Tag Archives: Creativity

Hawaii Getaway – I wish!

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HawaiiThis is the latest hubcap and the first one I have done in over 2 months.  It was great to get back painting.  Through a community service program, my team adopted twin, 11-year old girls and made them a part of the team.  One has down syndrome, but the two have become more like my little sisters than I would have ever imagined.

Although their birthday was a month ago, this is the hubcap I have painted for them.  Their favorite animal is a sea turtle and they absolutely love Hawaii, so I went for a bright, fun hubcap for the girls and I can’t wait to see their faces when I give it to them!  And, as with pretty much all of my hubcaps, I’ve fallen in love with it too and want to keep it.  I swear that’s always the case.

I think this is one of my best hubcaps though and it got me back into my creative space:)  Have a good Tuesday and dream a little bit of some summer weather when you look at this painting!

The Creative Space

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I know the area around me always has a huge impact on my mood, productivity, and also creativity.  I love color and need a space that makes me happy.  I also find I am a lot more apt to finish my projects if I have a place specifically set aside for crafting, painting, and anything that I am in the process of making.

Given my roommate’s dislike of times when I have paint, hubcaps, yarn scraps, scissors, brushes and who knows what else strewn across our kitchen table for days on end, I had to relocate to my bedroom.  My bedroom is tiny – as in I can’t even fit a queen size bed and I don’t have a dresser.

The small space has not killed my creative work place though!  I am currently restricted to only a cards table, but it is entirely mine and I never have to clean it up:)  And as you can see, it gets pretty messy.  But it gets me through the rough times and is my little place where I can sit in my own world and work.  I love it.craftspaceThings critical to my crafting space:

  • Materials (ranging from hubcaps and paint to paper and stickers)
  • My fish for inspiration (Diablo in the background)
  • Christmas lights lit up (could not capture in picture, but they are to the right)
  • Clutter
  • Color

I hope this inspires you to make your own crafting space.  It doesn’t have to be large, and there are no prerequisites.  Basically, it’s what my brain looks like if it were displayed on a table: multiple things happening at once, colorful, vibrant, detailed, and lively.

Owl Christmas Present

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P1030408Hopefully everyone had a wonderful day yesterday:)  Here is a hubcap I painted for my best friend for Christmas.  Her and her family absolutely love owls, so when I decided on the picture to paint, it was perfect.  I think this is one of my best hubcaps so far.  It’s not bright or cheerful, but subtle and beautiful.  I could be slightly bias after spending so much time on it though!

In the coming year, I really aim to be better about continuing my creative endeavors on a daily basis and being better about regularly updating my blog.  Hopefully I can hold myself to the goal.  Hope you all enjoy the owl and have a Happy New Year!

Mason Jar Painting

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Still using the mason jars from my cousin’s wedding, I decided to paint this one with chickens.  I think it has a bit of a kitchen-y feel to it now:)  They did not quite come out as well as I was hoping, but I still think they look pretty cute.

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While I should be painting hubcaps for Christmas presents (I have a to-do list of paintings!), these chickens just spoke to me.  It only took me a day and it was fun to paint something other than a hubcap.  On other creative news notes, I finally bought myself a new sketchbook.  There are now 50 blank pages of potential!  As for my next project, I’m not sure what is on the agenda.  There are a lot of possibilities, so we will see.

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday:)

Finally… Some Art!

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CIMG1481It has been far too long since I have produced something artistic and it was really great to let my creative juices flow.  I haven’t done a pencil sketch in ages and I also haven’t done a horse either, so this was just meant to be:)  It’s not my best, but I definitely felt a bit rusty.  It’s been such a while since I have had the time to paint or draw, it’s kind of depressing!

I plan on starting my next hubcap now though.  This was also the last page in my sketchbook which is a serious accomplishment.  Of the 50 pages, I would say I produced 14 quality sketches.  Given the fact I have never had any formal art training, I am very pleased with that.

So, on that note, enjoy the rest of your Monday and do something creative tomorrow.  If you don’t think you have time, make it just 15 minutes!  It definitely frees the mind.

Happy Halloween!

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CIMG1480Happy Halloween everybody!  These three crafts are based off of something I found on Pinterest (my knew obsession)!  My cousin was married in the middle of October and as a party favor, we were able to keep our glasses which were mason jars.  Now, I’ve been dying to get my hands on some mason jars.  I did not know what I would do with them yet, but I knew I was going to paint them.  Given the proximity to Halloween, I thought I would do something festive and this is what it turned out to be – a pumpkin, ghost, and Frankenstein.

I think they came out well and I love seeing them every day on my stove:)  Hope all of you have a ghoulish evening and take advantage of opportunity to eat lots of candy!

An Image of Summer

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P1030375It has been quite a while since I have posted something and I apologize!  With final weeks and project presentations, there just has been no time for anything outside of work.  But, I just finished another hubcap:)  This is the second hubcap I have painted for someone – it is for my grandmother.  Over the past couple month, my grandparents have become my number one supplier of hubcaps.  They drive around and stop everything, no matter the location, to pick up hubcaps for me to paint.  This one in particular my grandmother loved and I know she wanted to have one painted for her, but she would never ask me directly.  She did mention it to my mother multiple times though!  So, I know she loves hummingbirds and this is what I created.

I chose a yellow background because it is unlike any other I have done before.  They are coming over for dinner tonight, and I am very critical of my work (as always).  Is this worthy of being given away?  Let me know what your first impressions are!  Hope everyone has a great start to their weekends!

I Love Donkeys:)

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CIMG1478Here is my latest hubcap.  I have never drawn or painted a miniature donkey before, but considering they are my favorite animal, I thought it was about time I tackled the challenge.  It came out a lot better than I was expecting and it is very different from any of the other hubcaps I have painted yet.  It was also the fasted I have ever completed a painting, so I am excited about that.

I also was going to wait to post this painting, but I am too excited about it that I have to share.  Hope everyone has a great Wednesday evening!

Hogwarts Hubcap!

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CIMG1443Hubcap #5 is complete!  There is a story behind this one too.  My brother’s girlfriend bought me a present right before she left for her freshman year in college.  First off, I thought she should be the one to be receiving gifts, but I wasn’t going to say no to a present.  Knowing I had just started painting hubcaps, she bought me a set of 4 hubcaps from Wal-Mart!  Wrapped up and everything – I was thrilled especially because I’ve never painted a clean, new hubcap.

Obviously, the first one I painted had to go to her.  I have never painted or drawn something for anyone else and I’ve also never given away a piece of my work.  After the hours I put in, I have a hard time parting with it.

Although a freshman in college, she is an unashamed Harry Potter fanatic and I admire her for that.  I decided the Hogwarts emblem is what this painting had to be and it turned out pretty well.  The shading does not come out in the photo very well, but it looks better in person.  Can’t wait to hear about her reaction when he gives it to her this weekend:)  I will have a tough time parting with it (even though I’m not a huge HP fan), but it is good practice.  She deserves it.

Goldfish Bowl

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CIMG1413I have finally finished my fourth hubcap – so here it is!  I painted these two goldfish and they were definitely a fun project.  I loved the colors and it’s different from the other three I have done.  I’m also excited because I have officially painted 4 hubcaps now… I guess I could outfit a car:)  If you haven’t seen my others, you should check out the “Painted Hubcaps” page above.  It has been an extremely busy week for me which is why I have not been able to work much on any of my projects, but I was very productive last night.  I finished this, continued my knitted fish, and baked two giant loaves of zucchini bread.  Finally, some success.  Below I uploaded two close-ups of my fish, but I still think they look better in person.  I hope everyone has a glorious Tuesday!

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