Saturday, August 27, 2011

Computer/Camera Headache!

I have so many blog posts and items I wish I could share with you. I've been so inspired by fellow artists in the last few weeks that I have been drawing & painting more than I have in such a long time. The communities I have joined are so encouraging and friendly. I love how non-judgmental everyone is. You see, it doesn't matter if your creations are not perfect, or that you are not that great at drawing or painting, just as long as you open up your heart and try. That's something special to me. I highly recommend anyone who loves to be creative, draw/ doodle, paint, journal etc to visit Wild Precious Studios. I promise you, you will be welcomed with open arms and encouraged beyond belief.

Which leaves me to my headache/frustration.... Because I have been so inspired & encouraged I have many sketches and journal entries that I want to share. Along with a few crochet projects that I have been working on as well. Unfortunately my computer and camera have decided to disagree, apparently they no longer see eye to eye. Every time I plug in my digital camera, or web camera into my usb's of my computer, the computer pops up a message saying that the usb drive can not be recognized. I have restored the computer, googled for troubleshooting, and re-install the software but still no changes. I am losing patience and seriously have no idea what to do to get them to work again :( Crazy as it sounds the only real answer I have been able to find with googling is unplugging my laptop and shutting it down for a few hours, then plugging it back in.. apparently this is a solution. For me however, no such luck. If anyone happens to have a real solution to this problem, please please please let me know. I would really love to share my creations, and create a few videos. I also need my camera to cooperate with my computer so I can list new items in my shop.

I also want to say that today I am saying a prayer and holding my breath for those in the direct path of Hurricane Irene. Luckily she is losing gusto but she is still a massive storm hell bent on making her presence known and leaving her mark of destruction behind. Not that it's much but as a person who has been in these types of storms before I can say that after she leaves, the skies will clear, and it will be one of the most beautiful days you can experience. There may be damage and things to clean up, but for some reason the calm after the storm is so peaceful & beautiful in its own way... not really helpful but hopefully something to lift the spirits of those riding out the winds and rain.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Eco-Friendly Plarn Dish Scrubbies

Today I listed a new item in the shopThese are large dish scrubbies made from a mix of recycled plastic grocery bags (or plarn) and yarn. The center and the outer rim of the scrubby is made from plarn and is excellent for scrubby tough stains & stuck on food off of dishes. In between the plarn is a nice soft yarn perfect for washing and soft on the hands. The best part about these scrubbies are that they are reusable and washer/dryer safe, so they wont sour like icky bacteria ridden sponges and they help the environment by recycling those bags that clog our landfills! 

These particular scrubbies are made from brown bags and natural/earthy patterned yarn but they can be made in any colors!

Set of 2 for $3.00

As always thanks for taking a peek! 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Daily Junk: Love Birds

My computer and webcam have decided not to get along so I couldn't record making this page like I had initially planned... I spent almost 2 hours trying to figure out what the problem was but unfortunately I had no luck. :( I did want to share the entries I have done however. This entry is for our anniversary which  was August 2nd. I'll tell a little about what I did to the page but I won't bore you with all of the details. Both pages are painted using acrylics. The birds were traced onto newspaper from a chipboard diecut and then painted with acrylics. After they were attached I just outlined them with white. The Forever heart is a stamp, stamped in stazon and then outlined in white. I added the white lines for something extra with white paint and then a black sharpie pen. The "Just My Type" phrase came from a magazine.. I just tore it out and inked the edges. On the right side I completely altered the envelope my anniversary card came in that my hubby gave me. The envelope was purple, not anymore! It was painted with acrylics as well and I did a little sponging with white acrylic and sequin waste along one side. The quote is from a vellum quote stack and I drew out the brackets with a black sharpee. I then stamped LOVE above and below the quote with StazOn ink and I used bubble wrap and black paint for the designs in corners as well. I painted the flap white, and used a border punch on the edge. Then I drew a little checkered design with my sharpee, journaled and then attached the envy to the page. I placed my card in the envy along with a few other love related items and will add stuff as I come across it. I really love how this page turned out though. It was fun!!

Another angle of the first page

Close up of the 'Love Birds'

The envelope & card inside

Close up of the envy 

 Thanks for taking a peek! 

Daily Junk: Stress!

On this day I was seriously stressing out about things going on in my life. I wanted to keep this page more for journaling because I had a good bit to say and I had decorated the previous page a good bit. I want to make sure to break up the book a little and not have a ton of the same types of pages together. I inked the edges of this page with teals and blues. I used dark blue ink and stamped the word stress. I took my handy crayola markers and drew the brackets and colored in the letters. I did an enormous amount of complaining, then made several labels with my dymo of some of the words in my journaling, just to break it up a little.

Luckily things are starting to calm down in the area's that I had talked about, and are slowly getting back to normal (whatever normal is ha!) It was good to be able to vent and be a little creative as well. I am really liking this whole art journal, junk journal experience! :)

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Daily Junk: See ya Later

Just sharing another entry into my journal. I made this page because we found awesome homes for 3 of the dogs we rescued and on this particular day we said goodbye to them. It was a bittersweet moment and I am seriously missing them! I have always considered animals as part of my family, and no matter what you tell yourself about getting close to an animal, no matter how much you try to hold back, it will never happen. These guys are awesome dogs and will make wonderful pets to the families they went too but I do miss them so much!

For this page I used an 8x8 sheet of decorative paper and because the page was larger than 8x8 I edged the outside with black duct tape. On the top and bottom I used some polka dot trim and on the sides I used matching buttons to embellish and break up the harsh black. I later found a cute little saying from a magazine and I cut it out and paper clipped it to the page. In the center of the page I created a small flip book, and embellished it with a bone that I drew & cut out and some alphabet stickers. On the inside flap of the flip book I wrote a little about saying goodbye and I intend on putting a photo of each of the dogs on their own page (when I get ink for my printer, or print them at the store! LOL) Until then they remain blank. On the last page of the book I just stamped the date and a little message that I wrote out. That's pretty much the gist of it :)

Showing the first page of flip book & my journaling.
The last page of the flip book, and my journaling. 
Thanks for taking a peek!