Beaded Curtain Project

I love shiny things! Glitter…tinsel…shiny glass ornaments…crystal and glass beads…stained glass windows…mirrors…diamond-paned windows…Moroccan lanterns…OK…any kind of glass lanterns…I love them all!  Light, bright, airy and happy! I have a general plan for what I’d like to do with our craft room and bringing in more light and sparkle is a must. It’s a dark room on the east side of our house. It only gets light in the early morning hours and while there are 4 windows, one set looks out onto our carport. Right now, it’s dark and the wooden walls and single overhead light are doing nothing to help. I plan to create some Roman shades in light-colored fabric for the windows and hang a beaded curtain over each one. This way, when the shades are up, there will be lots of color and shine…I hope. I’ve also got a small collection of candle lanterns I want to hang up and a lamp set I want to purchase. So far, this is what I’ve got. Thanks to my daughters and my future DiL, I’ve got a total of 21 strands ready to hang.

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— My bunch of bead strands —

P.S. I’m on Snapchat as artcreationist so if you’d like to connect with me there, look me up! 🙂 I’m also on Periscope ( @ArtCreationist5) but I haven’t decided what my first video should be about, or how I can accomplish it well. I hope to have something up soon.

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Current Goings-On

I know it’s been some time since my last post. I’ve been so very busy lately! I’ve hardly had time to do normal everyday things, much less any of the arts I enjoy. I have been teaching our daughters for summer school and we are really enjoying our study of the history and geography of Japan.  We’re also continuing our science studies in physics and having fun with many science projects. In our study of Japan, we’ve studied some of the arts practiced in that country:

Zen Painting on fan shapes - The one on the left was done by Magiba, and the one on the right, by Starshine.

Zen Painting on fan shapes – The one on the left was done by Magiba, and the one on the right, by Starshine.

These are our attempts at Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. It really isn't that easy!

These are our attempts at Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. It really isn’t that easy!

Moku Hanga is the art of woodblock printing. We created ours using an idea shared by Consie Sindet. She blogs at www.atopserenityhill.com so I hope you'll stop in at her blog. She's a wonderful artist!

Moku Hanga is the art of woodblock printing. We created ours using an idea shared by Consie Sindet. She blogs at http://www.atopserenityhill.com so I hope you’ll stop in at her blog. She’s a wonderful artist!

We also studied a bit about hiragana.

These are the worksheets we used to work on our hiragana skills.

These are the worksheets we used to work on our hiragana skills.

The above photos were taken by me and edited in either Pixlr or Instagram. They are not for sale and you do not have my permission to use them in any way.

I have been working on little art projects here and there when I can but time is scarce. The storm season is upon us and we’ve been out storm spotting quite a bit. This in itself could produce some interesting paintings, if I didn’t mind the havoc it would reap in my spirit. I’ve got two current projects to share with you. One is a work-in-progress and the other is a collaboration with Magiba. I hope you enjoy them!

This is a simple line drawing base that I plan to paint and add a poem or lyric to. If you'd like to download a copy, you can do so by clicking the link to go to my deviantArt page. It's free but if you use it for any projects of your own, please link back to my deviantArt page, and give me credit in the caption. Thanks!

This is a simple line drawing base that I plan to paint and add a poem or lyric to. If you’d like to download a copy, you can do so by clicking the link to go to my deviantArt page. It’s free but if you use it for any projects of your own, please link back to my deviantArt page, and give me credit in the caption. Thanks!

This is the collaboration artwork Magiba and I created. If you'd like to purchase a print or photo gift of this, please click on the picture to visit my deviantArt page. Any earnings we receive with be split down the middle.

This is the collaboration artwork Magiba and I created. If you’d like to purchase a print or photo gift of this, please click on the picture to visit my deviantArt page. Any earnings we receive with be split down the middle.

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful, wonderful, and whimsical day!

Art and Photography Mashup

I have several things to share with you today! I had an idea about two or three months ago and I was only able to complete it over the past weekend. I’d painted three background panels in three different styles for a mixed media project. I won’t share the photos of each of them because I really like how the collage photo came out. I’ll share that to save space, since I use the free version of WordPress and space is limited. I also have four photos I snapped and edited with Gimp for you to view. To find out more info about any of these items, please click on the photo you like here to be directed to my deviantArt page for each. (Info on the triptych is all on the same page at dA.) There, you’ll also be able to see which of them are available for purchase and in what form (print, canvas, art print, mug, magnet, cards, etc.) None of them are available to download.

The Glitz and Glamour Triptych is made up of A: HoloShi; B: DiscoRo; and C: Purple Pouf and they are all named for three lovely and wonderful ladies in my life. To read more about them, please click this photo to go to my deviantArt page.

The Glitz and Glamour Triptych is made up of A: HoloShi; B: DiscoRo; and C: Purple Pouf and they are all named for three lovely and wonderful ladies in my life. To read more about them, please click this photo to go to my deviantArt page.

"Dreamset" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about this photo, or purchase a print or photo gift, please click it to go to my deviantArt page.

“Dreamset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo, or purchase a print or photo gift, please click it to go to my deviantArt page.

"Mystic Sunset" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about it, or to purchase a photo/photo gift, please click on the photo to be directed to my deviantArt page.

“Mystic Sunset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about it, or to purchase a photo/photo gift, please click on the photo to be directed to my deviantArt page.

"Waking Dream" photo by Melody Kittles - If you'd like to read more about this piece, or purchase a photo/photo gift of this work, click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

“Waking Dream” photo by Melody Kittles – If you’d like to read more about this piece, or purchase a photo/photo gift of this work, click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

"One Crazy Day" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about this photo or make a purchase, please click to visit my deviantArt page.

“One Crazy Day” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo or make a purchase, please click to visit my deviantArt page.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, which I’ve had to sit on for a while. The absence of internet at our home has put a severe halt to how often I can share. I also have to choose which items seem the most important to share first. I’ve tried to upload my items in the order in which they were created but this set, I felt, needed to be grouped thus. I’ve been uploading current works as I complete them since we’re now able to go to the library on a somewhat regular basis. I thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my work and for your kind words and encouragement, which seem to come when I most need them. Thanks again!

Handmade Christmas Cheer

I usually pick up a few boxes of Christmas cards at the end of the season when they go on sale so I’ll have plenty on hand for next Christmas. I’d forgotten I wasn’t able to do that last year, so when cards started coming in, I kinda freaked out. We had no extra money for cards this year. John suggested simply making cards for those we receive cards from. So that’s what we did. These are out creations. For information on who did what, please click the photos to go to my deviantART pages for each.

Christmas Card 1

Christmas Card 1

Christmas Cards 2 and 3

Christmas Cards 2 and 3

Christmas cards 4 & 5

Christmas cards 4 & 5

Christmas cards 6 & 7

Christmas cards 6 & 7

I’m sorry about the quality of the last photo. I didn’t have any time to clean it up after snapping the shot. I wanted to wish all my readers and online friends and family a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and a prosperous and joyful New Year!

One Lovely Blog Nomination!

I was very surprised to find out Unchained Emporium had been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Aquileana of La Audacia de Aquiles! I thank you very much!

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â–ºHere are the Award Rules:

1) The nominee shall display the respective logo on her/his blog and link to the blogger that has nominated her/him.

2) The nominee shall nominate ten to fifteen (10 to 15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about the nomination.


Here are my nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award, in no particular order. Some will have more commentary than others, especially if I’ve been following them for a while. Without further ado:

1. J.D. Kittles Photography – Yes, John is my husband, but I don’t think I’m being biased when I say he’s taken some beautiful, epic, awesome, wowie photos over the past 8 years. I’ve seen his progress over those years and he gets better and better every day. Please do check out his work! You’ll find photos of nature in all its glory (from macro to panoramic), vehicles, people, architecture and so much more.

2. West517 “The World We Know” – This wonderful Lady is another brilliant photographer. Her eye for subject, lighting, texture, and effects, really comes through in her work. My favorites are the vintage style photos. Please do stop by her blog and check out her wonderful work.

3. Book ‘n Volume – Morgan writes poetry the like of which is very hard to find. The words, when read aloud, roll gently off the tongue, flowing like a refreshing stream. I’ve been brought to tears on many occasions by the eloquence which she employs in conveying feeling and emotion to the reader. She pairs her poetry well with beautiful artwork and is always conscientious, making sure to credit the creator of the art. Please do stop by her blog and wrap yourself up in her wonderful poetry!

4. Harsh Reality – Now I might get blasted for saying it but Opinionated Man of Harsh Reality blog deserves an award. If you check out his blog, you might wonder why I nominated him. Here’s my reason. Life is not always pretty. Life is sometimes raw and biting, balancing out the smooth and joyous times. Balance is a beautiful thing. Knowing where you stand is also a beautiful thing. Not being afraid to share your downs as well as you ups takes lots of courage. As such, I think OM definitely qualifies because a life without balance has no chance at being lovely at all!

5. The Obvious And The Hidden: Fine Art Photography – Iosatel is a wonderful photographer, sharing many lovely black and white photos. I was immediately taken with the way light and shadow are used to give the most striking effect. Please do note that ‘striking’ doesn’t mean the same as ‘harsh’ or ‘glaring’ or ‘hard-edged’! While viewing any of the photos Iosatel has posted, I’m taken to a dreamland of possibilities. Please do stop by and check it out for yourself!

6. Paris Poems – Paris Poems is, as expected, a poetry blog. This wonderful Lady delivers poetry from the heart, about life, love, pain, and all things in between. No matter what, you are assured of reading a piece of art that will resonate somehow within you. Please check out her work and see for yourself.

7. The Art of Quotation – This is a fabulous blog that consistently shares quotes that inspire me and make me think.

8. Totally Inspired Mind – Paulette of Totally Inspired Mind blog is a faithful reblogger, sharing many wonderful posts from many inspiring souls. Please do stop by and check out what she’s found today!

9. Source Of Inspiration – Pat Cegan, the author of this blog, write poetry that comes from her faith experiences. She’s written some beautiful pieces that have touched my heart. Please stop by and read a few for yourself!

10. Emerald Wake – Ah! What can I say about EM’s beautiful photos? Here are a few adjectives to describe his work: other-worldly, dreamlike, magical, colorful, soft but clear, mysterious, wondrous, simply amazing. Don’t take my word for it, though! Check it out for yourself!

11. Audio SeXXX – Don’t let the name put you off! I almost did and wow! What a regret that would’ve been. James Revels III is a composer and artist. I’m not really sure how to describe his work. Perhaps the word compelling would be best applied here. I really enjoy his instrumental work. I think what I like most about his blog is that he seeks interaction with his followers via polls and social media connections and he shares his journey in making music and art. I believe in supporting people who are going after their dreams with all they have and I believe James is doing just that.

12. Colorful Threads of Life – Evon Foo, who writes this blog, is a wonderful Lady who shares her love of nature through photography, linking it many times with applicable scripture verses. She also shares craft ideas and little things about life in her corner of Malaysia. Do stop by her blog and see what she has to share!

I believe these blog merit the One Lovely Blog Award for the reasons I shared beside each one. No matter what comes of this nomination, I do hope each one will realize their worth to me as a follower and reader. I don’t always have time to read every post but I do my best to catch those I can. Good luck!

PS…I know OM has received a lot of flack for his blatant and blunt opinions on many hot topics. I don’t always agree with everything posted on the internet but I’m not going to attack someone with a different opinion, just because they had the courage to share theirs. I will not approve any hateful statements towards him or any of the other blogs I’ve nominated. Misery may love company but I don’t love misery, so kind or encouraging statements are the only ones I’ll approve here.

Progress! I’m Making Progress!

I can’t post much today but I finished a steampunk waist cincher for Starshine yesterday. I subbed interfacing for a heavier burlap, skipped the boning for comfort and used smaller eyelets than the pattern called for. I’m really pleased with how it came out. And I have to thank John for editing the photos into one for me. I’m now working on my steampunk airship first mate sleeveless coat. It should partner John’s fabulous coat I created in May very well. I hope so, anyway! I’ll post pictures when I can. I’ll be sewing into the late hours again tonight but I’m pleased with the progress so far.

Starshine announced that she wanted to be a Ranger for the Steampunk and Makers Fair. I taught her about the difference in time periods and how a bounty hunter might be a better option. She was really pleased with the idea so we are going with that.

Starshine announced that she wanted to be a Ranger for the Steampunk and Makers Fair. I taught her about the difference in time periods and how a bounty hunter might be a better option. She was really pleased with the idea so we are going with that.

Man’s Best Friend: Coffee

Just a short post. I’m taking a break this weekend and wanted to get in today’s art project. I decided to try painting with coffee. Let’s just say I need more practice. I didn’t like the final painting as a painting so I snapped a photo and made a nifty edit with Pixlr Express. What do you think?

"Man's Best Friend - Coffee" ~ If you click on the photo, you can see the photo on my deviantART page and if you really like it, download a digital copy or buy a print. :)

“Man’s Best Friend – Coffee” ~ If you click on the photo, you can see the photo on my deviantART page and if you really like it, download a digital copy or buy a print. 🙂