Monday, December 22, 2014

Gather and Create

Summit House Welcomes:
An Evening For Creating, Coffee and Laughter

Join life coach Sue Robson and artist Lynn Richards 
as they guide you through a unique experience 
of bringing your 
Word For The Year to life.

Friday evening, January 9
7:00-10:00 pm
464 Summit 
Redlands, California

Cost: $35.00, which includes all supplies, coffee and dessert
no artistic experience required!

Space is limited!
Sign ups are
Leave any questions in the comment section and we will get back to you A.S.A.P.

Makes a great stocking stuffer!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday Ramblings: Last Show Of The Year

The last show of the year is this Saturday!!!!
At the new/old house.
I have garland and twinkle lights, treats and fire logs.
New friends, old friends and tons of beautiful product for the young and old.
Vintage, hand crafted, repurposed and made with love.

My fellow artists and I are busy preparing for you!

I'm doing some new prints, but the rest of life? Well......

I photographed the original pages and still need to mat them, but have not done many dishes....

I stamped my deer again, but haven't see much of the outside world....

I like the new brown color on the deer, but, um....my studio still looks like a bomb went off in it.

I've made cookies, but I haven't a clue as to what's for dinner.....

I can't wait to see you at the show.
And don't worry-I'll have the coffee ready!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Garland Tutorial

Have you seen these adorable garlands?
I think they have been "around" for a while, but I've never made any.
Until now.
So be forewarned.
It's easy-peasy and addictive.

Which says a LOT for someone who doesn't sew-except for on paper.

Gather up all that old Christmas scrapbook paper.
Yep, you know-the stuff that's been stored for three or four years, "justincaseineeditforsomething".
Here is your something.
While your children are watching Elf or the Santa Clause movie for the 10th year in a row,
take out your circle punches. 
I used larger,  2 inch and 3 inch punches as these will be hung from a ceiling.
In the new house. For the holiday market. On the 13th.

Punch away.
I don't mind this step. Some don't like it.
The step I don't like is keeping the garland from getting tangled.

Get out your trusty sewing machine and put in coordinating thread. Or not. Who cares.
I have seen on some sites where they put masking tape on either side so the stitch stays centered.
hah ah ahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Life doesn't stay centered very often, so I like this approach.
Pull a long length of thread before you begin-you will use this to tie your garland onto whatever you hang it from.
Run the cut out circle and stitch somewhere in the middle.
Keep going and pull just a bit as the needle is running, maybe an inch or so and feed the next circle in.

Continue until a) your thread breaks, or b) you think it's long enough.
If your thread breaks and it's not long enough, don't despair. Just start again with the circle that the thread broke off of and pretend it's the beginning.

Make sure you pull a long length of thread at the end so you can finish hanging.
I'm keeping it on an old post that was from my father's garage until I get it hung. I would imagine draping it over hangars would do the trick as well.


From punches on the couch to quick-stitched goodness.

Can you imagine the possibilities?
Layered tissue, stars, squares, arrows.........

You could use magazines, old books, sheet music. 
Endless possibilities!

Put these on the tree, across the ceiling, on the patio, wrap up your gifts, your kids....

 Whatever you do with them, just make sure you have fun!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sometimes Dreams Change

Dreams change.
Ours was to move Brenna into an assisted living home in Laguna Beach in the coming year.
We were ready.
We looked for ways to rent, move, buy a trailer, whatever it took to move down to the beach area.
My dream. Our dream.
It changed. 
It looks like this now:

It's not the O.C., I can tell you that much.
And it's nowhere near the beach.
Instead, it is smack in the middle of community that's been forged over 29 years.
Our dream now looks like a 1956 ranch-asian fusion-orange-and-avocado-tree property.
Complete with 5 different floorings and two different ceilings and a 100 yr. old oak in the back.

This is our new dream.
A dream where I /we have been impressed to dig in and stay: to "drive the tent pegs deep". 
(isaiah 54:2)
To gather and bring community together.
 We will gut and demolish. Build different dreams, different rooms, make new ideas come to life.

So I'm inviting you in.
I'll be showing at the Redlands YMCA Holiday Fine Art and Craft Boutique Dec. 6-7 and on 
December 13 from 10:00-4:00 
I'll put on a fire in the massive fireplace, have some coffee ready and invite you over to shop some unique and beautiful creations that I will be showing along with others.
Gorgeous crocheted items, amazing repurposed art, vintage aprons and pillows, hand made jewelry and more.
We will gather.
It's part of the new dream.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Friday Ramblings: Pre-Sale Peek!

Literally? This is my studio right now.
Not sure if its good or bad, but I am creating up a storm and enjoying it!

In case you haven't heard, beginning Black Friday and running through Cyber Monday, I will be participating, along with 20 other artists in the first-ever
Klatchapalooza Handmade Art Market!!!!
First, you need to join the group and to do that, you click here:

At 11:00 p.m. Black Friday, the group will open to you and you can shop to your heart's content.
In your pajammies.
Slippers, coffee, whatever.
Get comfy and shop.
Then we will ship to YOU.
So cool.

I will be having specials each day in my little shop, so I hope you follow me on 
Instagram: @lynnbluesky
Twitter: @lynnbluesky
to stay tuned to what fun things will be coming your way.

Here is a little peek at what will be in the shop:

Note books covered in recycled packing paper and vintage sheet music, hand painted, hand stamped, hand-carved. Hand made. You get the idea!


More than one kind.....come by the shop to see!

If you haven't guessed, DEERS are a running theme this year.
Set in chevron stripes, they are sure to be a hit with teens, cool moms, baby rooms, 20 somethings, and pretty much everyone on your list.

Did I mention stocking stuffers?
So cute.

There's more, so make sure you join the 

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Friday Ramblings: It's That Time Of Year

Actually, at my house, it's that time of year when I gear up for up coming shows.
I'll Christmas shop in between...
I've been happily working away like a madwoman to get ready.
This is about the only time I like being a madwoman.

The first show will be at the Red Dirt Art Festival, Saturday November 15 from 9:00-5:00
It's at the Smiley Park and it's promising to be a great show all the way around.

Next up, I'm involved in the first ever Pop-up Handmade Art Market entitled,
That's right, you heard me. Klatchapalooza. 
It's on Face Book ONLY. 
Follow me  on Face Book to get updates on this one of a kind 4 day shopping spree!

How do you get into this fabulous market?
Well, I'll tell ya.
Super easy.
click HERE.
You will be directed to the private group. 
Right under the "R" of the word Market in the cover photo is a little button that says 
Click that.
No, really. 
Click that and you will be added to the shopping queue, which will open midnight Black Friday.
 and continue through Cyber Monday.

But wait.
There's more.

December 5 and 6,

I did this last year and even in the pouring rain, it was a blast.

You think I'm finished?
I told you I was working like a madwoman....

One more event in December, but...
That one is still under wraps.
I'm smiling cause I can't wait to share it with you!!!!
Happy Friday!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Ramblings: The Creative Vortex

This last week I have been consumed.
It's called a creative vortex and I love it.
It's been a really, really long time and I'm glad to be sucked into it.

Yesterday's vortex might have been fueled by just a tiny bit of caffeine followed by a great night of sleep.
Much better than speed.
And it's not illegal. 

First thing in the morning, I found this killer Pinterest Board with this photo on it.

My mouth dropped open and I thought, "Dominos....DOMINOS." 
I have long loved dominoes since my eldest sister introduced me to altering them.
(Long  ago, I wrote This Post about dominos.)
 I grabbed my box of dominos and went to town.
I put them in every small container I could find. In and out, in and out. 

I was so excited, I snapped this photo and sent it via text to both my sisters.
One sister replied, "??"
Wasn't it obvious?
In my caffeine fueled state, I couldn't understand why there was not an instant understanding to this photo:

As I'm writing this, it's like realizing what an idiot you made of yourself at the party the night before.
I'm also trying to edit this post and realize the party the night before has more after effects than I realized and more caffeine this morning isn't helping. Cause seriously, I don't do caffeine so it doesn't make sense and neither does this post.

I think I need help.
I'll go look for a creative vortex anonymous group that doesn't do caffeine and then does.
If I can't find one, I'll set one up and y'all can come.

The next thing I knew, I was digging through drawers and finding these adorable playing cards I bought years ago from Linda at Itsy Bits And Peices.
It was like a scene from that show, Minute To Win It.
All I had on my mind was "GIVE THANKS"
I shuffled frantically through the cards and came closer and closer to having every letter.

What does this have to do with the dominos?
I haven't the slightest idea.
Maybe in the vortex, I saw something on Pinterest that said give thanks.
yep. probly.

Nevertheless, I found every. letter. 

Clearly, I should have been on the show.
I would have totally walked home with all the cash and prizes.
Stay with me, cause I'm trying to tie all this together.


Now I won't have ??????? in the comments.
It's called Friday Ramblings for a reason.

I wasn't finished with my day, though.
Oh, no. Not by a long shot.
I had a couple of errands to run, maybe stopped by Good Will and came home ready to dive into
my art desk that has been covered with small bits of wood, paper, stamp carvings, ink and paint.

I put on a movie that I found at Good Will, "Sliding Doors". Remember that one?
Gwyneth Paltrow with a British accent.

I am working on this,



It's everywhere.
A bunch of this was done the last week minus caffeine.
No, really.
I think yesterday was the only party-vortex on caffeine day.
Pretty sure.

Today it's a Tylenol and face all the deers kinda day.
Wish me luck.

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