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Hi! My name is MaryAnn , in a nutshell , Im just a city gal who left the city to live life in the desert with dreams and a family I love very much. Im just an artists , tryin' to live my dreams , go where they take me , and just see what happens.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hello ! Welcome to the Bomshell Blog Hop !

Hello ladies Today is the Bomshell Blog Hop , fun! fun! fun! So here we are , just before Halloween for Halloween , I love this holiday , I can totally be my normal ,weird self and is all good ! LOL! So you should be coming from Meredith's blog and if so your in the right place .
Here is what I have done for the hop . If you didn't get a chance to head to the store and get a Halloween bag for your trick or treaters no need to fret , just get a paper bag , its also being green /recycling and make a trick or treat bag heres mine .

I painted gesso all over it to give it more sturdiness then painted purple acrylic paint all over it and put glitter glue around the edges of the white and purple . I also painted the gold into the eyeballs and silver on the wings , as well as stamped into acrylic silver paint which the stamp took well to , if you don't mind having paint residue on the stamp , which I don't because I do alot of mixed media art so it doesn't bother me , I just wash off the stamp as much as I can and make sure that theirs no glumps in the stamp which is easy to scrape off the stamp.

For the sides I drew in my scary, " SPOOK U " , Then put purple glitter glue around the words,
you can do anything you want , get creative and let your artistic mind go wild!

This is the prize if ya win , good luck ! : P MaryAnn K. ( Ms. October )

Make sure you leave a comment before movin' on , so you can have a chance to win! : P

I hope you are having fun hoppin' along head on over to click on Kapree !

Friday, October 22, 2010

Check out my art journal page I did with Tam in her free Heart of Art e-course!

I am so delighted to say I am enjoying this art course online FOR FREE ! With Tam at her Willowing Ning site . I have known of Tam for quite sometime now ,and spoken to her from time to time , we both love to do art videos on YouTube . She has been teaching online classes for about 2years now ,and is an amazing artist not to mention a beautiful, earthy woman that Im glad to know . One day she had a giveaway of one of her courses she teaches and many of us went to try to win it . Alot of us had told her that we really wanted to win the course because we couldn't afford to buy her DVD being that times are tuff right now. After hearing what all of us had said she then decided to give all of us a art course for free . We all were so excited ! This is the first week of the course and it is amazing ! You feel like your in a class in a college , you don't have to even be looking at the video all the time, just listening to her tell you how to do shading and what to do , I find myself glancing back and forth to my work and then looking at my computer to see if Im on the right track , its awesome . Not to mention its therapy which Im always feeling about art , especially art journaling . So please ! mozy on over there and sign up to be in the free art course , if you can give a little back in the bottom of the site there is a donation button to give anything you can , it helps for Tam .
I hope to see you there ! Heres what I have done so far in the first week :

We have learned how to do backgrounds in her techniques she is so known for on YouTube .

What I enjoy the most is learning how to use watercolors with white acrylic paint. I have always loved watercolor pencils and crayons and Tam really focuses on this which for me is a joy. I have been art journaling for a while now , but what I learned through her class also , is how to do the face with not only the watercolor technique but with pencil shading which is very new to me . Heres the face I did , very different from what I have learned from other online classes I have taken in the past.

This class is open to everyone and is free . You can join at anytime and as you can see , you will get wonderful results , and its a healing class which is a plus for me because Im all about healing through art .

Again, hope to see you there !


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's "WISHCAST WEDNSDAY!" What do you wish to fly free from ?

Hello! I have not did the Jamie Ridlers Wishcast Wednsday in a really long time , I have missed it terribly. You all have to check out this weekly wake up as I like to call it , what I like about it the most is that its in the middle of the week , so it gives you a mental check on yourself , which I think is so needed . So I say hello to all my Wishcast buddies and Jamie I have missed you all. So here we go,the question was ," What do you wish to fly free from?". I would have to say ,procrastination. I have been wanting to get my etsy up for a while now , like literally for about 2yrs now . There was always something getting in my way , but now in the last 2 weeks I have organized my time and kind of put my foot down and the family and said, hey! my time is my time , just because you think my day is spent doing and making art does not mean you can interupt or think I can do favors , those days are over! LOL! Now I tell the family , you have to schedule the time with me and let me know in advanced because I am busy . At first the kids and hubby we're a little thrown back , but they were very respectful to the fact that I had finally put my foot down on my art creating time. I should have done it a long time ago , but Im sure it was because I wasn't ready to take myself seriously , and now I really am . Im proud of myself , now Im finally doing what I love to do and not afraid to do it and no more excuses , so I fly free from
PROCRASTINATION!! Its a great freedom. : )

Thanks for stopping by until next time Wishcasters : )

Maryann k.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Im one step closer to Getting My ETSY SHOP OPEN!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great 3 day weekend , now back to the ol' grind .The last week I have been doin' the Etsy Bootcamp , which is getting your etsy shop ready for selling for the holidays. I had a giveaway of a bag I made and I thought well Im gonna try that market ,for all of us bloggers , artists , photographers ,etc. Well... its for everyone but being all the things I just mentioned I know that when your out and about you need to load the camera, the journal , the art journal , the water bottle , so that is who Im tryin' to sell to. Heres what I have so far in the making the design process . Im really liking how its coming out and I have been pumping these quilt thingys pretty quickly which Im excited about . I have made some characters , very whimsy and fun . I've already started cutting out the bags their stacked up by the sewing machine ready to sew and I just ordered my freemotion foot ,which
should be here at the end of the week so I can sew my quilts together. I feel really good after taking the take flight course with Kelly Rae Roberts and in taking the pledge with Etsy, it all couldn't happen at a better time for me . I so needed the motivation like you wouldn't believe, although all of us here are crafters so I know you all can relate. I really can't wait to show ya the products I will be making. Im off to continue this goal , thank you all for listening ,we are all in this together ! : )
Luv & hugs
Maryann k.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp !! My Pledge

I, Mary ann k , pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere!

Im tired of every year around the holiday season sayin', " Im gonna make some crafts and sell it on my etsy for the holidays ,and then another year goes by and I don't do it . I always end up smiling and just throughing up my hands and sayin' " I'll do it next year for sure! ", Its been several years of doing that .I want to finally make the change and I don't want to procrastinate any longer so I have took the etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp Pledge to make sure I do it and mean what I say. So here I go everyone wish me luck and stay tuned for what Im about to make and sell! : )

Thanks for stopping by luv Maryannk

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Im the guest artist of the month on Bombshell !!!

Hello everyone ! Im so excited and proud to announce that I was givin' the honor to be the guest artist of the month ! Can you believe it ? Im so excited being I just love these stamps. So my mission was to make a challenge for the month so, I made the challenge be POCKETS!!! So all you have to do is make a card Halloween invitation to a party where the invitation goes into a pocket. Cool huh? well...I thought it was LOL! neways mozy on to the bombshell site and go and participate in the challenge , theres a prize to win some goodies .I will be posting another one as well.I will be back with more details . Have an awesome weekend friends and as always thanks for stopping by. : )

Thanks again!