Saturday, September 20, 2014

Life at the Hall House

This time of year always finds us busy, but no so much so that we don't stop to see the gorgeous mornings that God paints for us each day.  The sun is slow to show its face this morning, and the air is so thick it could be sliced and served with strawberry jelly!

While everyone at the barn was munching their breakfast, I happened to notice an oddity...

Green grass.... in West Texas....unbelievable!  Thank you, Lord!  This time of year, as most times of year around here, we are enjoying various shades of brown.  Incredible!

What else is happening, you asked?  Somebody out there had to have asked, right?
Gayland is buzzing along on the den addition, and the walls are getting closer to be muraled.  I think I just made that word up according to spell check...

It's also the weekend to drag out the fall decorations!  Ok, I cheated....I started last weekend with the tree in my craftroom...

and the pumpkin heads are still growing... I think they may be plotting against the Christmas decorations...

What's that, Santa?  You demand a mustache and hair?  
But it's fall decorating weekend...

I know you're feeling nekked.  

You say you'll incite an elf strike?  Really???

Well then, it seems Santa may just have to get a little hairdo this weekend, too.  I would hate to be the cause of an elven strike!

Just another beautiful day at the Hall House!  What's on your weekend planner?  Leave us a comment and share what's going on in your neck of the woods!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pumpkin Heads Are Growing! 29 Faces Challenge 2, 3, 4,....7

I broke out the clay today.  When I don't sculpt for a time, I forget how much I love it.  I've been doodling and dabbling in cartoons, and digital art (clueless dabbling here) without much satisfaction.  On the way home from church today, I was counting the days until Fall...with Gayland just shaking his head... and had an itch to start the fall decor.  I have such a great husband!  When I asked him to drive the get-away truck while I clipped wild sunflowers along the road, he didn't even question my oddball request.  Come to think of it, he doesn't question much...he's come to expect the that a word?  After 21 years, he doesn't hardly even blink... :) 

Anyway, after getting my sunflowers arranged on the butcher block, I headed to the craft table with Pumpkin Heads dancing around my pumpkin head.  These little pumpkins just happen to fit perfectly into the 29 Faces September Challenge which I am playing.  Days 2 through 7 are sprouting nicely!  Here's a peek at one little Punkin -

May your week be filled with blessings!

Monday, September 1, 2014

29 Faces September Challenge - #1

It's that time again - The 29 Faces Challenge!  I just had a few minutes to get my first face onto paper this afternoon, so I thought I'd give you a little peek into my view of life...

This is how I see me...

(all credits go to DC Comics for this me)

And... from my comic sketch book...

This is likely how my students see me....

:)  Yep....

Finally a Little Rest and Some Time at the Art Table

I cannot believe it is already September 1st.  I see the last time I posted was in July...that is somewhat disheartening for me, as I had plans on sharing ideas with you throughout the year.  I know, however, that when it gets close to the beginning of the school year, I go AWOL from my blog.  I now have much of my dad's business handled after his passing, the first week of school under my belt (what an awesome group of students I have), and a day off from the regularly scheduled programs!

In searching information on mixed-media for some writing I'm doing, I ran across digi stamps.  I'm sure the rest of the world is much more up on this than me, but I wanted to know more.  I found a very helpful video on YouTube done by AJsArts, and I wanted to give it a try.  I'm not sure what I would use digi stamps for, but I could see sharing some of my doodles with others if I ever got the hang of it!  Here's my first attempt...

So, what can you do with digi stamps???  

Here's a little info I took from The Complete Guide to Digi Stamps by Kate Pullen:

Digital stamps, or digi stamps, are black and white digital images that are downloaded onto a computer where they can be manipulated before printing out. At their most basic, when they are printed out digital stamps are just like traditional rubber or clear stamped images. One of their attractions, however, is the fact that the images can be resized, flipped (create a mirror image) or manipulated in other ways before printing it out and colored in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored. This gives a stamper a range of new design opportunities. The most significant difference between digital stamps and traditional stamps is that there is no physical stamp. A digital stamp is just the image.
Once they have been printed out, digital stamps are used in much the same way as traditional stamps. This means that they can be colored and embellished. The finished images can be cut out and incorporated into handmade cards, gift tags, scrapbooks and a whole wide range of other papercraft projects.

I have a long way to go in perfecting my digi stamp!  Maybe by next Halloween I'll get him right!

So, is anyone counting the days until we can put out the fall decorations?  I'm feeling the decorating bug coming on!  I'm really curious to see how digi stamps are being used in the creative world, so share ideas with us by leaving a comment.  

God bless.