Friday, February 27, 2015

Around these parts - home edition

I've been trying to plan out my blog posts, but some times there are just too many things going on and something has to give. I'm desperately trying to wrap up some editing from senior photo sessions that happened last summer. I'll share some highlights of all that soon too.

So please accept my lame attempt at blogging this week. Just 2 posts instead of 3 :)

I have tons of new ideas and projects I'm working on and then I will blog about that stuff, but for now this is just a little filler.

Since the sun has been staying out a little longer, I have been able to take some pictures with a little day light left when I get home from work.

I just started snapping some pics around the house, so thought I might share how we incorporate art and home made projects in our home.

This little corner is one of my favorites. But now as I'm looking at these, its seems a little bare. I've seen the really simple idea of just hanging art and photos with cute washi tape. No frames or nuthin. Perhaps I'll add some more family photos or instagram pics in as filler.



These scribbles were some of Ada's very first. I think the color, the line stroke and the fact that there were 2 very distinct, yet similar drawings makes them so sophisticated and yet there's just a simple playfulness about them. I will cherish these for a long time.


My mom and I made pillow covers last year some time. It was an EASY and affordable way to add some more color to the house. I have been on a major hot pink kick for at least a year. Love that stripey pink chevron.

The canvas was one I had lyin' around for awhile. I didn't know what do with it, so I let Ada have it. I set up a little paint spot for her in the yard last summer and let her go to town. It was the first time I let her just 'go crazy messy' with paint. I was surprised by how 'intentional' in turned out, for as messy as it could have been. I did help her with some of those black accents. We used different brushes and plastic utensils. All the rest is her!

I am so looking forward to getting outside to do more stuff like this with her. Spring come soon!


Oh! The glorious color! Yes?!


This is a sign I made out of old barn wood and wood letters from hobby lobby for a friend's wedding a few years ago. They had one of those cute dessert buffets and they hung this above it.

I decided to hang it above my TV.

Those letters have fallen off more times than my husband has cared to glue back on.


The mantel looks a little bare. I didn't put a lot of stuff back up after the Christmas decorations went down. I needed some time to decompress from cluttery decor.

This is where I think I might add some photos hung with the washi tape. And definitely some fresh flowers or plants.


That pineapple print was supposed to go to a new nail art studio for their gallery wall. I loved it so much and decided not to part with it. (You know how much I love PINEAPPLES!) 

That will be one I eventually get up in the Etsy shop as a print to sell.

I didn't make the 'happiness is homemade' print, but the Ohio painting I did. I need to make more of those too for some friends. We love our great state up here in Buckeye Land!




Monday, February 23, 2015

Abstract Garland Decor

I don't know about you, but I just can't decorate a room and leave it for the rest of eternity. I am continually repurposing decorations in different rooms. I will de-clutter and purge and then put something new up. And then in another few months take those things down and replace it with something new again.

Our kitchen is still a bit of a work in progress, but I have known that I wanted to add a garland to the windows in the corner where our table is.


I knew I wanted something home made, colorful and to have this half rounded circular shape to it. I decided to use some left over posterboard as my base.

I practiced some abstract painting techniques to get a pattern all over the poster that I liked.

To get the big splashes of color down I used pink, orange, aqua and lime green acrylic paint squirted on to a piece of plastic. I rolled over the paint with a brayer and then onto the poster board. After that was dry, I took black acrylic paint and a brush and added swirly lines and dots on top. I went back into a few places and added more aqua blue patches. Aqua is a pretty dominant color through out our house so I wanted to bring that color out a little more.

Once that was dry. I created a template for my shapes using an old bucket.


I cut the shapes out, folded them in half and then taped them to a piece of black yarn. I used double sided sticky squares (like for scrapbooking) to keep the circles front and back stuck to each other.


Only bummer is... its not long enough for the windows in the kitchen! Lesson learned, measure first!

Gonna hang this above our working space/table in the basement instead!

Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY Super Sized Pop Up Card

Hey peeps. I know VDAY was last week, but I HAVE to share this super cute, extra large, pop up card Ada and I made Jacob for Valentine's Day.

I just love pop up cards. I remember making them as a kid.


For the amount of effort this project took, the impact was well worth it.  The steps are super simple and you can find the directions over on Jen Loves Kev blog.


I did use a smaller sized poster board and photo than Jen uses, but it turned out just as great.

This project is definitely suitable for any other holiday, birthday or card-giving event. Its better than any store bought card you could find and could be considered a gift in itself. The cost of the items needed to make this card is probably the same as purchasing a store bought one any way! Geesh are they are expensive!

Try it out for yourself!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sketchbook Assignment

I mentioned (briefly) in a post yesterday that I have been applying for art teacher jobs in some local school districts. It's quite a thorough process indeed! Updating resumes, references, teacher philosophies and lesson plans takes a lot of in-depth thought.

I was working on a lesson plan for a Photography 1 class and wanted to include a sketchbook assignment for the students.


AND this was BORN!

I am so totally obsessed with the outcome and the concept itself.

What I ask students to do in the lesson plan is to find or take a photo themselves, of something that inspires them. Then, take the photo, print it and design a sketchbook page around the image.

I wanted to have an example to show, so this is what I came up with.

It's a combination of several different mediums including stamps, acrylic paint, washi tape, sharpie and Faber-Castell Gelatos.


The photo is an iPhone pic from a recent road trip. I found this quote that I absolutely adore and added it to the image. I think this image/quote is going to be my classroom theme (if I get a teaching job!).

Carl Sagan was an American astronomer. Wikipedia says he was into finding extraterrestrial life.
I like the quote for the possibility it holds for learning.

This is definitely an assignment I will give to students over and over. It will certainly be gracing my own sketchbook from time to time as well.


Sketchbook assignment from emilyburlingame on Vimeo.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Finding a Rhythm

This year feels like its going to be one full of new experiences. I have been in a major 'exploratory' phase recently. Let me tell you - I've been loving it. I really do enjoy a new challenge. Its been everything from testing out new art supplies and techniques, to finding the best place in the house to have a messy art session, to applying for art teacher jobs (more on that to come!).

So all this newness has got me thinking. How does one find a rhythm? Particularly when it comes to finding the time for hobbies or for doing things you love.


To me its less about finding the time... there's never enough of that. 

I've had to learn how to work in small chunks of time. I usually bounce back and forth between making dinner, playing with Ada, taking pictures around the house, editing pictures for clients or the blog, doodling in my sketchbook and 100 other things in between.

I'm starting to like this rhythm. It used to drive me crazy not to have a set time to focus on one task.



Jacob let me leave art supplies out on our kitchen table for a whole week. Its our only place to eat, so you can see why that would be a problem. But having all those artsy materials right at our finger tips made it that much easier to find time to play.



When Ada and I set out to have a full on creation session I love to light a candle, turn on some tunes and get a cup of coffee. I think its kind of like the Pavlov's dog theory. Those three things help me get in the zone.

We're crushing on the Milky Chance album right now. 
(Please excuse my busted phone)


I'm taking an online abstract class. Occasionally I find time to check in with that.


I've also been 'trying' to get up a little earlier. I love the solitude of morning. Just me and God.




So what helps get you in the rhythm? A place? A song? A time of day?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Will you be my valentine?!

Happy 'PRE' Valentine's Day my friends! I hope you are planning to spend time with some loved ones!

Here are some cookies Ada and I made for you. These are the best kind - calorie free :) I love to bake. I wish I had more time for it and that all baked goods could be calorie free...



These are some photo cards I made a few years ago from found objects I arranged and then photographed. I'm passing these out to some friends along with some of THESE too.

 



These are the cards I made for Ada to give to her friends. We didn't do Christmas cards this year, so I put a little extra effort into these for her.



Valentine Cookie making from emilyburlingame on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2015 Family Adventures: January - The Aquarium

I'm a resolution maker. I like dreaming about the year and what I hope to accomplish, so this year was no different. 
Although typically I set personal goals for myself or for my businesses or career, this year we wanted to make a resolution we could keep as a family.

This year we have pledged to each other to go on one new family adventure a month.

In January we went to Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati, Ohio.


What an amazing place!


Big fish, little girl.


Not all of our family adventures will be to museums or vacations. I am hoping to even explore some new parks in the area or to try new foods together. It's exciting to think about the potential FUN and LEARNING that we will all experience together.


For Christmas Jacob (husband) got me a mini tripod with blue tooth remote that holds my iPhone. Family selfies galore!


More than anything, we wanted to make sure to plan for times to just be together. Our schedules can get so crazy. I am number one guilty for doing that to us (I love to be busy). Part of this resolution was also for me to plan 'margin' time for us. Like literally scheduling weekends where we are NOT allowed to schedule anything. That way we can either be home relaxing together or it allows for some spontaneity.


Each month I will do my best to share with you here some of our little adventures.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Free Printable! Hand Painted Valentine Card

I am really a fan of Valentine’s Day. 

This is a holiday I just started getting into within the last few years. For some reason I get the urge to shower my friends and family with little handmade surprises.

So! I've created a little valentine freebie in case you want to join in the love fest with me!

This is copy of a hand painted card that I've scanned, uploaded and resized for you to print copies of.

Its watercolor and ink and approximately 5x7 inches.



Here’s what you’ll need to make your own VDay cards:

Color printer
White Card stock paper (or regular printer paper)
Scissors or paper cutter
Stamps/ink, stickers, markers, pens etc – anything to add notes or embellishments to the back




First print out the PDF with the card on it. You could print one or a few to give to friends.



Next, cut out the card on the dotted lines, using scissors or a paper cutter. I did both, either is fine.



This next step is the fun part. Personalizing it! On the back you can write a note, add stickers, or use ink pads and stamps to decorate. We used stamps. Ada is real into stamps right now. 

I mean real. into.



How friggin cute is that little finger?!




I purchased a post card stamp last year. I love it. While the size of this card is too big by USPS mail standards to be sent as a true post card in the mail, its still a cute touch I think.





Happy Valentine's week!
Hug some one you love!

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