Thursday, October 21, 2010

Booga Lou - Before Makeover

I drew this happy spooky fellow a couple of years ago, but have never been thrilled with him. Frankly, he scares me. So he's getting a makeover - an extreme one. I'll post the 'After', and you can see a Booga Lou who won't scare people quite so easily.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Sketch a Day (or trying to...)

Hot weather dries all the 'artsy' right out of me, and I've neglected to do pretty much anything creative for a long time. So I'm trying some forced practice. One sketch a day, of whatever I find in front of me.

I like to try drawing the things I see every single day, since I have to un-memorize what I see all the time, and draw what they really look like.

Here's my desk, sitting on my desk. Domo seems happy, but so does Ironman, which isn't quite his style. I'll have to try drawing the ceramic marbles on their own, as they're so intricate it just kills me to look at them. Which is probably why I love them.

Here's hoping for some cool this weekend!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ghostie-Boo 2010!

Last year's Halloween project was my Boo Y'all door hanging (which I loved). It took a bit of time and engineering to complete, but he was intense. This year, my ghostie is going green.

We're going through two gallon milk jugs a week, so I had materials ready to hand.
Everyone can do this - and if you start now, you could have a whole pathway, like I will!

1. Thoroughly clean out the empty jug with soap and water. I did this, and then washed it again once the bottom had been cut off, just to make sure no residue was left in the handle.

2. Cut the top spout into five sections, or enough to make it easy to fold down into the jug.
That way, you won't cut yourself or have sharp edges for little fingers to grab.

3. Cut the bottom off the jug, making them wide points. It's pretty easy when you use the top of the curve as your guide where to start, and use the curvature to determine where your points will go. As long as the bottoms tips are even when you're done - you don't want a wobbly ghostie.

4. Use a sharpie marker, paint, or sticky backed felt to make eyes, mouth and arms. Happy or scary, it's up to you.

5. Place outside with a flameless candle, like the battery operated tea lights all over the interwebs ; ).

Another option is to cut a hole in the back, underneath the handle, and use it for a flashlight for Halloween night. You could use wide tape to secure the light to the plastic.

Have Fun!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Pictures vs. Words

I dove into books when I was four, love the written language and the almost unlimited banquet of ways to say what I mean, without using the same words others might.

That being said, I also develop an occasional case of fumbletongue when I speak. So design is often my public forté, as it can emote much better than I might.

I've had many projects which were all text, and my task was to give them visual appeal, while keeping the information clear and easy to read. I enjoy those projects, they're a fun challenge.

This piece was a one-day turn, 'forgotten' insert for an awards trip folder. Solution of tiered sheets and one-color printing, bound with heavy cover stock printed with the same shade of brown, saved time and money.

The yearly Consumer conference binder was often a victim of little-to-no information about the contents, as there were numerous powerpoint presentations to assemble.

This year we planned early, kept the cover and tabs less content-specific, and eliminated the normal scramble.

Also used the dartboard theme on all event pieces; banners on the stage, directional signs, table decor.
I loved this final product, as it was a successful 'design by committee'.

When the group received the final piece, I received email applause from the marketing manager. Made my Tuesday!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Little Lift

I have a friend (more than one, as discovered recently), who needs a little lift.
For everyone who needs to see change as not a burden, but a gift, and a chance to make something new - even if we're never sure what it will be.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Summer approaches

Lunch Funnies made their first appearance at the show last weekend, and did well! I think I need to add a couple more to make a complete set, but moms really liked them. So YAY! Of course I get these up and running at the end of school, but let's just say I'm ahead of the curve for back to school in the fall : ).

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Almost Showtime!

I've finished all my new pieces for the show this Saturday, and I'm pretty excited, just to see how people like (or don't, there is that chance) my stuff! Being a graphic designer for so long, I'm used to not seeing the initial reaction to my work, so it should be fun!

The collages are made with a recycled book (awful writing, nice font), vintage buttons, old embroidery thread, and paint! Necklaces are an amalgam of beads from all sorts of places.

Let me know what YOU think!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shiny Springy Things!

I'm busy with necklaces this week for the show at the end of April. It's too much fun playing with beads again! I can't claim making the beads myself, though I'd love to make some like the orange flowered pendant piece.


Monday, April 5, 2010

A Little Lovely

I ducked out for a bit - new job, lots of mom things happening. It's spring, can you blame a girl?

We made Easter eggs over the weekend, it's one of my favorite things, because of all the happy accidents you get while dyeing eggs (and dropping them too fast into the mug so they have interesting crackles all over).

This one was one of my experiments, and I thought it had failed, until I turned it over. BEAUTIFUL! And the setting of glittery little boy hands doesn't hurt, either.

Hope you all are having a great spring!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Button, button, I found all the buttons!

I've finally decided to do a booth at a craft show in April (yay, bravery!) Mind you, it's just at my son's elementary, but there's nothing wrong with starting small. And now I have to fill that booth.

Step stools for kids (check!)

Crazy little flowerpot candleholders (check!)

Notecards and big cards (check!)

Lots of empty space still to fill (yikes!)

I have plenty of ideas, though. The vintage buttons I found at the antique store have inspired me. All the shades of linens and clothing from the 1930s and 40s, some with the old fabric still attached.

More to come! Happy spring!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ideas on a rainy rainy day

I had an idea yesterday that I just LOVE! But I don't want to ruin it by churning it out too quickly. I find that if I let the really good ideas sit for a day or so, they expand and change into something better. So, I'll have my sketchbook at hand all day, and see if inspiration strikes.

Don't you love one of those moments? When something you've thought or figured out just makes you giddy?

Here's a tiny part of it, in sketchy sketchy form.
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, February 26, 2010

It's not spring yet, but I REEEAAALLLY want it to be!

We have sun here, but I have plenty of friends and family buried under snow. Here's a fun little reminder that there's something beautiful brewing there, beneath the ice.

There are new lambies in the UGA fields, and I have new plaid tennis shoes, so we all know that means spring will soon be afoot!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Long Distance Wishes

We moved to Georgia in just the last year, so I'm slooowly making friends in our new town, while I miss family and friends all over the place. Moving was quite an experience, and I'd just as never do that again, unless it can be this simple.

Didn't we all think moving would be fun when we were little? Your favorite doll and books in a pillowcase - done! Echoes of The Boxcar Children, I think. I couldn't get enough of that book and the way they set up the boxcar as their house. Pretty sure I wanted to be Violet.

Monday, February 15, 2010

O Joy!

A worry has been lifted, and I just feel like singing. But I wouldn't do that to anyone, so here's the next best thing.

Hope you lose a worry, or just have a happy week!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Today's Random Interwebs CRAVE

I found this today, playing in the antiques list of craigslist. Note: I don't refinish furniture, or upholster chairs, or need one, for that matter. But this chair looks like it could be the most comfortable thing when completed, and how cool would it look in that corner of my living room.

At this point, it's mentally redone with amazing fabric, and stunning everyone into OOOOOHs when they walk in the door.

Don't you just love possibilities like this?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Love this Link!

I have no girls, but the ideas and photos just inspire me!

A Happy Heart Day!

I rebelled against all things Pokemon/Avatar/Spongebob for Valentine's Day this year. Having boys can really limit your options if you don't want to drop dollars on overmarketed characters.

This little guy is Bred Hed Bot. I doodled him last year and the boys fell all over themselves creating their own versions of 'Bots'. I still find the doodles in bookbags and old sketchbooks. Anything can be a bot (TeeVee Bot, ToeBot, you name it). The only thing they don't like is the idea of wearing a tshirt with this guy on it - they're too old already. Sigh.

So, I hope you and yours have a Happy Heart Week!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One Doodle a Day

I send a doodle in my oldest son's lunchbag every day. One; to let him know I love him, even in the middle of a rough day, and two; because he asked me to keep doing it, when the first one was just a bonus by the sandwich.

This was Tuesday's doodle, to celebrate the hours of work he put in on Monday night.

This one was a series of twelve, to propel him to keep working before Christmas. It was a bit of a labor on the last few to do 12 drawings of the stuff every night. But worth it!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


That is, sick as a dog this last week or so. Colds are no fun.

So, here is a little something from a more productive week. Two big sisters getting a baby brother, so three canvases to be hung together at first, then could be separated, and hung in each child's room, with plenty of the braided little clothesline to spare.

These were for a client, so I never heard the recipient's response. Wish I had. It's like...having a blog. No idea what anyone thinks of you except for the friends who go, and they like you already.

Here's to a clearer head in the near future!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Old Apartment

I miss my apartment. Yes, it's been 15 years and it's been reduced to a parking lot or vision center by this time, but I miss it. Screened porch with two french doors, black and white tile in the bathroom, and the best view of the expressway from the bedroom. I was lulled to sleep every night by traffic, and got to wake and watch early commuters' lights stream by each morning.

Wish I had done more drawings of the place, but these are what I have now.
Enjoy : )

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Year of Gifties

I'm still learning my way around Blogger, so here are the rest of the pictures I couldn't fit into one post. : p

These necklaces were for my nieces and mom, and so fun to watch them get excited and wear them. It's been a few years since I made any jewelry, but with a wonderful bead store right down the street, it was silly not to start up again.

Happy New Year! (or Things I Did Over Christmas Vacation)

My dream for this year is to finally do the things I've only talked about. I think Action is a good resolution for me, as I can procrastinate with the finest! Here are some of the projects I did for Christmas gifts or just for myself, when I found a space to fill.

Here's hoping I won't leave this another four months!

Fred Elf was just too fun. 24 days of hiding places, and one excited little boy every morning!