I thought WordPress would work out for me… but I will go back to my http://fleamarketstudio.typepad.com/ as of Today. I think its much easier for me to use. I also like my pictures on Tyepad better. So as of today, I will go back to Fleamarketstudio on Typepad. Thank you WordPress! All future posts will be here. There is a new post ..
Well this has been a long time… Wow. What have I been up to??, getting what I’ve been dreaming about but putting off for years. My Teaching Degree in the upper grades. Yes. I did it! Wow… What a year… the hardest most challenging, But oh so worth it Year. Straight A’s Baby. Every weekend was taken up and my Family and Home have been put on hold. Which comes to another thing that I have missed, My Art. My Art friends know how much I love doing Art. For a while there it was getting stale and not fun. I was losing my mojo and It had become what I have been dreading and what I did not want EVER… a JOB. It is my Love, My hobby and my passion. Not a Job or something that makes me question every move I make. I have a Job, a full time Job that makes me happy, I am a Teacher and it is what makes me happy everyday, yes it is possible to have a job you love. Sure I love to sell my Art and supplies on Etsy.. but that is not what I have been all about. I am much more refreshed, much more ready to share and get back to doing what I Love… My Art. I want to share what Ive been making lately.. Yes, I spent the past week getting into the pool slowly…. It feels good.
I went Thrifting for the First time in I really cant remember the last time…. Lots of vintage patterns, hot pink pom pom trim, vintage napkins to use as backgrounds of my collages and Art Journals, flocked vintage fabric in all colors and this box of French cotton twine…
Yes I am Happy. And I think my Daughter D is happy, remember her? She is 9 now. I know Ive missed so much in her Life this year, but I am trying to make it up daily. We put up a tent in the backyard for her to do her Summer reading. Once in a while you can catch her reading her American Girl magazine in her private little space..
Yes, I am back and refreshed ! Ive missed you!
Busy, busy ….. Yes school and work. Its just non stop…. a little part of me likes it, and a little part panics.. Its all good. When it is over.. it will be such an accomplishment!!
Its my Sweet niece’s 1st Birthday today!! I just love being a aunt… I sent her some outfits and butterfly wings.. every little girl needs a pair of butterfly wings to fly.. Here is a picture of the Birthday button she can wear for her party:
she is also getting a early Valentine gift :
Its a adorable little red ballet outfit.. the gift is topped with a small wall hanging..
And I sent her Mommy a little fabric bundle…. she is in the middle of making a family photo quilt for her… I thought she would enjoy just some scraps of vintage fabric
Thats pretty much it for me.. back to my studies and hitting the books today.. 5 more months, 5 more months….. just had to leave you with what I found while I was cleaning yesterday… my 8 year-old … hmmmm….. wonder what this guy did..
Had yummy breakfast’s:
Lounged and Napped:
Played hours of Board games (our favorite is Aggravation):
Spent time with a great Friend:
Went to a Antique Mall: (Wertz Brothers in Santa Monica, thats Alice in front of our favorite vendor)
Time to get back to Routine.. back to School and Back to the Scheduled Program! Here’s to 2011.. Happy New Year and be Merry!
Hello Blog friends. Its been a long while. I have been in school full time. At University California at Irvine. Its been challenging, hard work.. but in the end so worth it. I have not crafted in a while, I thought I forgot how. Its been a good break from the blog and crafting world. I think everyone needs a break from time to time. I sure missed it. I decided to do some crafting for the last 2 weeks for Winter break. I have to share what I worked on. First the pictures for our Holiday card…
These pictures were taken in a total of 15 minutes. I get off work at 4 and the sun sets at around 4:45… I had to go home, get camera, family and run to the beach..
Its been such a wonderful Christmas. So relaxing, non stressful. I have never slept in so much in my Life. I can get used to this. I made so many little crafts for Christmas.. Christmas magnets for the fridge, package toppers, ornaments and worked on the yearly Christmas journal. Its a altered journal I work on every year over the Holidays.. I add pictures, letters to Santa, to do lists and journal about the past year. Here are some samples of the Christmas journal:
This journal is such a keepsake for our Family.. we sat looking at it the other day.. and so many memories came flooding back. I made many ornaments this year, here is a sample of one that is on the tree:
I sure hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday and spending it taking long naps and enjoying each other and maybe getting a little crafting in. Happy Holidays!! I hope I will be back before school starts full force again in January!! xoxo
Summer recap pictures.. Had my favorite family come and visit from Arizona and had my Brother , his girl and my sweet baby niece come and visit. The last picture is with the girls at Titos tacos, a favorite little hole in the wall spots here in LA, right before we did Abbot Kenny Friday night Art walk. Now time for a BIG year of change for our little Family. I will be going to school full time and going to another School location at work, My Hubby is finally going to get the Big promotion he so deserves and my 3rd grader is going to a new School. This girl is now 8.. which means responsibilities.. which include making her own Breakfast and Lunch.. she is not too happy about it.
Here is a picture of her after she found out that was her job from now on..
the classic Darianne pout.
Here is a picture of her after I told her she could make any type of sandwich combo she can come up with.. made me wonder what combos were going through her head..
School does not start till September 7 for her. I know that so many have started earlier. Its kind of strange to me now getting used to the after Labor Day school start. I will make sure that the last 3 weeks of Summer end with a blast! I do know that my Art time has got to take a back seat for a year, but knowing how much I love it, I will be back. I am sure I will sneak a little Art from time to time….. but for now Bye Art. For those of you that are having some changes in your Lives, I want to leave you with a saying that is hanging on our refrigerator ..
Change has a bad reputation in our society. But it isn’t all bad — not by any means. In fact, change is necessary in life — to keep us moving … to keep us growing … to keep us interested . … Imagine life without change. It would be static … boring … dull.”— Dr. Dennis O’Grady
What a Summer its been… and What a week of my 4oth Birthday… I am a person that embraces their age.. have never been afraid of getting old. Welcome 40! Had the biggest Fiesta with Family and some close friends.. Tacos, Adult Pinata, music and so much fun.. Everyone had to get a picture with the sombrero when they arrived…
So Much fun.. Feeling the luckiest Girl in the world… Thank you Family and Friends…xoxo
Collecting Shells… Playing at the Beach. What Summer is all about. Planning on making a Seashell Wreath with all these Shells. So glad Summer is here. Went to Arizona before the 4th of July. Did I really live in that heat?I pulled into Town into a store, not only 20 minutes came out and all rims were gone. Who does that? Hope they needed dull, scraped rims.. because thats what they got. Miss my Mother in Law, though. Just wish everyone we love lived right in the same place. We had fun going through her Cedar chest full of Family Treasures. She gave me my Hubby’s Little league baseball uniform. I put Darianne in it and it fit like a glove…
I love it! So cute.. he was exactly the same age when he wore it. My girl is growing. Speaking of Growing, I am making a Growth chart for my adorable niece. It is not even done yet, but got 3 panels done. They are 5 canvas panels.. I am using scrapbook paper, acrylics, water soluble crayons, vintage text, flowers, buttons and 1 huge vintage measuring tape. It just sits on my dining room table.. I work better that way. I walk by it and add something every once in a while.. If I walk by it enough, I might just finish it one day. Here is a sneak peak..
The Scrapbook paper is so adorable.. has all these adorable little vintage images. Love. I will show the whole thing when its done. Been teaching my last Art classes for a while at Paper Tales… my Last class will be August 1. Then I will be putting Art on hold for a whole year to finish School full time at the Campus of UC Irvine. Cannot believe it. I am looking forward to it but getting a little nervous. I will still try to keep Art in my Life during this time , its my little release. I wanted to share another project Ive had in my head for a while. I took a large vintage white sheet.. cut 4 inches around the whole sheet, pleated and ironed the pleats.. then sewed it back on the sheet. It looks so whimsical on my dinning room table. here is a picture of what it kind of looks like..
Miss my AZ thrift Stores.. Went with my Fave Shopping buddy. We had so much fun..In this picture I spent under $10 for all of these things. 2 vintage pillow cases were $1 for both, pack of vintage cards .50, vintage scrapbook $1, vintage flocked fabric $1 and the vintage jello molds… 2.99 for 1 pack and 1.99 for the other.. very cool. Not much else.. getting ready for A great Summer… Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer…xoxo
Its been a little while since my last post. Been enjoying these last couple of months. I think I finally have the swing of things here in Cali. You know when you have the perfect balance in your Life? Time with Family, out with Girlfriends, a Little Art, my long walks, Work & Play… Work & Play… It takes a while to get settled in a place. You have to meet the right kind of friends, cherish and balance the old ones, mesh with the perfect Families that have children (but who enjoy being with Adults at the same time). Its great when you have that perfect balance. Ive also been working a little on the house. Nothing big.. just tiny projects Ive been wanting to do for a little while. The other day went to a thrift store and a lady was walking in with a blank frame, I asked her if she was donating it , she eneded up giving it to me. I spray painted it, then added a matt board back then painted it with chalkboard paint. It goes perfect with the wall in my Kitchen..
I love these little projects that cost practically nothing. I am really liking crisp white everything lately. My last house had all the walls painted. The white seems to make everything look so clean..
and its not the perfect white either, its the shabby white… kind of like my Laundry room. I am finally going to attempt to work on my bedroom. I have a great friend Cynthia , and our favorite thing to do together is inspire each other to decorate our Homes. The great thing is that our Homes our about the same size. We sat at the beach over the weekend and poured over decorating magazines while the kids played in the sand. We are both going to make headboards for our beds. When we are done I will post. I think I am going to have her as a guest blogger every now and then.
The ones on the bottom are for my adorable niece… still working on that book.. This weekend I have two big classes. 1 on Friday night and 1 on Sunday at Paper Tales in San Diego. Looking forward to creating with some Wonderful Ladies! I worked on 5 commission Canvases this past month. Most of them for Fathers Day.. but the last one was for Little Lila… it was her 1st Birthday. here is the canvas..
Thats pretty much it.. looking forward to the Summer.. lots of Beach days… and did I mention that my little California Girl is going to Surf Camp? Surfing is hard. I could barely get the board out past the tide. I know she will do better than I did. I know most of our AZ family will come and visit.. its already 110 there.. did I really live in that heat for 10 years? Still think its beautiful there and miss it from time to time. It been 2 1/2 years. Talked to one of my friends there tonight and I told her that we just had a Earthquake.. and she said “thats why we dont live there..” and then I asked her hot it was…. I guess we cant have it all.
My daughter is growing up.. light speed . Came home the other day and she told me she wrote two songs that day.. I asked her what the titles of them were and she said the first one was called “Its Serious” and the second was “You’re fooling me Around”. Yup folks.. Christina Aguillera watch out! I had the hardest time keeping a straight face as she was telling me. All that Heartbreak that she is singing about.. I wonder who did her wrong at 8. Love that kid! Love those freckles on her smoochy face… Gotta go.. going to go smooch that face! hugs