Sharpie Art Start


I am planning a large Sharpie project. Decided to do a practice run on this kitchen plug plate. Figured I could easily replace it if it turned out badly.

Tip: You can try the colors out on the back of the plate. I tried a Sharpie paint pen, but basic permanent markers worked better.

Also, the colors will pick up the black ink on this surface, so you have to be careful. I wonder if letting the black cure for a while would solve that issue.


A friend suggested this! Fun.


Awkward Drawing of a Comfortable Chair


I’m still struggling a bit with my muse. Or muses.  It’s like they are duking it out for my attention lately.  I want to work on the novel rewrite, I really do.  I get up early. Sometimes I light candles or give my singing bowl a tap. Sometimes I make tea with great intention to bring her to my page.

Sometimes she comes.  Sometimes one of the others butts in line.  This morning I wrote a little at Starbucks and then the drawing muse elbowed her way onto the couch next to me.

“Nice fountain pen,” she cooed. “What a bold line it makes. Don’t you just love the leather chairs here? Last of a dying breed amongst the Starbucks.” She sighed heavily, as if they were already gone.

I couldn’t quite line up the camera to the same perspective as the drawing, but it is interesting how quickly I can see what’s out of whack when I look at the photograph. I knew it was awkward, but not exactly why.  Might be an interesting exercise to draw, take a photograph and then do another drawing having made the comparison.

But of course I didn’t think of that till I got to my computer, did I?

Anyway, after one nice calm weekend, March is picking up again. I’d like to say I’m going to write every day this month, but I don’t know if that will happen.  What I will say is that I’m going to do something creative every day this month.

March 1 – wrote, blogged.  March 2 – organized and edited photographs. March 3 – started sanding down the two tables I bought at the flea market and started researching painting/refinishing methods. March 4 – wrote (novel rewrite). March 5 – wrote, sketched.

p.s. You would love this new furniture-refinishing muse’s outfit. Bright yellow overalls atop a faded red tee shirt with the sleeves cut off, dark blue and white paisley handkerchief tied over her hair, and these cool goggles with squiggly permanent marker designs on the frames. She has muscles like that World War II “We Can Do It!” poster girl.

What do your muses look like?

Embellishing the Past


I wanted  to use this cool vintage cowboy-themed fabric from a cotton flannel shirt that LDub gave me in some sort of project. The shirt is really voluminous–apparently designed for a hip troll–and would take a lot of tailoring to be wearable.

We revamped our Secret Santa gift exchange at work a few years ago, and it’s been really nice.  We lowered the limit from $25 each to $10 each and banned gift cards. It had gotten to the point where we were all just trading gift cards!  Now we send out a note with hints about what we would like to receive.  It’s a lot more fun to shop this way, and people have been getting quite creative.

Weens said she’d like a potholder.  I considered making one from scratch for about a millisecond, but realized that I couldn’t make one with a nice safe rubberized pad like the one that’s on the other side of these.  So I took a bit of fabric with me down to Ye Olde Target store and bought two of these ready made potholders. Because I am well aware of my capacity to mess things up beyond repair and I didn’t want to have to run back into Palmdale to get another one after I cut through something important.

All went well, though.  The fabric I embellished the potholder with was SO cooperative.  Responded very well to ironing, which was a real relief.  This sample is from the sleeve, so I have quite a bit more to work with, tra la!

As luck would have it, Weens and I drew each other for the exchange!  I added some hot chocolate and some firewood to her package and stayed under the limit since we grew and cut the firewood ourselves.  I said surprises and handmade stuff are always welcome and she did a great job of putting together a package of appropriate things: pen, notebook, and an amazing home made Christmas ball.  Which oh so tragically fell to the floor with a sickening splat about 15 minutes after I hung it on our tree.  I feel really rotten about that, because it was gorgeous and her own unique idea. 😦

Anyway, that’s one of the things I’m up to.  I’m looking forward to finding more ways to use the rest of the fabric!


p.s. This is the sweet tea cup I did not bring home with me from The T Room in Montrose.  The white and wisteria one on the left.  Quite delicate and unusual.  For sale, but no price on it.  I refrained from asking.  Sigh.