Ask for Peace

........... doodling tea light candles................ and ..............and wood burning on wooden boxes (lids)............... and mail art before it went out.............. I have made an incredible amount of art in a year's time considering that I work a full time job. I want to say thank you for supporting me and for taking the time to leave comments. Comments are so appreciated for those of us who brave putting ourselves out there. Of course, I wish for all to enjoy the holidays in whatever manner you do, but most of all, I wish you peace................... xoxoxo........ See you in the new year..............Jo


Mail Art

Isn't it amazing how many pieces of mail art you can get from one piece of paper? Are you still decorating or making holiday art? I cannot seem to stop. Thanks for


Wish Upon A Star.

All those days playing with the gelli plate turned in to something good.. Cut in strips and glued down to water color paper. So they could become stars and houses and hearts. And then there's always mail art. I love how playing can turn into so much more playing.........Remember my little wooden houses I've been showing you in several of my posts? I have posted them in my Etsy shop. It would be nice to send them to someone to hang on their wall. You can see them to the


Making My Own Ornaments

I am using my art to make some ornaments this year. I wish I had started in July. You can do a lot with those clear plastic ornament balls. So, I will show you over the next couple of days what I've done with some of them. Here's the first one. Do you notice how the ball looks a wee bit warped? Oops! I didn't know a heat gun would get hot enough to do that. I could probably have changed the entire shape of this had I kept going. And did you notice the face that appeared in the second photo on the right side? I gessoed it first, because you need a "tooth" for the paint to stick on with these glossy orbs. Then started fooling around with different paints, and couldn't wait for it to dry. Hence the heat gun. Then added my little tree doodles. Have you made some ornaments or decorations this year? Tomorrow I'll show you some more. The last time I posted it was ridiculously warm, in the high 60's and I was wishing for some "normal" December weather. I did get some freezing rain, no snow, but was grateful for not having any power outages.It rained enough that my backyard is a swamp land. This morning I went out to start my car and it was 23 degrees. It feel like December. Thanks for stopping by.............. jo


This Weather is Ridiculous

I don't know where you are in the world but here in Virginia it has been nearly 60 degrees for the last several days and headed for 70 tomorrow. Having lived most of my life in the North I want it to be cold this time of year. I want frost and snowflakes. I want December weather to be December weather. Right now I have a couple of windows open and my flip flops on. Maybe that's why I needed to do this. Not having any specific paint markers for glassware etc in the house, I just experimented with sharpie fine point markers. Maybe by the time I fill the plate with snowflakes the weather will return to normal, what ever that is. I'm glad you stopped in....................x0x0 jo


Happy Lights

Some of you may remember those little candles with the tissue paper our kids made in school. They usually came home the last day of school before the Christmas break. I decided to make some of my own. Here are some beginnings. I found it a bit tricky as tissue paper is so delicate and I did tear a couple of tiny holes in it as I was trying to lay the paper down so carefully on a mod podged surface. I was delighted to find some glass ware at the thrift store for a couple of dollars and today was gifted 3 cases of mason jars. How great is that! And how cool they look with a tea light candle in them! There's no end to what you could do as far as designs. I love houses and city scenes so that's what I started with. If I still had a fireplace I would have tons of them on the mantle. Maybe next year I'll remember to start making these in the summer time....... Thanks for stopping by.................xoxoxo Jo. I am headed over to "Aimee's place" because it's Glue It Tuesday and there's a lot of fun and good stuff happening over there.


Got Happy.

Since I last blogged I've been so busy making art I haven't stopped to post what I've made. I often wonder what happens if people just forget about you when you've been gone for so many days, and I didn't want that to happen. Here I am hoping to show you in bits and pieces this week some of what I've been up to. I took an ordinary composition notebook. You know the kind. We've all used them at least once or twice during our school years. And you know how they come in all kinds of colors and patterns now, not just black and white as they did when I was in school. And then I got happy. Wow! I would have loved to have a composition notebook like this when I was growing up. I think it would have been called a designer notebook at that time and we probably could not have afforded it. And then I got happier with what I had laying around the house. A cheapo clip board from The Dollar Store. And this....... and ordinary small clip board. So, I can talk to the home decor angel, right? Here are some closeups. What do you think? I've more to show you in the coming days. Thanks for visiting here........................and as always, thank you for taking the time to comment. ......................xoxo Jo