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Leave a comment to be entered into my Christmas giveaway! Drawing will be this Friday, December 13th at 12 noon (PST). :) Christmas giveaway will consist of some Mushroom Meadows Christmas tags and stickers (as seen below) and some surprises, too! :)
Christmas Giveaway #1 is now closed. :) Thanks for participating!!!
There is an abundance to be thankful for this year, despite all the hardships that we face day to day. For me, I am grateful for my loving family and friends, for my home, for my job and school, and so much more! But I am also very thankful for this continual opportunity to share my artwork and life with all of you.
Thank you, bloggy friends! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! :)
I love daisies (they were one of my wedding flowers), so naturally, I was drawn to Marc Jacob's Daisy perfume. Anyway, I have been contemplating getting it, but it's pretty pricey. However, the fact that Sephora is having a sale this weekend convinced me that I should definitely give it a try. There's a 20% coupon code. It's FF2008, and you can get free shipping if you spend 50 dollars or more.
I have been hunting for a new fragrance, and I couldn't resist trying this (it contains a sample of the daisy perfume):
It ends up costing a little over 40 dollar, so it seems like a fairly decent deal because not only do you get ten samples (I LOVE perfume samples. The bottles are adorable.) but you get a certificate for a full-sized bottle at a sephora store!
4. My favorite smoothie is PASSION PUNCH at Juice it Up!
5. I've given up caffeine once again. It's been three weeks. woo-hoo!
6. I have to sleep with a blanket.
7. I just discovered the show "Jon and Kate plus 8" (we don't have cable at home but my work does & that's where I watch it...if I can!).
And, Green Bean Baby nominated me for the "I Love Your Blog" tag. :) Thanks!!! There are so many great blogs out there, which makes it difficult me to nominate just a handful. Instead, look at my side bar and you'll find some of my favorites (although I need to update it.) :)
I've been trying to practice my embroidery skills. It's hard and very time consuming! My impatience has led me to incorporate felt into my work instead of filling certain areas (like hair) in with thread. :)
The mushroom baby took longer because I wanted to try to fill it in all with thread.
By the way, I am currently in love with Hagen Dazs ice cream bars! YUM!!! Plus, I'll probably be back this week because I have a couple of TAGS to do! :)
I bought my first every mp3 song. 89 cents seems kind of pricey for one song, but I really, really like it. It's an older one, but it's still so good. Plus, it's so appropriate for Monday, don't you think? :)
Thank you so much for all your well wishes and sweet comments. I'm feeling much better, thank you! :)
I made some tags today, and I'm giving away a set of them. You get 5 Winter Boy Tags and 5 Snowman Tags. They're stamped using my newly carved winter stamps onto lovely scalloped kraft paper! They each come adorned with red string! :)
Just leave a comment, and I'll announce the winner this Sunday.
Speaking of giveaways, I received this lovely embroidered tea towel from Oliver Rain! Thank you again! :)
So, my birthday was yesterday. It was so fun! My husband basically took me to every craft store that I wanted to go to. :) I got some paper punches, wood dolls to paint, paper/cardstock, and other little knick-knack kind of stuff. :)
Plus, we went to this new yogurt place. There were so many toppings. I had apple jelly, mochi, mango, and kiwi on mine. YUM! YUM! Then, we drove down a street until it ended. :) Lastly, we stopped at the beach. It was a lovely day.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes!!! You make my week super special. :)
And for those who were curious about the birthday surprise...here it is:
I've always loved the way hobbits celebrate birthdays. Instead of the receiving gifts on one's birthday, one gives gifts on his/her birthday!!! So, I wanted my upcoming birthday to be celebrated such a way...Hobbit style!!!
I decided to utilize my ETSY, bitsy Shop, to give away a little handmade present to anyone who wants to celebrate my birthday with me!!! All you have to do is pay for the shipping/handling fee (which is just $1.00) and your little present will be mailed to you this week! :)
I've only listed a handful of presents, but if there's anyone else who wants one, just send me an email, convo me, or just leave a comment on this post and I'll reserve a birthday surprise for you on etsy!
This is a diversion from the normal crafts...just some pondering that I've done...
The battle never ceases, despite the fact that there are long periods in our lives without fighting, without bloodshed, without even fear or weeping. However, do not be fooled. Those times are merely rest stops; the battle still rages. Do not put down your weapons. Do not give up your defenses. Do not think that you're safe and secure.
The enemy is lurking, and he is waiting for you to give in to the belief that everything is fine; he wants you to embrace the status quo. The truth is everything is not as quiet and calm as you may think. The battle rages on, and the rest is only there to help you prepare for battle!
Friends, know God. He is your defense. The battle will continue, and when it does, will you be ready?
This is an illustration I did yesterday for a school project.
Life may seem very peachy, but it's really just the pits.
I know there are a lot of people out there with pain and fear, disappointments and sorrows, regrets and despair... and I just hope and pray that you guys will make it. Just know that you're not alone. (Forgive me for my randomness.)
Step 1: Either trace or draw your image with pencil. Make the pencil markings as dark as possible because this will determine how bold your transfer will be. The bolder the transfer, the better!
Step 2: Cut a block of carving material to the size of your image. Press the image to the material and rub. Try not to move the image because you want one solid transfer. If the image shifts while you're rubbing, you may end up with multiple copies of your image on the carving material, which is bad. :)
Step 3: Trace the pencil image with permanent marker. This is important because the pencil image tends to fade during the carving, so it's nice to have a permanent outline of the image on your carving material.
Step 4: Carve out everything that's not in permanent ink. I use a small carving tip, I think it's size 1, for the details and I'm currently using size 3 to remove the bigger chunks.
Step 5: During my carving process, every time I carve something out of my stamp, I ink it and make an impression. This helps me see the progress of my carving. The hardest part about stamp carving, however, is knowing when to stop. Your stamp can potentially lose an eye or mouth if you keep trying to perfect it.
Step 6: We're almost done (Part III is next, so stay tuned).
In today's tutorial, I'm going to talk about materials. The tools you use is perhaps one of the most important factors in the success of your stamps. :)
1. speedball linoleum carving set Finding this carving set may be difficult, but it's worth the search! It gives you control and accuracy! :)
2. x-acto knife I use my x-acto knife to cut the stamp carving material to the size that I want. Pretty nifty, versatile tool.
3. versaFine, versaMagic, and brilliance inkpads I LOVE different inks, but my favorites are the above. *sigh* These guys are super expensive, but they last a while, and they give your stamped image more than you could ever imagine! I like the versaFine because you can use watercolor with it. I like versaMagic because it gives a nice shadow to your projects. And brilliance? Well, it's REALLY bold and well, brilliant.
4. speedball carving material It's true, this stuff is soft, but it does a fantastic job getting the fine details of your image! I love it!!! Also, it's a bit pricey. Take that back, it's very pricey. However, it makes carving less about physical strength and more about the carving.
Here are some of the pieces that I've recently done (which are now in the shop!):