I am excited to take part in the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays this year. It is 12 days of fun holiday stories and traditions from some of your favorite crafters! Be sure to stop over and check it all out..
Happy Holidays everyone!
Last week was nutty. Like beyond redonkulous nutty. And yes, even though spell check says that isn’t a word, we all know that it is.
Sometimes I feel like I am trying to live three lives in one – which means that time is always against me.
I want to be full-time mom, full-time artist, and full-time paid employee. The last two weeks have left me feeling challenged in all of those areas.
Needless to say, I have some stuff to write and share and get back to doing.
First – Thursday night (as in 2 days from now) I am teaching again at The Regal Find in Middleton. Only two spots left – we are making Christmas canvases!
Second – Saturday morning it is a kids class at The Regal Find – Handmade Snow Globes!
Third – I am making Thanksgiving and my family and Matt’s are coming. Time to clean and cook and enjoy being together.
Fourth – I owe you guys pics and projects and so much more.
I will share that very soon. Right now I am off to change loads in the laundry…
I have been so busy doodling away that I have completely forgotten to blog!
Needless to say the last few weeks have been busy – a wedding, a special family dinner where my father in law was inducted into the Chicagoland Bowling Hall of Fame, Halloween parties at work, etc…
But in the end there is no excuse for not blogging and sharing. I have also been busy making lots of fun stuff, so I will do my best to get some of those projects up later this week. I have been playing around with lots of goodies, so I cannot wait to show you!
I am thinking, however, of turning some of my doodles into prints and putting them in an etsy shop. Not sure how that will go, but we will see.
I am also preparing for videoing my first Art Journal 101 class that I will be doing via Vimeo. Hopefully some of you will be able to try and take that as well! This is new for me, so we will see how it goes.
In the meantime, I am sharing a doodle and a pic of the boys from the wedding. I cannot wait to see the rest of the pics!
Ok then, carry on with your Monday – sorry to interrupt!
Patti Church you are our winner for the free entry into Margie’s online Spark your Fall class!
email me at stephenie003(at)frontier.com and I will get you all set up with Margie!
I adore fall and Halloween and all of the decorating that goes into it!
The absolutely amazing Margie Romney-Aslett has a new web series on how to create amazing projects around this entitled “Spark your Fall.” If you are looking for a great set of ideas and inspiration to do some home decor and crafty goodness to celebrate, be sure to head over and check out this great class!
Plus – leave a comment here about your favorite fall project and one lucky winner will earn a free admission to the class!
Sorry for all of the exclamation points – I am really excited.
If you haven’t had time to sign up yet, be sure to head over and get registered for a full weekend of fun classes and events with the True Scrap 5 team.
Here is THE LINK and all of the info you need to know about getting set for this weekend!
I am so excited to be demoing this weekend at The Regal Find in Middleton. I will be there, working on mixed media canvases and talking about the techniques I use when creating them. Please stop by, say hi, and chat! Hope to see you all there!
I am so excited to be a part of the awesome Lisa Pace’s challenge to create a dinghy out of a toilet paper roll.
You heard me right – a toilet paper roll.
It was a wonderful artistic challenge and I had a blast creating my dinghy.
After all of the others are posted, I will show you how I made mine. Until then, head on over to her blog and check it out!!!
And be sure to check out all of the dinghies from all of the other artists. There are dinghies from Lisa herself, Donna Salazar, Rhonda Palazzari, Candy Rosenberg, Suze Weinberg, Hels Sheridan, Tammy Tutterow, Richele Christensen, and Paula Cheney all either up or on their way!
I feel like there is currently a lot of stigma attached to all of the words above. I also feel that there is a lot of pressure to decide exactly where you fit in, definition wise.
Why is this?
Why can’t we just “be?”
We should “be” creative. We should “be” crafty. We should “be” artsy. Any one or all of these can be applied to me at different times within the same day. While I might be painting on a canvas, I am planning a skirt to upcycle and a tag for a friend’s baby gift. These activities, plus the paint-covered outfit I am wearing, land me into all of these.
As creative-type people, why do we feel the need to pigeon hole each other into a category?
She’s a scrapbooker.
She’s an artist.
She’s so creative.
She just makes cards.
Why can’t she just be amazing, inspiring, wonderful, sweet, kind, and generous? She’s making a layout of a family trip to the zoo, creating a canvas, and celebrating life’s moments with party decor and a handmade card.
I have to admit, I am tired of having to define who I am and what I do, and then feeling the pressure to justify why I said “artist” or “crafter,” as well as then try to define the difference between the two.
I am just living a handmade life, filled with paints, pictures, fabric, lace, vintage suitcases, and love… isn’t that enough?
Ok. Off my soapbox for the day…
Can I just say that last week and this week have been slightly hectic, but so amazing and I just feel blessed and grateful for the life that I have right now.
Then Thursday night I got a sneak peek of the new Wisconsin Triennial exhibit at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, followed up with the opportunity to take Owen and Jacob to the actual gallery opening for the exhibit to the members and to the public. It was so amazing to experience the art and to then be able to go back and share it with the boys. I think that they definitely had a few faves and want to go back again when it isn’t quite so busy.
Then this week started with a little project I completed a few weeks ago that will go live on Thursday – stay posted. I am really excited and proud of this one and so blessed to be involved with such a talented group of artists.
I also have some events coming up that I am excited about:
Oct. 5th from 11-2 I will be at The Regal Find in Middleton, WI doing a Meet the Artist event and demo
October 11-12 I will be taking part in True Scrap 5 as one of the teachers
October 16th at 6:30 I will be teaching a mixed media canvas class at The Regal Find.
Then, later this fall, I will be launching my first online video class all around art journaling. I cannot tell you how excited I am about all of the artsy goodness that has invaded my life.
Once again, I need to pinch myself and just say thank you…
Happy Tuesday everyone!