This blog started with small daily paintings then changed to a more personal sharing of projects, events and photos. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jumping Back a Month

We'll just pretend it's August---I almost forgot to post about this year's Children's Craft Fair!  Slap my hand!
I'm very proud of my granddaughter (on the right) and her friend's accomplishments in bringing this year's booth to fruition!  Maybe even prouder than all the previous years---I've talked in the past how I tend to get involved a little too much?--you might remember, here, here, here  here and here.  Phew!
This year everything was her's and her friend's idea--they got together for many weeks prior to the fair to cook their cupcakes and freeze them, make the frosting and even cleaned and washed dishes--they thought out all the details and then had a great day frosting and selling their fabulous mini cupcakes!

Four minis fit in a hand folded origami box with lid.

Awesome job!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Garden Mobile

A plant's eye view

I've hung this inside my netted and above-ground garden (just planted with winter vegetable seeds), because the net doesn't keep out the birds, but maybe a mobile with shiny can tops will do the trick?

It was fun to make a mobile again, but tough to take a good picture of one!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Aunty C

A Shrinky Dink tribute to my Aunt Carolyn who lived up into her ninety's!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Tribute using Shrinkydink

 Portraits, shrinkydinked and Photo-shopped.

I love this photo and had it on my wall in my kitchen until it faded so I could barely make out their faces, so of course, it was time to Shrinkydink!  I've hung this in my kitchen.  These three fantastic ladies have nurtured, inspired, supported and loved me along with all my siblings and cousins.
An Aunt.....A Grandmother......A Mother
Librarian.......Milliner.......Factory worker
brown bread.....beans.....corn
fresh air.......warm bread.......beach

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Recreating Glenda's Crown

It was the night before the show.  My granddaughter's gown had to be pinned in spots, and I was given an old crown to possibly fix for the performance...

This Glenda crown is many years old and beyond fixing--I tried to determine what it was made from.  It looks to be a gauzy material soaked in fiberglass and sparkles.  Now it just crackles at the touch.  It must have been a beautiful sight to behold when it was freshly made.  What doesn't show in this picture is that the silver stars on top are glued to little lengths of a thick fishing line that would move and shimmer when worn.
This is pure brilliance!

    I made this one using a pattern I got from the old crown.  The evening before the show, I roamed Rite Aid and the Dollar store.   I used a shiny pink little costume skirt from the Dollar store (unbelievably easy to pull apart!) and some clear contact paper from Rite Aid.   I laid the pink material in between two pieces of contact paper--used wire and what ever I had on hand.   I stayed up way too late working on this----Had to cut the height of it down, twice--had to try to made the thing adjustable to fit and stay on.   If I had to do this again I wouldn't use contact paper---it wants to droop, but the added wires helped.  I would have loved to add those shimmering stars on the top, but I was afraid the extra weight would bend the contact paper and I didn't have those big shiny stars that could hold their own, just some hand cut aluminum stars that would no doubt fold over in some unpleasing ways if left to bounce on their own up there.

The crown in action---it worked!

"Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old witch at last is dead!"

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Table for my Table

I've made a table for my table---YAY!  My back thanks me.  This raises my kitchen table/counter up almost 7 inches.  I've wanted to do this for such a long time.  I used some old wood, a thick piece of plywood for the top and a length of 4x4 for the legs.  The top I could cut with a skill saw, but the 4x4 was too thick for the skill saw, so I had to cut each leg with a hand saw--this took some sweat and time---the ends of the legs didn't come out super straight edged, but good enough that it doesn't wiggle!  The plywood was weathered and old, so I sanded it all--again by hand.  I attached each leg with 4 long wood screws, then used some left over paint I found in our garage.  This took me from morning till about 5pm, when the table was dry and ready to be put in place.   This project reminds me of a saying my grandmother used to say, "Where there's a will, there's a way", because this was not an easy task to pull off.  I kept thinking anybody who was used to working with wood, would have this put together and done within an hour, but I enjoyed doing this in my own slow calculating way.

This is an old table--the leaf that swings up and is held by the front table leg is bowed, so things tend to roll around, but this is a much improved space made with supplies I had on hand.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Healthy Snack (Helfee Sak)

About 5 or 6 years ago, my granddaughter made me a list of healthy snacks (helfee sak)  I had that list taped to my kitchen wall till it faded and yellowed, but I still couldn't throw it away, so I enlarged it and painted it on my wall.

Healthy snacks, carrots and ranch, crackers and cheese, bananas, ants on a log, fruits

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sculpture of a Towel

This is my new favorite sculpture--I don't know who the artist is, but it sits up at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, CA, right outside the rest rooms.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Olive Oyl

My idea of a home improvement project--to paint Olive Oyl on my olive oil.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Birthday Art

Both pieces were painted by my sister, Martha Miller and sent to me for my birthday!  The painting is done after the artist, Kokoschka II.  This as his version of Adam and Eve

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pacific Dance's Production of Frozen

My granddaughter as the Duke of Weselton, and dancing as a wolf and a troll.

A few blurry photos of the Frozen production---turned out to be a great show!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wolf Gloves and Styling Wigs

Wolf gloves with cardboard nails and some of the hair cut from the gray wig hot glued on.

I'm trying to style some wigs for the Duke of Weselton--I tried to paint the one on the right gray, but it still looks brown--the other gray one in curlers is such a mess---I'm trying--not easy.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Duke of Weselton

We're getting ready for an upcoming production of Frozen--My granddaughter will be the Duke of Weselton, and she'll be dancing as a wolf and a troll.

An Enlarged Grid Project

My granddaughter's Girl scout troop earned their art badge creating an enlarged grid of Juliette Gordon Low--the founder of Girl Scouts.  They used charcoal pencil, charcoal--vine and compressed, black oil pastel, and black watercolor paint.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

6th Yarn Basket

What can I say--these are great for using up old random skeins of yarn.

I double the yarn for thickness.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Finished Dancer Drawing

A commissioned drawing finished and framed.

This is going to the same family as this one.  I do hope they'll look good together.
Color pencils and chalk pastels on Bristol paper, 13"x 19" frame

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Can't help myself and my yarn isn't used up yet, so...another yarn basket--why not?

and I've started another.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Hat?

These would make great Cat in the Hat type hats--I'll keep this in mind for some future costume--and they're comfortable and warm.

Another one finished and my yarn isn't used up yet.