Girl With Red Curly Hair



Here is my latest work...of Art.
I've been playing around in our new joint art room/office.
My husband retired so we moved his humongous desk in my art room.
Which is a good thing...... because the bed moved into his old office & so now I won't get paint all over my mom's bed.
I also have a lot more room.
It's a good thing.....sometimes.
Sometimes he won't leave.
What is a girl to do?



Bridal Shower Ideas

Miss To Mrs Banner

Wine Bottle with Baby's Breath Table Centerpiece

Cupcake Dress

Recipe Box and Pinwheel Crosages

Burlap Heart Banner

If you have been keeping up with my blog you would know my son is soon to be wed, and that I was throwing a bridal shower for his fiancé.
Well it finally happened this past Saturday!
 I had a blast making these sweet decorations.
I wish I had had enough time and energy to do tutorials for some of the projects; like the Miss to Mrs. banner or the pinwheel corsages. So sorry,,,, I really had intentions of doing at least one tutorial, but I could not find the time. It has been one crazy month.

I found most of the ideas on Pinterest. Then of course I made them my own way.

The shower was a kitchen themed shower. I got the invitations from Etsy, and you might know I have a shop on Etsy too.
I found a cute Mason Jar Kitchen Invitation from

Cherry Berry Designs

If you click the link to Cherry Berry Designs you will see the exact same invitation I used only a different color. The lady who makes these invites is super sweet and will totally work with you.

I made my own pinwheel corsages for the bride, hostesses, bridesmaids, moms and grandmothers.
They turned out so cute.

Pinwheel Corsages


I saved 6 clear wine bottles for the centerpiece and glued rhinestone ribbon on the necks of the bottles. I found the rhinestone ribbon at Michaels for a dollar. What a steal! I was having a heart attack when I found that ribbon. I knew exactly what I was going to use it for. Lol! I also used it on the frosted bottle on the table with the recipe box.

I made a recipe box because everyone received a blank recipe card in their invitation to fill out their favorite recipe to give to the bride.  I found the pre decorated box at the dollar store. All I had to do to spruce up the box was glue four wooden balls for feet on the bottom of the box. I got an oval chip board and stamped "recipes" and glued that to the front of the box.

The burlap heart banner is fairly self explanatory. Only difference is I sewed the paper hearts instead of glueing the hearts on the burlap.

As thank you gifts for everyone who came I gave out wooden spoons with thank you tags tied on with ribbons.

I used a lot of mason jars because the bride is using them for wedding decorations as well. Pint size jars for drinking glasses, the quart size jars were decorated with burlap and ribbon to use as utensil holders and also used for vases with baby's breath.

I had the cupcake dress made at my local HEB bakery. I put the pearls and brooch on it myself. Really if you know how to decorate a cake this idea is not that hard. Place cupcakes in the form of a dress and decorate with beads and a brooch. I think they used glitter icing which I would not have had.  I had to have it made because i don't know how to decorate a cake.


Bride Apron

And last but not least I made a turquoise bride apron for the bride to be to wear.  I also requested that all the hostesses wear aprons.
It was way too much fun!
Hope this gives some ideas for anyone who might be throwing a shower.
Enjoy!




Valentines Day Red Apron


My word for this year is SAVOR! 
I know you are asking what does that have to do with this apron?
Or that I have this lovely red apron  listed in my Etsy shop :)
Well, well, the word SAVOR has more pizzazz then enjoy. Right?
Just look at this apron and imagine all the fun one could have with it. 
LOL! I love it!
Not only can I have fun with this apron I had fun searching for it.
I love the treasure hunt for items to sell in my Etsy shop.
But that is just one aspect for the word savor.
Each and everything I do from now on I'm going to savor the experience. I'm not letting a day go by or a moment go buy without really enjoying/savoring.
Good and bad it does not matter. Life is too short.
Still in my pi's, watching Rachael Ray while typing a post for my blog,
on a dreary, frigid, winters morning; are all priceless moments I want to remember. 
I'm savoring.
C.




Guardian Angels



Finally spent some time in the studio. Oh it feels so good. There is nothing better then creating. I love to work with my hands. I love it, love it, love it. 
So why do I stop? Crazy! 
I've been reflecting on the past year and all that has happened.
 I feel so very blessed and thankful. 
 I could be so negative because of the ugly cancer and other negative things going on in my life (which I have never mentioned here). 
I refuse to be negative…... Positive thinking has been my salvation.
 Oh my, I can not believe how negative I used to be….how hard on me I used to be…..how judgmental to others I used to be…..and judgmental of myself! 
I have made so many mistakes, done such stupid things and been wronged by others. 
It's especially hard to forgive others and forget, but I know I can't have that baggage. 
I know God has helped me. I pray! I believe! My prayers have been answered. I am blessed. 
I think I have a guardian angel. How else have I gotten through. 
There are too many near misses….too many happenings that don't' make sense. Things that I don't' have control of. 
I guess that comes with just letting go…trusting. 
Either way…these are my sweet little angels…….To be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.

No Excuses


I don't know where the time has gone! Here it is the middle of January and I'm just now posting something. I know, I know it's been ages since I've blogged. And really, I have no excuses other then pure laziness. I have not painted either. I feel so agitated.
Christmas was awesome! It's been colder then normal here in Texas. I attribute that to the laziness. I stay in my pj's most of the day. My hubby finished the cancer treatments Jan 2. We are so happy but now have to wait until February for the scan. That will tell us if it is gone. We are very hopeful.
My son is getting married in April. I'm planning a shower, so fun, fun, fun. I can't wait! I have to find a dress for the wedding. I don't know what to wear.
I'm trying to think of some tutorials to do, to post here. Something to do with the shower. My head is spinning with ideas. If I can get disciplined and organized I will post about the shower and of course any new paintings I do along the way.
I'm so looking forward to 2014. Changes are in the air. It will be scary and exciting.
Wishing y'all a happy 2014 even though I'm a tad late.


Abstract Sort Of





It's more like therapy art. I have a desire to do more abstract, more intuitive paintings right now. Jerry's cancer has come back yet again, so I need some me time. It's kinda been crazy here….Doctors, surgery, radiation, chemo. It's enough to make your head spin and I'm not the one with the cancer.

However, love the color palatte. I think these colors work very well together. It's a fairly large canvas, which is very intimidating. I keep saying I can paint over it…which I can at any time…but every time I look at it….I'm satisfied with it. It's a keeper.
Need more big canvases 'cause I'm ready to do another.

But first I have to retake a million pictures because I was stupid and did not back up my photos for 6 months. That little voice in my head kept saying to back up…but did I listen… No.
And of course I had hard drive failure. Lost so much stuff! The only good thing is I'm still under warranty with apple care. I love, those Geniuses at the Apple store. As far as I'm concerned Apple has the best costumer service around. They are so nice and helpful. I took my computer there and within minutes they diagnosed the problem and computer was fixed in less then 24 hours. Only problem is they won't let me buy more warranty and my computer is just under 3 years old, so what does that tell you?
I'll leave you with that thought.





More Halloween Decorations


I had my Halloween party last Saturday! Yea! Had so much fun but did not take enough pictures. I was so intent on getting shots of each of my guest all dressed up in their Halloween costumes that I forgot to take shots of my food/ dessert table.
The above photo is a yet another pinterest inspired centerpiece. I bought the vase at a thrift store. Gosh I felt lucky to find it because these glass vases can get expensive. This one was in perfect condition. I feel the amount of candy I had to fill up this vase with was quite a lot, to say the least. And, I really had to search high and low for the peep ghost and pumpkins. I finally found them at JoAnn's, a fabric, craft store….of all places. A good tip is to use a paper towel roll in the middle to hold the branches and therefore take up a little space.

 I also made the ghost peep s'mores but did not get a photo of them, dang they were so cute!




These two dessert stands are my favorite. All I did was spray paint the dollar store clear glass candlesticks black and glued them to some cute melmac halloween plates. I found mine at the grocery store. Different size plates and colors add to the whimsey. Oh I forgot the bottom large green plate was a charger I decorated last year with stickers. Like always I use what I have. And the larger candlestick was a wooden one I found at a thrift store for .50 cents. Yea me.




This is one of the halloween aprons I made for my daughter and her friend. Like a dodo I forgot to take a picture of the second one. I was so excited about finishing it in time and getting it to her friend that I did not think about taking a photo. The other one was basically the same just different fabric, just as cute though.




And last but not least …..my dear, sweet friend gave me this Halloween wine glass,….a belated birthday gift.    I love it.      It's sooooo me!
Hopefully these ideas and my previous posts have inspired some of you ghouls out there to make your own halloween decorations. No need to buy fancy pre made decorations when you can do your own.
Have a fun, safe, 
Halloween
!

Halloween Decorations


Last year I made these bottles using labels I downloaded off the internet. This year I made the potion books and the decorated skull. The bottles and books are both tutorials I have here on my blog.
Here are the links...
Spells and Magic potions books
http://artfulcollections.blogspot.com/2013/09/how-to-make-halloween-spells-potion-book.html
and
Wine Bottle Turtorial
http://artfulcollections.blogspot.com/2012/09/halloween-wine-bottle-tutorial-witches.html


The skull was a fun project. I bought the candlestick at a thrift store and painted it black. I had the skull, so no cost there. I bought some picks at Michaels and the hat I got at Big Lots. Glued everything together with black E 6000.


I made this mantel scarf because I could not find one to fit my fireplace. This fireplace mantel is a goofy size. The sides are at an angle so that was not easy to fit. I think I did a pretty good job since I'm sort of a self taught seamstress. I love going to the fabric stores to pick out fabric. It's almost as much fun as looking through scrapbook paper.



And I painted all of my candlesticks black.


Then I made this banner.  Love, Love, Love.
Another project using stuff I already had. I can't believe I have so many scrapbook supplies. All I had to buy was some card stock for the backing and one or two more orange papers. There really is not a lot of Halloween papers out there right now. Oh and did have to buy the scallopy cut outs for the tops.