A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mothers day Art


Its Mothers day, So I make some things and buy a thing for Moms day.  Its my way of not looking cheap (though I was flat out broke this year)  and to let them I know I care enough to take my time to make something for them.

Just so you know DIY is not cheap.   LOL  

Lets start with video I made... Stayed up till 3 am to finish it.

There was a running theme going on with the black and white photos I used.  I will get further into that later. 

Here is the video...


Here is the card I made to go the video (I burnt it on a dvd) 

Here is the envelope for the DVD

I have a home made template for it.  I cannot post it because its to large for a printer.  I could make it on two pages and you can piece it together. 
Here is the vase I made..

Here is how I made everything...
I searched Pinterest for mothers ideas...  I found several on decoupage planters and that was where I was heading towards.
I went to Michaels to get a terra cotta pot but ended up at Hobby Lobby.  I am glad I did but am not.  LOL. 
Oh btw I don't have step by step pictures of the process but it isn't necessary to follow along.  It is pretty easy to follow.
This was the original vase that got cracked.  How did it get cracked?   An ambulance was driving in the opposite direction and did a U Turn right in front of me and I slammed the brakes.   The package went flying.  Then the he was swerving all over the road.  He would drive in the middle turn lane and there is nobody in the lanes. 
So I got behind one day. 
I went back the next day and purchased it again.  I got it home, cleaned it up and spray painted black.  I gave it a couple of coats.
Then I printed the pictures. 
I selected pictures of Me, Robin, Kathryn, Lucas, Conner and then group.
I started resizing them but stopped cause I didn't need to. 
I did change the color to black and white.  I probably didn't need to that either because I was printing on an HP laser jet printer.
I did use that for the video so I got use out of.  
I printed them using a Windows 7 machine, from Windows explorer.  I do have a windows 8 machine but I don't have the printer set up on it.
I saved them all in one folder.  I opened up explorer and hi-lighted all the photos.    For some reason the print button does not work up top.  You have to right click and hit print. 
I printed two sizes.  One was wallet size. I deselected fit to frame because it cuts their heads off.  I used the wallet size for the vase and the DVD envelope.

I then printed contact sheets with fit to frame turned off too.  I used that for the Mothers day card.

 I cut the pictures out and put them in piles of Me Robin Kathryn Conner/Lucas and Us. 

I used out door mod podge to glue the pictures down, I did one row at a time...

It was thicker then the regular mod podge so it takes longer to dry.  

Its still sticky 24 hours later, will the sticky go away? 

I had bought some ribbon and it didnt go well so I used what I had. 

For the card and envelope I used home made mod podge and I glued the wallet size photos on a large piece of sketch paper I got from walmart.  I used my home made mod podge  and glued the contact sheet pictures on black card stock.

The card base is 10x7 when it is folded it is 5x7.  I made a blue matt of 4.75x6.75 and cute the contact black card stock to 4.5x6.5

I assembled the whole card together. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Camera Bag

I want to share with you my non traditional camera bag.

I do not like traditional camera bags for DSLRs because they are extremely bulky.  I bought one and a few months later I sold it on ebay.  It wasnt a traditional one either.  It looked like a large pocket book but it was cumbersome to carry and still to large.

I do not carry a lot of lenses with me.  I use to carry two but I got the Tameron lense that is 18-200 mm so I leave all the others at home.

I started looking in the soft lunch box section of big retail stores.  They were pretty much the size I wanted and had some cushion.

Here is the one I got on clearance from Target which I used a lot.  You can tell its pretty dirty!

What I really wanted was a back pack type one but like I said all the ones I could find were HUGE and expensive.

Walmart at one time had a mini back pack for a camera bag and I bought that.  I used it a lot and over time the plastic that hold the strap broke so I dug out my sewing machine and stitched back and forth over the strap and it held up pretty well.  

Then I stumbled on this beauty at Kohls...

I really debated this at the store... as you can see NO PADDING what so ever and I wasnt thinking of of it as a camera bag at all.  I had a store credit or something.  I cant remember what it was but the bag was just the right amount.  It was on clearance and it was the only one.   The Skull was what lured me of course.  I love skulls :-)   After much debate I ended up buying it.  

It sat in the closet for awhile till I got a bright idea.  

I deconstructed the mini camera bag that was a back pack and slipped inside the Skull back pack.  It fit perfectly.  

The mini camera bag was in bad condition and I used duct tape to cover up the holes that I cut the straps away from.  

I needed something better.

Then I remembered I had fished this out of the trash at work and originally planned to replace the lunch box version with this.  The size of the bag was perfect.

What wasnt perfect was the strap.  It had to be about 2-3 inches thick... talk about UNCOMFORTABLE.

So I put that one away... then the light bulb turned one.  Why not see if the rescued bag would fit in the skull bag.

I took out the mini camera bag (sorry no photos) and put rescued bag in.  Now it filled the bag up.  Still it was PERFECT!

When the draw strings are open and the bag is not snapped, here is what it looks like inside...

I can zip it close and close it with the plastic thinga mabobs.... I dont know what they are called LOL

Oh I do have to mention I had to cut off that hideous strap but I was willing to make that sacrifice. 

It might not look so bad, the width of the strap but it got wider where you put it on the shoulder.

Even though the front is zipped her, I keep the front open  in side the skull bag.  I keep a couple of pens, some note books, a mini first aid kit and a mending kin in there. 

The back also has a pocket but its got a plastic like lining and its sticky so I dont use it at all. 

Here is what inside the bag looks like...

The part that zippers down has a mesh bag where I keep extra supplies like SD cards and my remote control. 

Inside there are two compartments that are adjustable.  That center blue panel is attached with Velcro and can be moved to accommodate the size you need.   BTW, why did they change the name of velcro to hook and loop tape?  LOL.   The next pictures shows my camera inside the bag.  

The next picture shows the front pocket open with my note books and pens inside...

Here is what the bag looks like when its all put together and open.

This of course is not for the professional who has many lenses and needs the extra big bag.

For me its a perfect fit.  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

birthday and note cards

Here are some recent birthday and note cards I have made... nothing spectacular...


hand doodled

hand doodled

stamped and colored with bic markers

Friday, May 2, 2014

Tip I saw on Youtube

I wish I could give credit to where I saw this but I dont remember.  It was a guy artist used a refillable soap bottle to store Gesso in.  He squeazed the gesso right out of the bottle onto his art. 

I filled up all my soap containers.  I even bought a large one for the bathroom to fill up faster.  He he its a Christmas polar bear.  I think I will keep it... doesnt run out of soap as fast!

I washed the bottle in the dish washer.  Advice... dont do that.  It warps the bottle even on the top shelve. 

So I had to get another bottle and fill up all the soal containers again and again.

This time I just rinsed and rinsed and rinsed it out till it didnt bubble any more.

Some spilled on the table, some got on my clothes some got on the carpet a lot got on my hands.

Apparrently my gesso was very clumpy at the bottom so I had to role my sleeves up (I was wearing short sleeves) and scoop out the mess.

As you can see the soap bottle is much smaller then the gesso bottle.  I had used a great deal of it already.

The first thing I cleaned off was my hands.  I mean come on I couldnt clean anything else if my hands were covered in gesso right?

Then my shirt.

The dog licked the gesso off the carpet.  Is Gesso toxic?  Then I did scrub the gesso off the carpet too.

Then I wiped it off the table and the bottle.

Its easier to shake so maybe it will mix better.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bouncy Ball tutorials.

I want to try this in the near future!  I want a whole fish bowl of bouncy balls! 


Homemade Bouncy Balls

 2 cups

 Measuring spoons

 A stir stick

 2 tbsp hot water

 1/2 tsp borax

 1 tbsp glue

 1 tbsp corn starch

 Food coloring (optional)


 Pour the water and borax into the first cup and stir the mixture until it is dissolved.


 Pour the glue, cornstarch and food coloring into the second cup and mix. Then add the mixture from the first cup into the second cup.


 Let the ingredients sit for 15 seconds then stir.


 Once the mixture becomes difficult to stir, scoop it out of the cup, and roll into a ball. Enjoy!!!


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