Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

It was a busy year for me.  Finished up a couple design projects and added some investment property to our portfolio.  All of our hard work really paid off in 2016 and we close the year with huge gains.  I have neglected most crafting this fall and focused on finishing up projects and looking forward to a few new ones in the next year.  We have been thinking about downsizing and building another home - again - Less house for me to maintain and I will get to splurge on some things I have been missing in my current home.  Most of it will be downsizing my office/craftroom area.  I really do not have time to have so many hobbies right now and less space means I don't have so much to upkeep.  I am looking forward to more adventures in 2017!~

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Echo Lake Park & Chicago Trail

Photo's from our weekly Sunday brunch hike at Echo Lake Park near Mount Evans.  A 2 hour roundtrip drive and a 4 mile hike.  Easy!  Next time I'd like to go all the way to Chicago Lake and up part of the summit.  Which would make it an 8 hour hike.   Follow me on instagram @jennycccarter  Digital downloads of my images available from

Friday, August 12, 2016

Nature Photography A New Obssession

I went to Barr Lake State Park this week to snap some bird and nature pictures.  Can you believe I left with 600 pictures? Edited down to only the select 20 or so.  The thing about shooting birds and wildlife is that you don't ever want to miss a shot. So, you capture farther away and keep shooting till they move or you get closer.  I watched a couple great video's on youtube that suggests tips, which was very helpful. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Prisma App & Flower Photography = Fun

Introducing an artistic filter app that is trending right now! Prisma founded in Russia is completely addicting!  Though, it has been so popular it can get bogged down with too many people playing....but I am sure they will fix those glitches.  Check out more of my flower photography on instagram @blume_dame.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hiking in Colorado

Colorado is one of the best states for hiking trips and living only 20 minutes from the foothills makes it great for some quick day hikes.  This weekend we went to Corwina Park near Evergreen.  There are two hikes you can take one that gradually traverses up to Panorama Point, which is above.  Or an easier route that takes you along Bear Creek.  Both are about 2.5 miles each way.  So, if you make it to the top, it's about 5 miles total.  On our way up I kept asking people, did you go all the way and most of them said no. LOL But, I was like a little kid...are we there yet? We made it though and I was quite a trooper considering I haven't hiked in a while.  Now that my shoulder is not experiencing the jarring pain, I felt great!  I took my zoom lens with me in hopes to capture some wildlife, but the birds and the chipmunks were way too fast for me to capture them on film.  We are hoping to venture out on day hikes every weekend, but that isn't always easy given our busy schedule.  If you are looking for some quick day hikes check out

Check out my Flickr account for more photos of upcoming hikes and other nature photos.  

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I love nature.

Yeah! I am so happy.  I finally replaced my old Nikon D80 with the D7100 and got to play with my Tamron 600 Zoom Lens.  These photo's are taken from 30 to 40 feet away! How awesome is that? Unfortunately, it is 100 degrees outside and that means I won't be enjoying a nice drive to shoot some photos this weekend.  :(  My photography is available for digital download on Twenty20 here

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Free Klimt Inspired Color Page

Happy Saturday!  I wasn't able to craft this week because of some medical issues.  Now that I am ready to get back into it, I have a whole list of things I want to do.  One is to start offering color pages.  Since I couldn't make anything new, I edited a piece I made for art history.  Just click on the image, right click and save to print.  Print as many as you like and color away!  Feel free to share with me!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Painted Ball Jars

I was in the middle of cleaning my craft room when I realized I need more pottery for all my brushes. Well, I was already using all of my collection already for my many pencils, pens, markers etc. So, I got inspired by Pinterest and painted these cute Ball Jars with craft paint.  Some tutorials say to use chalk paint, but craft paint dries with a matte finish so it worked perfectly.  My tip to any perfectionists out there.  Use the small edge of a sanding block.  Only on the areas that you want to show thru.  Then once you have what you like, give a second coat only to the areas you want covered better.  For quick drying, use a blow dryer. :)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Free Digital Friday - Itty Bitty American Flag

It is Friday so I thought I would start offering a free digital download.  First up is this simple flag.  Print it yourself and make your own little craft projects,  Here I have just taped the ends together, stuffed them with fiberfill and used a sparkly twist tie for the stem.  I also used a hole punch and connected them all with twine to make a little garland.  For the flags I used little dowels.  This was so easy to do and would make a great craft for the kids to make.  These make great fast and easy party decor or favors.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Patriotic Graphic Pattern Set

I finished this up this morning.  I have included versions of with and without the white depending how you want to print.  Above I printed without the white onto craft paper, which is my favorite.  These also come with just round banner tags as well for easier cutting.  Happy Crafting - There are a lot of things you can do with these patterns - as I add to them I will post some ideas as well.  

I am hoping to add more banners and other graphics to this soon.  You can get your digital download in my ETSY Shop

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Patriotic Melania Trunk

 Melanie Trunk is in my Etsy shop here
It's been a busy day and now I have to clean up my mess.  That is it for the doll making this week.  Is it Wednesday already?  Tomorrow I look forward to creating more graphics and if I have more free time well maybe a little painting. Hopefully you enjoyed this weeks creations so far.

New - Little Trinket Box

Started a quick little trinket box this morning before continuing my doll making. It is available here

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Peonies & First Ladies

I bought these gorgeous Peonies from the grocery, today.  I have been obsessed with these ever since we transplanted a couple from a demolition site.  They would be amazing - If they live thru it, that is.  

Melania Trunk is coming along.  I'm letting her dry out naturally and reserving her oven time for tomorrow.  I am still undecided on what she could wear on her head.  Is a gold crown too fancy for first lady? *wink

Raggedy Uncle Sam Make-do

This fun item is now available in my ETSY shop here
Americana is my favorite.  And I just learned that the Hobby Lobby near me is not only closer, it is less expensive than JoAnn fabrics and they have a better selection of materials for the 4th of July.

Today, I am working on Melania Trunk to pair with Donald Trunk.  Then hopefully frung a few flags and bowl fillers to go along with the Americana theme this month.  Ivy Bee enjoyed helping me stuff the doll this morning. :)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Blume Dame

Blume  - the French word for flower.  
Dame - the female equivalent to a knight.  

I added just one more IG page to my collection.  Seeing how I am obsessed with flowers and cars it just made sense to create their own pages.   Cars and Flowers is that kind of like Ying and Yang - Male and Female?  

Follow my flower photography page @blume_dame

Friday, June 3, 2016

National Donut Day

Of course my husband was the one to inform me that it is National Donut Day.  I made donut graphics in honor of the day that I cannot celebrate since I am gluten intolerant.  I love them but they do not love me.  Thankfully, gluten free food is trending right now so I can get some pretty good pastries.  Just not good bagels or donuts.  There is something about that flour!  
If you like free digital downloads of these donuts IM me.  I will be creating new stock illustrations every week.  I love drawing in Illustrator, so I figured I'd give it a try.  They will be offered in my ETSY shop soon.

Here is the first set of pattern's I will be offering.  Get a digital download for personal use in my etsy shop

Crafting Again! Finally.

Hi friends!  My first week back to creating and apart from a few moments of frustration, I am happy to announce I didn't do too bad for not creating a doll in almost 6 years.  I love how "Donald" turned out.  Yep, you guessed it, he is named after the GOP frontrunner and potential nominee.  Whether you hate that or love that, this Donald is undeniably cute.  And well if you haven't figured out why he is an elephant than you need a bit of educating. **wink.  

This fella took me three days off and on.  Things are a bit different now than last time.  For one, I have to wear reading glasses to see what I am doing.  I also find that I need a clean work area.  I went into this project with a bit of a mess already and I kept losing things amongst the mess.  Ha  So, after I finished I cleaned and organized. So happy thought that I have my large studio space.  I can keep my office area separate and clean while I throw fabric around my crafts space. lol

Check out Donald's Listing here