Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Little Quiet Time...

Where have the last several weeks gone? I can't believe my last post was over a month ago! The last month has been filled with half marathon training, overcoming some health issues, keeping up with the never-ending "to do" list, and squeezing in moments of art here and there. This afternoon, I'm thankful to have a few minutes of quiet time to get back on track. Well, mostly quiet, except for Abbey's cute snoring.

It's the perfect afternoon for napping....I think I should join her!

I was able to spend some time last night creating some cute Easter cards for my mom, dad, and sister. I used the ideas I learned from one of the Life Book 2014 lessons to create two "Quirky Animals" cards....a bunny and an elephant.

My sister chose to keep the pink bunny, while my mom and dad wanted
the purple elephant.




The Quirky Animals lesson..it turned out very cute!


Well, my quiet time is coming to an end. I need to get some house work done, make some body lotion bars as gifts, finish some laundry, get lunches ready for tomorrow, and sneak in an hour run at some point. Too bad the weekends can't be 3 days long! 

I hope each of you had a blessed time with family over the holiday weekend! Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Art Supplies

POSCA PENS HAVE ARRIVED!!

I love getting new art supplies. After hearing so many wonderful things about Posca Paint Pens, I decided to give them try. They aren't easy to find, so I was happy to see them on Amazon. I ordered a set of 8 fine tip pens and received them within a few days.

The pens are amazing. They easily glide over a variety of surfaces such as wood, canvas, paper, and glass. So far I have only used them on watercolor paper and canvas. The colors are vibrant and the ink flow is smooth. Even though they are "fine" tipped, I think I would also like to have the extra fine tip for writing words....adding them to my wish list now!

Here are a few of the mixed media journal pages I've completed using the pens....

Posca Pens used for outlining flowers and drawing symbols. I
used a Sharpie pen to do the writing at the lower left corner.


On this page I primarily used the white posca pen for highlighting
and details. 

Both pages were created based on lessons from the Life Book 2014 class (lessons by Alena Hennessy and Tamara Laporte). Since I am still working on the 29 Faces Challenge (even though it is finished!), I am counting the girl on the swing as face #10.

Work in progress on canvas...posca pens used for outlining and adding
shapes...I'll post the final pic when it is completed. 

I can definitely say that if you are thinking about purchasing Posca Pens, they are well worth the investment. I love mine!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Ninja

So...last weekend I was making some awesome veggie burgers using my Vitamix. It's one of my favorite recipes from the book, No Meat Athlete, and I make it often. While I was cooking I was busy chatting with my husband and working away in the kitchen when I realized I had left out the dry ingredients. I added in the oats, stirred a bit with a spoon, and placed the container on top of the Vitamix base. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the spoon out of the container before turning on the blender!!!  (It was somewhat hidden in the oats.  AGGHHHH!) What followed was pretty much a disaster and the result was one ruined Vitamix, a spiky spoon, and a dinner down the drain. I ended up making sandwiches instead and feeling like an idiot...not to mention wondering how much this was going to cost to fix.

I called Vitamix the next day and explained my dilemma. To my great surprise, the customer service representative told me that my machine would be fixed at no charge! I've had my Vitamix for almost 8 years and haven't had any problems, so she said they would honor my warranty (even though it was my fault) and fix it for me. Wow. Incredible customer service. They sent me a UPS label and I mailed it this past Thursday.

Repair time? Two-four weeks. Hmmm. I needed something to help in the kitchen until my Vitamix returned, so I decided to purchase a food processor to use in the meantime. I researched my options, and decided to try a Ninja.  Amazon had a decent deal and a few days later the Ninja arrived at my door.  I unpacked it, washed it, and had it ready to use by this afternoon. I decided to see how the Ninja compared with my Vitamix for making veggie burgers. (My husband kindly reminded me to avoid blending a spoon this time! Metal shards and veggies don't mix well. HA!)


Ninja loaded with black beans, spices, spinach, sun dried
tomatoes, olives, carrots, celery...and some other stuff!

This model has removable blades, a motor on top, and one speed for pulsing ingredients.  It comes with two different sizes of containers. Blending is okay, but the items on the bottom were blended more, while the items higher up were more chunky. This worked out fine as we both liked chunks of carrot, nuts, etc. in the burgers. Of course, since this is my first time using it, there may be tricks I am not aware of yet to better blending throughout the container.  

Once the ingredients were mixed, I formed them into patties and browned them in a skillet. My photo didn't turn out well of that process...my sister said they looked gross! LOL...so I decided not to share. I really should work on my photography skills! I have a "real" camera, besides my iPhone, but often times just grab what's easy. Learning to take better photos is on my summer "to do" list.

Super Power Chia Bread....mmmmm. Great for open faced sandwiches, nut
butter spread, or even plain. Delicious!
In addition to making the burgers, I also made Super Power Chia Bread from Angela Liddon's online recipes! This is the second batch that I've made in the last couple weeks and I'm in love with it! It's easy, it tastes amazing, and it's healthy. For lunch, I added a layer of homemade pesto, the veggie patty, sprouts, and tomatoes.....MMMMMMM. Loved it. 

LUNCH! Chia Bread + veggie patty + more veggies = :)
Even though I'm missing my Vitamix, I think having the Ninja as an additional tool in the kitchen will work out just fine. Tomorrow I'm hoping to try the Ninja to make Pumpkin Pie Smoothies. I'll let you know how that turns out! 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Ink Spray FUN!

This past week's Life Book lesson was an adventure in ink spray play! It was so much fun! I wanted to share a few pictures of the process with you.

 SPRAY, SPRAY, SPRAY! Oh, and a little dripping too. 


Watching Tamara while learning how to create a face...
 

Close up of the face in progress

Finished journal page! I am debating coming back to it to tweak a
few things....for now I'm leaving it though. 

I've also been working on a few other faces for the 29 Faces Challenge. I've posted them on my Mixed Media Journey blog. I hope you will stop by and check them out!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

OKC Memorial Half Marathon Training


It's that time of year once again and training for the OKC Memorial Half Marathon is underway! This weekend finished the first week of official training with some very chilly runs. Although the temps were below 30, the views were incredible. With the recent snowfall the ground was partially covered and much of the pond along the running trail was frozen along the edges. 


Taking a short break to enjoy the beautiful view...

I definitely have sock envy...Roger's socks are really cool!

Last loop around and then we are done...

I enjoyed my weekend runs, even with the temps (and no wind!) It's much better than running in the humid hot weather of the summer. I'll be looking back as these pictures in June dreaming of snow. ;P I may even be looking back at them later this week...temps are rising from the upper 30's to the mid 70's. Crazy!

I'm looking forward to this training season and being ready to run the half in a few months! If you are in the area in April and would like to participate (walk, run, volunteer), visit http://okcmarathon.com.




Sunday, February 2, 2014

29 Faces Challenge

It's that time again.....The 29 Faces Challenge! I'm excited to participate in this challenge for the FIRST time! The challenge:  Create a face each day for 29 days. I am going to do my best to complete a face each day that is at least a pencil sketch. If time allows, I will make sure my faces are spiced up with color!

My goals for this challenge: Be creative...try new things...HAVE FUN!

While I was getting started, I did have some inspiration from other artists. My first page was a limited color face I created after watching Tamora Laporte's video on You Tube. You can see it here. It's a fast forward view of her creating a journal page using limited colors. 

Day 1


The second page I created was my own version of a lesson that we had with Marieke Blokland on Life Book 2014. I changed the face and hair to make it my own style. I really love how she turned out! While I was creating this journal page, I was having so much fun that time got away from me. When I looked at the clock it was 1:00 AM!! I finally went to bed and finished the page after breakfast this morning. 

Day 2


Sugar Sugar journal page from LB 2014, week 4. 

I have many ideas for upcoming faces....I should probably jot them down somewhere so I don't forget. It's all I could think about last night, which made falling asleep a little difficult! I am looking forward to seeing everyone's faces during this challenge! I've already seen some amazing works!

If you would like to join the challenge there's still time. Go on over to the 29 FACES CHALLENGE blog page and get started!



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Projects in Progress

I have several projects underway, but none that are quite completed yet! Unfortunately, I've been  under the weather for the past couple weeks, which has put many things on hold. Hopefully I'm on the mend and will be completing these projects soon!

Projects underway include....

WASHI TAPE DISPENSER

As my washi tape collection continues to grow, I wanted a place to keep
it organized and easily accessible. I found a great idea on a fellow blogger's
page that I will share with you.


LIFE BOOK 2014 JOURNAL PAGES

I just started a new journal page over the weekend. I'm already loving the way
the gesso/stencil process is looking on the page. 
My Inner Artist Guardian...the first lesson of of LB 2014.
This page has recently been completed! You can view the
entire process on my new Mixed Media Journey blog at:
www.courtneylemmons.blogspot.com

CANVAS PROJECT

I've bought all the materials for a button heart on canvas project and am ready to get started on it. I found the project on Pinterest from Home Decor Nut. I plan on making a few tweaks to the project and can't wait to get started on it!  

I hope each of you are doing well and keeping healthy! Have a great week!