2014: week 2 of project 365

I waited for the end of the week to post for my project.

The first half of the week I spent doing arts and crafts with the kids, and drawing variations of recent drawings.

I saw a cool valentine card on witandwhistle.com that I decided to draw. It’s a mason jar full of eyeballs that says “I only have eyes for you.” Cute, right?

Also, I made another robot for my son’s room.

The second half of the week we spent designing, constructing, painting and decorating a project that we thought would be awesome for our daughters room. It’s a shelf with cubby holes for all her tiny treasures.

The link to the project is here, on a website called Young House Love. I found the link to the project on Pinterest (of course!)

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A new year, a new start: project 365

It’s a new year, so I thought I would give my project 365 an official new start day.

The game is the same: make something new each day. Create something that did not previously exist. Art, baking, photography, crafts… anything goes.

So here we go!

Day 1: a custom order

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I also played with a drawing my daughter did. Here is the before and after:

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Day 2:

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Days 3 & 4: getting ready for some birthdays this weekend.

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Day 5: printed off some forms to make lists with, in an attempt to be more organized. Need to get back into writing lists, I can’t function in the chaos otherwise!

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Days 6 & 7 were crazy, trying to get back into routine, with kids back to school. My “play” time was spent grocery shopping without the kids on day 6, and packing up the Christmas decorations on day 7.

Week 11: creativity project 365

This is week 11 of my personal challenge to create one new thing every day.

Day 1: went a little more cartoony today with my owls.

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Days 2 & 3: made magnets

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Day 4: reindeer with the kids

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Day 5: sugar cookies

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Days 6 & 7:
I’m doing all the gift wrapping and that’s filling my creativity quota right now.
I think I’m going to give myself a few days off to enjoy Christmas without worrying about the project. We’ll see…

Week 10: project 365

Getting back into drawing and painting this week.

Day 1: peacock

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Day 2: another peacock

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Day 3: bird

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Day 4: painted this guy

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Day 5: Ila’s rocks

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Day 6: I had a request for a purple, pink and sparkly puppy face.

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Day 7: the love tree

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Week 9: creativity project 365

Sorry to be boring this week, but addressing all my Christmas cards by hand is taking up most of my spare time. Days 1-3 have all been that. And helping my kids draw pictures for their relatives and friends for Christmas. I’m so proud of all the progress they’ve been making creatively throughout this venture.

Days 4-6:
I’ve spent the last few days picking out Christmas gifts, planning a mini-vacation, addressing more Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. I’ve also orchestrated some fun with our family’s advent house. We have a little wooden house with doors, and behind each one we can put our own treats. I made a bunch of little notes that direct the kids on scavenger hunts to find little toys or “adventure” tickets. I’m keeping busy and running low on time this holiday season!

Project 365: creation journal week 8

This is week 8 of my personal challenge to create something new each day. The criteria is vague allowing me the freedom to choose from a huge variety of “create-able” things. Past weeks have included photography, baking, painting, drawing and random crafts.

I’ve discovered that re-creating existing pieces of art in either similar replicates, or by making them my own has given me a huge burst of inspiration. I’m learning the skills I need to be able to put my own ideas into action.

Today I’ve been working on peacocks. This one is similar to the one I did yesterday, but with more texture added to the face and wings. I used the same series of postcards from etsy as my guide.

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Week 8: aye aye aye, I’ve forgotten to post all week! It’s been busy, but I haven’t been slacking off on the project. I’ve spent time every night addressing my Christmas cards. On Monday we put up the Christmas lights. We spent Friday night decorating our tree and setting up all our Christmas decorations.

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Creativity project week 7

Here goes week 7! Trying to keep up with my personal challenge of creating one thing per day.

Day 1: I made flubber for the kids and I to play with. You can get the recipe here. I love to grab washable markers and draw all over it and let it absorb the colour, instead of using food colouring in the recipe.

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Day 2:
Got inspired by a stamp set at my local Target. Already had the shipping tags kicking around. The stamp set was $7 and the twine was $1.

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Day 3:
I designed our annual family Christmas card and ordered them, and I also put out the invite for our annual Christmas party. That used up my creative energy for the day :)

Day 4:
Spent the night getting a start on addressing my Christmas cards. Of course I don’t really want to post a pic, cause I’d be displaying all my friend and family’s addresses.
I did post a board in Pinterest with my inspiration for handwriting the addresses. It’s under username iwonder27.

Day 5:
More addressing cards. And started painting another bird. Need some non-bird inspiration I think…

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Day 6:
Found yet another image on Pinterest to replicate. I’m figuring that the best way for me to learn to draw/paint is by finding images I like and learning to re-create them. I’m building foundations of techniques and an inventory of styles I like. Every now and then I create something of my own but with the skills I’m picking up during my self-teaching process. People often learn to cook from existing recipes before they start inventing new recipes of their own, right? Same concept.
Below, the image on the left is my inspiration, and the right is my replication of it.

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Day 7:
I spent my afternoon at a celebration of life for an incredible man who spent his life motivating and inspiring others. I sang. I sang from the bottom of my heart. I soaked in every word and every story. I reminisced. I reconnected with a part of my past that needed to be stirred. I drank a glass of red wine in his honour. I sketched a little frog in my sketchbook as a tribute to him. So that I see it when I flick through the pages and remember him. To remind myself to live for today. To inspire. To love. To not give up on those who need us. The things his memory will always stir in me.

Week 6 of my creativity project

Here we go, let’s hope I don’t slack off quite so much in week 6. Week five was pretty stressful and it really interfered with my creative process.

Day 1:
Had to finish the great book I got myself into. Shadow of night, by Deborah Harkness. I find trilogies very frustrating, having to wait around so long for the next installment. You finish the first book, and wait around so long for the second you forget the first and have to reread it, in order to get into the second. Then you finish the second and you know damn well that you are going to have a hell of a time getting into the third one a year from now when it’s finally released.
The books (discovery of witches and shadow of night) have been fantastic, it just sucks to have to turn off the story in your head and wait.

Day 2:
Needed some pen and colour in my life. Photo shows the image I was trying to draw, and my pen/watercolour rendition.

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Day 3:
Did some stamping with the kids, making bookmarks for Christmas gifts.

Day 4:
A splash of colour to go with a quote I like (couldn’t get the white balance quite right in the photo):

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Day 5:
Playing around with house designs from wit & whistle

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Day 6:
Not ready to let go of the house designs. They’re kind of fun :)
Inspired by “jpants4sale” on etsy and Amanda from witandwhistle.

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Day 7:
More tiny little buildings. Made the firehall up completely on my own.

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My kindergartener has decided to get on board with drawing cities. We collaborated on this one:

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Project 365 week 5: creation journal

Into week 5, a little delayed in posting but keeping busy and creative.

Day 1:
Painted a bird I saw on Pinterest. I was browsing through “making Monday’s” blog and clicked the link to her Pinterest wall. I was inspired by her folder “to make.” (making Mondays website here)

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Day 2:
I snuck off to a hotel with some girlfriends and we had a kid-free girl’s night. Took the night off from the project.

Day 3:
Went to my favourite art supply store and picked up a few new pens and random supplies. My art store rule is:
-Buy something you actually need
-buy something in a colour you don’t already have
-buy something you’ve never tried before

So I bought a new pen to replace one that’s almost used up, a new colour of watercolour paint, and a calligraphy pen. I got a few different papers and some paintbrushes too.

Day 4:
Tried out the calligraphy pen. Not such a great first try. Think I need a different ink. My mom has one that I think will work so I’ll need to borrow it.

Day 5:
Redesigned a birth announcement for a friend of a friend. Hope they like it!

Day 6:
After the day I had, I think I need to invent a new drink. That’s where my creativity is bringing me today.
Maybe a Shirley temple with a vanilla vodka twist?

Day 7:
I didn’t “create” anything per say, but I did use my right brain to read a good book. Sorry, had to unwind and relax the past few days. Will get back at it soon!

How I made a ninja turtle pumpkin

Last year I wrote about our Halloween haunted house and included a photo of my ninja turtle pumpkin (see it here.) It seems to be getting a fair amount of hits, so I thought I would do one again this year and take a few photos along the way.

I used a cheap pumpkin carving kit, which you can find pretty much anywhere. Here are the tools that come with it:

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First I used the little orange thing that had a handle and a little round part that looks like a gear but with spikes on it. I used that to “draw” my pattern onto the pumpkin.

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Next, I chose which parts I would be cutting all the way through and cut them out. This included the left side of the mouth and the bottom and left part of the eye mask.

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Now the tougher part. I used the smaller “saws” and the plastic end of the long orange tool. I cut halfway through the pumpkin for the most part, and then peeled the skin off and etched the texture of teeth and such. Remember to leave the skin on for the “eye holes” in the middle of the mask.

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And there you have it. I may paint on eyes, and was debating painting the rest green. You can get extra creative and use either orange, red, blue or purple glow sticks to light it.

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