Friday, May 22, 2009

Prepping for VACATION!

Sorry I've been so out of touch lately. As I said in the last post, I've been dealing with some minor health issues, plus dear daughter had to be brought home from college. The amount of STUFF took 2 days to go through just so we could
get the car in the garage. We just dumped everything from the car into one side of the garage and then the car wouldn't fit! So what happens?
She packs up before the STUFF gets unpacked and put away and she leaves for GA. So who does that leave to sort through and put the STUFF away? Dear ole mom...
When I finished with that I realized we are taking off for FL TOMORROW MORNING and I really need to start thinking about what I need to do before take-off.
Lists, lists, lists... Almost done packing and in between all the to-do lists I've managed to play around with a few art supplies.
This piece is a 9 x 12 canvas that I created a background and love the background so much I'm having a hard time figuring out if I even want to add anything. Although it's such a underwater-y feel to it that I'm seeing a mermaid? What do you think?
Was thinking of painting one, but then the thought occured to me that a metal one might look really good. Especially with the rusty looking drips in the background.
Incidentally, this background is paper towels that I used to blot another project and then dried them, tore them up, glued them down and then used more paint and ink washes over them. I really, really love the texture and colors.
Once I'm back from the beach, I'll decide where to take this piece, artistically speaking.

Next little project was to make something for the 3 grandchildren who will be
with us in FL. I have one grandson and 2 granddaughters.I decided I wanted to play around with some dye. But I really hate all the steps that go along with dyes so I settled on setacolor paints. They can be thinned down and used somewhat like a dye. I've used dyna-flow which is already thinned down but never used setacolor. I think I like it quite a bit.
So the kids are getting cute little beachy clothes to wear.
Grandson gets this shirt, although I have since added dolphins to the bottom of the shirt. I used lumiere paint and chunky fabric stamps. I will take a photo of him wearing it and post when I get home.

Granddaughters get these little dresses.
Since photographing them while they were drying in the sun on my picnic table
(which I got paint on and hubby was not too happy about, although he laughed, cuz he knows me and my sloppiness)I have gone back with more of the blue and turquoise colors to try and tone down the yellow. Who knew the yellow would get so much brighter as it dried. On the t-shirt it was fine but the crocheted part of the dresses was almost a neon. So they look more green on top and I also added some
seahorses to the bottom of their dresses with lumiere and chunky stamps.
Again, I'll post photos with the little girls modeling them.

Next project was to make myself a couple of beachy necklaces. This is one that I've re-done about 3 times over the years. I keep changing the beads used in the necklace.
One year it was just 2 strands then I reduced it to a single strand, now that it's 3 strands and I used mostly pearls this time,I think this is my favorite.

This one is made using the pendant I made while away for the girl's weekend.
My dear art friend Sandy showed me how to solder with a torch and I made the pendant with her and I posted it in a previous post. Now I can actually wear it as a necklace. I wanted something a little asymmetrical and different. I think I like it,
although it's possible it may go through a couple of changes like the previous necklace.

Well, that's about all I've done this week, other than take care of the pile of dear daughter's STUFF which I didn't photograph. I have also planted some flowers in the yard, dealt with tons of paperwork (because we have FINALLY sold the house in GA!!!),been for bloodwork and an MRI, plus I treated myself to a manicure & pedicure this morning.
So,other than throw a few more things into the suitcase I think I might be
ready for a much needed vacation with my family!
I will try to visit a few more of you before I take off. If I don't pop in to say so long, then I'll drop by when I return- May 31!
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend everyone.
Live your life creatively~


Terri Kahrs said...

Dear, Sweet, Cathy! Have a wonderful, relaxing vacation! You may have been dealing with your daughter's return from school, etc.; however, you managed to create some wonderful things!!!

Love, love, looooove all of the things you made for your grandbabies!!! I can just seem them romping around on the beach, squealing with delight and looking ever so chic thanks to their Grammy!!! And Grammy's going to be looking pretty chic too wearing all of her wonderful bling!

Looks like you were in a turquoise state of mind!!! Am loving the texture of the art in progress. I, too, think the rusty, drippy things are awesome! Can't wait to see what develops! Mermaid, sea creatures, beaded wonders?!? I'm sure your Muse will whisper something special.

Have a wonderful, wonderful time! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Alberta and Ava said...

Your children are so lucky to be blessed with a mother who not only has such a kind, positive, beautiful spirit, but one who can create beautiful things from her loving heart. I adore the background you painted, especially because it's made of paper towels, and I can't wait to see how you use it. have a lovely trip to the beach!


Janine said...

Dear Cathy,
You are a grandmom?
I can´t believe that! You look sooo young. WOW!
I bet you are the coolest grandma in town. How I love the dresses and shirt you made for your grandchildren. They will look like prince and princes of the sea.
Enjoy your vacation.
Have a lovely weekend

Chrisy said...

Wow girl you're sooo productive! Particularly like those little dresses...Hope you have a lovely holiday...

Janine said...


Janine said...

Hallo again.
I hope you liked the surprise.
The little painting is parceled and is waiting for somebody who brings it to the postoffice (cause I can´t).
I hope you won´t have to wait to long.
Have a good start to the week

Cathy Mendola said...

Thanks to you all who commented. Sorry I didn't see your's Terri before I took off.
I had a great time and will post photos soon.
THANKS to Janine for picking my name out as the Winner of her giveaway!

Ailurophile said...

Have a great trip. What wonderful stuff you made for your grandchildren. They are indeed very fortunate and blessed to have you :)

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