Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Too Much Christmas Fun

All she wanted for Christmas was a Giant teddy bear!

We also added Fancy the Fish (a beta) to our family pets
It's really interesting to research this fish, they are alot cooler then I thought!


3 calling birds...( baby hand-fed cockatiels) My favorite bird.

and a leopard tortoise that grows to the size of a football

We will be busy learning responsibility this year. Hope everyone had a joyful Christmas!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Holidays!!!


There's only one tree going up this year in our house and this is it! Feels good to have this project done and out of the way.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Building a Tree House

Another fun Summer project added to the list...This is Jury's treehouse that a good friend is helping us build. Isn't it cute? I think I am more excited then the kids for it.

Jury is already getting his "No girls allowed" sign made. I'm not quite sure how well that one is going to go over with the girls, they already want to move their stuff in. Hmm....


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Learning How to ScreenPrint

Here are some screenprints I have been working on this Summer at the University....Time Consuming pretty much sums it up!


3 color screenprint


5 color screenprint
Next project will be a 7-8 color...
Very interesting process that these go through before they turn into the final image. I will share more pics in a few days/weeks. ;)


Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Summer Full of Color!

                   
 I'm so excited that I get to blog first about the Summer of Awesomeness!  After all, that's exactly what Summer is, isn't it? Hanging out in flip-flops, bbq's with friends, swimming, hiking, and just being outdoorsy and taking lazy day afternoon naps. Everything seems like a brand new start and I'm so ready for some warm weather. 
One of my favorite parts of Summer is watching the different plants in my yard start to bloom. Here is my first poppy of the year, isn't it beautiful? Martha Stewart's last issue was on decorating with them and she had some fabulous ideas so if you haven't checked it out already then do, it's worth it.
This Summer I thought I would make it all about COLOR! It's so energizing when color is added into life. Here are some super easy things that I am doing around the house and you can too in order to brighten things up!
Starting with flowers, Choose bright reds, oranges and yellow or even pink ones and put them in a contrasting pot. For this one I chose a cobalt blue pot with red and yellow flowers making it all about the primary colors. Delicious!
This one is a little bit more subtle but just as beautiful!
and you never can go wrong putting a flower in its
 complimentary colored pot. Complimentary meaning its opposite color on the color wheel. So blue is opposite of orange, red is opposite of green and yellow is opposite of purple. This will always result in both colors looking their best when next to each other.


Another fun way of adding color to your yard is to re-paint your yard furniture. I just finished painting everything I have in the color scheme of turquoise and red.  Two of my favorite colors and perfect for my Alice in Wonderland picnics and outdoor adventures. No more tan, boring, blendid in stuff for me!
 Before throwing anything out I always ask myself...
Can it be re-painted a different color and used?
Can I use if for storage or a planter?
It's amazing what a difference paint can make and the money it saves.
I love my newly colored pieces.
I was also looking at trellises yesterday and couldn't find one that wasn't ugly, inexpensive or small and flimsy. Luckily I found this old gate hiding in storage and am making it my new trellis. I can't wait to plant something and watch it climb away. I'm thinking trumpet vine....
Here is something that I think would be fun to make. I saw it in a gardening magazine and it just has a straight piece of rebar going through the middle of it. What a conversation piece huh?
Or how about this one? It's an old frame on an easel with plants bursting out of it making it quite the masterpiece.
and here is my favorite addition to the yard........I now have FIREFLIES in my tree!
ok not real ones, but they're as close as I will ever get here in Utah!
Aren't they magical?
It's just a single spot light that you stake into the ground and it shines lots of little lights up into the tree. Same kind that Disney uses I read. I think it's going to be so much fun for the upcoming Summer nights and I hope my neighbors are super jealous of my sparkling firefly lit tree. If you want one for your yard go to www.blisslighting.com 

Ok some Summer Ideas or suggestions.......
How about finally taking that new class you've always been curious about?
Here I am doing flying trapeze school recently...For real, it's really me! ;) I'ts never too late to learn something new!

 Or how about learning or improving on a new skill?
My next adventure is going to include some of these:
and some of these
I am a self taught sewer and only know how to sew pillows and curtains, so some sort of fashion design class is very appealing to me right now.
Speaking of design
I am drooling over the lastest trend of colored denim pants. Especially the red and blue ones! I love them all, how do you choose?



Maybe I will try a few colors....just to see ;)
Thanks for stopping in, It truly has been forever since I have consistently posted anything and It has taken me hours just to do this much, I had to lock myself up in the room and hide from the kids! lol
but I am hoping to find more time to post more.
I hope your Summer is going to be full of awesomess and  If you want more ideas or suggestions or want to participate in the S.O. A. then  visit www.rhinestonearmadillo.typepad.com
Happy summer days and nights! ;)






















Thursday, June 9, 2011

Let the S.O.A. begin!!!!


HERE ARE THE RULES:

1. Let Laura know if you want to participate through comments or her e-mail address---laurairrgang@yahoo.com
2.  She will assign you a date. You do ONE blog post on one day, sometime during the week you have been assigned.....3rd week in June, 2nd week in July, etc. Let's do this through August. If she gets more than one person per week, she will do multiple posts per week.
3. Come up with your contribution in whatever way you see fit. You can do a post on your own blog, and she will link to you, and also cut and paste it into her blog. If you don't have a blog, just e-mail her any text and images you want to share.

Can't wait to share some of my S.O.A ideas,  I got assigned to do the first blog post so be looking for it starting this Sunday!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

and the Casting Process begins......

This is only 8 hours of work .. 2 more full days to go. It is amazing the work that goes into making a cast for a sculpture. oooh! but it was sooooo much fun!!!!





Monday, May 2, 2011

Progress on Sculpture

Making progress....will be learning how to cast her this Saturday. Cant wait!






Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sculpting, My New Found Love


Here is the beginning of my very first sculpture. I am having so much fun learning how to do it and its becoming very addicting fast. I will definitely be doing more. This one is being done with oil clay and if it turns out I will be able to cast it into something harder and unbreakable.
I only have been able to work on it 3 hours a week with a live model. It's quite challenging to capture what is in front of you and mold it. There are so many new things I am learning about the figure.  

I even have a little sculptor in the family. Jury has begged me for quite awhile to teach him how so tonight we started on his project. I  think he really likes it!


 Jury has always been the one drawing and painting and finding things in the garage to make 3D sculptures out of. I'm happy that he has found something he enjoys so much. He says he needs to learn sculpting
because he wants to be a plastic surgeon. I think this is a great place to start. 
and the girls were content eating Mcdonalds tonight. I never let them eat there and so they were so happy when I caved in!