Tangled Christmas Card Workshop

Just a quick note…

The November 16th Tangled Christmas Card Workshop is cancelled.  Check back here periodically for future workshops.

Thank you for your interest and continued support.

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Are you listening to your creative voice?

I love when I have unexpected time to be creative.  Today has been one of these times.  Although I started off with the idea of continuing to work on a painting that I need to get done in the next few days, I couldn’t help but listen to the little voice in my head that kept saying “It’s time to sketch and put your idea down on paper.”  So I did!  Remember… this is just a sketch (with some coloring added).

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Glass buoys

Now for the next step… hone this idea – details and colors – then paint it on the surface I have prepped.  It’s been sitting on my table waiting for the right design to grace its surface.   I’ll post a picture of the finished piece, maybe as early as tomorrow, unless I get sidetracked again to do what I really need to do which is finish the painting BEFORE my deadline next week.  Then I can play around with the glass buoys all I want.  😉  Oh the woes of creative priorities!

Craft Day!

Yesterday I spent time with friends crafting. We decided about six weeks ago to start getting together monthly and sharing our different craft specialties. Maryjo was the first one to share her talents in earring making. She is such a good teacher that in no time at all we all had several pairs of earrings completed.

Some of the earrings I made

Some of the earrings I made

It was so much fun! I’m looking forward to our next craft day in September. This time Charlee will be teaching us the fine art of card making. It will be another day filled with fun and laughter!

What fun things are you and your girlfriends doing?

CHALLENGE: Spring Cleaning 2014 – Art Rooms

In my house there is a room in which the door rarely gets opened.  The door belongs to a room which I call Art Room #2.  I was in search of something special the other night which forced me to open THE door.  I never found what I was looking for (you’ll know why when you look at the pictures below), but what I did find is the answer to my question… How do I want to use this room for my art? I have (finally) decided to use this room as my Supply Closet and Project Idea Room!  As you can see in the pictures below, the room is full.  It has housed most of my arts and crafts supplies in boxes for the last 6 years, which is how long we’ve lived in this house.  Time to put the room to use!

The BEFORE pictures of Art Room #2:

Art Room #2 - Looking in from doorway - West-by-Northwest corner

Art Room #2 – Looking in from doorway – West-by-Northwest corner

Most of my arts and crafts supplies are hidden in these boxes.

Art Room #2 – Most of my arts and crafts supplies are hidden in these boxes.

Art Room #2 - Southwest corner

Art Room #2 – Southwest corner

Art Room #2 - Northeast corner

Art Room #2 – Northeast corner

And since I’m going to Spring Clean and reorganize that Art Room #2 I figured I better do the same for Art Room #1 and Art Room #3.  NOTE: For those of you who know me, it’s no surprise that my Art Rooms have been neglected over the past year, hence the reason for the mass destruction.

Art Room #1 - Looking in from doorway - Northwest corner

Art Room #1 – Looking in from doorway – Northwest corner

Art Room #1 - Northeast corner

Art Room #1 – Northeast corner

Art Room #1 - Southeast corner

Art Room #1 – Southeast corner

Art Room #1 - Southwest corner

Art Room #1 – Southwest corner

Art Room #3 - Looking in from doorway - Northeast corner

Art Room #3 – Looking in from doorway – Northeast corner

Art Room #3 - Looking in from doorway - Southeast corner

Art Room #3 – Looking in from doorway – Southeast corner

Art Room #3 - Southwest corner

Art Room #3 – Southwest corner

Art Room #3 - Northwest corner

Art Room #3 – Northwest corner

Here are the plans for each room:

  • Art Room #1 – This is where the magic happens – designing, painting, creating.  NEEDS: Besides the obvious table needs, I also need an easy-to-access place to store my “Everyday” tools – pencils, paint brushes, paint, scissors, mediums, etc.  Then I need a place for reference materials.  AND… I need a radio AND a TV with video/DVD/cable access.   Laptop/Internet needs are already taken care of through the wireless set-up we have in the house.  I almost forgot something… I need a camera/filming set-up as well.  This one will have to go on the Wish List and set-up at a later date.
  • Art Room #2 – This will be the Storage Closet and Project Idea Room.  I (think I) have (enough) shelving and cabinets that I can use to store surfaces, paints & mediums, and all other supply type items.  The idea now is to place the shelving on the eastern side of the room.  Then on the western side of the room I can set up a table or two to lay out projects and inspiration for future projects.
  • Art Room #3 – This is the classroom and office area.  I think I will move the “office” (desk, chair, filing cabinet) to the southwest end of the room.  By doing that I believe I will have more space in the rest of the room to set up tables for more students as well as be able to use the natural lighting from the windows.

Before I begin this challenge I need to sketch out my thoughts to see if I can layout the rooms like I want.  Also, I am bound and determined to use only the items I have on hand (or things I can get for FREE) – shelving, furniture, storage bins, etc. – to carry out this 3-room Spring Cleaning challenge.

I’m looking forward to the AFTER pictures.  I hope you are too!  🙂

Etsy-cited! StarfishRdCreations is now open!!!

It’s official!  I now have an Etsy shop!!  Granted, I have only one item listed at the moment.  But fear not!  I will be spending the next week or so adding other wonderful handmade items.  Your patience and grace – as well as your willingness to check back often – is much appreciated as I launch this next phase of my business.    So, I thank you for visiting StarfishRdCreations when looking for quality handmade items.

Sunshine and Hearts

Earlier this week I came across a blank tin panel that’s been sitting in my paint stash that I haven’t seen in years – waiting patiently for “just the right project.” I’ve been working on some other projects, but I needed a slight detour to help re-energize my creative juices. So when I found this panel I knew it was just the thing I needed.

After a minute or two of contemplation I knew exactly what I would do with it… and who I would give it to. Yes, it will be a present for someone special later this year.

Blank tin panel

The design is from Lynne Deptula of Distinctive Brushstrokes. The panel is from D&CC Crafts. I converted Lynne’s Delta Ceramcoat color palette to DecoArt Americana paints. And the rest is history!

For more pictures, and to see the completed project/gift, please visit Starfish Road Creations.