Monday, October 17, 2011

It's BOO time!

It's October, the BEST MONTH EVER!!
Hey, not growing up in the U.S. means I get to be a kid in October. There is nothing wrong with that, right?
I have been having the time of my life with my little family- crunchy Fall walks, bike rides, purplish air brushed sunsets, every kind of pumpkin baked concoction you can dream of, not to mention haunted houses...I had to miss a craft meeting I was REALLY looking forward to because of a sinus related annoyance but I managed to get my hands into a craft this weekend anyway...So simple. And super cheap. In fact, it was almost free... So this is what you need:
mini pumpkins
some Halloween themed paper (or if you don't have any like me, just get whatever)
some wire (to hold the cards)
a jewelry wire bending tool or your pliers from your toolbox
whatever else rocks your boat (for embellishments)
* I am not a scrap booking girl, so if you are, the possibilities and endless. I just like to slap some glue around and be done with it.
wire card holders

little cards made out of card stock and other stuff
adjust your swirlies to make sure your card stays put

start putting it together...

go find a place to put it!

Fun stuff!! Thanks for checking it out and have a FANTASTIC Halloween :)
Ally Pye.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

1 year later- Got a paintbrush? Then toss it my way!

It's been a year since my last post.  I have missed blogging so much!
It has taken me 6 months (since finishing grad school) to recover from choices rushed by unclear threats of vulnerability and an unfamiliar craving for security.
I have since made some radical decisions in an attempt to refuse a life of settling- my job was eating away at the very core of my being, depleting me of all things that matter, so I left it.
I picked up a paintbrush about a week after I cried myself to sleep everyday over leaving a good paying full time job in Michigan- which at the time seemed like the stupidest thing I could have ever done.
Things are now shaping up slowly and I could not have hoped for a better future for myself and my family. Patience in speech, action and thought have been indispensable in this journey, along with remembering that the best answer is found only within. I am grateful for my husband's generosity and understanding in the past few months and for the unceasing joy I find in my children.
From my personal "Dark Ages" to the resurgence of light, I am still standing as a dynamic, resilient being who is ready for her Renaissance!

Here are the latest paintings:

Thank you for reading! Its good to be back:)
Ally Pye.