i love creating art in different places: a friend’s house, an art retreat, a blanket in the park.
the best way to be able do this i’ve found, is by having a designated art travel bag. easy to grab and go when inspiration hits.
the local craft stores never seemed to have all that i was looking for. so i had to create my own!
i ended up going to home depot/lowe’s (can’t remember which one) to find a tool bag.
something close, but may even be better, is this one I found here or here.
whichever one you decide on, make sure it’s a material that is porous and will accept the paint.
• first you’ll want to remove all labels, or pieces you don’t want showing, with small scissors or a seam ripper.
• next, i would recommend gesso‘ing it. which is basically priming it and will help the paint stick. to be honest, i didn’t and my bag is still fine many years and lots of use later. but, i may have just gotten lucky.
• then i just used all different kinds of acrylic paints and started layering colors and markings.
• when the paint was dry i used permanent ink to make smaller details. and then more paint again. the more layers the better is what i say!
• for the little flower on the pocket i used some felt and stitched it together first before using E6000 and gluing it to the bag.
once you’re all done it’s time to LOAD it up and go make art!
if you end up making yourself one i would sure love to see it.
i seriously can’t believe i’m even old enough to have a daughter getting married… but I DO!!!
she’s almost 21, her and her fiancé are both graduating college in May and are planning to marry in June.
they seem so young. but, i was 20 when i got married, and we’re still married… happily. thankfully.
we are excited for them and proud of them both.
i’ve never planned a party like this before. let me just say, pinterest makes party planning easy AND hard at the same time! we did a dessert bar with chocolate fondue. the sweet love banner i made from old doily coasters that i stamped on and then taped to a ribbon.
me and my sweet girls before the festivities commenced. (thank you mom for insisting on the pic!)
i used white gel pens to make the little signs for the tables.
the bride-to-be herself made these beautiful french macarons.
inspired by this i just had to do a mimosa bar. i scoured thrift shops for pretty glasses instead of buying plastic ones for close to the same price, and it worked out perfectly. it was super fun and interactive! i’ll definitely be doing this again.
we had the party in the upstairs of our Allen Designs studio so the lights and tassels were already set up, which was really nice. it just adds to the party feel instantly.
i’ve had this piece pinned on pinterest for a long, long time and throwing this party was the perfect reason to make it finally happen.
it was a lovely time and my daughter was immensely blessed. i couldn’t ask for anything more.
I am so excited about this opportunity to share my love of creating, explore Oaxaca, Mexico and spend time with like-minded people! Not to mention teach alongside the prolifically talented and fabulous Sunny Carvahlo (check out her work and her workshop post here)! We would LOVE to have you join us on this adventure!
Kathie Vezzani, also an artist, has been organizing culinary trips to Mexico with Culinary Adventures, Inc. and Marilyn Tausend for the past twenty years with chefs such as Rick Bayless, Diana Kennedy, Susana Trilling (from Oaxaca), Roberto Santibanez, and the late Elaine Gonzalez. Additionally, she tested recipes for Tausend’s last three Mexican cookbooks. Kathie’s tours combine two of her passions, food and art.
Joining her as she has with Culinary Adventures’ tours, is Ane Elena Martinez, a pastry chef from Puebla who coordinates details in Mexico.
Together with their many friends and contacts in Oaxaca, they have planned a once in a lifetime experience for us!
Trip will include:
• Painting and creating with Sunny and myself all week!!! • “Welcome” fiesta • Cooking lesson at Seasons of My Heart Cooking School with Susanna Trilling • Market Tour • Visits to artisans- black pottery and alebrijes • Visit to museum and paper making demonstration • Art supplies • Transportation within Oaxaca • Time to explore Oaxaca and its many artful offerings • Opportunity to sign up for massages and/or a temazcal • And, best of all… a new ART TRIBE!!!
i was tired of my plain ol’ black uncomfortable camera strap and wanted to create something with more comfort and “cuteness factor”. i’m not much of a sewer, so I would consider this a pretty simple tutorial.
to start, take your camera strap off. camera straps can come in different sizes. measure it. (measure up to where the strap meets the leather.) add a bit more than a ¼” to each side and ½” to each end. then, tear your strips of muslin to those dimensions. you will need to tear 2 pieces per strap. don’t worry about being perfect; it actually looks cool if one of the pieces is a hair smaller or larger.
now we’re going to work on the back. take the same measurements and take your pretty fabric and tear it. you could also panel together some smaller pieces for fun like i did in the photo on the 2nd one from the bottom. then cut your strip of fleece about 1¼” wide.
now take just your backside, not your muslin, and pin your fleece down the center. i started with stitching right down the center so i could determine about how many stitched lines on each side i could fit in. to add a cute little detail, i actually did the reverse stitch several times down each line. now take your time and really watch the fleece. it likes to move around, even with it pinned down.
pick your coordinating felt colors and have some fun! i chose simple circles with some alternating colors. remember: you are going to be stitching in on each side just a bit over ¼”, so don’t get too big.
after you have circles all laid out where you want them, go ahead and mark where they go with a pencil. there is no need to pin them because you’ll end up taking it out anyways!
using your free form/motion on your sewing machine, take your two-piece circles and starting in the middle, doodle your flowers or whatever you choose on your two pieces of muslin. take your time to watch the smaller circle so it stays flat. have fun and don’t be afraid to be messy. messy in repeat is organized pattern that doesn’t look messy anymore!
now you’re going to sew the front and back together. i like the frayed edges so I don’t turn mine inside out. make sure to check your camera strap to your fabric one last time to see how far in to sew. you don’t want to get too close to the edges nor be too loose on the strap
mix Raw Umber and Azo Gold(or colors of your choice) acrylics with quite a bit of water to get an antique brown that I just love. you can also just use a good orangy brown. then, loosely brush it around all the circles leaving a rough ¼” of original muslin. don’t worry about covering every square inch, it will add character. i’m sorry i don’t have a better picture of this stage. if you need to, take a paper towel afterward to soak up the extra moisture.
take the colored acrylic paint and again, loosely paint it on with a large hard bristle brush. leave areas of the brown to show through. i say “large dry bristle brush” because that way you can’t be too perfect! you shouldn’t have to water it down since you will already have so much moisture on your strap. also be sure to hit spots on the outside of the seam, this will help the muslin from fraying more than you want it to.
finish by hand sewing some beads on and you’re ready to make you’re camera oh so pretty.
putting on the new strap: tape the end of your strap to the end of a paintbrush and work your strap through your cover. you might have to “cup” your strap a bit to get it in but there should end up being a bit of give in your fabric by the end of it. if your cover seems too long for your strap it’s supposed to be that way. it will soon bunch up a little and you want it to be long enough to still cover the strap.
if you end up making one i would LOVE to see what you come up with!!!
good luck and if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section and i’ll answer them. 🙂
i love creating art in different places; a friend’s house, an art retreat, etc.
the best way to be able do this i’ve found, is by having a designated art travel bag.
the local craft stores never seemed to have all that i was looking for.
so i ended up going to home depot/lowe’s (can’t remember which one) to find a tool bag.
it was hideous and very manly.
as curly girl designs says, “i am fairly certain given a cape & a nice tiara, i could save the world”-
for me it should read, “given paint and a paint brush i could change the world!”.
as you can see- over time a LOT OF paint has been added!
i also took a box cutter and removed some of the inside separators that I didn’t need and were just going to get in the way.
my friend Janne and i strongly believe that “arting” should be a word. right?!?!
i love all the outside pockets on this bag.
over the past few years i’ve worked it’s contents down to my personal arting essentials.
• blue shop paper towels- love these cause i can use them over & over again
• recycled lids for paint palettes
• washi tape
• art journal or project of the moment
and there you have it.
that’s what’s in my bag.
obviously, you could make a bag like this for all sorts of hobbies- scrap-booking, sewing, crocheting, beading etc.
do you have one? if so, how does it differ? what’s in your bag?
if you’re still looking to send out your christmas cards,
here are some fun & free templates you can use with your own photos!
just follow our step by step instructions below,
if you have questions post in the comments and we’ll help as best we can.
STEP 1: You will need to download Photoshop if you don’t already have it. There is a free trial here that you can use.
STEP 2: Download our free card templates here and open the one you want to use in Photoshop.
STEP 3: Drag and drop your photo into the folder titled Your Photo Here.
STEP 4: If your photo is too large use the marquee tool (M) to select and delete any parts of the photo that go beyond the template.
STEP 5: Get it printed! (Costco & Walgreens are two options)
a good 3-4 hours! glue gun & plenty of glue sticks styrofoam wreath (i used a 17″ flat not rounded one for mine) lots and lots of ornaments, different sizes all the way down to minis if possible and fabric
1. start by wrapping your wreath with strips (anywhere from 2″-5″ strips will work) of fabric and securing, fabric to fabric, with hot glue.
2. at this point you’ll want to tie a ribbon around the wreath for hanging.
3. then began hot gluing ornament after ornament on the top first, then move to the sides of the wreath. i started by gluing larger ones first saving the smaller ones to fill in the gaps later.
**make sure as you’re going along that it sits flat on your table as that is how it will hang on the wall. **i tried to apply glue on as many sides that I can, giving it as much security as possible.
this is a wreath i made for my momma a few years ago…
and i’d LOVE to see yours when your done!
with the holiday season right around the corner,
i figured i should remind you of what you can do with all those photo christmas cards this year.
this is a great DIY way to organize and keep memories of those families you want to remember year to year.
all you need is a hole punch and some rings. punch some holes (the same width apart), and put them together!
last year i took the pretty top off another christmas card and used it as my cover.
i bring them out every year and they’re always getting looked at by us and by our guests. this whole thing literally took me about 10 minutes.
until a few days ago i had never made nor had pumpkin pancakes.
i didn’t realize what i was missing!
i found this recipe from annie’s eats -and it is delish. (her recipe didn’t call for allspice but i didn’t have the ground ginger or cloves. not really sure if allspice covers those but it sounded good.)
i doubled the recipe and it made enough to feed 5 big eaters with a few left over. and i did end up having to add some water just cause the batter was so thick.
my kids said they were the best pancakes they’ve ever had. crazy huh.
have you had them?
am i the last to know about these things?
for the acorns i heated the little caramels up in the microwave just enough to make them pliable.
then hand formed them into somewhat-acorn shapes.
dipped the cap part in some melted chocolate and then rolled them in the chocolate sprinkles.
simple and relatively quick.
i think i like the white frosting a little better than the slightlytoxic blue.
maybe i’m just finally growing up?
well… probably not.
since moving into my new studio i’ve been trying to work through items i’ve been hanging onto for future projects.
you know “those things”… you have them too. right?
this old rug was one of mine.
YEARS, i’ve been moving it from one place to another!
when jolie gave me this awesome dino screen print she did in my workshop– i knew it would be a perfect compliment to this rug i had been saving.
the juxtaposition of the dinosaur and the pink & red pillow base just makes me smile.
i also love the woven texture that the rug brings.
first, i used the fused webbing stuff to adhere the screen print to the rug.
then stitched around it with the sewing machine.
the rug was the perfect size to just fold over so i would only have to stitch three sides…
which ended up being a good thing since i broke my needle and ended up having to do that part by hand!
the one thing i would have done different would have been to put the fringe on the side instead of on the bottom.
but oh well, it’s good enough and, it’s COMPLETED!
do you have any of those items with really annoyingly long cords?
either they’re in the way or even just an eyesore.
this has been mine of late.
and finally, today i took a couple of minutes to do something about it.
i don’t need it to be very long so all i did was gather it up back & forth till it was the length i needed.
then i took a few pretty colors of washi tape and begun wrapping it around and around.
i would recommend several rotations so that the cord doesn’t end up tearing out of the tape.
ahhhhh. all better.
not just organized and clean but even fetching!
sometimes, it’s the simplest of accomplishments that make me the happiest.
st. patrick’s day is already almost here!
these cute & funky st. patrick’s day cupcake toppers are ones that i previously designed for a party. i’ve included the free downloads for them at the bottom of this post. i haven’t quite gotten around to this years yet… not sure if it’s going to happen.
do you have any big plans/traditions for st. patty’s day 2012?