A not-done-in-time-for-winter-like-i-thought-it-would-be scarf

I can’t believe how fast this year has gone and that the holidays are almost upon us (O_o) I am so not ready for Christmas. Nor for Thanksgiving either, especially as we are actually having family over for it for the first time since we’ve been married! But no pressure or anything….lol

So, artsy stuffs! I have been working on and off on this scarf for months. I love the yarn, and the pattern, I just have the attention span of a goldfish most of the time :)

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It needs blocked, but once it’s done you will be able to see the eyelets that run up each side of the columns. The pattern is “Favorite scarf ever” by Lisa Bruce and the yarn I used is ‘Tapping Tootsees’ from Done Roving Yarn in the colorway “Summer sunrise”. The pattern is great and it’s pretty quick to memorize, but there was definitely a learning curve for me in the beginning.  The first 13 or 14 rows I wasn’t getting the “slip two stitches knitwise together, k1, pass 2 stitches over” as you can see in the closeup pic. But after some youtube surfing, I found a video that showed me what I was doing wrong and then suddenly it made sense! The actual way you are supposed to do that double decrease is way easier than the way I was doing it wrong, so once I knew what I was doing the knitting actually went faster :) I had struggled so much with the first part, that I couldn’t bring myself to rip it out and start over. I left the mistakes in figuring it’s just for me and doesn’t have to be perfect.

This is the only knitting I took with me when I went back to PA for my best friend’s wedding, and I knit it on the plane, and during any downtime between planning and making and going and doing for the wedding. It grew really fast and I thought “I will most definitely have a new scarf in time for winter this year!”. Riiiight. Once I got home and went back to work, the knitting momentum slowed to a snails pace and now it’s winter and I has no new scarf to wear :( But that’s the thing with knitting, it surprisingly doesn’t get any bigger if you never pick it up and knit it. Who would have thunk, right? lol

I also have a couple of drawings to show, although neither one is really “done” yet.

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Practice, practice, practice…

Oh, and check out our Christmas cards for this year, arn’t they cute!?

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I just love them :)

I hope you are warm and comfy where ever you are, preparing for the holidays and just doing all the day to day stuffs that always needs done. Take care!

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Some sketches

Despite the blogging absence, I have been sketching on a fairly regular basis, which if you follow me on instagram you may have already seen a lot of the pics that follow. Most were done with a Col-erase pencils, although a few were regular graphite. I try to avoid graphite pencils because I have horrible luck with smearing them but sometimes you use what you have on hand.

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I’m about halfway through the sketchbook I’m using and I’m hoping to have it filled by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!

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Whew! It’s been a while…

Between going back to work, getting ready for my best friends wedding, spending a month in PA for said wedding, and having some family come out to visit, the blog has gone untouched for months. When things get busy and you have to choose between doing creative stuff or blogging about it, the doing always wins (with me at least).

Artsy and creative things have definitely been going on around here, like some new altered journals for Jane Davenport’s “Joynal” and “Express Yourself”, and Roxanne Coble’s “21 Secrets” class. (Just a warning, once you start altering books for art journals, it’s really hard to stop!! :) )  The local goodwill and the Half price books have been getting frequent visits lately as I stock up on any books I find that are perfect for altering, even tho I have only gotten a few spreads into the three (3!) I have going right now. Like I said, it’s an addiction :P  There has also been some intermittent jewelry making, and knitting, but lets just focus on the artsy stuff this time ;)

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Some pages in progress from Roxanne Coble’s “21 Secrets 2015” class:

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Loving Jane’s classes (as always!!) and Roxanne’s class has been so fun, and is such a different style than I’m used to that it’s always a surprise to see where a spread ends up.

Next time I’ll post some sketchbook pics, as I have been drawing on a fairly regular basis, unlike blogging, lol :)

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Strathmore online workshops 2015

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The first Strathmore online workshop for 2015 starts today! Traci Bautista is back, teaching another print and mark making workshop with Strathmore. I loved her last workshop with  Strathmore, and I am so excited for the new one! It’s a weekly lesson for 4 weeks per workshop, and it’s free! The next one will be “Acrylic painting” with Patti Mollica  starting may 4th. Workshop 3 pt 1 will be “Exploring pen and ink ‘Hand lettering and calligraphy'” with Maureen ‘Marzi’ Wilson Sep 7th, and pt 2 will be “exploring pen and ink ‘Drawing'” with Alphonso Dunn Sep 21st. Can’t wait!! The workshops will be available until Dec 31st 2015. 

It’s free to join, and definitely worth checking out! 

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Making the Journal…BIGGER

I just came across Pam Carriker’s great journal tutorial today, and thought it needed sharing! I love a bigger journal with room to work in, and making my own is usually the best way I have found to get the size and paper type I want.

Making the Journal…BIGGER.

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Documented life and Supplies me.

I have been thoroughly enjoying both “the Documented Life Project 2015” and Jane Davenport’s “Supplies Me”. I’ve got new prompts and videos to look forward to each week, and it has helped keep me on track and be creative regularly so far this year. With Jane’s class, I am getting more comfortable using my art supplies, and that has led to drawing and coloring some of my favorite  faces to date :) And with the dlp2015, I have been more carefree with my pages, not trying to plan out what the page needs to be from beginning to end, or to have a finished page in my mind when I start. The pages I’ve made from that haven’t necessarily been my favorites, but I’m enjoying the process. On top of those two things, I’ve been working on pages from Kelly Kilmer’s class “journey of me” and creating pages while watching youtube videos from Christy Sobolewski aka ‘gulfsprite’. I think this has led to me creating more pages in just a week or two, that I did the last 6 months of 2014 combined. Which is a good thing :) So, on to the pages!

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If you follow me on instagram(@kittyisnotamused), you would have seen this drawing when I first did it last month. I waited for a long time before coloring it because I was afraid of messing it up, but I finally got the courage to take colored pencils to it. And I love how it turned out! It is definitely my favorite face drawing I’ve done so far. :)

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Colored pencil drawings, practicing burnishing for color blending.

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Documented Life Project 2015 week’s 3 and 4.

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Journal page from magazine cutouts and scrapbook papers, with Alison Krauss lyrics. If you haven’t checked out Kelly Kilmer’s journal pages, you really should! She posts just about everyday, and her pages are very cool, filled with layers of images, paint, and markers. I love them, and I just had to get two of her classes to learn her process to start making my own!

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And this is a random journal page that I started out with some doodling, and then colored with watercolors. The paper is not watercolor paper, and so the paints didn’t behave very well on it, and I wasn’t able to get the blending I wanted to because the paints soaked into the papers too quickly. But It was fun just to play and try out a medium I don’t use very often. I added details and tried to get some better blending with colored pencils, and I like it a bit better now than when it was just watercolor on the page. Practice practice! Christy Sobolewski has a channel on youtube where she shows her daily journal pages, creates whole pages on camera, and does journal flips, on a regular basis, so if you are looking for inspiration, that is a good channel to check out!

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I was working on some new journals for my Etsy shop the other day and it got me to thinking about the different things you can use as a cover. I usually prefer a hardcover, like heavy chipboard or bookboard, but sometimes I am drawn to soft covers that you can fold under the book while you work. And making journals to sell,well that means I can work with a whole lot of different materials because peoples taste varies so much :) So I was wondering, what’s your favorite kind of cover?

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