Monday, November 23, 2009

New Art Print of my original painting - Luminous Unity!

I try to show positivity and love in my paintings. I always feel good when I've completed a piece and this was no exception! I love to use bright colors to convey my feelings, (you should see my studio when I'm done-what a mess lol!) Prints of this painting are now available in my etsy shop ! 

Bright, freeflowing shapes, signifying togetherness and radiant unity... inseparable. Warm reds flowing into cool violet and contrasting blues, illuminated with a brilliant yellow... Two lives entertwined into oneness, while holding hands tightly, sending love and positive thoughts to each other. What a lovely way to show a friend or loved one how much they mean to you!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Feature! DZ Fantasy!

Its time for another Friday Feature! Donna from ! Donna creates whimsical woodland fairies, that are all one-of-a-kind! Such beautiful colors in her work. I particularly love the Green Leaf Diva! Take a peek at her shop, you may find the perfect gift!

What a cool necklace! You can wear it so many ways!
What pretty colors!

What led you to create your craft?
I love color, nature and fantasy! Even when I was a little girl I was fascinated with "fantasy", fairies and other magical creatures. It wasn't until about 13 years ago that I started designing cloth dolls, where I designed and created their clothes. After about 3 years of doing that style of cloth dolls, I switched to smaller more fantasy type creations,always being inspired by nature and color. As the years passed, my creations have evolved into what you see fantasy figures of cloth, with handdrawn, needlesculpted, hand painted faces on silk. I design and create all of my own patterns. I continued to refine my designs throughout the years so that I could get accepted into the better art shows which I have been doing for the past 8 years. I have to laugh now when I think of what my first creation looked like. lol!

What do you find the most rewarding and the most challenging about your craft?

I think the most rewarding part of being able to create my fantasy figures, is the look on people's faces when they stand in my booth at an art show, and smile!! It is always so rewarding to have past customers come back and collect another one of my creations, and tell me how good they make them feel. 

The most challenging part of creating is finding the quality fabric, yarns, accessories and tools that I need to create my designs. It seems like it is getting harder and harder to find what I need. I now buy most of what I need via the internet.

Do you have any advice for other crafters?
The best advice I can give to anyone who wants to create is to "create what brings joy to YOU", not what you think people will buy or want. If you are creating for the "joy" of it you will never get tired of what you are doing. The joy and passion that you put into your creations will then be reflected to others who see your work. One comment that I hear the most often at art shows is..."you are so lucky, to be able to create these figures", and I tell them, "I am". The people always answer back...."it shows!"

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read, take walks in nature, photography, but I'd have to say most of my time is spent in some way connected to my art. It is my passion!!

Favorite color: I LOVE all colors...especially blends of rainbow colors.
Favorite movie: I don't spend much time watching or going to movies, but my Favorite movie years, and years ago was the AFRICAN QUEEN. Now that really dates me!
Favorite music: Country
Favorite Vacation Spot:  I love the Black Hills of South Dakota!

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Feature!  :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weight Watchers, you are killing me!

I've been doing decent on Weight Watchers this time around. Im a lifetime member, and this is the 4th time I've gone back....and man, I AM SO HUNGRY!!! lol...  It seems like all I can think about is food. Help me! lol!!
I find myself so hungry during the day, I dont have a lot of points left for dinner, and end up having a more veggie-based dinner. Which, I know is good for me, but not as satisfying as a ton of carbs, which is what I'm used to chowing down on (especially as the weather gets colder!) I'm in need of some motivation! :)
I would give my left arm for this right now:
Deep dish pizza Pictures, Images and Photos

Monday, November 16, 2009

Never thought I'd say this...

but I'm so excited for the new Modern Warfare 2 out....we've started playing the special co-ops, and a little online....its freaking awesome. I never thought I'd be into gaming, the PS3 scared the crap out of me. But we began with Little Big Planet, and now I'm a pro at Call of Duty. The new Modern Warfare so far has been great....anyone out there a player? Got any tips? :)
check out the insanity...


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What's next???

All in the last week... A broken refrigerator, tv stopped working, 2 emergency Kitty Vet visits, 1K deductible for fertility tests.....whats next??? I shouldn't say that, our washer had problems last week and our toilet downstairs is not working right since last week. argh.  Time to eat something really bad for me. lol

lolcats Pictures, Images and Photos

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blog Feature!

The awesome Beth from Wilde Moon has featured me on her wonderful blog! I was having a stressful week (already!! jeez, its only Tuesday, I know!)... and her feature lifted my spirits. Thank you Beth!
Check out her blog

And her shop!

Have a great day everyone!  :)

steve Pictures, Images and Photos