Where imagination & creation takes place

Will the Baby Squirrel be reunited with its Mama?

Visiting my mom, I happened to be in the right place at just the right time to help rescue this little baby squirrel from getting mangled to death by a stray cat!

The event unfolded in the most unexpected way. I couldn’t believe the timing!

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I awoke to what I thought would be just another ordinary Sunday. I always awake early, and today wasn’t any different.

I made morning coffee, got the dog fed, and almost always take a glance out the kitchen window. For some reason, I
skipped that part as I set the dog food bowl down, me heard a sound outside I hadn’t heard before.

Was it a bird? I wasn’t sure.

Whatever it was sure had a very high-pitched scream and sounded as if it were crying!

I wondered if it was some rare type of bird. I looked out the kitchen window in hopes I’d see something.

I noticed the stray cat wagging its tail looking down into the dirt behind a bush with a playful (I want to mangle you) look on its face.

A sinking feeling came over me,… ah-oh I thought!

She has this poor little creature whatever it might be.

I immediately rushed to the door opening as fast as I could and thank god the cat came running toward me and away from whatever she was playing with or mangling!

As I moved closer to the high-pitched sound where, I became a little fearful of what I might see.

As I look down I wondered what this adorable little thing lying there crying frantically could be! Its little mouth was so BIG for such a little guy. No blood-THANK GOD!

Watch as I tell the story in the most creative way I am able to tell it. And be a witness of what I experienced. 

When visiting Kauai Hawaii, I was really attracted to the Plumeria flower trees. I loved the smell, and the flowers come in a variety of colors from white, to yellow and pink. The Plumeria’s were everywhere!

The smell of these flowers made me so happy I decided to make a nice floral arraignments with a variety of flowers including those for our cottage during our stay.

With our last day approaching, I knew the one thing I’d miss greatly was the smell of these flowers.  With the abundance of flowers accessible to me, I decided I wanted to make my own Hawaiian Lei, so that I could enjoy them for the flight home as well.

As it turned out creating my own Lei was a great success! So I made sure to take notes, & photographs to document the process to share with others.

If you would like to try to make your own Hawaiian Lei, I’ve created a step by step document.

Please click link to receive the Digital Download as my free gift to you.

Aloha

How to Make a Familiar Style Hawaiian Lei

I wanted to make a free tutorial on YouTube demonstrating how to crochet my Lucky Pouch Bag  Crochet design.
I am happy to announce that day has finally come. You can check out my YouTube tutorial below.

The craft thread is found in a variety of colors.  I think you will find the Pouch Bag is quick and easy to crochet; which means You can make quick gifts just in time for the holidays.

They are small; average size is 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

Try alternating red, and white for the Christmas spirit. Fill them up with coins, candy, rocks, lip balm, or anything that will fit, and tie them to the outside of the box.

Make them up as a tree ornament filled with Potpourri, or fill it with mistletoe.

I have also found the pouch bag, good used as a sachet. Simply fill them with lavender or any herb scent or cedar chips, and hang them in the closet or tuck away in a shoe.

There are many uses, if you let your imagination run free.

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Are you the type of person who loves to haunt the house and go all out for your party guests on Halloween?

Want something different to hand out to your little goblins as they come thru the door?

Than I have a nice Crochet Pattern idea to share. It’s called the Pumpkin Patch Pouch Bag!  That’s a real tongue twister right?

Like all my pouch bags the little ones love to wear them around their necks.

This Party Fun Favorite will give you an opportunity to stand out with ghostly flair! You’ll be known as the “fun-fest party host” on the block because you’ve gifted them with a little Pumpkin Pouch Bag, made with love and filled with candies they are sure to gobble down in no time!

Guests (kids) get to keep the pouch bag as a reminder of what a cool party you threw!

Pouch bags can be filled with M&M’s, Corn Candy, Reese’s pieces, or Skittles to name a few.

If you want each pouch bag to have a greater meaning imagine rewarding them to the winners of the “apple bobbing” or “best costume” contest.

A single bag can be crocheted up in just a few short hours depending on skill level or how fast you are.

So dig out your 2.5 Crochet Hook, grab two colors (orange & green) cotton thread and allow me to show you how it’s done.

Hurry time is ticking!  Watch to see how many Pumpkin Pouch Bags you can make in time for Halloween.

 

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Oh how we love our little pooch furry friends.

Keeping them warm during winter is easy if we supply them with a little extra cuddle around their necks.  

Watch how happy your little pooch becomes when you’ve worked up my FREE Infinity Neck Warmer for him/her to wear. Get the pattern here

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How to Crochet the Infinity Neck Warmer for Small Dog Breeds

 

 

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Quick and easy crochet tiny pouch bag tutorial using cotton thread.

Pack it up with lavender, cedar chips, or your favorite fragrance; hang or place in a drawer as a sachet to keep your clothes smelling fresh and alive.

Kids love em, and they can use the pouch to hold coins, lip balm, crystals, rocks, or whatever they want to keep close to their heart.

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When I was a little girl, my grandmother would come up with really fun ways to entertain me. She’d drive us to the rock quarry where we’d pick out rocks to bring home, glue together, and paint.

The intention was to pick out rocks of different shapes and size to form specific animals when glued together.

For instance flat round, (big or small) type rocks worked well for the head.   An elongated shaped rock, worked well for the body, and the legs could be made from medium-sized round pebble type rocks, (we might use several, depending on what we were trying to create).

What a blast we would have together, we’d spend hours making turtles, dogs, cats, mice, or whatever we could imagine from the rocks.

It wasn’t just the act of picking rocks, and making something from them that was so much fun. It was more about making memories, and spending time with my grandmother.  We bonded as we created these little creatures with our imaginations.

Who would have thought a few rocks, acrylic paint, glue, and our mutual love of art, could turn into a lifetime of artistic adventure I’d never forget!

More importantly I learned how to entertain myself through art; how to captivate and use my God-given imagination.

Our times spent together created memories that I have long cherished after she passed.

I’d always remember the time my grandmother gave me, and what value it had.  If ever I wanted to connect with her, it would be through memory, of our time spent.  It was a spark of imagination that became my “go-to” when I needed time to de-stress.

As an adult, my imagination took  art to a whole new level.

I love abstract art and have found it easier for me to paint from my imagination when there is something there to work with.    I have found the more odd-shaped the rock, the easier it is for me to come up with images from the rocks natural inclusions.

What I discover sometimes even rocks have stories to tell.  It’s amazing at what came from these rocks as I painted.

Rocks became keep sake and memorandums. Each place I’d visit, I would pick up a rock or two or three. I seem drawn to heart-shaped rocks or abstract odd shapes.  I’d use rocks to remind me of a special place, moment, or time, or just because I found it beautiful. I usually pick them up from many places such as the ocean, lake, or find one as I’m walking on the street. It really doesn’t matter. If I’m inspired to pick it up, I will. What I do with it, will come later.

I decided they would make nice gifts.

They are far nicer than a greeting card. I began painting rocks with messages and glued a magnet to the back. People really enjoy this ingenious idea!   It not only sends the person a message of love it’s a reminder of the person who made it.

I created this video demonstrating some of the rock paintings I have completed.  My hope is that in doing so, it may inspire someone else to discover for themselves, what imagination can bring forth from the rocks, and what great abstract art they make.

It might actually be the one thing you could do with your own child or someone special that will help them learn to use their imagination, which in turn would give them something positive and creative to do with their time. These days kids can easily lose touch with these natural gifts we have been given.

Kids have wild imaginations. Are you are a teacher?  It’s a super fun class project to do with your students. I guarantee you will become their favorite teacher, and one they won’t forget!

For me creating art is twofold. Not only do I love to paint, and create. I love to inspire others to see what a little imagination, paint brush, and acrylic paint, can do.

Besides having fun– painting works wonders to reduce stress. Turn on your favorite music; get out the rocks, and get to painting. See what comes up and out.  Get ready to be amazed!

Enjoy!

 

 

HanieB.

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Medicine bottles are useful. Why doesn’t anyone re-use them?

I really had to think  about this.

In doing so, I began to wonder why ideas about re-purposing had not been done.

I mean, even historically I don’t recall people ever making much of anything out of medicine bottles.

Remember back in the day when film cameras was all we had to capture images?  You may have noticed people re-using the containers to hold many other small objects. What about tin containers? Such as Altoids boxes.

Yeah.. it seemed as if, most people found some other type of use for any other type of container except the medicine bottle. I have yet to see anyone post much about these containers.

I pondered on this, and the only thought that arose in my mind was maybe it is because they are so easily identifiable as medicine bottles that most people, (more than likely) don’t want to have them around if they don’t actually take medicine. Or..

Maybe it’s the opposite; They have to take a lot medicine, think the bottle is ugly, reminds them of the ugly reason they had to take the medicine, and so when finished it automatically becomes trash to the bottle of the drug it held.

Isn’t it interesting?  Truth is, I don’t have answer. And ( why do I need one? ) I thought.

One might say, people didn’t do anything interesting with cardboard boxes either, but now look at all that is being done with them.

This is true.

I think in the last decade, due to global warming, we were all forced to look at ways to re-cycle and re-purpose.

Plastic bags are now cut up, and crocheted into more durable grocery bags that last.  Card board, magazines, and other items that people wouldn’t have ever thought to create from, in the past; have now put their thinking caps on, and created new amazing uses for them.

I enjoy all the creations people have come up with.

If you are an artsy person who loves to paint, draw, ink, or create.  Make use of medicine bottles.  Once prepped they make a fun canvas.  Ink em, paint em, create something.  Sell them for a small fee, give them to friends, donate.

There are many uses, and especially if you are an outdoor person, water sports person, camper,beach bum, hippy, or hiker, (lots of smiles here, just trying to think of the type of people who would appreciate them most).

I am almost  positive you creative, artist types have tried to ink them up.

Strangely, not even a permanent marker such as Sharpie Pen would stick to these darn things!

Could this be the answer? Well…

If there is one thing I am not afraid of, it is a good challenge.  Ideas seem flood my mind like a dime a dozen. (not bragging).  Yet, naturally, it went to work on figuring out a way to get ink, like Sakura gel pens, (my favorite) permanent markers, acrylic paint, or even watercolor pencils grasp to these containers solid enough so they can actually be re-used and handled without the works of art rubbing off.

This idea however, did not come without time, patience, and persistence.  AND I might also give credit where credit is due for the primer/base I found to use, which is Plastic Paint by Rust-Oleum (also a newer product within recent years).  Thank God!

This product was a huge help.

I tried other products to help with adhesion prior to painting or inking the bottles,  but nothing, and I mean nothing worked long-term. Anything that used just peeled, or rubbed right off over time.

I am still experimenting with different ideas in order that I might share them with others. I think this is the driving force. I want to share what comes to mind.

If you want to see the process I have discovered. Check out my video on how to prepare them to use as an art canvas that will not only allow you to make them beautiful, but actually use the bottles without the art rubbing or peeling off.

While at it, be sure to visit my channel videos for more about what products work best for your art creations.

Have fun, and don’t forget to have a Creeaaaative Day!

HanieB.

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Most recently while watching an artist paint on youtube.

I noticed he had a very unique new type of brush tank that he used to clean his art brushes. Ok, (it may not have been new on the market), it was just new to me. Something I hadn’t seen before; I thought was cool.

After giving much thought to ways I could create my own at home, I finally came up with a DIY: Brush Tank Cleaner utilizing Old Glass Marbles.

This brush tank is made very simply.   Gather up a glass, plastic jar, or container.  Marbles, and or glass tiles. I recommend the glass have beveled edges.

All you do is add the marbles or glass jar about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up, and fill with water.

While painting, it’s always a good idea to have two jars; one filled with mild soap and water (to clean off the majority of paint), and, the other jar is than filled with clean clear water, and your choice of glass or marbles.

Hope you find this tutorial useful.
HanieB.

Do you have a faded out sweatshirt that is still in over-all good shape? It may be just a little worn out, with a few stains, but it’s one of your favorites, and you are just not ready to throw it out, or donate it to Charity.

Why not Re-Vamp it?

With a little Bleach, creativity, and Acrylic paint, you can give it a fresh clean look that is custom to your own creative style.

Enjoy!
HanieB.

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