Finished, My Cody Boy

This is Cody. When I got divorced, I left my dogs Cody and Tullahbee with my exe because my daughters remained there and are very attached to them. I often visit them and it broke my heart to leave them behind, but I know they are happy and living their best life.

Cody was adopted from the Humane Society when he was approximate 3. He’s a love bug and a great cuddler. He barks at everything, including his shadow, especially now that he’s getting deaf. He really enjoys booty scratches and dog biscuits , but is not a huge fan of toys. Of course, walks and car rides are on the top of his list though. All in all, he’s been a wonderful part of my life. I hope you enjoy learning more about him.

Tried Something New Last Night

I have been seeing the most creatively iced cookies this year on the Food Network and in blogs, so I had to try it for myself.

I learned a few things in the process. I would definitely make my own dough next time though, and I was not happy with the consistency of my flood icing, so I would need to work on that too.

All in all it was fun though. I almost wanna go out an buy the supplies to make more. Or, maybe I will buy the stuff and make some cookies to send to my family in Michigan for my sister Kirsten’s birthday on the 2nd of January. She might get a kick out of that. I could find some cool cookie cutters that look like cats or something else she might love.

Just a thought though. It looks like it would be fun to do with children, but unless you have the patience of Job I would not try it. It was very messy and I am a 42-year-old mother of two teenage girls who did not enjoy cleaning up the mess that I made alone.

Glass, Stained Glass

I have a friend that is a beautiful stained glass artist. Although she lives in a different state, she posts her creations online. This inspired me to attempt to create some stained glass on my own. I read up on pinterest, and watched a billion youtube videos, then set out on making some stained glass.

I was able to find a pattern that I really liked of a dragonfly and some long grasses. So I cut out my glass. Yes, the two left pieces of purple are going the wrong direction. This detail escaped me as I was trying to get the pieces cut out and fit together, which is harder than I thought it would be.

For me it was really relaxing. I got it all together. I’d like to put a frame around the outside eventually. My welds are a bit bumpy in spots, but I think with practice I could smooth them out.

Last Christmas I made several small pieces as gifts, but unfortunately life has been very busy lately and I have not gotten to it in a while. I think I’ll have to schedule it in.

Crazy how different it looks with sunlight passing through it. This one is at my moms house. Funny enough, the only one that I have at my house that I have done is a cross I made for my grandmother. She passed away this summer so I got it back.

Wrapping it up in Style

One of my favorite parts of gift giving is creating beautiful packages. When I was a child I learned to wrap gifts from my maternal Grandmother Midge, who incidentally called me Tulip as a child. Hence, the name of this blog.

She always had the prettiest packages on Christmas Day and always had mountains of wrapping to do. So, when I was old enough, I was enlisted to be her elf.

She taught me all about the right kind of paper to use, and color combinations, as well as technique. The foil paper was always used for books or special treasures, and kids packages didn’t get cloth ribbons. It always made me feel special to receive these beautiful packages.

Now that I am an adult I want to make people feel special too with my packages. I only hope in this technology age they can appreciate my effort. Even if they don’t, I’ll enjoy them underneath my tree until I give them away.

Somewhere between a Zendoodle and a Zentangle

I have not counted the number of sketchbooks that I have full of these things.  I do them when I sit on the couch after a long day.  It helps me to relax, but I have never really done it in a structured way.  It’s really whatever comes to me.  I might make a grid one day and swirls another day.  I might chose one or two patterns to fill my whole page.

Or maybe just a whole bunch of versions of the same thing.

My object is just to keep my mind and my hands busy doing something.  It is very relaxing for me.  Purists of zentangle say that you have to create with purpose so that your mind is occupied by something other that thinking.  Your supposed to be focused on what you are doing.  Part of me is, but part of me is talking to the people around me or catching up on the news.

For me it is having the desired affect, and maybe I am doing it write.  Either way, I enjoy it a lot and have come up with some pretty amazing designs.  I have the sketch books to prove it!

Art or Vandalism

Banksy has always intrigued me a an artist/social activist.  I have mixed emotions when it comes to what he does. On one hand he has a well established following and a well known style, but on the other hand he vandalizes property.  

I think that the anonymity of his work and the public placement of his art drives the interest, because his images are mostly simple.  His work is also exposed to the elements and in that way not permanent. Who wouldn’t want to say that they have seen a Banksy in its element, because in a few years, or moments, as one auction goer found out, it won’t be there.

By Dominic Robinson from Bristol, UK – Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73570221

As a law abiding citizen, unless you count my lead foot, I do have a problem with vandalism.  Even if he’s famous and his work is coveted, I still think it’s wrong to tag someone’s property.  I would think that it would be a double edged sword, because now there is a blemish on your building that you cannot even paint over because it’s now a work of art from some anonymous artist.  I’m definitely not saying it’s right, but maybe he should join the hoodlums that spray paint railroad cars. Is it me, or have some of those guys gotten really talented.

By © Simon Mannweiler / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63884159

One thing is for sure, he does a terrific job of keeping himself and his work relevant.  Whether I agree with his methods or not, he has a knack for what he does. May we all aspire to have that much ambition and motivation to be heard/seen.

Painting Pets


I have always loved to paint.  Well, truth be told, I love to create anything.  I have many hobbies, which I plan to share with you in the future, but one of my favorite things in the past few years has been to paint portraits of pets.  This one is done in acrylic on canvas board.  The subject is my mom’s mini Australian Shepard Kismet. 

 

There was a time when I first started painting that I could not paint eyes, but I kept practicing and finally started to understand catch lights  and shaping.  I also learned to be more patient.  I always want things to be completed in one sitting and I have learned that the breaks offer me a chance to get perspective.

This Christmas I was asked to paint two portraits of cats for gifts.   I’ll share them with you when the holidays are over and the gifts have been given.   It came as a surprise that I was asked to paint them, but I’m up for the challenge.  I always like to have new subjects to practice on.