Thursday, January 29, 2015

Playing With Paper Dolls

Happy Friday!
I thought I would ramble about paper dolls today.
I wasn't very fond of dolls growing up. I was the child who was convinced that each of my stuffed animals and dolls knew when they had been slighted, when they had been left alone, and generally thought they were real in a not-real way.
Plus, doll eyes and faces really, really creeped me out.
Barbies, no. Dolls, yes.
Yes, I know. It's great fodder for a therapist.

Paper dolls, however, did not have this hold on me.
I loved the smell of the paper and how uniform everything was. 
I loved the little perforated lines from the punch-out kind, I loved being able to cut out clothes and change up whatever they wore.
The hair, the hats. Oh, man. It was good.
Those little foldy-tabs that held everything to the doll weren't so hot. You had to hold the doll just right and not move it to keep everything on it. 
But it was worth it to be able to cut everything out.

The other day I was playing around in my journal and doing some lettering. I decided to look through some of my vintage children's primers to see what I could pair with the quotes.
I found this little cutie, but her legs weren't drawn out in the book.

What would happen if I kept looking and found another character in the book with legs? 
And a cute polka dot dress?
A few cuts later, I found out!

The perfect Mary Janes and blue socks and the little pinafore as an added bonus.

I scanned and printed out a little bird to add to the fun and then I started thinking about Colorforms.
Remember those????
The rubbery-plastic cut out shapes that you could lay on a background and they would stick? And you could layer and layer and it would all stick? 
I loved those. Taking them out of a brand new box, the smell, oh man. 
I looked them up and they are 60 years old, and still going strong.
Guess who might get some for her birthday this year????

O.K., what was I rambling about? 
I think the Colorforms came up when I glued together the little girl from the primer.
This time the sticky part came in the form of Mod Podge, and then Gel Medium.

 Then I started coloring the outfits.
Am I surprised?

It just keeps getting better-I'm finding so many sweet children to put with these quotes.
I've added a water color wash, a kite, drew in the string.
The possibilities are endless!

I found a Dick and Jane book and cut out Sally. Don't you love this face?
I think in this page she was trying to see if she was as tall as Dick.
I put her in my art journal along with Mr. Crazy Bird and gave her some wings.
I'm looking into how I can make prints for all of these, so stay tuned!

Don't forget-
All Brenna-inspired Valentine love is available on my Etsy

Linking to Paint Party Friday

Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentines Day: More Love

I'll be rambling this week in a short and sweet as in Valentine fashion this week due to a nasty bug I have. Not that you need to know this, but I just need to feel sorry for myself.

Brenna and I have been working on our Valentine's day offering for 2015, and are very proud to show you what we have come up with.

Using a full page of her beautiful heart doodles, I put it directly onto a flat 8x10 canvas.
Then I added a large heart and the words "More Love" from a vintage song book.

Soft white and red acrylics blend into the page, setting off her hearts.
Each canvas will be as unique as the page of her doodles-no two are the same.
Suitable for framing or just propping up to bring color and love into your home.
To order, go to my ETSY page.
The cost is $25.00, which includes shipping 
10% of all our sales will go directly to the National Down Syndrome Society.

The second piece is such a sweet little bit.

Measuring 3 1/2x3 1/2, these little ceramic squares are perfect for a paper weight,
or just a reminder that More Love is better.

Tuck it into a book case, on your vanity or desk.
It's a beautiful reminder for every day.
It will be offered at $10.00 (shipping included) also on my Etsy

Many thanks for your love and support!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Word Of The Year

Word Of The Year.
Also known as 
(who knew?)

I caught on to this about three years ago. I can't stand New Year's Resolutions. I LOVE words and a word for a year seemed more personal and less like an unknown someone standing over me with a pointed finger saying, "You're not sticking to your resolution."
So I picked a word.
I wasn't clear what to do with this word, but I liked it's definition:
an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
 and I liked the way it sounded in Italian- intenzione.

I made it into a sign so it would be a reminder to me of how I desired to live that year.
WITH intention. PAYING attention. Focusing.

It came and went over the year, but the sign always drew me back to my original thoughts and seemed to have a gentle and quiet way of drawing me back to living intentionally. It expanded it's definition in my life over the months and became a back bone of sticking with decisions, believing in my actions and my dreams and how I loved others.

The second year, the word was surrender. It was a tough one, but I needed it. 

I would tentatively pick it up and hold it and look at it and think about it through out the year, wanting very much for the word surrender to mean something beautiful in the outcome of holding my hands open instead of the feeling of being stepped on in the act of surrender.

At the end of 2013, during a beautiful bike ride in San Diego, I came up with my word for 2014:

That's a balls-y word to me.
Could I do it?
Could I develop it over the year?
I decided yes and enveloped the word Confident into my life.
Some one on Instagram gave me the latin break down of the word early on in January and I have had it taped up next to my sign all year:
con: (assertive) with
fident: latin is federe or TRUST

So, not just trust that I can do things, but TRUST that my Heavenly Father has all good intentions for me and promises to guide and direct me. He never changes, and there is no shadow of turning in Him. The best One to have trust with!
It's meaning has morphed over the year, which isn't surprising, as that's what these words tend to do.
I have been more confident in defining my abilities as an artist, in trying new things, applying to new shows. The word confident has been in my face even during the season of a broken shoulder, when art work basically came to a stand still. 

I have used it in sentences in my head when making decisions, rolling the word around to see how it feels, how it makes me feel. 
I love it.

This year, my word is 
 It's the best. I love everything about it and what it conveys.
Bringing people together. 
Bringing beautiful things to be in one place. 
Gathering around a table for a meal, to make art, to have coffee and talk.
It's a word that says, "Come on in!" "Welcome!" "Come as you are!"

I haven't made a sign yet, but it's coming as I prep this week for the upcoming class!

Doug and I can't wait to GATHER at our new Summit House and we can't wait to see what happens when we do. 
So we have begun gathering there before we have even found an architect! 
An art show with old and new friends, Christmas day with friends, a sleep over with a fire in the fireplace, New Year's Eve with friends, young adult's group, it's the best. Throw the doors open wide!!

This New Year, I'm gathering people at the Summit House to find their word for 2015.
I'm partnering with my friend and Life Coach, Sue Robson to bring an evening of friendship, fun, painting, dessert and coffee and we will help your bring your word to life.
We would love you to join us!
Our first night has sold out, so we are offering another class on  Friday, January 23rd. 
Won't you come? Gather a friend or two, gather your daughter, gather your spouse or significant other, gather yourself and meet new friends.

Sign ups are HERE
It's $35 for the night, all supplies included and no artistic experience needed.

Thank you for following me in 2014~ I'm looking forward to GATHERING through the blog in 2015!
Happy New Year, my friends!

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!

Joining the fun at

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!