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Outside the Box

A couple of weeks, I was hanging out with my friend W, where I told him about the “Cheap Art Challenge” and what I was planning.  Even though, he did like the sketch of the horses I showed him, he told me the idea of a challenge  is to think outside of the box.  Which is true, however to me, it means portraits.

Portraits are not outside of the box for me, they are more like I am standing in the middle in the dark, scary forest being chased down by monsters and my flashlight is going out.

Apparently, his words were stuck in my mind because the next day, I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some more aluminum tape.  They were out, so I ended up picking small magnets for album closures.  While I was walking around, I found this.

20160817_222748[1]8 inch circle canvas.  That is definitely outside of the box because I never used a circle canvas before.  So that with these markers, I also ended up picking up poster board.  I need a cover for an upcoming album.  But that for another post.

Now I am facing the “White Background” syndrome again.  Even though, I am planning to use the markers as sprays, but then what.

The circle reminds me of one of those portholes, (I think that is what you call them).  Anyway, it remind me of either on a ship or in a submarine, where you are peeking out to see life underwater.

Except Vicky Papaioannou from http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2016/08/art-journal-layout-vitamin-sea/  .  I don’t know of why I can’t insert that link.  She is a very good artist when it comes to art journaling and cards.  She is one of my favourite channels on You Tube.  Anyway, she recently did a journal piece of a the porthole.

You see of where I am getting at.  Even though, they say imitation is the best form of flattery.  But kids also say,

Lesley is a copycat.

Lesley is a copycat.

Good grief.

The other day, while working on my order and feeling like a cooked turkey.  The temperature was 29C and my AC was broken.  I could feel my brain frying.  Which could explain my next idea.  I thought of finger-painting for the canvas.  Then giving melted crayons another chance.  Explain the brain frying.

Finger-paint is out side of the box and free, but again, what do I paint?  I kept thinking pumpkins. Why am I obsessed with them all of the sudden is a good question.  I don’t have the answer to that.  Finger-paint, I can do flowers, but I can’t do small detail work.

I am going to let it sit for now.  I want to work on the horse one for a bit.  And do a couple of tests on the poster board.  Here are some cards that I recently complete for an order that was due today.


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Still Figuring Things Out

As you can see, I changed the layout in the my blog.  I’m still trying to figure of how to add a link to my online shop and vice versa.  As well as setting up a gallery of items that I am selling and what I had made.  I am also debating whether or not, to change the photo banner above. 

I watched You-Tube videos just before going to bed.  Beside learning new techniques and getting inspire for upcoming projects, it drains my smart phone so I can plug it and have it fully charge in the morning. 

One of the channels that I watched is Vickypgr, https://www.youtube.com/user/vickypgr .  She is an expert on paper piecing and makes wonderful cards.  Her photo banner is a field of daisies.  The questions is if I replace the photo, what do I replace it with?  I have to come up with a photo that combines knitting, crochet, and cards.  At this moment, I am more concern of getting the links working. 

I do know two computer experts that I can asked.  One of them lives in the USA and she has a crazy work schedule where we can only leave email messages to each other.  The second one lives in the same town as I do, but he is going through some personal  issues which  I am giving him some space and time to deal with them.  So I will keep tinkering. 

My schedule is another thing that I am still tweaking.  Like when I do make things for Original Things, myself and charities like Operation Write Home.  I decide that the odd days like May 5th, 7th, and 11th, I will work on things for Original Things.  And the even days, will be for the other. Why? 

Two reasons mostly. I only made 3 or 4 scarves and a hat for myself.  For years, I swore that  I am going to make myself a pair of slippers and finish the blanket.  And years later, my feet are still cold and the blanket is still in pieces.  So I am going to see if this schedule works. 

My second reason is that everything for Original Things is made in a smoke free environment.    And I do prefer everything I make in a smoke free environment.  But I can frebreeze my slippers if I have to.  Two people in my life at this moment are smokers and one of them happens to be my boyfriend.  When we hang out, I can’t knit or crochet.  He tells me it is a good thing because I need a break.  And he gives himself cancer at the same time.  I’m still scratching my head at his explanation. 

But when we watch a movie, or go on a road trip where he is drives, I find myself fidgeting in my seat.  I need a project to keep me distract while we are on our road trip. 

Besides slippers and a blanket, one of my best friend asked me to crochet her a dragon.  Then there are the Christmas presents.  And yes, I know it is May, but say for example, I want to knit a sweater for my dad, it will take time to knit.  And I not going to be pulling all nighters working on it. 

So the tweaking continues.