a moment in good karma :: happy breakfast

Way to put a smile on your face :)

 A reminder that good karma is always around the bend.
Even on the rainiest of days

Keep the good vibes coming, share your good karma moment in the comments for all of us to see. :)

Homemade Craft Connection :: Personal Coat-of-Arms

Coat of Arms were originally used to identify noble families and clans. These pictograms were a perfect choice during a time when most folks couldn’t read or write. And let’s face it, when the men were all armored-up it was near impossible to tell them apart.

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These crests eventually became a symbol of identity and lineage that were pasted down for generations with each element, animal and symbol holding strong meaning to the person that donned them. They tell a story of your family, social status, interests, heritage, allegiances. They are a visual record of your legacy.

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Creating a Coat-of-Arms is an intimate and personal undertaking that should be authentic to you. What story do you want to tell? What colors, animals and symbols best represents you? Think about using design element like wavy lines or chevrons as dividing elements. And remember every element represents something.

Next week I’ll be sharing with you the symbolism behind these three coat-of-arms that I created.  Along with a few prompts and ideas on how you can create and design your own.

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I will also be offering commissions. They make wonderful wedding and baby shower gifts. So if you’d like for me to design a personal crest for you or someone you love just send me an email at cindyann@blupenny.com or visit my etsy shop. I will have them listed there shortly.


Share Out :: 5 Things I’ve been diggin’

Here are a few of the things I’ve been diggin’ lately!

1. iFontMaker Have you seen this super cool ipad app? It lets you make your own Typeface!!! How cool is that!?!

2. Red Tinted Lip Balm, because RED totally ROCKS.

3. Color by Victoria Finlay has been seriously educational and at times completely fascinating. It should be a requirement for every artist to read. These days we have no idea where our pigments were derived from. I think it’s important to know!

4. Knitting!! My daughter and I learned to knit for free at the library this summer and now there is no stopping us.

5. This little Pinterest trick to see who’s been pinning your images: 

Homemade Craft Connection :: Lip Balm Locket (part 2)

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Every locket tells a story. Personalized and monogram your locket with words of inspiration, your initials or words of undying affection.

To do this easy image transfer You’ll Need:

  • a design (use mine or make your own)
  • a scanner
  • a printer and printer paper
  • scissors
  • acrylic gel medium
  • paint brush
  • towel rag

(download this template)

1. Decide what you want the front of your locket to say. Trace your locket so you have a template.

2. Draw your design or use one of mine.

3. Scan your design and reverse the image.

4. Prep your locket by using sandpaper to scratch the front surface of your locket.

5.  Cut out your design.

6. Apply a coat of gel medium to the top of your print-out and the front of the locket keeping the brush strokes even and in the same direction.

7. Allow the first coat to dry.

8. Apply a second coat of gel medium to both the locket and your print-out.

9. Using your fingers press your design face down onto place on your locket making sure there are no bubbles.

10. Let fully dry overnight.

11. With a wet rag moisten your image transfer until it is completely soaked through.

12. Gently rub off the paper fibers with your fingers to reveal the image below then let dry.

13. Apply a coat of gloss gel medium on top of your image and let dry.

14. String your locket on a chain and it is ready to wear.


a moment in good karma :: old school selfie

Old school selfie on back to school night

“Hello my name is Ava Blu. What I like about myself is riding horses, knitting, swimming and everybody gives me compliments on my eyes.”

 A reminder that good karma is always around the bend.
Even on the rainiest of days

Keep the good vibes coming, share your good karma moment in the comments for all of us to see. :)

Some inspiration for the weekend

Do you need a little pick me up or perhaps some inspiration for the weekend? I sure do!

Here are a few of the phrases that have been bouncing around in my head that I just had to write down and hang up on my wall.

Dreams are FREE. I think sometimes we forget that or think we don’t have the right to dream really big for what we really want.

If you don’t ask, you don’t receive. You have to speak up for yourself. Know what what you want and ask for it, don’t just settle. How are other’s suppose to know what you’re thinking if you don’t tell them? Most people aren’t mind readers.

Slow and steady wins the race. Do one thing everyday toward your dreams. It can be the littest thing as long as it is moving you in the right direction.

…and for an extra jolt of inspiration today just watch this!! It had me in tears.

The power of color :: RED

Red has been my power color since I was kid. My first pair of glasses were red-rimmed just like Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Lynda Carter). And in college you could always find me sporting bright red ruby lips. I think I need to invest in another tube of lipstick and reclaim my power.

Red is strong, bold and powerful. It cuts through like a knife. Red is the longest wavelength of light and is the highest arc in the rainbow. It is the first color you lose sight of at twilight and is know for holding the most personal meaning for folks.

Red is H-O-T HOT. It is commonly associated with love, passion, warmth and aggression. Red is both the color of Cupid and the Devil. Of all the hues red is the most potent and full of duality. This hue can conjures up a range of conflicting emotions from rage and anger to fearlessness and lust. Red is the color of blood and with that comes many healing properties such as energizing the heart and blood circulation as well as stimulating ovulation and bringing warmth and energy to a fatigued person.

Red is dripping with confidence. It grabs your attention and makes people take notice.  Get an easy boost of confidence by applying a coat of red lipstick to your lips. Red lips has been a sign of immortality for centuries. The Egyptian even went so far as to made sure they were buried with pots of rouge for just for that reason. Red amulets were even worn to help prolong life.

In Eastern Cultures, like China, red is the color of happiness, good luck and prosperity. In India it represents purity. A bride’s wedding gown has traditionally been red for centuries in both China and India. While in South Africa it is the color of mourning.

Red is know for stimulating the appetite and increase your cravings for food which is why you will often find it being used in restaurant decor and logos. Red has been know to improve your memory and increase your focus and in the practice of Feng Shui a red door means “Welcome”.

A little bit of red goes a long way. You need to strike a delicate balance when using red in your life. Too much can make you irritable and angry. Too little and you may become fearful and easily manipulated.

Red Symbolizes: passion, action, speed, attention-getting, confidence, boldness, power,  courage, strength, aggression, anger, ruthless, rebellion, fearlessness, rich, regal, seedy, sexy, self-assurance, empowered, assertion, danger, prosperity, purity, life- giving, sacred fire, , leadership, ambition joy, luck, excitement, vigor, vitality, strength, danger, war,  revolution, happiness

Shades of Red: blood red, china red, vermilion red, crimson, fire engine red, scarlet, brick red, burgundy, maroon, ruby, rust, rouge, tomato red

Homemade Craft Connection :: Lip Balm Locket (part 1)

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Now that school has started and we are falling into a regular routine I’m aiming to publish a new Homemade Craft Connection project once a week. (Sometimes “saying it”makes it more real and always has a way of making me accountable!) So on to this weeks Homemade Craft Connection Post

Lip Balm Locket

Lockets have been around for centuries and were often handed down for generations. They have been know to hold everything from keepsakes, good luck charms, locks of hair, pictures, and love notes. This DIY romantic heart worn around your neck is the perfect place to store your lip balm for a moments notice.

To Make the Lip Balm You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 table spoons of bees wax per locket
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 10 drops + 1 drop for good luck of peppermint
  • Your favorite lipstick
  • A double boiler
  • Grader
  • blank locket(s)
  • A paring knife for trimming

1.  Grate bees wax so you have approximately 3-4 table spoons of bees wax per locket.

2.  Using a double boiler melt the bees wax.

3.  Add in the coconut oil and peppermint to the melted wax.

4.  When fully melted pour the wax into one half of the locket. (don’t worry if it overflows you will be able to trim it after it hardens.)

5.  Return remaining wax back to the double boiler and add in your lipstick color.

6.  When fully melted and mixed pour your tinted wax into the remaining locket half.

7.  Let sit and harden for approximately 20 minutes.

8.  Trim off excess wax with a paring knife.

I’ll be sharing how to created the art on the front of the locket next week in part 2.

This & That : Sunsets and Paintbrushes

A bit of this and bit of that…sunsets, paintbrushes, scheduling conflicts, appointments and time that seems to simultaneously slip by and stand still. That’s what this week has been like.