It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Today has been productive.  I got the grocery shopping done, took the truck for a romp through the mud for a little 4-wheel driving, before getting it winterized, and then came home to craft.

I needed to work on Christmas cards, however in light of of the recent global events, I wasn’t feeling festive.  I did manage however to come up with these.  I think they fit my celebration level at the moment.

I stamped them with Hero Arts stamp, “World Ornament”, using Simon Says Stamp ink in”Sparrow”.  I then embossed the sentiment across the front and lightly coloured in the oceans with coloured pencils.

More Christmas cards coming…

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Welcome November, What Are you Crafting?

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It’s November, and Christmas is just around the corner!  Yikes!  What are you crafting to get ready for the season of gratitude and gifts?  I’ve got Christmas and Holiday cards, jewelry,and homemade cookies and candies on my list.

This year, I also thought it would be fun to make stuff to give away in random acts of kindness.  We need more kindness in our lives, and it makes me happy, to share a smile with someone.  I encourage you all to give someone a special handmade moment of kindness, let them know they matter.

Now on to today’s bit of crafty goodness.  I created this necklace from my Blueberry Cove Beads box.  I think it follows the month’s theme: Victorian Gothic quite well.  Please forgive the picture quality, I haven’t figured out the best way to photograph jewelry.

Happy Crafting!

Box of Fun

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Do you bead or make jewelry?  Today, I received my subscription box from Blueberry Cove Beads.  For me, this is a fun way to get and try things that I might not normally gravitate towards when it comes to buying jewelry supplies.  Each month comes with a theme, and a chance to participate in a challenge to win your next month free.

This month’s box theme is Victorian Gothic…perfect for October.

I’m loving the bit of lace for a choker, and also the other center accent pieces as well.  I can also envision something with the faceted crystal beads, especially the deep purple ones!  Stay tuned for that upcoming project.

Sunday morning…going easy.

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Good Sunday morning.  As I sit here enjoying my morning coffee and some music, I am pondering my day.  I have neglected a few things around the house this week, and they’ve piled up, but thankfully, the dishwasher and laundry machines will tackle most of it with a minimum of interaction from me. Which leaves me free to finish colouring up a picture I’ve been working on and gather up some thoughts that have been rattling around my brain lately. Please forgive the photo quality, I’m still getting the hang of taking good pictures and have realized I need to get a tripod to help steady my images.

Working on her hair, remembering highlights.

Working on her hair, remembering highlights.

Earlier this year, I joined a few Facebook groups for colouring and colouring books.  To say it has become a passion is a bit of an understatement.  It was a great way to reconnect with all of my art classes back in college, to use what I’d learnt and had not applied to any career path in my life.  I pulled out my 30 year old box of art supplies, and lovingly walked down memory lane with all the different mediums..some I had since replaced, and so I donated things to others who had none.

I see all sorts of things in these groups, I see beautiful artworks, which humble and inspire me, I see beautiful books, which fill me full of want,  and I see people acquiring TONS of art supplies, usually without any knowledge of what they’ve purchased, nor how to properly use them.  I see lots of frustration, and damning of supplies, when really what is needed is an understanding of what each medium is, how it works, and why it works the way it does. And the questions…so many questions, and answers, most of which are good sound advice, and some that are so ridiculous I just want to shake my head and scream.

I’ve been debating whether or not I would do a basic write-up to address some of these as I come across them, (such as do all markers bleed?) and the answer is yes.  Stay tuned…I will tackle the wherefores and whys of different types of mediums, and how they work.

But for today, it’s finishing up my colouring, from the French colouring book:  My Makeup Coloriages,using a $5 set of coloured pencils to show that it’s the skill and technique that create the art, not how expensive your pencils might be.  I picked up a 48-pack  of Staples branded Staedtler pencils on sale earlier this year, and have loved using them.

Staples branded Staedtler pencils

Staples branded Staedtler pencils

Yes, a $5 set of pencils can produce beautiful results

Yes, a $5 set of pencils can produce beautiful results