Monday, April 21, 2014

Photography Art Class

This school semester I have been taking an art class that incorporates photography. It has proved to be a fun little class. The thing that is even better is that it is hosted through our local board office and led by a couple of our county art teachers. AND since I am a county teacher, I can take the class...PLUS it is free!!!! Yeah!! 
I have loved going to this class! It has been just the thing that I've needed to
 DE - STRESS 
and  have a little me time to enjoy something that I like.
Below you will see one of the projects that I've completed so far. It was a photo transfer project. The photo was printed on glossy photo paper and then transferred onto a surface that had aluminum foil pasted to it. You can transfer an image onto just about any surface though. The next one that I'm going to do is going to be on canvas. Anyway, after you print your picture, cover the image with Mod Podge and adhere it face down to your surface. Once it has been aloud to sit for about 10 minutes, spray the back with water and start rubbing. Eventually the paper will start to come off and the image will be left. 
BEWARE: Mine didn't work that great at first! We were given the glossy photo paper which has a plastic backing....it had to be carefully peeled away and then we still had trouble.
Instead you should use regular copy paper or possibly matte photo paper. I rubbed for literally hours before the paper on my photo finally came off the back. Even worse was that my image didn't really show up. So, I ended up using my imagination and water color to bring the picture back to life. I could only see see a hint of the circles that the ends of the pipes and a few lines they indicted shadows. I think I did pretty good with the water colors. What do you think?



 I will post more art class projects as they are completed!
Happy Creating Fellow Bloggers!
xoxoxo
Josie

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

This year I made my kiddos' Easter baskets! I had been meaning to make these for the last several years, but some how never managed. When I was a little girl my mom made a version of these baskets, so these bring back memories. 



Supplies: embroidery thread (I like the thicker), balloons, Mod Podge (years ago mom used sugar water, I tried starch this time around and it did not work very well), ribbon and other embellishments, hot glue gun/sticks.
  • start by blowing up your balloons. 
  • soak the embroidery thread in the Mod Podge.
  • Tie the end of your string around the knot at the opening of the balloon and carefully start wrapping it. Be prepared because this is messy and a little annoying. The string has a tendency to slip until you really get going with it.
  • After it is wrapped, add more Mod Podge to ensure that the strings are soaked all the way through. I hung mine from a light fixture until they were dry. 
  • Once they dry, you can pop the balloon and and get to work cutting a hole in the front. I also pushed the bottom in on mine so that they'd stand upright.
  • Lastly, have fun decorating!
  • The following pictures that detail some of the steps.










I think that these 
turned out really cute! 
Happy Easter!
and Remember...
He is Risen!
xoxoxo
Josie


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Making it my own...

   Ah, the smell of an old book. I just can't get enough of book page wreathes! They make a space or door pop with personality and you're up-cycling to boot!
    I made 2 book page wreathes this Christmas that were given as gifts. As I neared their completion, I felt this urge to make them truly unique.  It seemed that center needed something special, so I sketched a small bird on a branch. After I did that, I scanned my sketch into the computer and viola! I now had an image that I could use to add that special touch to my book page wreathes. 
   These wreathes turned out fabulous! Just look for yourself....


If you love this wreath and want to have a fabulous looking front door, 
you can purchase this wreath in my online ESTY shop! 


XOXO
Josie

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

More Book Page Wreathes

My sisters and I got together over Thanksgiving break and made 
Christmas book page wreathes! We had a wonderful time eating, visiting, 
and crafting.The inspiration for these wreathes came from the link below.

Christmas Decorating Christmas Wreath Old Book Pages

It takes about 4-5 hours to make one book page wreath, 
but I think it is time well spent!
We also ate pesto pizza and wedge salads. 
Yummy! Dunmore enjoyed the crust! I got a photo
 of the salad, but forgot the pizza. Darn!
For this wreath, we made lots and lots of cones 
from the pages of old books. We also did lots of
 measuring, stapling, gluing, and laughing! In the 
photo above you can see our cones. My sister's 
book was quite a bit older than mine, so her pages 
are a lot darker. Her cones were also a lot more
 fragile. Keep that in mind if you end up trying
 to make one of these. Anyway, I love both looks. 
Book page wreathes bring a certain character
 to your home that other wreathes don't have.
 Plus you are up-cycling something old.
In the background you can see the one that I 
made several years ago. It still looks great! 
AND would you look at how cute Lord Dunmore is! 
I sure do love that dog!
Happy crafting dear friends! 

xoxox
Josie

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oh Dear!!! Sweet 16 and 20 (no longer a teenager)!

It has been several weeks since we celebrated two of my kiddos birthdays. My daughter turned a sweet 16 and my oldest is no longer a teen. Talk about a sad momma!
Good thing birthdays lead to baking which makes me very happy. For both birthday cakes I opted to bake semi-homemade cakes. All in the name of saving time and energy. These days being a wife and mom while juggling a full time job when you have a chronic disease is the pits! Talk about being tired all the time! So semi-homemade is the way to go.
My sweet 16 girl requested a yummy chocolate cake and my now 20 year requested a red velvet cake. I used Ducan Hines Super Moist cake mixes. They baked up very moist!
These are the recipes that I used for the icing on my daughter's chocolate 2-layer cake and the icing that I used on my son's 2-layer red velvet cake.
Butter Cream Icing
Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, room temperature (use vegetable shortening when pure white icing is needed)
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla or other desired flavoring
2 pounds confectioners' sugar
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix at slow speed until smooth. If stiffer icing is needed, or if the weather is very warm, add a little extra sugar. This recipe is enough to cover and fill a 9 by 13-inch sheet cake or 2 (9-inch) layers.


Cream Cheese Butter Cream Icing

1(8oz) package of cream cheese-room temp.
1 stick of unsalted butter-room temp.
1 lbs. of powered sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl until smooth.






These cakes turned out so good. I even had a lady tell me that everything looked beautiful. She then asked if I had bought my daughter's cake that morning from the local bakery or the day before because they were closed when she had gone earlier  to get cupcakes. I said, "No, ma'am. I baked this cake myself."

Here's to celebrating birthday's and eating CAKE!

XOXO
Josie




Saturday, November 23, 2013

Weekend Breakfast

   I love weekends. It is a time to unwind, enjoy family, and do a little cooking! Weekends mean I can gradually wake up, mosey into the kitchen, and fix a nice steaming cup of hot tea. Lord Dunmore also makes his way to his favorite spot. He lays on the rug that is between the kitchen and dining area. He likes to be able to see all activities. Especially cooking! 
   Last weekend end I made my version of an omelette. It doesn't look that pretty, but it was melt in your mouth good! 
Josie's Omelette
Beat 4 eggs with just a splash of milk in a bowl and then set it aside. 
Next, in a skillet, saute diced onions and green peppers with a little bit of butter. Once the onions are transparent and the green peppers are soft, add grape or cherry tomatoes that have been halved. Pour the egg mixture in the skillet. Let the egg cook a slightly before using a spatula to gently move it around like you do when you make scrambled eggs. Once your omelette is cooked sprinkle the top with a generous helping of shredded cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid so that the cheese gets really melty! 

Here are pictures of my omelette! Yummy and perfect with a cup of hot tea!



XOXO
Josie

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

3 Ribbons for Our Family!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!


This past weekend was the Ironton Artist Association Art Show. Our family brought home 3 ribbons! My dad received a blue ribbon for the oil painting division and also received the "Best of Show" award. My son received 2nd in his division and I received 3rd in the drawing division.



Happy Painting
XOXOXO
Josie

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Craft Paint Cans

Wow! It has been a long time since I have posted! I have been very busy with a full class of students at school and of course that takes every bit of my time! I don't even have time hardly for the most important part of my life and that's my family. I usually get to work at 7am and leave around 5 or 6pm, only to take a bunch of stuff home to work on!
That's enough about that though! I want to share with you a project that I completed this past August. A lady whose daughter was getting married asked me if I could paint some lids to several craft paint cans that she bought. The paint cans served as substitute gift bags for the bridesmaids. I thought that was pretty cool! She bought cute little draw string bags to put girly type gifts in and then put them down in the craft cans. The craft cans are clear so the fabric on the bags shows. I decided to paint the lids to match the fabric and to also include each girl's name on the lid. I have to say they turned out very CUTE!



HAHAHAHAHA!!! I see my toe in this picture!

Happy Painting!
XOXOX
Josie

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chihuly

Just back from a fabulous vacation in Seattle! We visited the SAM and Chihuly! Any thing art I love. Well for the most part anyway! These are some of my favorite things that I saw. Hope you enjoy!















XOXOXO
Josie

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

2013 Picasso Kids Art Show by TIPA

We've made through another recital year and this marks our 2nd year to have an art show! It turned out really well. All of my students are are great little artists! Each student chose 5-8 pieces of art from this school year to display.












Have a great summer!!!

XOXO
Josie