Saturday, April 06, 2019

New Endeavors

Hello again, friends! I have become nuts for chalk painted jars and cans. I'm making so many I need to share them. I'm firing up my etsy shop again and I hope you'll come by and see what I've been up to. So far I've been in production mode, but tomorrow I start listing- so exciting!

I have been watching some really fun tutorials on YouTube lately about image transfer and decoupage. It feels like the possibilities are endless. One of my favorite YouTubers is Fairy Chic Emporium-  a very talented Englishwoman who did a video about creating your own decoupage images by stamping on the white napkin backing that is discarded when decoupaging with printed napkins. Genius!

I can't wait to show you more! Tomorrow will be a big photo shooting day and then I start listing. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Good morning. I’m trying to get back on track with the Miracle Morning. I’m not sure why I’m struggling so much to stay on track. Part of it may be the changing of the seasons. The other part, I know, is because I am eager to move forward with my illustration career. It sounds so pretentious to say that because I know right now or even for the next few years, this will not be a “career” in the true sense of the word. I really ought to say “illustration side gig”!

But anyway, my point is that the 65 minutes it takes to complete the Miracle Morning feels like 65 minutes I could be using to move along in the side gig. Except that… I’m feeling a little lost regarding next steps with that too!

Here’s where I’m at- I create an index card every day. I just completed number 95 of 100!! That kind of blows me away, btw. I have stuck with the project every single day for 95 days. I know that when I reach 100, I’ll need to spend a little time reflecting on the process and talking about what made it work, what I learned from it and what I’ll carry with me.

Once I complete the project, I want to create some larger pieces to develop into prints that I can sell on Etsy. At the moment, I’m a little lost as to what the subjects of the drawings will be. I’m 99% sure that I want to continue with my cute little animals- after all, that is why I developed them. They’re cute and I can tell stories about them which I love. I think I’m afraid! Afraid to work big, afraid to actually have something to sell and be rejected, afraid that everything I do looks completely amateurish.

What I told myself going into this process was that it’s not the best artists who become successful, it’s the persistent artists who know how to build a following. That is just as much what I do on Instagram with this challenge as it is about the actual index cards- it’s connection and persistence.

My own fears are just fears and if I truly want this as I say I do, I will have to move forward IN SPITE of my fears.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Good morning! I had to drag myself out of bed this morning and I almost talked myself into going back to bed once I was up! Especially when I got on the scale and saw the same number that was there yesterday which is essentially the same number that’s been there for the past three months.I really don’t seem to be progressing, but just as I've been doing since January, I'll keep at it.

What else? As much as I want to obtain my business license and my fictitious business name, I have to be honest and look at the facts- I do not have a single piece of artwork that can be scanned in to create a print. Not one. I have 87 index cards and many of them are adorable, but I definitely have a lot to do before they can be something marketable.
I think when I complete my 100 day index-card-a-day challenge, I’ll transition to completing an illustration everyday. First I’ll finish Inktober and then I’ll move directly into November where the daily illustration will not be part of a prompt list or someone else’s challenge.
Once I have some actual pieces to sell, then maybe I can look at a business license! Spending almost $200 when I have nothing to sell doesn’t make any sense at all. I am just so eager to move along this journey and feel like I’m ready to something happen.

I need to take a minute or two to enjoy the process and reflect on where I’ve been. 87 days ago I drew sometimes, I lettered sometimes, I crafted sometimes. That was all fun, but it felt very directionless. Now, I feel restored to my first love- drawing. The thing I did the most of when I was a girl. I am excited to get better at it, but I have to face the fact that I am nowhere near ready to make any money doing it.
Not just yet...

Friday, November 24, 2017

New Edith Flack Ackley Dollies!

It's been too long, my friends! Too long since I posted here and too long since I've made any Edith Flack Ackley dolls. I'm very happy to be doing both!

I had a bunch of doll bodies sewn and lingering in my stash. I decided to finally cut them out and make them. I've been working on and off on them for about two months. They're finally done!

I got a group shot before preparing them all for their ebay listings.

Sweet, adventurous Anne

My kindhearted Heidi

Curious wanderer Lucy

"Darling" characters from Peter Pan

Elegant Josephine

And Lemondrop, my Sweet Lolita

I had such fun making these girls, but I'm ready for a break! 

In other news, we are enjoying our new home very much and tomorrow we decorate for our first Christmas in our new home!
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Home Color Palettes

What a fun exercise! I wanted to play around with the collage tool in PicMonkey and I thought it would be fun to create palette cards for our new home. Because it is such a small home, I know I want to stick to a fairly cohesive color palette.

I knew going into this exercise that I was interested in an analogous color scheme of blue, green, yellow and I searched Flickr for creative commons copyrights using the search term "morning meadow". 

Then I used the eyedropper tool to pick colors from the photo and dropped them into the smaller cells. I think this one, above, is my favorite. The saturation on all of these colors is probably higher than what I will actually use. One thing I do know is that there is going to be a lot of white!

My choice of white paint? Right now, Polar Bear from Behr is the front runner, but you never know until you start putting it on the wall, right?

Hmmm, I don't know- this one is really pretty too and much more muted. Lovely!

The first room we'll be working on is our bedroom. We're taking the tiny, bright blue bedroom so the larger room can serve as art room and guest room. We are going to remove the carpet and paint the floor- how fun is that? I've always wanted to try a painted floor. I think it will be gray and then the walls will be the Polar Bear.
We are finally closing tomorrow! I'm so excited to finally be at this juncture- talk about stressful! We have a truck and movers lined up for Thursday and I'm hopeful that we can make some real headway on the move and the bedroom project before I return to work on Monday. Wish us luck!

If you would like to create your own color palette, here is an excellent set of instructions from PicMonkey- enjoy! Happy making, Friends!
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cath Kidston Treasure

Do you know Cath Kidston and her beautiful products?

I just love her gorgeous, fun take on cottage style, but she is based out of London and her things are pretty pricey for me! One day last year I found this awesome planner at a local thrift store and it was mint!
What a find! It has pockets for every room, extra stickers, grids for floor plans and great guides for planning out your home. Since I was in an apartment, I knew I wanted to save it for when we found our home. And, yay, that time is now!
I altered the cover to suit my situation and I've begun to fill it up with my design notes and ideas. The items below are for the art/guest room:

By the way, I really impressed myself with my clever photo shoot that allows you to see the book and a tiny bit of my apartment and hardly ANY of the boxes stacked all over the place! If you like my little plant stake birdhouse, I learned how to make it here. I used paper scraps from Ephemera's Vintage Garden digital download kit Cottage Garden. Isn't it sweet?

Happy making, Friends!
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Making my Goodbyes

While we only lived here for two years, I did do my best to make it a true home for us. Not long after we moved in, Pete traveled to Hamburg to visit his son, Nick. While he was gone, I decorated our bedroom to surprise him when he got home. He had me beat on the surprise department, though, because he brought home an engagement ring! Maybe that's all part and parcel of why this bedroom has been so special to me.

I went a little out of my comfort zone and used more and deeper colors than I usually would in a bedroom. I stumbled upon the very beautiful Waverly Flourish in Clay on sale for $10 at Hancock Fabrics (I sure miss that store!) and was inspired to use it. I lined the curtains with black out fabric because Pete was working a lot of midnight shifts at the time and I wanted to create an enveloping space to sleep in during the day.

There was just enough fabric on the bolt to do the curtains and two small pillows for the bed. Amazingly, I found the quilt and shams at Target in the Threshold line- what an incredible match! The coral sheets were also from Target and I loved the way they worked with the drapery fabric.

I used inexpensive wooden blinds from Big Lots to create a valance of sorts behind the curtains. I like the way it softened the area above the actual window. I really wanted the draperies to be high and wide and I LOVED the effect it created.
These hanging lamps are so fun! I bought them at a garage sale and gave them this awesome rust treatment to grunge them up. I think they'll be getting a whole new makeover for the art room/guest room in the new house. 

Already packed up all my pretties from vintage desk before I thought to take these pictures. 😔😔😔 I think this desk will be in the art/guest room. It will be fun to decorate that room!

Unlike the living room, this room gets a lot of light- perfect for OOTD shots!

Anyway, my inspiration for our new bedroom is much different and much more to my usual style- I'm really looking forward to a cottage inspired blue and white bedroom, especially after seeing this one in a recent Country Living.
So, while I'm a little sad to say goodbye to my current bedroom, I am really looking forward to a fresh start!

Happy making, Friends!