Hi friends! Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans. I spent a lovely afternoon visiting with family, outside and socially distanced of course. It was a lovely cool summer day and it was nice to be with hubby’s side of the family, most of whom I haven’t seen since before lock down. It sure is nice to see people. I hope you had a nice day today too!
Hi friends! When I recorded my Sat Chat to on Friday I was still quite sore from a spill I took walking my crazy dog the night before. I didn’t realize that I had 2372 mothers on YouTube that would be so darn worried so let me assure you that Yes, I am fine (Look, I am typing this right now) and No, I do not need an X-ray. I have 3 kids and a husband who played sports so I know the difference between something that is serious and isn’t. If it didn’t feel better with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) I would go to the doctor. But here I am 48+ hours after the fall feeling like a new woman with a full range of motion. Doctor, schmoctor.
All kidding aside am touched by the concern but truly I am fine. I hope this prevents any worry for anyone watching the video for the first time as well. I’m a tough old bird and it will take a lot more than a mean cat and scared dog to take me down, let’s hope we just don’t run into that bear we talked about last week LOL!
I don’t have a sketchbook Sunday this week because I spent most of the week working on the filming room and a large off YouTube freelance project but I will have one next week. Yesterday I hung up some quilts in the room which helped with the echo but I still need to tweak the sound a bit. Also the lighting was too bright in today’s video, I don’t think I need the overhead lights and my studio lights for filming. It will take a few videos it get it perfect:)
Recipe from the video! Hearty oatmeal:
In a microwave safe glass bowl mix 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, a cubed tart apple and a dash of cinnamon with 1 cup of water and microwave for 3 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder, a sliced banana, any berries you have on hand and dried fruit/nuts if desired.
Mix up and enjoy! Makes 2 servings.
Take care of yourself, build up that immune system with healthy food and exercise and avoid mean scary cats and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! No too much excitement here this week expect there have been many black bear sightings in my neighborhood! We had a large bag of birdseed taken from out porch and eaten near our woods. I don’t think a squirrel could have carried it off so I presume it was our friendly local bear. I did manage to get my “play art desk: set up in the corner of out new addition and it is so nice to sit here and paint for fun in a sketchbook with a simple set of watercolors. I decided I need some non-work art in my life. Also they sketchbook will be nice to mine ideas from for future tutorials.
I’ll catch you up with everything else in this weeks Sat chat!
That’s it for me today. The Pelican artwork I shared is up in critique club now. I have quite a lot on my plate this week so hopefully I’ll have something intersting to share next time. Happy crafting!
Hi friends, Just before I got set to record my weekly crafty chat I learned that two more wonderful craft companies were shutting down. Consumer Crafts (closed as of Friday) and Darice which will close in November. Let’s talk.
The comments over on YouTube have been filled with thoughtful conversations about why this is happening. Some speculated that Micheal’s bought those companies to close them and remove the competition, others thought Michael’s needed to tighten their belts and the companies didn’t earn their keep. Some thought Covid-19 store closures were to blame and the fact people may have lost income and stopped buying craft supplies. Another thought is that the stores didn’t have enough to sell between tariffs and China getting hit hard by Covid-19 and having to temporarily close so many factories. One viewer smartly noted that most art supplies are made in USA/Europe and most craft supplies are made in China. I think it was a little bit of everything.
I had many people ask for recommendations of where to shop for supplies online. I’ll share my favorites. Feel free to share yours in the comments below:)
Topflight Stamps: They carry a huge selection of stamps from around the world that are hard to find elsewhere. They are also a sponsor of some on my YouTube videos. SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!
Hallmark Scrapbook: This store is a gem, The prices are great, they carry lots of popular brands. Lots of papercrafting and mixed media supplies and the owner Jodi is so sweet!
Joggles is a treasure trove of all kinds of supplies from stamping, altered art, felting, paper crafting mixed media and more but their highlight is their stencil selection!
Scrapbook Pal is another winner especially if you want great prices on Copic markers, nibs and refills. Lots of papercraft goodies too!
If you can’t find what you want at the above companies chances are Simon Says Stamp will have it. Their prices are a bit higher than the other companies but their selection is second to none. Shipping can be slow tho.
Art Supply companies:
Jerry’s Artarama has great prices on brand name art supplies but also has a few propriety brands that are fabulous. You can find Creative Mark products, their house brand, that is excellent! I even have 3 signature sets with them:)
Blick Art Materials is a great resource for artists and teachers alike. They also have great prices on a huge selection of name brand art supplies and their Blick Studio line of products (Their Brush markers are so good!) is not to be missed!
Jackson’s Art Supplies This UK based company ships worldwide and their prices and postage are very reasonable which is nice for folks outside of the USA with fewer choices. Good prices for USA shoppers too!
And finally I want to mention a newcomer to the art scene, Arteza has American and UK shops and ships to many countries. They have a wonderful selection of higher end student art supplies and fantastic prices. I recommend this for people who want to experiment with solid quality supplies for little money. Great supplies to give your teens as well. I use their stuff a lot and really, the quality for price can’t be beat. They have offerings in most art categories. Looks go the “expert” label for the highest quality products. You can also save 10% on your order with coupon code: LindsayWeirich1
I’m sure there are more stores to suggest. The customer service at these stores are top notch too. I would be heartbroken if any of those stores closed down so if you are in need of any art supplies please have a look there first. You won’t be disappointed! The stores I mentioned carry a large variety of brands and products which I thought would be very useful to you. Feel free to share recommendations in comments. Happy crafting!
Here is the info on Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) closing down. Make sure if you are a subscriber you take advantage of the service while it is available (they will issue prorated refunds.) Also if you bought classes or patterns make sure you watch the classes and download copies of the patterns. Hopefully, they figure out a way for people to download their paid for classes. I hate it when a big company take over and ruins a great thing:(
Hi friends! I hope you had a nice weekend! I realized that I am few posts behind on updating my blog (We spent the weekend painting the addition!) so I am going to post my weekly Saturday chat and sketchbook Sunday in one post! I hope it’s not “too much Lindsay” for you.
And here is a look at this weeks Sketchbook Sunday painting.
And here is the time-lapse video. There is a rel time lesson for this painting in Critique Club.
Hi friends! Here we are on the 87th of March, it’s a beautiful Blursday. How are you holding up? I’m doing fine, let’s chit chat!
I thought I’d share a few bread pics. It’s quite a thrill to see how each one turns out!
I used the starter recipe from Kitchn, it was the simplest, quickest and I had everything I needed. I’m not fancy as you know. Scroll to the end of the sourdough starter recipe for the bread recipes.
It’s like magic. How does this make bread and not paste? I am in awe.
After this last loaf I stuck my starter in the fridge because I was feeling like sourdough was taking over my life. I never did have to throw away any starter tho, on one “non loaf day” I made scallion pancakes with the discard and one day I just made a sourdough discard pancake and put peanut butter and sugar-free jam on it. Both were so delicious and so light and fluffy! As a dietary vegan any pancakes I’ve ever made have been heavy so I usually don’t bother but pour off the starter you’d toss on a hot oiled pan and it is the perfect vegan pancake and no waste! After the scallion pancake (you pour off the starter you would throw away at feeding on to a hot oiled pan and sprinkle on sliced green onions, sesame seeds and salt, wait for it to bubble a bit, flip it, cook a couple more minutes and eat!) I decided to see if I could keep my green onions growing so I plopped them root down in a mason jar with 2″ of water in it. We’ll see how that goes but if I don’t have to buy them every week I can literately save dollars by the end of the year LOL! I’m practically a homesteader now. They look cute in the mason jar too, I think I feel another quarantine still life coming on. I was thinking I might like to try wine making next. Happy crafting!