Saturday, October 26, 2013

Educational Printable Page: Counting by Tens.

Today I am sharing a page I made for my son's schooling.

It is a count-by-tens page.

He loves crazy creatures, so he was happy with this one.

Here is a colored version as well.
I used my Copic markers and his direction on which ones to color which.

Feel free to use these as you'd like,
just not for resale.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Vintage Advertisement: Mincemeat/Plum Pudding


Today I am sharing a vintage add for mincemeat.

My mother-in-law made an apple pie with mincemeat on it last weekend.
I always thought that mincemeat had to have meat in it,
but it is the fruit and spices used on the mincemeat pie.

It was very good, too.

Here is a black and white version.

Here is an antiqued version.

These ads are from a late 1800's magazine,
so as far as I know, they are free for you to use as you'd like.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"What is On Your Workdesk" Wednesday 229

This week I am joining Stamping Ground and sharing
"What is on my Workdesk."

Because we school at home, the table is usually covered with school or crafts that the kids are creating.

For this reason, my work tends to be at different places around the room,
and I pull them out as I have a moment to work on them.

This pile of pieces have been base-coated this week.
I hope to make some signs for the Christmas craft sales coming up.

This basket has some recycled sweater that I am making into purses.
I worked on them at one point while I was listening to a program on the television with the kids.

These gourds and papier mache' will be painted with scenes to make ornaments.
 I just rounded them all up and gathered them in a box so I can get working on them.

 This easel is actually where I have "what I am working on,"
or attempt to work on, when I don't get distracted by the kids' needing help.
This is what I enjoy doing most.

 (I just recovered that chair, too.  It was in desperate need of some new material,
and it makes it so much nicer to work at the easel with a pretty chair.)

So far, I just have the sketch of the piano on the tracing paper,
the  measurements and the start of the outline.

When I am running out to take my daughter to her violin lesson, I grab my bag and work on these:

I finished the school counting page and am working on another verse page.

My son's birthday is coming up and I would like to squeeze in a card for him,
so I have these images I plan to work from.

This sketch of the cat is one I was working on this week, too.

I seem to have too many projects going on at once, but it works best when I have something to work on depending upon what the kids are doing and where I need to be.

Either that, or perhaps I need to work on my attention span.

What are you working on this week?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Art Lesson: Rooster.

This week's art lesson is a sketch page of our rooster.

I like our rooster.
He is quite the protector of his three lady hens and I enjoy watching him find bugs and then
cluck to let them know he has something for them.

He has been pretty tame to us humans so far,
and I hope that will continue so that all will be peaceful around the yard.

Here is a printable sketch page which you are free to use as you'd like,
just not for resale.

Thank you for stopping by!

(To copy this sketch page, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".
 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print."

If you have difficulties or suggestions, please let me know.)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ten Commandments Coloring Page: 9th Commandment.

Today I am sharing the 9th of the 10 Commandments of the Kids' Coloring Pages.

(If this looks familiar, it is because I posted this one by accident last week as the 8th Commandment:
I must have been very tired.
It is fixed now and I have the 8th Commandment on last week's post where it should have been).

Here is the colored version.

These are free for use,
just not resale.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Art Tip: Repurposing Ornaments with Paint.


Today I am sharing a simple tip for making a gift more...

(If you are a Hallmark ornament collector, you may not appreciate this post,
so you may need to look away.)
I know it is a bit early for Christmas, but thought this tip might be helpful as we head into the season soon.

Every year at Hallmark,
I see the ornaments from other years deeply reduced for sale because the date on them
is past.

 When my son was a preschooler,
David and Goliath was his favorite story.
He loved the song.

Hallmark had one of those great discounted ornaments,
but the date was old and the year wasn't even meaningful in some way to our family
(Was anybody born that yeat?  Did anybody do anything special that year?
What year did we get the puppy?)

So I decided to "fix" it.

 I used some paint that works great on glass and plastic
(Should I mention her name since she was kind of hard on us bloggers?
That's okay; everybody makes mistakes.
  Bitterness never gets anybody anywhere, and I do so love her all-purpose and glass paint.  I'm not an expert on it or anything, but I find it works very well).

 I painted the book binding with the gold paint, and it hid the year that had been there.

My children have unusual names,
so finding them the personal ornaments can be difficult.

I used the paint on these to remedy that as well.

Once I had painted the gold over the names that were there and let it dry,
I then drew on my children's names using a paint pen.
Oil based permanent marker paint pens work great, too.

It seems a shame that all those great ornament sit on the shelf because there aren't enough Sarahs and Matthews in the world,
 so this is a great way to repurpose something at a great price.

Do you have any helpful ideas for easy fixes?

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Free Vintage Image: Owl


Today I am sharing a vintage owl illustration.

We hear an occasional owl outside in the pine trees or out in the pasture.

He has a very distinctive : "Hoo, hoo, hoo-hoo."

They are such unique birds.

Here he is in black and white.

Here he is antiqued.

The owl is from a book from the late 1800's
so you are free to use his as you'd like.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Educational Printable: Counting by 2's

2, 4, 6, 8...
Hope your day is really great!

Today I am sharing a chart I made for my son:
counting by 2's.

 I originally created the chart larger,
in four separate pages.
If you would like those to make a poster,
I am posting those as well.

(To copy these coloring pages, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".
 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print" to use them as coloring pages.

If you have difficulties or suggestions, please let me know.) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Art Lesson: Sketch Page of the Hemlock Tree.

For today's art lesson,
I sat out on the porch and sketched the hemlock tree on the far side of our small orchard.

Here is the view of the sketchbook.

 My tree trunk is a bit more swayed than the tree is,
but it was a fun tree to draw.

 Here is a sketch page to print if you would like.
It is free for use, just not for resale.

There is so much variety to trees.
Have you drawn or painted any trees lately?

Thanks for stopping by.

(To copy then sketch page, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".
 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print" to print the sketch page.
If you have difficulties or suggestions, please let me know.)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Artist: Mary Engelbreit

 (This is a book about Mary Englebreit full of her wonderful illustrations and her encouraging story and words.)

"I taught myself by copying, but if you do that long enough, you start drawing your own little people, which for me happened when I was just about eight." - Mary Engelbreit

Mary's success in her art is shown by her over 6,000 pieces of artwork.

Mary Engelbreit is a favorite artist of mine.  
(Yes, I suppose I have several favorite artists, but I have admired Ms. Engelbreit's work for most of my life).

I just so enjoy her bright colors and unique style. 
The creative way that she frames her artwork in patterns and designs punctuates the fun and draws the eye in.

I love that Mary never went to art school.
She is a picture of success by keeping to her own style of art and by her hard work.

Mary graduated from high school and went on to work at an art store where she met and was encouraged by the working artists that came in.
She then worked at an ad store where she garnered even more knowledge.

(To see her selection of books, click >HERE<).

Her style of creating art is this:
Mary does her entire piece of artwork on one page: she doesn't sketch her pieces out first.
She starts the artwork in pencil.
Mary then uses micro pen to ink it in.
Next she uses markers to color it: Prismacolor, Copic, or Tria.
She finishes the piece with Prismacolor colored pencils.
Each of Mary's artwork pieces take anywhere from 40 to 100 hours.

(source: Pinterst from the live interview with Mary Engelbreit).
Mary does not sit down to draw everyday at a scheduled time.
She says that creativity hits at times and she jots that idea down so it doesn't get lost,
sometimes even on the back of a napkin.
Mary says her favorite place to work is in her home studio,
late at night when it is quiet
(I love that.  I can relate!)

Ms. Englebreit has created many inspiring quotes. Some of my favorites are:

“One loses many laughs by not laughing at oneself. ”

 “Walk towards the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you.”

"Happiness must be grown in one's own garden. ”

"If your ship hasn't come in, swim out to it.”

 ----Mary Engelbreit (from

To see some of Mary's fun artwork, click >HERE<

To see Mary's live interview offering helpful tips on what she's learned about marketing artwork, click >HERE<.

Other great interviews that were used for the info on this blog post are these: ><

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Ten Commandments Coloring Page #8


This week I am posting the 8th of the Ten Commandments.

Here is the colored version.  I used Copic markers.

These are free for use,
just don't resell them, please.

For the rest of the coloring pages for the Ten Commandments so far,
click >HERE<.

(To copy these coloring pages, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".
 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print" to use them as coloring pages.

If you have difficulties or suggestions, please let me know.)

God bless!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Trash to Treasure?

Today I am going to share a simple solution:
an easy fix to a vintage fix.

I love collecting and using vintage things.

One of those things is trash cans.  I think they have so much variety compared to the plastic selection of today.
I like the heavy duty metal ones of days gone by.

They usually aren't very expensive either,
and I have found some fun ones at antique stores.

Finding ones that are lightly used is definitely preferable.
And then a thorough scrubbing with rubber gloves ensues.

 This black one I found looked like it had never been used.

 This pink one, however, had some issues.

 After a good cleaning, it still wasn't looking very good.
Even though it was clean, the rusty inside base was looking

really bad.
(I will spare you the picture.)

A great solution is to paint the inside.

A can of spray paint primer and then a spray paint color works well to make it look new again.

I, however did not use spray paint.  
I just used some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Gray.

I did not wax it, just left it as it was after a coat of paint.

Now it is a "new" vintage trash can.

(Please tell me I am not the only one who goes to these measures to collect vintage things.)

Thanks for stopping by,

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Counting by 5's Chart


I have found the need to create some charts for my kids for school this year
to help them with their memory work.

I thought I would post them on here so if anybody else needs something like them,
they can print them up to use as well.

I am posting an uncolored bugs version as well as a colored bugs version.

You are welcome to use them for personal use,
just not for resale.

Thanks for stopping by!

(To copy these pages, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".
 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print".
If you have difficulties or suggestions, please let me know.)

Linking to these blogs:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Vintage Image: Horse and Boy.


This week I found a vintage image of a horse
since I had horses on the mind with the art lesson.


 This is a different looking horse,
with flowing mane and a view from the back angle.

He looks like he's a good work horse.

I cleaned up the image and made a black and white...

and an antiqued version.

Because the detail of this image is a little less,
it looked like a fun one to color.

So here is a colored version as well.
I used my Copic markers for it.

 If you would like to use these images,
you are welcome to since they are all from a book dated in the late 1800's.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

When Art Disagrees with Life...

Today I wanted to show you the space I have prepared just for me to work on my artwork,
but it didn't get done.

I need a place to work, where my art supplies are together,
like the kids have their work space.

I decided it was now or never.

I moved some of the books from the shelf and moved out the keyboard since we got a piano,

but I didn't finish my art corner.
So I can't share pictures.

I am disappointed.

It has just been one of those days.

I wanted to get a picture of the sketch I did for yesterday's post,
but we had to run to the dentist and other errands
and when I got home, there was several messes on the floor from the dog
who is either teething again, 
or has developed a taste for our shoes that really needs to be diverted...


The apple fruit roll-ups were done and needed to be put away,
the canned applesauce needs to be put in the basement,
the apple cider vinegar needs to be dealt with,
more applesauce needs to be either processed or put in the drier for more fruit roll-ups.

The ducklings and chickens got on the porch while we were out
and their droppings needed to be washed before they were tracked in.

I am not sure what is so attractive about the porch,
but they really need to have their affection for it diverted.

The dishes from all those apple escapades really need to be conquered...again.

And the laundry needs to be hung in the basement on the racks since rain is supposed to be in the forcast for the next day...or two...or three.

The sun set before I could take my sketch pictures,
so they will have to wait until the morning.

I brought my sketchbook into the dentist office while the kids' were getting their teeth cleaned,
but, try as I might, my artwork was just not working today.

I was frustrated.

I had plans and ideas of things to post tonight,
but nothing seems to be gelling well,
just a lot of "this one needs a bit more work" projects.

I came to the conclusion that tonight
I am just going to throw my today's artistic lack of ability aside
and share a few websites that are brimming with great ideas instead.

The great crafting and art ideas they have are fun for kids
and there is plenty for adults, too.

Just click on the purple links above each to go to their sites.

I will find my artistic fingers tomorrow.

These apples will be put away,
the animals will all behave,
and the washing machine will have a break until the rain passes.

I hope you will be understanding for me,
and thanks for stopping by.