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ACEO Article

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I wrote this long article about ACEO makers that live in the UK for here. It was edited because it was very long lol but it needed to be edited I just wasn't sure what to keep and what to take out. Please go have a look at the blog where the article is :D Here is the article as a whole :) (I did warn you it was long :p) Snow Leopard Eye Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip There are a lot of ACEO artist that live and create in the UK. ACEO stands for Art card, editions and originals and are on the whole sold in either fairs, galleries, or shops. ATCs are Artist Trading Cards and are traded back and forth. Its a nice way to start an art collection and even better if you don't have lots of room to hang art on your walls. There are so many ways a person can make an ACEO and as long as it is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches there are no rules as to what they are made of. I have picked 3 Etsy store owners to ask them questions on how and why they have decided to work so small. Up fir

Ghost Dragon

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More dahlias! Most of them are this bright pink colour but a few look like they will be purple. I had a bit of a problem making the one dragon into a zombie, so he ended up as a ghost instead lol Still needs a few more layers of pencil but I want to keep the dragon having a faded effect. I think the only way I was going to make the dragon look like a zombie was to draw maggots on it. And I am not going to do that. I will try to draw anything but refuse to draw maggots *shudder* And wave goodbye to Mr.Fuzzy's long hair. Going to get it cut tomorrow *cries* :p

Happy Birthday to My Blog!!

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Cake all around! :D I am actually shocked that I have found enough to write about for so long lol Did I ever mention on here that I got my ILR ? I might have I'm not sure. Its a huge weight off of both of our backs (and not a waste of £750 yes you read that right, not a cheap thing to get and even more money to get a British passport (£600 donations please jk ;) ) if we choose to do that. Which would make sense to get as then we both could live anywhere in the EU ) So started on the pumpkins on the Halloween picture. I might do them all different shades of orange. I will just have to see if the whole piece needs the warm colours to it or if the pumpkins might be the focal point when I want the cauldron to be what a person's eyes rest at. I want to do the dragon leaning over the pumpkins various red shades but than I have to be careful no to make it too bright. I am not really worried about using red pencils and having them fade as this isn't intended to be sold, but mad

Bounce! Bounce!

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Luka in Lake Erie. For the longest time he was terrified to get in the lake. Couldn't get him to even walk across the little stream down by the dock. He hated to have a bath (what dog likes to have a bath? :P), and would start shaking as soon as we finally managed to get him in the tub. And by the time we moved away, trying to lift a 100 pound plus dog into a tub was no easy feat. Big chicken dog lol was sad but funny at the same time. Funny that this dog that people ultimately assume is mean, is shaking in fear of getting wet, but he is a big softie. We never could figure out why he was so scared of water. But that was until I got in the water. I honestly wanted to try to show him that is wasn't a scary thing and he slowly swam out to me. And then he wouldn't get out lol He started bouncing around in the water and chasing the splashes. I wish that the sun wasn't going down and that we thought about taking video. Would be great to have more pictures. Dad still tak

Flood!

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So we got home tonight after being away for about 2 hours to come home to a flood. ok not that bad, but there was a puddle on the kitchen floor by the fridge :/ It started defrosting which is really annoying but hopefully it was just because one of us didn't close the door properly. *crosses fingers* or I am going to be cooking a lot of food tonight :p So the above photo is a little stream down where I use to live. I don't actually think this stream is there anymore. I know the wood fences and gardens down there were wrecked when a dam burst near by. Lots of damage and lots of dead fish. Glad I wasn't there for that :p Lots of people had damage to their property and from what I am told its still being cleaned up. This is down by the dock (which not sure how wrecked it got in the flood). Nice quiet place to either read or go fishing. Mr.Fuzzy being a fisherman :D The fish was good and thankfully no one fell in the water :p And this is winter :) Me by the dock in my fuzzy

Death by Knitting

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deathbyknitting Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons I really can't seem to get the hang of knitting. Figured out how to cast on by myself and I know how to make a simple stitch. I just have the stitches too tight and end up with a row that you can't even move on the needle. :/ I think it is because when I made friendship bracelets and made a bunch of different macramé knots they had to be as tight as possible. I knew how to make the really fancy looking friendship bracelets, and loved having dozens of colours on my wrists. I would love to make a really long colourful knitted scarf. I think at this rate it would be faster if I made one with a bunch of friendship bracelets crochet together :p

Did Someone Kill all the Spiders?

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Halloween 2008 Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip For Sale Here Its been raining all day. And not a typical summer shower. Full blown drown in the gutters rain. The only thing that I can think of that would make it rain so much is that someone killed all the spiders in the area. Poor Fred. I really hate when it rains, its so grey all I want to do is sleep. I am just glad that my MS isn't effected by the weather (but its messing with my head (the MS, not the weather). I keep forgetting simple words :/ ), or I would be spending all day in bed and not liking it. :p The flowers and lawn are loving all the rain though. Some are dieing from too much rain but at least the front lawn is green and not a lovely shade of brown. More colourful dahlias :D They are so gorgeous and the water drops make for some interesting close up that just call to be coloured.

The Ugly Stage

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ACEO Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip I think most coloured pencil artists (not all) have a stage in their artwork that is called "the ugly stage" by a lot of them. Its the steps were colour has just been laid down, where the blending effect hasn't happened, where a piece lacks any kind of tonal value, looks really flat. In short it looks like crap :p I find this is usually the stage where newcomers to CP get really discouraged. Most people that have never used CPs don't realize how long it can sometimes take to get the same effect that can take minutes when using paint. Its hard when you look at such a piece to keep going; more so when people tell you just "keep at it", Rome wasn't built in a day yada yada. I never wanted to build Rome, just wanted to be able to make Lassie look more like a dog than a rat with dreadlocks :p (and that still happens) When people ask me for advice on using CPs, I ask them if they have a lot of patience? Do they mind mak

Is it Halloween yet?

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Started colouring my Halloween picture for this year. Still needs a lot of work on the gravestone. Definitely need to make the letters more readable, right now you can read them but I want to make them easier to read. Need to add more purples and blues to the grey so it doesn't look so flat. I still haven't decided on what colours to do the dragons. Orange is out, as there are so many pumpkins that it would be an orange overload. Some of the pumpkins will probably not be orange, all pumpkins are not orange. Colour suggestions? Another dahlia in the in laws front yard has opened. The tall plant that is 2 feet tall hasn't flowered yet but there are a lot of buds that are going to soon. And my lilies have finally flowered :D I love how pink they are, going to have to either put them in the ground or in a bigger pot next year. And Mr.Fuzzy hit himself in the head when we were trying to hang up a cupboard door and has a cut under his ear now :/ Glued shut by the nurse, and

Limes!

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So the plan today was to finish the front lawn, but it rained again :/ So we decided to see how sour we could make these cookies. :) They are sour but nowhere near as sour as I thought they would be. And we used probably about 6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice over the 2 that the recipe says to use :p The flat still smells like limes lol At least this time though we didn't double the recipe and end up with 100 cookies. Last time we did that we ended up with 3 lime pies. And while they were really really good that was a lot of pie :p Art post tomorrow and the Scottish word of the week. *off to eat another cookie* I'm so behind on reading blogs. I really need to try to catch up this weekend

RIP Killer Squash of Doom

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So the killer squash of doom is dead. For such a tall plant we only got 7 squash off of it. Need to dry them out, and after that I have no idea what I am going to do with them. Shame they are not edible as I am sure someone would have eaten them. I could try to make rattles out of them, but not sure if that would work (I could drive people insane with all the rattling :D ). Could always draw them I guess :) hmmm spot the mistake. Now I know that mistakes are made, but one would think that a person would proof read something that was going to be hung up around the store. :/

Finished FlatVideo

So 2 videos of the flat. The first a walk through once all the wallpaper was taken off and the second the flat finished. (yeah as usual I swear like a pirate, ok not that bad but it slips out a few times. I should probably be worried professionaly about posting video where I swear, so apologies. It just slips out and I don't have any audio editing programs :/) Kinda cool seeing how different it looks now compared to how it looked when we got the keys.

The Eagle has Landed!

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"Untitled" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip 12 by 8.75 Inches Coloured Pencils and Neocolour II on Rising Stonehenge Original for sale *Dances* I really like how this turned out. Love the bright colours of the background. I will definitely be doing more pieces like this. Match the background colours to either the birds plumage or to the birds natural environment. I think I will do an owl next. Not sure exactly what type of owl. Probably a Snowy Owl as they are my favorite owls. So will probably use a lot of blues and purples on the background for that. Anyone have a title suggestion. I was going to just title this Rainbow Bird #1, but it doesn't really suit the artwork.

this is... a work in progress

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So at three buttons there is a meme that people can participate in and this week it is "This is... a work in progress" chosen by debbiehill . So I was going to take a picture of a drawing that I am working on but took a picture of this bag I have been working on for a long time. Moving had made me put this away before I could get it finished. I still need to sew the bags flap together and the zipper needs to be added to the bag. I than have to make or find some kind of strap to attach to the sides. Its not a huge bag but its not that small either. I prefer bags big enough to keep everything I need in them. You never know when you might need something. I really wish I had of bought more of this fabric (I only have a yard of it, or had a yard of it :p), but it wasn't that cheap. I love when there are fabric sales, there need to be more of them :p I'm having the hardest time finding light blue or light purple buttons. One would think it would be easy to find button

Red

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A few red flowers were starting to grow where the purple Anemones were, but it rained so hard that it destroyed the petals :/ There is one little red flower that is holding on but with the rain we just had, I don't think it survived. You could almost go water skiing on the side of the road there was so much water :p Hopefully tomorrow we will have uploaded the video of the flat that we took :) And the Scottish word of the week (day late, sorry): 1. spaewife Answer to last weeks word: 1) scuddie is when you are naked. Comes in handy if you know a lot of people that are nudist or mow the lawn naked.

Flat when we moved in

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Mr Fuzzy here here are some shots of what the flat looked like when we moved in....yeah someone had taste issues, apologies to anyone who actually has wallpaper like this and likes it....but Mrs.Fuzzy and I both hated this stuff with a passion. Mrs.Fuzzy will be back tomorrow to reply to comments etc she has a migraine :( Hmm choc brown paint doorframe and half painted door....stylish :P If smoking does this to a ceiling, imagine what it does to your lungs....yuck (the white part isnt painted, it was wiped with a bleach soaked mop.....) Hmm what lurks in the sea of grass.....O.o Arr mateys I thinks I spots a drying green o'er yonder....maybe :-S Mr.Fuzzy and family members :-) with the ugly living room wall paper (grandmother, me, brother and his fiancée) Carpet that would have been considered gaudy in the 70's Wouldn't using real varnish have been easier than using this varnish effect crap? (Would have been easier to remove than this junk too :| ) Bathroom with