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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ch-Ch-Changes!

Hello Blog Friends!

I'm breezing in today on the winds of change...

First....no more Artfire Store!  Don't worry if you didn't notice its departure from my sidebar....no one did....haha!  I just decided that 1 store is enough.....and chose Etsy instead :)

On that note....just a quick reminder that the last day of my Jewelry Sale is tomorrow...y'know...just in case you were waiting to stock up or something...haha!



The biggest thing going on around here right now is preparations for a month long camping trip!
I don't mean RV camping either....my Hubby's a purist (and a little conservative in the money department...heehee) so it's tent camping for the 3 of us.  Up the coast to Northern Oregon and back down again.  We did a shorter trip last year...you can see the highlights here :)

We leave next week!  I'm going to miss you guys like crazy!!!!
*sniff*

....but back to the changes.....
The most drastic change that happened today was Summer haircuts for us girls...

Maggie is growing out her bangs, so we didn't want to go too short...


But, the back often got tangly and always needed to be put up for Karate class because her neck gets so sweaty....
Now, it's cool and stylish :)



As for me, the long hair I wanted "because it was easier"...started to wear out its welcome.  I love how long hair has versatility to put up or down, braid or curl.....but, all I ever did was put it in a ponytail and go. 

...and can you see all that gray?!  I thought having long hair made me look younger.  Kinda hard to pull off when you let your roots grow out that much cuz having that much hair makes it a pain to color!


So...snippety snip...and....


Voila!

I'll leave this one at Medium size...haha!
I'm loving it!  I can't stop fluffing it in the back...and feeling so cute in the process :D

Other changes include a room makeover project which I'm very excited about...but will have to revealed later....sorry, I can't wait to show you, though!

I'll be back on Friday with the results of the Mad Sea Party Giveaway.  Micki mentioned on her blog that I always select my winners in such interesting ways....that said, the pressure's on to make sure I don't dissappoint...haha!  I'll see what I can do ;-P

I'll be back sooner than soon.....with hair not in a ponytail!

Many hugs and more smiles,
Cameron

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mad Sea Party and Giveaway!

 Oh Alice....
Hurry along now child,
you're very late already.
Ocean currents make it much too hard
to keep the teacups steady!
Your place was almost taken
by a sneaky moray eel,
willing to venture from his hole
to find a savory meal.
So please take a seat.
They've nearly begun!
Stop splashing, keep still
and put your octopus on....
There now, isn't that comfy?
We saved this fellow for you.
He makes wondrous treats
and the tea's his special brew!
You need not lift a finger
he'll attend your every need.
And, I see that he likes you....






....he's included extra seaweed!




Welcome Fellow Tea Party Revelers!
I hope this bit of silliness brought a smile to your face.....
Please be sure to visit Joyce's Blog for more Alice in Underwaterland fun.....(a project we are working on together :D)

I had so much fun painting this piece and bringing to life such a strange scene....
If someone told me I'd actually want to create a painting of a girl with an octopus on her head serving tea...I would have told them they were mad...heeheeeheeehee!!!!
....And now, so am I!
I fear it is catching....but, if you have found yourself this far down in the post.....chances are you have already contracted this insanity already.....
Feels good doesn't it?!  Hahaheeheeehoho!!!
When my little girl saw the painting....she immediately broke out into giggles...and promptly spread them everywhere.  From her enthusiasm, an Undersea Tea Party was born :o)

We invited Jellyfish....
...and Mermaids....
....and surrounded ourselves with ocean goodness.....like these wave-y cookies :)
....Mermaid treasure...
...and booty...literally....haha!
We planned on Sea Cucumber and Cream Cheese sandwiches, but were most unfortunate to be out of cream cheese....
So we had Tuna instead...haha!
Ssshhhh...don't scare these little guys away before we get our mouths on them :)
It all came together swimmingly!
I'm sending huge hugs out to the wonderful Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist for hosting another year of teacups and mayhem! 

Hugs to you, as well, for coming to my party! 
To show you how much I adored your company, I'm offering a token of appreciation to one Party Guest.  I wish I could give a favor to all of you, but, alas....tis not possible :(
This Sea Glass Hair Ornament in the color of Black Tea and swirled in copper will, I hope, remind you of our time together.....
...and perhaps Octopus Hats, too...heehee ;-P
So, please leave a comment here along with any contact info you think necessary...and I will draw a winner next Friday, July 1st!
Hope to "sea" you very soon,
Cameron....still a bit giddy...tee hee! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lotus Pose


Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had spectacular weekends!  Hubby spent his Father's Day taking our little girl to the movies with him....which gave me time to paint...yippee!
I was able to get this painting finished for my prize winner from the Magical Giveaway .....

Marty mentioned that her favorite flowers are Lotus Blossoms....so, I wanted to make a really pretty one that she could display in a little nook somewhere :)

This is 5 x 7 inches on Canvas Panel....first layered with paper collage.....then painted on top...

I used acrylics, ink and lots of Prismacolor pencils to give lots of depth and add wonderful subtle colors to the petals.  I rubbed the edges and a bit of the image itself with gold ink....


Hope you like it, Marty!
I'm really busy getting last minute Tea Party plans in place!  You are all invited...so please do stop by this Saturday!
I'll be having a little Giveaway then, too...heehee!

Lots of love and Lotus Dreams,
Cam

Friday, June 17, 2011

Keeping Busy!

Hello my Blog Darlings!
Oooo....I like that...Blog Darlings...haha!

I promised you I'd have new pieces to add to my jewelry sale.  Doesn't it feel good to keep your promises :)

I wanted to try some different things I haven't tried before....like adding some Asian flair....


...or something super romantic....



Or something fun and funky....


That can be worn different ways...



I had fun creating these...and have ideas for more...so let's hope I can get to them soon!  I'm lucky enough to have a commission and a couple other pressing projects on my "todo" list :D
One of which being the Tea Party!  I'm happy to say we will still be in town...so I can participate...Yay!!!

Oh, but those are subjects for a later time...

I've also been working on these :)


....little felt keychains.....


I even made their backsides cute...something I didn't do last time....cuz we all want cute backsides, right?! ;P

Hee Hee....

Oh...and last, but certainly not least, is Jilly :)


She's silly...a bit frilly....



...and she loves to gives hugs out all willy nilly :)
Need one?

So, that's part of what I've been keeping my hands busy with, in addition to some home improvement projects.   Those require entirely too much patience for me....
I like to put some thread on a needle...stick it in and out of some felt real quick...and have something done...haha!  None of this organizing, moving stuff, taping, draping...etc...just to begin!
Though I'll make you another promise.  I'll share those big results with you when they're done, too *wink*

I hope you Darlings have a fab Friday right on into a wonderful weekend!  I'll catch you on the other side....the backside...heehee!

Big kiss....*mwoooah!*
Cam

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Music for my Muse

Hello Shiny, Happy People!

I  first heard of a fun, folksy musical group called the Wiggly Tendrils via Juliette Crane's Blog.  Their music is just so quirky and easy to listen to!  The best part is that they take requests!  They use your concepts....your words....and for free, no less, write a song just for you!  They created a song for her about her E*course called How to Paint an Owl :)


I was up late last night perusing the Blogosphere...and decided to request my own song!
Here's the info I gave them....

What is your song idea?
In the magic of the night, awake when everyone else sleeps...I paint. I create. My heart is young, my art is fantasy, my older self lends it's wisdom without worrying about grey hair or eating too many carbs. I get lost in a world of mermaids and unicorns....find happiness in a place of pens, brushes, paint tubes and canvas....trade my crows feet in for wings of imagination, exchange my age spots for smears of paint...

There is magic in that liquid, like the waters of the fountain of youth...it re-energizes my spirit and masks the weariness that creeps into my bones...

I dare not succomb to the soft sounds of sleep in the air...for there will be plenty of time to slumber when I can no longer hold a paintbrush...and the Muse no longer whispers to me in the stillness...

Describe your song in one word: Escape

I was feeling a little melancholy, if you couldn't tell...haha!  But I love the song :)
Would you care for a song to add to your Life's Soundtrack? ;P

Biggest of grins,
Cameron

Friday, June 10, 2011

Two Little Cards sitting on a Blog

Hello Everyone! 

I'm just popping in with a couple completed ACEOs to share with you :)

A ladybug tries to get the perfect view of the wildflower filled meadow below :)

This is "The Cutest Mushroom in the Meadow".  Done with watercolors, ink and finished off with oil pastel and gel pen.  I really like the waxy texture on top of the watercolor paper.

...and then, there is this one.....
"Maiden of the Seas" done with watercolor, ink and Prismacolor pencils.  She is embellished with glitter and real shells. I wanted to try some swirling green hair....who better to have that kind of 'do than a mermaid...haha!

I mounted them with clear photo corners onto cardstock, then added matts to enhance them further :)

Just fun little art pieces to do when I'm in between big projects.  They are both in my shop, if you'd like to see more pictures.

Thanks for checking back in with me here....if you need more lovely art projects to ogle...please visit the creative endeavors of everyone at Paint Party Friday!

Have the bestest of weekends! 
Big hugs,
Cam

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sew Grateful!

This is Jacque...I'd have to say, that next to my Husband, she's my very best friend :)
She's the kinda crafty, supportive, easy to laugh with, liked by everybody, dependable friend that we all wish to find in Life.

I was lucky to meet her when our girls were just turning 1....taking Gymboree classes together....over 4 years ago now!  My Mom signed me up for these classes to get me out of the house (Thanks Mom!)
I was slowly going insane being at home all day with a new baby....not knowing any "Mommy Friends" to hang out with.

Jacque and Jenna have rescued Me and Maggie from boredom ever since :)

Jenna and Maggie are as different as day and night...Jenna loving to dress up and play with Princess dolls....Maggie loving to pretend to be an animal or get dirty....but they can be so cute together!
here they are at age 2

They have spent so much time together and are learning to compromise when it comes to the games they play.  There is usually at least one episode of pouting on my daughter's part for the 2 of them failing to agree on something.....but, they bounce back and enjoy eachother's company again.

The point of all this being.......having good friends is awesome! Now that we've moved and don't live 10 minutes away from eachother anymore, we really miss being near them *sniff*

So, to change the subject a bit....but stay with me....if you recall some bits and pieces Sheree sent me to make a doll out of.....

Part of the criteria was that we were to give the finished doll away.  Initially, I had no idea who I was going to give it to.  I didn't even know if I could pull the dollmaking part off...haha!

But, I gave it a go....and created this....

I didn't use a pattern, just sketched right on the fabric and cut it out.

I tried to use every single different thing Sheree sent....from the buttons, to the pretty purple doily, to the sheer fuschia sari fabric....and that lovely, lovely face! 
I had to figure out how to put hair on her....something I probably won't do again anytime soon...haha!
What a learning experience this project turned out to be.  It really pushed me to try new things and to get more comfortable with my sewing machine! 

While visiting last week, I told Jacque that I had made a mermaid doll.  Jenna overheard and showed me a picture of a mermaid doll she had lost....and still missed.  It was then that I knew that this doll was supposed to belong to Jenna!  I put the hair on the next day and added the rainbow yarn just for her.  She adores rainbows :)
This is a pic Jacque took for me just after Jenna unwrapped it.  I'm still waiting to hear what she named it!
She and her mom have made our lives so much more fun, so much...well, just.... more! ....and I love them for it!!!

Maggie wasn't interested in having the Mermaid...but was a little concerned about me making something for Jenna and not for her...I laughingly mentioned I could make her a dolphin (1 of her top 3 favorite animals) and they could play together with their dolls...
I say laughingly cuz half the time she forgets or never says anything about all the things she wants me to make her...and I just let the idea float away....

But, I wanted to make sure I followed thru this time...not only because I love her, but because I wanted Jenna to cross her mind when she played with it....
Here's what I made....she named him Jumpers. I made sure he was blue, her favorite color...
Again, I didn't use a pattern....but I probably should have. I had to rip a few seams out here and there.
I'm really proud that I actually made something that looks like a dolphin...haha! 


So how cool is it, that one of my best blog friends gives me an assignment that helps me to honor my very best friend.....that, in turn, celebrates the friendship of 2 special little girls in the process!  So very cool!!

This whole experience put me in such a happy frame of mind...I just kept on stitching...heehee!
I made these little guys, too...

Tangerine (middle) and Emi (right) are in my shop :)

So a great big hug to Jacque, for being the wonderful person, friend, woman she is....
A huge thank you to Sheree for being so clever and pushing the limits of my creativity...
A giant smile of appreciation to you for coming back here to read my ramblings...I'm amazed you have stuck with me this far...haha!

....and a wish on a star...for 2 little girls....
That the childhood memories of their friendship will always be fond....and kept dear in their hearts forever....*sniff again*

Go hug your best friend today :)
If they look at you strangely....you can blame it on me ;P

XO,
Cam



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