for silk screening)
Since the cutting mat format is only 12" square it
took 3 cuts to get my words large enough
I cut out each word, then pieced them together
I carefully peeled them off the sticky mat...keeping 
the centers of the D's, R's and A
I used a T square to make sure I was centered and 
straight before [adhering] the contact paper to the mat
I put that in brackets because the contact paper didn't
stick as well as I'd hoped :(
After masking off the exposed mat with tape and printer 
paper, I hauled the assembly outside and spray painted my words
I used chalkboard paint ONLY because I already had it
So, here's my front door
and here's my new mat...as you can see...there's a bit 
of overspray...I think if I'd cut my letters from vinyl it
would have stuck to the bristly mat better


Monday, February 13, 2012

Hat Model

Wow...I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I've posted.  Where does the time go?  I've been to Hawaii for a month...no excuse there...I have been projecting up a storm just never seem to shoot while in progress or before I give them away.  Thought I'd share a couple of pics of grandbaby Kale wearing the hats from my last post in December.  He's almost 10 weeks old ALREADY!!!!  My daughter Kipp is doing a wonderful job as a mommy and husband Andrew is doing a great job as daddy),  it is really fun to watch your children become parents, an experience I highly recommend :)
Kale in his strawberry hat

Kale working the pumpkin look

This is another hat version I've done...
the basic beanie with pom pom