Work and Play

I love when work and play become the same thing. Today I will be headed out to play in my studio to work on some new products for my business. I am truly excited to head to work. It’s harder to get excited for work when I have to do paperwork associated with being a business owner or when I do social media marketing. I find marketing my business to be one of the most difficult things to do. I have an Instagram account (womenwinewords), twitter (CCraftersUSA), Etsy site (womenwineandwords), and even Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/tjd100/), but I struggle with each of these platforms. I try to update each of these often, but I find myself working so hard in this area. I think it’s because I have not found my voice on the social media platform and keep over thinking what I write. Ugh! Does anyone else struggle like I do?

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Work In Progress

Several of my works in progress for my upcoming holiday shows. My holiday shows are listed under “where you can find my artwork” on my blog, or under the “About” section on my website http://www.countrycraftersusa.com.  If you are in the area stop by for a visit. I will be happy to show you my newest items.

The bookmarks are created using manila file folders, paper scraps, Dylusion sprays and stencils and other mixed media products.

I have started layering  molding paste, stencils, stamps, neo-color crayons, Dylusion Sprays, Dylusion stencils, Inktense blocks, and other products to create depth in my 4×8 and 4×6 canvas. I will continue to build the layers and add the outline of the flowers and feathers.

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She Created Magic/You Are Loved Tutorial

Supply list for October 2014 Tutorial-You are loved/She created magic


Dylusion’s Creative Journal

Ranger Mini-Mister

Dylusion Ink Sprays in Vibrant Turquoise and Funky Fuchsia.

Luscious Leaves and Letter Jumble stencils from Dylusions

Daler Rowney (http://www.daler-rowney.com) Metallic Brown 721and Violet 450

Liquitex Matte Medium

White acrylic paint

Dye based ink pad

Fancy Flowers rubber stamp set DYR40941)

Which way is up stamp set DYR40958

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Minis Kit #1

Daler Rowney Portrait Pink 573 acrylic\

Burnt Umber

Waterproof Sharpie Markers

Fine and Extra Fine White Sharpie Markers

You can also locate the written instructions at http://shopcraftwarehouse.blogspot.com

 

Dylusion Fancy Florals Stamp Set

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This piece was created using Dylusion spray inks, rubber stamps and stencils. I have taken the Fancy Florals rubber stamps and layered them to create dimension and depth. I stamped colored card stock and then embellished the flowers with acrylic paint and gel pens. The background was done using warm colors of Dylusion Spray Inks. I then added in some touches of Golden Acrylics (http://www.goldenpaints.com) in red and yellow. The black acrylic paint and charcoal outlining add contrast and shadows. The punch of white add some resting area for your eyes and much needed highlights to lighten the overall painting.

Check out my blog at http://www.craftwarehouse.com for additional projects using Dylusion (http://rangerink.com) products.

Monday is my Groundhog Day.

I hate to see the weekend come to a close, but there is something about starting over every Monday that I like. Mondays for me are a clean slate. I get to re-prioritize my to-do list and recommit to my exercise program. Of course it won’t all get done, but that is why I like Monday. It’s my groundhog day. I am rather surprised to look at the last few lists and see the same items keep popping up over and over again. Yes, I do need to actually step on the treadmill and not just keep putting it on my list. It’s as though I think by listing it I will somehow magically make it happen. Oh well, next Monday I am sure that “walk 2 miles per day” will rise to the top of my list, and I will once again make a good faith effort to make it happen. I will get in about 8 miles before other items take over my life.

Hope you all have a productive and fun week!

Hugs, Tammy

Expiration Dates

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When my daughter was in college she did a six-month study abroad program in Ireland. When it was nearing the end of her stay she started cleaning out the cupboards and sorting through her possessions. She was checking expiration dates on her foods when it hit her, she would be on her flight home before the expiration date on her gallon of milk. When she first left for her journey, six months seemed like an eternity. Now her incredible journey was just days from ending.
I think of this often and have vowed to live a full life in between the expiration dates on the food in my cupboard. When I put my groceries away, I check the expiration dates and try to imagine what my life will encompass before the cereal is no longer fit for human consumption. It challenges me to create a list of what I want to do, and then methodically check those items off. It may be hiking a local trail, catching the highly rated movie coming out next week, finishing a favorite book, having lunch with a trusted friend, or just relaxing (and I mean truly relaxing ) with my hubby.
Create your expiration-date list. What do you want to accomplish before your milk expires in two weeks? What will you do before your soup expires in 18 months? When you put pen to paper I highly doubt buying a new car or couch will make the list. I’m sure your list will be filled with family and friends, your favorite hobby, or other grand adventures.
Next time you are putting your groceries away check those expiration dates. You will be reminded that we all have our own personal expiration date as well, and I am sure it will give your life some much needed clarity.

She Was Born to Fly

I created this artwork for all of us who have taken the leap of faith to create a life that aligns with our truest self. Making a change in our life can be difficult, whether it is a new job, a new relationship, or moving to a new city. I quit my job almost two years ago to start my own business. It has been difficult at times, but I have NEVER regretted my decision.

Wishing you all the courage to be your truest self. You just need to take the leap and trust your wings.

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Summer Evenings Are For Relaxing

What a gorgeous evening in my little corner of the world. The heat of the day has given way to the cool evening air. It’s Sunday evening and the sounds of children playing in their respective yards echo down the valley. The last rays of the evening sun bounce off the windows of neighboring houses perched high on an adjacent hill,

I am sitting on our porch sipping the last glass of wine from my favorite bottle that was opened last week to celebrate a personal achievement. I will have to make a trip to Willamette Valley Vineyard to pick up another bottle of my favorite Oregon Blossom sometime in the coming months. This is one item on my to-do list that I always enjoy. My husband and I typically make a day of it and visit my daughter and her boyfriend along the way.

My must-do for the coming holiday season is growing long and the art shows are quickly approaching. I am starting to receive orders for material and art supplies that I will need to create enough product for the numerous events I will be attending. I know it will be a lot of work and my feet will ache from standing and my throat will be sore from talking, but I am happy to be leading a life that I love. I have a wonderful husband, amazing kids, a family support system that I can count on, and friends that keep me sane. Although the art shows are made up of long hours and back breaking set-ups, I remind myself that I could be working a 9-5 job again, and the work doesn’t seem nearly so difficult.

The sun has left the evening sky and we are in those few moments of twilight.The owls hoot from their perch high in the tree and the bats awaken from their sleep. They make their escape from our carport and search the evening sky for dinner. The last sip of wine has gone from my glass and our porch lights with automatic sensors have started their night vigil. I think that is my cue to put my computer away and just enjoy the sounds of summer.

Hugs and love,

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