Watercolor Abstracts


I played yesterday. I had some serious fun making a couple watercolor abstracts. This first one in shades of blues and indigo, sized 16x20, I'll frame out in white I think and plan on hanging it in our bedroom; our bedroom is blues and white (with gray walls and a touch of red). I am in love with indigo slash blues - for our bedroom, mind you. I titled this print STORM. I love how it turned out.


I titled this watercolor abstract FRONT PORCH. It's also a 16x20 and I plan on hanging it to the left of my front door. I recently painted my front door (on the outside) Teal Endeavor (which turned out phenomenal by the way) and I was really into the teal, mustard, and orange that are my living room colors; and the black I added because we are going to update our door handles and dead bolts and we are going with black hardware. The black with the teal will go really well with the teal and black glider and two Adirondacks we have for our front porch. And, after I've shared all; that's the reason I titled this watercolor abstract FRONT PORCH.  

I need to upload them to Persnickety Prints or Nations Photo Lab and have them printed, and can't wait to hang them!

subway art for Noah.


I've gifted these vital statistics of babies' birth several times now and I knew I wanted to create a set for Noah's room, my newest grandson. When we were visiting this past month, getting some grandparent time, Elizabeth showed us Noah's room that she has decorated in baby Nemo with several shades of blues, oranges and yellows - all great colors for a boys room. These subway art pieces will look great in white frames that I'll be putting together this week and getting them shipped off to Maryland. 

My goal is the end of the week. We'll see how I do...

Oh, the companion to this is an ABC's print, using matching colors. They'll look great side by side or even one on top of each other.


I'm lovin' both of these and I hope Elizabeth loves them too. 

create52 | 4 | subway art baby gift for twins


our children's pastor had twins and I signed up to take her and her hubby a meal. I didn't want to just show up with my dinner for them (which I understand they were looking forward to because I made Cowboy Quiche), so I made them a little gift for the boys' room.

I made these for another set of twins in 2012, and they were well received so I thought something simple could go a long way. As I heard when they brought the boys to church they loved the gift.


I put them in the same type of frame as my previous set and they are already hanging in the boys' room.

create52 | 2 | diy leaf placecards


We had a quiet Thanksgiving this year with just the five of us (it's 5 now that Mom is living with us). But, I still wanted a simple, but pretty table so I pulled out the 'good' china (which I use quite often, but still call it the good china) and made these darling leaf placecards. Here's what I did:

1. I sent Jarrod outside and had him find 5 pretty, fall colored leaves scattered about the neighborhood. He brought back inside quite the collection so I picked out my 5 favorites for my placecards.

2. First, I tried a white gel pen but sadly it had dried up from lack of use (shows you why, one of the reasons I began this CREATE52 project - use my stuff!!!). So, then I searched my stash of letter stickers I could use, hoping to find white - with no luck. But, realizing that metallic gray and black work just fine.

3. Place the leaf placecard on the appropriate plate. Done and done.

create52 | 1 | mason jar memory disply diy


create52  |  mason jar memory display

Jeff and I went to Tybee Island for an overnighter for some alone time and celebrate our birthdays. It was a chilly, windy weekend but we had a fabulous time. We were purposeful about collecting sand dune sand, and shells washed up on the beach, stored up memories that we'll always remember (a couple scrapbooking pages coming soon).

I've been putting together plans for my Create52 project and at the top of my list was a mason jar memory display - super easy to diy. Here's what I did:

1. I printed out a favorite photo from our mini-vacation on the beach. I had to print out a second photo because I overcompensated the size of my mason jar. Check that before you hit print - it'll save you photo paper.

2. Gathered my shells, cleaning them up just a bit. And the plastic cup/bag of sand we collected.

3. Cleaned up the mason jar we had tucked away in the garage.

4. Then, I just began layering in the sand first, then the photo and then I placed the shells inside, in front of the photo.

5. Display.

6. Enjoy.

cards for a cause


I have a basketful of card sets made. Years ago I found a card handmade by Jennifer McGuire - and I mean years ago, at least 10 years now. I love the simplicity of the card and it is super sweet, perfect for any sentiment.

I replicated the card, or should I say fashioned the card to accomodate supplies I had on hand (although as I've made set after set I had to purchase more card sets and more brads, but otherwise I've just been plowing through my stash.


I typewriter-font printed the sentiments onto colored, textured, cardstock, punched the flowers with an old Marvy punch which I think I've had forever, drew by hand the stems and leaves and fashioned a brad to each flower.

I have set up a system to 'mass-produce' the cards: 1) sentiments printed, 2) stems and leaves drawn, 3) flowers punched, 4) brads attached, and 5) card put together.


I have sets of 4, sets of 6, and sets of 8. I've enclosed into each package the price and the sentiments included.

So, what are the cards for?

Jarrod's Eagle Scout project. And John's eventually - when he gets his new one approved.

Jarrod is building a grooming stall in Garden City at Hoofs 4 Healing, a non-profit organization that services the handicap, physically and mentally, through the interaction with horses. It's amazing work!

Jarrod has had his plan approved and we're just waiting on the building permit to begin raising money for the stall, about $1300 dollars worth and Jarrod will need every penny.

I'm trying to do my part by selling cards. All proceeds go for this good cause.

diy | marbling.


In June I proposed four projects to accomplish, create, craft to get my creative flowing. While I did accomplish two of those four projects, I didn't learn how to marble.

But, the other day I had some time and I knew if I was going to complete this project, putting aside that fear that wants to rear its ugly head at trying something new, I needed to pull out the supplies needed and create.

I am so glad I did.

Super simple technique for marbling, in my case I used watercolor paper.

1) Fill a container half way, large enough to hold the size of paper, with warm water.

2) Using a combination of any colors pour drops of cheap nail polish into the water. If the water is to hot or you used to expensive of nail polish I found this will not work.

3) The nail polish will spread across the water in a filmy looking layer.

4) Lay your paper gently on the surface of the water. The filmy layer of nail polish will adhere to the paper.

5) Carefully, using tweezers if need be, lift up the paper and lay out to dry.


As you can see the marbling does its own thing. No two papers are alike. There are some darker spots (heavier polish that pooled) and lighter spots. The 'ice' nail polishes from Walmart are what I used that got the best results. I simply used the colors I had on hand but I plan on purchasing quite a few more colors to create more and fashion them into cards that I will also stamp a message onto them.


This was a quick, but creative project and a huge accomplishment that I totally had fun with.


diy wax-resist watercolor cards


June Project #2: diy wax-resist watercoloring.

This was alot of fun. I want to do some more research on what I can use besides a white crayon. I had less than 1/2 a white crayon in the boys' crayon bag - so that is what I had to use. When I was at Michaels the other day I did try and find a wax 'crayon' which probably would have worked better...I would have probably gotten a smoother writing.

Still, I love how these cards turned out.

My supply list was simple: watercolors, paintbrush, a white crayon, watercolor paper, and water.

I began by playing around with hearts and brushing on various colors with varied levels of color.

The green-blues turned out pretty. I used a green background and then adhered it to the card.

I used an orange backdrop for the purple, pink, orange, and yellows. Looks pretty good.

Excited that I've got two projects down already of my June project goal - and it is still early in the month. I'm sure this project will be something I do more of. wax-resist watercoloring was fun. Wondering if I can use stamps with a Versamark ink and get something similiar with watercoloring as the wax-resist.







diy scrabble coasters


Early in my pinning 'career' I pinned scrabble coasters and posted them to my 'Make Someday' board. When I saw them, then, I knew that they would make an awesome gift set while at the same time I get to handmake something.

I recently posted 4 projects, crafts, diy's that I wanted to make in June and these scrabble coasters were on my list. I've had a box of scrabble tiles that I picked up from the scrapbooking store, somewhere, many years ago and have used a couple tiles here and there for scrapbooking pages, or other crafts but making these scrabble coasters really is digging into my stash of scrabble tiles - love it!


I bought a roll of pretty thick cork from Michaels - because I knew I might make more than one set of coasters and E6000 came out with a spray pump bottle. Because E6000 pretty much adheres most anything I thought I'd give it a shot. I love that the spray is very controlled and doesn't spread out like some spray adhesives but unfortunately the scrabble tiles weren't sticking to the sprayed on cork. I think the cork was soaking up the spray too much.

So I pulled out my trusty Aleane's Tacky glue which worked like a charm.

1. I cut the cork a little bigger than the tiles - 4 across and 4 down.

2. I placed four tacky glue dots in a row and adhered 4 tiles at a time. Because the cork wanted to curl (because it was a roll of cork) I had to make sure I was holding both the tiles in place but holding the tiles and the cork flat.

3. Once each row seemed secure enough I would move to the next row up repeating my process.

4. After all 16 tiles were on the cork I laid a heavy book on top and gave it a good hour drying time before I cut the excess cork.

5. I haven't done it yet, but I plan on coating the tiles with a spray polyurethine, or even modge podge.


I had fun with the words, albeit a bit challenging to make 4-letter words within the same 'family'. I now have an entire scrap paper of sets of words ready to make more sets.


I am super happy with how this diy turned out. Plus, they'll make a nice gift.


four new projects for june.


In order to be creative lists really help me accomplish things. I write them out and check them off and I immediately feel productive - something completely opposite from procrastination, which, by the way, is a strange sort of hold over me in many ways.

Procrastination can rear its ugly head and pretty soon the hour is gone, the day is gone, the week has flown by, and I'm heading into another month. It is a plaguing sin that I even have my accountability partner praying over me, and holding me accountable.

Thus, lists.

These lists also need to be doable lists otherwise I am overwhelmed and - ole' procrastination takes over. Besides my unfinished projects (which is totally another post) I've made a short list of projects I'd like to tackle, accomplish, create, complete to feel like I've rocked it.

First up is 1) diy wax-resist watercolor cards. Two-fold: I try something new. If they turn out I can make more for my card making endeavor to raise money for the boys' Eagle projects.


2) Scrabble tile coasters. Again, two-fold: I try something new and I finish a handmade Christmas present - super early!


3) Learn to marble. Marbling can be used for so many different things the least of which is on paper for making - you guessed it! Cards. But, I mostly just want to try it and see what turns out.


4) An As for Me and My House print. This one is made by Mandi over at Making Nice in the Midwest and I fell for it. I'll make it a bit differently but I'd like to get it done this month, framed and hung also.

My list of four new projects for June isn't overachieving but I'm excited about the new direction of creativity I might see happen as a result of accomplishing these four projects.

I'll let you know how it goes, of course.