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I had a fun weekend in Traverse City celebrating my last days being 29. They had most of Front Street closed down for winter activities… there was a sledding hill, ferris wheel, ice skating, mini golf, and lots more going on!  I had a great time shopping in all the unique little shops. We also went wine tasting on Old Mission Peninsula.  I found a few new favorites! We had a nice dinner at Mission Table (and then learned about its creepy history)!  And we headed back into town to check out the ice sculptures at night. This one was my favorite: I found a really awesome app called Waterlogue.  It changes your photos into a watercolor painting: Today is my actual birthday.  I’m spending it at home with my daughter who isn’t feeling too good. :(Not what I was hoping for, but oh well.) It’s snowing like crazy outside, so I decided to work on my assignment for Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells bootcamp.  We’re supposed to be drawing cuckoo clocks, but I keep getting a little side tracked.  This is the design I made today:  ...
Besides making signs…

Besides making signs…

Lately (besides making signs)… Art school has been fun!  The first week, I created a fabric design inspired by two of my great grandmas.  Here’s the post about that.  I ordered some fabric with my designs from Spoonflower.com, and I love how it turned out!  I’m going to have someone make it into tea towels or pot holders.   Last week, we designed ceramic plates with bromeliads.  I didn’t even know what bromeliads were until last week.  Here’s what I came up with for it.  I ended up turning them into signs (available in-store at it is what it is right now), and I might order some actual plates from Cafe Press with the designs on them just for fun.  And this week we designed a children’s book cover for a Russian folktale called “The Language of the Birds.” I’m not very good at drawing people, but when I was about 11 or 12 years old, my sister and I created a family of characters called “The Hammerheads.”  The mom and dad were anita and james, and the two kids were beverly and humdrum.  They all had wide, squashed heads and square bodies. Don’t ask why because I don’t know.  But we made all kinds of Hammerhead stories, and then we would video tape the pages we drew and narrate them. Anyway, there was a boy in “the language of the birds.”  I really can’t draw people, so I decided to use Humdrum Hammerhead as the main character.   Next week’s art school theme is Wall Decor.  Should be a good week for...
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