Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Font By Any Other Name...

Typography, true type, typeface, font, glyph, serif, sans serif. Blah blah blah! Cool letters that make words which makes for cool pictures.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lucky Artist

This day and age artists have never been so lucky. The Internet has completely changed the world of art. We now have art galleries looking us in the face from our computer screens. If you have an artistic talent the world could simply see it in 2.5 seconds through You Tube, your blog or now the latest craze of visual bookmarking sites like Pinterest, We heart it, Piccsy, Fancy and FFFFound to name a few. I never thought I'd be able to view images or watch streaming live video of Banksy creating a work of art on the streets of England or watch street balloon animals come to life in New York from the subway vents.  The ideas are out there, the possibilities are endless, create art that makes yourself go Ahhh!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Water Slide Image Transfer

Water Slide Image Transfer
Step 1: Select image you would like to use.  Be sure to get the correct image transfer paper according to your printer ie:inkjet or toner
Step 2: Print image. Carefully cut image without leaving a lot of extra area around the actual image.
Step 3: Spray printed image with a few coats of polyurethane. Let stand until completely dry
Step 4: Soak printed, coated image in warm water in baking dish or long bowl so that image can lay flat while soaking.  Soak until design starts to separate from backing but not too long as it may lose some of the glue backing.
Step 5: Slide image from paper to ceramic, glass, or any smooth surface.  Manipulate until you get the design in the right position.  Lightly dab with a soft sponge or use a hairdryer to dry.
Step 6: Let dry 24 hours.
*Note this is not dishwasher safe

On the Third Day of Christmas

I decided to take the plunge and make ornaments this year. I've seen some uber cute ones online that were Salted dough. The recipe is super easy and I was able to get about 2 dozen from 1 batch. They are literally three ingredients simple. Give a try won't you. 
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • cookie cutter
  • bake for 1.5 hours on 325

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Place for Everyone

Setting a table can be one of the most creative things you do on a daily basis. I always try to add some flair with the place setting, napkin or even name card. I've created some wood slice name cards we used for Thanksgiving. Here's how.
1. Cut a tree limb of desirable size, mine was 4"
2. Use colored pencils to write the persons name
3. Hot glue a patch of moss
4. Add paper cut out shape, in this case I used a bird that my cricut expressions machine cut
5. Glue a sprig of berry
*note: wood slices will be wet so they will leave a ring on a wood table. My suggestion is to cut the limb a week or so prior to using it.*

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A tourist in my own city!

Born and raised in Philadelphia and damn proud of it. I love pretty much everything about Philly, the food especially, the history, the buildings, the people, the cops (that'll be another blog post). I'm so lucky to create amazing events that happen in our beautiful city every week. So when I'm running rampant through the city streets jumping from hotel, to church, to venue I always take that opportunity to whip out my Nikon and snap away. I am truly a tourist in my own city.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hey Little Doggie!

Recently I've found myself gathering retro little dog knick knacks. I frequent the local thrift stores and have come across some unusual ones. I guess maybe its their unknown history that draws me to them or their whimsical faces and scuffed up paint. They take refuge on my kitchen sill where they watch the daily antics of our two wildly crazy basenjis, a teenage daughter who is relentless in torturing my husband, another daughter who gives them front seat tickets to her YouTube dance blog, and me who is the only one in the house to have a "real" Philly accent!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vintage Sparkle in Autumn

A romantic wedding in autumn surrounded by the sights and sounds of Philadelphia's South Street is a wish come true for every city girl. Having the sparkle of the Philadelphia's Magic Garden as your backdrop for your nuptials is an eye catching treat that leaves you literally mesmerized. Even thought I married my husband twice I'd certainly do it a third time in the courtyard surrounded by the mosaics.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Have a Coke & a Smile :)

Have a Coke and a Smile
1 1/3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup Coca-Cola or carbonated cola drink
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt and vanilla.
Gently heat the butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a heavy saucepan until melted, then add to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.
Add the yogurt mixture to the batter and stir well until everything is incorporated.
Portion out the batter into lined cupcake tins. Fill to about two-thirds to three-quarters full. The recipe should make about 12-15 standard sized cupcakes.
Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Add whipped cream topping, a maraschino cherry and serve. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vintage Paper Wreath

This project turned out better than I anticipated.  I love the vintage feel of the tea-stained ruffles.  I created this wreath on a cardboard back approximately 18".  I tea-stained white coffee filters until they were the perfect shade of vintage.  I let them dry over night and then hot glued them to the cardboard, added a beautiful French wired ribbon and Viola! 

Tile Art

These tiles were created digitally.  The birds are hand-drawn using just my mouse and the pages program on my imac.  I then filled them with random bold patterns I liked.  Each represents a state with the the state bird name.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Specimen Jars

Anatomy Series
This creepy trio has all the makings of a Dexter episode.  Brains, eyeballs, teeth, intestines, and other organs float quietly in formaldehyde and labelled on vintage stained paper.

Woodland Series
These unique specimens are truly rare.  One houses a gnome snatched from a forest in Dublin.  The other has goblin hands that will surely keep you looking and turning the jar for a closer look.

Aquatic Series
This slimy trio has a variety of mutant and unique species such as an Albino Sea Snake, a baby shark and jelly fish tentacles.

Insect Series
These oddities are sure to spook anyone.  Vintage labels describe each one in gory detail.  Species such as giant ants, mantis, caterpillar, butterflies, and even nasty cockroaches.