While I usually do these roundups weekly, we started vacation last weekend, and I wanted to hold off on my peek. Today is the last day of our staycation, and I just can't stand the thought of putting a peek off any longer. So, here's a look at the last two weeks.
Monday was nothing special of a day really.
I struggled with what to do the day (besides grocery shopping) and landed on an idea from my list of busy-work tasks I keep on hand.
It seems that I spent a good portion of Tuesday working on making and business-related tasks. . .after dealing with the bamboo. That time outside always gives me a chance to discover the beauty in nature.
Before long, I headed to Southern Antiques and Accents to update the booth with a few new pieces.
On Wednesday morning, I was drawn to the dewy blueberries.
While checking the mail a few hours later, I spied these tiny blooms.
I spent much of the day watching art videos and eventually worked on some of the techniques that were taught.
I got my chores and a few other tasks accomplished on Friday but seemed to be focused on the natural world as my camera roll was full of pretty outdoor pictures.
That evening, we met a few friends for dinner and drinks. In the wee hours of the morning, a horrible thunderstorm rolled through the area, and I woke with a bit of a hangover from the margaritas and lack of sleep. But, it was Bead Soup Swap reveal day, so I occupied myself with hopping through the participants and making sure my post was up.
And, I made sure to take in the glory of the many colors on the Japanese Maple tree.
Since it was the start of our vacation week, we kicked it off with a sunset ride on a friend's boat up Fish River.
On Monday, I took my niece for her second vaccine. Back at home, we fired up the grill for the first time to make sure the day had some sense of vacation to it.
Tuesday was a friend's birthday and we headed down to Pirate's Cove for lunch and Bushwackers.
Bamahenge! It's a full-scale reproduction of Stonehenge. The area also boasts dinosaurs, Greek statues, and a "Lady of the Lake" (which we didn't go see because we're pretty sure the hurricane damaged her.) After that, we took another Fish River boat ride before having dinner with the same friends.
Wednesday was mostly about catching up on errands and a few chores in the morning. That's also when the rain returned.
As it rained pretty much all day on Thursday. I sat on the couch more than I really should have. But, I chalked it up to vacation.
I finally started working on the altered-book journal for the Transformation class from Tiffany of Southern Gals Designs.
As we watched TV in the evening, I worked on these flower fairy doodles that have become a bit of an obsession.
It rained much of Friday, finally clearing up for a little while in the afternoon. As the rain kept me inside, I searched for something to keep me busy.
When the rain cleared for a bit, I ran a few errands and stopped in the parking lot to take a picture.
Saturday was utterly dreary as it rained ALL DAY LONG. I barely got anything accomplished as I spent a good portion of the day on the couch. We had dinner out with a friend to get out of the house and enjoy something about the day.
Here's some of the inspiration I found over the last two weeks.
- Learn how to natural-dye fabrics with this tutorial at Cut Out + Keep.
- I love to have old photos at hand for printing out for art journaling. The Graphics Fairy is good about keeping me in stock. These 9 Vintage Women Photos are perfect for so many uses.
- Door 44 Studios shared a Pendant Wire Weaving Tutorial that's really pretty.
- For Beaded and Wire-wrapped Jewelry Inspiration, head over to Nunn Designs. And, here's Part 2 of that series.
- The Yellow Birdhouse has 19 Floral Hand Embroidery Patterns.
- Take a look at these little ink sketches. They're full of details.
- Learn to make a Polymer Clay Pendant with another Cut Out + Keep tutorial.
- This Sea Foam Cuff at Halcraft includes a tutorial.
- I am in awe at the details in these tiny Bonsai Treehouses.
- Roben-Marie shares her tips for success for the 100 Day Project.
- Here are a couple of Inspired Craft Books if you're looking to learn something new.
- Cut Out + Keep has had quite a few new jewelry designs lately. Here's a caterpillar bracelet (the picture is misleading). Try making the Polymer Clay Daisy Earrings. And another pair of easy Polymer Clay Earrings.
- These wood sculptures have me oohing and ahhing. I love them!
- Julie Balzer shared her 3 Best Organizing Tips for Art Supplies in a quick video.
- Learn this easy technique for beaded backstitch in embroidery.
- I'm so going to have to try this - Thread Wrap a Tassel without Glue, Knots, or a Needle.
- So, I mentioned above that I need to learn to draw arms. This tutorial on How to Draw Cartoon People might help.
- Check out the beauty of these assemblage Polymer Clay Canes.
- I've long been considering ways to use old ceiling fan light fixtures since I always see so many of them in thrift stores. These light globe candleholders are definitely one cool option.
- Here are 11 DIY Felt Flowers. The description says they require no sewing, but a few of them do involve some stitching.
- I really love the shape of this Crescent Moon Wreath from Epbot.
- This Wood Burned Welcome Sign was made with something called a scorch marker. I may have to look into those a bit more.
And, that was it for the weeks for me. The sun is actually out today so we're going to tackle a few yard chores before the grass gets too high to mow. HA! I hope you're well and enjoying the spring weather. What creative activities have you been up to?
Your photos are beautiful. I love how you put together a number of belts rather than just one. I always regret not having made more than one of lots of things. Great job with the belts. I know I will see them again.ReplyDelete
Thank you. Would you believe that most of them are just taken with my phone. (It's a newer one, but it's amazing what those cameras in them can do!)Delete
As for the belts, I've been collecting them when I find them in thrift stores for a while. And, since I don't really like to have multiples of the same thing, I didn't hesitate to just cut a bit of each belt to work with. Now, I need to sit down and do something to accent each of them. I guess it's time to dig through my stash. (To be honest, I've actually had a bit of interest in them as they are - PLAIN! So funny to me.)
I wish I had a pile of chain links for my recent earring class :) I had to make my own wire links to give the participants interesting stuff to work with. I am saving Nunn Design earring inspiration for future reference, so many ideas there!ReplyDelete