Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More)

Flea Marketing, vintage finds, fun artsy outings and more.

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    Flea Market Finds – Shabby Storage for the Art Studio * Winner Chosen

    Gail Hutchinson . . . you’re our random winner.  I’ll be sending an email to let you know.  Wishing all an amazing day! As many of you know, I love old things and flea marketing. It was fun that my daughter and her friend wanted to join me. I had the lovely privilege of seeing a sweet friend as well.  A sweet friend and her sister run Whimsy (where I’ve taught before) and put on two amazing flea markets each month.  Find out more here and here. So I found some goodies on our trip; a caddy I’ll use for tools, a semi rusty basket and an awesome jumbo mason jar…

  • Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Life,  Mixed Media,  Sketching,  Uncategorized

    Move Forward Despite Doubt

    I want to take a moment to encourage you! Last year I was encouraged by a friend to participate in a fun journey called Sketchbook West.  Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach was hosting the event.  After such a time, we wrapped up our sketchbooks and were asked to submit larger pieces inspired by our books for an exhibit.  A jury would select pieces that would be housed for in the exhibit for the whole month.  I submitted two pieces and they were both chosen.  I actually didn’t feel extremely satisfied with the pieces and didn’t consider them the best work I had ever done, was a bit intimidated but I submitted nonetheless.…

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    Up to Something Artsy

    It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  One I was fighting off that nasty winter cold, family was in town for the holidays, boat parades, birthdays (my daughter turned 17 and my niece 2), and lots of other activities in between. But I’ve also got some fun artsy news.  I had a friend reach out to me and ask if I was interested in participating in a project called Sketchbook West.  Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach hosted this fun project in 2015.  In our sketchbook we’d sketch,  paint,  and create in our smallish book.  From there we took some of the inspiration from our books and created larger pieces.  CHosea…

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    It’s a Crafting Holiday

    Yes, for those who enjoy arts and crafts . . . this coming Saturday is like a national holiday.  Saturday represents the Superbowl of Crafting . . . National Scrapbook Day . . . always the first Saturday in May.  But some local stores and venues . . . festivities will even start the night before (Friday) and they go all throughout the weekend.  I’ll be spending Saturday with dear friends creating away but wanted to leave a little tutorial for you.  It’s a mixed media card I created using a finger painting technique to create clouds.  The card is simple, quick and could be used for an assortment of occasions. Here’s what I used and what…

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    Do Not Fear

    Well, things have been a bit quiet on the blogging front for good reason.  These past couple weeks I had pneumonia and what a feat to get back on my feet but here I am! I wanted to share a recent project that was titled ‘Do Not Fear’. I’m wondering where are you on your journey . . . For me recently my work life and outside involves lots of newness.  I’m learning so much but I’m also fighting off the fear and having to trust.  I’m trusting that the road before me has taken a different direction but it’s going to be a good one!  I’m trusting that although…

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    Inspiration IKEA

    Well, I’ve been down with pneumonia for a little over a week.  Today was the first day I did normal things and felt like an actual living person.  Anyhow, we headed to IKEA  . . . cinnamon roll and coffee x3 for about $5.  Then we walked the floor.  While some of the things I may not put in my home . . . I may put something similar in my art journal.  Other things, I would certainly put in my home.  Love the lace curtains, shabby lamps and more.  Sweet A sure enjoyed the inspiration as well.  Can you tell I was happy to be among the living? I…

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    A Mini Class, Laughter and Good Health

    Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some creative time with some of my dearest friends. It was impromptu and the special time we had priceless. When we get together sometimes I enjoy challenging or teaching them a mixed media or art journaling technique new to them. I had packed three erasers and some stamp carving tools. Each of them created the cutest stamp individual to them and which shared their personality. Tanya carved a bird, Sylvia a paintbrush and Mary a cool abstract shape.  I wanted to remember our mini class, the laughs and the blessing of these lovely ladies. These times are so good for the soul! Thus,…

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    CHA 2015 Goodness & Wrap Up

    Oh so many highlights of CHA!  I’m going to try and make this to the point because there were so many highlights as always.  I try to do a recap video style each year or event . . . this one is about ten minutes long but if you didn’t get a chance to go I think you’ll enjoy the sites.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy.   Of course I missed some . . . I would have liked to have gotten to but this will give you a little flavor. A highlight I just found out about . . . Way back when I had…

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    Boutique for a Cause

    tis’ the season.  I hope all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  I did although I have been struggling with a bug.  But I’ve been trying to push through it and I’m gearing up for a boutique that will be held at Voyager’s Church in Irvine on Saturday the 6th.  It will be a wonderful day of inspiration both while singing some carols and listening to a funny, lighthearted speaker.  I’m hoping I may be able to raise some funds so that our sweet girl can participate in a trip to Washington D.C., where her chorale group will compete as well as a trip to Costa Rica ~ she was chosen by…

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    Right Now, This Monday – I’m Feeling Grateful – Logan’s Candy Wrap Up

    Grateful for a time spent with family and friends ringing in the season.  Grateful for Jerry, his wife, kids and the staff at Logan’s Candy who offer a fun atmosphere and awesome candy with a message of hope.  Grateful for their friendship over the last few years and for their prayers for myself and my family.  Grateful for family and friends.  Grateful for life.  Gloria and I are holding a candy cane and the two of us are fighters . . . fighting against breast cancer!!! For sweet moments.  Oh precious.  Life’s moments are to be celebrated. Life is unpredictable.  Life is uncertain.  But moments are to be cherished.  That’s…