Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hattie's Nursery: Creative Mommy and Auntie

 Creative friend and co-worker Jayme
and her sister created this picture perfect nursery for Jayme's neice


 Jayme used fabrics and fabric glue to create this adorable, coordinating nursery wall mirror in the photo above.
Here is more for you to see how colorful and creative Hattie's nursery is: 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Daily Paper Prompts #1 -#5

The Index Card a Day Challenge from

Daisy Yellow Art Blog

was such a popular art challenge (61 index card prompts) that it

continued in August and September with

61 Daily Paper Prompts

I enjoyed the creative spark, the daily artistic workout and the ongoing challenge of thinking of and creating something along with the Daisy Yellow art community.

Before work at school became intense and I needed to focus my time and attention there, I created several Daily Paper Prompts on index cards.  Here they begin:

Rainbow, Scraped
Prompt:  Paint a rainbow and scrape it with a tool or implement. 

Prompt:  I created a window in a magazine cut out car with a paper lizard leaning out.
Adhesive foam squares added dimension behind the lizard. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Coulda Woulda Shoulda Learned to Paint and Draw

I coulda, woulda, shoulda learned to:

1. draw

2. paint

Here's my list for Artsyville's List It Tuesdays.
This week's list is "quick fixes: remedies that take only a little time and effort."
I'm a self-taught artist who's creative and crafty but not a painter or drawer.
But I'll keep on trying!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Keep Calm and Design a Keep Calm Poster

"Keep Calm"
Our challenge from the principal at school this week is
for each team of teachers to design
a "Keep Calm"
poster on a large sheet of white paper
that exemplifies the team. 

That's creative!
Here's some history behind the "Keep Calm" slogan.
Here's the original "Keep Calm" poster:
Here are some from Bing Images I like:

My team needs the word "special" (we're the specials:  PE, Art, Music, Library). 
Our talented art teacher Sarah Ryan Ascher will create the design. 
We've got our Keep Calm slogan selected!
Here's how it turned out.  We love it!

Monday, October 22, 2012

ArtSeen Studio Tour, Frisco: I Went, I Saw, I Overheard

This crumpled map was folded, crushed and smushed as I drove around Frisco 
during the artseen studio tour this weekend.

Rare Book Room: Creative Website

About 400 of the world's greatest books can be read in digital form 
free of charge at

Rare Reading Room

One may read books in varying topics and rarity by medium to medium-high resolution.
Enter the author's name in the first search box to locate the author's books. 
A "find by category", "find by authors", and "find by library" is also available.
Double-clicking on a digital books increases its size for ease in viewing.
Some of the site's highlights are:
This section contains most of the Shakespeare Quartos from the British Library, the Bodelein Library, the University of Edinburgh Library, and the National Library of Scotland.  This section also contains the First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a first edition of the Sonnets,
and a first edition of Shakespeare's poems.

Hiccups: Fast and Creative Cure

 Hiccups woke me up in the middle of the night.  It was weird.
Every hiccup remedy I'd ever read came to mind: 
swallowing, holding my breath, nothing worked.  Sleep; I wanted to sleep, not research. 
How could I stop this calamity immedediately? 
A search for information on my smartphone helped; several articles popped up on the topic.

Somewhere I read to put my fingers in my ears or in the soft spot behind my ears
and press in gently for thirty seconds. 
It worked like a charm!

Hopefully you never wake up with hiccups, but this remedy works, in case you get them.
Put your fingers in your ears for a fast and creative cure for hiccups! 
Nothing else needed for this cure.

I'm participating in:

List-It-Tuesdays at Artsyville


Friday, October 19, 2012

Index Card a Day #46 - #50

Index cards I designed for the ICAD art challenge at Daisy Yellow art blog.
 #46: Concentric Circles
 Materials used:
*magazine cut outs
*index card and glue stick
#47 Collage with White

*magazine cut outs in white, I was especially looking for texture and pattern
*index card and glue stick

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Top Reasons To Be a Theatre Major" : Creative Repurposing

"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."
~James Russell Lowell

Curiously interesting sheets of paper found inside the play program of
"The Night of the Living Dead"

*Origins of the Zombie Myth: 

The origin of zombie-ism comes from Haitian Voodoo culture according to the RC theater program.  In Haitian the word is "zombi" and means "spirit of the dead."

*RC Performance Etiquette Reminders: 

Well this is a school after all; we have to learn somewhere, sometime how to behave at a theater.  Now is as good a time as any to learn not to bring food, drinks or water in the Performance Hall. 

RC's theater's red velvet seats are impeccably clean so every one minded this etiquette reminder.

When I attended the NOTLD performance, some people were not minding their manners when they took photographs of the zombie attacks in the play with their cell phones. 

Here's some creative repurposing:

a play program presents a reason to

major in theatre but also describes creative work!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Richland College Theatre: "Night of the Living Dead"

I  experienced this ghoulishness at Richland College in Dallas:
A Richland College Theatre Department Production
There was a beautiful theater with red velvet seats, great acting, and chilling zombie scenes!
Wandering around the Richland College campus before the

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Index Card a Day #41 - #45

Daisy Yellow Art Blog

No Frill Prompts

at Daisy Yellow Art Blog

Return November 9:  I'll be there!  Will you?

Tammy at Daisy Yellow Art Blog wrote, "No Frill Prompts are fresh weekly creative prompts that are simple, flexible and fully customizable.  Use the prompt literally, figuratively, professionally or sarcastically."


 prompts from my favorite summer art challenge ever:

#41 Rainbow
Materials used:
*Bing image of drama masks
*index card covered with black cardstock
*colored pencils over black and white image

to outline and to make shapes in colors of the rainbow

 *glue stick

#42 Definition
Materials used:
*index card covered with scrapbook paper in neutral tones
*red card stock paper
*random letters cut from magazines
*index card
*sky blue oil pastel crayon for outlining
*teal colored pencil for outlining
*Artists' Way by Julia Cameron

Monday, October 8, 2012

Spice Village Waco: Creative Repurposing

Variety is the spice of life ~ American Proverb

 The upper level of a 100 year old hardware store was transformed into 
a shopper's delightful destination.
 Spice Village is  a very cool collection of specialty shops in Waco, Texas, where I love to go.

Talk about variety!  Unique to the max!

Check this out.  Spice Village's blog is fun too!

Spice Village brochure

Saturday, October 6, 2012

List It Tuesdays: I'm a Sucker for....


Aimee's Art Challenge at Artsyville 

Cheryl's list for Tuesday:  "I'm a sucker for...."