Sunday, April 27, 2014

Workin'...workin' and practicin'.

Abstract Birds painting on residential window
Hey, I'm an artist. Well, not really. I find that 'title' way pretentious. I think it only works when other people say it about someone and usually only after they are dead. Is that just me?

 So, I've been busy. As are we all. I have been doing arty things and doing business-y things and even doing some housework...ish stuff too. Mostly, I've been mom-ing.

So the window. Yeah, cool effect huh? The paint is Gallery Glass by Plaid.  I have also mixed in some glitters and combined various Gallery Glass products to have a larger pallet to work with.  The "lead" is also Gallery Glass Liquid Leading in gold metallic.  Of course I was going for an MCM pallet. You know me.

I have to say, this one was a bear...a hungry bear...a hungry bear with thorn in its paw and an unexpected tax assessment on its cave.  Poor bear. Where was I?  Oh yeah, it was tough.   Mainly because I was stubbornly insisting that the paint adhere to the window whilst being apply vertically when the product was actually designed to be applied horizontally on a polystyrene panel and then peeled and stuck on a window or mirror when dry.  Ain't nobody got time for that.  Even typing that took too much time. Some of the colors were thicker than others which helped, but I had to use some sooper seekrit brushing techniques and other embarrassing maneuvers to get it up there.

A local glass contractor is impressed and has a pic of the end result.  Maybe I'll get some contracted work for my effort.  One observer though that I had nicked a stained glass window from a church and installed it.  I took that as a compliment.

unfinished business
So, this one is one the "to finish" pile.  I must end it before it ends me.   Plus, it's taking up half my free living room space.  I think we're about 80% there.  The legs are hidden under that attractive newspaper skirt.  They are glossy chrome or maybe nickel so I incorporated a similar metallic into the design.  The intent is an abstract ocean/wind impression to go with the surfboard shaped table.  Coastal is big here in Florida.  If I put a beach theme or nautical theme to it; it sells.  Maybe I'm pushing the definition with the abstract, but hey, I gotta be me.

Wubie is waiting for his spaghetti.  Time for more mom-ing.  Hugs and stuff.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween Paper Plate Eyeballs

Another "Wubie and Me" craft at the Stuff and Giggles household...Monster Eye Balls!
Mwaaa...ha...ha...haaaaa!


We used Styrofoam plates, colorful foam sheets, glue, Martha Stewart craft paint and some torn up squishy ball toys from Wubie's collection.  The green one was an Incredible Hulk ball and it looked so much like a furry monster eyelid all deflated like that. The orange furry soccer ball reminded me of a spotted cat or something, so we used it too. Plus they were both great Halloween colors! 

Oh yeah, used glitter glue on the iris. Glitter makes everything better!



Ugly front door on rental works out well for Halloween...

Annnd...Viola'!
WE'VE GOT OUR EYES ON YOU!!!



Friday, September 27, 2013

Tropical Coasters/Trivets

Nine tropical coasters / trivets read for the shop. That's 27 little hand-painted yellow stars. Ugh!

I used Martha Stewart Multi-surface High Gloss paints on ceramic tiles and baked them in the oven to set the colors against damage and moisture.  Finally, I glued some cork sheeting on the backs and used me beloved Dremel to grind the corners into a semi-rounded shape. Viola! Trivets!

Monday, September 23, 2013

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Approaches

It's that time of year again.  While I'm surrounded with fall colors and Halloween decorations in shops, blogs, and social media sites, all I see is pink.    Yes, I'm following my pinkified head hair tradition again this year.  Here's a quick pic from today...

Two-Tone!
I don't want to nag you.  You know what you need to do.  But, if it's been a while you can find a list of low-cost screening locations near you at the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month'swebsite and often local providers will have special deals to commemorate the month.


O.K. now run go take care of yourself because I said so and I'm smart.  See, I have glasses...

Molecules.

Seriously, do it for you and for your family.  I miss my mom everyday.

Hugs and stuff!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Keepin' it Retro!

Took The Wubie shopping yesterday.  We didn't find anything he liked and the clothing selection was lacking in the young men's department. (Gads! We have to shop for him in young men's. ) But it was only an outlet store, so no worries.  We just needed an outing.

I did pick up a great Breast Cancer Awareness Month shirt.  I'll post a pic soon.  As we were checking out I spied these peeping back at me from across the aisle...

Rockin' the Cat Eyes

I'm not kidding it was like one of those movie scenes where the hero and the heroine spot each other from across a crowd and the music swells and the camera shot does some weird perspective trick where they seem to be coming toward you even though neither of them are moving and everything else fades in the background to a blurry gray and the other noises disappear.  THAT happened to me.

So, I walked floated over to them before the cashier could say, "I'll get them for you ma..." and *angels singing* picked them up from their perch.   THEN, be still my already smitten heart, I saw the temples! (Note: Glasses arms are called 'temples'.)  They had flowers on them! FLOWERS! (so very me) Pink and purple flowers! (also me) TROPICAL pink and purple flowers! (me, me and me) Tropical pink and purple flowers on a background of green ferns on the sides of WHITE CAT EYE SUNGLASSES!!!  I just...I...just...EEEEEEEEeeeeeeee!  I literally fangirled out over these things.  

But wait, that's not even the best part.  *Breathe* They. were. only. 6. dollars.  Youheardmeright. Six smackeroos.  Yes, please.   I'll take those. Snatch.

I plunked those retro bad girls down on the counter and lovely cashier lady said to me, "Aren't you glad it's Friday and you're getting an additional 15% discount on everything?"  She might have some something else after that, but I think I fainted. 

It was a good Friday. (The Wubie had lots of fun too.)

edit: Why do I always insist on putting up bare-faced pictures of myself online?  I swear I do wear makeup. I really do.  There is something very very wrong with me.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

First Evah Bowl of Spaghetti* !

Lot's of effort, but worth it!

He takes a bite and uses both hands to push the food into his mouth. It's a technique in flux.
 
Too bad the garden hose doesn't reach the kitchen table.
*GF/CF of course.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

So...I've been busy

Rockin' and Rollin' on my art projects for the shop.  Actually sold some larger pieces. (Yay!)  This is a new experience.   I don't have to sell the items myself.  They do that for me at the gallery.  I'm beginning to really like this delegation of tasks thing.

Seashell Valentine Garland

As I have been creating and moving things along for sale as quickly as possible I, unfortunately, haven't been blogging.  I have been taking pics though, fully intending to have lots of lovely posts and spiffy tutorials up by now.  So...I've been busy.  Don't be mad.  I'll make it up.

This is a little seasonal thing that I whipped up for the shop.  The garland is simply a thicker natural jute braided and some thinner jute tied to it with seashells, beads and wooden letters and hearts attached.  The letters and large heart were plain wood ones from a craft store painted red and glittered. (Important: Glitter makes everything better!)  I used my Dremel with a diamond bit to make holes in the seashells, regular bit to make holes in the wood and used a bit of jewelry wire to string the letters and beads together before tying to the jute.  Oh yeah, I used a smaller heart for the "o" in "love".  Adorable, no?

Many more pics and projects to come.   Hugs and stuff!

Now where should I stick these? 

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