One Little Word for 2012

December 31st, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Tonight is New Year’s Eve, I sit at home with the loves of my life, my children.  We watched movies, had cupcakes and ice cream, played wii, made shrinky dinks.  It was simple and fun.  I also made a list.  40 before 40.   Forty things I want to accomplish before I turn 40 (at the end of 2012).  Finding 40 obtainable things was quite challenging.  I’m not ready to publish my list, but parts shall surface in time.  I also chose my One Little Word for 2012, the word I will focus on.  THRIVE is my word.
thrive  [thrahyv] 

orthriv·en [thrivuhn]  Show IPA, thriv·ing.


to prosper; be fortunate or successful.

to grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived inthe country.

Words that were considered but not chosen were…

Flourish (close! but too over the top)
Succeed (too materialistic)
Triumph (Too victorious)

I am facing a lot of changes in 2012, none will be easy.  When I picture Thrive in my head I picture lush gardens, beauty, nature, health, green, survival.  Success to me is not money and power, that’s not what I am driven by. Success to me is the pursuit of contentment, happiness, and peace.   The words in the above definition I am influenced by are the grow and develop vigorously.  I need to hit the ground running, failing is not an option.  Thrive is my new life goal.  

I will be working thrive into my artwork and my daily life and plan to share that with you here.  I want my art to thrive as much as my life.  Live what you Love.  I want my children to thrive.  I want my economic situation to thrive, not in terms of acquiring goods or filling a bank account, but in terms of survival.  Making ends meet.  

I started a Pinterest Board to fill with inspirations if you’d like to follow along.

Happy New Year!
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Ink Blot Art

December 29th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year.  I can finally reveal my latest art endeavor… Ink blot art!  Inspired by the Rorschach psychological test.  As you know, I strive to make all my gifts, all year long.  I got stuck when it came to my brother.  He is a psychologist (or maybe a psychiatrist?  I don’t know, he’s a shrink).  I didn’t know what in the world I could make that he would appreciate or at least be able to use.  I started searching Etsy and saw ink blot tshirts.  I thought that’s the way I would go. Then I decided to try some ink blot art myself!  I decided maybe he could use some original art work for his office at home or work.  Here is a sample of what I came up with.

These are all 5×7 original pieces and are now listed in my Etsy Shop.  I also made some in 8×10 size and will be listing those in the next few days.  I had a lot of fun with this gift and I’m now addicted to creating them.  I love the surprise, you just don’t know what kind of image you’re going to end up with.  It’s open to the imagination :)  What do you see in these?

Make Do Mondays & a winner!

December 21st, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

First off and I generated a winner of the Sugar Scrub. It’s going to Art by Wendy! Thank you for playing along and I hope you enjoy!

I got behind on my Make Do Mondays.  This is where I open the scrapbox and make art from my trash.  Here is this week’s object of making do…

The background started out as a scrap of paper I was cleaning my brush off on.  I loved the texture it produced so I kept it!  This little angel button (handmade, but not by me) looked like a gnome to me.  So I made her a little garden scene.  This card is up for swap or trade!
I may not be back before Christmas so I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Child’s Art

December 18th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

I’m a big fan of child artists. It’s the purest form of art.  Unrefined, and most importantly undefined.  Innocent and pure.  My daughter is very much into art.  She is also very entrepreneurial, a good combination!  She wanted to do a craft show with me, so we came up with this idea.  I bought her watercolor paper and had her paint a bunch of Christmas cards.  She made about 40 of them, but I only let her take the very bestest ones.  Meaning they couldn’t have smudges and paint blotches all over them.  They had to be her best work and not sloppy.  Other than that, I don’t dare criticize her work!  We packaged them up with envelopes and set out to sell some cards at my last show.  She sold about half a dozen or so, and some were even to people besides grandma ;) Lots of people made very positive comments about them and the idea.  I like to think of it as a learning experience for her.  She was very happy with the profit! :)  Here are a couple of the ones we brought back home. We are using these leftovers and the ones with imperfections as our family Christmas cards this year.

There is still time to comment for a chance to win a handmade sugar scrub :)

Heartsy Love or Loathe?

December 13th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Heartsy Love or Loathe?)

Last minute Handmade Gifts

December 13th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Tutorial - (9 Comments)

As I mentioned in my last post, I make most all of the Christmas gifts I give.  I tried a new medium this year.  I decided to make sugar scrubs!  It’s so easy, I’m hooked!  There are a ton of recipes online if you want to give it a whirl.

Here is the recipe I concocted
2 cups pure brown sugar (no molasses)
1 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup white sugar
Essential oil to desired scent.  I used sweet orange and lemon essential oils. About twice as much orange as lemon for this scent.

I mixed the sugars first. Then measured out the oil and added the essential oils to that.   Then mixed together, that’s it!  Cheap and easy gifts you can make at the last minute!  Oh yeah, and they work amazingly well.  It leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth.

Where have I been?

December 5th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

My poor neglected friends! I apologize for my absence.  First I hosted Thanksgiving and preparation took up most of my time that week.  Then I had a craft show this past weekend I was busy preparing for.  Good news, they both went smoothly!  The craft show was on Saturday, which we also managed to have our first “real” snow of the season.  The roads were terrible but the traffic at the show was amazing anyway! I’m so glad people ventured out to do some shopping.  I’ll say it was a successful show.
After the show, I’ve spent today doing a massive shop update.  Listing all the new items left over from the weekend.

Just a sampling of the new items :)
Tomorrow I’m going to start working on some new key fobs using vintage supplies.  I’m ready for a new look :)
Speaking of new… I’m also branching out to a new creative field this holiday season.  I always make most of my gifts, this year I’m gonna try something new.  I’m making sugar scrubs!  There are tons of recipes online already so I won’t bother putting together a tutorial.  But I will post pictures of mine.  I ordered some jars to put the scrub in and they just arrived! Time to get busy :)  I’d love to hear what you are making this year!