This year DiAnna and I went to the crop together. Our ambition is always larger than our time frame. Meaning we always plan to make things and get a bit sidetracked. However, we have developed a philosophy. Get done what you can, but make sure you have a fun relaxing day. This year was no exception to that rule. It was nice to be off work, no one bothering you for meals or fights with siblings...just relaxation, friendship, shopping, eating, and a little Jesus.
DiAnna and I decided before the crop to made matching aprons. My apron was pretty crappy so this was brilliant idea. We both took a denim apron and trimmed it with pink trim. She used an eyelet trim and I used tulle (because I wanted a tutu).
Here is a photo of my work station. I was going to work on a Marilyn Monroe drawing that I made. It was inspired by a pose she did in a publicity still for Niagara. She was pretty wicked in that movie and I recommend you see it if you have not.
These steampunk inspired items were featured in the Mia's Madness booth. I simply love everything they sell. It's junk to most by an absolute treasure to me. I chose some items from the junk bin. A triangle pendant, a washer, and a few other metals. Stay tuned to see what I made from .50 of stuff. www.miasmadness.com
This is a photo from the yard sale. This is where you sell items you no longer need/want were gifted. I sold a bunch of stuff this year and I did not spend one dime of money shopping it. Now I did get things but everything I bought was with money I made in the yard sale.
Check out this wagon! It is all mine! I have been going to TCC for many many years and never won a thing. I was sitting with my friends in the church and telling them all that I hoped they won something. And I listened and wait a minute I realized Jill Rogers finally called MY name. I won one of the grand prizes. I got the third grand prize awarded the first two prizes where $50 cash. I prefer the wagon because it is something I have always wanted but I never would have bought for myself. It is extraordinary. I am very grateful that my name was called.
I made a couple of sketches but this is the only thing that I finished on the TCC relaxation day. A wood panel of the Marilyn Monroe drawing I made. The panel was painted a few colors, I didn't like any of them and finally I got to this green and I liked it. Next I used Barquoe Motifs to stamp some swirls using StazOn! ink. Then I used some Aleene's tacky glue and painted it onto the board. I let it get a bit dry then I painted it with white. What a nice crackle finish it leaves. I did a die cut of the Tim Holtz viewmaster thingy and place the die cut on the board. I used wood icing to make some texture for the background. Once this dried I used some Walnut Stain ink by Tim Holtz for some effect. I cut MM out from the paper she was drawn and painted on and used Mod Podge to put her onto my board. I think it's fabulous!!
This is the project I made using the stuff reclaimed from the junk bin. I did not take a before picture...boo. The top picture is when I first put it all together. I used wire to hold the circle onto the triangle and made the elder wand with wire down the center. I painted it with gesso to cover the mixed metals. I added glitter because I thought I would keep it black, but no I found my Krylon chrome spray paint. I layered many layers of paint on here. I think it turned out grand.