Saturday, August 1, 2015

painting with Stella . . .

There isn't anything that she doesn't get involved in.
I'm having fun painting my Day of the Dead Skull.  It is taking awhile to finish.  I paint a little bit . . . then have to wait for those parts to dry.  In the mean time I get busy doing something else.  I am starting to add some detail.  Luke pulled this skull out of a throw away bin outside a Halloween store a few years back.  It is sort of bumpy which makes it a little hard to paint, but I like how it is turning out.  I will definitely paint some more of these . . . once I find more skulls. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

a little of everything . . .

It's not about having time,
it's about making time.
 I've been working on a doll . . . 

 . . . and playing in my journal.
 Richard built this outdoor table for some friends. 
 I love how it turned out . . . I think he is going to have to build one for us. 
 The other day Lily and I painted mermaids. 
That is always a good way to spend the day . . . 

. . . especially when you also have popcorn and root beer.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dia de los Muertos

I still have a ways to go with this . . . but I like how it is coming along.
Such an easy fun project.  I think I need to get some more skulls.

Friday, July 24, 2015

t-shirt yarn basket

 I decided to turn my t-shirt yarn into a basket instead of a rug.  I was going to dye it when I was finished, but I think I like it better just simple and white.
Now . . . what to put in it?  

Monday, July 13, 2015

This is how we play . . .

 I have always wanted to crochet with t-shirt yarn . . . so I started this rug with some old t-shirts left over after we tie dyed.  It is a little tough to work with, which I'm sure has something to do with how tight I crochet.  I think when I get it the size that I want . . . or when my hands just give out - I will get some more fabric dye and add some color.
 Luke started a painting.  Right now it is just a rough sketch . . . and he has started painting the background.  Hopefully he will get it finished soon . . .

Charlotte helping me make more bandanna pants.  
This little lady has to help "Amma" with everything!  
Things tend to take a little longer with her help . . . but it is way more fun!
I've got a little blonde voodoo doll started . . . I still have to decide what I want to do with her, but at least she now has a face.  I have some ideas - so will just have to see what comes together.  
At the end of the day,
 who you are is totally 
and completely up to you.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Life is ridiculously amazing!

I have been away from here for awhile . . . for no specific reason - other than I have just been busy relaxing, spending time with my mom, and enjoying my vacation.  
 I made Charlotte some bandanna pants tonight.  I made these a couple of summers ago and felt like making some more.  I sewed one pair to get the size right for her.  I now have all these fun bandannas to turn into pants.  

 I have also been working on this old entertainment center that I bought at Goodwill last winter.  I am turning it into a dress up sort of closet thingy for Charlotte.  I still have to get the bar in for her to hang her princess dresses . . . and I need to find some baskets and trays for all of her dress up stuff.  I will post better pictures once I am finished.  It was fun to make, but I am tired of pink paint and stain and sweating in the heat of the garage while I was working on it.  

My mail challenge has brought so much fun to my mailbox.  This all came one day last week.  
Now that my 365 day mail challenge is nearly over . . . I am going to try to keep writing letters . . . maybe not every day, but my challenge was more successful than I had anticipated. 

 Charlotte loves to help me in the kitchen.  We made "messy" biscuits" the other day . . . very messy biscuits considering the biscuits were actually a roll of Pillsbury biscuits and I just gave her flour, milk, butter, and some eggs to keep her busy and let her think she was really making biscuits.  She also did a very good job of placing the Pillsbury biscuits on the baking sheet . . . 
. . . and the mess was easy to clean up.  
. . . and this???

Sunday, June 28, 2015

t-shirts . . . fun mail . . . new mug . . .

I have been so busy . . . only it is the kind of busy that I love.  I just wanted to post a couple of pictures from this week.  We are definitely going to tie dye again this summer . . . we learned a few things this time.  I am getting ready for a very special visitor . . . my MOM!  I am so excited!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

tie dye . . .

We have a friend's granddaughter staying with us for a couple of days.  Mattea is 12 and loves to "do stuff'".  We have played cards, baked pumpkins pies, doodled, stayed up late watching movies, and tonight we tie dyed t-shirts.  We used a Tulip brand Tie Dye kit from Ilovetocreate.  The shirts have to sit for 6-8 hours before I can rinse and wash them.  I can't wait to see how they turn out.  We definitely have to do some more tie dying this Summer.