Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Let the Good Times Roll

We had a whirlwind new year! We had some guest's come and visit right after New Year all the way from Minnesota, so we decided to take them to New Orleans. It was spring-like the first week in January in the French Quarter.



We strolled the quarter, ate beignets at Cafe Dumond, listened to jazz music, ate more food, and then went to see the Lion King. We even ran into some folks from back home in the lobby!


Since we were there on twelfth night, we HAD to get some king cakes. Well, we actually brought back three (from two different bakeries). What a way to ring in the New Year. The temps dropped drastically during the night, and we woke up to rainy cold weather. On our way home, we ran into sleet and ice. In fact, the airport was shut down and our guests couldn't fly home the next day, so we spent one more afternoon together and took photos of this beautiful frozen fountain.


Our guest were able to experience three of our four seasons on their short trip: spring, winter and Mardi Gras! 


If you are visiting this post for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - then welcome!  Our theme is "sweet inspiration".


And our sponsor this month is Stampendous! And our guest designer is Guest Designer - Fran Seiford. 


The prize for our winner this month is a $25 gift certificate.

Since our theme is "sweet inspiration", I didn't have a problem getting inspired. I have Mardi Gras on the brain. I don't know how I looked at the adorable stamp set I used and thought "Mardi Gras" (it must have been the king cake), but this is what I came up with!



The Stampendous items I used were: Spring Sparkle Embossing Powders, Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste, Whisper Garden Perfectly Clear Stamps, and Thicket Metal Stencil. 

I had a blast creating something for this month's theme.

I hope you can play along. Make sure you visit each designer's blog and leave some comment love for them... we LOVE hearing from you all!

Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
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You have until 11:55 pm EST on February 28 to enter!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

January, Winter and New Art

I always get a new sense of direction with the beginning of a new year. New goals, organization and a surge of energy - only sometimes the cold dreary days that come can try to slow me down. We have had some pretty nice spring-like days during the last few weeks of December, so I'm hoping to get some things going before Louisiana gets too cold!!

The January 2017 Mixed Media Monthly Challenge theme is "Put a Stencil on It" and the sponsor is "StencilGirl", and the guest designer is Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl products. The prize will be a $25 gift certificate.

And the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Design Team is welcoming a new member.  Our September Guest Designer Lynne Forsythe has joined our team. Welcome Lynne!

This theme . It fit me so perfectly because I had an order for a painting that I happened to need to finish in early December, so I used the stencils with this painting. The geometric type circles look a bit like snowflakes in the background.



I hope you can participate in our monthly challenge and be entered for the random drawing for the prize.

Here are the rules:

Make sure you visit each designer's blog and leave some comment love for them... we LOVE hearing from you all!

Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member's blogs. 
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* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges. 
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* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

You have until 11:55 pm EST on January 31st to enter!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tis the Season

Fa La La La La....

As usual, the Christmas season is here and I'm looking for the pause button.

Oh well - there's always next year.


So - for the December Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, our theme is "Merry and Bright". The design team members are using Sizzix die cuts from our sponsor this month Eileen Hull. The winner of our challenge will receive one of her dies.



I made a gift box and treat tray using some various holiday papers from my old Christmas scrapbook paper box, and some ribbon and trim I had. I also have some older Stampin Up stamps and punches that I still love using.



I hope you can play along. Make sure you visit each designer's blog and leave some comment love for them... we LOVE hearing from you all!


Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member's blogs. * Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking (linking a project completed before the start date of our challenge) allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!


You have until 11:55 pm EST on December 31th to enter!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Back at the Coast one more time...

The Mister and I enjoyed our second time at Cruising the Coast this October. We enjoyed watching the car parade along the Beach Boulevard as well as visiting the various car shows.





We got back and had another art crawl, then a haunted house at the youth theater, then my daughter was in Romeo and Juliet at the youth theater. I helped paint some of the set.






Then it was November and it's already Thanksgiving. Art crawl is this week and I'm so behind.

And now the Christmas Season is here! OH MY!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!



Saturday, October 1, 2016

Louisiana Life and Cool Breezes!

I'm loving the cool breezes that have been working their way into Louisiana. It's been a hot summer, as usual, and the nice chill in the morning is so welcome. My husband's co workers decorated their breakroom with Halloween decor back in August - so I think they have been ready for cooler temps, too.

The theme for October is Fall/Halloween Mood board:


and the Sponsor this month is Stampotique. They are giving a $30 gift certificate to the challenge winner.



Stampotique sent me some of their stamps to use on this challenge. I received  C.U.Later Gator, Picket Fence, Vintage Script, 3 Daisies. I love the gator because I live in Louisiana and so I went with a Halloween theme.


For my "Bayou Boo" wall hanging, I used scrap wood (6" x 12"), papers, paint, stamps and ink on this. The tombstones were cut from patterned paper that had alphabet on it. I added some ribbon to the back so it could hang. 

Here are some closeup images.




I stamped the picket fence stamp directly onto the scene. Somehow, all these images flowed together with the theme.

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

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To play along with the October challenge, post your entries on the link at the main challenge blog page.

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* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
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You have until 11:55 pm EST on October 31th to enter!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Coastal Wall Decor Mixed Media

Summer is never over for me, at least in my heart. I'm winding down as school starts up by making this coastal themed wall canvas.

The theme for September's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog is "Rustic".





Our sponsor this month is Canvas Corp.  Since my scrapbooking days, I have loved Canvas Corp's products. (Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies, etc).



In addition to scrapbook products, they have canvases, totes, fabrics, etc! They send me a generous supply of products that are just up my alley. One of them was a 12" x 24" burlap covered canvas and some heavy weight paper that looked like worn wood. I used some of the coastal themed patterned papers, glimmer mists and paints and created this fun coastal themed wall canvas.



I loved using the glimmer mist products. I "dyed" the "paradise" tag turquoise with it so it would coordinate with my color scheme. I even used it to "paint" the sides of the canvas. So much fun. I went through my stash of "summer 2016 seashells" and found some with natural holes in them and strung them up and attached them to my canvas twine. I glued another shell on one of the tags. So many endless possibilities!!

Want to play along and have a shot at winning a prize? Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
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* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges. 
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

You have until 11:55 pm EST on September 30th to enter!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Upcycling with Indigo Dye Part Two

Yesterday I started a post about the shibori tie dye method using natural indigo dye.

Today I'm showing more photos.


 I wore gloved because this will stain your skin.



In this photo, I'm cutting the strings on one of the pieces I tied.


Rinsing the pieces in clear water.


My Lucky Brand shirt after I dunked it briefly for more color. Still in oxidating stage.


My sister-in-law gave me most of these items to play with. My backyard looked like a hippie village. LOL. 

So, everything had been laundered a second time (to make sure the dye was washed out) and here are what my new pieces look like.



This is my Lucky Brand shirt. I just love it. It's so soft.

This is the Old Navy cami. I wore this to a store right after taking the photo and the clerk immediately said "I love your outfit". 

And so for the final photo - the sale rack cold shoulder dress that started it all. I had decided that I wanted a coral color for my clearance rack ivory dress. I picked up some Rit dye colors that should have given me a coral, but instead came out pink - still pretty.  My daughter was intrigued with this, so she wanted a dress and believe it or not there was ONE LEFT at the store (Target) on the clearance rack. Since I had already used the indigo kit - she wanted - you guessed it BLUE - so I went with more Rit. (note -after the fact, I realized that I should have bought the dye for synthetic fabrics since the nylon slip it came with would have taken the color. Still learning!)  So here we are on Father's Day with our (first ever) Mother / Daughter dresses. 


This whole adventure was so much fun. I will be keeping my eye out for a great bargain on white cotton sheets so I can transform them into something - just for fun. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I have inspired you to try something like this. Let me know if you do.