Glimmerbug Handmade Art

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New Paintings are in the Art Boutique! Perfect Christmas Gifts!

Handmade Art Shop, Mixed Media Projects, New Art!Jill AdamyComment
These two cutie pies are ready for a new home! Come and check them out (and other new paintings) this Saturday at my art boutique.

These two cutie pies are ready for a new home! Come and check them out (and other new paintings) this Saturday at my art boutique.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting back into my art and finding a new routine now that my mom has moved on from this world to the next. At first, it was a bit difficult to fill the hours of my day that I spent with her but now that she’s gone, I’m getting into my new routine and new way of life. It’s sad, but I’m not dwelling. She lived a great life and at 83, she had a lot of greatness that she got to experience. So I choose to think about that sort of thing instead of being all sad and woeful.

I’ve spent some time painting some new pieces that are really adorable, whimsical and colorful!

These new paintings are all packaged up and ready to go and will be available at my open shop hours this Saturday (October 19) from 10-2. If you’d like to purchase them without a visit, drop me a note and we’ll coordinate!

As you’ll notice, I love to paint adorable birds, owls and other animals. Something about their innocence and sweetness is what I love about that subject. Truth be told, I’d probably just paint pugs every single day if not for these other little creatures that I love so dearly.


Halloween Art Projects and Swaps Are Keeping Me Busy

Art Swaps, Mixed Media Projects, HalloweenJill AdamyComment
Pumpkin mixed media block is ready to head to a member of my art swap group. Hope she likes it!

Pumpkin mixed media block is ready to head to a member of my art swap group. Hope she likes it!

Halloween is like the funnest. Most fun? Best fun? Well, I’m not sure how to word it, but whatever way you do, know that I love Halloween and creating stuff in the Halloween genre. While I’m not really into really scary or gory decorations, I do love cute, quirky, whimsical and colorful decorations. In fact, my mother-in-law and I went out shopping last week during her visit up north to get some new decorations for Halloween. We set up an adorable Halloween village in our entry way to greet visitors, complete with colorful orange candy corn lights! Very festive and the kids LOVE it!

Anyhow, in my favorite FB art group, we love swapping art that we’ve made for one another. This month, shocker, it’s been Halloween themed and I’ve had a blast coming up with some creative pieces, including a mixed media wooden block with an adorable witchy hat pumpkin perched on top!

So I wanted to share with you some photos of the projects I’ve been working on that I’ll be sending out to my artsy friends this week in celebration of the “funnest” Holiday in the fall!

Next up is the Dia de los Muertos shrine that I signed up to make for one of my art friends. I really didn’t have a box here to use, so I decided to construct one out of foam core board and really make it from scratch. Using colorful papers, rolled papers to make roses and a paper doll sugar skull that I found on Pinterest, I was able to build this little shrine with lots of colorful and glittery touches, making it a one-of-a-kind from scratch project. I love how it turned out!

Next, I wanted to share with you all the little 6x6 Teeny Mini Pocket Albums that I’ve created thanks to a wonderful tutorial on the Septeria18 YouTube channel. I wasn’t sure what to do with this paper pad that I had until I found this tutorial and created a bunch of these little albums filled with Halloween goodies! All of them are different and really fun to make. I can’t wait to send them off to some of my art friends for them to enjoy!

Finally, I want to share with you some cute ATCoins that I made up for another swap with an art friend. Using the Halloween “theme”, I was able to create some cute and quirkly little coins to send to her this week! Have you ever made an ATCoin before? They’re so much fun… and so addicting! Definitely try it sometime if you haven’t! It’s creating art with no set of rules or boundaries!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my Halloween projects and creations so far. I’m going to be working on some 3D fabric pumpkins next that I cannot wait to try out!

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday Funday in My Art Boutique!

Handmade Art ShopJill AdamyComment
Small paintings and little ornaments are just a few of the pieces that went to a new home today!

Small paintings and little ornaments are just a few of the pieces that went to a new home today!

What a beautiful Sunday today in Harvard! Gorgeous foliage and warm temps brought out not only the lady bugs but some new faces to my shop as well! It’s always so exciting to meet people and show them my artwork!

Hand painted black and white “Boo” sign with orange and black embellishments is an adorable little piece to hang on a door knob or place on a windowsill.

Hand painted black and white “Boo” sign with orange and black embellishments is an adorable little piece to hang on a door knob or place on a windowsill.

I’ve got some new Halloween pieces that I just added to my shop this morning (they’re not online ready for purchase yet!) Halloween is one of the most fun little holidays, especially since now that I have little kids, they get super stoked for it like I do! We love to decorate and put up all the little bits and bobs throughout the house each year. Although, I must admit, none of us appreciate really scary looking decorations, we have our share of cute and quirky pieces that bring us happiness each and every year!

If you’re looking to pay a visit to my shop, please absolutely come by! I’ll have the shop open next weekend (probably Saturday from 10-2). I’ve got loads of handmade cards, paintings, Halloween decorations and more, all just waiting for a new home to call their own!

Glimmerbug Handmade Art Shop Boutique Will Be Open Tomorrow (October 13th)

Announcements, Events, Handmade Art ShopJill AdamyComment
Lots of paintings are ready for you to hang in your home or gift to someone special!

Lots of paintings are ready for you to hang in your home or gift to someone special!

I’m opening up the shop tomorrow from 10-2, so come on over, check out some of my new art pieces (I’ve got the cutest little Halloween trinkety boxes!) and visit with me for a little bit! If the flag is flying, the shop is open!

Right now, I’m finishing up some really cute Halloween projects. These are for art swaps with my friends, but I’ll have some hanging around for you to check out if you’d like to see how they’re turning out. They’re little books filled with cute little Halloween images, little pockets and tags. I love creating tiny pieces, especially little books like these! It’s sort of like a mindless paper craft that I can do while watching the baseball playoffs!

So, if you’re around and looking for something to do, take a drive out to my shop! Here’s the address:

361 Old Littleton Road
Harvard, MA 01451

I’ll have the shop open from 10AM - 2PM!

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A Successful Open Studios Weekend!

Events, Handmade Art ShopJill AdamyComment
One of my faithful shop assistants, Lea the Pug, stood waiting to greet visitors. Bummer for her that I ushered her back into the house before anyone arrived. But, let’s just say, somebody LOVES laying in those warm sunny rays that stream through the doors in the shop.

One of my faithful shop assistants, Lea the Pug, stood waiting to greet visitors. Bummer for her that I ushered her back into the house before anyone arrived. But, let’s just say, somebody LOVES laying in those warm sunny rays that stream through the doors in the shop.

I’m thrilled! Seriously! This weekend was the very first time I participated in the Bolton Harvard Open Studios event that is held yearly in our two neighboring towns and I am absolutely floored by all the people that came to visit me and see my art! And pretty much every visitor made a purchase, which was so fantastically fabulous, I can hardly stand it!!! Thank you to everyone that came out to support me these last two days during my inaugural voyage of open studios and seeing my shop/boutique setup. It was so exciting to meet each and every one of you and I’m thankful that you all stopped by!

Hanging by the front door of my shop are my little hand painted “Welcome” signs. Some are blank that can be customized, like with your town name or last name. These are hand painted onto the boards that my little kiddos broke when they took Tae Kwon Do so each board size is slightly different but still very cool!

Hanging by the front door of my shop are my little hand painted “Welcome” signs. Some are blank that can be customized, like with your town name or last name. These are hand painted onto the boards that my little kiddos broke when they took Tae Kwon Do so each board size is slightly different but still very cool!

Saturday the shop was open from 10-4 and it was a steady group of folks coming to visit and see the art that I create in my home studio while my littles are at school. Overall, everyone was just so sweet and complimentary about my art, my process and my inspiration behind the pieces that I create. It was such fun meeting each person (and a few neighbors!)

Painted rocks and whimsical clay houses are displayed in the case inside my shop with eye catching color and fun little details. These were a big hit with the kids that visited the shop during the Bolton Harvard Open Studios.

Painted rocks and whimsical clay houses are displayed in the case inside my shop with eye catching color and fun little details. These were a big hit with the kids that visited the shop during the Bolton Harvard Open Studios.

Sunday I had the shop open from 12-4 and again, it was steady with more visitors and neighbors stopping by to check out my art and chat about the pieces I create. I even got to meet one of the town newspaper reporters (I see his name in the byline each week so it was pretty much like meeting a celebrity!).

This whole weekend was such a treat and I’m so thrilled to have met each of the people that took the time to visit me and buy some of my art. I can’t thank you enough for your support and encouragement!

So I’m wondering…. if I was to open up my shop for visitors on a more regular basis, what hours would you prefer? Weekends (12PM - 4PM) or select weekdays (maybe like 10AM - 2PM)? Would you want to stop by for a visit?

The Glimmerbug Handmade Art Shop is Open!

Announcements, Events, Handmade Art ShopJill AdamyComment

Whew!

I can’t believe it. After all this time, I’ve finally gotten all my ducks in a row and opened up my handmade art shop, located at my home. It’s surreal. And fabulous. And so much fun! I’m beyond thrilled with how today went with all the visitors who came to check out my art while on their tour of the Bolton and Harvard Open Studios.

Since buying this house about 6 months ago, my family has had a vision of turning the front enclosed porch into a little art shop with all of my handmade pieces on display. Our goal was to set everything up when we first moved in to get it up and running as quickly as possible, but with my mom’s health and being her care givers, we had to put that idea on hold so we could focus on her and her well being.

Sadly, now that she’s gone, we now have a little more time to devote to putting into our shop idea. So here we are, diving headlong into this little venture. It’s nothing fancy, nothing over the top. Just an adorable little room filled with sunlight and jazz tunes and colorful mixed media art!

Today was an absolute blessing! I never thought I’d have as many visitors as I did. The Bolton Harvard Open Studios event has been in the planning for several months now, and being that this was my first year, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In the past, I’ve always done fairly large craft shows and events, with hours upon hours of tent setup and merchandising all of my art with a secret fear of each event having some sort of rain or crummy weather that would ruin my art. Talk about stressful. But now, I’ve got such a cute little setup and I don’t have to tear down, worry about rain or being unsure if the money that I put into the cost of the show was going to be made back. Now, my art is just up there on the walls of the shop for all who visit to look at and enjoy (which I hope they did!)

So thank you to all of the wonderful folks who came out today to support my art and visit the first day of my shop being open. It was an exciting day for all of us (my kids as well because they’ve been working hard helping us set up too!)

Hope you’ll come back and visit again soon! I’ll have the shop open tomorrow (Sunday, September 29) from 12-4 so stop on by!

Open Studios This Weekend! Come on By!

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I bought the cutest shelf at Home Goods and set it up in my shop to feature seasonal pieces, like Halloween and Fall.

I bought the cutest shelf at Home Goods and set it up in my shop to feature seasonal pieces, like Halloween and Fall.

This weekend is very exciting and I’m counting the hours til I open up my art shop for the very first time! Bolton and Harvard Open Studios is happening on Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 12-4. I’ve got a ton of new art pieces to show you as well as a bunch of adorable Fall and Halloween creations as well!

As I look around at all the art that I have hanging and set up, I realize I need to do more! I always thought I had a ton of stuff and now that I look around at the shop finally set up, I better get cracking to make more!!

Wall of art pieces in the shop.  Still have 2 more walls left to fill!

Wall of art pieces in the shop. Still have 2 more walls left to fill!

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, stop by and say hello. There’s a bunch of us participating in this weekend’s event at various home studios as well as at the Bolton Town Common and Five Sparks here in Harvard.

Coming Soon! Open Studios Event!

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We’re only a little over a week away from this year’s Bolton & Harvard Open Studios event on September 28 and 29th. We are keeping busy over here getting our studio/shop ready for visitors that weekend. It’s so exciting! I’ve got so many new pieces for you to see (and I won’t be posting them online until after the event! Like TONS of new paintings and art pieces! It’s gonna be great! Hope you can make it out one of the days and stop by to say hello!

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Project Share: Halloween File Folder

Mixed Media Projects, Art SwapsJill AdamyComment
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I’m slowly getting back into creative mode after losing my mom 2 weeks ago. It wasn’t a total shock, but I don’t think it’s something you’re ever fully prepared for. It’s hard to wrap my head around not seeing her anymore. But all that emotion is for another day, another post. Once when I’m ready to have a good cry. Not today.

Today is about sharing a project that I’ve worked on these last few days as I slowly play catch up on the art swaps that I haven’t prioritized for the last couple of weeks. This is a file folder, Halloween themed, that I’ve decorated with paint, ribbon, stamps and collage for the recipient. I’ve also added in some little treats within the folds of the file folder, such as little pockets and creative pieces like pumpkins, crows, cats and a little “nut or candy cup” that the recipient can put together and place on their desk. A perfect little spot for candy corns!

I have such a great time creating items for Halloween! It’s definitely one of my favorite little holidays! So bright and colorful and full of whimsy. This project has inspired me to make more Halloween themed pieces for sure!

Hope you’ve got some Halloween fun on your art table! Tis the season for all things fall and Halloween!


Weekend Wrap Up and Highlights: Berries, Jams and Best Friends

Kids, Our Country Home, PersonalJill AdamyComment
Starting to pick the blackberries, along with a couple of extra little goodies from our new garden.

Starting to pick the blackberries, along with a couple of extra little goodies from our new garden.

Each day we’re outside, we’ve got an audience of wildlife that watches us as we work around our yard. This little sweetie was out watching me as I picked green beans.

Each day we’re outside, we’ve got an audience of wildlife that watches us as we work around our yard. This little sweetie was out watching me as I picked green beans.

In the Garden

As the summer winds down and the hot days seem to be coming to a close, we’re slowing down on our blueberry picking (only about 4 quarts per day now)! Next up are all the vegetables from our little mini garden. We have never had a big veggie garden so when we decided to start one earlier this summer, we started small. Just a small little 4x4 raised garden that we found online. Figured it was a good, manageable start for me and the kids to tend to and see if it was something we could keep up with. We didn’t plant too much, just your standard: green beans, peppers, peas and tomatoes. So far, I’m happy to report, the green beans and peppers are flourishing! We’ve got quite an abundant crop going on over here and the kids run out there each day and joyfully pick what’s available. The tomatoes on the stalks are getting bigger and hopefully will be turning red pretty soon, as we patiently watch them grow.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that this house has 25 blueberry bushes that are quite mature, so the crop that we’ve been picking at since July has been nothing short of plentiful! If I’ve calculated correctly, we’ve picked over 60 pounds of those juicy little blueberries! They’re gorgeous, sweet and plump! Funny fact: We actually call the blueberry patch “Frannie Farmer’s Blueberries” because our oldest pug, named Frances, loves hobbling out there in the mornings to watch us pick and to be gingerly fed some sweet berries here and there by her favorite boy!

My 7 year old has the magic touch when it comes to our old pug, Frances. She’s a little picky about who feeds her by hand and loves it when he is out there picking blueberries because then she’s able to enjoy quite a few handfuls of her favorite treat!

My 7 year old has the magic touch when it comes to our old pug, Frances. She’s a little picky about who feeds her by hand and loves it when he is out there picking blueberries because then she’s able to enjoy quite a few handfuls of her favorite treat!

Blueberry Jam

We’ve never made jam before, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at canning. It’s evaded me… til now. We just happened to move in next door to a lovely woman who is an expert at canning pretty much everything! So on Saturday, my 9 year old aspiring baker and foodie was invited to visit next door for a jam making lesson. And let me tell you, it came out DELICIOUS! And I’m not a blueberry fan! Talk about sweet and scrumptious. She was able to make 15 jars of jam and very proudly has labels for these jams so she can sell them and give them away to friends and family.

Beautiful and plump blueberries from our patch. So far, nearly 60 pounds picked (but we’ve also left a bunch for the birds who love them!)

Beautiful and plump blueberries from our patch. So far, nearly 60 pounds picked (but we’ve also left a bunch for the birds who love them!)

Here’s my little beauty getting ready to go pick more blueberries in the morning. She even got a little floppy hat to shield her from the sun on those super sunny mornings!

Here’s my little beauty getting ready to go pick more blueberries in the morning. She even got a little floppy hat to shield her from the sun on those super sunny mornings!

Learning to can and make blueberry jam with our lovely next door neighbor. She’s totally hooked on making jam now!

Learning to can and make blueberry jam with our lovely next door neighbor. She’s totally hooked on making jam now!

The rest of the weekend was spent with all of my favorite friends who we both unexpectedly ran into and stopped by for a visit. First off, my very best friend came over for a visit with the kids (who absolutely ADORE him and his son) so we had a great time, laughing and eating berries in the yard as the kids chattered on and on about school, summer stuff and then talked the 18 year old into reaching the higher berries on the trees!) What’s wonderful is that they love my BF almost as much as I do!

Next up was Saturday night with my best high school girlfriends for a BBQ and game night. So many laughs (how did I not piss my pants!) and always such an easy and relaxing time, sitting out on the porch swapping stories from the week and making plans for upcoming fairs and such. These are the aunties that my kids love spending time with (and getting spoiled by).

Finally, a nice quiet lunch out yesterday when we run into a wonderful friend of our family… and it’s the guy who we’ve always purchased our cars from. Nearly 10 years ago we met and he’s fondly known as “Uncle Teddy” now. It’s like we ran into Elvis! These kids were so so happy to see him yesterday and visit with him (we haven’t seen him much since he moved). It was an unexpected surprise that we all loved!

What I love about seeing all these wonderful people over the weekend is that each of them have embraced my kids as their own. None of them are related to us, yet ALL of them treat the kids as their own nieces and nephews. We’re so fortunate to have that and that these littles are growing up surrounded by such loving and positive people who adore them. They are the Uncles and Aunties that pay attention, play games, go to softball, baseball and field hockey games and just plain show their love and affection to these kids. I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends and I’m thankful for them everyday.

So that’s it in a nutshell for our weekend wrap up. We’ve only got a few days left til school starts, devastating this mama by leaving me home alone without any little kids around. I will anxiously await the bus to arrive home that first day and hear all about the stuff that went on during the first day! Bags and backpacks are ready to go. Now I just need them to come home on the first day with smiles and giggles telling me about their day!

Have a great week!

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