Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recycled Gift Basket

It's been awhile since I've posted, I know.... fall is such a busy time; school, football, kids activities. I've also been teaching two weekly art classes, in addition to painting workshops, and trying to paint some myself. This is the first craft I've done in awhile. If you follow my blog, you know I love to recycle. I had a friend who had some heart surgery last week and I wanted to bring her something with a little extra personal touch.

Started out with this. Yes, Corona is my adult beverage of choice.

Covered it with some coordinating scrapbook papers and reinforced the corners with some extra paper in heart shapes...

Covered the handle with some jute rope...

And packed it full of goodies.

These were from my yard! They smelled as beautiful as they look. And yes, that's a recycled Starbuck's latte jar. Just love using them for little bud vases.

Recycled tags off a sweater I purchased. Sometimes the tags are made as well as the clothing.

I added a word of encouragement with my new Copic markers (just love them!) that I got from Dick Blick. And of course, it's covered with Mod Podge!

Just thought I'd share. Hope you're having a wonderful fall!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Drawing and Painting Pumpkins

Yes, I teach art. But, as a parent, art is a great way to spend time with your child, and make some cute art for your home. Here's a lesson I did with a class this week, but YOU could easily create these with your kids. Just have fun with it, and you will end up with some great art for the fall season. Add your own personal touches, like words, patterns and color schemes.

 First, I teach students how I draw a pumpkin-use the steps above. I always teach that before you paint to practice your drawing and plan your painting. And I love talking about painting fruits, and stress that there's not such thing as a "perfect" pumpkin. They can be fat, tall, bumpy, lop-sided, etc. Students painted on a 12 x 12 stretched canvas with acrylic paints.

When drawing your design onto the canvas, DON'T use a pencil. You will have a very hard time covering the pencil and correcting mistakes. Use a light color paint or chalk. I have students use baby wipes to correct mistakes. They remove wet paint from a canvas almost like it's a dry erase board.

For younger children, just coach them on what to do one step at a time. For instance, "First we are going to paint our pumpkin shape. What shape do you see? Now try that on your canvas." Remind them to paint big. If they mess up, show them how easy it is to erase it and try again.

Outlining with a darker color helps the colors "pop" and gives the art a more "finished" look.

We added a little green puff paint for the vines and tricked out our edges with stripes. Students were kindergarten through 2nd grade (one fourth grader), and completed their paintings in a 2-hour workshop.

Visit my art studio blog HERE for more art tips that you can use with your kids at home!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's Football Season...Show Your Spirit!

The weather is beautiful this week and it finally "feels" like football season! Here's a super easy craft to show your school spirit. 

I hosted an informal craft day a couple of Saturdays ago at my house with some really fun, creative friends. I had a blast crafting with Amanda from My Heart's Desire, Melony from Cleverly Creative Girl and Kennita from Random.Acts.Of.KINDness. Even though we had some healthy team rivalry going on, we still managed to make some cute door decorations. (That is Amanda above-I'm a HOG offense Ole Miss fans!)

We simply cut football shapes (except for Kennita's paws) out of inexpensive brown burlap, donned them with our school colors in acrylic craft paint, stapled them together and stuffed with plastic grocery bags.  Add some cute ribbon and you're done-easy peasy! 


Be sure and check out the other girl's posts-I think theirs turned out a lot cuter than mine.

Amanda has a great tutorial on her blog-to see it click HERE.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Art by Stacy Spangler at Scallion's Restaurant

I'm forever thankful to Rachael Crosby at Scallions Restaurant here in Little Rock for allowing me to display my artwork for the first time ever! I was so nervous about asking, but I finally got up the nerve. I have 14 pieces on display, and the most wonderful part is that almost all of them have scripture in them somewhere! I'm praying that His Word will speak to all those that see! 

 If you live in Central Arkansas, and never eaten at Scallions, you really need to pay them a visit. Not just to see my art : ), but for a great lunch experience. It's one of my all time favorite places to eat, and especially when the weather is nice because they have a great outdoor patio. It's one of those fun, girly places to go, with mouth watering cheese soup, delicious chicken salad with grapes, and raspberry ice tea!

 I know I always show you pictures of the wonderful art created by my students, but today I thought I'd take an opportunity to share some of my art that I've created over the past year. You can find all these pieces for sale at Scallions!

I also had the opportunity to create an anniversary piece for a very special couple. I was commissioned by their daughter to create a custom piece of art for them-did you know that the "traditional" gift for a 26th anniversary is an original work of art? I felt to honored to put this piece together. Their favorite place is Paris, so I incorporated favorite landmarks, with a lot of other things that have a special place in their hearts. 

I'll be resuming my art classes in September with two homeschool groups and a bunch or after school painting workshops. Hope to have some new stuff for you soon!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Baked Eggplant and an update

Well, summer is over and kids are back in school. I think I checked out blog-wise back in June, but I have been busy creating! Mostly in the kitchen and my art studio; not a whole lot of crafting. I wanted to share one of our favorite healthy recipes-baked eggplant and ranch (read on) with you. My kids actually love it and it's good for them!

And as my summer goes, I was really busy teaching painting workshops to elementary aged students. We had a blast painting watermelons, flip flops, flowers, flags and much more. If you'd like to get some great ideas on fun things to paint with your children, plus some easy to follow tutorials, click on the picture below. I'd love to have you as a follower on my art blog also. I'm currently trying to redo it right now so it has a cleaner and easier to follow format.

Now for the recipe:

I wish I had a formal recipe but I don't, so keep in mind you may have to tweak some things as you go along:

First, I cut skin off egg plants and slice into rounds about 1/4" thick. I usually use 2 medium sized eggplants

Place in a bowl of milk to soak while preparing mix
In a separate bowl combine:
 1/4 cup all purpose flower (estimate)
2 cups +/- Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (this time I used Panko breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan and Romano cheese (from the bottle shaker)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Spray metal cooking sheet with canola oil
Dredge eggplant rounds in mix and place on sheet
Lightly spray each round with cooking oil

Bake at 425 degrees until brown and crunchy.
Serve with homemade buttermilk ranch dressing
A yummy snack, appetizer or side dish! After these are cooked you can also freeze any leftovers and then just pop back in the oven to warm and crisp!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Getting ready for camp part 2-Packing tips

Is camp a part of your summer for your kids? It can be overwhelming-purchasing everything and then packing it all. If you missed my post last week on painting your own trunk or footlocker, read about it HERE. Last year I received the best packing list compiled by an experienced mom who had obviously packed many a camper. Just thought I'd share some of my favorite tips with you.

Favorite tip #1: Pack each outfit, undies included, in a 2 gallon zip lock baggie. Child can easily grab their outfit and head to the shower and clothes won't end up wet on the floor. Same idea with towel and wash rags.

Favorite tip #2: Pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelopes so your camper will be sure and send you a letter. *Remember to address one for grandma too!

Favorite tip #3: Shower caddy stocked with all the necessities.

Other items you won't want to forget:

Roll of quarters for drinks and snacks
Disposable cameras
Extension cord and clamp on fan
Laundry bag
Bug spray and anti-itch cream
Swim bag already packed with towel, sunscreen, goggles, towel and flip flops
Large refillable water bottle and Propel or Gatorade packets

What else do you pack for your camper? Let me know what I've forgotten! I'll be posting in a couple days about fun ideas for care packages. 

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