Sep 18

Create with Rebecca Etsy Shop Update

Elephant printHappy Thursday my friends! I have been busy getting my ETSY shop full of all sorts of HAPPY colorful art so I wanted to show you what I have been up to. I started selling mini 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ ACEO prints on wood blocks. I have the ‘Live by Ladies’

Live by girls

‘Girl’s Life Series’,(4 design available)Girls Life

‘The Cat’s Meow’,

The Cat's Meow

‘Cupcake Girls’ (Five designs Available)

cupcake girls

And Yes Even a few Halloween prints to put you in the SPOOKY mood, a couple of these print are 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Halloween prints

I also have canvas bags with Mr. Fluffers, The Queen of Hearts and a few others

Mr. Fluffers Canvas Bag

Mr. Fluffers is also available on a iphone 5s cover, truth is I might have bought me one too

phone cases

I also created new notebooks/ journals with the Live by Series

Live by journals

I am so excited to get my shop going, thanks for letting me toot my own horn! Here is the link to the my Etsy Shop. Oh and yes the elephant at the top of this post is ready to find a home.

Living Gratefully~ Rebecca

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Sep 16

Found Inspiration

mixed and stitchedI recently found this book at a half price book store and I absolutely LOVE it! Filled with so much inspiration, I’ve been carrying it around in my bag for weeks. Stopping when I get a moment to pick it up and dream about using these techniques in some of my creative craft projects. Here is a sneak peek at some of the wonderful goodness. Dyeing material and using it in projects throughout the book

Dyeing Fabrics

Look at the beautiful art journal book filled with so many textures

mixed and stitched

I seriously love the way she used the old photo on material and layered with stitching, beads and buttons

mixed and stitched

Lots of pictures and inspiration throughout the entire book

Mixed and stitched

I actually found where you could purchase this book through Amazon, here. AND I discovered Jen Osborn’s website at themessynest.com she can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Go check out her site. I do want to leave with something she wrote in her book ” Creating can sometimes be a lonely experience, but having art friends all around the world has made me feel not so alone when I’m in my studio by myself. I know that somewhere on the globe one of my “art girls” is in her studio like me, and even though we’re oceans apart we are connected through art!”

I love finding new artists! ~ Rebecca

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Sep 15

100 Canvases Challenge Update

mini canvasesBack in January, I created a goal for myself, a challenge, a new year’s resolution, it was to create 100 canvases this year. You can read about it here. Now here we are mid September and I have completed a total of 61 canvases. This means I have 39 more to go and with 16 weeks left in the year.

8 x 10 canvases

This has been so much fun for me to imagine, sketch, cut and paste the pieces together. For the next 39 canvases I’m wanting to create using material, found objects and different textures. Onward I say! Let’s accomplish this thing! I am making room on my work space for the upcoming holidays, and it’s time to move these canvases off my desk and call them done.

100 canvases

I have been working on them since Spring and so I added outlining and  I’m calling them complete and they are number 62, 63, 64 and 65.The bottom three are 4′ x 4″  and the small is 3″ x 4″. I like them as a grouping, never would have thought about putting them together until this photo.

Happy canvas making~ Rebecca

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Sep 11

Touristy Thursday~ Uppercrust Bakery

Upper CrustToday after my dentist visit with my shiny new crown, I had a errand to run for work on Burnet Road in Austin. I have to say the stretch between Koenig Lane and 45th street is one of my favorite areas in Central Austin. I do hope this area stays just the way it is, without the tall condos that seem to be taking over my beautiful South Austin. It was lunch time and I was starving but had to wait TWO hours before eating due to the crown., so I stopped in Uppercrust Bakery located at the corner of 45th street and Burnet for lunch to go. Oh my goodness, the pastries looked so beautiful and delicious

Uppercrust

Uppercrust

However, amazingly I didn’t buy not one buttery sweet pastry, hummm typing this I wish I had

Uppercrust

Instead I ordered a half sandwich and a cup of soup to go, Oh yes and a baguette for dinner

Upper Crust Bakery

I would love to sit, eat and relax and yes have a cheese danish, or a brownie, or maybe a slice of pie..ok yes next time.

Uppercrust

Life is short eat pie~ Rebecca

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Sep 09

The Day I Turned our Living Room into Smurf Land

Smurf blueA few weeks ago, I had this FABULOUS idea to dye a set of white curtains into a beautiful turquoise, Aquamarine to be precise.  Simple enough, Rit dye, salt and a bucket.

Items needed

I soaked one panel at a time, every so often “stirring’ with a gloved hand.

the dying process

After washing, drying and ironing, I hung them up. Our living room is small so the curtains really did scream BLUE.

yes blue

hummmm…so I went about cleaning the house AND then my daughter started dancing in front of the window and she was the most RADIATE shade of BLUE.

And then she turned blue

Needless to say they came down. I’m thinking I could possibly cut up the material and make pillows. LOTS of pillows!

Just for today radiate~ Rebecca

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Sep 07

Stitching a Lifetime of Love

life time of loveThis month at Simon Says it’s Stamptember and the challenge this week is go BOLDLY in stamping. To start this challenge my beginning supplies included this vintage photo of my great grandma, a wire hanger and this large rubber stamp.

supplies

First I embossed using a pale blue and cut the stamp into heart shapes

embossing

Then I searched through my material drawer and found this house I cut from an old quilt

House cut material

I added the cardstock/material house to canvas for sturdiness, and then begin to layer with bits of other material and paper

Vellum added

After stitching the background, I placed the photo and stitched it into place

All stitched together

More stitching around the end of the canvas

more stitching

Now for the charm, I used a thin wood circle and decoupaged pretty papers and of of the stamped punched hearts

handmade pendant

completed with a junque bow

Final picture

Ready to hang on the wall. I also am thinking if I want later on I could always add this to a larger piece of pretty paper and add it to my heritage scrapbook. Happy Stamptember!

Just for today stamp something~ Rebecca

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Sep 04

Touristy Thursday~ Austin Books and Comics

Austin corner

Last weekend, the kids and I went to check out Austin Books and Comics and I had no idea it would be a whole corner filled with every comic, game and toy. Today I’m going to bring you Austin Books and Comics and their Sidekick store

Austin Books and Comics

Austin Books and Comics is very neat and organized, you will find rows of comics

Comics

And books and comics for everyone

Books

And characters

Terminator

And a GIANT incredible hulk, yes my daughter displayed her hulkness as well

The Hulk

Next Door is The Sidekick store, where comics, books and toys are sold at a discount

The Sidekick Store

So much to look at and thumb through

Sidekick Store

sidekick store

Next week I’ll talk about the two store located at the same corner.

Happy Thursday! Rebecca

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Sep 03

Giraffe with Bow Tie~ Mixed Media

Giraffe with Bowtie

Yes it is a Giraffe with a Bow Tie. Playing around with different ideas as I continue with my 2014 100 Canvases challenge. I do have a stack of mini canvases I’ve been working on so my goal it so get them completed and  posted. I’m ready to start creating autumnal canvases.

This is a 5″ x 3″ canvas and is number 61 in my 100 canvases challenge for 2014.

Just for today be WISHFUL! ~ Rebecca

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