February 05, 2014

Inspiration Exists!

A Simple Place Journal Page

Hello!!!  February is here.  Lord help me....the winter despair is setting in. 
No doubt about it.
I've been trying to distract myself with slapping paint and paper on things.....
mostly.....my journal.  Above is a picture of the "Somewhere a Simple Place" prompt from the Journal 52 project.  It's an assortment of acrylic paints, textured with a baby wipe through a stencil...the tree is made with a high flow acrylic....I'm new to those...we haven't made nice with each other yet.  All I want to do is crawl back into bed and throw the covers over my head.  We got more snow last night, and school got cancelled again.  The kids will be attending school all summer at this rate.  Don't mind me....it's not THAT bad.  It could be worse.  Thank goodness for a good stock of tea and art supplies.  I will survive.

January 30, 2014

A quick journal peek

My sweet friend Denise stopped by the studio and "arted around" with me today!  After working on a little painted table for the store (which I forgot to snap a photo of, darn it!), we pulled out our art journals and played around....and it was a blast!!!

I think this page is still a work in progress...not sure where to go with it....but we'll see.

Hope you are "arting around" and having fun too!!!

January 27, 2014

Monday notes

Howdy!  It's Monday!  Monday is usually my day for shenanigans.  We are closed at the store, and it's my day for running errands and getting oddball things done.  I ran out today with the dogs to get them a toenail clipping, and get Bosco boy updated on his shots.  After bringing them back home, I went on a date with myself.  I picked up a few crafty/creative books at the library, had a yummy coffee, and shopped around for some items I need for some upcoming large projects.  But what did I do??  I hesitated!  I didn't pull the trigger and buy the items I saw...and I'm now regretting this.  I wish I had purchased them.  Cuz now that I've thought about it, I realize how they can work.  ARGH.  Now I have to go back out in the cold to get them.  DUMB. 

While realizing that I should've bought said items, I had some time to play with my new Gelli plate.  LORD, do I LOVE ME SOME Gelli printing!!!  EEEEK!  Above is a pic of my favorite one so far.  Like it?  I still have a lot to learn about layering/masking/etc...but it's so much fun to play!!!  Now I gotta get the gumption up to go back out in this cold. 

But it's so cozy inside, with this guy.  Sigh.

January 24, 2014

Back Home, It's Cold, But my Journal is fun!

Hi again!  Are you cold?  I'm cold!  It's freezing!  It's so cold!  Chilly.  Brrrrr.  Yikes, so cold!  Brrrrr.  Did I mention that it's a bit nippy?  Sooooo....I'm over winter, how about you??  We returned from the Windy City Gift Show on Tuesday night.  Soooo glad to be home.  I know they tell you that you should always be positive and happy when talking about how things went, but it just was not the case.  The traffic was SLOW....the weather was cold....it was a LONG show.  I've always gotta put a positive spin on it...you know me....so I will say that we made a few good contacts that I hope will become fruitful over the year.  The people who get what I'm doing, really GET IT.  I love those people.  Everyone else.....meh.  And the "meh" people are not worth dealing with while I wait another 8-10 hours for a good one to come around. 
Soooo....I've come to conclusion that going after new wholesale customers is going to be done the new and improved way....searching them out in person and on the internet.  I truly believe that the age of certain trade shows is passing.  Everything is just too damn easy to do in your jammies, with a laptop!!!  Heck, that's how I buy for my store and studio!!!  With the exception of the CHA show, of course!  That show is worth every penny, because every where you turn, there are talented, vibrant artists showing you how to use all of the new products!  LOVE THAT!

Speaking of new products!!  By the end of the first day, Lovin Man helped me to see that we just needed to enjoy ourselves while we were there for the long haul.  He's good like that...much more patient than I.  So he took me to Blick, and I got some goodies!  Just a few, including a Gelli Plate!  I still haven't played with it...I'm hoping to this weekend.  So exciting!  I spent a lot of time in the hotel room watching videos of folks making fabulous prints with their Gelli plate! 

 I've been back on a creative tear, as of late.  Here are some pages from my journals that I did on New Year's Day.  Just having lots of fun...playing, stamping, dripping, daubing, gluing, and repeating!

And I thought this was the perfect message for the new year. 

 Hope yours is happy and grand so far!!!!  Let's THINK SPRING now!!!!  See you again soon!

January 14, 2014

Windy City, See You Soon!

Busy, busy, busy over here in Dreaming Bear land!  We are getting ready to exhibit at the Windy City Gift Show in Chicago this weekend!  We will be there Saturday the 18th through Tuesday the 21st in booth 1521!  Many items are available for cash and carry, and we will be writing orders too, for future shipments!  If you are a shop/gallery owner at market in Chicago this weekend, stop by and see us!  I'll have my handsome hubby with me!!!

We have been swamped making and making and making!  Still so much to do, so I'm off on this windy day to get stuff done! 

(pictured are our fabric collage hearts, dried lavender inside)

December 26, 2013

Still smooshing paint.....

Hey there!  Hope you all had a warm and wonderful holiday!  Where is the time going?  Next week it's a new year!  Eeek!  I'm still smooshing paint around.  This is a custom piece I did for a customer's birthday.  Sorry for the blurry photos.  I seriously had a lot of fun doing this....with Dawn's favorite quote included on the canvas.  Makes me happy to make folks happy! 

Hope you are all feeling happy and healthy during this final week of 2013!  XOXO!

December 15, 2013

Hi Dani!!!

Hello guys!  My dear sweet friend Dani "not so gently" reminded me that it was time to get my blog updated more often. HA!  So DANI, this post's for you!!!  :-)  We have been in the thick of busy-ness that past few weeks.  I've taken a break from my derby playing pastime, to make more time for taking care of my business during these precious weeks of getting into the black.  I miss the skating, and the sweating.....so will be back at it after the first of the year.  Funny how just a few weeks off can really make a difference. 

I've been blessed with plenty of work to do......still a couple of special projects to finish this week....and I've been waiting for some last minute shipments of merchandise to arrive....each day it doesn't arrive is painful.  Shipping/mailing is so slow these days. 

Balance.  Always striving and struggling to find balance.  Finding that I often give up one thing for another, only to find there still is no balance and harmony.  But I am enjoying just concentrating on MAKING with my hands.  Always have loved that.  Always will.  I have more to share soon, but I better get back at it.  Using all spare moments to make just a few more items.  Cheers, hope you are all warm and cozy.  And....LOVE YOU DANI!!!!!

November 24, 2013

Back from Des Moines Gift Mart

Hello again friends!  Last night we returned from the Des Moines Junior League Gift Mart!  Here are a few pictures of the goodies we were selling at the show.  Our Thursday night preview night was kind of a bummer, because of the ice and bad weather, but things gradually picked up on Friday, and Saturday was great!  So, thank you, Des Moines for always being so kind to us, and for supporting what we do! 

The Christmas ornaments were a new thing for me to make....glass, with glitter inside, and painted designs on the outside.  I stamped the words on this time, which gave them a quirky look I want to make more of!

Everyone also raved about my two old painted "heart" windows.  They sold to a wonderful woman who will give them a good home.  The windows were gifted to me by my neighbors across the street.....I just love how they turned out.  I kind of miss them!  Must see if I can find some more windows like this! 

And here is a pic of my goofy, lovin man, eating a grape.  He was so much help...always sweet and friendly with my customers, and always patient with me.  He's a keeper.


November 17, 2013

iHanna's Postcard Swap Project Completed!

Hi friends!  I completed another iHanna postcard swap, and it was a blast!!!  Thought I would give you a little peek at my completed ten cards.  The inspiration for my theme was a college yearbook from the late fifties.  I've got this perfect sized circle punch that cuts out their adorable faces quite nicely.  I've done a few mixed media projects with these faces so far, and thought, why not add them to my postcards!?

I am also on a bit of a sailboat kick....simple, happy little boats with perky sails make me smile.  These cards are made of paper mache, nice and sturdy.  They hold up well to my layers, which include an old map glued down to the background, assorted acrylics, more papers, water soluble crayons, ink pens, and pencils.  I stamped the letters, which was a lot of fun, and kind of a different look for me!

I have received just a couple of the ten cards that are coming to me....when I get them all, I'll share them with you, as well as links to the artists, when available.  This really is a fun project...a great way to stretch your creative muscle.....please join us next time!  The more the merrier!!! 

Thank you, iHanna for organizing this fabulous connection to other creative beings!

October 29, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Lovin' Man!

Happy Anniversary to the man who just "gets" me, and keeps me around anyway.
I am lucky to have you.  Love you, and looking forward to many more years of our crazy, unkempt life!

October 23, 2013

Art Rocks is back at it!

I'm a lucky gal!  I get to have THESE fabulous kids stop by and visit me in our studio, and make art with me!  We have started a new season of art making....and we are making some holiday goodies for an upcoming open house.  Seriously, these guys make my day!!! On this particular day, we worked on festive Christmas trees!   For info about our Art Rocks progam, click HERE. 

October 22, 2013

iHanna's postcard swap is back! Join me!

Hi again!  Just wanted to let you know that the lovely Hanna Andersson is hosting another postcard swap!!  I'm doing it!  C'mon and join me!!!  It's a great way to stretch your creative muscles and meet new creative peeps!  It's well organized and totally legit!  Hanna does a great job! 

Go HERE for info!!