12/30/14

CGM Podcast Episode #71: A Little Scared of Disney

Listen to the episode here


Show Notes 

Life Update:

  • Christmas shenanigans
  • Parental Thoughts & Concerns about Christmas
  • I'm now a little scared of Disney


Picture of the "box" I mention in the podcast

F.O.'s and WIPs:
  • Finished: Barley Hat in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash - Solstice Heather (sorry no pics)
  • Cast on 2nd sock, using Knitting Blooms tutorials for Toe Up socks. 
  • Made 3 lined drawstring bags. Blogged about them here.
  • Art Journaling and making art on canvas. Blogged about this here and here.
Classic Movie:

Remember the Night 
with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray


My Top 5 Books of 2014:
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon


Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!

CGM

12/24/14

12/23/14

Crunch Time

Santa needs to lend me an elf to help wrap presents, because I'm so unmotivated to get the job done right now. And it's crunch time today since the kiddos will be home starting tomorrow.

Of course I had to squeeze in a little procrastination sewing over the weekend to make these 2 knitting bags:


 Pattern: Lined Drawstring Bag by Jeni Baker of In Color Order blog

I made these after sewing my mother-in-law a bag for Christmas out of Flea Market Fancy fabric (I forgot to take a pic before wrapping it up, sorry!) and was reminded what an easy pattern this was. I had the Grinch and Peanuts Christmas fabric on hand from a previous season

We've been having lots of holiday fun around here. Tree and house decorating, gingerbread house making, winter lights viewing, recitals, parties, shopping, teacher gifts, and more.










And oh yeah, after all this fun and games, both girls have birthdays within a month of Christmas.... not a darned thing planned yet and supposedly it's going to be a "Frozen/Elsa/Anna/Olaf/Rapunzel" extravaganza for a certain almost 4 year old. Ha!  

Can you blame me for almost weeping with happiness when the day spa squeezed me in for a massage next Tuesday?

Hope you are having lots of fun this holiday season...or at least holding it all together until the 26th!

CGM

PS - I wasn't kidding about the loaner elf Santa!

12/12/14

From Art Journal to Canvas: Christmas Trees

I recently took this art journal page:

 All is Calm art journal page, blogged here.

and made two 9" x 12" canvases from it:


Here are a few close-ups:







The only difference I made with these trees on canvas is that I used a larger snowflake stencil than in the art journal. You can't see it well in the photos but the Aleene's Glitter Snow really shimmers on these canvases, and I love that effect along with the texture it adds.

I'm not sure if I'll have time to translate this art journal page into fabric before the year ends, but I'm enjoying the colors and process so much, I may just keep a little Christmas going into the New Year!

CGM

12/7/14

What We're Reading This Month

Me:

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
(on sale 2/3/15, I am reading an advance copy)

Sam (age 7):
Samantha's Surprise (American Girl) 

Lego Friends: New Girl in Town

Maddy (age 3):

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
(Both girls love the Bear series, this one is a particular fave!)

(I'll buy anything Anna Dewdney writes and illustrates. This series is excellent for preschoolers)

What are you reading this month?

CGM



12/5/14

Art Journal Page: All is Calm, All is Bright

We are in Christmas movie watching mode around here, and this classic is on quite a bit:

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Charles Shutlz

Taking a little inspiration from the colorful Christmas tree lot, I made this page in my art journal:


I used aqua, purple, and pink acrylic paint on top of various scrapbook papers and white doilies for the background. The snow (groundcover and snowflakes) was made using Aleene's Glitter Snow paste. I love how it added texture and a pale sheen to the page.

Here are a few close-ups: 




I'm working on a few small canvases with these trees and similar palette...stay tuned!

CGM

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