Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 41 of #90daysofblogging

I went and took some more pictures of my craft shed being built. At least I can go visit it LOL. Sure wish it was in my yard instead of his.....

I am almost tempted to go and get it myself!!! If I hadn't already paid for the darn thing, I would probably tell him to keep it. Two weeks has now turned into two months. I sure hope it's worth the wait. Well, here are some more pics and I was able to go inside this time and take pics. Notice the roof is on but nothing else since last time.

 This is the front with the small porch cut out, the second pic is of our new swimming pool in our back yard (how that one got in here I have no idea).

This is one of the inside where the small porch is and then the cut out inside on the opposite side of the porch (did that make sense?.... Oh well)

These are two more of the inside, there will be 3 windows total and hopefully, it won't come with bats...........

And then the back side.

Maybe I will go over again tomorrow and see if he has gotten any further on it. Well, thanks for stopping by.

Day 40 of #90daysofblogging

Lately I have been into learning how to draw faces. I am wanting to learn with colored pencils how to shade and whatnot. I have to say, it is very hard. I have watched a number of videos and all the colors they use just for the skin tone, wow!. Here is one I did with colored pencils...

As I look at it, I can see so many places that need to be fixed, but......I am just learning so not too bad. I used Prismacolor Pencils and black paint for the hair and brown paint for the shirt and then used pencils to highlight in areas.

This one, is done in Charcoal...

It is the same subject photo just using different mediums. Again, practice, practice, practice. LOL.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Day 39 of #90daysofblogging

Altho my crafting shed is not finished or delivered yet, I was able to drive over last week and take a few pictures of it in the making. I forgot I had these on my phone (DUH) He is a little behind due to some things beyond his control, one being the weather. Like I said in an earlier post, we have had nothing but non stop rain for days. I think every ones basements are flooding. But today, finally, we have sunshine :) oh what a relief.

Here are a few of the pictures I took, we couldn't get into the inside because he had ladders and such in the way of the door because he was just starting to put the shingles on the roof.

It is 8 feet by 16 feet with a small 4 foot by 4 foot small porch, which now I am not sure I should have had him put on. But, I may end up liking it. The inside is going to be jam packed with all my crafting supplies (hope I have enough room) and then I am going to foo foo up the outside LOL

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Day 38 of #90daysofblogging

I have been trying to learn how to draw portraits by watching Dede Willingham. I don't have toned paper so I have been having to improvise. This time I used the back of a cereal box (not the best choice) to draw Marilyn Monroe. I have a fascination with the woman I think because not only is she beautiful but because of the mystery surrounding her death. She died at such a young age and not at the height of her career even. I know she had her struggles in life, if you have ever read anything about her, she had a hard childhood.

There are so many talented artists out there that have captured her likeness incredibly well, I like mine but I know I still have a lot to learn. Like shading and getting things proportionately right. On this picture you can really see the stroke lines, I think it is because of the "paper" I used.

and this picture was taken in shadow...

Deep down, I know it isn't a bad drawing but I am very critical of my own work. I know I will never be a portrait artist even tho I have always wanted to be good at it. When I was in collage and took art lessons, I tried drawing my kids and didn't think they were good enough so that is about when I quit. Maybe had I keep at it........who knows. Some have it (and I have seen some very good ones) and some don't.

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Day 37 of #90daysofblogging

Well, :::sigh::: my "Crafting Cottage" was suppose to arrive yesterday (Sunday 6-14-15) But........the man that builds them lost both his helpers. His wife, who is ready to have a baby any day now and the man that helps him that just found out he has cancer and has been going for treatments. And on top of all of that, we have had rain for almost a week straight now. I am so sick of rain!!!! I think maybe I should have him build me an ark (is that right? arc, ark....whatever) I will definately bring my animals a dog and two cats but the rest is going to be filled up with craft supplies LOL.

It's my ark I can do what I want and bring what I want. I was hoping to have pictures of it being delivered and being put in place but nooooooo, instead I took a picture of a groundhog in our yard with my phone. But it is too small to even show you that.

Well, I hope she has a healthy baby and I hope for the best for the gentleman that found out he has cancer, those are more important than getting my shed here on time. And I do mean that. It's just that I have been so excited to get it.

Ok, that is my post for the day, have a wonderful week everyone.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Day 36 of #90daysofblogging

Yesterday we had our cat shaved (really it is my daughters, but she could not have animals at her apartment when she left for college, so my husband has gotten so attached to it, it is now ours!!) any......we always have her shaved in the summer because she is such a furry cat. When she is not shaved she looks like she weights 100 pounds (Ok, I am exaggerating but she is big). We always ask for a lion cut LOLOLOLOL. My daughter hates it!!! :::maybe that is why we do it.....not:::. Well, here is a picture of her shaved...

She would not hold still for me for anything! Cats have such an attitude.....On the other hand, this one

is a ham and thinks he has to be in every picture taken LOL. We also have a pure white cat but she is like Houdini.....can never find her when you want her.

Well, have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Day 35 of #90daysofblogging

My sister in law that lives in Omaha, NE saw some yard art that she liked and asked if I could make some. Sure if she shows me a picture of what she means. WOW, I don't know who made the one she took the picture of but, it was beautiful.

They are made entirely of glass plates, bowels, glasses and such. Then put onto a garden stick. So of course I had to get to our local resale shops and pick out some pretty glassware. (if they only knew what I was going to do with it LOL)

Here is the picture, it has 4 layers of glassware. The green and pink one is one large plate that I painted with FolkArt Multi-Surface paint in Bright Pink and Citrus Green. Then I painted the yellow one with Daffodil Yellow. After painting I let them sit for one hour to dry then put them in the oven and turned the oven on to 350 degrees and let them bake for 30 minutes. You then leave them in the oven until the oven cools down.

I then used a silicone adhesive to glue them all together. I have not attached the back or the stake yet.

I am starting on another one with more glassware, they are getting ready to go into the oven now.
You don't have to use clear glassware, it was just at this time when I was shopping I didn't find any large plates that were with a design on them.

Try them and put them in your yard, they look like flowers. Here are a couple more pics of them...

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget my friends...

   Sharon Estes 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Day 34 of #90daysofblogging

Every Friday night in Clinton, IA, we have what is called Finally Fridays at the Riverfront. They have bands that play and people of every age come and just listen and chat. It is only in the summer months but it gets people out of the house for a fun time. They do sell beer and such so you may want to not get drunk if you have the little ones with you.

We have a band shell (huge) where the bands play.

Here is a pic of the bandshell and tonights crowd.

If you look, in the background is the Showboad where they hold plays. Like I said it is right on our river front.

Thanks for stopping by and check out the other blogs.

     Sharon Estes 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Day 33 of #90daysofblogging

Sorry, life got in the way LOL. I have not blogged for a few days now :::hanging head in shame:::
I started a new job Monday......then quit on Tuesday. Shorted length of a job in history! I think I may have hit a record, right? The job just wasn't for me, I have to be moving and doing something almost all the time. I have to stay busy. It was a very easy job but like I said.....too easy. Oh well, I am sure he will have NO problem finding another person. He just opened the business and there are a lot of people that would love to have that job.

Today I put another down payment on my crafting shed (maybe I will start calling it a cottage, it sounds better). I have not been out to see it, no time but tomorrow he is putting in the insulation. Oh I can't wait. Then when it gets put into place I need to have it wired and electricity running to it. I thought about using solar panels and running electricity for free then. But will have to look into how much they would be to use for a building that small.

Ok, well that is all for this post. Thanks for stopping by.

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     Sharon Estes 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Day 32 of #90daysofblogging

Today I started my new job at Kin Stoneworks previously known as Boyce Monument. Very easy job :). The man that owns the business also does rock carvings and he does some beautiful work. You should check out his Facebook page called Kin Stoneworks and see some of the rocks he has carved for people. He can do just about anything. He is working on a job right now for a restaurant which are going to be so cool when he is done with them.

Don't have a lot to say today, need to get caught up at home since I am now working again. I have been a nonworker for almost one year now. I had to quit working to take care of my mother when she was not doing well at all. But that is the past and now I need to move on to the future.

Have a wonderful day every one and don't forget my friends......

    Sharon Estes 

Maybe tomorrow I can post some of the stones he has carved.