loss

What a lousy word – loss.

death

It conjures up all sorts of memories for each and every one of us.

Family members. Pets. Opportunities. Friendships.

Today our family is dealing with the loss of a very beloved member – Matt’s Uncle Roger.

Roger was a bright light in our family, full of smiles and jokes, love and life.  He has been battling Congestive Heart Failure for a while now and yesterday we lost him.

The world will greatly miss Roger.

 

glow

I have been having a lot of fun painting lately.

Glow// original art by Stephenie Hamen www.mycraftyadventures.com

Glow

I think that what I like about it is that there is no right or wrong.  It allows me to just make a mess – on purpose – and explore color, layer, light, media, and shape.  If I don’t like something about it, I can easily just paint over that part and add another layer, effectively erasing it or burying it at some level.

The other aspect that I like is creating the base layers.  For me, this is more of the story than the finished piece.

Here’s what I mean…

I did the base layers with only my hands for this one.  It was all reds, purples, and pinks and I just swirled and swished my hands around, over and over again.  I had “Monster” from Eminem and Rihanna in the background and I think that part of me was dealing with my owner inner monsters.  I could just make and release and let it go…  all of the worry and anxiety and voices – all released into swaths of paint on a canvas via my bare hands.

When you think about it – that is pretty amazing.  Something productive and artistic as a release.  Art as therapy.

It doesn’t have to be explicit to your feelings or thoughts of that moment – just a subtle layer or a little secret from your heart that only you know about.  It is your art – you heart and soul poured out on a canvas without words… just splashes of color and texture.

For me, this has become a great way to just relax and “be”.  It is meditative and prayerful.

Here are some up-close images from the piece…

Glow// original art by Stephenie Hamen www.mycraftyadventures.com

Glow// original art by Stephenie Hamen www.mycraftyadventures.com

Glow// original art by Stephenie Hamen www.mycraftyadventures.com

Glow// original art by Stephenie Hamen www.mycraftyadventures.com

I even created hand-carved stamps for the leaves specifically for this project.  I love that uniform, yet organic look that they add.

I poured a lot into creating this piece and felt so free when it was done that I was glowing…  hence the title.

Shouldn’t we all want to “Glow”?

The piece is 12″ x 36″.

 

it’s time for shepherd’s pie!

I love March…  oh how I love March!

Ground turkey and stout beer Shepherd's Pie recipe for Fiskars using peas from the harvest

St. Patrick’s Day, my dad’s birthday (which is the 17th), and the start of spring.  It is National Craft Month and usually a bit of a slower time at work so I have a bit more time to cook.

That said, I recently did an article and recipe for work – Shepherd’s Pie.  Needless to say it is one of my faves, especially since there are still feet of snow on the ground and it is a hot, hearty, and healthy dinner.

For the full recipe, just head on over ***here***.

Enjoy!

it is national doodle day – a giveaway!!!!!!!!!!

I was recently informed that today is National Doodle Day.

National Doodle Day Prize pack of Ranger and Faber-Castell goodies on www,mycraftyadventures.com

Now, since you know that I love to doodle, I thought that I would give you all a chance to win a set of some of my favorite doodle items:

  • PITT Pens, black and white Gelatos, and water color pencils from Faber-Castell
  • A mini art journal, craft mat, water brush, and Distress Markers from Ranger Ink

Just leave a comment here including your favorite thing about doodles, and you will be entered.  Winners will be announced on Sunday!

it is national craft month – 15 minute mobile

and sadly this is my first post.  Not sure how that happened, but we are six days into it and I have been busy making and crafting, yet forgot to post.  Doh!

15 minute mobile diy National Craft Month 2104

One of my first projects is a fun little mobile that I have been wanting to make ever since I got back from CHA.  The wonderful Julie Comstock was nice enough to give me one of the new Cosmo Cricket mobiles to try out.

Now, I did a basic one for this project, but my head has started reeling with more ideas, so I think that it will quickly come back down and be redone… and so on and so forth.  The possibilities are endless.

Supplies:

How to put it together:

mobile 1

mobile 2 mobile

Begin by punching out 3 of each pattern and punch shape.  Once all of your punches are done, run them through your sticker maker to create adhesive backed paper pieces.

mobile 4

Tie your baker’s twine to the mobile itself and then take three matching shapes – fold them and adhere them into a dimensional piece, with the twine in the center.

Do this for all of the pieces you punched out.

15 minute mobile diy National Craft Month 210415 minute mobile diy National Craft Month 2104

Apply your sequins directly to your mini glue dots and then add them to the string – 2 back to back.  They had add tiny bits of color and shimmer to your mobile.

15 minute mobile diy National Craft Month 2104

At the top, I added a flower and a string of bling for some extra fun.

15 minute mobile diy National Craft Month 2104

To finish it up, I cut coordinating trims and ribbons and added them throughout the strands.

All that was left was to find a little corner that needed a little extra zing…15 minute mobile diy National Craft Month 2104

So, what will you do with 15 minutes?

upcycled “vintage” dishtowels

upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com

Upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com

I say “vintage” because 1976 was the year I was born and I sure don’t feel vintage.  I found it a few years ago in a thrift shop and just kept trying to figure something out to do with it.  When I was doing some cleaning earlier this week, I found it and decided that it was time to use it.

I just used it with some plain linen to create a simple pillow for the loveseat in my craft room.

Supplies:

  • Dish towel
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needle and thread
  • Stuffing
  • linen or other backing material

Turning the towel upside down, I pinned it to the piece of linen that was a bit bigger than the towel itself.

upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com     Upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com

I sewed 5/6 of the way around, leaving a small hole in the bottom to add the stuffing.  I followed the existing stitches in the towel as my guide when doing this.

upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com     Upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com

Once I was done, I trimmed off the excess linen and then turned it right-side out and added in the stuffing.

upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com     Upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com

To finish it off, I hand-stitched the hole and it was all done!

Super simple, colorful, and personal.

upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com     Upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com

Upcycled dishtowel pillow that is super simple and adds a personal touch from Stephenie Hamen at www.mycraftyadventures.com 

Now – I have that stash of pretty dish towels that have the cross stitching on them that I bought…  Maybe some pillows for upstairs?