Friday, November 27, 2009

Vintage Fabs

I hope you all had a fabulous turkey day yesterday. We had a great, low-key day with LOTS of yummy food (we're going to be eating leftovers for weeks), funny movies and lounging on the couch. 


Ok, so remember how I keep talking about vintage fabric and then keep forgetting to show you?? Well, the pics are finally here...



Here is the story: A couple months ago my grandma was cleaning out a bunch of stuff that belonged to my great-grandma, who used to collect dolls and hand sew dresses for them. Needless to say, there was a TON of amazing fabric left over in old boxes! My mom was going to keep a little bit and then send the rest to a friend, and I was like, "Mom! I want this! And this! Oh, and this too!" And that was that. Now, as you all know, I don't sew, but my dear friend Holly does and I think she is up for making me some pillow covers or something. Yessss. I am so excited. I can't get over how beautiful they all are...




Maybe a Christmas table runner out of this one?


Cute red and blue!!


LOVE the... pleats? folds? Whatever you call those...


This one is really silky. So fancy!


And the best part... the labels. 
Not sure what I will do with them, but I looove them.





Have a fantastic day! We're thinking about going to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Seattle - might be fun!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!


Know that the Lord, he is God! 
It is he who make us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.


Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!


For the LORD IS GOOD;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.


Psalm 100





I'm still in my pj's and Daniel is still asleep. I'm reading all these blogs and Facebook updates about what people are thankful for, and it reminds me of everything I have to be thankful for. I am blessed beyond belief with an amazing husband, family and friends, a city I love living in, and a church that teaches about Jesus. But most of all, I am thankful for our gracious God who takes me back when I've ignored or avoided him for so long, and who gently reminds me of who I am (and WHOSE)! I'm so thankful for that, and humbled at the thought. 


I hope you all enjoy your days of rest and thankfulness. We are making the full on feast to share with my cousin Katie and our friend Josh. Since there are just 4 of us, we'll be eating turkey and stuffing for days... but Daniel loves that! What are your plans today?


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Just for fun.

Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess just posted this... cupcake toppers! So funny and so fun! Not sure that I will use them for Thanksgiving, but maybe a different fun and funky project. We'll see... Click over to her blog to download if you'd like.


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Safe.

This is the last "installment" of my options for page #2 in my art journal. I'm telling you, I had so much fun working on these. After class last week I was feeling this quite a bit, so I wrote it out on my pre-painted page, and then colored in the words with marker. I actually really like how it turned out and kinda want to hang it up... but if I keep hanging all my pages, I'll never actually bind a book together. Ha! We'll see I guess...







Today I am continuing to clean the house and settle in, set up for our low-key Thanksgiving, and get out of the house for a bit (groceries and a walk, please)... oh, and probably work on some art. Also, I haven't actually written in my journal in MONTHS so I might give that a go. I'll let you know how that works out. 


I am feeling very thankful for my life - I'm blessed beyond belief! Looking forward to making phone calls tomorrow to the people I love the most, and thanking them for their presence in my life. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cozy and Warm.

How is is the EVERY week is a crazy week? We are fully moved into our kitchen (minus the official counters) and now are working on cleaning up the rest of the upstairs. Gosh, we have a lot of stuff! And a lot of DUST! I am in cleaning and organizing mode for sure...


Anyway, I started doodling this coffee mug at the Cafe last week (did I tell you they have different barista each day who serves lattes and mochas to everyone? SUCH a cool gesture to give a fancy coffee drink to those who normally would not treat themselves). I ended up bringing it home, finishing the lines, coloring it in and I love it! I'm not sure I want to bind it in my art journal, but we'll see. 









Have any of you started your journals? I want to see some pages! And to those of you who are new (Yeay! Thanks for following me!),  we are creating art journals of our own as I help facilitate an art journaling class at the Recovering Cafe here in Seattle. I'd love for you to join us!


I'm really looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving day with a couple friends - there will only be 3 or 4 of us, but I'm going to make the whole feast! Then we'll sit by the fire in our pj's, watch movies and play games. My kind of day! And I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend too - We have a few fun plans in the works. 

Monday, November 23, 2009

Uganda Fundraiser

A few of my California friends and fellow blog pals are going on a trip to Uganda in April 2010! My nephew's mom and mother Grandma are attending and I'm really excited about this adventure for them! The trip is through a group called Unchanging Truth and they will be ministering to women and children there. To raise money, they are having a boutique! They are putting together some super cute crafts -- I'm already planning on buying a few things from them! 




Besides buying some of their cute crafty goodness, I'm donating a gift certificate for a personalized, commissioned piece for their silent auction. I am also donating a painting or two - TBD. The girls "have been working like crazy to create some unique Christmas gifts" that will help to begin to raise the funds needed for their Uganda mission trip in April. If you are in the Ventura area, go check it out! It's a great cause and is bound to get you some cuteness for your home. 


They will be selling handmade: bags, hats, rings, scarves, necklaces, wall hangings, stationary, headbands, hair pins etc...Here's a sneak peak of some of the super cute items:


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Change of plans.

So, class at the Recovery Cafe on Thursday gave us a little realistic idea of what to expect... basically, people will come in and out, stay a while, leave and then come back... they might not show up for a couple weeks, or... they might. Most are really uncomfortable with the idea of a specific theme they have to follow each week, and they are even more uncomfortable with the idea of learning a new technique each week...


SO. All that to say, we're making the class more of just a safe place to create whatever comes to mind! We'll still encourage everyone to make a new page each week, so at some point we can put them together as books, but for now, we just want everyone to be comfortable expressing and experimenting with that materials. With that in mind, I think I'll still try to make a page (or two... or three) each week and just tell you my inspiration? Or, you all can make whatever you want and we'll just share as we go. 


I actually made 3 pages... here is the first! During the class, I just cut out pretty things and then put them together later. Not sure what I think about collage verses paint and ink, but it's new and different, so I enjoyed that!








Like I said in the last post, last week crazy! We are moved in to our almost finished kitchen -- that was a lot of work to get back in! It looks amazing and I am so excited. Somehow all my time got away from me and I spent a lot of the week playing catch up with errands, cleaning, etc. I didn't even have a page ready when I went to class on Thursday - I've really got to plan that out better. This weekend has been fairly relaxing, which is always helpful. 


Still have lots more to update you on - stay tuned!

Friday, November 20, 2009

TGIF

Whew! What a week! I'm just about to go on a date with the hubs, but here is a sneak peek at what I have been working on for my RC art journal...





More coming soon! Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Night Update.

Ok, so I told you I'd come back with more updates... I'm running behind on my projects so I don't have many pictures, but I am excited about all that is coming up! 


First things first... I went to Michael's craft store today and got a ton of dollar items - it was a 10 for 10 deal! I actually got 20 for 20...Woo-hoo! I wasn't actually planning on sharing that, but I'm so excited about it, I changed my mind.



Remember my list of things to come from when I was in California? Well, my dad finally sent me the box... full of vintage fabric from my sweet Grammy Sue! She was just giving it away and when I heard that I jumped at the chance to take some of it. I'm so excited! I don't sew (remember?) but my fabulous friend Holly does, and I'm hoping she'll let me pay her to make me pillow covers or something... we'll see (more pics to come). 





Also, I have a semi-new thing in the works... I do a lot of paintings for weddings, but I've never done vows before. Our good friends Greg and Tera got married last February, and have asked me to paint their vows for them! I'm super excited to see how that goes.




Lastly, be thinking about your art journal page numba two! We don't have a specific prompt or theme except for "self" so... be thinking about yourself, and words that represent you. The plan this week is to introduce paint to the class... so they'll probably do some abstract colors and then write words on top. Can't wait to see your pages!




13 months.

We've been married 13 months today. 
And I'm pretty sure it's just getting better and better.  


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I'll be back today with other news and updates!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Seriously.

Loving Arian's Armstrong's work! I might have to buy a print or two...


Good Night print
Love Never Fails
The Wise Man print

Saturday, November 14, 2009

IDEA!

Here are the notes Wendy put together for the first class session:





Art Journaling
Your Story


Week one, page one
Self Portraits
Supplies
  • black sharpies  
  • brown paper bags    
  • cardboard 
  • glue 
  • scissors 
  • markers 
  • twine and ribbon 
  • paints and brushes 
  • construction paper
  • file
  • file box
  • post it notes
  • quotes typed up in different fonts
  • magazines for collage 


Points to discuss:
  • introduce selves
  • we’ll be making an art journal 
    • what is an art journal?
    • this one will have the theme of “loving your story.”
  • what are some different ways to think about what “your story” could mean?
  • each week we’ll construct one page.  We’ll introduce a new technique each week, but of course, this is art, so you are FREE to go your own way.  We’ll bring basic supplies each week.  We’ll save your page, and in the end we’ll make covers and bind the book together.
  • first page is self portrait.  We’re claiming ourselves!
    • You can choose the size of the page (all will need to be the same).
    • Here are two samples (Brittany and Wendy discuss techniques for each)
      • Look in the mirror at the shape of your face.  
      • How much of the page do you want for your actual face?  You might save room for hair, a hat, shoulders and part of a shirt.
      • If you are drawing your eyes, look at all the parts:  lids, eyelashes, pupil, cornea
    • If you don’t put your name on the page, use a post it note so we have your name on it somewhere
    • Other ideas?
  • Put scissors, glue back in containers in the middle of the table so all can find them
  • Questions?

After I posted about my first art journal page, a thought struck me... what if YOU all make an ART JOURNAL along with us?? I'll post the theme or prompt or whatever each week and then YOU can make your own pages! At the very end, whenever that may be, we'll all share! I am so excited about this idea... please tell me you are too! It can be as big or small, as plain or crazy, as whatever as you want. It's totally your thing, but our prompts can help guide you if you need it?? At least just CONSIDER it. Don't be intimidated - anyone can do this! What do you think!? 

Friday, November 13, 2009

Yesterday's class...

went pretty well! The group seems pretty excited about art and journals... but we might need to figure out how to incorporate our "lesson plans." They all love to just express, and it seems like specific techniques are a bit overwhelming. We're still ironing out the system, but it was our first official art journaling class, so we're not too worried about it.


Here are a few shots...











I am hanging out with two of my cousins all weekend! We are going bridesmaid dress shopping (one of them is engaged) and running all around to do the most fun Seattle things - Yeay!


I have a huge idea coming soon... stay tuned!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Art Journal Page #1

Hmmm. I think I explained the Recovery Cafe art project? Maybe not... Well, you know we're making art journals. Each week we will have some sort of theme or prompt, and today's theme is "Self-Portrait." Wendy and I each decided to do one to show as an example. I used to do a ton of self-portraits in high school (because it's easier to look in a mirror than to ask someone to sit for you) but sheesh! I forgot how difficult they are. And by difficult I mean they rarely ever actually look like me. 


So alas, I broke out some old fun "easier" art tricks: crayons and blind drawing! I already knew I wanted to include some text, but just wasn't sure about the actual portrait part... I decided to bring out my inner child and do one portrait with crayons (I used to do this for HOURS as a child... I'll have to find some of those and show you...). 






I also decided to do a blind drawing of my face in ink on brown paper(for anyone who might be confused: blind drawing is where you look only at the object, put your pen down on the paper and never lift it up, all while never looking down at the paper... try it! It's so fun!).








Oh, and I added some journaling text to both. Still not sure how I feel about either of them, but these projects are totally more about expressing than about getting some image exactly right, and if I am trying to get these people to understand that, I have to understand it to. Oh, the joys of self-discovery! If I have to pick right now, I'll use the blind drawing as my first page - I like the page size better for my art journal-to-be. 


I'll try to take some pictures today during class so you can get an idea of what it's like. I'll see if I can get some photos of other journal pages too. I'm pretty excited! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What's Your Style?

someone I know who's blog I secretly read friend posted this style quiz on her blog and I thought it sounded fun! I want to hear what yours are - it's like 3 minutes, so don't worry - it won't take too much time.


Take the HG StyleScope then enter to win a $5,000 Shopping Spree at HomeGoods or the daily Gift Card.


My style:


COUNTRY CASUAL

Your home expresses your open, easygoing approach to life. You love unique finds, and can turn a few mismatched garden chairs or floral teacups into a charming arrangement. You appreciate a pretty mix of relaxed pieces, like painted wood or weathered furniture, lovely florals and other patterns, lots of throws and pillows, mementos and bunches of fresh flowers that give your home a unique sense of breeziness and charm.


You value comfort. Your home is a warm and open friendly place, and you feel happiest when everyone is cared for and relaxed in your space. Elements like pillows, throws, overstuffed furniture, and good lighting set the mood. You may also enjoy layering different fabrics or mixing patterns to create a cozy effect.



Monday, November 9, 2009

Recovery Cafe Update!

The end of last week came too quickly, and I just didn't have the energy to blog. SO much happened in a very short amount of time...


Thursday morning I went to Recovery Cafe for a little coffee circle with other new volunteers. There were only 6 people - 2 staff members, 1 long time volunteer, and 3 newbies. A woman shared her story with us... a woman who came out of abuse, drugs, alcohol, prostitution... you name it, she went through it! To hear how the cafe has affected her and helped her in her healing process was so encouraging. That place is really doing something cool (and cool is such an inadequate word for what they are doing there, but you know what I mean?)! 


I went back Thursday afternoon just to spend some time getting to know people, and get a feel for what kind of art they might be into. Well, within an hour I met Wendy. Wendy currently teaches a creative writing class at the cafe, and she has taught a collage class before as well. As we talked, she got so excited about what I was hoping to do, and basically, I helped teach her new art journaling class that afternoon! Any when I say "teach" that means more like "set up" and "facilitate." There isn't really a set lesson and a front of the class where people listen in... it's totally a casual environment, non-threatening, and people come and go. I. LOVED. IT. Her plan for that day was to decorate journal covers, and from then on just decorate a page each week. I cut out a few things for my own art journal, but was too excited and distracted to put it together. I worked on it last night and this is what I came up with:









We kind of collaborated and when I told her my experience with art journaling, she liked my ideas. We decided regular paper wouldn't hold glue and paint and lots of fun mediums very well, so we're going to make a different page each week on brown paper bags! At the end of the class, we'll make front and back covers with cardboard and then bind the books ourselves. The theme: YOUR STORY. We're still working out some kinks, but overall we just want everyone who joins to know that they are in a safe place to express however they choose. We'll probably have a theme for each class, with a prompt like a song or a quote or an exerpt from a book. I'm excited to work on my own art journal too! I put together a couple of posters to hang at the cafe so people know about the class. 







Now I am in art journal MODE! Here are a few great blogs I've found while researching more about art journaling:


Amber's blog - collage art and art journals


iHanna's blog - 2009 Art Journaling year


Isabella's Blue - journaling to find serenity


Are you as excited about this as I am?? Doesn't it make you want to pull out paper and pens and paint... and start your own? I might be changing my ways for a while... just kidding. I'll just add this in! Now that this post is soooo long, I'll come back later with more. Happy Monday everyone!

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