Sunday, June 30, 2013

Art studio now upstairs.



I moved my art studio upstairs. 

As you go up the stairs, there was this "dead space" (as Chuck fondly referred to it) that was 
also known as the "library". heeheehee library... who am I kidding?
Anyway, it held an exercise machine and books. I needed the space ~ so now, as you go upstairs and head right, tucked away in the small space, is my new art studio.



The new flea market chandelier hangs above the art table.
(see following post about the flea market chandelier)
I'm going to really 'over do it' with more crystals... lots and lots...
Everything in our house is rustic. I need a little "fancy"  :)


The view to the right with the balcony overlooking the living room.
My next plan is to make a "L" shape with work tables. I'm looking for a
hollow door (or something free) to put up on any kind of two supports. 
Anything cheap will do to hold more working space.
Looks like next weekend is "dumpster diving"!

  
View to the left. I have some great shelves here to hold supplies.
Hopefully, I can get the carpet out (we put it in, when we built the house in 1979) and have
some (fake) wood floors installed.



Looking for a second table about this size...



This is my sister Kathy, in a jar... She came upstairs with my supplies 
and of course the chicken came too.


These are some upcoming projects and finished stuff too.

  

Always surrounded by some angels...


and few other "flying" friends...


hmmmmmm, not so attractive...

This was the other project this weekend. This pillow (above) was from a couch (also from 1979) that is also upstairs. The couch is very comfortable, but also very dated looking. I've decided to try my hand at furniture recovering. I love the look of linen and white so I'm in process of making pillow covers. Next is to cover the sofa. The pillow (below) is the first finished pillow.


 Hey! I like it! And NO pattern! I felt like an engineer trying to figure out how to 
put all these pieces together! One pillow down, 6 more to go, plus the couch. 

I gotta be nuts.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Flea Market FInd!! Score!


FLEA MARKET!
I've been in the market for a chandelier.  I want one over my art table, 
but holy cow, they are expensive! 
So yesterday I traveled to the flea market with $40.00 ~ in hopes of finding the perfect treasure.
I came across this lovely, and bargained down to $30.00.


 I suspect I could have gotten it for $20.00 or $25.00...
It was missing some of the crystals and it was covered in many layers of dirt and dust.


I also don't know if I'm in love with the color... Maybe make it white? The brown/amber crystals were also not in the original plan, but even if I put it in one of the bedrooms, I think it's sweet.
Now I have to get my busy husband to add to the wiring 
and figure out how to suspend it from the ceiling. 
Hey, he can't get mad! I saved money!!!

Later friends. 
:)
xo
karen

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Girl's weekend!


My brother is in town from the Philippines with my niece, Kelly. He decided to go visit friends for the night and Kelly and I got some real "girl" time. I had boys not girls!!! What do I do with a little girl? But my friend recommended what I do best, an art weekend. 
Kelly was totally on board, she loves to journal and paint!


My friend also recommended a trip to the makeup store, after all, what girl doesn't like a lip gloss? 
Next, I did what I love to do and that's take photos. Time for a "America's Next Top Model" photo shoot. Wash and blow dry the hair, use that new lip gloss, set up the "Top Model" fans to blow the hair 'model style' and .... What fun we had!!!!



Kelly loved it and she is so photogenic! 



Of course we made prints of some of the photos because it's Father's Day. 
We needed a gift for daddy!

Time for our next project.



We made her dad a picture frame, made from (mosaic tiles) polymer clay and put in one of the photos. It turned out beautiful.



I had a great girl's weekend. I love this kid!
Thank's Kelly! I had such a ball!
xo
'auntie k'
:)



Sunday, June 9, 2013

angels & butterflies




I spent most the weekend (still) setting up the new studio area. It's coming along, however 
the floor (original carpeting since 1979) needs to come out and be replaced with 'fake wood' floors.  The rest of the area is up and working just fine. Well, I'M not working "just fine", 
but the space seems like it's going to.  

I worked on another canvas this weekend. It's difficult, but I'm taking the advice
of my 'muse' and I pretend it's not a canvas but rather a journal page. 
This certainly makes the painting come a little easier.

I'm posting the above photo to prove I am working on a canvas.

:)
xo


Sunday, June 2, 2013


"Go find your wings"

Note to self. Go find them. My 'wings'   that is. 
I've wanted to paint on canvas's for a very long time.
I don't know... maybe I believe that a "real" artist paints on canvas, make believe artists paint on something that can be thrown away more easily. I just couldn't seem to get over the fear. 
After my recent trip to Georgia my friend made me paint on canvas's (eeekk)  and I did it.

I did it.

Then I got home and got out all my paint, bought some canvas's and there it all sat in a pile. I tried to paint something but I got tied up in knots.  So I called her and complained that once I separated from her (I lost my muse) and could no longer paint anything.
 Her suggestion was "Pretend it's one of your journal pages." 
Hey! It's not so terrifying anymore!

The above CANVAS is still a work in progress, 
but it's not headed for the garbage.

I'm finding my wings.