Art by Wendy paintings, crafts, and other handmade items

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Help with the new Blogger!

Hi everyone! Karen Valentine at My Desert Cottage  has an awesome book that would be a great help to anyone starting a blog or dealing with the new Blogger format. Just go here to check it out! ( I also have her button on my side bar!)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Little Book of ATC Background Techniques

earlier this year I joined a swap where we had to make ATC backgrounds using one technique and make 15 cards. At the end of the swap everyone got a little book of ATC background techniques idea book to use when you need some new ideas. Wow! I had no idea how many cool effects are out burning glue...or dish soap on a painted surface...or coffee grounds (one of my favorites!)
To get a really good, up close picture of each ATC technique please go to our host blog Jenxo . She put all of these cards together for us and did all of the mailing! Stop by her blog and check out all of the techniques and all of the other bloggers who contributed!

These are the backs of the cards with the instructions

Here they are when they came in the mail...quite a collection! I can't wait to try out a few, like the paint covered marbles...or the melted crayon...or the fusible film....

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ortiz Originals sign is up!

This is a sign I've been working on for awhile now for my friend Pat. She has a great store in my town called Ortiz Originals . She can sew just about anything and she lets me sell my jewelry in her store as well! It just went up today and I think it turned out really nice!

And for all of you out there who love steam punk like I do stay tuned because Pat has an embroidery machine and has the most awesome pattern of steam punk gears! I am hunting for a tee-shirt right now so I can have her make me a steam punk shirt and when I do I will post a pic for you! Check out Pat's website here and keep her in mind for custom embroidery!

Saturday, April 21, 2012


It's giveaway day!!!! I went to and put in the number of posts I had and it came up with the number 9 out of 29 comments! So the winner is Judith Tetley of creative studio
Congrats Judith! Please send me your mailing information and if you have a choice of bag you would like and I will get it sent off to you!

This is a project I just finished. I use techniques that I found on one of my favorite blogs The Feathered Nest . This is not the first time I have gone to Dawn's site for inspiration! Her blog is at the top of my go-to blogs!
I used some flowers that I made and some real flowers that I had pressed. It's made on the back side of a canvas. It was a fun project and I finally got to use some of the goodies I've been hoarding saving for a long time! Everyone have a great Saturday! I'm off to the next project!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

One week left for my giveaway!

Believe it or not... this is from a hail storm we had in Nebraska yesterday! None of it is snow... just hail! Nebraska weather.. if you don't like it just wait a few hours! :O) (I don't know who the guy is.. just using the picture!) What a mess! We have been under tornado watches yesterday and today. Oh well ...tis the season!

And don't forget to comment on my last blog for a chance at one of my handbags! (great size for garage sales and keeps your hands free!) I will draw on Saturday!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Vintage style handbags...and a giveaway!

I participated in a swap given by Marsha at tattered chick . The swap was for a small handbag! This is the bag that I made for my partner Kim at Tabby's Place . I started with a simple canvas bag and use my stash of lace and buttons and my new flowers.  The image is from one of my favorite ETSY stores magymai . I also added an old key and an old watchface.

 But why make just one?I was having so much fun I kept going and ended up with ....six bags! The first one I made just for Kim, so I decided to give one of these extras as a giveaway! Just leave a comment and tell me which one you would like most! I will pick a winner in two weeks on April 21st. I will be adding something in the bag as well.. so good luck!






 This is the awesome bag that Kim made me! (sorry,this one is mine!) she used a vintage tea towel with great red ruffles already on it! I love the color combination of red gray and black!

 She also sent me this awesome book on how to draw steampunk characters! It's so cool! (she knows I have a "thing" for steampunk!)

 and she also sent a card and a really cool steampunkish vintage looking pin! Thanks Kim!!!! Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

spring in Nebraska

 This is the view east of my house...I feel like the Nebraska version of Dorothy!

 Same evening...what a great sunset!

 love the color of these clouds!

 Can you see the rainbow peeking through?

 my crab apple tree is just starting to bloom

 and here comes the rhubarb! I feel like I've been neglecting my blog and art projects ... but I had to get out and enjoy some springtime! I'm hoping to get to my fav blogs and leave some comments soon! :O)