Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hedgehog Balloon

Hedgehog Balloon - ACEO Original Watercolor with Embossing 3.5 x 5
Yesterday I got out some of my embossed paper and made some little original watercolor paintings. They are fun to draw while I play with the kids. So between drawing one or two lines I play pretend with the girls, walking around the toy animals and speaking their funny little conversations. "On no," says pony "Hedgehog is floating away on a balloon. Where is she going? You say to a tea party with ferret! Hey everyone, let's get our balloons and go with her to ferret's tea party! Away, Away."

To get this delicate embossing, the paper is first soaked and placed on top of the metal plate of my design. Two wool blankets are placed over the paper and it is turned by hand through my etching press. Then the paper has to dry sandwiched between blotter paper and wood overnight.

Look for new ACEO original watercolor cards daily at my etsy shop.

Best Wishes,

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Zebra watercolor painting

My baby girl is always asking me to tell her a story. So I wrote up a story about a baby giraffe taking a nap. One of the pages called for an illustration of a zebra so I painted this beautiful creature a few weeks back. I just got around to making it into a note card designs. My next project is to put all the paintings together with the words and get a copy of the book printed out to read at nap time. here is the link

I wasn't feeling so great on Monday so I did an internal spring cleaning (took castor oil). If you want to know how to do it I'll be happy to send you an e-mail. I am feeling much better now with a lot more energy. My appetite is now back to normal. Before the oil, I was just walking into the kitchen eating everything in sight. Now when I walk into the kitchen I just drink a glass of water instead. Hopefully I can get rid of the extra pounds soon. I also did some running today which always makes me feel better. I want to run everyday like I used to.

My bank account went into the negative .05 cents because of a debit card fee of .25 cents. and I just found out about it yesterday. No e-mail alerts or cards were sent. So far they are trying to charge me $80.00 in fees. I went to US Bank today they said they would work to refund some of the fees. I want them to refund all the fees.

Best Wishes,

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Lovey Safari - Invitations

Introducing the new Lovey Safari design! TaDa
I have been thinking about making a cute jungle animal invitation and card set. I've made some drawings in my sketch book last week and I worked on it all day and here is the result. My favorite animal is the zebra. She' s so cute! Which animal is your favorite? My baby girl, (she's 2) says she likes them all but the elephant. Some are harder to please than others. So back to the drawing board to try to get a design that baby girl gives the 100% "Yes I like it mom".

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Frog Birthday Party

Today I made this Frog Birthday Party Invitation from the funny little frog I made a few weeks ago. My favorite part is the whispy grass. I think it turned out nicely. I haven't been selling many stationary sets but the children's birthday invitations are still selling. My guess is that moms are not buying things for themselves but making sure the children have happy birthday memories even if the economy is not so great.

I also made up a new banner design for my blog and etsy shop today. Let me know if you like it or think of any way to improve it.
Best Wishes,

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Easter Chicks

Sunny yellow is for springtime chicks, ducklings and daffodils. I had fun painting these Easter chicks. When I was a child, I had a pet chick that was named Peeper. He was so fluffy and cute just like these paintings. One spring, my dad ordered a box of baby chicks through the mail. A whole box of sunny yellow chicks arrived for us to care for. We kept them under a heat lamp in the barn until they were big enough to be on their own outside. They ate yellow corn meal and drank water from a glass jar with a glass tray. I hope you enjoy these springtime chicks.

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