St. Patrick’s Day Robot

I thought I’d give you a little something to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. It’s a drawing I did entitled “Where’s the gold, little man?!” (you may have been wondering where are those robots, and what are they attacking? well here you go!) Enjoy your St. Patrick’s day.

 

Where's the gold little man?!

I colored this image with colored pencils, markers and a silver paint marker (hence why the robot looks a little funny from the scan)

 

 

 

The same drawing before it was colored.

 

©Leah Kyser 2011

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A Green Bracelet to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

I was so disappointed that I was missing another deadline, so I buckled down and finally created something! I brought kelly green felt with me to work today to make something to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. I had no idea what I was going to make, just that I wanted to make something out of that green felt. I looked through my bookmarks for a project, when I came across this The Chrysi Pin, from the Living with Punks blog. I love this large pin and felt it was the perfect project for the day. As I was a ways into the project, I realized the felt I had wasn’t going to work for it. It must be a lot thinner than the felt she used because mine was way too floppy and had no form. I ditched that project and felt like giving up on doing any project. Then I had the idea of making a ruffled felt bracelet! I came up with this idea myself, and thought I’d share it.

This is all I’ve done so far with the bracelet, and I might keep it this way, but I am considering adding a green felt flower decoration to it. I really like how comfortable this bracelet is. It was a quick and simple project that I enjoyed making. It’s going to be a good accessory to wear for St. Patty’s day!

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Delicious Food

I’m not very good at meeting deadlines. I was supposed to have a craft project to share with you today, but I’m empty handed. I had started a project last week that I had in mind to share today, but I didn’t get it finished in time. Instead of finishing it last night, I chose to cook a feast. Considering this month’s theme, that seems appropriate. It was a delicious meal consisting of baked macaroni and cheese, oven baked salmon, sauteed mustard greens and lemon bars. I’m definitely on a streak of running into problems. I tried to take pictures of the food, but my camera decided not to work.  I took some pictures with my phone, but they didn’t turn out very well because it was too dark.

It's a terrible picture, but that food was truly delicious!

I’ll share the recipes I used to cook this meal in case you’re interested in making any of them.

I found the macaroni and cheese recipe here, it’s from America’s Test Kitchen which is my favorite!

I found the simple salmon recipe from the Food Network.

And I found the sauteed mustard greens at Simply Recipes.

For the lemon bars, I was lazy, I used a box of Krusteaz lemon bar mix to make them. I’ve had good luck with Krusteaz brand products in the past and these were no different.

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My Own Little Garden Within an Apothecary Jar

A couple of months ago I had posted about terrariums in my Cabin Fever post. Well it took me this long to finally get the supplies I needed to make my very own terrariums.

 

By using these apothecary jars I think I've finally thwarted my cats' attempts at destroying any and all plants.

 

I’m going to walk you through the steps I took in making my terrariums, that way you can make your very own if you wish.

 

You'll need: charcoal, potting soil (I used a cactus mix for better drainage), rocks, moss, a container, and plants

 

 

I used stones, dried reindeer moss, and fake moss rocks I found at the dollar store.

After washing your container and rocks, place rocks in container. You'll want the layer of rocks to be a couple of inches. The rocks are for drainage, so use as much as you need to prevent root rot.

Now, sprinkle some charcoal over the rocks.

Then add soil. Use enough soil for your plant's roots.

Add your plants.

Finally, add any decorations you want, such as moss. Then water thoroughly.

And you're all done!

The other terrarium I made. (I'm worried I put too many plants in this one)

 

I am by no means a plant expert. I don’t even have a green thumb, it’s more like a black thumb. I do, however, love plants and wanted to attempt growing some terrariums. There’s a lot of informative resources out there that can help you with making your own terrarium.

 

 

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Artichoke Embroidery Design

If my blog were a class, I’d be in a lot of trouble! I missed Friday’s “assignment” so I’m tying to make up for the missed work by posting today. I’m even sucking up a little by doing some extra credit. It’s not like I wasn’t prepared for Friday’s art post. I had a couple of drawings all ready to go, but when Friday rolled around problems kept popping up. First, the scanner/printer I have set up decided not to work. I thought this was a great opportunity to get out the new scanner/ printer that I got for my birthday.

You know how things that originally seem quite simple can snowball and can become quite the undertaking? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me. To set up the scanner I would need to tackle organizing my craft room. It’s such a disastrous mess that I’ve avoided it at all costs. I’ve just been opening the door throwing whatever craft supplies I’ve acquired and running away in terror. Unfortunately, that’s not much of an exaggeration. So last night, I finally broke down and began wading through the mess. I still have a long way to go before I have a clean, well-organized craft room, but it’s a start. I was also able to get the new printer hooked up and scanned in the artwork.

The first drawing I made is an artichoke to go with the kitchen theme of the month. I edited the drawing in Gimp to erase all the unwanted pencil marks so I could present you with my extra credit project: A FREE EMBROIDERY PATTERN!

You can print out the image, transfer it to your desired fabric, and follow the outline using a back-stitch. If you’re unfamiliar with this stitch you can use this wonderful tutorial on The Purl Bee to learn how. I bet this would look adorable embroidered on dish towels, placemats, coasters, or anything really.

I know this kind of goes against my ideals of doing as much as I can by hand, but I had received ArtRage for my birthday as well and I can’t not use it. Anyways, this isn’t going to replace the work I do by hand, it’ll just add to it. So last night when I was installing the printer, I also installed the ArtRage program and have been messing around with it. My first project was an attempt at coloring in the artichoke image. There’s a lot I still need to learn about the program, and improve my own skills, but it’s a start.

I hope you enjoy the design and I’d love to see any creations you make with it.

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Changes to this Blog

Concerning my previous post, I’ve decide that I’m not going to be splitting the blog or narrowing my focus (at least for now).  I’ve come up with another idea to bring a little continuity to my blog. Each month I’ll try to think of a theme that I’ll focus on. Of course I might diverge from the theme here and there, but I’ll try to still keep my focus on that month’s chosen theme.

I know we’re already a ways into this month but since I just came up with this idea, I decided that for the remainder of the month I’ll be focusing on a theme. The chosen theme for March is kitchen arts and crafts! I don’t want to ruin any surprises, so let’s just say that I have a wide variety of things I plan on covering this month.

The other change I want to begin utilizing is a posting schedule. My posts up until now have been fairly random. I have posted multiple times in one day and other times I don’t post anything for days on end. I plan on posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I still haven’t decided what Monday’s focus is going to be, maybe I’ll just keep it random. Wednesday will be “craftopia” where I’ll be featuring crafts that I’ve made. Friday will be “arsty fartsy friday”  where I’ll share art that I’ve made.

Again, any input you may have about these plans would be greatly appreciated. I guess we’ll just have to see how this new plan works out for my blog.

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Retooling This Blog

When I started this blog, I kind of just jumped into it first without doing any research. As I’ve been going along I’ve been doing a little research here and there to make my blog more interesting and enjoyable. There are so many things to consider that it can get a bit overwhelming. So I’m in the process of considering retooling my blog. Any input you could offer me, would be greatly appreciated! One of the big issues I’m faced with is the fact that the subjects I cover are so broad. I’m not creating a blog just about knitting but am trying to cover arts and crafts so that’s a very huge world I’m trying to tackle. You might like to see knitting tutorials, but aren’t interested in sketches I’ve done. One of the options I’m considering is splitting the arts and crafts into two separate blogs (which may still be too broad). Not to mention the fact that maintaining just one blog is hard enough but the thought of keeping up with two blogs seems like quite the challenge.  What would you like to see more of? What are things you don’t want to see anymore? Thanks, and I look forward to any and all input you offer.

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