paintings: a Great Dane, and horses

This week I had a babysitter in a couple times, just so I could have some uninterrupted painting time. You know how things just go so much more smoothly when you can work start to finish without having to re-set your brain countless times? I needed a little bit of that kind of time. AndContinue reading “paintings: a Great Dane, and horses”

trying my hand at watercolor

I painted this little snow bunny just to try my hand at watercolor again–it’s been a very long time. Painting is like any other skill, and if you don’t do it all the time, you forget how to do it. Unlike bicycling or swimming, it’s not a “muscle memory” and it’s not waiting there toContinue reading “trying my hand at watercolor”

painting: this little piggy

Aren’t the colors on this pig painting terrific? I love him! I am playing around with a frame for him, but he’s not quite dry enough to mount so I haven’t decided whether it compliments him, yet. I might offer him for sale framed, though. He’s 5″x7″ but the frame will be closer to 11″x14″.Continue reading “painting: this little piggy”

crafty: homemade play dough

Ingredients: 2 cups of water 1 package kool-aid for color and smell 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups flour 1 cup salt 4 tablespoons cream of tartar Place all of the above in a saucepan (preferably non-stick) and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. The soupy batter will quickly become tacky like aContinue reading “crafty: homemade play dough”

painting: Jack Russells

A couple years ago I started noticing the quality of photos customers sent me went way downhill. Little photos, low pixel count, crummy lights and darks. It has taken me until now to figure out people had switched to camera phones for all their photos. I don’t have a camera phone, don’t want one, soContinue reading “painting: Jack Russells”

crafty: rabbit totebag and makeup bag

I’ve been doing more sewing (as you’ll notice if you have been following my blog) and fell in love with this rabbit fabric. It’s called Hushabye, I don’t remember the artist but it’s for Moda. You can find more of it on ebay just by searching “fabric” and “hushabye.” The rabbits are colored aqua, soContinue reading “crafty: rabbit totebag and makeup bag”

crafty: sewing totes (again)

Last year at this time I was sewing totes, too, and then lost interest sometime in January. I think most crafts are like that–you master a few skills, and then move on to something new. The year is a rotation through various pursuits: knitting, embroidery, quilting, canning, Making Things. I am interested in fabric againContinue reading “crafty: sewing totes (again)”