Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To Spritz or To Spatter...That is My Question

Announcement! I have reopened my Etsy Shop and have had my first sale! Yay!!! So far I am just relisting items that I let expire when I put my shop to sleep. It was a longer sleep than I was planning on....but it is now awake. 

I have been playing with some art journaling, water colors, and mixed medium pieces. I have been having a lot of fun experimenting and having great fun! The thing that I have the most problem with is getting myself to stop playing before I go too far and I am not happy with the result of something. But that is all part of playing and experimenting - to get to know how things look. I scanned this water-colored pen doodle.
I was pretty happy with it as is...but, I love spattered things.  I used to do some wood finishing and I loved to spatter specks of varnish on some pieces to give a bit of depth and ummmm grunge. So I spattered.
I am not so happy with the result, and it cannot be removed. What I used is a mixture of a brown color (I can't remember the name of the color right now) of Twinkling H2Os mixed with water and put into a spritz bottle.  It makes such a fine mist and I just don't really like the look of the hundreds of specks....I like the look of spatters.  SO...I now know that I would much rather spatter with a paint brush than spritz. 

I spritzed this piece...and although I do like the way it turned out, I would have liked it better with spatters.

 This last piece....is spattered.  I like spatters!
The new supplies I am playing with are: Twinkling H2O water colors.  Color yummyness in little pots. Gelatos....still playing to figure them out. Pastels, chalk and oils.  And Ranger Distress Ink pads.

Many Blessings,  Zuda Gay

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

One Thing You Can Be Sure Of

Change will come!  My last post was the end of December....and now it is almost the middle of June!  I'm still not doing much creating, at least in clay.  All areas of life have opportunities to be creative. So my shop remains asleep and I have no idea whether it will wake up or not, but I'm not going to worry about it.  I haven't participated in the Creative Everyday Challenge...(well, because see above) The Dee Brestin book, Idol Lies was great and spiritually I am doing well. Our minister asked me the other day how I was doing and I said: "Actually....I am doing well!"  And I have lost 15 pounds, almost without trying.  I changed doctors which led to a change in high blood pressure meds, I got sick with a summer cold/flu? and didn't feel like eating for about two weeks, I started a second job that is physically demanding and is also during the evening hours.  All in that order.  I thought that my jeans were getting baggy so I got on the scale and had lost 15 pounds in less than a month. Wow! And the exercise part...well, the new job is physical and I have been mowing the grass.  Mowing is NOT my favorite job, but Danny just can't do it.  I mow awhile, rest, mow, rest, mow, rest...and finally I am done.  Oh, and our yard isn't very large. I am trying to get it down to just two rotations of mow and rest.

I want to share this very touching video of a granddaughter speaking at her grandfather's memorial service:
Dallas Williard memorial by Larissa Willard.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

This has been an interesting year in many aspects. I have come to the conclusion that I am stuck in some bad habits and I need to get unstuck from them and get my feet firmly planted in some new and good things.  I have struggled with creating for my shop this year, so as of now it is empty and will sit in limbo for a time.  I have decided to participate in Creative Every Day Challenge and see if I can refresh my creativity.  I will try to do regular posts showing what happens.  My daughter bought Dee Brestin's book Idol Lies .  Dee has put a free study guide and lesson videos on her site HERE. How generous is that? I was so sure that I don't struggle with idol worship in my life, but HA! after watching the first video... I do believe I have fooled myself.  I am going to join Jessica and see what idols I have that need to be slain.  The other bad habits I have acquired lie mainly in the physical part of my being. Ummm, pretty much the usual New Year's Resolutions of 1. lose weight and 2. exercise.  So although I will probably not say much here about this last part, I feel maybe I may stick to it a bit stronger if I put it in writing. I want to lose around 25 pounds and get back into the walking that I have so easily ignored for months. 

Are you planning on making changes this brand new year of 2013? If so, what are they?

blessings, Zuda Gay

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Some Christmas Joys

An adorable video of children telling the Story: 

I think Flash Mobs are the coolest thing!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me! Giveaway part 3

Updated for WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT 12/15/12
#4 was the number drawn and the corresponding comment is Cheri from Lil Stinker Designs  Congrats, Cheri!

Thank you to everyone for the lovely Birthday greetings!

The three winners from the last giveaway who get a $15 shop credit with free shipping are......

1. Tessa from Colours & Textures   Yay!! Tessa!
2. Pam from Bags and More by Pam  WooHoo!!  Pam!
3. Nelly from Nelly With Wings   Yipeee!! Nelly!

My last giveaway for this party is in celebration of my birthday. Since I already got a fabulous gift of a Kindle Fire from my family (which is so cool and I love)  I am giving this brand new, hot out of the oven necklace.  You have through October 12th to leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Saturday the 13th. If you have already won, you may enter again if you want to.

This is a rusty red, cream and burgundy color combo which is strung on a beaded cream crochet cord and a burgundy ribbon. A gorgeous silver/burgundy button creates the center of this lovely flower.

blessings, ZudaGay

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Celebrations Giveaway Party Pt. 2

I've had a hard time deciding what the second giveaway was going to be, and I see that my indecision has eaten up a lot of days.  So, what I have decided is.....there will be three chosen in this round and the prizes are the winner's choice of a $15.00 gift certificate or anything $15.00 and under from my shop with free shipping.

To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing either your favorite color combo, your favorite apple recipe, or a silly (clean) joke.Winners will be announced and contacted on Tuesday, October 9th.

Many Blessings!!  Zuda Gay

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Winner for Pt 1 of Celebration Giveaway is....

Comment # 9! Melanie!!! This is what Melanie said about autumn: "I love the smells and tastes of Autumn. But this year, my favorite thing is my daughters upcoming Autumn wedding!! :-)" Congrats to Melanie. Melanie is a wonderful artist whose work you can view and purchase in her shop The Creator's Palatte

Celebrations Giveaway Party Pt. 2 will be coming soon....

blessings, Zuda Gay


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