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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Today, I Am Me! Newest Folk Art Painting!

Good evening folks,
This last month has been a month full of emotions. With the death of my Daddy and the ensuing grieving process, well, it has made me think of so many things about myself. As children, we always strive to make our parents proud, and thankfully mine have always been of my siblings and I. Now, that doesn't mean that we might not have disappointed them....lol, but, that is part of the whole parent/child relationship.
One of the biggest emotional issues I have had in the past ten years of my life, has been my battle with weight. I gain...I loose.......I gain.....well, you know what I mean. The feelings of "not being goo0d enough".....or, "I can't wear that".......or, "OMG, these pants are to tight", have been something I've lived with along time. So, I started thinking of the horrible pressure, we, as a society place on our young women and men with all the "famous people" that are always in ads....everywhere, or, as I call them "the pretty people".
So, I put up my jewelry making supplies, and pulled out my paints.....my real love......and thought of all the "real beautiful people out there".....with hearts and souls of gold. How important it is that WE always let our children know, that it doesn't matter what we look like, it only matters what is on the inside! The sketching and then painting started, and I love my lady that came alive.....she lives life on her terms.....she wears what she wants whether it matches or not......her hair is kind of stringy and wispy and never stays in place.....and her beret never sits just right......her blush is sometimes a little too much.....but, she loves herself just the way she is.......










This is also the first painting where I have used mixed media, and I am very please with the way it turned out. We are all beautiful......we all need to reach inside of us and find that special place where we
know that we are okay just the way we are. If you can improve upon yourself
and it is what is right for you, then and only then.....do it.

Blessings,
Deborah

Monday, January 19, 2015

Being Single and my TV Men!

Okay, I'm putting it out there....I've been single since 2006, after ending a 10 year relationship, and guess what? I'm okay being single! I had put so much of myself, sometimes, too much of myself, into that relationship, that I had forgotten what Deborah really liked! So, I knew that no matter what, I had to get to know ME again....and I did and I have. Even after my accident in 2008, which made me disabled and I began this journey again of learning how to craft...paint...I still maintained being me.

Now, I have been asked...do I miss having a companion...someone to talk to....someone to snuggle with...and yes, is my answer. But, I also have to say, I'm not looking....searching....pining away....nope...not me....as, I'm happy with my Life, just like it is. Yet, I have to admit, that I have found that the television programs I like are full of good looking men.....and I religiously watch them!  I thought I would share some of these gorgeous men with you....
Ben McKenzie

Tom Mison

Mark Harmon

Scott Bakula

Steven Amell

Shemar Moore

Johnny Lee Miller

David Giuntoli
 Do you see a trend? That dark, brooding, but romantic? LOL......So, you see.....I'm a happy, single, crafter, artisan, dog lover.....who is okay being who I am! AND, yes, I do enjoy my nights of television!

Blessings,
Deborah

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gold Wire Wrapped Pendant

Good Friday Evening Everyone....
I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week! Several weeks ago, I shared that i was trying to teach myself how to wire wrap stones, especially turquoise. I've done several pieces and think I'm getting better. My Fibromyalgia has been giving me a hard time, but, I'm dealing with it.

I had purchased a bad a turquoise months bag, not sure what i was going to do with it, but, this week, went to work I chose the biggest stone out of the pile and decided to make it my own. I had some gold wire which I thought would set the stone off just perfect. I also made the chain to go with it:




I played with editing to show the beautiful colors within the stone. I am really please with the way this turned out, but, still have a lot to learn.

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Zip Tie Bohemian Bracelets! VaVoom!

Good Sunday Evening Everyone,

Well, if you have ever visited my Pinterest boards, you know that I love Bohemian ANYTHING! The colors.....the clothes.....the furniture.....I'm an "ole hippie", what do you expect! I have seen so many things online, from clothes to jewelry, that have touched my bohemian soul, but, of course, for the most part, I can not afford to buy what I like. So, I resort to learning how to make it instead, and recently, I had seen these zip tie bracelets and just didn't think they would turn out like the pictures, but they did! Easy Peazy!
You will need the large zip ties, your jewelry making tools, strips of cloth, jewelry wire and scotch tape. Yes, scotch tape!
I took a zip tie and made a circle to measure the size of my wrist, but then just added a "smidgen"and then cut off the end of the zip tie and taped the circle together. I then took about a 24 inch strip of fabric and made a knot with one end around the zip tie circle and started wrapping the fabric around it. Now, with that long of a piece I had enough to circle around twice. I then tied the know again and cut off the ends. I then took my jewelry wire and wound it around the middle where the tape had been and wrapped twice. I then started adding my beads, where I would wrap each bead onto the bracelet, and Viola...it is "beautimus"....lol! The variations with beads and material are infinite, and what beautiful and inexpensive way to make bracelets:














I absolutely love these and plan on making a bunch more, and also, I do believe that the next craft show I attend, that these will sell quickly. Enjoy and give it a shot at making these bohemian style bracelets!

Blessings,
Deborah

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DIY NO SEW Fleece Shawl and Scarf!

Another day of creativity....lol......if you've read my previous blog post, I decided not to make any resolutions(because I never keep them) and decided to try and create something everyday....I have made so much jewelry this week.....enough for several days of this month......and decided to do something different.

We have all seen the DIY No Sew Fleece shawls, ponchos and scarves.....you have probably made a few. I had purchased this HUGE piece of red fleece at our local Goodwill before Christmas and had planned on making something from the material, but with Daddy dying, it got put on the back burner. So, here is what I did today. I borrowed my neighbors quilt cutting mat and cutting tool. This was so much easier on my hands than using scissors. I spread the large piece on my bed, and first, cut off a length of about 12 inches wide from the side to use for the scarf. I cut a slit up the front of what is the front of the shawl. I will be adding pockets on the front with contrasting colors, but have not done that yet.

Second, the the long strip I made a scarf. I cut slits or fringe slits in one end and in the other end, you can see where I cut a slit about an inch from the bottom. So, I can wrap the fringe end around, loop it through the hole, and it stays secure:









Please, excuse my "self-portraits", but it was so cold here this morning I didn't want to ask one of my neighbors to go outside and take pics! So, my scarf looks pink in the bathroom pics, but I have already worn the scarf while walking Odawg, and the shawl is just perfect to wear around the house instead of my heavy bathrobe. I think I might make some more scarves, as I think my neighbors would love them!

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, January 4, 2015

No Resolutions...Just Creativity!

I do not make resolutions.....oh, I have tried, many many times! I found, that when I set those "resolutions", that I set myself up to fail. Why? I don't know. But, I do feel that I want to set "goals" for myself in my creative side. First, I do make my crafts and paintings to sell....but, this has become my "therapy"....my way, where I can put myself into something whole-hardheartedly and a piece of me is left in the project.

So, this year, my goal is to try and create something everyday. Not, necessarily making something, it can be writing....cleaning....something that makes me feel good. We are 4 days into this new year and I have written two days worth in my writing journal....and made two pieces of jewelry which I would like to share with you. The first is a necklace made from a pale rose quartz pendant I purchased at Micheal's. I didn't make the pendant, but did make the chain. The second is a pair of earrings using lavender agate squares and crystals:







As, I do my daily creations of paintings and crafts, I will share them with you. 

Blessings to you in this new year!
Deborah

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! Bring It On 2015!

I would like to thank each of you that follow me on the various social media sites out there...from Facebook(I finally made it over 400), to Bloglovin.....Pinterest.....and just my blog!

I can't thank you enough for your words of encouragement, praise, and suggestions on my crafts, paintings, and other projects! I'm "just a small town gal with a small time blog" with dreams of growing up and being like you!

I wish nothing but great things for each of you.....


Bright Blessings to each of you,
Deborah