Friday, February 13, 2015

Painted Hearts Mobile

Happy Valentine's Day!
One of my wishes for 2015 is to make more time for paints, pencils, pens and mixed media arts...to doodle daily in my sketchbook, to take some more art classes & read more art books, to learn and practice new techniques. And not to be shy about sharing some of my attempts and ideas. So here I am with one of my first projects of the year!
For Valentine's Day I wanted to create a heart garland using some mixed-media layering techniques. I covered a few pages of plain paper back and front with watercolors and acrylic paints using brushes, stencils, stamps.... trying not to think too hard and reaching for my favorite colors...
I handwrote verses and words from 1. Corinthians 13: 4-8 about love and cut these into little strips...
then freehanded various heart shapes onto the finished painted pages and cut those out
and decoupaged some of the words onto the hearts.
To suspend them, I used a piece of driftwood left over from one of my daughter's school art projects. She had painted it a gorgeous shade of soft mint.
 
I stitched the finished decoupaged hearts together with the sewing machine using two contrasting colored threads - dark pink as the top thread and pale yellow in the bobbin. The threads twisted together beautifully like baker's twine.
Before I sewed them, I painted both sides of all the hearts with the decoupage medium so to give them all a glossy finish.
I am trying to reorganize and clean up my sewing studio and just love the fresh look of this mobile in my "art corner". Especially when the hearts are gently twirling and catching light.

I also want to thank Ellie of My LIttle Chickadee's for featuring an Etsy treasury I created (St. Patrick's Day theme!) as well as one of my bunny bags on her blog. Please visit her here to see it! 

Thanks for looking, and have a lovely weekend! 
xoxo
Karen

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hello and a very happy new year 2015!
I hope your holiday season was delightful and that you've entered into the new year with good health and happiness.
I always love the clean slate feel of a new beginning. I also get this urge to de-clutter and reoganize to clean up before embarking on my next projects. I have so many ideas and plans!
2015 is a bit exciting too because there are several big birthdays and anniversaries coming up in our family this year. To celebrate I am having a sale at my etsy shop for the entire month of January.
Please check it out here to get huge savings!
To new beginnings and a new year! 
xoxo
Karen

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pumpkin Swirl Blondies

We love brownies in this house. Just yesterday I baked a batch for a Christmas party we were invited to and as I hoped (and expected!) they disappeared quickly.

However, blondies are pretty good too!

The other day my daughter whipped up a batch of Pumpkin Swirl Blondies. They are cake-y and yet juicy because of the swirls of pumpkin purree.
 
Just having these out on a pretty plate fills up the room with a delicious fragrance.
When you take a bite bits of white chocolate just melt in your mouth.
You can find the recipe by clicking here.

Enjoy!
xoxo 
Karen
PS My favorite brownie recipe is here, in English AND in German!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Patchwork Christmas trees...and other handmade cards

Have you sent out your holiday greetings yet?
(I haven't!)

But I have been having fun crafting Christmas cards!

I made a dozen or more for my Christmas market. A little forest of patchwork Christmas trees!
I wanted a country-style look and was inspired by bits of fabric, colorful papers, baker's twine and stamps. Sometimes I think I could be a full-time card designer and crafter. I have an old-fashioned love for handwritten messages! I have to thank my mom for that. When I was little we were constantly moving around  so she was always writing letters to friends and family. She insisted that my brother and I do the same. I am grateful to her for that!
I like to stamp the back of the card with my shop logo.
Christmas is festive in bold colors but just as lovely in pretty pink and pastel blues. I'm kind of in love with that tree in frosty and feminine fabrics.
Most of my cards sold so now I'm busy crafting some more that we can send off to our friends. I am experimenting with my new embossing powders and heat tool that I have wanted for years and finally bought! I will share those creations with you soon!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful day!
xoxo
Karen