Monday, January 2, 2017

Artsy Bed & Breakfast

Over the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we were thrilled to have family come at various times to stay at our home.

More family and friends = more fun and memories. Extra food, extra laughter, extra awesome.
But it also means a need for space to put people when they stay the night. Sure, we could stick them on couches and palettes on the floor....which we totally did with the kids. They love a good sleepover with cousins so it was perfect. But we wanted to share a special treat with the grown-ups. A little artsy bed and breakfast, if you will. And visitors were not the only ones to book this room. Jeremy and I stayed one night out in it as well and it was like our own little fancy retreat without the travel or booking fees!

Private wrap around deck with two chairs to watch the friendly visiting birds
Quiet view of gorgeous country sunset & sunrise
Private half bath
Queen size blow up mattress with adjustable comfort controls
Covered back porch with dining table, couch, swing and rocking chairs, quilts & screen set up for outdoor movie at night
Outdoor fire pit
all this and,
Access to the excitement of the main house only steps away.

Hmm....I'm thinking I might have to stay here again soon.

Wrapping up 2016

2016 - Teaching Classes & Hosting Art Gatherings in the Art Studio

Wow! What a blessing and a journey. Sometimes the most treasured and rewarding things bloom from steep trials and long hard work.

I am ever grateful for my students and their families, the fun things we have made together, the memories, the new friendships, the opportunity to grow right alongside each of them throughout this year.

I am looking forward to all that 2017 has to offer and all that we can contribute to it.

So, I suppose the short and sweet version of posting begs me to proclaim "that's a wrap for 2016".

I happily welcome the start of many fabulous new creative pursuits for the new year!

I'll leave you with a few snapshots from the last projects we did in kids classes at the end of the semester....

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sugar Skulls & Screen Printing

This past week my students and I had fun learning about the cultural history and tradition of Dia de Los Muertos.

While exploring the annual celebration that has taken place in Latin and Mexican cultures for centuries, we learned much about their popular colorful decorations and artwork.

In particular, we worked with making sugar skulls.

In order to create our designs, I taught the kids how to take a vector artwork (our sugar skull outline), create a transparency, develop it on a printing screen, and screen print onto pieces of fabric and t-shirts using fabric printing ink. We heat set the ink and then colored the designs with bright colors using Sharpie markers.

Here are the young masters of creativity at work:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Creative Hands at Work in the Studio

Some of you have asked recently what's been going on in the art studio.

Today I will share a few favorite photos from some of my recent classes so you may see for yourself, enjoy!

Classes each week this Fall!

Don't miss out! Contact me today if you are interested in getting your child involved.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fire Pit / Coffee Table DIY

Our most recent project with reclaimed wood.....

Once again we used boards from old fences to do this project.

I would estimate with me, my husband and my father-in-law working together it only took about an hour and a half to complete.

The concept was fairly simple.
Using our metal fire pit as the base, we created a coffee table top that would fit down over it like a lid which is secure from slipping off but still removable when we want to use the fire pit.

First we chose the 13 boards we would use and laid them out flat on the ground.

We placed the fire pit upside down in the center of the boards to take some measurements.

Two long boards were nailed down against the fire pit on either side to hold all 13 boards together (not too tight up next to the sides, need a 1/4"-1/2" space on each side for wiggle room) .

Then an interior board was measured to be nailed down to the center pieces. This board sits down inside the fire pit when the table top is put on. Helps it keep from sliding around.

Additional small pieces were measured, cut, and nailed along the outside rim of where the fire pit would fit under the table top....again to keep the top from sliding around as well as to better secure all boards together for structural integrity.

To make the circle cut. I took a thumbtack and a length of thin rope. I found my center point and attached it. Then using a sharpie marker tied at the other end of the rope measuring half of the diameter of my desired circle I carefully held the marker upright and drew a circle all the way around to mark our cutting line.

The circle was cut with a jigsaw and then the edges were sanded with a rotary sander.

The top of the table was left raw (no sanding, no stain, no sealer...rustic)

As a final touch. I stapled decorative silver metal edging all the way around.
*Several varieties of this "metal ribbon" can be found at local hobby and craft stores. Very easy to bend and work with , comes in rolls, and cuts with scissors. 

Just as a safety measure I hammered down the top edge of this metal ribbon into the table top making sure it was flush all the way around without sharp edges sticking up. -still have to be careful lifting from underneath though just to be safe.

Thanks to my hubs and my pops! Projects are always fun when you guys are around and we can play with power tools!