Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 is almost over!

The end is near and another beginning is going to start. Really, tomorrow is just another day amongst days. However I like the rituals of keeping track and taking notice of time passing. I have been on and off the web lately just relaxing and taking it all in during these holidays. And I'm getting some artwork done:

A message for 2013, gouache

Heart on Fire

a page from my art journal

I'm doing other creative stuff along with my regular painting and drawing, like papercutting and origami.

Enjoy your holidays and the loved ones you keep them with :)
See you in 2013,

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Well I'm here and posting - woohoo! Not much to say, been busy like I should be.
Life, work, kid, holidays, more work, etc, and blah blah blah.
As usual I'm trying to do art in between the raindrops and its been stormy!! ;0)
I sat for some time tonight to commerorate this strange, semi-pointless day of twelves.

Numbers, time, its all pretty much an illusion isn't it? hmmm..
Here are some more from that page:
I've also been trying out some papercutting. I got a book the other day and I'm still reading through it and check things out. So, I did a papercut and, boy, they are hard to do. I am using an Xacto blade and not scissors. yet.
I've got other things I'm doing too , mostly doodles but I'm trying to do something every day! Just got to or I'll disintegrate, I think LOL!

Linking up today with Mary today:)
have a happy week!
Take care,

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Sketches and AEDMs

 I had such a nice week off. I did zero! It was fantastic..
I spent the whole time drawing, painting and working on Etsy stuff.
Today was spent mostly working on my shop. [ I'll post more about that tomorrow or Tuesday.]
Here are some art journal pages I created this week. This one below was my final AEDM for the month. The Gadget page was made on the 29th and my amaryllis page was created on the 30th:


I posted this one a while back but got a chance to finish it up with watercolors this week.

I also decided today that I'd update my banner on my shop. Here are some sketches I made this afternoon , so it's technically, my Sunday Sketch!
Then here is the cleaned up version below:(Blogger gets funny after you put in a couple of photos, it doesn't allow me to up size this art...oh well!)
I wanted to have a banner that was made with my own handlettering rather than a computer generated font. Mostly because I do so much of it. I'm happy with how it turned out but I'm sure I'll change it in the future.
I am still learning about working on  and keeping an Etsy shop.  I have to commend each and every person who maintains a presence there. It's such hard work! I knew it would be that is probably why I procrastinated so long... I am really trying to attack this and tried to upload as much as I can. I felt for a long time that I had to wait for the "right" time , blah, blah...but it's never the perfect time to do almost anything so who was I trying to fool? LOL I have alot more to do but I feel like I'm finally getting started. I have to learn how to make a treasury. I also have to remember to get active on that site at least once a day. I am open to any and all suggestions/comments:)

Speaking of Etsy sites....Please check out Cameron's blog, she is hosting a contest and giving away a  a 50% OFF Coupon Code to use on any ONE item in her shop
All you need to do is leave a comment:) 

Please remember to stop by Blue Chair Diary's blog and have a look at all those participating in Sunday Sketches, I promise you you'll be glad you did!
Have a good week!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

List It Tuesday

Here's my list below! I have to laugh because when I first read what the 'challenge'
was for the list earlier, it caught me off guard and right away I thought "aw, geez, I can't think of anything.." So I had a think and now I feel I could fill five pages. LOL.
I am really grateful for all that we have/had and what we've been able to do, for sure.
So thanks to Aimee and her guest Nicole for subscribing a bit of introspection to me today!
I'm off this week and creating as much as I can.
I'll be posting again soon more art to put up on my blog.
Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I'm afraid I've lost count for AEDM
I know its day 21 but I'm at number ?, LOL
So, I'm trying... it's all good, right? Here is what I worked on today. below are other's I've done this month that I haven't posted yet.

I am off starting tomorrow and go back to work Dec3.
I decided to take some time off to plan to rest and detox from it all!
Also I have little plans of cleaning, organizing and creating.
Let's just see what happens...
I'm just going to post a few things I've been up to in between the raindrops of family and job.  I did have these on Instagram so I'm sorry if you saw these already:)


I'm also putting up some patterns I've been posting for PatternADay November on Instagram:

 Hoping everyone has a wonderful turkey day! Happy Thanksgiving!
Take care and drive safely!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Falling Behind

It's been quite a while and I've fallen a bit behind with my posts.
Here are a few images I've worked on these past days.
today's artwork - Sunday 11/18/12 , for AEDM and Sketch Sunday
We finally got power restored in the house on the 11th. Which was just shy of two weeks. This past week we tried to get back into the swing of things.


 I been creating the whole while through but unfortunately  I haven't been blogging
AEDM and PatternADay much since the storm. But I'm here!
I've definately been keeping up-to-date on Instagram. Blogging takes a little more time. Instagram is just so, well, instant. LOL!
But you can say more when you blog. I don't have alot to say tonight. So tired and this is going to be a busy week with Thanksgiving on the way. I'll try to do a better job this week:)
Have a great week my friends. Thank you so much for all your visits and comments as it means alot to me.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

AEDM6 Lino card -pattern

I made this card using a small, hand cut block from an eraser.
We got these erasers from the Dollar Store and they cut so smoothly and cleanly.
I used the Speedball cutter and inks from Stampin' Up.
I have little space right now so I cannot use my Speedball ink.
This is so portable and works for me during this time as we are displaced.
Take care and have a great day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

AEDM Get Back - Nov 5

I miss my house!
I was a bit down earlier today and doodled, sketched, whatever,
this AEDM piece:

 Our 'real' house is up north and it has been months since I have been there.
I can't believe how time passes so fast. C is up there every week for work but comes down to be with us on the weekends.

I miss our rental  house more so now that we're not there. Its been seven days! OK you big mary, get over it and press on. Oh but I like to have a few minutes of the blues ;)

And to add to the crazy, I've signed on for a Pattern a Day challenge this month XD
But RIGHT AFTER I sketched this I got a call that completely made my day, week, month! A friend of mine offered to take Joe and I into their home so that he can attend school [ and I can work off my laptop there]. Her house is right around the corner from ours, yet she has all her utilities, thank goodness! So, now I can go back and forth to check in on the house and take things if I need them, etc. Closer to 'normal'!!!

I will try my best to keep the art and AEDM going. I'll do it as best I can, maybe by phone but I want to keep the challenge going!
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Perfect Breakfast and other art

My AEDM and Sunday Sketch art for today
was inspired by my first meal of the day.
 I am not that strong of a breakfast eater but I try.
I like to keep it light but know I
should go heavier on the protein. 
relying alot on Instagram now that I am without a scanner for a few days

Unfortunately, I am a big fan of carbs so they typically
win out due to their ability to easily convert to sugar,
my drug of choice.
Adding more sugar (jam), plus fat (butter),
further enhances the experience.*sigh*

I've been here at my mom and dad's for seven days now,
as of tonight our house is still out of power.
Its obvious we've all got some cabin fever, boy!
You can tell by my page below:))
LOL! have to have a laugh!

Playing and journaling with stamps I made yesterday

 Oh boy, but am I ever grateful for the ability to have a place to go.  My parents are the best, for they have to put up with the bunch of us!!

trying out different patterns

The gas shortage doesn't help because we are
afraid of using the gas in our cars unwisely.
But we did manage to get out today,
my mom had gotten tickets a while back for a
performance at Stony Brook University
so we took the kids there. It was great being out.
When we left the show it was so dark
at 5:30 :(( And driving on the roads
we could still see some sections of homes were still out of power.
 A week is a long time to have no heat and electricity.

more pattern types to try, having fun with this!

These books are so helpful and informative!

 My additional photos shows the great time
I have been having carving new lino stamps and
arranging them into different patters. I love
the effects I am getting and now working
 on making up some cards.

this book is AMAZING and definatly going on my Christmas list!
Hope everyone has a terrific week , I am
back to work completely full time tomorrow. 
One more step towards normalcy! Yay!
Take care