Saturday, May 30, 2009

Crayola Father's Day Craft

No Featured Friday today but I do have someone scheduled for next week! Yay!
I have to share this cute and fun Father's Day Craft I saw on YouTube! :)
P.S. Ben loved seeing the comments yesterday. My readers are so sweet! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The versatility of acrylic paint

Hi! I'm Ben, Tina's husband. First post here.
There are a variety of paint media to choose from when creating a work of art. Each type of paint has its pros and cons, but when in doubt choose acrylic. Acrylic has the ability over all other types of paints to be deceptive in its appearance. If used properly acrylic can be made to look like almost any other type of paint. Add water and it becomes a watercolor paint. Use it in thick layers and it can give the illusion of a textured oil surface, minus the extreme dry time. Acrylic has more pros than cons. If stored properly in an air-tight container the paint can stay for long periods of time. Add a little water if it starts to dry and it is as good as new. Also acrylic works well with other media. I have used it with crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, chalk pastels and even India ink and acrylic can handle all of these media quite well. Acrylic also has a short dry time allowing for quick rework of a project. It is important that the right type of acrylic is used. The Wal-mart craft brand will just not do. It is too runny and requires multiple layers just to build the surface. Also the colors tend to lack any real vibrancy. You do not have to go out and spend a fortune on acrylic paint to get good quality. Rule of thumb, if the paint has the consistency of toothpaste then it will work. Pick out colors that look bright, like a cadmium yellow or red. Buy the three primary colors plus black and white and then you can make any color.

This is how much you mean to me...

Just wanted to share a recent digital layout I did. :)
And I also want to share some flickr inspiration!!!

Fields of Gold by Allard

Grand Canyon National Park by *sebastien.mamy*'s

Water Sculpture by Janna Pham


Rambouillet Harfang Hilare by Koller 93


Through These Grassy Tracks by Melo99e
And I have to tell you about awards some of my bloggy friends have shared with me!
The Golden Heart award given from Miss Lillie Diane. I love the honesty, rawness and from the heartness of her blog!
the Dahlia Darkling Award from Miss Jodi! She created it herself,too!!!
"This Award is an Award of Thanks’ …to all those that have made the choice to Follow My Blog. ‘Thanks’ for posting such wonderful remarks, ‘Thanks’ for helping me to Laugh, Think, Reflect, Ponder, Remember, and Smile each day of my life … by the things you say and do…and ‘Thanks’ also for creating and sharing some of the most ingenious, unique and creative Blogs I have ever seen in Blog Land. "
(words by Jodi!)

I got the friends and lemonade stand award from Miss Monique!
Here are the rules of the Lemonade Stand award:

Comment on this blog. Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog. Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude. Link to your nominees within your blog post. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award. Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

And here's a little about the Friends award:

These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to five bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

My awards are going to five amazing friends who are always inspiring, supporting, and encouraging me! (They can pick and choose any awards above,by the way!).

5. Terrie
AND all my blog readers!!! Feel free to grab some awards!!!!
Acrylic paint stuffs coming today...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Let's get crafty!!! Seriously Leslie is funny--I could do without some of those dance moves...(but if I really crafted like that I would probably lose weight with all the funky dancing!).
Sometimes I wonder if people think "nerd alert!" when I tell them about my obsession with scrapbooking and crafts. Then I realize I don't care LOL... So this is dedicated to all my crafty mamas out there!!!
P.S. Ben is posting a tutorial on the versatility of acrylic paint tomorrow!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Better late than never!!!!

So my Featured Friday, uh Saturday! artist is my husband Ben Winkle!!!:)
He pretty much rocks.
And I am adding him as a blog contributor so he will start sharing art and craft techniques along with commentaries here and there.
Here we are on our wedding day--almost 6 years ago.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University. I have a degree in fine arts and I am also certified to teach art. I have taught art for the past eleven years in Oklahoma public schools. I have taught all grade levels 1st through 12th. I am married to a wonderful woman and I have son who is very artistic.
2.What inspires you?

I am inspired by everyday life and pop culture. I tend to look at the obscurity of human nature and how it effects life.
3.What advice would you give to a beginner?

Stay true to yourself. Art is about passion and expression.
4.What is your favorite medium or tool to work with?

I prefer to draw with a pencil, but I also like to paint. I prefer watercolor over paint media. I also like to dabble with oil pastel.
5.How do you find time to create?

I try make time between job and home life.
6.Where do you spend most of your time creating?

I create in the living room in front of the television.
7.What got you started?

Comic books and I had some friends that liked to draw, so I started drawing and I could not stop.
8.How would you describe your style?

Whimsical realism meets old style comic books.
9.What do you enjoy most about creating?

The passion and the intensity.
10.List your sites or sites we can see your gallery on.
I have not set up an official gallery yet but you can see my stuff here on my wife's blog.

Thank you honey! :)
Summer's here! We put the pool up and I am so proud to tell you Harrison has been going under water, holding his breath. This is a milestone because last year he was too scared to even try.
Happy Memorial Day weekend. God Bless all those serving, who have served and those that are all around proud Patriots of the USA.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Hey all :)

Today is my day off from work so I am going to spend time with my family today. I am going to do Featured Friday later tonight. Hint: My FF artist is someone really close to me! ;)
I am also going to catch up on email and visiting blog friends.
Oh, and guess what??? Tomorrow, May 23rd, from 9am-Midnight...Old Navy solid color adult and children flip flops are $1!!!!! I just found out from a friend. I am so stocking up for summer! They have a limit of 5 but who says you can't get in line twice?? Or do like my mom would do at Homeland and give us kids money LOL. Good times!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I got nothing.

I have not posted lately because I feel like I had nothing to say---but there are always little observations in life so here is what went on today...
~watched Tropic Thunder. I had no idea Tom Cruise was in it. I thought it was funny--even though there were too many f's in it for me.
~my mom came by to visit this morning bearing chocolate milk. This was a big deal because we only buy our chocolate milk locally at Braum's. It is rBGH free and tastes amazing. So Braum's was out. Yes, out! How you run out of chocolate milk I have no idea so grandma earned her halo today.
~I thought about why I have had such a dry spell with my crafting and scrapbooking. I think time management has been a huge issue with me. So how do you find the time? What do you do to get that crafty mojo going again?? Any advice is welcome. :)
~Harrison colored a rainbow all by himself today. Without any help from me (I promise!).
Oh, and check out his funky dinosaur!
~I sang loudly to the radio today. :)
~Harrison and I made bubbles. Our bubble recipe:

Our Bubbles Recipe

1 cup water

2 tablespoons light Karo syrup or glycerin

4 tablespoons dishsoap

~I babysat twin sisters tonight. One of them said, "You know you look better than I thought you would." Okay coming from a 5 year old I think it was a compliment so I'll take it.
~I read this book today and LOVED it!!!!
Lotta Prints by Lotta Jansdotter
Sometimes I think about my blog and feel like I have nothing to say. But stuff did happen today. I don't want to ever feel like my life is not blog-worthy. Even the small things matter!


Friday, May 15, 2009

Featured Friday~Jen Lambien from Studio Petite!!!!

This week's Featured Friday artist is Jen Lambien. You can find out more about her and see her wonderful work below! :)
1. Tell us a little about yourself:

My name is Jennifer Lambein. I'm a self taught commercial freelance artist living and working in New York City. I moved from Westlake Ohio to NYC about a month and a half ago. I've downsized from a rather spacious apt. to a small studio. That's what inspired the name "Studio Petite"!

2. What inspires you? What speaks to you?

It can honestly be a person, place, OR thing. I'm an eclectic girl all around, so it really varies. For example, maybe it's something someone is wearing or using in a wonderful old movie such as "
All About Eve". It could simply be a bed of flowers I pass by, a chapter in a Jane Austin or Dickens novel, an awesomely pretty shirt I put on, a conversation that puts me in a whimsical mood, or even a piece by another artist. My guy Ethan inspires me all the time;)!! He's an architect who has a very strong work ethic. That can be very motivating as well as inspiring. Also, having someone who believes in you as he does me can make amazingly magical things take place from with in. Three things that never fail: An amazing cup of coffee, people watching, and being around those I love..

3. What advice would you give to a beginner?

Research, research, research. Patience, patience, patience. Really pay attention to what trends, etc. are hot and selling in your market. Look at other artists work for guidance and inspiration. I'm obviously not telling you to steal their look, but simply learn from what they're doing right. Regardless of what area of art you're pursuing, trends come and go. This is a tough yet rewarding field. Success doesn't happen over night. Cliche? Yes. Yet remember, something is categorized as cliche because rings true. That's where patience is a crucial asset. Remain persistent and prolific. However, produce quality over quantity. Also, I really can't stress this next bit of advice enough. Artists must not only have a creative mind, but should also have a business mind.. The problem is that most of us just simply don't! Don't have the "Field Of Dreams" mentality..."If I create it, they will come". Uh, most likely they won't. First and foremost love what you're doing, but have an idea of how to make money at it in the process. The harsh reality is that if you don't, then you'll most likely never be able to do it full time. So, if you just can't fit business in to that dreamy artsy brain of yours, find a business brainiac who has! Lastly, go to the bookstore and look for the Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market book. They come out with a new one every year.. There are different versions depending on what area of the art world you're involved in. It's a helpful tool, and it's how I found my first agent. Believe in what you're doing. Know it's a subjective field. There will always be lovers AND not so lovers of your work. Stay strong. Stay crafty. Stay you.
4. What is your favorite medium or tool to work with?

Right now I love to work with watercolors, acrylics, markers,
colored pencils, pen and ink, and pretty paper(collage). My favorite watercolor paper is Jack Richeson 140 lb Acid Free Cold Press. I love Holbein Artists' Water Color and Gouache paints. I'm also a fan of Liquitex Acrylics. Penny Lane/My Mind's Eye has some beautifully whimsical scrapbook paper.

5. How do you find time to create?

I'm fortunate enough to be able to pretty much focus in full time on my craft. I'm also a night owl, so I'm very prolific late at night...or maybe it's all the coffee I drink that's keeping me up;)
6. Where do you spend most of your time creating?

I really spend all of my time in my little studio area in my apt. At times I do sketch while on the couch. I try and keep all of my materials confined to my work space. However, that never really lasts lol. I'm hoping with greater success to afford a larger area.

7. What got you started?

My mom and other artists. My mom Deborah Lambein has been a cross-stitch designer for Leisure Arts for years. I was fortunate enough to grow up with someone who not only had supplies and an art room, but was very supportive of the inconsistent life of pursuing an art career. I originally did a couple of cross-stitch leaflets myself. While I enjoyed it, I still wanted to pursue other artistic paths. Artists such as
Mary Engelbreit, Holly Hobbie, Deb Hron, Sue Dreamer, and Eric Disney(Hallmark designer) all began to inspire me. I loved the whimsical aspect of their designs. I guess I've never really lost the child with in. I also loved that they had the opportunity to place their work on products, greeting cards, calendars, and in books for the world to enjoy! Such a universe of open ended inspirational opportunities!

8. How would you describe your style?

As I said earlier...eclectic. I always tell people it's difficult to explain what my work looks like. They simply need to see it. It mixes freshly modern with retro whimsy. I like creating things that bring cheer, warmth, comfort, fun, and the feeling of home. I want to give my customers a reason to smile sweetly, connect deeply, and laugh loudly;)!
9. What do you enjoy most about creating?

I enjoy the ability to express myself. Another fun way of expressing myself?'s so great lol! I also adore the idea that this will hopefully bring joy to another;) I love that when I'm gone, my creations will live on as a part of who I was. Plus, it's just so fun!

10. List your site or sites we can see your gallery on:

Linda McDonald:

My personal website is currently under construction, so check back!
Thank you Jen!! Happy Friday everyone! :)


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day "Hangover"?

It has been a long time, bloggy friend!I guess I have been a little lazy since it was Mother's Day weekend. I have a ton of blog surfing to do,too,to visit my reader's sites. Sorry I am so behind on "stalking". LOL
So today let's talk about the latest and greatest parenting aides out there--things that will save you time, money, headaches,etc...
I am not affiliated with any of these products or companies, nor am I endorsing them. I just searched for fun stuff online.
1. Lunch notes!! Remember when your mom would leave little notes in your lunch box?? It was embarasing but inside your heart felt warm.
You can buy a pack of inspiring (and cute!) notes for under $5!
Link here
2. Bags! These handy bags from The Baggler are good to keep in your car if you forget your bags, don't want to use plastic, or if you need to tote stuff around town. You get 3 for $9.99.
Link here
3. Easy craft activities all in one place!!! I saw this on It is called "My Giant Busy Box" and it has 16 projects to keep your kids busy for hours. This would be great to pull out on a rainy day,huh? $33 for one box.
4. Safety tats!!! This is super cool. It is a child safety tattoo with your phone # (or any other personalized info) so if you are in a public place or your kiddo is on a field trip your info is on them! You get 30 tats for 19.95.
Link here
5. Mismatched socks!! I wear mismatched socks a lot because honestly I give up searching and just grab whatever catches my eye. No, I am not like my mom and match every pair as I fold clothes. LOL So imagine my delight when I found Little Miss Matched! They have funky, cute socks and none of them match!!! You get 3 socks for $8.
Link here
So that's it for now...I would love to do this once a week or so.
Thank you for reading my finds! I hope you had an awesome weekend!
P.S. Before I sign off, look at these cute envelopes I saw on flickr (Tara Anderson's flickr). She made them herself out of old maps and scrapbook paper! What a fun project!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Moms Rock.

There is no Featured Friday today (bummer!) but there will be next week! :) Yay!!!
I made one scrapbook page last night. It's kinda a weird mosaic of me lol. I have not done the journaling on it yet but I want it to be about how life's imperfections are learning lessons.
I love, love the teal woodgrain paper. I want to say its K&Co.
The paper feathers are from Kitschy Digitals. I am sooooo making her feather wreath,too! Maybe I will have time this weekend.
Speaking of weekend....
Happy {early} Mother's Day!!!!!!! What are your plans? :)
We will probably do more playing in the sprinklers!
Harrison has been into wearing his froggy rain slicker while running thru the sprinklers. Silly!
Since moms and women in general rock I want to share a rockin' apple pie recipe with you!
I adore apple pie. And Paula Deen. Win win!!!

Paula Deen Savannah High Apple Pie

Ingredients & Directions:

For the Deep Dish Pie Crust:
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups butter-flavored solid shortening (recommended: Crisco)
1-tablespoon salt
3/4-cup cold water

For the Filling:
24 apples, preferably Golden Delicious or Granny Smith, peeled, quartered and thinly sliced*
3/4-cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1-tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the streusel:
1/2-cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1-cup all-purpose flour
1/2-cup pecans
1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter
1/4-cup milk
4 tablespoons sugar
1 recipe Caramel Pecan Topping, recipe follows

* The number of apples depends on the size of the pie.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Deep Dish Pie Crust:
Cut flour into butter-flavored shortening. Add salt and stir in enough water to make stiff dough. Knead slightly together. Chill dough before using. Use 1/3 of pie dough for bottom crust. Roll bottom crust. Lay in pie pan.

For the filling:
Combine apples, flour, sugar, and cinnamon and mix lightly with spatula.

For the streusel:
In a small bowl combine together butter, brown sugar, flour, pecans and cinnamon. Layer this mix every so often between apples.

Using stainless bowl, begin layering apples slice by slice, slightly overlapping starting at the outside circle of the bowl and working towards the center. Push firmly as the layers build. Round off top layer of apple slices when you reach the top. Put a single layer of sliced apples in the bottom crust.

Take the pie pan with the bottom crust in left hand and the stainless bowl of sliced apples in right hand and invert. Put fingertips under edge of bowl to release the air and gently lift off. Press and firm apples and straighten. Add slices of apple to take away sharp edges (so as not to puncture the pie dough). Add slices of apples to top of pie to round off.

Add 4 tablespoons of butter pats on top of pie.

Roll out top crust using remaining pie dough. Gently place top crust over the mound of apples. Smooth the sides of piecrust towards bottom of pie pulling out on extra crust. Pinch down to seal 2 layers together. Crimp pie for first time. Cut extra crust with the back of a sharp knife. Re-crimp the edges and push towards the pie.

Brush with milk and sprinkle sugar rubbing your left hand from the bottom up to evenly spread your sugar.

Put 5 steam vents with a small knife towards the upper part of the pie. Do not vent at the top, as it will cause the pie to split open as it bakes.

Bake between 350 to 375 degrees F for 1 hour, 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Let cool for at least 1 hour.

Spread warm Caramel Pecan Topping on top of crust beginning at the base of the pie above the fluting and working towards the top.

Serving suggestions: Drizzle caramel pecan topping with semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate.

Cook's Note: To add candied pecans to pie recipe, use 2 cups of candied pecans, 1 cup towards the bottom, 1/2 cup towards the middle, and 1/4 cup towards the top.

Caramel Pecan Topping:
2 (12-ounce) cups melted caramel
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup chopped pecan pieces

Melt caramels completely in microwave. Add evaporated milk and stir until smooth consistency. Add chopped pecans and stir. Spread over pie starting at base and working in.

Prep Time: 1 hour
Inactive Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Yield: 1 pie

{Recipe courtesy Paula Deen}

I was so pleasantly surprised to see I got some happy mail this week from Purple Cows!
Hmmm...what is it?
A trimmer! I am going to be a guest designer at Purple Cows and I am so thankful for this opportunity!
Before I leave I have to announce the big stamp winner!
Photobucket has spoken and its commenter #4!!!! (Tiny but its in the right hand corner)...

Blogger Scrappin in my spare time said...

Hey I love what you have done with your blog. It has been a long time.

May 6, 2009 5:24 PM

Yay Jen!!!!
Email me at with your mailing address so I can get that out asap! :)
Have a super weekend everyone!