Art Happenings July 2016

No idea on the author, but sounds like good advice.

No idea on the author, but sounds like good advice.

Time is moving a little too fast for my taste. My daughter will be four in a month. FOUR. At least I got a venue scheduled, but I need to get the invites done - which I'm sorry, I don't think they'll be as fancy as the ones I made for my son's first birthday.

It's going way too fast.

I probably mentioned this in a previous post, but in case I haven't - I need a routine. And if I have mentioned it, obviously I haven't had much luck in figuring one out. It would be easier if it were just my routine, but it also involves a preschooler, a toddler and an ever-changing schedule of events and inconsistencies in naps. I really wish there were a pause button on life.

So on to artsy stuff. I'm thinking I might want to do some henna soon. Even got in the mood to draw some designs earlier. It's been a while - by which I mean two decades since the first time I got it done. Summer and henna go hand in hand for me. And, since we're on the topic, for those of you who are travelling and decide to go into a henna shop, THERE IS NO BLACK HENNA! Run, don't walk, away from any shop that offers it. Trust me on this.

My daughter stole this from me and is currently coloring it in.

My daughter stole this from me and is currently coloring it in.

I'm also finally sitting down and working through/playing around with the book "The Art of Whimsical Lettering" by Joanne Sharpe. I'm absolutely loving this book, lots of visuals and inspiration, but one thing I didn't notice until now is that at the very back of the book, she has a few pages of favorite quotes and phrases. So even if you're wanting to do some lettering but don't know what to write, she gives you plenty of ideas to choose from.

Love love love this book

Love love love this book

With needle felting, it's been getting a bit tougher to work on that for the time being. Before I could work on it while I sat on the couch and my kids played in the family room. My daughter has a bit more maturity than her age, so she knows not to go anywhere near my needles. She asks me each time if they're sharp. "Yes, they're very sharp" and I'll show her when I've accidentally poked myself. She says she wants to learn when she's older. Smart girl. On the other hand, my son recently learned how to climb up on the couch. And when he's on the couch, he wants to be on my lap and playing with anything that I have in my hands. So the sharp pointy objects have been temporarily been put on hold except for during his nap times and after bedtime (when hopefully I'm not so tired I poke myself while falling asleep). I did manage to get this little succulent done last month though.

And the last thing I wanted to mention (and which will come up again in future posts) - at the end of May/beginning of June I ordered a package of 20 used 100% silk sarees from India. That's over 100 yards of silk material, most in bright, bold, colorful patterns that I absolutely cannot wait to use every last bit of in projects around the house. So far, I have been successful at some, successfully failed at others, but when you're only paying $1/yard, mistakes aren't quite so painful on your wallet. Or, you can do like I do and recycle any mistakes into a gift bag later on. You can never have too many gift bags ;)