Cinco de Mayo and early birthday weekend in St. Augustine, FL

Cinco de Mayo and early birthday weekend in St. Augustine, FL

Hello There,

This weekend my husband and I took a trip up to St. Augustine to meet friends for lunch and just to have a nice break and day out. We love St Augustine because of the quaintness of the historic town and all the art inspiration around it.

It turned out to be a lovely day with a nice breeze which in Florida nearing summer is a blessing. Some of the highlights were, of course, lunch at the Columbia restaurant with our friends, a trip to my favorite store Earthbound Trading Co. and a necklace purchase (early birthday present)

Below are photos I snapped to remember our day. I hope some of them bring you inspiration and a peek into my world as you start a new work week:

Mosaic tiles from welcome center area:

Beautiful garden behind one of the shops, a hidden treasure:

Goodies from my favorite store, love a good sale and color inspiration

Old architecture around town

Lunchtime at the Columbia Restaurant:

A last minute treat on the way out of town from the Silver Feather jewelry and gift shop. A lovely quartz andcitrine pendant:

 

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Weekend Review: Girl Time & Support Small Business

Weekend Review: Girl Time & Support Small Business

Hello There!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend.

My weekend consisted of much-needed girl time and craft shopping. Two of my favorite things.

On Saturday I got to go to Ulta (the makeup store) which can be kinda overwhelming, but being the good crafter I am, I got stuck in the applicator aisle thinking of all the crafty uses for the foundation sponges and dabbers. (I think I have a problem)

Sunday was filled with brunch and girl talk then I went on a mini art outing. There is a craft store I had been trying to go to, but they happen to be closed on Saturdays, which is when I’m typically in the area. This weekend I thought, this is it, it’s a Sunday they will be open. To my sadness when I got there, they were closed, but there was a note on the door for travelers to call a cell number.

To make a long story short to my delight, it was the owner, and she came and met me and opened up the shop for me!

This is where I say to SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS when you can. True the prices can be a bit more then we find online, but we are supporting a person’s dream, and you get great one on one service. The owner was so nice and knowledgeable; I can’t wait to go back again.

So if you’re in the Volusia County area be sure to stop by and check out
Scrapbook, Crafts and more, also known as Gingham Buttons 2 (Scrapbooks, Stamps, Supplies & Gifts).

Here are some photos of my haul and stay tuned they will be showing up in some of my upcoming videos!

I love the line of darkroom door stamps and was so excited to find them in the store! Have you checked them out? darkroom door

Super excited to find Rose Gold embossing powder and the VersaMarker for writing with embossing gel for embossing. Time to make my¬†cardboard box to use with the new Tim Holtz “Distress Resist Spray”

 

I couldn’t resist! Cats and then beautiful Mandala stamps!

Can’t wait to play with these as well. I think that curious cat will be showing up soon in my mini art journal!

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DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

A question that often comes up to artists/creative types is where do we get our inspiration from, how do projects come together. Today I will give you insight into the working of the creative mind and show you how these tags came together. I hope this little journey will help inspire you to see your outings in a new way.

These tags started with a trip to visit my folks for the weekend. My mom and I always like to go out shopping, and I am always looking for inexpensive craft supplies. On this outing, I went to Tuesday Morning and the Hobby Lobby near her. Recently in one of my ATC (Artist Trading Card) groups, a napkin swap was done. I had not thought to collect napkins before. While in Tuesday morning I found these great black and white napkins that were 2.99 and 20% off. I snagged them, as they reminded me of the Tim Holtz Ideaology collage paper, and I thought what a great background they would make. While in Tuesday morning I also picked up some sale Graphics 45 washi tape, because you can never have enough washi tape.
So, after Tuesday Morning we wandered to Hobby Lobby where they had quite a bit of clearance. Here I picked up some tags on clearance, a few stamps that were about 70% off and some clearance archival ink. Now all these components didn’t’ come together for me just yet, I was just adding to my stash. Below is a shot of the haul I got all for under $25.00.

Now I just got a sewing machine for Christmas so I took my mom to look at the fabric and there were some great patterns that caught my eye. Black and white with bits of color. I took photos of them to use in my color collage book for inspiration. They would later inspire me for the tags. Here are some photos below:

Once home from my trip I dumped all my wares on the table and decided to combine the tags with one of the napkins to see how it would work out. Then I colored them, inspired by the fabric I saw.

Step 1 & 2: was to cover the tags in a mat gel medium. I peeled the napkin apart using just the colored layer. I carefully placed it on the tag and then CAREFULLY smoothed it. The napkin when wet is like tissue paper so handle with very gentle hands. I then just tore the edges and wrapped them.
I then carefully added a layer of matte medium to the top and dried with my heat gun.

Step 3. I wanted to add some color. So for one tag I used just my basic watercolors and colored in the flowers. For the other tag I wanted the flowers black and white, so instead, I used my new archival inks with a new stamp to add background colors.

 

Step 4. When all was dry, I took my black archival ink and with a dabber went around the edges of the tag.
Voila! In less than 10 minutes I have two (2) ready to use tag backgrounds. I have enough of the napkin left to probably get three more tags out of it too!

I hope this quick little tutorial gave you some inspiration and will help you see the materials you have around you in a new light. Happy craft hunting.

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DIY Quick Art Journal Page

This week it has been raining most of the week so it has been a bit dreary. To turn that dreary around I decided to make a “New Year” rainy day art journal page, turning the drops of rain into new years resolutions, or it can be words that comfort you, define you, anything that when you look at the page makes you smile and feel strong! The video is now posted on my Youtube channel. Enjoy and see who the special visitor is.

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Weekend Inspiration- A trip to Savannah, GA

Weekend Inspiration- A trip to Savannah, GA

My husband and I decided we needed an artsy getaway before the crazy of the holiday season, so we took a weekend road trip to Savannah, GA. We love Savannah and have visited in fall and summer but never at Christmas time. The air was cool and the holiday decorations made the city infused with holiday spirit.
What I love about Savannah is I always come back with great art ideas, inspired and refreshed. From the museums, architecture, and boutique shops I get a wealth of new ideas.

To start the trip we went on a third Saturday of the month where there is an art market on the river street. Artists were selling their wares, and I picked up some new crystals for my mala necklaces as well as a lovely imported Ganesh pendant necklace. I took in the architecture of the old buildings noticing how the balcony ironwork would make elegant stencil motifs.

After our morning on the river, we headed into the city. We stopped off at the Telfair museum to see a Rodin exhibit. Now I am not much for sculpture in the past but to see the cast pieces in person was amazing. The human figures most impacted me. I loved the heads, and hands and the skill with which they were done. Definitely a once in a lifetime chance to see this work up close.

 

After we left the Rodin exhibit we wandered the other exhibits, they had a wing of children’s art, and just the raw simplicity of the children’s art was inspiring, back to basics and doodles. What a great idea when one’s mind is blocked. Go back to what we knew as children

The last exhibit we saw was a mixed media artist that incorporated woodland elements into her pieces. They spoke to the loss of nature as we grow in society. Very strong pieces and beautiful to see up close.


After leaving the museum we went thru some of the local boutiques and I fell in love with the colors and glimmer of this one Parisian shop. Everywhere you looked was color and glitter overload.

 

 

Overall the trip was a great chance to get away, recharge and grab some inspiration on the way. So remember that as you travel, keep your eyes and heart open and you will be amazed where inspiration finds you.

 

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Inspiration at the Antique and Vintage Market

Inspiration at the Antique and Vintage Market

Fall is a busy time of year here in Florida. Most of the year it is hot & humid, so we stick to our air-conditioned interiors and then a magical time of year happens. Florida Fall! Those few days in November/December we get cooler weather, and we all emerge from our homes to weekends full of art shows, craft fairs and vintage markets surrounded by holiday cheer. I love this time of year because it’s where I get a lot of inspiration.

This weekend my husband, mother-in-law and I went to the quaint town of New Smyrna Beach to the Antique and Vintage Market. It was a smaller show, but that made it nice an relaxing to walk thru. There were lots of small shops along the way too to duck into, and my brain was just on overload with patterns, colors and gift ideas for the coming holidays. Below are a few photos of the market area, and a cute picture of a mini Volkswagon van turned into a cooler, which is one of my favorite vehicles. I dream of a Volkswagon van a traveling art caravan!

After walking around for a bit, we did what any good shoppers do. We ate and refueled at a local treasure the Cork Screw restaurant and again inside my brain went into overdrive with the creative wine bottle chandeliers, murals, exposed brick walls and funky Florida atmosphere.

After we had full bellies, we hit the streets again where I found my ephemera treasures for this trip.

My first find where these two vintage photos. Typically I shy away from things like this but these two girls just something about their images called to me, and I thought they would make perfect scans for art journaling. Then I became fascinated by what could the history of the images be. I did some research and thanks to Wikipedia learned that these images were what was called “cabinet card portraits” and after some sleuthing, I figured they date to the 1860s-1880s. So now I sit and wonder, who were these woman, how old were they, what must their lives have been like? What story do they have to tell and that, right there is where inspiration comes from for me.

Cabinet Card Portraits

Now after those treasures I thought okay I’m doing pretty good today and then I stumbled on some tables with books. In one pile I saw this pitiful small brown book the cover was beaten, missing the back cover, pages browned, and I thought aww it needs a good home. It is an old Nursery Rhyme book. Again what is the history, where did it come from. There is no publish date, faded names on the inside cover are all but vanished, but I did find a publisher name. New York, Leavitt & Allen. So to the Wiki I went again and found there was a company in NY Called Leavitt & Allen and it existed about 1856, so again here is this treasure from the 1800s, what story does it have to tell and so my inspiration grows there.

The real story behind this weeks post is when you feel uninspired, and you don’t know what you want to do, get out of the house or studio, go for a walk, see some nature, walk a museum or market and let the world speak to you.

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