Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Art Prints!


Just wanted to share some new art I have been working on. The process for these is that I create a drawing, scan it in, and digitally color it. I am not sure how many more I will do this way, but it has been a fun process so there may be several more in the series. They are for sale on Etsy if you would like to order one.

Bathed in Flowers - The Mermaid

Deer Girl

Forest Cat

Night Mouse

I have had a lot of fun with these! Hope you enjoy them!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Antique Anatomy End Table


During the week saw a DIY post by Mr. Kate. This weekend I decided to make my own table inspired by her original idea.

Below is my version!

What you need for this:

Table, sandpaper, masking tape, mod podge or Aleen's craft glue, paint (I used water based rustoleum in gloss black), polyurethane, burnt sienna acrylic paint (optional), paint brushes (foam are good), and a utility knife

My mom and sister found this little end table at a yard sale for a few dollars. I liked the shape and figured it could just use a little make over.

First of all, I found photos I liked online of old anatomy illustrations and printed them for the top and tore all of the edges.

I actually had to putty some grooves in my table so I would have a flat surface for my photos. Then I sanded the top as well as the entire table since I planned to paint it.

Painting time! I taped off the area where I wanted to place the images.

Once the paint is dry, tape off your painted area. Next put together a basic layout of the photos on the table. I just filled the gaps in with other bits of paper. 

 You are ready to decoupage!

After I was done with laying everything down, I decided I wanted to add some additional "age"and highlight some of the texture by brushing some color in. I used burnt sienna paint diluted into a glaze in some areas and lightly stippled in full strength in other areas. This is totally optional.

Once this is completely dry, seal with polyurethane (water based version). I applied 2 coats.

After fully dry, use the utility knife to trim your edges. Take the tape off and you are finished. Now you have a unique piece for your house!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My Summer Garden

I wanted to post some photos on my summer garden as well as some of the harvests and a couple dishes I made. It has been so rewarding to plant, care for, and watch everything grow. Above all, to get to eat fresh veggies is absolutely amazing!

Humble beginnings!

Getting bigger

The harvest starts!

Kitty likes to help out too!

Veggies and herbs to pair with pasta


I see taco salad in my future!

 Mint to garnish homemade banana ice cream!

Tomatoes and herbs! Good to use in a raw lunch!

Homemade green juice with fresh dill, tomato, and guacamole on zucchini! Delish!

Yay! Lots of fresh lemonade and juice!

If you have a little land or even a sunny spot where you can grow in pots a garden is worth so much! I highly recommend starting your own food or just some flowers it is so much fun :)

Thanks for reading!