Some More Fun With Art πŸŽ¨

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

The weekend is right around the corner, and we are entering uncharted grounds, aren’t we? 😎 Can’t go anywhere (or at least we’re not supposed to!), the weather is not cooperating, so outside time is out 😐, ergo, artsy-fartsy indoor stuff it is! 😍

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You can plan a trip around the coffee table πŸ˜‚

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You will find a plethora of activities & worksheets for the littles right here

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The people behind ‘open culture.com’ offer everything you could ever desire when it comes to entertainment and activities…or so they say. I have not tried to get a movie, an ebook, an online course. But if you’re willing to try – here’s the Link 😊

If you find that it is as awesome as it looks, please let me know. I’d appreciate it! 😍

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I was surprised to get some sweet compliments on my drawings.

You might remember the ‘ Flower Queen’

I recently finished ‘Let’s read’ 😊

Then I thought you might wanna invite these girls into your home, and stay busy while being artsy. So here they are as coloring pages. Just print and get colorful! πŸ˜ƒ

They’re a bit wonky in places…but, aren’t we all? πŸ˜‰

I hope you have oodles of fun with these ideas!

Be safe & stay healthy! πŸ’•

Fun With Art πŸŽ¨

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŒ·

Crazy times we’re living in, huh? I’m currently practicing this ‘social distancing’ thing. It’s going good – Books and Art definitely help! πŸ™‚

And speaking of Art…today I wanna share some fabulous art-ideas for all of you that are stuck in the house. πŸ₯΄ These are great activities to share with the young ones, but also fun for the ‘young-at-heart’ 😁

1. Roll A Picasso

I already created my ‘ Masterpiece’ πŸ˜…

Now some color in his cheeks, and he’ll be ready for the weekend! πŸ₯³

2. Watercolor/Yarn Art

I have not tried this, but it looks like a lot of fun!

All you need is:

-Yarn

-PVA Glue (Elmer’s for example)

-Watercolor paper

-Watercolors

-Paintbrush

-Craft Stick

-Scissors

Water

For ‘step-by-step’ instructions please click here

3. Spin-Art

Now that is nice and messy πŸ˜…

Here’s what you need:

A recycled CD

β€’ Sticky tape or masking tape

β€’ Rubber bands, the more the better! (We used 15)

β€’ A pen that will fit through the hole in the disk 

β€’ 4 coins of the same size 

β€’ Acrylic paint, poster paint or inks 

β€’ Water

β€’ A pot, tray or egg carton to mix the paint colours

β€’ Brushes and an old spoon to mix and drop the paint 

β€’ A large piece of paper (A3 or A2) 

β€’ An apron to cover your clothes 

β€’ A work area where you can get messy

β€’ Newspaper to cover your work area

For instructions and inspiration please click here

I hope these ideas keep you all busy for a while! I keep digging, and will be back with more soon!

Until then…be safe & stay healthy! πŸ’•

Trying New Things πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I may have mentioned my creative slump here lately.

I did come across this gem a few days ago…

Well, that sounds easy enough! πŸ˜…

But since I’ve pretty much tried everything out there, I had to figure out what it is I wouldn’t mind ‘sucking at’ πŸ˜‰

During my ‘Journal-making-days’ I did some collages. And did enjoy it.

So, that’s what I did…in big 😁

I don’t hate it πŸ˜‰

While drawing the ‘Yoga Lady’ as a finishing touch, I thought I’m gonna try my hand at drawing. I know I’m not very good at it, but I do love it. And practice makes perfect, right? πŸ˜‚

Clicking around on Pinterest I found the art of Sandra Silberzweig. She draws abstract faces. I was drawn to it because of the abundance of color, and – let’s be honest here – because I thought I might be able to draw something like it. πŸ™ƒ

Here’s my first try…

That led to another ‘portrait’…

She’s not the most beautiful creature on the planet, but I do like how she turned out. Okay… I might be a bit prejudiced 😎

So I will keep on drawing πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• Let’s see where this will take us!

The next project I’m working on is this blog. I would love to turn it into a ‘mostly books’ blog. Not exclusively…but definitely book oriented. 😍

I do hope you’re all good with that, and will stick with me on this journey. ☺️

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-week! Stay healthy my friends! πŸ’•

What Do You Do When The Crojo Is Lost?

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope this finds you well! 😊

The question in the title line was one I asked myself many, many times over the last few weeks. And it’s also the reason why I took a timeout from writing for you.

I did try hard to get it back. I searched high and low for inspiration…spent WAY too much time on Pinterest πŸ™ˆ I dug deep into my creative pool – and my yarn stash 😁 – and came up empty.

What to do, what to do?

Then it hit me…I don’t HAVE to crochet. There might be other pretty things inside me waiting to be made. 😊

During my hours on Pinterest I saw many gorgeous handmade journals. Beautiful pieces of art, and creativity. I found myself going back to them over and over. I finally felt that little spark of inspiration 😍

I read about ‘Smash Books’ – it’s like a scrapbook, but not. It’s messy, it’s colorful, it’s awesome! πŸ˜… You just take a ready-made journal or loose pages (to be bound later on) and start painting, cutting, glueing down any- and everything that strikes your fancy.

It’s completely new territory for me. I’ve never done mixed media, plus it’s an exercise in patience. See, you can’t just sit down and start or go out buy some supplies and begin the creative journey.

There is some legwork involved πŸ€ͺ and, I have to say it again, patience. Not really my thing πŸ˜… so definitely a learning curve!

I visited our Antique Mall, and numerous thrift stores for old books, magazines, note- and greeting cards etc.

In between collecting these pretty things I coffee-stained paper. This is quite an exciting process. Even though I did it the same way every time, each page comes out differently.

Wanna see?

Pretty cool, huh? 😁

After a week of successful hunting and gathering the journal making began.

Here are my first attempts…

What I did, but will do differently from now on – I picked a theme for each signature.

What’s a signature you ask…I know I did 😊 A signature is a stack of loose papers (usually 5 or 6 sheets) that will be bound together to be combined into a book.

Anyway – I find that making themed signatures is a bit stifling…and time consuming. I’ll let you know, but I have a feeling that going with the inspiration, and combining snippets as you come across them, will be more fun. We’ll see 😊

So… I think it’s safe to say I found something I love to do 😍

Until next time πŸ’•

Summer And Fall ~ Nona Keen Duffy Said It Best πŸ’•

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I just came across this lovely poem. It made me smile – so I want to share it with you!

I hope you love it too! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

I’m always curious about artists that touch something in me…so I (tried to) find out more about Nona Keen Duffy.

Sadly I couldn’t find much πŸ˜•

This lovely lady was born on 11 February , 1893, and died on 23 September 1989 at the age of 96.

She is buried in Glendale, California.

 Nona K <I>Keen</I> Duffy

Nona was the 4th child of James and Victoria Keen, and had 4 sisters & 3 brothers.

I found this photo of the Keen family on Pinterest.

Nona is on the right, behind her baby sister Thelma.

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Do you enjoy the time of year described in the poem? I love it – the heat is over and done with, but it’s warm enough to enjoy some outdoor-time. And the promise of Fall in the air – there’s nothing better than that!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ’•

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Your πŸŽ…πŸΌ Advent πŸ•― Calendar πŸŽ„ ~ Day 11

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Behind today’s little door is a true treasure 😍

Winter

The artist is Catalin Urdoi

Have a wonderful rest of the day πŸ’•

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Throwback Thursday 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for joining me today! 

I hope you don’t mind, but for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a few of my past creations. 😊

See – I’ve had this “sometimes in life the best laid out plans are ruined by unexpected goings-on” thing happening here. 😜 Nothing disastrous, just normal interruptions of my routine. So –  I didn’t have the leisure to explore the webs for awesome artwork. I hope these here will do, and add some enjoyment to your day. 😍

I made this ‘Nature Weaving’ last year ~ using twigs, enameled leaves, and ribbon to embellish the pretty yarn. 😊

This one hangs in my bedroom. I removed a large canvas (print), and used the frame as a loom. 

One of my first Dreamcatchers… πŸ’•

This here is one of my favorites. πŸ’œ I felted an old wool sweater, and needle-felted unspun wool on it. Back then I did write a ‘how-to’ post, if you love it and need (yet) another project 😝here’s the link πŸ’•

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! πŸ˜ƒ Maybe something inspired you to get busy! I would really love to hear about it! πŸ’œ

Oh… I did find one thing I don’t wanna keep from you…


The guy on the right looks happy πŸ˜‚ If you start now you could surprise your guy with one for Christmas! 😜 

Thanks for visiting and reading to the end! 😘

I hope you come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for taking a moment to peek in. 

Today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ is another Pinterest find – a cute needle felted miniature from Lisa Jordan.


On her Blog she says…

“Living the rural life in the woods of Minnesota, I find myself creating art that reflects the variety of textures and colors around me. The tiny worlds of fungi, moss, and lichens are particularly intriguing to me. I use primarily recycled and natural materials in my work, especially wool and wood.”

She is a very talented crafter as you can see for yourself when you visit her on Blogspot 😁

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an artist’s world. πŸ€—

I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Work in Progress Wednesday’ 😎

Until then πŸ’•

 ~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope you’re having a great weekend! Thanks for taking a minute to visit. 

Today I want to introduce you to Althea Crome. She’s a knitter of miniatures – even though that term doesn’t really describe her talent…and patience! 😊

I found her  website – bugknits.com – by pure chance, and am absolutely awestruck. 

Let me show you why …..

   So darling! πŸ’•
  She made an iddy – biddy Christmas Cardigan 😍
 Mini gloves – One finger fits a grain of rice 😳
On her website she tells us how she came from knitting ‘wearables’ to miniature knitting: 

“In 2000, my fascination with this tiny scale merged with my love of knitting, and since then I have been pushing toward ever new technical and design challenges. Tough as it is to knit on such a small scale, the “bug-knit” scale has allowed me the freedom to create and experiment with designs which, on a larger scale, would be cumbersome and prohibitive. My success in developing commercial patterns and techniques for 1:12 scale gloves, socks and other garments has only inspired me to venture further into what I’ve come to think of as “extreme knitting.” Indeed, from the time I began my vocation as an extreme knitter, I have made very few full-scale garments.”
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an amazing artist’s life 😊 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ πŸ€—

While clicking through Pinterest these 3-D Tapestries caught my eye. Here’s one of my favorites…


Isn’t it amazing? 

Here’s another gorgeous piece 


The artist is Martina Celerin from Bloomington, Indiana. 

On her Blog  she says 

“I am a fiber artist. I create 3 dimensional weavings using reclaimed and recycled materials. I love to create tapestries that are stories of the world around me – people I’ve met, places I’ve been and things that make me smile.”

I do not know her, but her talent leaves me in awe. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ , and maybe even found some inspiration while looking at the beautiful weavings. 😊

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

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