Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Well...I may just start this up again...

Hi there! Well...it has been a while since I last posted and even though I have been doing creative stuff the Blogging just wasn't top of my list as far a fun things go.

I'm starting to do more online creative play with other like minded individuals-- hey there #KraaftShaack folks!  Gelli Plate printmaking and Acrylic painting mixed media art have been the focus lately so here's a peek at what I have been doing!

The tomatoes are a heritage variety that I don't even know the name of. These are the first tomatoes of the season from my garden. They were painted on a background that I made using a Gelli Arts printing plate, acrylic paint and stencils for texture. To paint the actual tomatoes I used Uni Posca Acrylic paint pens and then did my final details and shadows with Liquitex Basics acrylic paints.

All in all I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out. The Uni Posca Pens are interesting. They are really acrylic paint in a pen that you can draw with. The colors do blend, but you have to clean the tips when you go from a dark color and switch to a lighter color.

I decided that after doing as much as I could with the pens (the top photo), I needed more smoothness in the colors and some shadows on the background that were more transparent(the bottom photo).

I need to work more on doing the reflected highlights but the perspective and general shapes were pretty good.

I'm so excited that my husband has decided to try out drawing and painting too. Some of his art may make it in to the blog from time to time too.

So this is still going to be a random project blog for now and I don't promise any regularity in the blogs but I hope that when I do post it will be either fun or educational or maybe even both!

Until later! Get out there and do something creative!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Little Monster!

Yeah! I got a real little monster done tonight from Stacy Trock’s “Design Your Own Monsters” class over on Craftsy- the pattern for this little guy is in the class materials. I had fun. I decided to skip Mr. Toothy’s dental work and give him a spiffy little hairdo! It was all done with a size D hook and really soft fingering/light DK weight yarn. The hairdo was the body yarn with a soft eyelash yarn carried with it. This was done by making loops of chain stitches by stitching 7 or 8 chain stitches then attaching the free end to the base of the chain and moving over a few stitches and making another loop of chain stitches until his hair was what I was hoping it to look like. :)



This was so fun! I am going to have to find homes for all my cuties at some point. I may be making a stop by the women’s shelter to drop some off at some point for the children that end up there with their moms. Never hurts to have a softy to cuddle.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gluten Free Doughnuts!

Yummy, soft cake buttermilk doughnut holes or counter top baker Doughnuts!

I have been using the following recipe–It’s a modification of the Betty Crocker Donut holes recipe from the old BC cookbook.

I have made it both as a baked doughnut in my Nostalgic Baker that my son got me for Christmas and as deep fried doughnut holes.


1 C Better Batter AP GF Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg (ground–I use fresh grated in mine)
1/4 C sugar
–Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk
Then add
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 TB canola oil
1/2 C plus up to 2 TB Buttermilk (more is used when making baked)
Mix until smooth.

Heat oil to 350 degrees use a 1 TB cookie scoop to drop doughnut holes in to oil–cook until golden brown. Mine will actually roll over by themselves. They usually are done in about 3 minutes (give or take) use a metal slotted spoon or a spyder to lift out the cooked doughnuts and drain on paper towel. These are yummy rolled in powder sugar or cinnamon sugar or dipped in a vanilla glaze.

Or Baked–in oven 350 degrees (follow directions that came with your doughnut pan)
Counter top baker–follow directions that came with your baker.

My family LOVES these doughnuts any way that I cook them. Cheers!
Making food is creative right??

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ruffled Necklace Scarf

I've been on a crocheting kick lately. Here's my newest -- a Ruffled Necklace Scarf a free pattern from Lion Brand's web site.

This was a fun little project that I did with some of my own hand spun yarn. It is between a worsted and light bulky in weight. So, it made the motifs larger than the pattern would normally make but it is fun to wear. It was dyed with Koolaid in a fun combination of Lime green and Blue Raspberry.

My sweet hubby took the photos with his phone. He played with a few filters from a program that he just got-- Pixlr-o-Matic an Android App.

Wow! 2 posts in the same week? I need to keep it up!

Have a great weekend and if you have a chance--get out and do something creative!

SB

Friday, February 24, 2012

Amazing Bread!

I love this bread--Shhhh---Don't tell my husband.
I made this bread from a wonderful recipe by the  lovely Nichole Hunn of Gluten Free on a Shoestring. She is a wonderful writer and so much fun to visit on her site! I have enjoyed every recipe that I have ever made from her cookbook--Gluten Free on a Shoestring.


So this bread...it is made using a Water Roux- a mixture of gluten free flour and water that is heated to a thick slurry. This is a magic mixture that makes the bread so lovely, fluffy, moist and tasty. I did brush the top with melted butter for a bit of softening on the top crust and it just looks pretty too. :)

I'll be posting so crochet projects that I have done this past week. Stay tuned!

Remember to get out an do something creative!
SB

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Time to share again...

Oh My! No new posts since August? How can that be???

Welll....work, family and being busy with doing different crafts. I have been knitting, crocheting, sewing, drawing, gluten free cooking and embroidery.

Here's a photo of my newest embroidery project (the only one of my crafts that I have actually photographed so far-- and that was done for a contest by the designer of the design I embroidered)

My Valentine's Embroidery: Design by Gina Mazarazzo
It was done quickly the day before Valentine's to make it in to the contest.

I loved the design and how the center design in the heart looked like a butterfly.

I'm a basic stitch kind of embroiderer --this was done with, chain stitch, satin stitch, back stitch, stem stitch and french knots.

The design left all the decisions to the person doing the stitching--I like that kind of pattern--I get to choose the colors and the stitches I want to use.

This looks very springy to me, Hearts, butterfly, 'flowers', 'leaves', stems. The big heart done in the chain stitch in gold is like the unending loop of love. :)

I'll be working on getting more photos of my creative efforts posted soon. :)

Remember to get out and do something creative!
SB