Check out the 10 things you can do today to simplify your life, 50 tips for frugal living, there's lots of good stuff here.
You can check out freecycle.org, see if there's a group in your area, I love free stuff! And of course there's the old standby Craigslist's free listings.
Got the sofa on Craigslist, it wasn't free but it was only $75. and its a sofabed. The pillows all came from a thriftshop....the curtains were free from a house my friend just bought, they were left by the previous owner and she didn't want em. The coffee table was free...someone left an old ikea computer table in my apartment when I moved in, and I took it apart, cut it down and made the table. Still looking for a good deal on a 'grown ups' chair. You can find thriftshops in your area here.... thethriftshopper.com . You can even shop Goodwill online!
Check out mygrocerydeals.com for sale items in stores near you, they have links to coupon sites as well so you can save even more.
Well, that should keep you busy...if anyone has some good tips or sites to share feel free to leave them in the comments area. I've got to get started on a canvas mural. This is the sketch of the project.
The portrait is finished and will get shipped on Monday.
For $8 a pop I think I need to order one or two of these crazy beautiful rings.....they're shrink plastic! Visit dillondesigns etsy shop to learn and see more....too cute.
There's a great interview with artist Margaux Lange, creator of this unique fun piece, at
Beads Art. And you can see more of Margaux's stuff here.
And finally artist Janet Nelson, frustrated with all the annoying spam filling her in box, decided rather than get angry......have fun with it. She translated that spam into fun artwork that you can wear. Check out her gallery of 'Innocent Spam' designs here and you can order t's at her Zazzle Shop and see some of her other artwork too.
And how fun is this! Created by Colette Peters author of "Cakes to Dream On: A Master Class in Decorating" (Wiley, $40)
Something a little more modern you say?.....a bit more edgy? In my opinion Jin Patisserie cakes fill that bill.Art indeed is all around us.
Well......my one cleaning (et-hem exercise session :-) job canceled for this week, money I was counting on, so much for income security......one step forward, two steps back, now I fall behind in a bill and get to add a late fee to it......sigh. Ah.........the glamorous life of an artist.
Tomorrows post.......Wearable Art Wednesday.
Came across another silhouette mural site but with a twist, not quite a true silhouette... SuddenShadows.com
Most of their offerings look well suited for the teen population.
Looks like they're only available through retail or online shops (not the suddenshadows website) ie Target prices around $25.00
Here's the original photo...
Want to see the incomplete sketch :-)? They wanted cartoon-y. There were more animals to add, and a Noah of course, and an extension on the left with more foliage. Oh well.....would have been fun.
A recycled tin preying mantis for $17.95
Recyled metal steel drum art (24" round voodoo art) for $89.95.
How about a sweet little woven bowl made in South Africa from recycled telephone wire $19.95
Love these woven gypsy bags from San Jaun at $40.00
And I love the strength in the simplicity of this copper ring $53.95
Check out the site, there's lots of cool stuff on there.....a great place to get unique gifts.
Tomorrow I'm getting paid to exercise.......for those who don't know what that means, I'm referring to the fact that I had to go back to cleaning homes to help supplement my income during these slow times. Thinking of it that way makes it easier on my ego.....lol.
Thursday I'll resume work on the portrait and I also have an appointment to look at a potential mural job.....Noah's Ark in a church......fingers crossed :-)
Anyone else have trouble figuring out how they get those picture ads on Craigslist? Well, I finally went to Youtube.......you can find out how to do anything on Youtube!!.......and there they were, several videos on how to add an image to an ad. This is the one that helped me.
First though I had to create a picture ad and for that I used Picnik, a fun photo editing site you can use for free (or 'upgrade' for more options). This is one of the quick photo ads I created to use on Craigslist. They have several free templates you can use.
I saved this photo to Photobucket. Then copied the html/image code and then simply pasted the code into the Craigslist ad.....simple :-) I ran into a gliche when trying to paste the code on Craigslist, but solved it. If you have the same trouble instead of clicking on the code of your 'picture', click on the 'more' button below the codes and you'll see a new code displayed.....use that one.
Got a lot done on the child's portrait today, and will get back to it on Tuesday.
It was a gorgeous day today and with my windows wide open I could hear all the comments from people passing my apartment and noticing the new window screens.......people waving and yelling "Hi, Mr. President".... I love when they stop and make comments....very cool.....I need to put a sign in the lawn in front of the building with contact info like contractors do!
Check out some other painted screens here.
The room is quite small so it was difficult to get full photos of the work....
Today I will be back at work on the portrait.