26 April 2009

New goodies in Etsy Shop!!!

Hey lovelies!!
I just finished a weekend of creating some really cool multi-media necklaces for the Etsy shop!! I am really excited about these pieces because they encompass a lot of my favorite things!! I especially like that you take something eveyday-ish, like a domino, and then turn it into a mini-piece of art on a necklace!! I love them!!
Here is a little peek :)

My favorite one is the "Scrap girl" one. It is so cute and has a lot of cool details!! Please hop on over to the shop and check them out!!!
I also made this cutie-pie little painting for Nicole to celebrate her engagement day:

Soooo cute!! Ok, I am off to post the winner for my give-a-way over at my blog :) Hope you all had an amazingly lovely weekend!!

25 April 2009

Just to let you know!!!!

I'm engaged!!!  To the love of my life Matthew Mankus.  Check it out:

I'll totally blog more later, but i have to celebrate!!!
-NB...soon to be NM

17 April 2009

Flickr Faves.

I am feeling super inspired to create things lately. I have organized my craft space and I am ready to roll!! Here are some of my flickr faves that have gotten me in the mood to make stuff! Hopefully you will be inspired too!!

1. Felt Fast Foods, 2. C365, 213 - Circles in Progress, 3. addicted..., 4. 'I Heart Handmade' Mobile, 5. pretty coasters, 6. embroidered*dinos, 7. 100_7689, 8. needlepoint necklace, 9. eat, 10. mixed media, 11. late night stitching (w.i.p), 12. FRA[n]BBIT 2

16 April 2009

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung. Go out and play in this mazing weather!!!!! Go and do some photo journalism of your amazing day out.  Give us your flicker show us your shots!

15 April 2009

Organic Forms

So I just started my favorite project of the year with m ceramic class. It is to go and fine natural items around the school yard and press them into free form forms they've created. Here is one I made. It is probably my favorite piece I've ever made with clay!!!

Here is some more natural inspiration that is made from all natural things, or is inspired by nature!!  Enjoy!!!

13 April 2009


Yellowbarnart was featured over at The Spark!!! Go check it out and leave us some comment loooove!!! We love all of you!

09 April 2009

Yellow Barn...Literally!

One of my fantastic students, Stevie, is awesome and is cutting some shapes for me in his industrial tech class. Don't worry, he's finished with his project and has nothing to do. He cut out two amazing barns for me in honor of yellowbarn. I painted them and surprised my sister with one. Isn't it sooooo stinkin cute?

This is how I think I'm going to write our name on my art pieces!!

Journal Prompt #3:
Write 3-5 short letters to people who have affected your life.  Whether it was positively or negatively, write to them. Write each one in a different font.  Add a border and frame the most important letter with some sort of doodle.  I recommend different color text too!  Luck and show us some of your work!!!

The next one is too my boo.  He is stellar!  And my mommasita.  The most amazing person I have ever known. (Well my dad to, but you get it)

And last, but not least my sthneey!  I got this font from her.  It was a big hit in my sculpture class!

Finally the next sweet addition to yellowbarnart.  A new necklace.  The last ones sold quick, so get it while its hot.  Don't forget to hit up our brand-spankin-new etsy
Again thanks so much for the love you have all shown us.  And if you don't already, follow our blog.  It's so bomb!

08 April 2009


We finally have the beginnings of an ETSY shop up and running :) We would love for you to stop buy and check it out HERE!

Journal Prompt #2

Okay: Here is another prompt. Journal a day in the life of you. Even if you didn't have the best day, show us. As you can see, this morning started with the battery in my bedroom fire alarm dying. For those of you who don't know, I have vaulted ceilings in my condo and no 13 foot ladder. Boo! So I had to build a makeshift ladder our of my dresser and a step stool. Very Scary, especially at 12:35 am. But it was my day, so I deal!!! Okay try to have at least 20 sections in your day. Make sure each box has some words and some pics! Do stick people if need be, just draw!!!

Matt was preping for an interview...ps, he got the job...and we were doing ink blots. I think I might be crazy because I always saw a scary monster. Matt said the "correct" answers were animals or things in nature!!! Oh well!

Sorry about the crap quality of the pics, but I took them with my iphone (which might I add is the greatest phone ever!!!) and there is no flash. Sorry lovies. But get creative and send us a link or pic so we can post yours!!

04 April 2009

New Creating!

Here is a lovely embroidered piece that I created, inspired by Spring!
This cute little owl is something that I am drawing everywhere :)
Her name is Ruby :)
Anyway, the color that I used are one of my current favorite spring color combos. I am loving magenta, green and yellow!! I embroidered it on some designer fabric that I had left over. I love it and it will be up in our Etsy shop as soon as we get it running :)

Also, we need more followers :) Follow this blog :)
Goodnight lovelies!!!

02 April 2009

Journal Prompts

Okay!!!  So here are some journal prompts to get the creative juices-a-flowing!  These are some I have done with my students and they ran with them. I am going to give the same "requirements" I gave them, but feel free to bend, break, and create new rules.  If you choose to do these journal pages, send us a link so we can post them and show off your mad skills!!!

Here is #1:  Getting to know you.  This is the first page in my journal and will help us to get to know some of you...our amazing followers!!!

1. Self-Portrait Page: This page is about you. Give me a glimpse of you. Fill the page.
• Full name
• 10 words to describe yourself
• 1 additional type of paper
• paint
• your family or ethnic background
• a cut-out (be creative…anything you want, like, or think looks good)
• a photo of yourself
The above things are required. Feel free to add anything else you want. This is your sketchbook/journal. Make it yours!!!

Here is the whole page!  I love the paper doll cut outs.  I just used gridded paper!

I am a proud English, Irish, German, and Russian girl.  There is also Greek in there somewhere, but I'd have to bust out the family tree to find it!  These are my grandparent's maiden and married names.

Here are 10 words describing me.  I love using multiple fonts on a page!

This is my favorite pic of myself.  My Matt took it at Janel's wedding.  I thought the sepia tone looked good with the black sketchy paint behind it.

Prompt #2:  
Find a photo of you and this special someone or just the special someone. Slap that down on your page. Now list all the characteristics of that person that you like. And this could be about anyone: your significant other, your child, your dog, your cat, your friend, anyone! Use love colors if you want, or just a fun color combo. Try experimenting with large and small fonts. Bold and skinny. Have fun with it!
I actually used screen printing block ink for the purple and acrylic for the blue.  I splatterd my page with the colors and used a credit card to spread it down the page.  I then watered down some of the blue to look runny.  I tried to find color changes to add my text in.

Matt is going to kill me for zooming in on this one, but it truly is adorable.  My title is the "What I love about you" in the heart.  Fill it up.  Use all of your page.

#3!!! Create a calendar journal for the month of April. Snip, Tear, or write on each day a word or two, draw a pic, or fill it with a summary for that day. Add paint, doodles, magazine cut-outs. Add a background with paint, ink, or drawings to fit the mood of the month to make it all cohesive. Change the title (April) to make it your own.
I kind of had to make up this month and just guess how each of my days would be.  I added a few plans that I already had set.

Can't wait for the RVA Weekend!!

Yikes, I forgot to rotate this one.  But you get the idea.  Do each day at a time and sum it up.  Have fun with it and be truthful!

I hope you enjoy these activities.  Don't forget to send us pics of your sketchbooks.  I'll try and post one a day.  Between Janel and I, we should be able to do it.   Comment us and let us know what you think!  Happy Creating!! -n