Monday, November 30, 2009

inspiration monday

meet lenny.
he's the elf-in-chief and provider-of-inspiration here at elvie studio.
this morning he whispered in my ear that it's time to break out the polka dot santa hats, and cute little elf shoes with bells on them......because the season of "most wonderful time of the year" has officially begun!! woo hoo!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

priorities and pyramids

after having so much fun with my halloween food pyramid, i couldn't resist creating one for Thanksgiving! this one is based on the traditional food pyramid, the recommended guide which suggests we less of what's at the top, and more of what's at the bottom.
which kinda explains where turkey is on my priority list, as opposed to pumpkin pie with whipped cream.....hee hee

i am SO thankful for each and every one of you!! i wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving day!!!

click on image for larger view

Sunday, November 22, 2009

inspiration monday

it's Thanksgiving week here in America, and it's no secret to those who know me that i'm certainly inspired by food. i love every aspect of preparing a good meal.....and it's so much fun to think of my kitchen as a culinary studio! the peeling, chopping, and shredding of the ingredients is really no different than mixing paints, threading needles, or sharpening pencils. the stirring, sauteeing and seasoning of the food is much like the painting, sewing or drawing of a piece of artwork. the aromas of a dish setting up the anticipation of it being served, is likened to the beating of our hearts when we see our artwork coming to fruition. and the sharing of our meal with others is certainly no different than the thrill of offering a much-labored-over masterpiece to a loved one. whether we're cooking or crafting, we're creating from the heart.....and what could be better than that?!

Friday, November 20, 2009

doin' the 'do

i'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes, know where i'm goin' and i know what to do, i've tidied up my point of view, i've got a new attitude....

what is it about going to the hairdresser that puts a song in my heart and a skip in my step.......a little snip here and some color there, and suddenly i'm a new person!
and then there's the practical side of this point in my life, i look at a haircut as a form of weight loss (lame, i know.....but there's huge psychological potential there!). whatever it is, by the time i'm done, not only do i have a new 'do to show off, but i feel so good that i can almost hear patty labelle singing in the background (now there's a hairdo!!).....

have a great weekend!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

little birdie

"you must loooove the little birdies to give them THIS to perch on"
as said by steve martin in the movie "roxanne"

the other day i was running errands and had just enough time to stop in michael's.....just to see if there was anything new.....or heaven forbid maybe something that i don't already have (highly unlikely, but always possible, i suppose). as i was running through the paper aisle, i must have left shopping-cart-skid-marks on the floor when i spied this!! and there were lots of fun coordinating papers to go with it, too, so i immediately thought of creating a give those sweet little birdies something to perch on....

you can see more photos and information for this journal

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

catching up

i've traded in my doodle pens for a glue brush today.....trying to get caught up on some new covers and blank journals. there's something about the mindless act of sloshing creamy glue around on paper that i just love (either that, or maybe it's just that the fumes start to quickly take effect, causing me to love just about anything! yippee!). there's nothing more satisfying than having lots of yummy journal covers finished and ready for sewing.....and then realizing that i got all that done just in time for my mid-afternoon chocolate break!! woo hoo!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

in the garden

mother nature never ceases to amaze me......while many areas of our country are celebrating the oranges, yellows and browns of fall leaves, my camellias are quietly blooming on the back porch.

and it looks like the bees are enjoying the explosion of pink and yellow, too!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

inspiration monday

we've been treated to some "fall weather" here in florida, and it inspired me to create this little doodle of some of my favorite autumn things! i decided to make a little video, and of course ran into some editing issues (which is videography speak for "i forgot to press the 'record' button when i was painting the first part"!!!), so it's rather short.....

i hope that this gorgeous weather inspires you to put on some cozy socks and your favorite sweater, so you can go outside and rake some of those fall leaves into a big pile....and jump in it! then come on inside for a nice bowl of warm soup, a mug of apple cider.....and maybe a piece of pumpkin pie for dessert!!

you can watch this video in larger format here

Friday, November 13, 2009

whittlers unite!!

one of the most fun things about keeping this blog has been getting to know all of you.....and after yesterday's brownie post, i've learned that there are an awful lot of brownie whittlers out there!!! woo hoo!! and, of course, i couldn't let this discovery go without creating a little doodle.....

to be celebrated with a brownie....or two.... :))

have a great weekend!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

lovin' from the oven

my sweet tooth is reminding me that it's 3:45 in the afternoon......and that means chocolate!! today's pick: the form of an eight-by-eight inch pan of pure chocolatey happiness!
but, here's the dilemma: do i cut a piece large enough to satisfy my cocoa craving, and then be done with it?
or, do i cut a more lady-like square, and then do the "brownie whittle" know, when you cut a small piece, and then go back a few minutes later and cut just a sliver (to even up the edges, of course), thereby saving on mega-calories by eating such a tiny piece......and then repeat the whittle as needed (to even up the edges, of course).....or until the entire first row is gone, and then proceed on to the next row.....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


this month's issue of cloth*paper*scissors magazine features an excellent article by sandy bartholomew on how to create your own zentangles. she takes you through the basics of how to get started, and especially encourages lots and lots of play! and while i absolutely love the instant texture that's created by doodling in a 3.5" square, it didn't take long for my mind to wander towards letterforms and words. so i started "word-tangling" with my name.....

and then my initials.....

and then just a simple "hi" that might look fun on the front of a card!

for more information about zentagles, click here
and to watch some fabulous zendoodle videos by milliande, click here

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

aviation inspiration

so yesterday i was a little bummed over the fact that i had gone to the air show and forgotten my camera, therefore missing all kinds of great photo opps of air-acrobatics. and then comes along my precious friend paulette, maker of lemonade out of lemons, and sweetly suggests that i create a little doodle out of that red bi-plane doing the loop-de-loop-thing-in-the-shape-of-a-heart i was telling you about.....and i thought what a great idea!!! so, here's the way it's been recorded in the memory card of my mind.....and when you've got a red colored pencil, a white gel pen, a chalk pencil, and your favorite pair of magnifiers, who needs a camera? :)
thanks bunches, paulette!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

inspiration monday

the stage was set: it was a beautiful sunday afternoon.....and we were watching none other than that world famous blue angels at the jacksonville air show! mother nature certainly did her part by providing blue skies with not a cloud in sight, a perfect 75 degrees with a slight breeze blowing off the gorgeous atlantic ocean, and lots and lots of glorious sunshine.
we had all the essentials: sunglasses, cute, floppy hats.....sunscreen.....VIP and drink tickets.....a bottle of water.....the camera......what?......we did bring the camera....right?......
so, therefore, i'm left to just tell you about the perfect shot that i missed of the red eagle bi-plane against the azure blue sky doing the loop-de-loop in the shape of a heart (yes, the shape of a heart and it was fan-tas-tic). or the photo op of five blue angels flying straight towards us in delta formation, at a speed and g-force that would curl your hair, over the atlantic ocean, and then splitting off in their own direction.....and of course, from where i was sitting, it would have been framed out with a palm tree on either side of the formation. oh, yes....this was naval-aviator-magazine-front-cover-type-stuff, and instead of showing you photos of this magnificent event, all i can do is tell you about it!

moral of the story: always be prepared, so when inspiration strikes, you won't miss it......and find yourself at the end of the day with nothing but a program and a used wrist band....!

Friday, November 6, 2009

batiky sneaky peeky....

here's a little sneaky peeky at the top secret project that i've been working on.....and actually, i'm still adding some finishing touches (maybe a little blingy beadwork!), but the sun is going down as we speak and i wanted to get a photo before i ran out of light (drat that daylight savings time!!). this is my third project that will be included in the book that chrissie grace has been writing.....and should be published by this time next year!! this has been one of the most exciting projects that i've ever worked on, and i'm SO very thankful to chrissie for giving me this opportunity to participate!! you can read more about chrissie's book here......and in the meantime i'd better get back to work!
i hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

batiky peeky.....

every once in a while i like to get out my stash of batik fabrics, pet them, and remind them just how happy they make me. and today, i'm going one step further and actually using them for a special project.....and if life will cooperate and not interfere too much, i'm hoping to give you a little peek tomorrow.....or that's the plan, anyway!

p.s. thank you SO much for your sweetness and love about my blessings absolutely made my day!!! :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

count your blessings

bless-ing: (noun): a special favor, mercy, or benefit.
a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.

if i were to write down every single blessing that was showered down upon me today, i could easily fill an entire book.....i just hope i can count that high.....

more information and photos of this journal can be seen here

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

bloggy hugs

i received this wonderful award from the lovely lisa holtzman at art, lettering & life! lisa is a very sweet and talented lettering artist, and her blog is filled with beautiful examples of her gorgeous, expressive calligraphy! lisa's warm, friendly blog makes me feel right at home every time i visit her. thank you so much, lisa, for your kindness in thinking of me for this award!

and in receiving this award, i would like to pass it on to each one of you! i could never express to you how much i enjoy visiting your blogs, and just how much inspiration you provide to those in blogland! and to go along with this award, i'm also giving you a huge cyber-hug for all of your visits to my blog, and all of the wonderful, heartfelt comments that you leave for me!
thank you, thank you, thank you from this very grateful blogger!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

inspiration monday

"some days there won't be a song in your heart. sing anyway."
emory austin

sometimes the inspiration just isn't there......and for those days when you really want to get humming, here are some ideas to tuck into your creativity songbook:

*grab a coloring book and box of crayons. it seems simple, but everyone finds comfort in coloring....and it's great fun to be a kid again!

*create some color washes onto blank paper using two or three colors of paint. just moving some color around with a paintbrush is inspiring, and you'll be happy to have these wash papers in your stash for a later project!

*spend some time curled up in your favorite chair with a good book, or even your stack of catalogs! my pottery barn and anthropologie catalogs never disappoint when it comes to inspiration!

*call one of your art buddies! having our own work space is fabulous, but it can also be lonely sometimes. good friends always have extra inspiration that they're willing to share!

*what's old is new again! look back at some of the artwork you created a year ago.....can you embellish upon the same idea? how would it look in a different color.....what happens if you use watercolor instead of acrylic?

*and my personal favorite that really gets me singing..... eat a piece of chocolate!! and yes, it's okay if it's on top of ice cream! (this one's a little tricky, and may need to be repeated once or twice before inspiration truly kicks in.... )

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