Tuesday, April 30, 2013

REMEMBERING MOM


This is the time of the year that our minds and hearts remember the moms in our lives.  When I first started my etsy store, I began by making greeting cards.  Since then I have moved on to calendars and prints.  Even though I no longer sell greeting cards, I thought I would share some cards that I have designed with you.  Feel free to print your own.  They are sized 10 x 6.5 (or 5 x 6.5 when folded) and can easily be printed on letter size paper.  You can find envelopes at Joanns, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby to fit.  I recommend using matte photo paper to print them on but cardstock will do.   Once printed, just cut along the light gray line using a xacto knife and metal ruler.  Use the back of the xacto to score the card down the middle and fold - Voila!


Here's a fun one all you moms out there will appreciate!


Graphics are courtesy of of http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.

Here are some of my prints that I am currently selling on etsy.  I call them Any Day Art becasue shouldn't we remember our moms everyday?

 



Vintage background courtesy of of http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time...





Saturday, April 20, 2013


Kitchen Art


Kitchens are the heart of the home and every kitchen should reflect the style and personality of its users.  Does your kitchen reflect your personality?  One way to bring personality to your kitchen is through art.  Kitchen art is like any other kind of art.  It should reflect your character and your style.  Is your style modern/contemporary or traditional/country?  Would you classify your style as formal or casual?  Remember the goal of design is to make a space your own.  I recently added some great kitchen art to my etsy store that I wanted to share with you.
Do you like the antique look?  Here are some antique keys on a light vintage paper background. Background graphics courtesy of my favorite source for vintage graphics, http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.

 
 
Maybe kitchen utensils are more to your liking...

 
 
For more of a contemporary look, I used a colorful chevron background.

 
 
Here's some artwork for all the wine lovers out there... 


 
Maybe you prefer coffee...
 

 
Until next time...
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 

 

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ready to make a summer bag?





This is a very versatile, reversible slouch bag that you can use when shopping, traveling, or at the beach. You can make it yourself since you need only basic sewing skills.
 I purchased these two beautiful  modern print fabrics at IKEA, planning to use one for the bag and the other for a skirt. Turned out that I decided to use both fabrics for the bag and make it reversible. One side has the fabric with black background and the other side white background, making it easy to match your outfit and mood.
You need one yard from each fabric.
It measures 31 1/2”( from strap to bottom) and is 21" wide at bottom. I made a pocket 11”x5” but never use it. If you decide to make the bag with lining you can sew the pocket on lining first.
This is the bag's picture one the dark side.
This is the picture of the bag on the white side.














If you would like to purchase the pattern, or even the bag, please go to my etsy shop:

Monday, April 1, 2013

DIY art project



     This is an easy project, which you can accomplish without taking any art classes.
If you have a girl room that needs a small wall art , or a tight small space, this simple and unique art piece is not hard or expensive to make, and you’ll have an original on your wall. I selected blue for background, but if you want to match a room’s d├ęcor, pick your own color.
Start with a purchased canvas, size 8”x8”. I got mine at Michaels, but Jo-Ann and Hobby-Lobby have them too. It is called: “Gallery Wrapped Traditional Canvas” by Artist’s Loft. Here is the picture:


 









My paint is acrylic,  Cerulean Blue, same brand as the canvas. You need  a couple of colors for the stems, a white and a soft green for the flowers, and a medium brush as well.
Cover the whole background with paint, and wait for it to dry. I did not have time to go further, so my background stayed overnight.
Here it is:












Before you start painting the stems, decide what design you want on a piece of paper, and when you are ready, just paint them with the tip off a brush.
With a sponge or even a thick paper towel, create the flower buds.
Here is my image:
















When all is dry, cut some strips of felt fabric ( like peeling an apple) and create the 3D flowers. You can experiment with different fabrics as well.
Glue them on the canvas, and voila! You have an original!
Good luck!