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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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Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself. – Henry Miller

Here are some pictures from Lily’s second birthday party, on June 7. I think everyone had a pleasant time. We hardly had any food left over, so I will take that as a good sign. Marc made a lot of the food himself – grilled vegetables and shrimp, bruschetta, and chicken wings.

This is Lily and my Mom, enjoying some of my Mom’s fabulous homemade ice cream cake.
Lily and Mom-mom enjoying birthday cake.

Here is Lily opening a present. My niece Gwen is in the background. She turned two in March.
Lily opening presents.

Opening a present with Daddy.
Opening a present with Daddy.

More presents.
More presents.

Remember that frame I was working on? The one that was supposed to be a Christmas gift, then a Valentine’s Day gift? Well, it’s finally done! Yay! I am so very glad to have that project out of the way. It finally decided to be a Father’s Day gift. Here it is:

Embellished frame.

The picture is from last Thanksgiving, which would have been much more appropriate as a Christmas gift, but whatever. I’m pleased with how it turned. The only problem I had was when I glued the picture into the opening. I used Diamond Glaze, because it is very strong, but it’s difficult to control how much is squeezed out, so I ended up using too much and it ran through to the front. Diamond Glaze dries to a clear shine, and you could see shiny spots all around the picture, which I did not like. So I decided to run a line of glitter glue around the front and back of the picture to hide it, and that worked perfectly. I think the glitter glue added just the right final touch. A project is never complete unless there’s glitter glue on it somewhere.

I will have to take a photo of the back. There’s a peg sticking out from the bottom on the back of the frame that makes it difficult to scan that side.

I suddenly realized around 9:00 on Saturday night that I had neglected to buy Marc a Father’s Day card from Lily. I quickly threw this one together.

Father\'s Day card.

Father\'s Day card - inside.

I did it in about 40 minutes, which for me is lightspeed. This sort of thing usually takes me hours, but I knew I had to make it simple to get it done. I think it turned out cute, all things considered.

Keeping in mind that one of my goals for this year is to learn how to solder, I have been compiling a list of the necessary tools and supplies. I find all the different types of solder and flux to be highly confusing. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I want to make sure I buy the right types, but I also know from experience that when I branch off into new territory I end up buying things that either I end up not needing or are just the wrong thing, simply from a lack of experience. I’m also planning to start making my own charms and jewelry components by cutting out pieces of sterling silver sheet and stamping them with words. Which of course has its own list of tools and supplies. It will take me a couple months probably to save enough money, but I am absolutely determined that I will learn to solder this year. I wanted to do it last year but of course never got around to it. My first projects will be microscope slide pendants, which seem pretty simple for a beginner.

I finished reading Somerset Workshop 3 and I loved it. I can’t wait to try out some of the techniques and incorporate them into my own work. I especially am eager to try out Rachel Emilie Jackson’s “romantic painting” techniques for making paper look aged. One of her projects was a handmade book from printmaker’s paper, with a ballet theme. I’d like to make that, except with a seashore theme. Here is her book:

Swan Lake, by Rachel Emilie Jackson.

I believe I said in a previous post that this issue of Somerset Workshop contained an article on using beeswax, and I wasn’t particularly interested in beeswax, but you never know. Well I still wasn’t interested…until I got to the part where the author, Olivia Thomas, mentioned that you could add embellishments into the wax while it was still warm. Embellishments like glitter and beads….Needless to say I’ve added the requisite beeswax supplies to my ever-growing never-ending list of art stuff that I want.

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