Thursday, February 9, 2012

Making art

I have really been enjoying getting back to my art....drawing, painting and playing with mixed media.  Colour, texture, design, pretty pencils, painty mess, glue, scissors, stamps and's all so good. It's just for me...and I like that. Hope you like this little video clip  and song about making art.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I’m Back

Page from one of my Art Journals inspired by Donna Downey's Inspiration Wendnesday

After months of having no computer I’m back and still busy trying to reinstall and restore/recover everything.Thankfully my data was well backed up to external hard drives, DVD’s and Carbonite… its just going to take a while thats all.

My computer sadly got fried in an electrical storm way had back in September, and as it had to go through my insurance to be replaced, it took weeks and weeks for my claim to go through. Totally burned me out too in the process.  My computer had originally been custom built, hence it  had to be built from scratch adding to the prolonged delay.

But I’m doing the happy dance now and trying to get my head around Windows 7, stepping up from XP. Some of my software was no longer compatible so have been sorting that out too. I am so sorry that the remaining editions for the 2011 *MY CRAFTY JOURNAL did not get released... just impossible under the circumstances.  'My Crafty Journal' will back ... but for the time being I just need to focus on getting back on track.

Simply looking foward now to a very creative and crafty 2012

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

September *My Crafty Journal* is hot of the press!

As we head into spring, I  look back at this past month and wonder where it went. Thank goodness for 'MY CRAFTY JOURNAL' to keep me organised, and on track with a place for everything and everything in it's place. Simple little doodles and words that I had scribbled whilst on the phone where the basis for my paper set for September. As always I like to provide you with a new paper set and tags for those that are joining us or for those that like a "new look" each month.

To download this months My Crafty Journal set for your own personal use, simply click here. Have a great September!  I'll be back soon to share more of my office makeover very soon...I'm just about there.

xxox Deb

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Crafty Queen Store has been wiped out!

 I'm sorry to say that ongoing issues with my CRAFTY QUEEN online STORE came to a head  earlier this week.

As I mentioned  some weeks back, the site was found to have been hacked and had become vulnerable. The issues were address quickly and the rogue files removed. In the process I had to delete some product and many of the images files.

 Everything has been fine since then, until last weekend when more issues arose, and my host informed me that the server had closed my site down and it had now been black listed. Sounds horrible doesn't it? The decision was finally  made not to reinstate the store. I will probably build a new store from scratch, however in the mean time will be clearing out a lot of stock and other bits and pieces through my Ebay Store.  More on that in another post.

I will still able to send and receive emails using my  Crafty Queen domain address...we are working to enable this now.

For my regular customers and stores that I have supplied in the past, please contact me if you wish to place an order.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

August *My Crafty Journal* is ready....despite the coughing and spluttering.

 I'm so lucky the August set for MY CRAFTY JOURNAL was almost done prior to getting so sick. I have only given this a very quick proof, so I'm seriously keeping my fingers crossed that all is OK. Any problems with the download or August page set please let me know so I can jump on it. Well, probably more of a crawl rather than jump! LOL  To grab the PDF printable download for your own personal use simply click on the preview. Have a great August! I'm back to bed.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


My word for this year has been ELIMINATE, and after rejoining the Art Journal Caravan  earlier this year with Tangie Baxter, I created a collage on canvas to remind me of my word. The canvas I had was not the right size...but hey... I eliminated the need to go purchase another one and went with I had. I think it kinda works.. showing the letters being squeezed or eliminated out to fit my needs. I printed out a couple of digital papers of Tangies as my starting point and then roughly hand cut  letters from the papers. After adhering they were  further painted, dabbed, and daubed to work with my own painted background.

I now just need to eliminate these cold germs so I can function again and get back to the makeover.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Painting and sunsets

The unpainted pine louver doors of the cupboards were next to get a makeover. I'm so glad my home handyman husband suggested it would be easier to remove the doors for painting, it also eliminated the drips that can gather when painting vertically on louvers.

After a light sanding and two prep coats it was time for the final top glossy layers to be applied. The little scruffy dog of course, had to be right in the middle of things under foot and kept gathering up the drop sheet to make a nest. I gave up trying to keep the sheet spread out, and needless to day the tiles and the little scruffy dog did end up with a few paint splodges along the way.

The painting of the doors took longer than expected, as the weather had deteriorated. It was freezing cold and the wind made it impossible to paint with dust flying around. By the fourth day I was determined to get those darn doors finished and worked late into the cold winters afternoon.  (By this time I had also figured out that the little scruffy dog does not like to nest in orange plastic.) Just as I was finishing up, the rays of the setting winter sun burst through the branches of the pecan tree onto the newly painted doors. Perfect timing I must say, and even better that my camera was close at hand to capture the moment.

As the sun set over the hills,  I packed away the paint and was thankful that I had finished those doors. Maybe next time, if there is ever a next time...a few cans of spray paint may be be the way to go. And maybe next time I won't stand out in the freezing cold for so long... as  I've since be struck down with a nasty cough and cold ...yet again.