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I mentioned quite a while ago that I had started working on a memo board like those by Amber Demien in the April/May/June 2010 issue of Somerset Life. Well I’ve had it finished for some time now but I just never got around to sharing it. So here it is….

homemade memo board

And a closer view….

homemade memo board

I started with a canvas (12″ by 16″ I think) and painted it a light blue color (after first painting it in variously-colored stripes, which turned out awful!). I wanted a blue, brown, and cream color palette, so I chose the ribbons accordingly. I used a staple gun to staple the ribbons to the underside of the canvas (first time using a staple gun!). Et voila!

I bought mini clothespins at AC Moore to attach notes to the ribbons. Now I just need to make some pretty little papers that I can write all my important notes on!

Have a great day!


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So my third soldering attempt is way better than the first two.

soldering attempt 3

Pretty good, just a few lumps and bumps that need to be filed smooth (and who doesn’t have a few lumps and bumps that need fixing?).

I’m still not quite there with the adding a bead of solder – I have a hard time getting a thick layer on there. And I’m still having issues with the jump rings; I just can’t seem to get them on securely. But practice, practice, practice, and I’m sure it will come.

I thought my soldering skills were decent enough to work on an actual project – how exciting! Here it is…

kooky & meticulous

kooky & meticulous

Not too bad. I will not add the jump rings however until I practice some more and can do it well.

Another project I have been working on is a “Beribboned Bulletin Board”, from the April/May/June issue of Somerset Life, by Amber Demien…

by amber demien

Isn’t that so pretty? I really wish I would have looked at the picture again before I started mine, instead of relying on my memory. Whatever was I thinking!

Here’s mine so far…

memo board project

Ummm, I’m not loving it. The colors are way too bright. Ugh. The only thing to do is throw more paint on top of it and see what happens.

Thanks for stopping by!


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You know, I don’t think I could take a mellow evening because I don’t respond well to mellow. You know what I mean? I have a tendency to – if I get too mellow – I ripen and then rot, you know. – Annie Hall, by Woody Allen

Last night I happened to catch Annie Hall on tv. I’m not much of a movie person, but I absolutely love this movie. It’s one of my few favorites. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are so wonderful together.

And while I was watching this great movie, I finished the first of my two MA canvases.

Goddess - Marie Antoinette mixed-media canvas

It turned out beautifully – I love it. I feel like I should put more crystals on it, but I don’t want to overwhelm it, and the picture needs to be the first thing the eye falls on, so I think I will leave it as is.

I also started the second canvas. I guess I should come up with a real name for them. How about Goddess and Possession? I like those. So here is Possession so far.

Possession - Marie Antoinette mixed-media canvas

I am doing both pretty much the same – they are intended to be placed together. I think I’ll be able to finish this one tonight. I’m so excited to be done early – I didn’t have to stay up until 1am! Of course I still have to type up the sample instructions, but I’ve been writing those as I go along, so they are almost done.

Ok, I’m off to straighten up the chaos in my studio!

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I meant to post this yesterday, but I wasn’t feeling well and accomplished absolutely nothing all day. So I’m a little late…

Cupid’s Charm held a soiree in honor of Marie Antoinette’s birthday, which is November 2. Be sure to visit – not only does Miss Jones show off her gorgeous Marie Antoinette-inspired jewelry, but the rest of the party-goers have created their own works of art inspired by this fascinating queen.

On to my own MA-inspired art…

Here is the second canvas, pre-paint.

Canvas board, washed and splattered with coffee.

Um, yuck. I was not happy with this one. Too dark, and too many small splotches. But wait…

Coffee canvas, painted with acrylic paints.

Oh, much much better! I love it! I also added some subtle touches of gold glitter glue.

Here is the first canvas, now that I’ve gotten some stuff done on it.

My Marie Antoinette canvas

I’m pretty pleased with it. I need to fix – redo, is more like it – the piece of paper with the word ‘goddess’ on it. I put too much ink on it and you can hardly read it. Those are freshwater pearls along the right side – I sewed these onto the paper before gluing it to the canvas board. I’ll be adding some trim and some paper flowers too. And of course Swarovski crystals – this is MA, after all. There’s got to be at least a little sparkle!

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Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation. – Kin Hubbard

What a wild, windy, rainy, dreary, crazy, snowy day! My favorite kind.

Here is one canvas, painted and ready to go.

I love how it looks. Most of it will be covered with paper though.

I’m not liking the other canvas so much. With the first canvas, I diluted the coffee, but I thought at the time it turned out a bit light. So with the second canvas I used straight coffee, which has turned out to be too dark. I can cover it with paint, but the lesson is learned and noted.

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I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains; take it, but do not make me suffer long. – Marie Antoinette

I was thinking yesterday and I had an idea for my future MA book (I think this is going to be the MA blog until I’m done my project). I mentioned Garlands in my previous post – this is a song by Tori Amos (quelle surprise). There are so many Tori songs that fit MA’s life very well, and I would love to use them in my book, sometime, in the far far future. A combination of two things I love.

Anyway, did you know that splattering coffee all over a canvas board can be quite fun? I started working on the first canvas (slightly smaller than 10″ by 8″), and I’m using Rachel Emilie Jackson’s coffee wash technique (as seen in Somerset Workshop Volume three) to give my canvas an antique look. See –

I love it! First I did a wash of slightly diluted coffee; I let that dry a bit and then added another layer of wash. I let that dry until dry to the touch, and then splattered more coffee on top. Neato.

Next comes paints – blue, gold, and cream. I hope I don’t mess it up.

Saturday I attempted to take some practice shots of a pair of earrings for my new Etsy shop. ‘Attempted’ is the key word – I very quickly realized that first I need to learn how to properly use our camera. There are so many features, functions, and settings. I want to take excellent pictures, so I guess I will just have to take the time to learn it.

I’ve been studying other shops on Etsy as well – checking out the photographs, reading the profiles and policies, reading descriptions of the items, just wanting to see what other people do, what I like, what I don’t like. Of course I usually get a bit sidetracked, because there are so many wonderful, beautiful, and amazing things that people have created and are selling. Some of the work is truly incredible.

I signed up for a holiday ATC swap on Artella. The ATC’s aren’t due until the very beginning of December, which will be here probably next week, seeing the rate at which time flies by these days.

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