Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sock Monkeys!!!

Found a great tutorial today from:
on making Sock Monkeys!
I have a million pairs of socks sitting in a basket that I can't 
seem to figure out how to recycle them,
I have always wanted to have a sock monkey
so I think I have found my next project.
Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?
A monkey made from Auntie's old socks hehe!!!
(They will never know...
well i guess now they will)
(Click on the picture from 
to head on over to the tutorial.)

  Thank you CraftPassion for sharing this WONDERFUL tutorial,
and thank you guys for stopping by!
Happy Sock Monkey-ing!
<3 Holly

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Latest....

Here is the latest piece I've done...
yes it is ANOTHER InkBlot,
but I'm rolling with it.
Leave me a comment...
let me know what you think!!!!
I love how she just seems to be listening to Nature 
so I'm calling this one....
 "The Nature of Doo-Wop  "
<3 Holly

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Finished Ink Blot Painting

I finished the Ink Blot 
I started the other Night.
Its crazy how something I was HATING
when I first started it,
turned into on of the coolest things I've done lately.
Here are few shots of it in progress 
& the finished piece at the end.

 AND the final piece....
Thanks for stopping by,
Hope you like it.
<3 Holly

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Started A New Ink Blot last night...

I started a new Ink Blot Painting/Drawing.
(OR "Doodle" as I call them.)
I wasn't to keene on the 
water color drip back ground I had to start with.
I put to many colors and it started to get all muddled.
BUT anyways,
here is the start of it.
Thanks for Stopping By
<3 Holly

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sunday Flea Market...

In a rare,
my husband had two days off this week,
my husband and I got to go to our local Sunday flea market.
It was wonderful just to walk around,
and we definitely were not planning to buy anything,
(Being that we are broke)
until we found all THIS cool stuff! 

Strawberry Tin Serving tray for me!
(Just had to have it!)
A few Gentlemanly Items for my Husband such as:
 This sweet money clip

And this British Gentleman's lighter
AND Last but CERTAINLY not least...
our prized find.....
This Great Auk Illustration.
(I am obsessed with Auks and their story... They are an extinct bird in the Penguin family that lived in New England
 learn about them here)
Thank you Davis Fleafor For being awesome 
Thank you guys for stopping by 
and letting me share my finds with you,
<3 Holly

Monday, August 13, 2012

quick Meatless Monday *Express*

I know I haven't been faithful about
Meatless Monday
for two weeks,
and I'm sorry for that.
I promise my Chef of a husband is writing me out
Two VERY delicious recipes for
the weeks to come.
In the meantime,
here is a quick summer garden meal
you can throw together in 15 minutes (or less)!


What you need:
(as much as you want)
*Fresh Mozzarella 
(as much as you want)
*Fresh Basil
(as much as you want)
(you get the idea..hehe)
*Olive Oil
*Balsamic Vinegarette
Sea Salt
and Garlic Powder.

*And some bread for dipping
just sliced or toasted
(ex. Baguette, Ciabatta bread, or Focaccia are good choices)

What you do:
Super Easy! 
Chop the Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil
(however much you'd like of each!)
and throw all together in a bowl.
Then add your olive oil and Balsamic.
(Again, however much you like.
some people like it on the soupy side, some people don't)
Then season to taste with your
Sea Salt
and Garlic Powder
 and then DIP AWAY!
very yummy, very easy.
(P.S. My husband and I always make a BIG batch,
it tastes even better the next day after it has 
been marinating all night!)

<3 Holly

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Here they are! 
My wonderful Shark Week 
Red Velvet Cupcakes!!!!!

First I made little shark fins in chocolate
 on a sheet pan and chilled them
Next I did a Duo tone bag of frosting to get a wave effect.
Than I put my little shark fins in the middle and covered them with some frosting.

Then I added some sea weed on the sides, on the top,
and a little bitten life ring.


And here is a special one I made for the sign maker who
made the AWESOME sign for the case.
I call it:
"Man Eater"

Hope you all enjoyed,
and don't forget to tune into the Discovery Channel 
tonight @9pm for 
<3 Holly

Friday, August 10, 2012

Shark Week cup cakes!!!

Just wanted to share...
prepare yourselves...
I made Red Velvet cupcakes at work today,
and tomorrow I am going to decorate them in celebration of
(Red Velvet
 for the Blood
 in case you didn't pick up on that heheh)

don't you want to take a BITE out of those!
(HEHE come on it's cute 'BITE' get it?)
P.S. these 2 Pictures don't show how RED the batter was.
I was giggling about how it looked like blood all day. =)

 My Chum bucket hehe...
and the awesome sign the
sign makers made for my "Shark Bite" cupcakes!!!
A little "Bruce" from finding Nemo-esque, No?
Come visit me at work tomorrow,
and kick off Shark Week 2012!
I'll post pics tomorrow of the finished product!
<3 Holly

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Honey Bear....

Hey guys,
how was your day?
Mine was long and seemingly never ending,
BUT he we are right?
I wanted to share another characture I've been working on 
for my hypothetical, future comic.
Her name is Honey Bear...
She has a SWEET Panda Bear Suit,
Crayon bandoleer.
I haven't decided what color scheme I like her best in,
so please give me your feedback 
leave a comment,
and tell me what you think! 
Here are some possible color combos....

send me some love!
Give me your 2 cents!!!
<3 Holly

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Owl Quilt is COMPLETE!!!

Here it is!
The finished Owl Quilt for our niece!
 Back of quilt

 Close up of Owl

  Hope you like it!
I think she will.
All I have left to do is make an accompanying Owl pillow,
Then It will be done!!!!
<3 Holly

Monday, August 6, 2012

Meatless and recipe-less Monday =( But Cupcake decorating with some teens!

Hey guys,
I was hoping to get back to our regularly scheduled
Meatless Monday recipies,
but I had to work late tonight and didn't have time
to get a recipe that I know id yummy.
I spent my evening teaching a cake decorating class 
with a co-worker, 
for teens at a local library.
Something a little different for me,
but we had fun.
The kids did a GREAT job.
I was very impressed!
We showed them how to make Roses, Daisies, and elephants,
Here are some of their creations....
Elephant Line up

One girl made a Narwhal from her imagination SO COOL!
(P.S. I was super excited by this because there is a big narwhal joke with my husband!)

Here are some Daisies!
And some Roses 
(Which are really hard to make... SUPER SUPER Impressive!)

They all did a great job,
I just had to share.
Thanks for stopping by!
<3 Holly

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Charcoal Drawings from college...

I still had a bunch of
 things from college left at my Dad's house,
and he was sick of them kicking around the house,
so I went amd got them.
Amongst all my crap
was a large bag of drawings from when I was still in College.
I just had one of those moments, 
while I was going through all the drawings,
where I just said to myself, 
"Did I really do these?"
It has been YEARS since I've seen them,
I am in awe of myself,
I think they look so beautiful, organic, and effortless.
I don't even think I could 
draw anything similar if I tried now.
Here are a few of the first ones I pulled out.

(P.S. These suckers are HUGE and messy, 
I thought I was cool using charcoal and pastels.)
Thanks for stopping by.
<3 Holly

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sketch for a new Dias De Los Muertos painting...

Sorry guys.
I have been being a SERIOUS lazy bum these last two weeks.
Shame on me.
I have no excuses this week,
not even Vampire Diaries.
(Mainly because I watched all three seasons in like 3 1/2 days!) 
I do have an idea for a painting floating around
in my little noodle.
I even started skecthing it out.
(Something that happens very rarely before I do a painting
 I might add)
It is a Dias De Los Muertos 
inspired image of a blue mono- chromatic bride, 
with very small touches of bright color here and there.

Here is the sketch
and here is the beginnings of my color idea
Hopefully I will put brush to canvas on this one VERY soon!
Thanks for stopping by,
<3 Holly