Wednesday, December 31, 2008

happy new year!

well, it's hard to believe another year is gone
they say time flies as you get older
remember y2k?
it seems like yesterday we thought
the world was going to end
or at least "crash"
and here it is 9 years later
i don't make resolution, just set a few goals
something like
"make time for more art"
which i did this year
part of that was starting this blog
i'm so glad i did
i've "met" some great people and
would like to say thank you
to everyone for visiting me,
encouraging me with all your wonderful comments
and wish everyone a creative 2009

Thursday, December 25, 2008

merrry christmas

may the spirit of christmas bring you peace,
the gladness of christmas give you hope,
the warmth of christmas grant you love

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

the big dig!

christmas waves a magic wand over the world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful
n. peale

i guess we don't have to wish for a white christmas
i just hope it looks this pretty tomorrow

Sunday, December 21, 2008

more snow!

looking out my wind this morning
i decided to stay in bed and read
but eventually we bundled up to clear the driveway
and surprisingly it wasn't that cold
it was nice to see the white blanket
so we decided to go for a walk
the view from the top of my street

Friday, December 19, 2008

snow dayz!!!

what a perfect day to stay in and
work on my crochet project
i've been so busy with work, school and
my wire ornaments that i forgot
that i had yarn waiting to be used
i finally finished my last project
which made my "baby" happy
her name: joey girl
it seems that "this" is her new favorite spot

last years i made 8
perfect for the couch
4' x 6'
the first one took five evenings
watching tv to complete
once i got the pattern down
it was a breeze to finish one is just a few nights
this year i will only get a few done

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

more photoshop

it's amazing how three simple images can be
turned into something really cool
the first is a photo i took at my local park
the second is a ttv image i found on flickr
and the third is an antique postcard
i just layered and played with the
blending modes and filters

i used the color burn blending mode on the top layer

here i applied the "high pass" filter

and here the pin light blending mode

just by a click of a button
you can change the mood
and "undo" anytime you want
i came up with several variations
but like these 3 the best

Monday, December 15, 2008

another day on cold meds
a massage and a nap
(yes leslie, i said nap)
i got inspired after reading maries blog
1. i loved the kaleidoscope effect
and manage to come up with the above project
2. her "call for care"
anyone looking to "give" the christmas spirit

Sunday, December 14, 2008

not sure if it's a good thing to be on cold meds while
operating photoshop!
i used my favorite winter photos and tried
on every ttv and background image
it gave me something to do
without having to think too much
i haven't had time to practice in ps for awhile
these are my four favorites
until the drugs where off !

Friday, December 12, 2008

california dreamin'

feeling a bit under the weather
don't know if it's the cold meds but

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

all wired up!

i've always loved working with wire
i can sit all day and bend, twist and shape
which i did this weekend and managed to make
a ton of tree ornaments
my favorite are the little angels
they will make great gifts

Saturday, December 6, 2008

all my friends are artists

today, i got to finish work a little early so i
could attend the jolly christmas sale
some really amazing local artist
some of which i'm lucky to call my friends

seen above, clockwise from the top left
some of my purchases
Marissa Decepida-Wong jewelry journals, cards and art pieces.
Mary Ambrose vintage style jewelry and sculptural art.
Susan WilliamsonArtopia Mixed Media Art.
Karen Arts – gemstone bead and silver
Carmi's button magnets, pins and embellishments.
Sharon Ginsberg Fabric boxes, framed tree ornaments

Friday, December 5, 2008

more christmas cards

after working on jewelry for the past several months
it's a nice change to work with wire again
i like to keep my hands busy
and can do these while watching tv
i'm on a roll now and will make some
wire tree ornaments this weekend

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


only 23 more days 'til christmas
i usually start counting after labour day weekend
it drives everyone crazy
i think i do it "just because"
but this fall has been very hectic and i'm behind
now that it's december it has sunk in
first task
christmas cards
like the one above made from
some leftover armature wire
in the past i've made tree ornaments
and decided that they will make great cards instead
i've also got some great pictures from
last winter, which seemed to last 6 months,
i've used in my new winter banner above and
know they will be great cards too

Monday, December 1, 2008

encaustic class

today was my last encaustic class
it was a mad panic to get everthing done
and of course my head is filled with a hundred ideas
i will take the class again next semister
just so i can experiment some more
and it will be nice to have the same teacher
this photo was taken near lake st. clair
and the texture was added in a grid
and done in a real hurry
i hope i remember how to do this again
i like how it turned out
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