Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sketchbook - Flowers (are hard)

Just my usual weedy self over here. God's little weed.


This has been stuck in my head. So ironic to be sketching it while watching the Bachelorette ladies compete with each other. ahhhhhh


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sketchbook: Konrad

"If you look at it kind of sideways and squint it definitely looks like him!" 

But at least I drew something today!


Konrad the brave, the magnificent, the valiant, the cuddly.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sketchbook: Beatrix Potter

These stories are stressful but I've always been drawn to her illustration style.


I'm hoping that working on this sketchbook will help me develop more of my own style.
How do you teach a kid to ask "what does God want me to be?"


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tufted Ottoman

Coffee table to Ottoman using this tutorial

I found this table on Craigslist for $20 a while back when I first saw the idea of creating a tufted ottoman using a coffee table. I drove 40 minutes to pick it up but my car is dumb and the table didn't fit in it in any way. So I drove home, got my then boyfriends truck and drove back to pick it up.


I upholstered it for the first time before Christmas when E was 3 months old as a gift for our best friends. I can't find any pictures of it at that point. It was pretty exciting to be able to give it to them and has been frequently used in their house for the last year and a half. They have three small children and it began to look a little less upscale.

One draw back of the DIY movement is that blogs or pinterest often make a project seem much easier than it is. I support the industrial attitude of learning how to do things for yourself but there is always a learning curve involved. You can't master all of them. The ottoman looked great but did not hold up very well!



I think my tufting technique was shabby and I used a thread that did not hold the buttons securely. At this point the ottoman came back to us. After a fabric sale, a week of looking at buttons on ebay, and four trips to Johanns hell hole, the finished product:



This time I watched youtube videos, read more tutorials, and tried to use all the correct upholstery tools. I was pretty pleased with the end result and sent it back to its owners.

Sadly three buttons have already popped off and I don't know what the next step will be. Should I reattach them or just cut all the buttons off? Does it not belong in their home and we should send it somewhere else or is it worth repairing? It isn't mine but I do want it to function properly.

Whatever happens to it, it was a fun project and I've definitely learned a lot working on it!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mouths and Noses

I have been practicing the different parts of the face from some old lessons I found.


E was happy to help. In general I'm pleased with the mouths but noses are still hard for me.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sketchbook



Five minute birds at breakfast before a well aimed oatmeal spoon hit me.
"just tell your kids no"
I was pretty happy when she scribbled over the morning dove because it means she's interested, right?
But how did the honey and strawberry get all over it?