Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Silhouette Tips . . .

I myself love my Silhouette SD, I do not have the Portrait but would love it because of the larger format.  I have the designer software on mine bc I can scan in a drawing and by using the trace feature cut anything out.  I have had mine a few years and love cutting the lettering out of different mediums such as vinyl or heat transferred materials. All fonts and sizes are made in an instant.  I

 make many lettering patterns by just cutting the letters from computer paper and can trace felt and thicker fabric letters out.  I could cut these too out with the Silhouette but I am frugal when it comes to buying new  blades all the time.  So good scissors will work well.  I have some past projects i have used mine for first are the Going to Disneyland Shirts.  The Baby Names. And the Name Canvases.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Keeping Track of the Years . . .

We all agree that whether they are our children or grandchildren . . . time flies - they grow up so fast!
                                                                                                                                           Sigh . . . .

For my grandson's Third Birthday I made a chalk poster documenting his favorite things . . .

his other favorite thing is to swing.  So taking the picture of him in front of the swings was perfect!

My daughters idea . . . . . have to confess :-)  So two things are remembered in this memory making art,

  what he looks like at three and what his interests were  . . . .

 I used chalk for this, it's what I had with me at the time.    I have read where others have used

Crayola florescent markers.  They do draw well on the black poster board.  But on this day I awoke

early and was down at the beach securing our spot for the party!!  It was such a great weekend.

 Now his sister's birthday is coming up soon and I saw another idea

 doing the same thing in Photoshop.  But needed a background . . . .  so I googled a background of

old wood and then just wrote out her favorite things and instead of doing it for her birthday I am

writing about First Grade and adding the year.   these are actually her Kindergarten favorites so will

change this for my book I am going to make her.  But you get the idea, right?

  I have  6 grandchildren and digital folders on each, either one of these ideas are great for

documenting the years . . . such fun times and before I know it I will have a collection of great

memories to place in a book for each of them!        HS Graduation here we come!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Keeping A Daily Drawing Journal

This last week we had our granddaughters for a week. It is a week I look forward to all year long. We had a great time with them going to the Point Arena Lighthouse and exploring the Fort Bragg area.  Our early morning walks on the beach had me wanting to paint, so when I came home I join a sketchbook journaling workshop through FB.  It has motivated me to paint each morning so the following are my first few days . . ..
Day 1:

Day 2:  Beach Treasures found . . . . inspired by Dion Dior

Then this morning I was inspired by a Susan Branch cookbook . . .love  her little vignettes.

Day 3:   Morning Glories my favorite flower . . . .

Day 4:
Day 5:
Day 6:
Day 7:

Day 8:

Then we traveled to Yosemite National Park and I had fun taking a some time to create:

I will continue the posting, because I was reminded if you want to succeed at the dream, you have
 to work at it everyday . . . . put in the time.  Be creative everyday!

Monday, March 25, 2013

ZenTangling . . . Doodling at it's best!

ZenTangling . . . 

My latest way to unwind is this doodling method I have found called Zentangle.

I found this originally on FB and clicked on a link that led to a YouTube video . . . I was hooked and Amazon' ed the authors. Lately we have been traveling and I just love the way it warms me up to draw.  Which had me thinking about Easter Designs on my eggs this year.  Todays Challenge: so thought I would pass on some examples of what I have learned.  I have bought these books for my grandchildren and I love how the basics of Line, one of the first Elements in Art that is taught is done in such a beautiful way.

Here is a Video of Zen Tangle Designs for Easter on Designing Eggs . . . 


Mahalo, Anne Jones

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

It was my hope this year to be a more dedicated writer of my creative life . . .  My love of life and all that is creative and inspiring.  To be more open and to focus on the creative themes I have begun.

 It has been almost a year since my last entry and yes the guilt is grueling but if any of you have an elder parent you know how blending that with your already busy life is a challenge.

 I love my mom she is so talented and has done so much for us. My brother, sister and I.  I am the eldest and I also live nearby.   I have always called her the original Betty Crocker or Martha . . . . she has always been great with money and shopping, decorating, sewing and bargain hunter! If she was just able to type I might put her to work on her own blog she would have a knack for this . . . I know . . .

But ten years ago on my husband on our anniversary she had a stroke. I was actually with her and got her to the hospital before any damage had occurred.   Mike and I left for dinner and I got up early to get to the hospital because more tests were to be run.  I was too late - I arrived and she was not in her room.  I asked at the nurses station and the two nurses exchanged looks . . . my first clue that something was not right.  One of them finally said she is down in the basement being scanned, so off I dashed and as soon as I walked in the room, my mom that I had known all those years was gone.  The whole left side of her face was now drooped.   Later I was told her left arm and leg also had been affected.

I guess there is a reason we cannot see into the future because  I had it in my head, ok in a year she will be back to her old self, and I worked with her diligently.  Showering her, blow drying her hair, dressing her yes she was in a facility for the first two months but I was there everyday to start her day.  My brother came and we moved her to a better rehab facility, but still I kept coming each morning decorating her room with cards and  grooming her.  I know the staff thought I was annoying I am sure but when I did step out they left her sitting on the pot for more than an hour.  So that was not acceptable to me . . . .   One day I arrived to shower her and she was already in the shower with a male nurses aid showering her.  Yes I flipped out . . . .  my mom's comment shocked me, "Anne you are just taking all the fun away!"  Ha Ha . . . .  yea I guess in away I was . . . . she was 78 at the time and that probably was the most excitement she had had in a long time . . . so much for my helpful hands.

 Looking back I took everything so seriously only because I wanted more than anything for her to get better.  I hosted her birthday party there that year and tried so hard to make this time for her as enjoyable as possible.   We moved home after two months.  I learned to transfer her to a car and we were able to go to lunch and short jaunts.  We hired caregivers and most of those we have had were great in taking care of my mom.  It is hard though having someone in your family home and learning how your family does things . . . I could go on and on.   We had my mom go to all kinds of therapies and Stroke Camps, water therapy and lunches with the girls.  Holidays were all the family pitching in and making favorite dishes she used to make.  Memories . . . ten years of memories I will treasure.  She did not regain the use of her left hand or leg.  But we look at the bright side and are so grateful that she can speak and has her funny sense of humor.  We just celebrated our 42nd Wedding Anniversary, Mike has been so supportive of all the times I am gone and the dinners he cooks himself.  We have a tradition that I make a card every year.  This year it has been raining all week so I had this idea . . . . from another Blog of course putting crayons through a cheap glue gun!
Yes it works, but they are very liquid-y, very . . . . I actually want to try it on something larger like a canvas but here is my card~ Happy Anniversary Mike and mom we celebrate your life too!  Here is to many more years being the best we can be!