Come take a peek inside my Art Journal......
This little Nature Art Journal makes me so giddy. It's just a "little fellow" made from a 5X7 vintage book that nobody wanted. Poor little guy. He is now very wanted and much loved. I usually gesso my books as I create, but because this is going to be my little travel book, I pre-gessoed all the pages. Now every page is a blank canvas ready for my art.
When I don't have room to carry my travel journal with me, I make sure to at least carry a couple pieces of gessoed book paper in my bag. It takes up little room in my purse so I can watercolor on-the-go and paste it in my travel journal when I get home. It also takes the pressure off of perfection because if I don't like it then it doesn't go into my book.
It's so fun to have an art journal with a theme. What I love about a nature theme is that it can carry over into every season. What will your next art journal theme be?
Its not very often one gets to meet their inspiration. I had the privilege of meeting mine this weekend: Susan Branch. I have admired her art for as long as I can remember. I would buy anything I could get my hands on that she created. During my dating years, I used her stickers to create love notes and gifts for my Harrison. I have always loved art, but it was Susan Branch that lit the fire for my love of watercolor. She even shares my love of vintage delights. Kindred Spirits!
She is such a down to earth and friendly soul. I adore her. Harrison and I drove down to where she was signing for her new book: A Fine Romance at the Remnants of the Past Antique Show. Her new book is a handwritten diary of her trip to England. Inspiration at every page!
I even made a simple little watercolor picture to give to her. Susan started watercoloring at age 30, which happens to be my age. I am just a beginner in watercoloring, but maybe one day I can be as talented as she is with watercolors. There is something so special about creating art that touches peoples souls. Susan Branch's art touches my soul and this dreamer's imagination.
If you find yourself in San Luis Obispo you must stay at the hotel we stayed in: Apple Farm Inn, Restaurant and Gift Shop. Don't forget to try their warm apple cider! It just doesn't seem like fall until I have a cup of their apple cider and watch "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon". Have you seen that movie? I highly recommend it! Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are delightful in it.
Do you want a sneak peak? click here!
Today is day one and I have been hiding out in my art room all day painting and watching class videos. This is a three-week class full of so many wonderful holiday projects. The inspiration in this class is just overflowing. Come join me!
When I found out Junelle Jacobsen was going to be featured in Somerset Workshop magazine, I knew I had to get my copy as swiftly as possible. To my delight, 39 pages were dedicated to Junelle. She showed how to create 5 unique mixed media projects along with more inspiring photos of her art work. I rarely spend money on magazines, but this magazine was chalked full of so much crafting inspiration, I couldn't help myself. It was Love at first sight.
For all you knitters and crocheters, Ravelry is a great social network with an amazing knitting and crochet pattern data base. Your given your own profile page where you can post projects, queue your favorite patterns, and even keep a record of your yarn, knitting needle, and crochet hooks.
It is also a great way to meet other knitters and crocheters by either becoming their friend, commenting on their projects, or joining groups.
Ravelry's pattern data base includes an amazing search engine. For instance, you have a skein of yarn you just bought, but you have no clue what to make with it. In the yarn index, you can search for the yarn you bought and see what other people have made with that same yarn. You can also use the advanced search to find projects by needle size, pattern name, yarn weight, fiber, and even patterns in your language.
My favorite part of Ravelry is being able to see how other peoples projects have turned out. If i'm unsure about a pattern, I can see other people's experiences with that pattern, how they rated it, and even what yarn and needle size they used.
Don't just take my word for how awesome Ravelry is. Go try it for yourself and while your at it, look me up. My user name is: BekahJan. Happy Stitches!
I had the privilege of connecting with fellow artists back in August, and I was in need of some protection for my brushes while they traveled. After searching the web for the perfect solution, I found the sisters from "The DIY Dish". They don't make videos anymore, but in their archives was the perfect solution for my brushes: the crayon roll.
The way Kim and Kris designed this crayon roll was super easy which made it the perfect candidate to customize it to the size I needed. The instructions were really simple and fast. It only took me a couple hours to complete the day before my trip.
I am thrilled with how this brush roll turned out and it even fit in my art bag! The flower fabric used is from Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 collection in Bloom (granite). The fun egg dots fabric I found in my stash seems to be discontinued. The yellow ribbon was 3/8th stitched satin ribbon in the color Summer Starfruit by Stampin Up.
Check out the DIY Dish's youtube channel. They have many more fun projects to share.
It wasn't until I was married, that I started watching The Waltons. I grew up with their rival, Little House on the Prairie which still happens to be my all time favorite. What can I say? I have always had a soft spot for Michael Landon.
Harrison and I just happened to be on a Waltons marathon kick last year, when we found out about The Waltons 40th Anniversary cast reunion. How could we not go? I was in desperate need for a road trip. Besides, Charlotte Stewart, who played Miss Beadle on Little House was going to be there! That was enough to get me to pack my bags. This was a once in a life time opportunity.
Front and center on the red carpet, I took photo after photo. I was in Heaven! All the celebrities were so friendly, which made for a delightful event and fabulous evening.
Sadly, Joe Conley (pictured below) who played Ike Godsey on the show past away earlier this year. This photo with his co-star was one of the last pictures he was ever in and has been featured around the web to honor him. I have found the photo in everything from video tributes to news articles about him.
Since I have included all the photos on flickr under creative commons, people have been using them all over the internet. I have come across them on wikipedia and news articles. Who knew these photos would be so popular. I was blessed indeed to get such a great vantage point to snap photos. I am a sentimental old fool and I had a blast.