Journaling and Jamming!

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I love these rich tones! Altering/Painting with Ranger Distress Paints is so easy and enjoyable! I highly recommend you pick up a pack and go to town! They are super easy to use just squeeze, dab and smear! The applicator is perfect and you can’t mess up! And if you mess up….it’s just a part if the creative process, some mess ups turn into the best things!

These will hopefully be finished by the end of the week and in the shop next week!

Right now,  I have just a few styles left, so in the mean time I’ll be jamming away in my Zen zone creating more things for you! HOPE you enjoy this snip it video!

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Big Time Shop Sale

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Visit my Etsy Shop for unique, eclectic, handcrafted items – décor pieces, greeting cards, mixed media canvas frames, and upcycled art!  use code “Spring” and get 30% off anything!  Anything – No minimum purchase!  This is a “big time” deal!

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Yes I used the word “Big Time” because I’m having a generous sale right now that lasts until 4-23-16.  I had someone already take me up on the offer, because she wanted a heart in my shop, but she didn’t want the gold pieces in it and I am very accommodating for custom orders as long as I have the time to make them!  So I’m making her custom heart!

Also, now is a great time to buy a unique gift for MOM, and in my shop you can get a handmade card while your are there – like a “one stop” shop and I always go the extra mile to put nice finishing touches on my packages so you know you are getting something special.  I’m very new to selling, but I’m not new to making and I’ve had a few people say that doing 30% is a little much when I’m not really making any money in my business yet….well, it might be a little much, but I don’t care!  I love deals and I don’t know who doesn’t!  Sure, I’m not going to be able to have these kind of deals all the time, but for now…I’m doing it!

I also and a little “over the top” generous too because I’m sending a “Pounceback” coupon for 40% off the next purchase and it won’t expire until 2017!  Yep, 2017!  That gets you through Christmas for goodness sake!

I’m all about honesty!  I am very committed to building my business because it’s something I want to do the rest of my life!  I have a day job and I’m nowhere near the point of ditching it and I’m committed in whatever I have to do!

I’m holding on tight to my dreams, time will continue to roll on and I’m not one to wait until retirement to live the second half of my life so I started!  I’m here to learn business and understand what I can do to serve others and provide quality handmade items!

I hope you will give my shop a look!  Thank you, from me and Frankie (he’s the Cat Boss that gets to watch me hustle – and I’m jealous of him!)

>>>>>>>>>>>>Here’s the picture of the custom paper heart in progress! <<<<<<<<<<<

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Transylvania Vintage-Gothic Style Handcrafted (Altered) Book

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.

Altered Book

Altered Book

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.

Handmade Tags

Handmade Tags

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!

Back/side of book

Back/side of book

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Why Creating An Art Journal Is Changing My Life

wpid-img_20150204_210846.jpgSo 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)

Upcycled Vynil Art

wpid-20150417_015951-1.jpgLoved making this piece, It’s refreshing and thrilling to re-purpose something and this is one of my favorite lyrics. So you may be wondering what this is? It’s not a necklace, it’s a 45 (small) vynil record that’s been Altered with distress paint, chalk paint and texture paste. What do think? My kids ask, “what do you do with it?” Am I the only person that loves odd things to decorate with? Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment if you like or not. Love honesty & authenticity!

Cherish Wedding Card and other Musings

Ok, resurrecting my blog!  It’s been over a year since I posted.  Not sure if I’m the “blogging” type.  My “other” self says, “Really, Sherlock? – Ya, “duh” to me!  Anyway, if I blog once a year, that’s pretty much an indication that I’m probably not a “blogger”.  I need to make this quick though because once again, I’m trying to cram in about three days worth of stuff into one day/night and I still need to finish out this work week!  I’ve been a so called “weekend warrior” and that’s just not working for me in the past year!  I really just need to do a few things each evening after work and then still do projects, etc. on the weekend, but stop cramming EVERYTHING into a Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  Maybe Monday mornings at work I wouldn’t feel so depleted if I just did a little bit each night.  My personality is such “All or Nothing” that it’s killing me!    I plan on making more Wedding Cards this summer, but like so many other good intentions I have, I’m not certain how many wedding cards I’ll actually make, but I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out!make.  Image