Friday, August 29

Friday Freebie

Well, well, well.  It's been a few weeks, probably a full month, since I've done one of these.  It's been crazy around here.  We painted the house, we finished the deck, we threw an end of the summer party, J had his last summer residency, and we took a nice long, much needed Caribbean holiday.  We accomplished a lot around here this month.  I'm hoping to be able to accomplish just as much in September.  My studio move is my main objective.  As soon as that's done, I'll be a happy girl.

But let's get to this weeks freebie, okay. This week I have this designer pack for you.

This is such a neat freebie.  This pack contains one page element and two digital papers. 

Don't have My Memories software, don't worry about it.  You can use my promo code, STMMMS11215, to get $10 off the My Memories Software and then an additional $10 off any purchase in the store. That's a pretty cool deal. The My Memories folks have some really great scrapbooking things. And even if you don't scrapbook, the software and extras are really awesome. I don't scrapbook, but I love the software to make interesting blog post pictures. I even used it to make some labels for my homemade granola bars, so J wouldn't have to guess flavors anymore. Just use STMMMS11215 to get the discounts.

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend and stay creative. 

Wednesday, August 27

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 26


In between all the craziness that has been the month of August, I have actually got a little bit of beading done.  I've been working on a few custom cuffs as well as a project for a non profit.

First off I have two pyramid stud cuffs that I finished up.  The one on the left is just 1/2" studs on black leather and the one on the right is 1/4" studs with two rows of red beads between them.  Both simple, but very nice.

The third cuff I've been working on is a combination of beadwork and 1/4' pyramid studs.  I am so very happy with how this turned out.  It's very beautiful.  I'll be making a second one like this, but the red beads will be replaced with 24kt gold beads.  I really can't wait to see how that one looks as well.

And finally I have been working on a mixed media piece for the non-profit, America SCORES, Milwaukee chapter.  It's for their Inspired Art fund raiser.  They have the children that participate in the program write poems and then ask artists to create art based on the poems.  I thought it was a very cool idea, so I signed up as soon as I heard about it.  This is what I have so far.  I picked up some red and white striped straws and now I just need to finish the beadwork and paint the canvas.  I have until October, so I should be okay.  
So that's what I've been up to on the beady side of things.  I'm hoping to get a lot more done now that summer is drawing to a close.  Then maybe I can get back into my routine and get some stuff done.  What has everyone else been up to?  What kind of artsy things have you been working on?  I'd love to know!

Monday, August 25

Studio Update

Wow, I have been so terrible with this blog.  But this month has really been a busy one, even more busy then a normal month.  J had his last summer residency this month (that means he's graduating in December).  We then had a small party to celebrate the end of summer and the deck being finished.  Then we took our first vacation in a long time (about 6-7 years).  So there has been a lot crammed into this month.

J goes back to school in September and things should settle down a little bit here, so hopefully that means I can get back to a regular blog schedule.  And hopefully my studio move will be done soon, so I can get settled in and not worry about it any more.

So how about a little update on that?  A little update on how the studio is coming along.  I picked a paint color.  And I'm really loving it.

It's a warm wonderful yellow.  It really brightens up the room.  I can't wait to start working in such a pretty environment.  The photo really doesn't do it justice, it's so warm and inviting.

We also picked out the flooring.  We went with a non-adhesive vinyl.  It's the same kind of tile we put in the bathroom upstairs, which we love.  You don't use any adhesives, you just cut it out in the shape of your room and lay it down.  That simple.  And it looks very nice.

It's hard to tell in the photo what it looks like because it's still in the roll, but trust me, it will look so nice in the studio.

So that's where I am on that project.  I'm hoping to start pull up the old tile and get the new flooring installed down soon.  Then I can start moving my stuff down there and putting up shelves.  I really can't wait for this project to be over with.  My current studio is a disaster and trying to get anything done in it is such a headache.  It will be so nice to have a new space to call home.  Now if only I could finish this project before next year ;-)

Wednesday, August 13

Wordless Wednesday

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