Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Book Club

This month it was my turn to host book club and our novel (as you probably figured out from the title of this post) was Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Have you read it? I hadn't, nor had I seen the movie. It was odd but I actually didn't hate it, which surprised me because I'm not a fan of science fiction. I would even consider reading more of the series. Then I watched the movie which made me sad because that was not how I pictured the depressed robot. Anyway, I digress.

For book club I wanted to decorate for the novel but in a simple, tasteful way. I went online and found the quote, printed it off, and popped it in a frame. I stood the frame on my towel (because you should never be without your towel) and voila, my decorating was done. Sorry but I didn't make note of where I found the image.

As for the snacks, they're all things I can eat (gluten and dairy free), and I tried to have lots of healthy choices so I wouldn't be tempted by the leftovers. The hummus and salsa were both store bought, as were fruit, veggies, chips, crackers and tortillas. I made a giant batch of Texas Caviar and enjoyed the remainder of the batch all week. The Carob Chip Squares and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Carob Chip Cookies were both homemade as well.

We're always looking for suggestions for books to read. If you have any, I'd love to hear them. Unless they're science fiction, in which case I've had my fill for the next year… or 42.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

A Prairie Sky: Art Class Number Four

Last week when I shared a free printable and clipboard frame, you got a sneak peek of painting number four: A Prairie Sky. While I don't enjoy living in the prairies, it really is incredibly beautiful here. Even though I've been here for eight years now (wow!) I still find the open fields and beautiful skies to be incredible stunning. 

For this painting I started with a fan brush and painted the sky and grass. I thought this painting would be quick and easy but it was more complicated and took longer than I expected. Getting the textures realistic was time consuming and pushed my (still very limited) skills.

Once that was finished I added my lines. I'm not exactly sure what they're supposed to be but I think that's part of their charm. It's not uncommon to see something far on the horizon and not be able to tell what it is.

Then came the clouds, which were the most challenging part of the painting. I struggled to get my clouds to look like clouds but, with a little help from the teacher, managed to make them look somewhat realistic. I had never noticed the colours in the clouds before but now I can't stop seeing them.

Is it strange to have a favourite part of a painting? The picture above shows mine. There's something about the colour and texture that keeps drawing my eye. 

I'm starting to get a nice little collection of art and I love seeing my pieces hung around the house. It's such a feeling of accomplishment and I can't wait to make more! Want to see my other pieces? Check out Lesson 1:Painted Flowers, Lesson 2: Three Women (still my favourite), and Lesson 3: Funky Trees.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Free Printable and Clipboard Frame

This project hardly counts as a project but I love it and couldn't resist sharing.

Several months ago I went to Costco and printed a beautiful free printable from Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything. As a perfectionist, the words are ones I need to remember and I thought a visual would be a good addition to the shelf in my office / craft room. After printing it, I laid it on the chair until I got a frame and kind of forgot about it. 

Fast forward to this afternoon. I was putting away some piles in my office / craft room and came across it. I dug out my stash to see if I had a picture frame that would work and came across my clipboard. Lightbulb moment.

Now I have a beautiful new addition - with an important message - displayed in my office / craft room.  In case you're wondering about the other things on the shelves, the abstract artwork was made by my two year old nephew and the prairie sky was art class number four, which I still haven't shared with you. The wedding pictures are in little frames that were place card holders and I have a lot of Willow Tree Angels around the house. The "home wasn't built in a day" printable was free from Krista at The Happy Housie, and is another important message for me to remember.

Also, I need to apologize if I haven't been responding to your comments recently. Typically I respond to all comments, except those that are from no reply bloggers, but lately I'm not getting notifications for some of the comments. Please don't think I'm ignoring you. I love comments and appreciate you taking them time to leave a few words!

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