Entries Tagged as: one

One, a little late

June 10th, 2012, Comments (11)

I did these pieces for the one theme and I'm just now getting around to posting them. Life has been busy! I was working with a blue monochromatic background to go along with the one theme of last month and later went into them with white ink to bring out these images, Bucket and Trailing Stars. They feel like a pair to me. And ah-ha! They also work for the Opposite theme this month, with one figure looking up and one looking down!

Annabelle’s One Year Slideshow

May 9th, 2012, Comments (7)

I showed this to family and friends after her party. It's a bit long (17 minutes), but I loved making it (and watching it over and over.) :-)

 

Guess Whoooo Turned One?

May 8th, 2012, Comments (26)

My daughter, Annabelle! Here's a whole lot of pictures of the party and the decor that helped us celebrate this big milestone. Enjoy!

This party was a labor of love with lots of folks involved. I went with an owl them partly because when I was in labor with Annabelle, I kept seeing little owls in my head. I knew that owls represent wisdom in Greece (Andrew's father is Greek) and that Sophia means wisdom. And I just knew that should be her middle name!

I asked my best friend and partner in crafty crime, Judean, to help me out with the party because she is amazingly creative. I sent her a drawing of an idea I had for the invitation and she brought it to life in paper, with moving wings. So awesome! And then our friend Lis at Butterqueencakes.com took the invitation design and created a stunning cake and cupcakes that simply blew me away (and tasted delicious!!)

Judean also created the beautiful owl art above the timeline and the tissue paper one on the front door.

I also created owl lanterns, decorated branches with little owls, hung a "Happy Birthday Annabelle" owl banner, and created a clothesline style timeline with pictures of Annabelle in the same chair from 2 weeks through 11 months.

I made sweet little owl stuffies as favors for the kiddos. They were my first attempt at stuffies and they were a little wonky, but very cute.

Annabelle had a great time and was a real trooper with all the attention. She looked so sweet in her little dress, I could have just eaten her up.

I think she wanted to take pictures too. :-)

She wasn't quite sure what to think of the cake, her first sweet! She's a bit of a picky eater and likes to play with her food, so at first she just made faces as she squished it around in her fingers. Then she tasted it, made quite a face, and dug in for more! Mm, butter cream frosting!

She also had fun playing with the other kiddos and telling one little friend about her favorite toy, Ernie. She actually shouted "Ernie!" so loud at her, which cracked me up.

Here's our happy little family. We made it through our first year together, which was one of the fastest and slowest years of my life. I feel so lucky to be Annabelle's mom. She's a beautiful, bright shining light that makes the world a better place! Happy Birthday, Annabelle!

Creative Every Day Theme for May: One

April 29th, 2012, Comments (10)


At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of May 2012, the theme will be One. 

As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2012 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here.

I was inspired to choose this theme because my daughter, Annabelle, is turning one year this Wednesday, May 2nd. I can't believe it's been a year! I was thinking we could explore this theme in many ways including monotone, focusing on a single media, a single object, a solo adventure, or the concept of one moment, one year, or one day. I'll be posting about the theme throughout the month on the blog to help keep you inspired. You can use the posts here for jumping off points or interpret the theme in your own creative way. If you need some suggestions, here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:

  • *Create art in a monotone theme. You could go black and white or choose one color.
  • *Focus on a single object in a piece of art or writing.
  • *Use one day, month, or year in your life as inspiration for your work.
  • *Take yourself on a solo artist's date.
  • *Choose one word to base a poem on.
  • *Make a drawing using one kind of mark.

How to use the CED themes:

If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving. Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.

Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.

And have fun with it!

You can't hear your thoughts, your voice, without solitude. ~Leo Babauta