creative time

I managed a little creative time in the new studio recently.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of something to go on one of the tan walls in our bedroom. That goes with the afghan bedspread.
painting       bedroom

So, this is what I came up with, but I’m not sure I’m happy with it. I can’t quite figure out if it’s because I know I want something bigger. If so, I could just make more polymer clay tiles as I was thinking of mounting them on a canvas. Or maybe I’m not happy with it because it still needs something…perhaps flowers to soften it up.
polymer clay tiles wall art

The rough texture is my favorite part.
tile texture

What do you think? Do the tiles need something else added?

are you up for a challenge?

Creative Habit Inspiration Challenge

What is Creative Habit Inspiration Challenge?

A Facebook group open to any artistic medium. A new inspiration challenge prompt will be posted each Monday. Upload your photo to the corresponding week’s challenge album.
*Photos must be new work inspired by the challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to inspire you to make creative time a habit. Try to block out time in your schedule, ideally at the same time every day, even if it’s only 15 to 30 minutes. Creativity, like everything, get’s easier with practice.

My hope is that you will also use these challenge prompts to push yourself outside your comfort zone, because that is where real growth happens.

Click here to join the Creative Habit Inspiration Challenge group…it’s all fun…no pressure.

modern living

My mom has her house for sale and has started the process of cleaning out. I’m now the proud owner of an antique steamer trunk, which is a story for another day. However, the trunk was filled with scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photos, etc. Today I want to share a gem that surfaced…Modern Living, a little magazine that was published by a local bank in 1962.

modern living 1962

While the carousel theme is a little much, I do like the red and white with touches of green. It creates a nice high contrast color scheme.

creative block buster #8

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #8 – Avatar

Today’s creative block buster is to watch the movie, Avatar. Whether you’ve seen it before or not, like the story line or not, watch the movie.

You might even want to have your sketchbook handy while watching. The vivid colors always capture the attention first. However, it’s the shapes, textures and movement of the Pandora flora and fauna that have me reaching for my sketchbook. Maybe it will be the Na’vi’s colors and markings that inspire you or the Pandoran wildlife. The markings on the Toruk has Millefiori cane written all over it. ;)

wishing for spring

I always find myself wishing for spring this time of year. Even more so this year. Once the brutal cold let up a little, the snow started in. Yesterday we had ice and snow, today it’s supposed to be 54 degrees and we have a blizzard watch for Thursday. UGH!

On to more pleasant things….I’m working on the tutorial for “flow beads”, which will be available to the Color.Creativity.Design members on March 1st and available for individual purchase on March 8th.

flow beads examples:
flow beads example

flow beads example two


I’ve made some progress on my project list. The bedroom is mostly painted. Still have the backs of a couple doors and doorways to finish, but far enough along to start moving some things upstairs, like the bed. Also finished my warm and snuggly afghan for the bed…


With below zero temps and 50 mph winds last night, I was very happy that we had gotten moved upstairs where it’s much warmer. We haven’t had much snow this winter, but the cold and wind has been brutal. This news story about the wind snapping off large tree branches that hit a car driving down the street last night was only a few a blocks away from my house.

I did dig out the polymer clay last week. My son and I made a volcano for his science project.

This week, I’m finishing up the color palette with polymer clay color recipes for the Color.Creativity.Design members and working on the second issue of Dress it Up! Magazine. Also have a high school orientation/registration meeting Tuesday evening for the kiddo (hard to believe my baby will be in high school) and he’s got Job Shadow Day Friday, so it should be an interesting week.

never enough time

It seems like there is never enough time to do all the things I want to do. Last fall, we bought a cute little vintage camper that we want to remodel. We didn’t get very far with it before the weather turned cold, but I had bought some fabric, thinking this winter when there’s not so much going on that I would get the curtains made, cushions re-covered and an awning made. I also wanted to paint and put new flooring in the kitchen.

Well, our middle child moved out and the youngest wanted his old room. After cleaning out and boxing up what the oldest son didn’t take with him, we got the youngest moved to the other bedroom. So, now we are painting the youngest kid’s old bedroom with plans to move our bedroom back upstairs.

Painting in progress.

If the colors look somewhat familiar, it’s because they go with the afghan from this color palette. The photos were taken in different lighting….they are much closer in person.
warm color palette

I still have another coat to paint, then the process of moving furniture upstairs. Not looking forward to that part. There’s a small room attached to that one, that I want to turn into a walk-in closet and the upstairs bathroom needs remodeled. It’s looking like Spring or Summer before I actually get to the original projects I wanted to do this winter. The good news is, once we get moved upstairs, our old bedroom is going to be my new bigger studio, which I’m very much looking forward to.

All of these home projects have kept me from having any time to create. However, I have been thinking about making something similar to the raised flower designs of the polymer clay pendants below, but on a larger scale to hang on the wall of our bedroom.

What projects do you have going on?