Pinky's lilies have started to bloom, it is so much fun to watch her excitement! She is helping me in our yard a lot this summer, watering, digging, finding bugs. She'll carry a worm around for a half an hour before I point out that it will die, should she continue.
We are growing carrots, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon and lettuce to eat, then marigold's, lilies, roses, sunflowers and Rex wanted to start some cactus.
But the one that gets most of the attention is the primrose! My husband doesn't like them for some strange reason so he cut them all down, but that was evidently what they needed because they came back with a vengeance, filled in our garden beds and make a wonderful splash of color against our gray house! People comment on them all the time and they required no effort on my part at all. Yep, I cheat on our garden.
I made a whole series of collage pieces using a tutorial from Somerset Studio magazine by Jenny Crossley. They called it Industria and used a lot of metal hardware attached to Julie Van Oosten's new line of chip board products. I couldn't quite bring myself to use my hoard of antique metal so I used fabric transfers, Hambly's Vintage Corner rub ons, patterned papers and little bits of patina-ted metal. 2 atc's, 3 tags, 5 pieces of art work to hang.
I had no idea it would be that much fun to scratch and tear at painted surfaces like that. I need to do that more.
I have finished my Embossing on Polymer Clay pdf. (sounds of angelic choir in background)
That was hard.
I wrote several drafts and then decided that it was not decorative enough so I designed the background "paper" using digital elements from Designer Digitals. Then rewrote the whole tutorial on each page.
I have another artist working with me, Kristin Friesen of Sweeter Than Me Designs , she has been invaluable in giving me points I hadn't thought of.
Learning how to publish in a pdf format was the most difficult for me. I found a free service called
Adobe was just to technical for me to understand. Not that I have a clue what cute writer does but I was able to read and comprehend enough to utilize this free service, then once I had it downloaded, it kinda did the work on it's own. Like magic.
I have so many ideas for this, it is hard to work on one at a time!