Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Some say Tomatoes

My two sons decided to plant several different vegetables in our garden this spring. They have been very dedicated in tending to their project. 
Well, about a week ago when I was shopping in Costco I saw tomato plants on sale for $13.99. I wasn't quite sure if this was something I would want to tackle, but I was amazed how large the  tomatoes were already for the picking. When I checked out the person in front of me was purchasing a plant. I asked her a few questions about taking care of the plant. Several days later I had to go back and pick up something I forgot to purchase. This time I decided to get one for our garden.
Hopefully we will be able plant it this weekend. I hope we won't have a battle with any critters. I actually thought about just keeping it on the deck. If you have any advice for me, please leave a comment. I would appreciate!
My husband wants to make fried green tomatoes. I really thought they were just okay when he made some many years ago. The only fried green tomatoes I like is the movie. I prefer red tomatoes in my salad.
Have a great day!
I sure will because today is my husband and I's twentieth wedding anniversary!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Pendants

I have been busy hand stamping some pendants in polymer clay recently.  It is so much fun  and challenging to work with a different medium.  Painting is my first love, but this is definitely becoming a close second.

Many of the famous painters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo worked with various materials during their art careers. Now, I am not saying I am anywhere near these two talented gentlemen, but I definitely take notice at how versatile they were during their lifetime.

It is so important as creative people to go outside our comfort zone sometime, so we can grow and expand our skills.

Until next time. Happy creating!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Family DIY Basement Painting Project

my husband did all the framing himself over the past two years
Last week was our kid's spring break. While many families went on vacation to sunny Florida for the week, our family was busy painting the walls of our basement. I know what fun.  
We had a contractor put up the drywall the week before, so we could do the rest.

It was amazing to see the transformation each day.

This closet under our steps will be put to good use. I am looking forward to putting seasonal clothes here soon. Yeah!

My guys painting the walls and ceiling.

Jordan was so willing to pitch in and help us paint. He didn't want to take a break. He actually worked harder than his older brother and sister.

Later in the week he went over to our neighbors house to play with his friends. I guess he thought that was enough work for him.

I wanted to share a secret I discovered on Google. Several years ago our neighbor gave us three five gallons of paint that was left from the previous owners. My husband to my dismay, was more than willing to take the gallons of paint. Well, we opened them up find out they were baby blue, pastel green and a purple. I wanted a taupe or off white for the walls. I looked online to see if you could change baby blue paint to a taupe. Would you believe if you added peach to the gallon you will get that color. We also added some of the pastel green and some red to get that effect.

My husband and I went to Home Depot to ask an associate his opinion. He didn't know that you could mix these colors together either. We purchased a gallon of peach at the store. He told me to add a cup at a time until we get the color we want.

 The middle color is what we used on the walls
It is not as dark as taupe, but maybe more of a sand color. However, it still is in that family of colors.
I wish you could have seen the entire family disagreeing on how to mix the colors together. Everyone had an opinion on what to do.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's About Time!

About a month or two ago, I started brain storming about a new design for a clock. I wasn't quite sure what to create.

Then one day I got an idea about a personalized clock with a letter on it. So, I first painted a background in a mustard color onto watercolor paper, then I captured the image with my camera.
Last I added digital text to the image.

This letter clock is now available in my shop.