Sunday, November 16, 2014

Workshop Now Available


NEW: 2014 Mini Christmas Workshop


Join me in my new online mini workshop, 2014 Mini Christmas Workshop, we will create a snowman, christmas tree, reindeer and a bonus page.

Supply List:
24 count crayola colored pencils 
a pencil 
a black pen 
paper

Workshop is for all ages.
All pre recorded videos so you can watch over and over.
Work at your own pace. 
No one sees you in the classroom. 
Commenting is optional.
The classroom looks very similar to my blog here.
Very easy to navigate.
Videos are step by step process.

 $14.99  


Once payment is processed you will receive an email with access to workshop. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday Turtle

Today on Thursday Turtle here at Ashley's Art Closet you get to watch a video. Yay! The video was filmed using my iPhone one day when I finished cleaning their aquarium. They love it when it's clean. This is the only time they swim around like this. Usually they are more in hang out mode. Enjoy!

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Best Tripod


After filming my first online art class/workshop, I knew a tripod upgrade was a must for the next filming. Today, I am sharing with you the tripod upgrade I recently purchased. Because I film over head, I needed something very flexible to get the job done. After much research and review reading, I came to a conclusion the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT was best for my needs. You can view this tripod on Amazon by clicking here. It's even an Amazon Prime item. I am very pleased with the durability of this tripod. Over the years, I've owned a number of inexpensive tripods which didn't hold up. If you are in the market for a tripod, I am here to tell you this will fit your needs for any project; food, landscape, workshop filming, portrait, etc. Below are a few pictures of features of the tripod. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. 









For an addition amount of flexibility, I also purchased the Vanguard BBH-200 Magnesium Tripod Ball Head




Let's say this has been one of my best investment recently! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday Words


Be strong…
Stand firm

Enjoy 
the 
JOURNEY

having Faith
over Fear

fear washes out our Faith

we are NOT called to have a 
spirit of FEAR… we were not 
given a spirit of FEAR…rather

POWER * LOVE * SOUND MIND 

stand on the truth 2 Timothy 1:7


POWER
capability function potential virtue
faith value righteousness goodness 
character sense personality courage
firmness stability fervor sparkle pep

LOVE
passion yearning ambition eagerness
desire energy hope zeal devotion 
faithfulness gratitude thanks excitement
intensity rage joy warmth

SOUND MIND
wisdom understanding logic sanity
clear thinking discerning patient responsive
sense sound judgement common sense
stability sharpness insight sharp 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DIY Fall Wreath


Fall is one of my most all time favorites of the year. Guessing maybe moving into cooler weather and the changing of colors grabs my soul. Perfect timing to get my creative juices flowing. This year my heart longed for two new wreaths for our front doors. Although, I see many things in the store these days my hearts desire is to make it myself, make it my own, recycle from what I already have on hand. Walk with me as I take you on the journey of making your very own Fall Wreath too! Enjoy

Welcome to 

DIY Fall Wreath 

What you will need:

two grape vine wreath
fall color scrape material 
fall color yarn
time
patiences
music
scissors
door hangers

So let's start! We have our two grape vine wreath. I tried my hardest to hand pick two which were similar in shape and size. Having done so, I grabbed them both up in Hobby Lobby, paying $4.99 each. These can also be found other place like Michael's. 


Next, I moved on to looking through my scrape material. 







You guessed right, I have 5 containers of scrape material. I really should combined some of those scrape material buckets, but I really like how I have each one sectioned out. There is still enough room in each one I can dig through finding just what I am looking for on any given project. 


Above is an additional work bench I have outside of my studio. It's located in our attic. On the right side you will see where my music is forming from, Klove. That was my stereo I had in high school. The lamp on top of it has been with me for a while also. It came from Fred's years ago. The stack of clothes next to it is clothes waiting to be made into scrapes. Sadly, they don't have a bucket yet. Pushing towards the middle of the table is the two grape vine wreaths. On the left side of the table is a lamp with some scarfs draped over it. Next to that is a pink Christmas tree, I decorated years ago for my daughter birthday party. Fire truck underneath and a scrape basket of material out to the right front sitting on a trash can. 


I cut scrapes of material and yarn into about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide. Using what colors I had on hand that seemed like Fall colors to me: yellow, gold, orange, green, brown, deep red, off white.

Tying each piece around finishing it with a knot. I tried to go in the same order on both wreath. Not that I thought I'd hang them the same but it only makes sense for the visible eye for them to be the same even if hung differently. 


I came across some green and orange tule as well while I was working. I trimmed the green tule in the picture above once tied. Figuring out they didn't have to be cut as long to begin with like the rest of my scrapes. 


Also, I ended up using some herringbone print scrape material.






These look really good up close on the front door, but from the street it's kinda like, huh!? These pictures even make them look like hamburger and french fries…the color combo I guess. In person they are fun and friendly. Glad I made them. Hoping you find some inspiration in this DIY project. Here's to an awesome day!