Archive for October, 2012

Art Night Animals

Using guidelines from Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (by Carla Sonheim), we did some contour drawings of toy animals at Art Night.

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And because I’m sure you haven’t had your fill of BLURRY photos, I’m going to add two more of the after-Art-Night snacking that went on.

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There. That’s plenty of blurry photos for one post. I guess it’s a good thing that we are not having “Photography Night”!

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Celebrate Fall Photo Challenge: Orange

This week’s Celebrate Fall Photo Challege features orange!

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Celebrate Fall Photo Challenge: Red

Gary and Beth Cole issued a groovy fall photo challenge on their blog and this week’s theme is RED. So, here is my entry:

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Art Night Scribble Portraits

Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun featured scribble portraits for this week’s Art Night.

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We even had some “real life” scribble portraiture to end the evening!

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Family fun, as usual!

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The Art of Cake Decorating

Even though I haven’t been able to do a lot of crafting lately, I have really been enjoying the opportunity to develop some new skills as I work at the bakery. I’ve especially appreciated expanding my cake decorating skills. Decorating cakes definitely satisfies that “urge to be creative.”

For example, I learned how to make icing rosebuds a couple of weekends ago for this order. I got a lot of practice refining my rosebud-forming skills!

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I also had fun with this birthday cake.

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And this one.

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And this one.

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Yep, opportunities abound for creativity in my life-filled life!

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On the Road, Again…

…and again, and again, and again…. Yes, Anne and I have spent a lot of time on the road the past seven weeks. Once she started the re-casting for her club feet correction, there have been weekly trips for new casts and, even, for a little surgery to accelerate the healing of a sore on one of her feet (which, naturally, interrupted the casting process for that foot). In some ways, I hesitate to blog about all of the medical stuff that we’ve been involved in for the past few weeks. It has been going well. The driving has been uneventful, thank the Lord. None of this is dramatic or life-threatening. We appreciate our doctors and all of the good care we’re receiving. However, this whole process has been a big part of LIFE lately, so….

Anne’s favorite part of surgery was watching movies!

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Her least favorite part was having an IV.

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Oh, she liked the nurses, too.

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But I think she much prefers her regular, weekly visits to get her cast changed over having surgery. She’s always all smiles when she gets to have her cast changed because she likes to pick a new color.

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And it’s fun to look at the ball sculpture after she gets a new cast.

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The Art of Surgery

Right after I started this blog two years ago, I wrote:

Although this is a crafting-focused blog, the crafting in my life obviously doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

Guess what. Two years later, the crafting in my life still obviously doesn’t happen in a vacuum! In fact, lately, there has not been a whole lot of crafting. But there has been a LOT of life.

Such as…Lydia’s surgery on her leg.

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Here’s a little bit of “art” supplied by Lydia’s doctor.

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After surgery, Lydia spent a little time getting back on her feet…

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as Levi, Anne and I hung out with her and played Hospital Bingo and computer games.

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(Levi and Anne also got to try out the wall toys when Anne was getting a cast change! Yea, Levi! Yea, doctors for coordinating appointments for us!)

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After excellent care from Nurse Laurie, Lydia was ready to head home.

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