Sunday, December 23, 2012

christmas tradition

When Mike was little, one year I wrapped gifts in brown paper so we could decorate them using foam stamps and acrylic paint. The next year, as Mike and I stamped packages, Jim decided to paint pictures on packages. A tradition was born. Each year we paint packages for each other. I’ve saved them all, put into artist porfolio books. It’s fun looking back at what we’ve done the past ten years—especially how much Mike’s interests have changed as he’s grown.

Here are some from this year. Mike painted this beautiful cardinal.

Here’s one by Jim. Santa is taking a Sonic break.

I’ve got a snowman toasting a marshmallow; don’t get too close to that fire!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

two cats and an ape

Couple of cats pics from several weeks ago. Yes, I have a concrete carousel gorilla in my yard.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

it's been a while...

It's been ages since I've posted here - hopefully I can get back into regular postings. An update on my Scrabble charm fundraiser:  so far, I've donated $760 to the high school band program - woo hoo!

Craft show season is over, thankfully. Every year I ask myself why I do it. I put tons of time and money into making things and I really don't make that much money from it. I don't look forward to making mass quantities of anything. Set up and break down is a huge ordeal. Show fees keep going up. Maybe next year I'll make the break.....

Here's a picture of some button rings I made for craft shows. I also have button bracelets. I won't bore you with photos of snowman poop, post-it note holders, and other caca that I only make because it sells.

Isn't this metal hand wonderful? I can't remember where I got it. I know I've gotten a lot of cool metal items at Hobby Lobby, but it seems I've had this hand longer than Hobby Lobby has been open in our area.