Studio clean up…

Well, it has been awhile since I posted. With hubby home from surgery and daughter home for summer is kind crazy around here. I have been busy cleaning out the studio all day today. Eliminating, organizing, and just trying to figure out "where the heck does this go???". How do I have my stuff organized? Well, I have 3 little "tool drawer" shelves that hold all of my small gadgets. Each drawer is numbered for now, but will have a name on it later. Right now the # coincides with a number in the notebook I have on my desk.

Then for my large 12×12 sheets and other color sheets I have a stacking drawer system. I I like the ROY G BIV system personally. For those of you who are not familiar with that, it is the spectrum of the rainbow colors ~

Drawer 1 R= Reds and pinks

2 O= Oranges and hues of oranges

3 Y= Yellow, ochres

4 G= Greens, limes, etc…

5 B= Blues, turqoise, aqua, etc…

6 I= Indigo (which for me I place all of my purpleish sheets in this drawer and then I use the V drawer for something else… read below…)

7 V= should stand for violet… however as stated above, I use my "I" for all of my violets. This "V" drawer is for all of my vintage looking stuff, browns, sepias, and dreamy cream vintage looking stuff…

and then of course I have an 8th drawer that is not on the rainbow spectrum, but a necessity none the less…

8 = black ~ solid black, checkered black, striped black… you get the picture…

Next I have a filing system by theme for all of my angels, fairys, bugs, travel, love, dictionary cutouts, etc… And those are just plain manila folders in ABC order in a filing cabinet. Sometimes I don't know which category to put something in, but usually I can figure it out.

Rubberstamps, things to alter, and all of my other goodies like that are in a cabinet or on a shelf waiting to be used. Up in my loft I have a huge tub full of fabric… what I am going to do with it… I have no idea just yet. I need to do something with it. hehe….

Taking the rubberstamp thing one step further, I decided today that I am going to take all of my unmounted stamps and put them into old VCR tape cases (the ones that "clamp" close. First I stamped the image onto a 3×5 card with the title and who it is by (such as Scratchy Numbers by thatstoreoverthere) and then put each of the stamps into the case (several will fit in one). I then numbered the case and named it and then I can go thru my little 3×5 deck to find my stamp I want.

Ink colors I did the same thing with. I stamped the ink on a 3×5 with the name and brand it is and then filed it into my 3×5 deck (once again using the ROY G BIV system). This way I won't repurchase the pad, only the ink refiller.

That's not everything in the studio. Alot is in shoebox tubs like glitters, twinkling H20, a tub full of birds and nests that I got, etc… But for now it is all numbered in the notebook so I can at least find it.

Boy do I sound OCD??? LOL… Hubby says I am becoming that way. I am actually just wanting to get things organized. I feel so good inside right now… exercising, losing weight, and taking good care of my body… I guess now I want the outside to express that too. 🙂

Would love to hear feedback on how you organize your goodies…

Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend.

Huggs!!!

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Published in: on May 29, 2006 at 4:54 am  Comments (4)  

I Bruise Easily…

I heard this song the other day while running around in my car and I was in tears!!! I cannot figure out how to download a video or anything to this blog, but here is a link to the video… Before you watch it though, just read the lyrics:

I Bruise Easily by Natasha Beddingfield:

My skin is like a map, of where my heart has been And I can't hide the marks, but it's not a negative thing
So I let down my guard, drop my defences, down by my clothes
I'm learning to fall, with no safety net, to cushion the blow

I bruise easily, so be gentle when you handle me
There's a mark you leave, like a love heart carved on a tree
I bruise easily, can't scratch the surface without moving me
Underneath I bruise easily, I bruise easily

I found your finger prints on a glass of wine
Do you know your leaving them all over this heart of mine too
If I never take this leap of faith I'll never know
So I'm learning to fall with no safety net to cushion the blow

I bruise easily, so be gentle when you handle me
There's a mark you leave, like a love heart carved on a tree
I bruise easily, can't scratch the surface without moving me
Underneath I bruise easily, I bruise easily

Anyone who, can touch you, can hurt you, or heal you
Anyone who, can reach you, can love you, or leave you

So be gentle
So be gentle
So be gentle
So be gentle

I bruise easily, so be gentle when you handle me
There's a mark you leave, like a love heart carved on a tree
I bruise easily, can't scratch the surface without moving me
Underneath I bruise easily, I bruise easily

I bruise easily, so be gentle when you handle me
There's a mark you leave, like a love heart carved on a tree
I bruise easily, can't scratch the surface without moving me
Underneath I bruise easily, I bruise easily

I bruise easily
I bruise easily

…and here is the video link: http://www.streaming-clips.com/videoclips/2382/Natasha-Bedingfield/I-bruise-easily.php

I was so inspired by it, I had to create a piece. The heart part is not done drying yet, it should be clear when it is done. But here is a pic for you to see… just click on the little thumbnail below…


And here are the thumbs two other pieces I created this weekend as well.  Please leave feedback.  I would love to hear what you think.

 

Published in: on May 15, 2006 at 8:47 pm  Comments (1)  

Artwords Entry #1 INDULGENCE

Well, I am still kinda fuzzy around the brain so I have not done much other than play in my Art Journal and watch a movie,  "Rumor Has It" with Jennifer Aniston.  My sweet friend Izabella sent me a little note saying she was sorry to hear I was down. Thank you!!!  So I went to read her blog today and WOW!!! She has been doing the coolest stuff in her art journal.  Sooo awesome.  While there I found a little linky to a cool little site called artwords. I love the idea of playing with words.  And then hubby had said last night… yeah go figure your journaling about coffee… your favorite indulgence. Besides the 74 oz of water I am chugging everyday.  Check out my WW updates coming soon.  I have my first official weigh-in this FRIDAY!!!

So here is my little INDULGENCE journal entry…

Published in: on May 10, 2006 at 5:17 pm  Comments (11)  

Had A Good Day…

This morning I journaled again, a drawing. I guess it was kind of what I was feeling, because I call her Serene. She is somewhat of a Mother Nature, Goddess, healer… just soft and beautiful. I tried drawing hands, but am not quite there yet. So here she is… Click to see the full pic.

…and then here is the pic I drew tonight while hubby was trying to teach me how to draw hands. He kept posing for me and telling me to actually look at the hand and then close my eyes and visualize it. Then draw it. Well, at one point, I opened my eyes and this is what I saw hime doing. LOL Click for larger view…
 

Published in: on May 1, 2006 at 9:13 pm  Comments (5)  

Heartaches to Relieve the Headaches…

aarrgghh!!! My head is pounding. I think its nearly 90 degrees or more!!! Drove over to Norman today and did an inventory of Michaels. Found a few cute little things. Wanted some scroll rubberstamps but did nto find the ones I want until I got to the "childrens" stamps. 99c a piece!!! WOO HOO!!! So here are the 2 pieces I did last weekend. Finally found my camera and took the pics. Yes I do tend to lose things. hehe…I am just putting a thumbnail here, but if you click you can see the BIG PICTURE.

If Only…

The Burden
Also, I got the most gorgeous ACEO prints from my friend "Izabella"

She does some of the most gorgeous work on Ebay!!! Check her out!

Published in: on April 21, 2006 at 10:42 pm  Comments (1)  

Studio Saturday

What a wonderful day. I spent 90% of the day (noon to 11pm) in the studio working on a couple of different pieces. My inspiration was the words I found on some of my vintage piano roll paper. One read ~The Burden Was Mine to Bear~ and the other read ~I Would Give Everything I Own if Only~. I am applying for the Arts Festival here at the Community College which takes place over Labor Day weekend (4 days in all). It is a huge deal here, 1000's of people come. It will be my first show and it is juried so I am praying I get in. Becky told me today that sometimes there is so much painting and "regular" type art there that they might want to have mine since it is different. She always has good things to say, and just when I need to hear them too. Thanks, Becky 🙂 I will get the pics posted as soon as I can.

Published in: on April 15, 2006 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment