Thursday, September 07, 2017

Did I mention I *heart* Mod Podge?

So recently I applied for an amazing design team for a scrapbook/paper craft kit club and I had to create some exclude items to submit to that call.  This is a couple of things I created during that time.
 I've been having this sweet little (but horribly outdated) jewelry box since middle school.  It was about time for a face lift.
 So I just sanded down the wood, removed the knobs and the padded panel at the top before starting.  Next I applied a thick coat of robins egg blue chalk paint.  Then came the fun part...MOD PODGE!  I trimmed some wonderful pattered paper from my planner society stash and mod podged it to the front of the drawers then over the top of the paper and smoothed it out to make sure there were not bubbles or wrinkles.  To finish it off I cut a small piece of vintage cross stitched linen (I think it was a scarf) and put it over the padded part and secured it back in place.  I also screwed the knobs back on and I was done.  Now it totally makes me smile every time I look at it and I can cherish it for years more to come!

The next project was just a plain kraft Heidi Swapp binder with a black and white spine when I started.

Again, I took vintage linens, lace, scrap paper (old Hambly I've been hoarding) and some burlap textured paper and just started layering till I liked the look.  When I was happy with the layout of it I stared applying the Mod Podge to the back of everything then over the front of it all as well to make it all adhear and become really stiff and all feel like part of the binder when it dried. 
I really love this technique.  I've done it to other books and to my journaling bible and it is one of my favorite things to do!

OH and PS...I made it on the design team I was applying for!  I'll post more about that later!  EEEEPPPP!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Prayer Journal Pages

So I was going through my prayer journal and came across some pages I hadn't shared on here and thought I would post them.  

My prayer journal is probably my favorite art outlet.  It's where I just express whatever God has put on my heart in whatever medium I feel let to use and it's all there in chronological order to tell the story of my journey.  It's truly a cherish thing in my collection and I love thumbing through it and remind myself where I've been and the promises God has given me.
 Most of the time I use water color because it's my favorite but every now and then I mix it up.
 For the "Get Lit" on it was based on an amazing sermon our pastor preached and I was totally inspired to come home and create this one.
And the heart...well that one is one that was in my head for days before I could adequately visualize and put it down on paper and it is one of my favorite journal pages now.

Friday, July 28, 2017

What's Going on at DSG

A peek at what's been going on over at Deep South Gypsies...

I've been making custom vintage lace tassel necklaces

 And something I'm super excited about is our limited edition gypsy bags that include these pretty awesome sunnies and this metallic quilted cosmetic bag in addition to the wonderful gypsy jewels the DSG customers are used to. 

 While we were making limited edition bags, we couldn't forget about our little gypsy divas!  So we have a limited gypsy girl bag too that has so much wonderful goodness that it won't even all fit in the bag!  LOL!

Needless to say I had to keep a pair of the amazing sunnies for myself!  If you are interested in any of these pretties, feel free to shoot me a message over on the DSG Facebook page!  
www.facebook.com/deepsouthgypsies


Thursday, August 11, 2016

A little painting fun

Coffee and Canvas night was so much fun!  Loved painting with such a wonderful group of ladies!  Can't wait for our next artsy get together!

Since we are talking painting, this is a sweet little painting I did for an expecting friend and I love how it turned out...but you know I'm partial to birdies!  


Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Native American Week

This summer Zane wanted to have Native American week and learn more about Native American culture and history so we are giving it a go this week
 We got to work with clay and talked about Native American pottery...decorating it was obviously my favorite part!  I love seeing what they come up with!



 And what Native American adventure would be complete without Tomahawk making?


But really the most interesting part was learning bout all the different tribes and kinds of homes the different Native Americans had depending on what area they lived in.   I don't know if any of this information will stick with them later but it sure was interesting and a lot of fun!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Journal Pages

Of all my art expressions, my prayer art journal continues to be my favorite.  This is my latest two entries.
Both started off with stencils.  Top one was misted with an ink must and then water colored and the wording was added with a journaling pen.
The bottom one, I used the stencil and applied modeling paste to give demention then water colored and added the wording with a journaling pen.

Fall festivities!

I love fall!  I love all the activities, festivals and things to do.  Here is what we have been up to...
Local fair going at the Acadian Festival...


Boo at the zoo...




More fair going in New Roads (this one had a pumpkin patch)




Pirate party at the library...




And we still have more fall festivities to go!

Did I mention I love fall?

Choose Joy

Bible journal entry..."choose joy"

Fall break 2014

Fall break was wonderful...I have to admit, I was kinda dredging it.  BUT it was really, really good.  I hated to see th go back to school when it was over.  (Almost)

Lots of beautiful weather and playing outside...
Arts and crafts time..
Morning trips to the park and library...
Columbus Day crafts
And snacks too.
Oh and thrifting!  We found this super awesome vintage turkey tray to add to our little fall display;)
All in all, it was refreshing...now I'm looking forward to thanksgiving break;)

Little bits of encouragement

I made these to tuck into cards and give as encouragement and inspiration.

I've really enjoyed experimenting and playing with my supplies on these and just exploring new techniques.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Bible Journaling...

So my new way I have found to spend time in God's word is Bible Journaling.  I stumbled across this concept when I saw a picture on instagram (which I rarely check) and it had my interest piqued.  So I did some research and found a whole community of amazing people that have been doing similar artwork to mine in journals and have begun to do journaling in their Bibles.  This seems like a natural concept for me since I've started taking notes in my Bible the last few years and love finding those notes and wisdoms from Bible studies and past sermons.  Combine that with my love for art journaling and it's a no brainer for me.  So here is my first few attempts at this new passion...