Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving~ Mixed Media Art

Nonnie, Happy ThanksgivingOur Thanksgiving tradition is going to my mom and dad’s house to cook and eat a whole lotta food. Rumor has it that we will be making four batches of rolls! Busy times are ahead. I created this canvas using a Thanksgiving wreath I had in my stash for sometime. This is Nonnie and she is ready to put that apron on and get busy…making rolls! Wishing you and your loved ones a save and super sparkly Happy Thanksgiving!

Nonnie is number 85 in my 100 canvas challenge for 2014.

“Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful!” ~ Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

~ Rebecca

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Nov 24

Pumpkin Patch~ Mixed Media Art

I created this canvas from inspiration I found in this photo, from a Methodist Church off of South Congress Ave. in Austin, Texas

Pumpkin Patch Inspiration

I’ve worked on this canvas for a couple of months here and there but I finally feel it’s ready to be removed from my craft table. I still may go in later and add a pumpkin patch sign or maybe a scarecrow or then again…maybe nothing. Ha!

Pumpkin Patch

This canvas in number 84 in my 100 canvas challenge for 2014. I’m keeping on moving forward to my goal~ Rebecca

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Nov 23

My First Art Show~ Merry Marketplace

The best time everThe Holiday buzz is upon us,…. seriously I cannot believe this next week is Thanksgiving! WOW! I also cannot believe it has been two weeks since my first arts and craft show. I wanted to give an update, because this event consumed so much of my life. Starting from just a few items in stock, I kicked the making machine, aka my hands, into high gear the last couple of months. Creating lists and deadlines helped tremendously. I played around with the title of this blog post, thinking ‘How I survived my first Arts and Craft Show’ but I do not feel like “SURVIVED” is the right word at all. I almost feel a surreal feeling about my first show, an affirmation about my art. The people that stopped by loved it and bought pieces of it to take to their homes and friends. They purchased ornaments to put on their trees and art to hang in their houses. I was one CLOUD NUMBER NINE!!! So completely thrilled that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops! My dreams and perseverance are actually working and coming alive. It was so fun!!!! Here is a recap in photos. The nice thing about this show was it was in doors and I could set up the night before, so I was ready to go the morning of the show

The set up

When you first walked in, to the left was a table for stationery, Notecards and journals

Stationery Table

I purchased this room divider last spring in Warrenton and it worked perfect to display prints

Prints

The table displayed my wood blocks in series, I had my Cupcake Girls, Live By Girls, Fabulous Girls, A Girl’s Life and The Cat’s Meow. Mr. Fluffers was quite the hit in his bowtie and glasses. My jewelry was also displayed on this table. There was a metal bin full of Art Journals I created handmade journals and sold them with tidbits and glue. These were also a big hit for people looking to purchase something for a granddaughter or niece.

Blocks and jewelry

To the right of the booth was my vintage silver tree with the ornaments I have created with prints. Oh yes, being it is Christmas these were a hit too. I pre-packed most of the ornaments for easy gift giving.

Ornaments

My mini me stayed with me the entire time, she had a blast. Santa was there, she had her face painted and was quite well know at the end of the show by all the vendors. So of course we took a selfie.

A selfie with my girl

There has to be a note on what I learned and what I would change right, and there is one thing that does come to mind. I left a small cooler of bottled water in the car thinking I could leave to go get it once the show started, that was not the case. Not to worry I had plenty of friends and family that visited to give me opportunity to leave my booth, but for the future bring everything that is needed when setting up.

Now I can’t wait to d another show, that was the most fun!~ Rebecca

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Nov 18

More Canvas to Christmas Ornaments

Hello! Happy mid-November! It’s on the brink of Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. To be perfectly honest I have had Christmas on my mind since September, preparing for the craft show a coupe of weeks ago and now I’m selling my art in a gift shop on South Congress Ave. called Prima Dora. I actually did a Touristy Thursday about the fun little gift shop, you can read the post here. So I’m busy making and creating ornaments using archival prints from original mixed media canvases I’ve been creating. I want to show the three I have made specifically for ornaments. Meet Mr. Snowman and his Lovely wife, Mrs. Snowman

Mrs and Mrs

and as ornaments

Snow ornaments

I also created this owl canvas

owl canvas

to make into an ornament

Winter Wishes

These three canvases are number 81, 82 and 82 in my 100 canvases challenge for 2014. I’m getting closer to my goal only 18 more canvases to go!

These ornaments are available for purchase on my Etsy shop site. Link in side bar.

~ Rebecca

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Nov 16

Pink Snowlady Ornament

Snowwoman OrnamentHappy Sunday! This week’s challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is about ornaments and who can resist the happiness of ornament making this time of the year?!? I started out with a store bought paper mache ornament and covered it with paper

Decoupage paper

Add ink spray for color

Spray Ink

Created a dimensional snowman using modeling paste and a round stencil

Modeling Paste

Time to accessorize, with eyelash ribbon and more cut paper

Making her pretty

Used a punch for snowflakes

Punch Snowflakes

And of course all snow needs sparkle

Sparkle

The edges I painted blue, added sparkle ribbon and pom pom ribbon (my new favorite)

ribbon and fringe

Here we have it, Mrs. Snowman all in pink. This would also make a cute tag for a gift.

Final

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!~ Rebecca

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Nov 12

From Boring to Radiate~ Vintage Stool Makeover

I have to say a can of spray paint, oil cloth, and elbow grease aka hard work can make anything shine! I recently purchased this metal stool / chair from an estate sale and immediately felt it would be perfect for a craftshow. To sit, or if you need a small stepping stool it works perfectly  AND it folds up. So let me show you the before photo, the price was $3 on the chair

Boring old chair

Now after a $4 can of paint, the kind that is the both the primer and top coat and oil cloth that I already have, you have this BEAUTY

Shiny fun Chair

It was perfect, for both my daughter and I at the craft show, got us off our feet but can easily jump up to help someone with questions. I plan on blogging about my very first ART and craft show soon.

~ Rebecca

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Nov 10

From Canvas to Ornaments

Packaged UpHello and Tis the season for cute ornaments. I created these ornaments from originals canvases I made using mixed media. These fun girls know how to bring in the season. Each ornament has a Christmas Lyric on the back, Linda Lee in Having  a Holly Jolly Christmas

Holly Jolly Christmas

Eliza is perfectly posed in Pink around the Old Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

Patricia is Rocking around the Christmas Tree with her Purple Tree Up-do

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

Annabelle is bringing in the red and Jingling all the way

Jingle All the Way

Now we move on to Mr. Fluffers and his green bow tie for Christmas and wishing you Happy Holidays

Mr. Fluffers

And of course Miss Maggie in pink saying Merry Christmas

Miss Maggie

And it’s not Christmas without an Angel, Silent Night, Holy Night

Peace on Earth Angel

All seven of these canvases are part of my 100 Canvases Challenge for 2015. These are number 74-80. Almost to my goal. I also created a few more ornaments from canvases from earlier this year and last year. Here we have the nativity

the Nativity

And yes the Cat Lady. This one makes me giggle.

Cat Lady

I plan on posting these ornaments in my Etsy Shop this week, so if you would like one to adorn your tree this year head on over later in the week to Here

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. ~ Rebecca

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Nov 04

November Mantel~ Year of the Milk Glass

November MantelHappy November! This month’s mantel usually consists of making a few adjustments here and there from the October mantel. Both mantels are adorned with fall colors and leaves, so it’s removing the Jack O lanterns and replacing them with turkeys.

November Mantel

I really love the look of the milk glass against the orange and red.

November Mantel

And I found these cute little guys at a recent estate sale, they are for place holders at the table. There was also a turkey and pumpkin

Pilgrims

We just had a cold front blow in with rain. So excited to have cooler autumnal weather! ~ Rebecca

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