Peacock Kaylee from Some Odd Girl

So back in January I realized I have been coveting the Copic Sketch Markers a LONG time and if I wanted to get them, I needed 1) another job; 2) to sell some of the craft items I own; 3) Sell finished craft products. Dear husband, David told me to get selling.. I think he meant finished craft products, but I decided to sell my Cricut items, as I am NOT a Cricut fan (sorry!!! I really, REALLY tried to love my Cricut, but I don't).

Every time I go to Fred Vegas I take my piddly pocket money and coupons to Hobby Lobby and Michaels and I buy a (one) copic marker. I do not have even own 1/7th of the Copic Sketch Markers, but I do have a wonderful collection of blues and greens, perfect for Peacock coloring! I have sold my old Cricut items on Amazon and have made $ to buy Copic markers and with this last "check" from Amazon I bought digital stamps from Some Odd Girl. They are sooooo pretty!!!!! Now...if only I could sell my cricut machine and buy more Copics.

Squeeee

My stamp came in! I luuuurve it! I order it from Groopdealz. ^_^ I also ordered one for my Relay for Life team and also for my David and I


Creating Facebook page

It's about time. I have been trying to get an Etsy page up for a year and also a Facebook page. It didn't help that I don't have a computer right now. The best I can do is blogging on my phone. I made a Facebook page (not quite perfected) and and set up my Etsy shop and my amazon shop.


Scratch off cards

I love Pinterest! Don't you? I read about how to make scratch off tickets. I think it would be a fun way to raise money for my Relay for Life team. I have an opportunity to make some today! So excited! My co-worker wanted to make coupons for babysitting and Housekeeping for her daughter-in-law, because she has some babies on the way. I thought to myself, what's better than I coupon? A scratch off card! I'll post photos after we get finished!

Copic Markers

I looooove love copic markers. They are amazing. I want to have a marker-color-gasm that's how amazing they are. However.... David and I discussed buying me these fabuuuulous markers and due to being poor -weeps- we cannot buy sets of them at this time! Sooo instead I am selling items on amazon and eBay. Back in January I sold one of my cricut cartridges and I just sold (last 15 minutes) a set of children's learning-to-read books. I really wanted to save those books for my own children, but we don't have any children right now and aren't sure when we will have any. So, bye bye books, hello Copics! ^_^

I will post some of my favorite copic links and videos tomorrow when I am near a computer!

So far I own about 10 Copic markers.




Being My Best Self

This past weekend I went to Katsucon with David. I didn't think I would be especially grateful, or even happy to go. I only went because David asked me to, and I wanted to spend time with him. Anime Conventions don't seem like something I would really enjoy, but I did. I took a few art classes:

How to Draw Zombies with Obsidian Abnormal (https://www.facebook.com/oabnormal)

Night Owl Drawing with Kristilyn (http://www.kristilyn.com/)

Neo-Traditional Inking

How to Make Comics: Scripting, Penciling...

and

Cel Painting with Steve Bennett (http://www.stevebennettart.com/)

Steve Bennett was the highlight of my week.

Let me explain.

When we got in line for the cel painting, it was VERY popular, but of course, who wouldn't want to be taught by an artist like Steve? I twas very exciting, until they told us no one gathered the items to actually DO cel painting! LOL Oh well, Steve talked about past Katsucon's having the same problem. He was very lively and interesting. Telling us about how he got started an an apprentice in animation and how patience builds discipline and discipline builds patients, which is how you perfect your art work. Steve then talked about the different kind of artists.


Type A who is a little on the cocky side. They know they are good and they don't need to fix their skills 'cuase they already so amazing.
Type B who isn't as confident and nothing is good enough
and Type C, the person who knows they are better than 100 other artists out there, but in reality they know they are not as good as another 100. They continually work at honing their skills to perfection.

I always thought I was a C, continually improving. ... But listening to Steve, I realized I am type B. I don't think I will EVER be as good as anyone else. And that I shouldn't try, because I will fail.

What's really funny about this, is how I believe in EVERYONE else! I believe anyone can do anything! really!!! You can't do art, give it a shot, you can do it! You want to learn a language, you can do it! ...Yeah... but not me. I'll never be anyone, I'll never do anything.

So, here I was listening to Steve and I had a spiritual experience, that I have talents and that I can develop those using patience, discipline and diligence. Further then that, God has given me a gift of only needed a few hours of sleep a night, and that I *need* to use my awake time, whether it's 3 AM building my skills. I shouldn't lay in my bed, hoping for sleep, and wasting my time playing on my iPhone.

I feel so ALIVE for the first time in a long time. I am so grateful David asked me to go to Katsucon. It was exactly what I needed.

Craft-a-thon 2013

How did I do with last years Craft-a-thon let's find out!


x PAPER MACHÉ x

x METAL EMBOSSING x

x WOOD BURNING x

x SCHERENSCHNITTE x 

x CROCHET x

x FELTING x

x QUILTING x

x PRECIOUS METAL CLAY x

x EMBROIDERY x

x PAPER QUILLING x x WOODCUT DESIGN x

x OIL PAINTING x

x  SILHOUTTE x

x PAPER/STONE MOSAICS x


Wow. Okay, so that's terrible.

Really terrible. The only thing I really have to show for this past year, and trust me, there are enough excuses to cover this: I really learned embroidery. I feel so confident in my emroidery work now and have learned to work with felt and I love that, too.

Also, I learned to cross stitch! cute!

Also, I have done a little metal embossing.Mostly working with Vintaj products. Love!

I also have sewed quite a bit on my sewing machine, nothing fancy. Just learning, so hopefully I can make a quilt.


So, as far as Craftathon for this year, here are my goals! I have started on some and will keep updated

x QUILTING x

x BOOK BINDING x

x WOOD BURNING x

x Web Comic w/ Copic Sketch Markers x

x PAPER MACHÉ x

x FURNITURE MAKEOVERS x

x DIGITAL STAMPS x