Bird Christmas

24 12 2013

What I like about business at Christmas time: everyone is happier, lots of treats are always in the break room, and small talk gets extra easy. 🙂
And surprise 1/2 days off don’t hurt either.

a stork (?) bird Christmas

a stork (?) bird Christmas


Well Happy Holidays, everybody!
Christmas cookie icing colors

Christmas cookie icing colors


Don’t eat more cookies than you can handle.





Watercolor Sketch Part 2

19 12 2013

I did a black and white sketch of this image here, but wanted to do a quick color version too, this time with no marker added:

fast watercolor sketch of a dude in France

fast watercolor sketch of a dude in France


Have to say, I like this one less – he looks a little Edward Cullenish here.
WELL I’m taking today and tomorrow off work for my “Christmas vacation.” Come next year, I expect to make some big technological improvements. A new computer is in the works, which sadly (although maybe for the better) forces me to buy a new version of Photoshop. Oh, and my printer/scanner just decided to die so I suppose that will be replaced too. Say goodbye to money!





Christmas Zentangle

9 12 2013
Candy cane zentangle card for the patients :)

Candy cane zentangle card for the patients 🙂

I’ve posted about zentangle a few times. As a volunteer with my hospital’s Humanities in Medicine program, zentangle is one of the projects we do with patients and family members. Cards are very popular, especially ones incorporating color. A co-volunteer brought in holiday stencils and we decided to use zentangle as a minor decorative element with the stencils to make holiday cards. 🙂 This candy cane one will be given to a patient or visitor or passed out at our big cafeteria table event in a couple weeks.

Then last week my other office (the non-hospital one, though I only have 1 job with 1 company and just travel between…not to make it confusing or anything) had a holiday party for which I had to buy/make decorations. I found “lollipops” in the company’s colors from Hobby Lobby (just 50 cents each!) and made this for the dessert table. I was so proud! And then co-worker R said the lollipops look like balloons. 😦

Real candy canes! Office party decoration for the dessert table

Real candy canes! Office party decoration for the dessert table





Etsyversary

1 12 2013

As of November 26th, my Etsy shop, Dream Half Full, has been open for a year. Admittedly, my free time didn’t allow me for many (read: any) efforts at marketing, and I’ve been very slow to upload new products in the past 6+ months, but it’s been a good learning experience, and I’m happy with it so far. I’m thankful for having a pretty smooth year with that. To celebrate, I got off my butt and posted some new items today (click the link above to view them in the shop):

ACEO print of a tiny peacock acrylic painting

ACEO print of a tiny peacock acrylic painting

resin pendant necklace, with polymer clay fish and blue glass inside

resin pendant necklace, with polymer clay fish and blue glass inside


delicate raintree leaves in resin pendant, crafted over weeks for the layering process

delicate raintree leaves in resin pendant, crafted over weeks for the layering process

There are a few others and MANY more items that need photographing before posting. Most of my items are one of a kind. Some of my favorites sold this year:

mini clay kiwi slices embedded in resin

mini clay kiwi slices embedded in resin


dried blue mertensia flowers in a diamond pendant

dried blue mertensia flowers in a diamond pendant


pampas grass seed in resin looks like rutilated quartz

pampas grass seed in resin looks like rutilated quartz


I painted this image over multiple layers of resin for a 3D effect.

I painted this image over multiple layers of resin for a 3D effect.


a dried red maple leaf from last winter, made durable by resin

a dried red maple leaf from last winter, made durable by resin


the Ostrichocrat painting - the original sold, but prints to come

the Ostrichocrat painting – the original sold, but prints to come

And of course the sold items are no longer up in the store, but here are some existing ones that are:

yellow flower pendant... I actually have made more than 1 of these and sold a coupe, but have more upcoming including one in a black setting that really pops!

yellow flower pendant… I actually have made more than 1 of these and sold a coupe, but have more upcoming including one in a black setting that really pops!


8x10 photo - these flowers grow locally, and bees love them...naturally the flowers are called "bee balm."

8×10 photo – these flowers grow locally, and bees love them…naturally the flowers are called “bee balm.”


This is a crop of my vulture drawing/painting. The original is for sale, and tiny ACEO cards (for those that like smaller things or just don't want to spend $) are just posted today!

This is a crop of my vulture drawing/painting. The original is for sale, and tiny ACEO cards (for those that like smaller things or just don’t want to spend $) are just posted today!


Resin makes good magnets too. These encase tiny prints of my nature photos.

Resin makes good magnets too. These encase tiny prints of my nature photos.

Anyway, more to come. I’ve been putting “coming soon” by the plushies (stuffed animal toys) listing on my business card for a year. It’s time to make that happen. I’m spending the winter studying for a very big certification exam, but I promise to make more effort to get new items up! Happy Thanksgiving weekend!








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