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Monday, November 30, 2009

I ♥ Faces

This week at I ♥ faces the challenge is We ♥ Tooshies.
I wasn't planning on participating in this challenge because I didn't think that I had anything to fit the bill. But when I started looking through my pictures I discovered that I had several butt pictures!:)
To see some of the other tooshie pictures that I was considering check out my Mosaic Monday
Here's my picture for this weeks challenge:)
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Mosaic Monday!

Well, this mosaic is all about the behind! I made this mosaic while I was sorting through all of my pictures featuring people from behind. The reason I was doing this was because it is "We ♥ Tooshies" week at I ♥ Faces. I was actually surprised at how many tush shots I had. This mosaic is a semi final cut of my favorite pictures. To see which photo I chose for my I heart faces entry click here.

And here is what my home looked like on Thanksgiving Day!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thinking Turkey

I saw a project on Art Projects for Kids (GREAT BLOG!) and was inspired to make one of these drawings on a chalkboard!


The list is long today:
1. Food Shopping
2. Cleaning
3. Laundry
4. Cooking

Well not long but time consuming!
I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I ♥ Faces "Sun Flare"

The Age of Enlightenment!


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Monday, November 23, 2009

Kitchen Table Makeover!

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I'm trying to spruce up my home, to get ready for company. My kitchen table is an eye sore, to put it mildly! The chairs are upholstered with what was once white fabric. The fabric is now brownish gray, dirty and stained. It is very embarrassing to have people come in and see it this way. Even if I clean it, the stains are still there. What to do?! I do not sew or upholster, but I do paint!!

This project was done in two days, completely using paint only!!

Here are the supplies that I used:
1. Black Fabric paint 4 bottles @ $6 ea =$24
2. Metallic Glaze paint 1 jar @ $6
3. Spray paint Espresso Stain finish 4 cans @ $4 ea =12
4. Natural Sea Sponge
5. Kitchen Sponge
6. Soft bristle chip paintbrush
7. Screw driver

Total cost of supplies = $42

Steps by Step:
1. With a Philips screw driver, I disassembled the cushions (seats and backs) from metal frames and removed glass top from base. Wiped down all frames to remove any surface dirt.
2. Took all the metal frames outside in an open space and spray painted all frames. This spray paint worked great! One coat only!
3. While the frames dried, I cleaned all of the cushions with warm water and kitchen sponge. I removed all surface dirt. Allowed cushions, a few hours, to dry. It's ok to paint on if they are still slightly damp.
4. Using a soft bristle chip brush, I painted all cushions with fabric paint. One generous coat was all that was needed to cover the white fabric. Allowed to dry overnight.
5. Next day, I applied, with a sea sponge, metallic glaze to all frames. Allowed glaze to dry to touch (A few minutes) and reattached cushions to chairs. Put glass back on base and done!
6. Wait a few days before sitting on chairs. It will be ready just in time for company!:)
This table was a hand me down from my sister-in-law, so it was free initially. I feel like I have a brand new set!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mosaic Monday!

Some of you may think I'm cracking up for doing a collage of sidewalk cracks! You may be right. I love my cracked mosaic! I took these pictures this morning on my Creatively Fit walk! I looked down and there they were in all their glory!


See more beautiful mosaic at Little Red House hosted by Mary!

Being Thankful! -In Chalk it Up! style:)


I wrote "WE" on the chalkboard, that hangs above my computer, because it is there to remind my family to think about what "WE" are thankful for...

I am thankful for...
1. My family
2. My friends
3. My Home
4. My health and the health of family and friends
5. The memories of people that I hold dear, who are not here with me today, but will be forever in my heart.
6. My husband getting laid off from his job last February
7. Losing my other blog "Art Spectrum" last summer
8. The time I had with hubby when he lost his job
9. Hubby getting a new and better job
10.My new and improved blog
12.My art
13.My Chalk it Up! followers
14.All the beautiful gifts of nature

And the list goes on and on!

The biggest thing that I learned, this year, is to be thankful for things that appear to be hardships or misfortunes. In those hardships, lie opportunities and possibilities,and a chance to learn and grow, and renew ones faith in God. It was during those times that I had to work really hard at thinking positive. I challenged myself to spend five minutes everyday writing a list of the things that I was thankful for at that moment. This was key, for me, in thinking positive! The outcome of that positive thinking was a stronger marriage, and a happier life!
When you are focused on what you are thankful for it is hard to be unhappy. There is always something to be thankful for...even if it is just the single breath of air that you are inhaling at this very moment.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I ♥ Faces "Autumn Beauty" Challenge

This weeks I ♥ Faces challenge is Autumn Beauty! In Florida that is a tall order to fill. This is a picture of Noah, my Autumn baby, from two years ago, age six. As you can see, by his attire, it was a hot day. I love his hair and freckles in this photo and the contrast between the orange and blue.


See more Autumn faces and fun at I heart faces!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mosaic Monday-Welcome to my backyard!

Welcome to my backyard! I took these pictures this morning. The air was cool and the sun was shining. I have so much work to do in my yard to make it the dream space that I imagine.

Here are some close-ups of the elements that I like in my backyard. We have a tangerine tree in the corner toward the front. It is bursting with sweet fruit this year. Some are ready to be picked, most still have a week or two to go before they are fully ripe. If you were to visit me, I would invite you into my sunny secret backyard garden and offer you a sweet tangerine!

Do you see Lucy? She's waiting to greet you!:)


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Friday, November 13, 2009

Another Small Painting

I did another small painting today. That makes two paintings for this week! This is another painting inspired by my Creatively Fit walk day one.

Painting 2 Creatively Fit

6"x6" acrylic on canvas sheet I will be adding this painting and the other one that I did this week, to my etsy shop Art Spectrum.

It is always so hard for me to get going with a painting but when I finish I'm always glad I painted.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Painting and ME!:)

Last week I bought a desk at Habitat for Humanity Resale store. It cost $59 and was a really nice desk. Now I feel like a have a place to organize my papers, make appointment and pay my bills. The past couple of days I have been making to do lists and crossing off all of my to dos as I do them. I found that this somewhat cleared my head and left room for painting! So today I did a small painting. This painting is of one of the pictures from my first day of my Creatively Fit walks.
I'm not thrilled with the results. Feeling rather rusty, it was hard to get into the groove of painting. I may revisit this one later to fix what is not working.

6"x6" acrylic on unstretched canvas(this canvas will be adhered to a 1" thick piece of wood.)

Feeling a little daring, I thought I'd come out of the shadows and take some pictures of myself:) I don't particularly like the way I look in pictures, but I think these turned out ok.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mosaic Monday!

These pictures were taken at night during one of my Creatively Fit walks this weekend. These pictures are so much fun to take. Everyone should give this a try! I call this dancing with your camera:) Or spin art photography!

Head on over to Mary's little red house to see more fabulous Mosaics!

Some of you have asked how I achieve this effect. Actually, my 8 year old son showed me how to do it!
It's very easy. I use a point and shoot camera. Just go outside at night and point your camera at the street lights or passing cars. I set my camera on a setting that doesn't use the flash(play with the different setting for different effects). Click and move your camera. The shutter will stay opened longer because of the low lighting conditions. This will cause the light to streak. Depending on how you move your arm, you will get different effects! It's fun and addictive! So, go out there and dance with your camera. I'd love to see your results!:)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

An Artist's Dream!

Yesterday on my Creatively Fit Walk I stumbled upon a local art gallery. I have been in this gallery many times before and have always been inspired by the artwork and artists working there. This is a gallery with several artist spaces. It is fun walking around from studio to studio, to get a glimpse into their world. Well, one of those studios is available to rent. You have to be accepted by a jury to get the space. I spoke with the owner, who was a very lovely person, and she gave me an application. There is no guarantee that I would get the space.

I have so many things to consider before applying:
1. Is this what I really want? I would have a large public space to work on my painting. I would paint everyday. I could go to the studio after the kids leave for school and be home before they get home. I would talk to other artists everyday. I think this is what I want.

2. I would have to pay rent. A monthly payment equivalent to a luxury car. If I could sell two moderately priced paintings a month it would cover the cost.

3. Maybe I should apply and see if I get accepted than worry about the rest later.

What to do...what to do...

Here are a few pictures of the space.


Any advice?
What do you think I should do?

Monday, November 2, 2009

I heart faces Balloon Week!

I posted this photo before. It was Noah's Birthday last month! When I saw that this week's challenge was balloons, I thought of this picture. I love this picture because I will always know how old he was when I took it and because it was Noah's idea to stick his face through the bottom hole of the eight. It was very spontaneous!

I tried to make it a little more artistic with some editing in

Eight is Great!

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