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KMart Outdoor Makeover Flamingo Soirée~Day 3

This is day 3 of a four part series showcasing my outdoor makeover, courtesy of KMart, and a Flamingo Soirée, inspired by Party Bluprints dot Com to celebrate my new outdoor space.

 

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On day 1 I created the invitations and paper goods. (See FREE recipe card printable below) On day 2 we saw the remarkable Kmart outdoor makeover. Today I turn my attention to the all important menu. With my Outdoor Entertaining Party Blueprint in hand, I sat at my new table and chairs and planned the menu!!! There are simple and special recipes, tips and ideas for you to host the best party of the season and much more. I love the advice…

Dawn of Party Bluprints writes, OUTDOOR PARTIES can be easy and enjoyable when you are prepared and have a great plan.

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The Party Blueprint offered an easy, affordable and delicious Outdoor Party Menu including an appetizer, main dish, side dish, dessert and cocktail! Each recipe features grilled ingredients and stars summer favorites like corn, tomatoes and berries! A good thing for sure.

I wanted to keep it simple, yet stylish and easy!! [I have a tendency to go way overboard.] In the mad rush to complete this makeover/party, I did not want to feel harried on party day. So the grill would be used to the fullest as it would allow me to get out of the kitchen and let somebody else cook!!!

As the blueprint advised, I prepped everything before guests arrived and let the guys be in charge of the grill. My daughter loves to entertain as much as I do, so I let her help as much as she wanted. Her husband loves to mix drinks, so I assigned him chief bartender. See where I am going here?

Fresh summer produce from the local farmers market–tomatoes, onion, basil, corn, scallions and berries are indeed front and center on my menu. The main dish is a Mixed Grill of pork chops and chicken. Easy peasy.

I used The party Blueprint as a guide and added some of my own faves and ideas to the mix. I didn’t want to be a total copy cat. You will see some adapted recipes and some that are completely my own and one that I didn’t change a thing…it was perfect as is for my Flamingo Soirée.

 

 

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Pink Flamingo-tini: My summer cocktail is a favorite and oh so pink. I use fresh squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice and splash of grenadine syrup.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. fresh squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit  juice
  • small splash of grenadine syrup
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 grapefruit slice (garnish)

Directions

Place all ingredients, except garnish, in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into martini glass.

Added touch: The kids can have mock-tinis of Hawaiian Punch in plastic wine or champagne lasses!

 

 

 

Grilled Shrimp Bruschetta: This light version of The Party Blueprint bruschetta features local shrimp and fresh produce. This starts the pink meal out just right!!!

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • skewers

Directions

  1. Marinade: Stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes minimum, stirring once or twice. (HINT: You can do this early morning of party.)
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard the marinade.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

Grilled Bruschetta

Ingredients (serves 10-12)

  • 1 loaf Italian bread (sliced into ½” slices)
  • 1 clove garlic (cut in half lengthwise)
  • 4 plum tomatoes (rinsed, sliced thinly and chopped)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil (ribbon-cut/thinly sliced), to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat grill. Spray or brush both sides of each slice of bread with olive oil, then rub each side with cut side of garlic.
  2. Combine tomatoes, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Grill bread on medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Mix in basil to tomato mixture as you grill bread.
  5. Top each slice with a generous tablespoon of tomato mixture and three grilled shrimp.

 

 

 

the main dish is grillin' with corn and green onions

Mixed Grill Chicken & Pork Chops: I adapted the Party Blueprint by substituting pork chops for London Broil. I also doctored their rub with my own faves…like cocoa powder (yes, cooca powder). Try it, you will love the flavors. I am not a big fan of spicy, so you can adjust “the heat/spiciness” of your rub according to taste.

Ingredients

Dry Rub:

  • 4 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. Spanish sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

Meat:

  • 6 1″ thick Pork Chops
  • 6 Skinless Chicken Breasts

Secret Sauce:

  • Homemade orange marmalade
  • Prepared horseradish or horseradish sauce

Directions

  1. Mix dry rub ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Arrange chops and chicken on separate platters. Sprinkle both sides with dry rub then press the rub gently into the pieces. Cover and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  3. Preheat grill to high. Cook pork Chops and chicken breasts 10-12 minutes/side, or until desired degree of doneness (cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the cut and the temperature of your grill). The juice on the chicken should run clear.
  4. Remove meats from grill to platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Mix marmalade with horseradish to taste and dip your meat in it…you will love it!

 

 

Grilled Corn Couscous Salad: I  borrowed this straight from Party Bluprints…why mess with a good thing!! This side salad is the perfect cool complement to the any outdoor grill fest. The fresh flavors from the produce brighten up this wholesome grain resulting in a refreshing and tasty salad. It’s an easy and affordable salad to make – a little couscous goes a long way!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tri-color Couscous (you can substitute plain couscous)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 ears of grilled corn on the cob (kernels removed)
  • 6 scallions, sliced thinly
  • ½ dry pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat grill. Remove husks and silks from corn. Grill corn on medium heat 15-20 minutes turning midway through. Allow corn to cool thoroughly and then using a knife slice off the kernels from the cobs. Set kernels aside.
  2. Add chicken broth and grilled corn kernels to a pot, cover and bring to a boil. Remove pot from heat, add couscous, stir and cover. Allow couscous to sit for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork until fluffy and all clumps are removed. Add scallions, tomatoes and parsley and gently mix. In a separate bowl, prepare dressing by mixing fresh lime juice, canola oil, salt and pepper – mix thoroughly and then dress salad.

 

 

grillled pound cake, fresh berries and strawberry frozen yogurt

Grilled Pound Cake ALA Mode:  I had to make mine pink!!! I just altered the pound cake and the ice cream for this recipe from Party Blurprints. We love this dessert because it’s so simple to make, but looks so special (and it tastes just as special.) The grilled pound cake serves as the base – its crunchy exterior hides a soft buttery interior, both tastes and textures are equally delicious in combination with the refreshing sweet flavors of the berries and the creamy rich ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf of strawberry pound cake (cut into ¾” slices)
  • 1 16 oz. package strawberries (rinsed and sliced)
  • 1 dry pint blueberries (rinsed)
  • 1 dry pint blackberries (rinsed and sliced in half)
  • 1 1.5 quart carton strawberry frozen yogurt or ice cream

Directions

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Rinse and dry berries. Mix together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Put slices of cake on medium heat grill, grill on each side 3-4 minutes per side until cake is heated through and grill marks appear.
  4. Remove from grill, top with berries and add a scoop of yogurt or ice cream.

The food is ready the tent is up so…

Let’s get this party started! tomorrow…

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Here is a FREE printable Set of 3 Recipe Cards just for you…enjoy it an think of me every time you use them!!!
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Visit to other days of the Kmart Outdoor Makeover/Soirée by clicking the links below.:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 4

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Addison's 1st Birthday hat

Birthday Hat & Designer Jeans for Addison’s Birthday

My sweet grandddaughter is 1 year old tomorrow!!! I love that sweet baby girl! I am on my way to the party. I, of course, had to make her something special for her 1st birthday celebration…here it is:

Addison's 1st Birthday hat

I designed the fabric, the hat pattern and an outfit to match!!! I will share how and I will give you the pattern to make your own birthday hat for a special girl or boy!!!

  1. I created the hat pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

    click on template the open full size pattern

  2. I designed the fabric in PhotoShop to coordinate with the party decorations!!!
  3. Then I printed it on Leslie Riley’s TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) from C&T Publishing...the neatest thing since sliced bread!!! You must print a mirror image if you have text on the design.

    design printed on TAP

  4. Then I cut it out just inside the outer line. I also did some extra design elements on the same sheet to put on her shirt and jeans.
  5. I cut a piece of white felt, lining and interfacing from the pattern. Make sure that you have them going the right direction before cutting.

    lining fabric

  6. Next  I ironed the TAP onto felt..it worked but I would not do that again. I would put it on smoother fabric!!!  I then sewed the felt to the lining along the side/straight edges. I sewed the ribbons to the inside of the hat after I glued it…do that before you glue!!!
  7. I hot glued the flap to the back of the hat. Then I hot glued a pink boa along the bottom edge and at the top of the hat point. #@*@#&^…yes I burnt my fingers!!! But is was oh so worth the pain!!! ;}}
  8. I then ironed the TAP butterfly and name to her back jean pockets. She now has her own designer jeans!!!
  9. I also ironed a design on a white shirt.

Did I tell you how much I love this little girl? And I love TAP…It feel great on the fabric and all the white areas disappear!!! I also designed an apron for my TV show with TAP!!! I just love that stuff!!! TAP should come with a warning though…it is highly addictive!!!

XOXOX

 

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Giveaway Three Bears Pattern from Linda’s Art Quilt’s

Linda of “Linda’s Art Quilt’s” ESTY shop and Craft Gossip are generously offering 5 of you the opportunity to win one of her delightful “Three Bears Family” Patterns in PDF format.

What an exceptional baby shower or birth gift these would make. You could give the bears along with the “The Three Bears” book and your gift would be the hit of any shower. Gather up those old wool sweaters and enter this giveaway and make a set today. Your color choices are endless and you can gear the color to a boy or girl or the nursery theme.

To enter go to Linda’s art Quilt’s ESTY shop and select an item you love and then go to Craft Gossip and leave a comment about your favorite item. The 5 winners will be picked by Random.org. This giveaway will run from February 14th through February 25th EST time USA.

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OWOH Winner(s) of PhotoShop Designer e-Course

So it seems,

in my comments,

that I had 2 #24s!

SO the only fair thing is
to award them both a class!!!

SO CONGRATS to you Both!!!

See there are even more winners below!!!

the GIVEAWAY…

A seat in one of my ever so popular PhotoShop Mixed Media Explorations classes…Your Choice!!! From creating textures to restoring old photos to digital painting…you can use your art and photos to create new digital art!!!

The e-courses are all self-paced and the lucky winners can take one of the six at their leisure sometime between 2/18/2011 and 8/18/2011.

I was so excited about the event and meeting new people I will be giving 10 more seats away in my most popular textures and backgrounds class! I just could not stop doing the random number thing:

One World One Heart 2011 was a great worldwide event for artsy bloggers….my 4th time!!!

Thank you to Our Hostess Miss Whimsey herself…Lisa Swifka!!!

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Leo & Mary of SVGCuts on Artistically Speaking Radio 2/20/2011

Dream Doers
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We have 3 great giveaways for this show!!! Join us during the show and you’ll have a chance to win one of three great prizes!

Grand Prize – Provo Craft Cuttlebug (MSRP: $89.99)

1st Prize – Sure Cuts A Lot 2 (MSRP: $90.oo)

2nd Prize – $25 SVGCuts.com Gift Card

HOW TO WIN

The grand prize will be given away to a live caller and the other prizes will be given away to chat participants. Visit this link to learn how to get involved in the chat: Register on Blog Talk Radio

Hint: Listen very closely as you may be asked a question about the interview in order to win a prize!

About Leo and Mary

Leo and Mary (SVGCuts co-founder and artist) live in the Chicago suburbs with their cat Gucci. They enjoy seeing new movies, raw organic food, biking and hiking in search of perfect nature photo ops. Mary does paper crafts, creative projects and is interested in natural beauty and fashion, alternative media, Egyptology, crystals. Leo was born in Poland and is a self-taught photographer, entrepreneur and co-founder of Autumn Creative LLC. His ultimate goal is to shoot White Sox baseball for Getty Images, Sports Illustrated or the AP. These two young techsavvy entrepreneurs met in September 2005 and have not stopped planning and executing projects together since.

About SGVCuts

If  you are ready to evolve your paper crafting and you have a personal cutting machine (like an eCraft, Craft ROBO or Cricut), SVGCuts is where the action is.

You’re about to drool all over your keyboard!  Warning: you might want to leave our website before you’re totally addicted!

Tens of thousands of crafting fans  have made SVGCuts their favorite destination for paper craft ideas, free downloads and reasonably-priced kits and collections.  You will find beautiful designs to spark your imagination!

They do all the designing for you…or you can mix-and-match designs to create something totally unique! From beautiful 3D flowers to 3D animals, from full-size gift boxes and exquisite birthday cards to 3D pop-up cards and adorable children’s birthday banners…they have something for everyone.  Once you start looking through their designer portfolio, you won’t know which to choose first!

We guarantee that your friends and family will be amazed by your creations, and go ahead – take all the credit!

They also offer great video tutorials (all free!) on our blog which walk you though everything. Leo (SVGCuts co-founder) has over 15 years of IT/help-desk support and walks you through his very clear and concise videos on the Sure Cuts a Lot software.  Watch them all and become a pro, or just know they’re there if you need anything explained!

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These chocolates are the best! Celebrate JOY with these no-calorie polymer clay chocolates. As featured on Mixin’ it Up with Rebecca LIVE internet TV – Polymer Clay Chocolates by Candace Jedrowicz

I started making polymer clay chocolates in decorated boxes last year and I’m totally in love with this medium! It makes sense for me to represent my “word” for the new year with a chocolate box. My word, as you can see, is JOY!

I’ve been practicing joy for a while now. How do you practice joy? Let me tell you! Just close your eyes…not yet! Read the next part first. Think of something that makes you feel happy, but not just happy, full-on gleeful. Hold that thought while you take inventory of your body and mind. How do your toes feel? How does you belly feel? Is your mind relaxed and completely focused on joy? If not, try to fill your mind completely with just that joyful thought. As other stressful or doubtful thoughts pop up, give yourself permission to let them go for now. When you are so familiar with the joyful state of body and mind, place reminders where you will see them all day. Post It Notes with the word joy, or whatever word you want to use, on mirrors, fridge, dashboard, etc., will reinforce your practice. My favorite practice is when I wake up. I stretch and feel my comfy bed, pat my dog and lay my face on my honey’s arm and think how fabulously blessed I am, how grateful I am to be. Just being is enough to be joyful about!

Making a Joy Chocolate Box is an important expression of joy. Any mindful action you take helps to bring your aspirations to life. This project cements my intentions by giving them a physical form. I included representations of many of the things I associate with joy. As you read each step, I hope you’ll be envisioning your own chocolate box, or any creative expression of your own “word” for the new year.

I started with a small chocolate box. It was $1 at our local discount store. I selected dark colored polymer clay, lovely papers, word stickers, gems, Aleene’s Tacky Glue and some other fun things.
I loved the papers I worked with! They make me smile. Even the ones that don’t show in the finished project make me happy, because I know they’re there – a joyful foundation for my work.
I’ve read that the two most powerful words in any language are “I AM”. They are a proclamation. In the end, you shape your reality with your thoughts and words, because they are your beliefs.

I wrote my proclamation in the bottom of the box. That’s my foundation. When you make your proclamation, consider your wording thoughtfully. Say what you are, or want to be, rather than what you aren’t or don’t want. Positive intentions create positive results.

This gorgeous chocolate brown paper was the backing for some of my stickers. What a find!

I used a line of Tacky Glue on the top edge of my box bottom to capture these tiny shiny red glass micro beads. The box they’re in is a fabulous tool. It has two sizes of stoppers on opposite ends. You put the piece you’re working on in it and pour your beads over it, then you can funnel the extras back into the bottle. I use it for all kinds of projects.

I decided to do a cutout for the word “Inspire”. I want to highlight it, but not have it overshadow the main word. I traced the word block and used a craft knife to cut it out slightly smaller than the block.
Inspire, in this case, is the action word that makes the word JOY a process of giving.

I gave it a gold leaf frame to represent its importance.

I used the adhesive pen to make some gold leaf accents on the lid.
Because these polymer clay chocolates are an odd shape, I used a core of aluminum foil. If you want them to be about the same size, make all the core pieces first. I compressed and smoothed the foil shapes by rolling them on the table. I flattened a conditioned chunk of the polymer clay, wrapped it around a foil core and smoothed the clay with my finger tips.
While the clay was baking, I finished the box top with glittered chipboard accents.
When the chocolate pieces were cooled, I gave them a coat of matte finish sealer, glued them into their paper cups and glued the cups into the box bottom.

I love the finishing process. I can go as wild as I want! I bent pieces of 26 gauge copper wire to spell out JOY on two of the chocolates, and letter stickers on the third. I put word and letter stickers on the outside edge of the box top and bottom. I used words that describe what, in my mind, comes with a joyful heart – Harmony, Love, Peace and Wisdom.

And you know there had to be gems!

I wanted to include a dangle element. I love things that move and make noise! Okay, so it doesn’t make noise, but I love it anyway. I used silver letters to spell JOY and glitter glued them in bright colors.

I wrapped 26 gauge copper wire around the handle of my craft knife to make large jump rings for the letters.

More gems, you say? Don’t mind if I do! What is joy if it isn’t sparkly and colorful?!
I used an 8″x8″ dimensional frame. I took the glass out and glued the box bottom to the background. I cut two 1″x1 1/2″ pieces of black card stock. I glued one piece in the box top inside the left outer edge, bent it toward the center and glued the bottom of the card stock to the background. I glued the other piece of card stock to the inside of the right outer edge of the top and the outside of the bottom left outer edge. In other words, the box top is secured to the background by one piece of card stock and secured to the box bottom with the other.

What’s in your chocolate box of life?

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Tiny Gift Box

This is the cute XOX hugs and kisses favor box I demonstrated on my first Mixin’ It Up with Rebecca TV show earlier today. Please let me know how you like the first show and this little box in the comments below.

Here is the FREE printable:

To download your copy, just click on the image to the left and save it to your computer. Windows users right click. Mac users can just drag and drop to their desktop.

Tutorial:

This is a no-brainer. Make sure your printer has a good ink supply. Set your printer settings to match the surface you are printing on. If you print on glossy photo paper the image will be very different than one you print on a plain piece of copy paper.

  1. Print on cardstock or heavy paper. It really depends on what goes inside the box as to how sturdy you want to make it.
  2. Fold along the dotted lined and burnish with a bone folder or the back of a spoon to make the creases sharp.
  3. Check to make sure everything in lining up with the folds. If not you could color it in with a colored pencil.
  4. Cut out image with sharp scissors carefully. If it gets off here, your box will be a little wonky. Designer tip: Place the tip of the scissors at the end of the cut on the edges that meet.
  5. Fold together to make sure it is square. Make any adjustment at this time.
  6. Open out the top back and side pieces so they will be out of your way for folding
  7. Then glue or tape the two bottom flaps (L+R) to the bottom of the box. Then glue the 2 inside tabs to the back of the box. I like to use double sided tape along the side back edge.

Enjoy…Please let me know how you like the first show in the comments below.

look around at the other tutorials and free stuff. If you have time browse the articles. There is a lot of good stuff here at Cre8tive Compass Magazine!!!

Mixin’ It Up with Rebecca airs today!!!

Promo for my new TV show…be there today – Valentines Day 2011 – at 2PM Eastern time…see the link to watch the show live…

Monday February 14, 2011 – 2 pm EST/11 am PST – tune in to the premiere episode of Mixin’ it Up with Rebecca LIVE TV. You are invited to log in 15-minutes before showtime for pre-show chat! Log-in: http://linqto.com/rooms/cool2craft. If this is your first time logging in, please select “allow”, enter your screen name and click “enter room”. When the show starts, you just sit back relax and enjoy the LIVE craft demos or you can join in the chat and ask questions during the q&a time.

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The Premiere

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Monday February 14, 2011 – 2 pm EST/11 am PST – tune in to the premiere episode of Mixin’ it Up with Rebecca LIVE TV. You are invited to log in 15-minutes before showtime for pre-show chat! Log-in: http://linqto.com/rooms/cool2craft. If this is your first time logging in, please select “allow”, enter your screen name and click “enter room”. When the show starts, you just sit back relax and enjoy the LIVE craft demos or you can join in the chat and ask questions during the q&a time.

Mixin’ It Up with Rebecca

Rebecca on the Mixin' It Up Set

Hosted by Rebecca E. Parsons, Mixin’ it Up LIVE TV invites you to bring your creativity and imagination as we embark on a mixed media journey with movement toward the edge of possibility. You never know what we will discover along the way as we play with new mediums, repurpose old tools, visit with other artists and expand our creative spirits. We will play or relearn to play. We will write, draw, paint, tell stories, dance and drum. Yes, I said drum. We will work with the reckless abandon of a child. We will SOAR past creative blocks and fear of failure and dive into your own personal form of visual expression. Give yourself the time, permission, and nourishment to do creative work. Mixin’ It Up promises to be a wildly exciting adventure.

Click here to view and print the 2011 Show Broadcast Schedule

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One World One Heart 2011

Welcome to Cre8Topia!

I am so excited that you stopped by…I love meeting new people and reconnecting with old blogging friends. I have a great big giveaway for you. So read on…XOXOX

One World One Heart is a worldwide event for artsy bloggers. I am joining in again this year…my 4th  time!!! Thank you to Our Hostess Miss Whimsey herself…Lisa Swifka!!! I know you have many places to visit over the next weeks, so come back and look around…you never know what you’ll find. For now, just look below and find the GIVEAWAY and a small gift from my heart for your world!!!

XOXOX I will follow back!!!

A little about moi…If you don’t know me yet I am Rebecca E. Parsons AKA Cre8Tiva. I am a digital and photographic mixed media artist, deliberate creator, blissful wordsmith and fellow creative journeyer on the quest for Cre8Topia. Below is a small sampling of my recent art work…if you click on them you can see better detail…

Rebecca on the Mixin' It Up Set

That’s me…happy as a clam, celebrating life. A tiny bit mischievous too. I have been blessed with a whimsical and curious spirit and am a born chatterbox. I spend a lot of time giving back to the art community that has been so good to me.

This curious chatterbox finds an outlet within two artsy radio shows: Artistically Speaking Talk Show and FAMM (Fiber Art Mixed Media) Live and a brand spanking new Live WeB TV show: Mixin’ It Up with Rebecca all about mixed media art. It premiers Valentine’s Day 2011.

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Enough about me…You can read more about me here if you feel the need to know my credentials.

Now for the GIVEAWAY…

I am giving away a seat in one of my ever so popular PhotoShop Mixed Media Explorations classes…Your Choice!!! From creating textures to restoring old photos to digital painting…you can use your art and photos to create new digital art!!! All you need to do is tell me hello and where you hail from in a comment below!!! Please make sure that you include your e-mail addy so I can find you. The random drawing will be held on 2/18/2011 and announced right here on Cre8tive Compass in my first daily post. GOOD LUCK!!!

The e-courses are all self-paced and the lucky winner can take one of the six at your leisure sometime between 2/18/2011 and 8/18/2011. SO what are you waiting for? Leave a comment and take your free gift below too!!!


Just a little somethin’ somethin’ extra for you…a printable heart decoration to brighten up your corner of the world!!!

XOX Hugs & Kisses ART Decorables Banner, Swags, Jabots…

i used red polka dot bows to brighten the guest room…and made a special flower arrangement for the bedside table…I used red and gold tassels to make the fireplace look elegant…you could use the swag as bunting on a bridal table or a party table…make a festive flower arrangement by inserting the hearts into wire and placing into arrangement…

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I hate to say goodbye. But we can stay in touch….I will visit every one of you during the next few weeks…so please leave a comment and let me know where you come from…and you can be a winner!!! XOXOX


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One-One One-One One…

So many things to do…so little time!!!  News…News…Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast, just like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland…Sometimes I have even accomplished six impossible things before breakfast…today was one of those days!!!

Alice illustration by the amazing Janet Lee

There’s news…There’s News…ever so BIGGG news for me!!!

2011 is my breakthrough year indeed

So, let me tell you my little secret.

It is not too late to wake up and make your life what you want it to be.

No need to belabor the point that the past few years have been a learning period as I attended the school of life for the umpteenth time…and friends have not felt shy about reminding me that the most difficult and heart-heavy times come just before a breakthrough!

So when I choose SOAR as my mantra for 2011 and penned my vision for the year…I could only dream of the time when the breakthrough would come…and it did…in spades.

NEWS>>>NEWS>>>NEWS>>>

Plenty of happy dancing going on here today!!! I am so very excited to let you in on secrets I have been holding for a while…I have hinted and smiled a lot recently…and today is the day I tell all.

The news

My art has been chosen to grace the newest book written by best-selling author Patty Digh. What I Wish for You out in April-pre-orders taken at Amazon.. Creative is a Verb and Life is a Verb.

I have my own Live Television Show – Mixin’ It Up with Rebecca on Cool2Craft Network which premiers Valentine’s Day 2/14/2011 with special guest appearance by Stephen Suede Baum, designer best known (so far) for Project Runway and SUEDEsays.

I am revealing plans about my newest old favorite pastime of making old furniture into something amazing and usefull… Coming soon (I am so excited I am ready to burst)

Ghosts of Furniture Past dot com

I have been named a Designer for FaveCrafts and a Craft-Tastic LIVE Designer.

I am a regular columnist for Life Gloss and Vintage Allies Variety Broadcasting.


Grand Opening Today

@ 1:11 PM 1-11-11!!!

Cre8Tive Bistro - the cyber hangout for digital artists, photographic artists and mixed media artists. There will be

Textures

I have hundreds of textures, both photographic and created, to share with you. Some are Free to download and use for personal artwork and photography. Some have a small fee.

Brushes

I love creating custom brushes. I can create one or a set for you too. I can also create a custom watermark for you.

Actions

My newest adventure is creating actions for my students to use with PhotoShop. I will make some of these available to you in the near future.

Recipes

I am also writing on a PhotoShop Cookbook.

and

Designer pARTy Shop – we put the ART in party! Designer Party Printables…

Original Designs for use in home decor, party throwing, weddings, showers….almost all occasions and soirees!! You will be able to print these designs on your home printer and have a party in minutes!!!


my gift to you...click on image then save it and print it!!!

Sparkle Into 2011…A Gift for You

don’t you know yet…it is Your Light that lights the Worlds

my gift to you...click on image then save it and print it!!!

My Gift for you…a frame-able print of one of my favorite quotes…

3 Beautiful Things for 2010…

  1. Cre8tive Compass Magazine
  2. The Hive connections
  3. Those special people who brought sparkle into my life
"Doorway for a Spiritual Explorer" 2007 acrylic. plaster on heavy paper

The Artist as a Spiritual Explorer Unfolds

My dear ones…May the spirit of a new year fill your home with an abundance of love, laughter, and joy! May the magic of the moment bring peace to your heart all year long! May your creativity take you to amazing places and may you experience the resulting bliss! Much love to all of you and your families….

Cre8tive Compass Magazine

is celebrating it’s first anniversary

I have been truly blessed since beginning this magazine a mere 12 months ago…It has grown and transformed into the beautiful publication you see today. I, as publisher and editor, have deep connections with some of you and am developing new ones almost daily. I have people all over the world that I truly care about and I look forward to our daily contact. I thank each of you who come to visit my little corner of the universe…my prayers and love are lifted for you every day…

I promised some big news today…I have a major life Announcement and a very special GiVEaway…the following came to me during a meditative period a few weeks ago…afterward I began to journal and the following flowed from my pen…

"Doorway of a Spiritual Explorer" 2007 acrylic, plaster on board

As I head through the doorway of a new year, I find myself invited/guided/led/called to take a new path…one called

The Artist as a Spiritual Explorer

Manifesto

I am led to discover how to let my divine intuition create without editing…I will let go of preconceived notions…I will play…I will find my unique, individual visual voice…and I will begin to use it powerfully….

I believe that we are born into this world with our own special message…if we never find a way to voice it, the world stays incomplete…as we stay incomplete…so we must ask ourselves today…what is it that only I have to say…and do I have the courage to speak it?

What I know for sure is that I do not want to die with my artwork still inside me…be it my song, my dance, my book or my painting…I am compelled to bring it forth into the world…give birth to that voice only I can speak with, and make the art only I can create.

I have to stop being totally invested in the outcome…what I want or hope the result to be…and instead become invested in the journey itself…that gift of time when all external things dissolve away…when time seems to stand still or fly by…that spiritual experience known as creative flow…

We come into this world with a special piece of the universal puzzle…and if you don’t find that piece of you that belongs outside yourself…that belongs to the whole of the universe…and if you never bring it forth, the universe is missing a piece…and you are missing that piece also…the whole will never be finished or complete without that special piece that is you…

I could not stop writing…it must have been three or four hours later when I became sensory aware enough to review my writings…contained within I had the foundation of a retreat, the scripts for a series of videos, and the outline of a book…

So I have walked through this doorway and we are off on this new path this year…one that promises many discoveries as we explore our intuitivity (intuition and creativity)…I invite you to come with me…

In honor of this very special day for me, I am gifting one reader with a newly-renamed print: “Doorway of a Spiritual Explorer” …see the creation of this piece here… I have held this painting close to my heart since the day it was painted October 2, 2007, the second day of what I called my Reinvent-tage Retreat – a personal creativity revelation process. I had been trying to re-invent myself as an artist for several years. I came to a point where the pieces of my life were just not fitting together as they should. I needed a change, but transition is scary. I have been down many paths during this time…some were fruitful…some were not…and some taught me much about myself and my art. The painting will never be sold…and prints will be limited to 10….so this is a very special giveaway.

My statement about the painting, “The figure is looking back into the darkness of what she is leaving behind…as she heads toward the light…she will never look back again…she is growing into herself and her destiny…becoming stronger and more brave with each step…her steps are sure…her path is glowing brightly for her to follow…she remains open to possibility.”

At the time this was painted, I asked if this painting was the result of “skill or serendipity.” I wrote about the process,”This painting just took shape…I allowed it to happen…remaining open to possibility…many possibilities presented themselves while I was painting…I stayed with them until they led me where this painting was supposed to go.”

I am fully aware that this was serendipity now…this was the first glimpse of my life’s calling…The Artist as a Spiritual Explorer...read more about how I have been led to this place in my next post.

The GiVEaway process… between now and 12 midnight Saturday 12/31/2010…leave a comment on this post describing your creative journey...so far, present, or future…and I will choose one name from a drawing to be announced Monday morning 1/1/2011.


Christmas trees from felted sweaters

Adorable Christmas Tree from Recycled Wool Sweaters

I love to search thrift stores for good wool sweaters that I will felt in my washing machine. I usually create purses with them. This particular sweater from The Gap kept calling to me to create a cone-shaped tree from it. So I listened.

Late last night I did this…

Trees and cones from felted sweaters

They are so cute, I thought I would create a pattern for you and a tutorial. Click on the pattern thumbnail at right to open the image. Then right click or copy it to your computer. It is my gift to you, dear readers. I have other Printables for you. Just click the Fun FREEBIES in the Departmental Index in the right sidebar. And check back often for more Printables from my new venture Designer pARTy Pritables...we put the ART in pARTy!!!

my dining table decorated with the trees and found objects

Instructions:

Quick & Easy Felt Trees and Cones

from Recycled Wool Sweaters

This is a super easy sewing project. Just print the pattern, pin to your felt and sew a straight line. No hems or messy fiddly bits…you could probably hot glue it if you really hate sewing, but it could easily be sewn by had if you don’t have a machine.

You create a cone-shaped tree standing about 6 inches tall. Get creative and have fun playing with the pattern dimensions to sew slimmer or plumper versions of the tree. Decorate it with wild abandon. Then display it proudly!!! If you make one, come back and let me know please. I love to see pictures and I will feature them here too.

Felt Tree Materials

• Cone Pattern (provided above)
• Thread
• Needles
• Scissors
• Previously felted  wool sweater (Tutorial to felt sweater here @ Aunt Peaches)
• Sewing Machine
• Beads, Buttons, Ribbon, or other Tree Decorations (optional)

5 Easy Steps to Sewing Your Tree

  1. Use pattern to cut felt shapes. You can adjust pattern proportionally if you like. I made some taller and skinnier.
  2. Add tree decorations like beads, buttons and ribbon before sewing tree (optional).
  3. On wrong side of fabric, match straight sides and pin.
  4. Use machine to sew straight sides together with about ¼ inch seam. You can sew by hand also.
  5. I steamed the seam open with my iron. The turned the tree right side out.
  6. Voila…enjoy your beautiful tree!!!

holiday trees made with recycled wool sweaters

Please help me spread the word about Cre8tive Compass…I am working overtime to provide great content for all creative hearts…it would be a gift to me if you tell your friends about us!!! Have a blessed holiday and New Year.

Breville Pie Maker

Dear Santa…Here’s My Baking List

Okay…remember your EasyBake Oven? Well, someone who owed one must have been inventing things recently as you can see what I found while browsing…

Breville Pie Maker

The Pie Maker Gift set on the Williams Sonoma website. You can make 4 individual pies and it will even crimp the top crust  for you. And if that was not enough for the EBO inventors…I found this…

Babycakes Cupcake Maker

The ever so wondrous Babycakes Cupcake Maker at JC Penney. It really makes 8 cupcakes in 5-8 minutes…but of course we cannot forget the favorite of all policemen…

Mini Donut Maker

No icky frying here! The Mini Donut Maker makes 6 mini fresh donuts in under 4 minutes.

And last but not least, check out this one also from Perpetual Kids

No Fry Corn Dog Maker

Try your hand at corn dogs (veggie, kosher… it doesn’t matter), pizza roll cheese sticks, breakfast pancake sausage rolls and even the one thing I would want to create CANDY BARS on a stick! If you can dip it in batter and put it on a stick our new No Fry Corn Dog Maker can take care of the rest! It come with 24 sticks by the way.

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