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gottawonder is doing 28 things including…

live creatively

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gottawonder has written 25 entries about this goal

I've been painting a lot lately.

I’ve been doing watercolors, acrylics, and working on one oil painting.

Mostly I’ve been doing the pictures from the instruction books. They are turning out not too badly. I’m pretty excited. I am the kind of person who often just draws a horse, or a tree, but doesn’t really focus on a whole image, with a sky and a horizon, or a complete painting.

I’m trying to work on things like perspective, balance, colors, and things like trying to make snow or water or shadows look right. It isn’t easy.

I’m working on a pattern of vines, leaves, and flowers from a picture of a quilt. I want to get better at painting this sort of pattern, and then paint a mirror frame with it.

I recently bought

two fun things from a bookstore. They are Klutz items. One is a spirogragh drawing kit, and the other is a fun stencil kit. I tried them both out, and had a ton of fun. The stencil book showed how to make a mandela using stencils. Very cool. I have a ton of stencils, and would like to more of this.

I often get craft things intended for kids because they are so much fun.

I have also been exploring a fun thing to do with watercolor paint. You put a puddle of paint on your page and blow it around using a straw. I have been working on making trees with lots of branches this way, and long, waving grass. The blowing makes it look really random and wild, very different from the deliberateness of brush strokes. The two I have finished look really good. I did my background first and let it dry.


I picked up some clear glycerin soap that you melt down, add scent to it, and pour it into molds.

I have a lot of essential oils, so I made a bunch of small soaps so that I could use diverse scents. I made lavendar, cocoa, YlangYlang, rose, sweet birch, lemongrass, and linden flower. They smell awesome!

Make stuff out of duct tape!

I learned how to make a duct tape wallet, and then I simplified it to a pouch for some of the kids at the program to make. It’s such a versatile material!


I came up with two simple ideas for watercolor paintings for the program, and they turned out really well! The kids were excited to do such a grownup thing (I treated it seriously, not just eh, paint whatever. I made it a lesson).

I also did a bit of work myself, and learned a few things. Excellent!

Easter eggs

are such a fun medium! I did a bunch today for the library program. I colored some with markers, painted some with acrylic paint, and used glitter glue and little rhinestones. They are so pretty!


I began refinishing a bench we’ve had for years. We ripped it out of our old house, it had been part of a breakfast nook. I refinished the table and it is my craft table. The whole unit looked like it was all hand made, it’s solid wood, and charming. They were likely in the house since it was built, so maybe the 20’s or 30’s. The kids wrote on the underside of the table and the bench. I couldn’t just get rid of that story, so I’m going to refinish the two benches and use them somewhere.

I made

a birthday card for my Mom, and did some quilling for the front out of a book I got a while ago. Really pretty, one of the nicest cards I’ve made.

Pork dumplings!

I’ve been wanting to do this forever, which is make our own pork dumplings! I love all kinds of Asian food, but we don’t have a lot of cash to spend on eating out. Sometimes too, I resent paying $20 or more on a meal, when I know how much food I could have bought for that.

I found a good recipe online, and me and my husband spent the evening making them. They were a little doughy, but the flavour was really close to the restaurant version. Success! We made enough to freeze a bunch. MMMMmmm!

Another polymer clay session

and these ones look a little more deliberate. It’s so hard to keep the pattern from distorting, and if you are using white, very hard to keep it looking clean. So much to learn.

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