Vintage Goodness

My plants have grown a bit these past few weeks, but no yummy, red tomatoes have appeared yet. I’m starting to think they’re not getting enough sun. They’re also getting a bit big for the greenhouse so I’m planning on replanting them soon and lining them up outside with something protective covering it to ward off squirrels and other neighborhood creatures.

I am almost finished with my rainbow granny square blanket — just one more row to go! I do, however, have bunches of ends to weave in, but I won’t think about that now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Once I’m finished I’m going to make a Bower Bird. I’ve been looking forward to this project for a while and can’t wait to get started.

The blanket would have been finished sooner — a lot sooner — but I have been busy these past couple of months with working on my shop, writing, and drawing. I got these lovely watercolor brush pens for my birthday and I’m having lots of fun practicing with them.

I’m also familiarizing myself with coloring with colored pencils — I want to improve my skill by using cheaper Crayola pencils before taking a dive to more high-quality/expensive ones. However, I am surprised by how well Crayola colored pencils can blend!

Here are some new listings for vintage paper ephemera I have listed inย my shop. There are lots of cute/kitsch postcards that have been recently listed, and there are many more to come. ~~

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Summer

 

I’ve been procrastinating with updated this blog, and I blame these video games: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Lights, and Ni no Kuni. I’ve already started on fan art for both of them. I received new watercolor brush pens for my birthday and I can’t wait to use them for coloring!

Speaking of my birthday, I had a great one!

I spent the weekend with my family and received a few goodies like the yarn pictured above. I just love all of the colors together! I still haven’t decided what I want to make with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also received bunches of tomato sprouts. I only had these size containers to put them in, so hopefully they will stay healthy. They’ve already grown a bit since I took this picture a week and a half ago.

I’ve been busy adding new items to my store, including some vintage sewing notions, washi tape, and cute stickers. More items are added almost daily! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy summer solstice, everyone!

Warmth

I can’t believe we’re already two weeks into May… and almost halfway through the year!

There’s been a heat wave all of this week which makes it difficult to want to do a thing. I live in an area where air conditioning is not the norm in homes, soย  all the fans are on. I miss cold weather!

It’s been too hot to work on my blanket during the day so I wait until evening when the sun has set and I can open the living room window to let a breeze in while we watch a show or two. I finally bought some more colors to replenish the ones that are starting to turn into little yarn blobs. I’m hoping it will be enough…

 

I haven’t taken any pictures of my art yet to make into prints (we need to acquire better lighting and perhaps borrow a nicer camera from a friend), but I’ve still been working on some drawings. A while ago I bought a whole bunch of crayons after watching some Youtube videos of some very talented artists using them. I don’t think I’ve touched a crayon since I was a kid, but watching Youtubers using them for their art seemed like a lot of fun (and colorful!).

This is the picture I’m most proud of, Sailor V. I’m still learning how to blend colors without getting the picture too waxy from the crayons, and every picture I do I seem to improve.

I love the colorful aftermath of using them. I had to snap a picture of it before I cleaned up. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also been doing more digital art, which doesn’t come easily to me. I am not the most technologically advanced person, and sitting down and figuring out what all of the buttons do is a true test of my patience… but now that I understand the basics of what I’m doing I am loving the result. I’ll post the drawings at a later date once I’ve done the finishing touches on them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Is anyone doing Attic24’s Mandala Challenge? I want to make a few to send over to the UK for Yarndale. I am definitely inspired to decorate my own walls with colorful mandalas. x

Art

 

I’ve been working steadily on my granny square blanket while watching Arrow and Game of Thrones. I already need to restock on some colors and will have to make a purchase soon through Deramores. I love how fast their shipping is — it only takes about a week for my order to get here from the UK, which is quicker than certain other websites I order from that are based in the US.

I’ve been working a lot on my art lately with the idea of selling prints and more stickers in my shop. Sailor Moon has been inspiring my drawings lately, and I have been practicing my coloring while eagerly awaiting the new series.

 

 

I used Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens (I need to get the entire set — I love using them) and Copic Markers to color the pictures, and Micron pens to ink them.

Hope you all have a lovely Monday. x