Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Christmas in July

Playing with my Silhouette Electronic Cutter
I just had to take this outside and photograph it in the spruce tree.
I should have added some fake snow to make it more real! :-)
I have been playing with my cutter this week. I had a ball making this little Christmas Cottage Lantern from the Summer Lantern file from SVG ATTIC.

 This winter version was my take on it. The snowflakes and icicles were created from some free clipart I found online. I just had to add lots of bling with glimmer mist, art glitter, and Rock Candy Distress Stickles to make it even more frosty. I only wish the camera could show all the sparkly goodness.
Photo taken indoors without flash
 It has snowflake vellum in the window and glittery snowflakes on each side.  A battery operated tea light makes the windows glow.

Photo taken in a darkened room with no flash.
Wouldn't these be fun centerpieces for a winter wedding or Christmas party?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Love this song!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thank you, Dear Book Fairy!

To my surprise and delight I received a most wonderful book in the mail.  I don't know who sent it but it came from Amazon.com.  The book is Drawing Birds with Colored Pencils by Kaaren Poole.  

It is a beautiful volume with lovely pictures of birds by the author.  But more than that, it is very straightforward and informative in teaching  you how to use your colored pencils to render lovely artworks of birds.  Since birds are a favorite theme in my art, I am thrilled to receive this lovely book...and can hardly wait to get started drawing.

I don't know who sent this to me as there was no card included.  I wish I knew so I could properly thank whomever it was.  Since I do not, I decided that this might be the best way.  Hopefully that special "book fairy" will see this post and know that I am so grateful and pleased with such a lovely gift.

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

UPDATE: I received another book on drawing birds...this one "Drawing and Painting Birds" is even better than the first. Both of these books are really awesome. I am so grateful for having received them.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The book fairy has revealed herself. It is my dear friend Keron!! Apparently Amazon forgot to put the gift card in the order! Thank you, Keron, so very much. I am really enjoying the books and hopefully they will help me become a better artist! :-)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In the Garden - Brad Paisley

This was one of my Grandma's favorite hymns. Tonight as I am thinking about my dear friends who just lost their son this song is bringing some comfort. I hope you enjoy it too.