Thursday, May 15, 2014

New paintings

I have been so slack at posting on my blog! I  have been meaning to post this now for a while. To be honest I meant to post this about 2 weeks ago. Anyways, I finally got around to painting some new mixed media pieces. It has been gorgeous weather outside (I love Spring) and I decided it would be perfect to set up my art supplies outside!

I love how they both turned out!!

Paris Je T'aime
mixed media

Up and Away
mixed media
I think this is perfect for a little boys room and I love the colors!

FYI I recently learned how to use my DSLR camera so hopefully now my photos will be better on my blog!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Harry Potter Inspired Etched Glasses

So before I went to Scotland I made my sister some custom glasses. Since she loves Harry Potter I thought it would be cool to make her some glasses with different drinks/potions. So I wrote down some ideas of drinks/potions to put on the glasses. Then I tried to match them up to the style of glass.

For instance, the ones I made were....
Polyjuice Potion - Goblet glass or red wine glass
Butterbeer - Beer mug
Felix Felicis - Champagne glass
Also, I thought Accio Coffee was cute so I did one of those in a coffee mug of course..
Other ideas - Veritaserum, Pumpkin Juice, Fire Whiskey (shot glass or whiskey glass), Amortentia, Elixir of Life, and Mead are some others.

Etching glass is so easy!! Even if your not a crafty person you can do this! Once you buy all the supplies you can custom anything that is glass. It is perfect for gifts and if you need last minute Christmas gifts this is perfect! Also, I want to say I tried to take good pictures of the glasses, but it was hard because I was just learning my camera! So please figure me.

 A variety of glasses - I got mine from walmart, bed bath and beyond and home goods
Etching Cream - Michaels (tip bring a coupon the stuff is kind of expensive)
Paint brush
Martha Stewart Vinyl stick-on letters - Michaels (use a coupon) 
Painter's tape 
Alcohol and Cotton balls 
Old towel - I have crafting towels that have tons of paint on them. 

- Wash all your glasses and dry them. Next place alcohol on a cotton ball and rub down the area you will place letters.
 - Add the vinyl letters onto glass ensuring they are stuck on the glass entirely to avoid any smudges. Add tape around the letters to keep from getting cream anywhere else.

 - Read and follow the directions on the etching cream.
-Use gloves when apply the etching cream and apply a thick layer of cream with a paint brush.

- Rinse after 15 minutes of allowing the cream to set (this is how long my directions said to allow to set. Make sure to follow what the directions on your etching cream)
-Hint check the etching before removing the stencil because sometimes it won't look even and there will be some spots you might have missed.You can tell because the etched glass has a frosted appearance so you want that to be even in your letters. Its easier just to reapply the cream vs trying to reline up the stencil with the already etched letters .

 Accio Coffee


 Polyjuice Potion

I bubble wrapped them to bring them on the plane.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Scotland part 2

Here are pictures from visiting Inverness and Loch Ness.


 Inverness Castle



Loch Ness

 Eerie and Beautiful!

 Urquhart Castle

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Scotland part 1

So here are some pictures of our sight seeing in Scotland. We had so much fun! We went to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and briefly to Stirling and Loch Ness. It was a pretty short trip and I wished we'd stayed longer, however I will definitely be going back. It was so wonderful to be with all my family. Since there are so many pictures I am going to split it up! Much thanks to Donny, Michael and Courtney for being our tour guides :) and also to Donny for driving us around!

 Arriving to Glasgow

 This band was funny they went from singing Amazing Grace to Get lucky by Daft Punk.


 Gorgeous castle

 So pretty

We wanted to eat here but it was so packed!