Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's a Sign...Our NEW Sign!

I am happy to say Fall is finally arriving in Northern California, and it's just in time for this weekend and the debut of our Mollykid Studios booth for Art in the Park.  The trees have been gently blowing, their colors are getting rich and the temperature is down to a pretty perfect 74 degrees.  Since Fall is my all time favorite season, I think it's safe to say Mollykid is smiling big these days!  Oh, and the fact that I got two interviews for new jobs this week makes me pretty excited as well.

I wanted to share my new sign for our sale this weekend.  If you have ever wanted to make a sign for your own event/business/etc, this one is a pretty simple and fun project you can accomplish in no time at all.  Before I tell you it is.  What do you think??
I ran across this frame at one of the many local consignment shops here in Redding, and I thought it was a steal for only $5.  It had a lovely painting from 1983 with a fancy eagle catching a snake.  it reminded me of feathered hair, muscle shirts and mullets so it had to go.  The canvas popped out easily and then it was my turn to create something fun for that awesome barn wood type frame.  

After I completed my most recent painting for the sale, I took a picture of it, and edited it in Picassa to give me a cheery and colorful palette background.  As I love with Picassa, it was then easy for me to add my business name and website and choose a font, too.  Thank goodness for tiny little SD cards; they make toting your files down to Kinko's pretty stinkin' easy.  I told the friendly guy what I wanted {a simple printed 18x24 poster} and he had it printed in about 4 minutes.

Next, I headed over to Michaels to swoop up an 18x24 canvas to mount my poster to and pop back into the frame.  I did tape off my canvas and paint the outside edge, along with the outside 1.5" of the front to create an eye catching border around the poster.  After cropping the poster slightly and using spray adhesive on the poster and canvas, she was ready to be attached to the frame.  

I have to say, this was an easy project anyone can do!  Now go start scouring your local consignment and thrift stores, along with garage sales, for your own fantastic {and cheap!} frames.  I love finding good sized frames that can easily accommodate my own finished canvases. Xo~Mollykid

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Life is Busy, But Never Dull

Greetings from my crazy life.  I know it's been awhile since I wrote here and I have missed you so!  Life has been just plain old busy around here since we returned to live in California.  Between the kids getting back to school and having activities after school and me applying for a bunch of jobs, I ventured out to join a local art group called the North Valley Art League.  I thought it would be nice to meet some talented people who bring creative ideas to life and learn something new from some great artists.  They have a really nice gallery I can even display my art work in so that is quite exciting, too.  As much as I love being creative, I figured this would be a good way to have some "me" time. 

I am looking forward to having a booth in the upcoming "Art in the Park" event that takes place in Caldwell Park in Redding, California on Sunday, Sept. 29th from 10-4pm.  It coincides with the Ducky Derby, where the city races thousands of yellow rubber ducks down the Sacramento River, so it should be a good time!

I have been putting together some colorful things that will be for sale at my Mollykid Studios booth.  Even though I am missing the majority of my paints and supplies that are in storage somewhere in Virginia, I still have a good stash I kept at my parents while we were away so I can still create.  I shiped my sewing machine and a stash of sewing supplies and fabric ahead so I have  plenty to keep me the fact that JoAnn's and Aaron Brothers are only 5 minutes away from the house is an added bonus.  I am excited for my first public sale!!!

So what have you been up to lately?  Any projects that you are working on or thinking about??  Tell us all about them right here on Mollykid Studios.  Hope to hear from you soon! Xo~Mollykid <3

*Image courtesy of Pinterest