Just a little Whimsy ~ Mother / Daughter Style

In CategoryCrafts, Family

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For Mother’s Day, my lovely daughter gave me a wonderful gift.  We spent an  evening  together at a studio painting  a picture of the flatirons.  Now, I’ve never painted anything on canvas before, so this was a brand new experience for me.

As a child, I loved those paint-by-number paint sets I seemed to get at Christmas time.  I painted plenty of horses in a meadow and other things I can’t remember,  on velvet … but never on canvas.

The owner of the studio’s daughter, was a girl I recognized as one of my kindergarten students more than twenty years ago.  She immediately recognized me as her kindergarten teacher and was amazed that I remembered her and her name.  It would of been fun if she was the instructor for the evening, but she wasn’t.

I consider myself to be a very creative person … you know, the artsy/craftsy kind.  The other thing about me is that I’m a perfectionist, so I knew this may pose a bit of a challenge in the two hour period.

Everything was going smoothly until the teacher shouted out that it was time for us to finish up and go, since he was closing.  I still had to finish my path, more green shrubs, and all of the flowers!  This is when I went from “Oh, this is so cool, working at my turtle pace,” to …  “Oh my god!  I need to rush and splat down the paint so I can walk out with a finished product!”

My daughter’s painting was gorgeous!  It showed the carved edge of the flatiron mountains, and the delicate petals of all her dainty meadow flowers.   None of which I was able to achieve.  As a matter of fact, I admire these very mountains right outside my window every day, and yet I completely froze and forgot what they actually looked like!

My painting is more like a Monet, meant to be admired from afar.  It’s grown on me, and I actually love it!

All in all, it was a very good experience for me since it took me out of my comfort zone.  Best of all, was the time I was able to spend with my amazing daughter.

My painting will be proudly hung in my sewing/craft studio at home.  A reminder that everything doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be enjoyed.

Thanks, and I love you Diane!

United States of America Scrap Map

In CategoryCrafts

Yup … this is just one example of the crafts I indulge in when I should be finishing the million other, half-started projects I have going.

I absolutely love this scrappy USA map! I’ve been wanting to do something with a map of America that shows all the states we have traveled. Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to make my very own version for my office that has way more character than a plain old printed map.  The process was tedious, but it was a blast finding just the right fabric for each state.  Of course, I love the CU buffalo.

I’m so scrappy-happy with the fantastic result!

Now it’s back to the challenging slip cover I’m working on for a wing chair that is going into the office as well. Aaarggh! I’m so close to having the perfect pattern made, but I’m sure I’ll distract myself with yet another “quick” project instead. The unfinished wing chair has been sitting smack dab in the middle of my sewing room since February … yes, I said February!

happy crafting everyone