Google+ House Revivals: May 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Workshop With Venice Artist Flewnt

Over the course of the past year, my husband and I have been splitting our time between Seattle and Los Angeles. We have a little apartment on Venice Beach where we've gotten to know several of the local artists. One of our favorite LA artists is Flewnt, who creates assemblage works, including signs and flags.

The Best of LA Artist has a mobile studio where he offers workshops and stages pop-up galleries.  When the weather is fine, he leaves his bricks and mortar studio and takes his mobile studio up the Pacific Coast Highway, where he can park by the beach and create art between dips in the sea.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Create a Beautiful and Functional Kitchen

If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, you will want to read this post. It could save you a lot of money and frustration in the long run. As an interior designer, I've seen a lot of badly designed kitchens.

Kitchen design takes careful planning. Did you know there are recommended linear feet of shelving that depend on the size of your home and household?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

How to Make a Quilted Greeting Card

Nothing says comfort like a handmade quilt. Snuggling in with a beautiful quilt is like getting a comforting hug. Now, you can send a hug to loved ones far away or right next door with this easy quilted card.

To make this card, you will need an embossing machine and an embossing folder. Embossing machines can be found fairly affordably at big craft stores (use your 40% off coupon). Lately, I've been seeing them at Tuesday Morning, as well.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Why Should I Swatch My Art Media?

Do you swatch out your inks, pencils, crayons, and paints? For years, I didn't bother. It wasn't a big deal, because I only used two brands of marker and one brand of colored pencil. I used them so often, I didn't need to swatch them.

Over time, however, I started using other types and brands of media, and things started to get confusing.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Creating With Premade Card Bases

I'm lazy and I love card making, so I love, love using premade card bases (and embellishments) when it comes time to create.

I know  that a lot of card makers turn their noses up at premade printed bases, but I'm here to try to convince you to give them a chance. They have a lot going for them, not the least of which is their price -- you can often find a pack of fifty cards with envelopes for around five bucks. They are pretty and convenient and cheap -- what more do you need?

Well, most of them are pretty. The off white, crumpled linen looking base, shown above isn't that pretty, but when matted, it looks an awful lot like a pretty birch bark pattern. Matting a premade base also makes it much more sturdy, which is a plus, since premade bases tend to be a little flimsy.

I like to start a card project by gathering a few materials that I think will look good together. In this case, I dug through my stash and found a tag, a piece of pretty paper, a piece of twine, a sentiment (premade) and a flower left over from a flower making scrap busting session. I like to make lots of flowers at once, and keep them in a plastic Tupperware type container.

I found a second piece of paper to line the ready-made envelope. It doesn't match, exactly, but it sure does work with the whole ensemble. A hint for card making with ready made envelopes: go easy on the dimensional embellishments or your card might not fit into your envelope when you're done. If you are concerned that your embellished card might not fit, you can always trim your card base down a tiny bit.

Next, I cut a mat from the pretty yellow paper, and played with the other elements until I found a layout I liked. It was really that simple.

How to Make Easy Mixed Media Flowers

These mixed media flowers were inspired by projects by Barb Owen and Stitches by Julia. You will want to check out both of their YouTube channels -- they are full of amazing creative ideas.

I do a lot of projects using old book pages and covers, and often end up with a surplus of book paper. This project will help bust your stash of book pages,while building your stash of embellishments.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Inspiration From India's Colorful Trucks

We recently traveled to India for part of my son and daughter-in-law's wedding celebration. This was the trip of a lifetime, and we will treasure the memories always. After the celebration, both families road tripped around South India together. Our families bonded as we visited palaces and temples and beaches.

One of the things we began to notice, on our road trip, is that Indian trucks are often decorated.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

How to Create Card Kits From Your Stash

We've spent a lot of time traveling during the past year, and I wanted to be able to bring crafting projects along with me on our journeys. At the same time, I had lots of partially or mostly empty 12 by 12 paper pads, that needed to be used up.

I decided to create some "card kits" with the paper. Now, whenever I want to be creative in my travels, I can simply grab some card kits and go.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Customize a Mixed Ethnicity Eighteen Inch Doll

My beautiful blonde daughter is married to a very handsome mixed-Korean man. Together, they've created a lovely little girl with Asian features and dark blonde hair.

Our granddaughter loves American Girl and other brands of eighteen inch dolls. She has Gracie, the American Girl doll, which is Caucasian, and Leah, a Today's Girl doll, which is Asian. But, try as we might, we could not find a doll that looked like her.