Monday, January 13, 2014

Life right now.

Cupcake liners are awesome! They have so many uses. The best of course is to hold a cupcake, but this may be a close second. I used a flattened cupcake liner as a canvas for this color wheel. 

I made my own art journal! At first I thought, what's the point? I mean, I can just buy a spiral bound mixed media pad and call it good. I'm so glad I didn't, because it turns out, I like making art journals! It was fun. I used three different surfaces of watercolor paper for variety, and splurged on actual bookbinding thread and tape. I learned (from someone else - thanks for the tip Julia) that if you don't use the right type of thread, it can snap on you once you start using your journal. That would not be cool. By the way, that cupcake liner color wheel is for the first page of this art journal.

The art journal is for the lessons in this book. I took one of Pam's online portrait classes a couple years ago and loved it so much! I'm excited to learn more from her via this book. Some of the techniques I haven't used since high school, like block printing. How fun is that going to be?!

Another afghan. I can't seem to help myself. I get one finished and want to start another. This one is kind of sentimental as it's a similar pattern as the one my grandmother used. I remember her always crocheting zigzag afghans. I have a red and white one she made me when I was in high school. It's one of my prized possessions. I miss her. 

It feels so good to be exercising again. It will feel even better when those extra holiday pounds are gone.

My latest selection from the library. I devoured this. It was so good. Totally not what I expected.  

Loving this little cart from Ikea, or "art cart" as I've affectionately named it. It's so nice to just wheel my supplies wherever I happen to be making art.

Another fiber project in the works. Hand warmers. Pattern is from the Purl Bee. Yarn is Knit Pick's Comfy Fingering in White, Whisker, Sea Foam and Semolina. These are pretty thin, just enough warmth for fall or in the house during the winter on super cold days.

Three snow days. Thirteen inches (at least) of snow. Negative wind chills in the twenties. I kind of wish those hand warmers were finished. This has already been quite the winter. Honestly though, after last year's mild winter, I'm totally okay with it, says the girl who doesn't do any of the shoveling.

Toasted rice tortilla topped with homemade hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onion, basil and sea salt. After all the rich holiday food I'm craving lighter fare. I've had this everyday for a week now I think. Yum.

How is your 2014 going so far?


Mary Ann said...

Can't wait to see your hand made journal done, will surely come back to see the finished product and might make one for myself too.

JENNY K. said...

Love everything you've been up to! Great stuff! Can you share your zig zag crochet pattern? I keep trying to zig zag and somewhere along the way I mess up.

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