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Days 145-148: I’m baaaaaaaack!

3 Jun

Hello there!  Good to see you.  It’s been a while.

So the week from hell is finally over.  Nothing bad happened…I’ve just been super incredibly busy with stuff.  I started a yoga class that will last through the summer.  I’m seeing a new doctor to help with my back issues.  And today was the last teaching day of the school year!!!!!!!!

With everything that’s been going on, I just couldn’t find the time to post.  I did make stuff though.  Lots of giggles happening here!  First up is another funky pillbox hat.

Believe it or not, I actually made this one with my club kids.  They thought it was hysterical.  Theirs came out pretty cute too.  Will I ever wear this one?….probably not.

except maybe this once...

Eccentric much?

Anyway…so that was Tuesday’s giggle.  Wednesday I was just too busy to do anything.  Yesterday’s giggle is a fun photo…

It's alive!!!!!!

Remember my herb garden?  It’s only been a week, and this sh!t’s growing like crazy!  I have no idea which of the herbs those are, but I can’t wait to find out!  I’m looking forward to some homemade caprese salad this summer!

Last of all is today’s giggle.  I’ve been working so much with my curvy mermaids lately….it was time for a bit of a change.  Today, I chose to paint something else…


Isn’t he cute?!!!!!!  I think the next painting will be a curvy mermaid with her pet catfish.  🙂


Day 144: Burn Baby Burn

30 May

Ain’t no party like a disco party cuz a disco party don’t stop!

Burn baby burn!  Disco inferno!

Well….more like an artwork inferno.  I spent today exploring my pryomaniacal tendencies (???).  Basically, I burned stuff.  😀  I didn’t just go around lighting random sh$t on fire.  I actually had a plan.  Today I learned the fine art of woodburning!

So what is woodburning?  When I told Scott what I was up to today, he pictured a pot bellied stove in the middle of our apartment…not quite what I had in mind.  Woodburning is an art technique where instead of drawing on wood with pencil, you use an extremely hot tool to burn a design into the wood itself.  People have been doing this for years, usually depicting furry little animals right before or after being shot.  It’s one of those rare “manly arts” like whittling and taxidermy.  Master woodburning artists make incredibly detailed pictures that kinda blow my mind.

African Grey Pet Portrait Pyrography by Jeffrey Carnal

That’s freakin’ burned into the wood!!!!  I can’t get over the detail and shading!  Anywho…as amazing as this art form might be, it’s not really my style or speed.  Why’d I tackle such a process then?…for a very special project.

When I was in the City the other day, I came across these funky little purses made from old hardcover books.  Again, not my cup of tea, but I was inspired.  I’ve been hanging onto this wooden box that came as part of a wine gift set for several months now, and I’ve finally decided what to do with it.  I’m going to make a wine box purse!!!!!

I kicked around several ideas for creating this box purse.  Maybe paint?  Pastel?  Decoupage?  Quilted?  Nothing really clicked until I came across this photo on Google.

Steampunk Squid Purse Cigar Box Style Wooden By RiverOtterWidget

Amazing!  Incredible!  Fun, funky, and classy all rolled into one!  This was done using a woodburning tool.  I just had to try it.  No squids for me though….I’ve got mermaids!

It’s a mermaid coaster!  This is my first ever pyrography (doncha just love that term?!).  I did all the line work and shading with heat tool and added the color with watercolor paints.  It was a definite learning experience…those pearls were the hardest part!!!  The tool just isn’t made for round things.

Kisses from the sea!






Days 134 – 139: Yes…I’m an addict.

25 May

Hello.  My name is Marissa, and I am a True Blood addict.  I have watched almost every episode of all 3 seasons in the past week, and, as a result, have seriously neglected myself, my home, my kitties, and my blog.  I realize that my addiction is irrational, especially considering how campy and poorly acted True Blood is, but I am powerless against it.  Help!

Unfortunately, my True Blood binge has kept my computer tied up over the past couple days.  I just can’t seem to tear myself away long enough to post.  However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t giggle!  Let me sum up what I’ve done the past 5 days…

Spent most of Saturday preparing for the end of the world.  It didn’t come.  Bummer…or not.  Actually, I was pretty psyched that I got to live another day.  And another.  Imagine that…me…happy about life!  Have I ever changed?!

Anyway, so I was house/catsitting this weekend for the parental units (Trivia question of the day: Where did the term “parental units” come from?).  Their cat is freakin’ weird.  She’s afraid of the dark and has never been alone, so…..Molly spent all weekend hiding in the basement.  I spent Saturday night watching True Blood and drawing mermaids.  I turned my favorite into the painting below.

So there she is in all her splendor.  This is the first one to which I added environmental details.  I haven’t collaged a background for her yet, but she’s nice so far.  She literally took me 2 days of drawing and one of painting, during which I sliced my hand open and bled all over the glass.  I guess you could say I put blood, sweat, and tears into this piece.  Or maybe I was just trying to act out scenes from True Blood.  Either way…

I have another swap due out tomorrow.  This one is a “craft your craft” swap for a lady in Florida.  She said her favorite colors are blue and green, so I made her a chunky turquoise necklace!

I love using natural materials in my jewelry.  It’s like wearing Mother Earth around your neck…Okay, okay….enough with the hippie nonsense.  I just really hope she likes it!

Day 131: Turned upside-down and drama free

18 May

I wonder who coined the phrase “upside down”….It couldn’t have been someone too bright, I mean…what a dumb phrase!  Who refers to an objects top surface as its “upside” anyway???

Today was an average day in the life of me.  Nothing extraordinary to report.  Things have pretty much returned to normal, I guess.  I’ve been trying really hard to stay cool and centered.  I don’t know what’s gotten into people…or me for that matter…but everyone seems to have been a little crazy lately.  If I’d wanted drama, I’d have been an actress!

I finished yesterday’s mermaid painting and am pretty happy with the results.  She looks a tad different than you will remember…


The colors are a bit off cuz my scanner’s on the fritz.  She’s much richer in person.  Some of you may remember that I drew her upside-down, but she just wasn’t working for me.  I kept thinking that this beauty looked heavy curving downward…not heavy as in fat, but as in weighed down by something…like all the crap I’ve been dealing with.  Flipped over, she looks like she’s floating along without a care in the world.

I strive for this kind of emotional freedom every day.  I admire people who “go with the flow” and just let the destiny/fate/etc carry them through.  It would be so freeing to cast off all the nonsense and drama and just float along happy as a clam…or in this case, a mermaid.  Someday….

Days 129 and 130: Buttons and Big Butts

17 May

Another combo post….I really need to get my act together!

Anyway, so yesterday (Monday) I doodled up another curvy mermaid for my collection.  I still need to fine tune her, but here’s the general idea…


There she is…a chubby fishy acrobat.  I personally love the look of sheer bliss on her face as she does her little backflip…don’t you?

So much for that portion of our program.  Today’s giggle is brought to you by a lovely Brit named Mary Poppins!

In ev'ry job that must be done
There is an element of fun
you find the fun and snap!
The job's a game

And ev'ry task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark!  Aspree!
It's very clear to me...

Sing it with me now!  A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down…. lalalalalala

We all know the song, but how many of you have ever really thought about the lyrics?  Making chores fun?  Really?????  Well, today I decided to give it a try.  granted, I didn’t pull a Mary Poppins and use magic, nor did I strap brushed to my feet and skate around Pippi Longstocking style, but I did my best to make something that I normally consider a pain in the tuchas into something that put a smile on my face.

Today was mending day!

Meet my sad little raincoat...

We basically had a monsoon here in NY today, and the powers that be said it will rain heavily all week.  I dragged my raincoat out of the closet and noticed several buttons missing…I HATE sewing buttons.  You have no idea how much I hate it.  However, if I’ve got to do it, I might as well make it interesting…


Out to the store I went and spent a good hour in the button aisle.  I found these awesome purple and turquoise painted buttons to replace the boring tortoise ones.  Now my raincoat actually functions (I can finally button the hood on all the way!) and it looks perky amidst all this dreary weather.  I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow!!

Day 128: Who’s the fairest in the land…er…sea?

16 May

So I finished yesterday’s mermaid painting.  She is by far my favorite!  Take a look!

I am the fairest of them all!

I had a lot of fun painting this one.  I pulled out the metallic silver paint and gave her some shimmer.

oooooh sparkly!

I’m really having fun with this series!

I hope you are too!!!!

Days 126 and 127: Da da da

15 May

That’s kinda how I’ve been feeling lately.  I’ve just had no energy or motivation.  Of course this means I’m backposting again…

Remember my button fairy?  Well, it’s time to start swapping, so I put together the mailing for my partner.

Look at all those goodies!

My partner is a paper crafter, so I sent along some scrapbooking ephemera with the button fairy.


I also sent glitter, candy, and a handwritten letter.  Did I mention just how much I enjoy actually WRITING letters?!  Like with a pen and paper!  It’s such a lost art.  I bought this gorgeous Japanese washi paper with little flecks of fiber in it and pretty flowers printed on it.  I’m determined to revive this dying art!

The second giggle I’m posting is another curvy mermaid.  I drew her a while ago, but finally got around to putting her on glass.  So far, she’s just a black outline.  I’ll post color later.


Oh la la!

She’s definitely my favorite so far.  I love the angles and curves.  Unfortunately, glass doesn’t photograph so well…

Proof that big girls can be sexy!

Day 122: Meditation Mandala

9 May

Another rotten day in Marissa-land.  If ever I needed a little Zen, today was the day.  I decided to take a few “me minutes” and try to relax.  Unfortunately, I left my Pocket Zen in another pocket so…..I had to improvise.  I dimmed the lights, put on some Bob Marley, and made a meditation mandala.

If only the Dalai Lama could see me now!

So there I was groovin’ to Redemption Song and trying to ease my frustrations with a little colored pencil action.  It’s so funny how soothing coloring can be.  I have students ask me all the time if I have anything they can color when they’re upset or bored in study hall.  It really is relaxing.  As for Bob, well……..he never fails to put a smile on my face.  🙂

Not to mention that my mandala closely resembles the plant from Little Shop of Horrors, complete with giant gaping maw…

Days 120 and 121: Mermaid Mama

9 May

It’s Mother’s Day…do you know where your mother is?  I do.  She’s at home probably sleeping.  I always thought Mother’s Day was a funny kind of holiday.  Why do people need a specific day of the year to celebrate their mom???  Granted, I’m not a mom celebrating type of person either, but really…Another holiday designed by Hallmark and the jewelry companies!  Did you realize that you’re a terrible husband/child/grandchild/baby daddy if you didn’t buy Mom something sparkly and expensive?????!

Yeah…I just don’t buy into that consumer bulls#&t.  Still, everyone else does so……I bought my mom something fun instead of some sentimental “World’s Best Mom” diamond accent necklace or flower bouquet that’s marked up 200% just because of Mother’s Day.  I hope she likes it.

Today’s giggle is something I’ve been working on for a while now.  In honor of Mother’s Day, I present….Mermaid Mama!


She’s painted on glass just like this one with a collaged background.  Isn’t she sweet?

Days 116 and 117: Of corsages and comic strips

4 May

The past couple days have been a doozy.  I swear, it’s like the stars have aligned against me or something.  On top of my foul mood, I’ve been super busy and so…no time to post.  Here’s making up for lost time!

So Tuesday is my Creative Accessories club.  Basically, I teach a bunch of middle and high school girls how to make all the fun fabric flowers and headbands and jewelry that I do in my spare time.  We always have a fun time, and they make some really cute stuff.  Yesterday, I showed the girls how to make twisted flowers into pretty corsage pins for Mother’s Day.


Would I wear it?  Probably not.  Would my mother wear it?  Most definitely not.  But I didn’t tell them that!!!  Besides, we had a lot of laughs making these together…..unlike today….

Like I said earlier, today was freakin’ miserable….I drew this comic to sums it up.

Yup…that kinda day…