Saturday, November 29, 2014

How to Preserve Fall Leaves

First go out and scout for the best fall leaves.  I had thw opportunty to travel to New York as you saw in previous posts and collected my leaves.   I immediately set to drying them using what I had available including old shoppers and discarded magazines and let the leaves dry as well as kept them out of any sunlight.   On the other hand I secured a bottle of Mod Podge at JoAnne Fabrics.  If you look at the pictures you can see the process.  You should paint one side at a time, turn it over, then paint the other side after the first one has dried.  Another method is painting both sides the hanging them up on a clothes line but that is messy so I am going with mrthod one for the rest.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Quick Latex Paint Removal

I thought a pair of black sports shorts were lost forever until I did a search on how to remove paint stains.  It said to use rubbing alcohol.  That sounded too easy.  Can you believe it is true?  It works like a charm.  Get a cotton ball and saturate it with rubbing alcohol and start rubbing out the stain.  The alcohol starts disintegrating the paint and it eventually comes out.  It is amazing!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Flutterring butterflies

Look closely-- there are two in the tall grass.

Little Green Butterflies

Today, as I was heading to a Thanksgiving gathering at my sister's house close to the San Jose Lagoon,  I ran into these lovely green butterflies.   They were fluttering every where with an occasional yellow butterfly joining in.  It was a sight to behold.  So glad I had to wait a few minutes and was able to enjoy the view.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christian Community Church's Christmas Bazaar!

  1. Talk about alliteration.  Anyway, this was my first time showing my art publicly.  To say I was a bit anxious about it is --an understatement, but I encouraged myself in the Lord.  The whole week was one of preparation.  Gathering the paintings, then getting them matted or framed, was also time consuming and frankly expensive, and finally packing up the car.  No wonder paintings cost so much! 
  2. The bottom line was that I learned a lot.  It is not easy to prepare for a Bazaar.  You really need to prepare thoroughly before hand, from what you will exhibit, to how you will display your items, the prices, and the logistics of how you will get your things in and out of the premises.  I should have brought both of my suitcases because I almost broke my back carrying something back to the car at the end of the day when I was exhausted.  Next time! I have to get some good matting and learn how to mat my painting.  I'm already planning ahead.  
  3. By the way you can visit my ESTY store anytime.  I will be putting some new items up shortly.  Just give me a couple of days.