I’m blaming the cat, (stick with me here….scroll down and you will see some beautiful pictures that are much more calming and pleasing to the eye!) My work space or actually, non-work space is out of control. It’s a busy month right? I’ve got excuses, but it’s so crazy, that my cat has left the room! I wish I could snap my fingers and presto it would be instant cleano! Believe it or not, I will put it all away right before Christmas Day, but then it will come out again so I can play… although this looks disastrous, I thrive in it!
My precious cat will have a space back to sit in because it’s “all about my cat”. For now, he’s happy on top of the clean curio cabinet, with his cute curious cat face! Happy Friday! Visit my Etsy Store if you want to see more projects!
Well, if I don’t get back to my blog it’s because I am a secret elf in the workshop! Have a very Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas! From Me ~ Enjoy my Virtual Christmas Card Gallery for you! Eclecticat444!
Who can resist a great looking book, went “Dracula” style with this one! I love Halloween and finding fun, unique, one of a kind décor! And sometimes that’s hard to find, so I was inspired to start making my own. Each altered book is a “one of a kind”. I love making these and I take a lot of pride in preparing all the bits and pieces carefully with quality materials.
This book is stained and painted with various acrylics and Tim Holtz Distress stains and paints and then covered with grungeboard which has been prepped with distress inks/stains and then various papers are embellishments are applied including a wax seal for that old world feel. I’ve added a brass hardware hinge and other jewelry (chain, key, cross) The book is sealed shut (not intended to be opened) includes 5 pull out handmade cards.
The are decorated as well on the back – all of the cards are handmade as well. The tag can be pulled directly out of the book and used as a bookmark for your own favorite book! The books I used are all old books and I’ve given them a re-purpose (aka upcycling). Makes for a great conversational piece and will look great on a mantel above a fireplace or on a bookshelf or in a haunted house! This is my kind of “old-world” realistic décor!
I appreciate handcrafted items because I make things myself and so many times I’m just “winging” it, I’m in inspired by others artwork, but then I sit and just start putting together whatever comes to mind, it is really from my heart and soul and I try to give it my very best! On occasion I will sketch something out, but most often I just get an idea and go with it. My most recent crafty projects right now are Halloween spell books (old, books I alter), so stay tuned and I promise before Halloween gets here I’ll share one or two. Next time you meet an artist, I hope you will take the time to stop and think about this quote because it’s so very true.
This post is going to be short and sweet. Sometimes pictures can say it all, and maybe these pictures will resonate what I’m feeling for my lack of words.
Books: My life is rich and full. I feel very blessed. I’m living to the fullest, I’m marinating my brain in books….ahhh, just love reading…currently RE-Reading “I Can See Clearly Now” by the beloved Dr. Wayne W. Dyer who’s passed onto the eternities! (RIP) great soul. I’m immersing myself in his teachings again and finding the music inside me and re-committing to living at a higher level. Each day, I truly am a little better than I was the day before!
Reading List: Angels – Donald Parry, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnigie and The Life-Changing magic of tidying up – Marie Kondo
Sewing: I used to sew (15 yrs ago) and decided to pick this skill up again! Re-learning from a designer – AnneB Designs. So far so good:) (See my Instagram)
Creating: I’m always creating, but this month I’m involved in challenges! Working on cards for ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap hosted by Grungearttica and working on Art Journaling –
And if it was possible I’d spend 8 hours or more in my craft space everyday just creating something…for me or for another! If I can make something that brings a smile to someone’s face —-that makes me happy!
I’ve got to go now…..and lastly here’s how I feel – in the name of Hendrix Song…..”Excuse me, while I kiss the sky!” I’ve got lots of work to get back to!
Thanks for stopping by, thanks for reading. I love comments. Have a blessed day!
So I finally started my Mixed Media Journal and it’s an Eclectic Journal of my art, doodling, and psychological whims with music lyrics and motivational quotes and all about “getting my dreams & visions” into play! I recently started following “Before 5am” website and IG site and consistency/persistency is what I’m ready for! Here’s to making my other half of life an “over the top” kind of life! My blog is going to be short and sweet now that I’m starting my own kind of work day before my “paid” work day starts! It’s about working before 5am and working after 5pm. Some people will get it and some won’t and that’s ok, if they don’t they are not the audience in my vision. For all the movers and shakers this is for us! The people that hustle and are in the top 1% (Zig Ziglar)
Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? I’m not one to skip over Thanksgiving, but I need to get a jumpstart on making cards! I am “little” excited about the snow now…well for a few minute’s, but it will pass.
#cardmaking #stamping #diecut #inky #distress #DIY #showyourwork