Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Farewell and Goodnight

to 2 Peas in a Bucket. As I write this... they are sweeping up the Pub... tending the Garden, letting go of the forums and discarding the Gallery.
2 Peas in a Bucket... also known to us scrapbookers as just 2 peas... has closed up shop.

Once, a thriving, trend-setting, store, forum, gallery and overall community of crafters, card makers, photographers and scrapbookers.
But for some of us.. it was that and more.

I became a member in 2005 when my art and design "career" really began. Finding 2 peas and becoming a member and sharing my little projects online to the public.... It shifted the way I created art. Until then, I used to create some things.. people around me saying "oh pretty" or "you are so talented" sort of rolling my eyes at the comments since they were good friends and family members.
Posting and sharing with a group of like minded and seriously TALENTED artists was a whole other thing!
The first peaks of compliments, critiques and guided advice was what has carried me as an artitst today. It made the sting of criticism palatable for my future fine art critiques at Rhode Island School of Design later on.
Having 2 peas was not just about sharing my pages..., it was sharing my soul, my family stories, my beliefs, my customs.
I have truly made some of the greatest friends from around the world through 2 Peas. I really cannot say that about Facebook or any other social media site today. It wasn't just the art. There was something magical and safe about 2 peas that took us through so many of life's events... death's in the family, miscarriages, weddings and separations, graduations..job loss, new jobs, pets and aging parents... We shared recipes (there was an entire forum thread with crock pot recipes which allowed us more time to scrapbook!) Kids went from toothless toddlers in wading pools, to trying out for Olympic Swim teams in front of my eyes through your scrapbook pages. I feel as if I know so many members of your families and you know mine. My story. I still marvel at how I can walk into a craft show or scrapbook store and there is always someone that recognizes me.. either my profile picture or my name kimosabescraps... all because of 2 peas. I was a part of something great to be a part of 2 peas.
Many of us went on to open businesses, start photography, raise our kids, go back to school, try new artforms or leave art all together.
We were an eclectic group of people. Made up of every age from 13- 103.. mainly women but several regular posting males as well. We had our own set of lingo... pui'ing... pull up a bar stool, NSD, NSBR, DD or DS and endless more.( I think there is a Facebook group that has it all written down for those interested.) 2 peas educated me.. I learned of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest before these places were available to everyone... learned how to write and publish a blog, create a web page.. edit a photo, learned Photoshop, created a studio, how to run a Etsy store and so much more!
We came from all walks of life, lawyers, bankers, doctors, scientists, Girl Scouts,bikers, CEO's, SAHM's, students, managers, and we even had a Judge! I have made friends in almost every country .
Many of us were "noticed" here on 2 peas... either art being picked up or published in magazines or asked to be on a Design team .
There were even some famous "trolls' Every group has to have someone to stir the pot!
When Facebook became popular, I admit to heading over there and being there exclusively... most of the 500+ friends I havethere are actually from 2 peas and the scrapbooking communities so I only made time to frequent the one place which also included family and real life acquiantances... but I missed 2 peas.
Scrapbook.com created a tool to transfer your 2 peas gallery over to their gallery... Very valuable as it kept all the original dating and labeling from 2 peas... (important for publication, etc)
You can check out my gallery here: Gallery at Scrapbook.com
I haven't posted anything there for at least 3 years since I was finishing up Art School .. but for sentimentalist sake, (if that is not such a thing, I'm sure one of my English teacher Peas will correct me), I am revisiting my work... remembering every challenge,every posting, every group thread, every online class, the photos, the stories, the frustration, the disappointment, but mostly, the  many, many laughs we had over at 2 peas...
To all of you , whom I met over at 2 peas... I will forever be changed by the wonderful community that was created over there and I hope to continue that as we grow, change and move on with our lives.
Thank you 2 Peas for all the wonderful years, the memories and the friendship.. Godspeed!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Here...present"

As a request from a fan who shall remain anonymous, i am posting today.
I avoid my blog because I feel like I have nothing important to say.
I overthink things and feel like everything needs to read as catchy and fake as Facebook... But it can't... Because it is not who I am.
So I am showing up today... Posting... With nothing brilliant to share or artfully worded.
Here I am. 
It is liberating to just be present without trying to always impress.
Living simpler, deliberate.
Maybe next time I will be poetic.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sketching sites

Today I would like to share some links to my favorite sketch places I hop over to now and again (online)
There are several groups and pages I read and that inspire me and thought I would share with you all.
Most people I know in real life (not online) draw, sketch and paint but I am always so surprised to discover how many do NOT visit online places.
Maybe that is why they are filling up more sketchbooks then me! Ha. but I need to see the visual diaries as inspirational launching pads... I am not really a true sketch artist. 
I rarely sketch other than doodling.. I love doodling and do this quite a bit and everywhere! 
I can be such a perfectionist that I allow my feelings to get in the way of just having fun and sketching.
Observational drawing is so important to artists as we have to STOP and really take it all in... live in the experience of it. It gives us the chance to capture the moment, noticing shapes, patterns and light...all things that we tend to overlook when photographing or taking notes on the place alone... sketches include all of it as well as an artist's interpretation... which sometimes varies from person to person thus making it unique artwork.

Urban Sketchers is an International community of artists that value the art of drawing on location. They specialize in forming groups and gatherings and sharing parts of the world through sketches. What started as a fun Flikr group to share art has become a Global grass roots organization that serves worldwide. In addition, they hold workshops, conferences, local groups and meet ups and have also published a book.
If you love to sketch, or even just love to travel... this is a wonderful blog to peruse... I bet you spend quite a bit of time getting lost here! 

Sketching In Nature  is one of my favorite places to start when I am trying to get inspiration to build a next series of drawings or paintings. I am tied to Nature and all she has to teach us as human beings and this blog includes unique takes on what can sometimes become ordinary or blah subject matter. I love the little lessons on the objects and landscapes as they sketch too... shows a true appreciation for Nature and all her beauty. This blog has also linked several other artists that contribute and links to other interesting sketch sites as well as Nature conservancy information and relevant places to visit.
They have also published several books.


Sketchbook Project  This is a site I found through a Urban Sketcher that I admire, Alisa Duke  who is a well rounded participant on many of the drawing challenges that post online. Her drawings are wonderful and the Sketchbook Project is like a musical concert tour but for sketchbooks and I love the idea of seeing the places and subjects people have documented in these books!

Finally, I had to include the infamous The Sketchbook Challenge The hosts of this blog are my favorite artists. From mixed media mavens to watercolor women and everything in the art genre and in between... these artists have a wealth of experience and inspiration and I always spend waaaayyy too much time browsing all that they have to offer...

Hope you all have fun checking these places out and that it inspires you to draw or doodle and if you would like to share... please do.. leave me a comment I always like to see who is stopping by.

Soon I will be back with a big artsy giveaway so check back soon!
Peace,
K
Tropical flowers, ink and pencil on watercolor paper, kim faucher

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kaleidoscopic



One Little Word.  I have been playing along with Ali Edwards One Little Word Concept since 2006... hard to believe it has been that many years.
The idea is to choose a word... or let the word choose you... that you will focus on... live with... reflect on, let guide you and direct you....She has a great posting on her blog about her experience.
I do this instead of resolutions or setting a million little goals for myself that always seem overwhelming... For whatever reason... choosing and dwelling on one word is amazingly inspiring for me and really works.
Some years, it has changed my life drastically and other years... its been a subtle reminder working in the background of my life... and one year, I admit..   I forgot the word altogether!
Some of my past words have been dream, integrate, vision, soar, discover, accept and sense.
For 2014, I look forward to many changes, twists, turns and happy events that come with life. Jon will be promoted to Rescue Captain of his Fire Dept.... I am graduating with a Certificate from Rhode Island School of Design in Drawing and Painting Studies.... Erin continues on the National Fencing Team and finally we will be making decisions regarding Ryan's high school (until age 21) school placement.... So many things... so many directions... taking it all in ...
but instead of getting stressed, I have decided to look forward to the lights/colors/images that lay in front of us altogether.... so my 2014 word is

KALEIDOSCOPIC





Saturday, August 17, 2013

Got Style


My pinterest board Got Style is made up of some of my favorite fashion and design trends I have come across on the internet.
You can check out my my Pinterest boards boards here
This board includes items of interest I wear, want to wear or just plain admire... I also share favorite jewelry, handbags, scarves, hairstyles, makeup, shoes, clothes... etc... for women and men... Its kind of a lifestyle Pin Board...
 

I recently found these great sites for shopping and wanted to share the links here... They are great, in my opinion, because they offer a huge range of styles, prices and items...

A new favorite Maple and West
Nothing but really great handbags... Mostly designer but great for investing in that one, well made,  great leather tote kind of place...  
    


Another new favorite is   To Adorn  They show daily deals of beautiful Handcrafted items and the prices are just amazingly reasonable.
I love just browsing through the pictures and "shopping" for ideas for gifts or because the prices are so low... finding goodies for myself.
 
Another overall favorite site (and one that makes me wish I was rich!) is One Kings Lane.
They have a ton of household items, and new or gently used looking vintage or yard sale finds and are unique and very classy . Like this adorable denim throw pillow
 
 
or this gorgeous display rack... which I WISH I had room in my art studio for... sigh!
 
Now that I am drooling and fighting not to grab my credit card and go on a spending spree, I will leave you today...
Hope you all find something inspiring about these places and Happy Shopping!
Just don't tell your husband that I sent you ... shhh ;)
 
 

Friday, August 02, 2013

Remember me...

Im still here... and I have some great changes upcoming for this little bloggy thing here.
I have scheduled several "new" posts to appear and cannot wait to do this more regularly.
I seem to have more time in my schedule to sit and type and share what I am discovering with you all... and so I am excited to make this little blog  my own personal diary of my life... including all aspects of "me".
I will be doing posts on artwork, featured designers, great books I like to read, exercise and diet, photography, great apps, places we go, home organization, autism, girl scouts, crafts, you name it.
If I do it and live it... I would like to share it.
Look out for the upcoming and made over blog soon....
Until then... Here are some fun links I have bookmarked that I refer to when gaining inspiration and advice on how to stay organized.
Hope you like them and let me know what you think.


http://home.yourway.net/10-things-to-do-everyday-to-stay-organized/  This is such a great site. Even though this article is from 2011 , I still refer to this simple set of tips.
http://www.scoutiegirl.com/2011/04/dont-pile-it-on-prioritize.html  I pretty much love everything from Scoutie girl....
and this new site I just recently discovered.... she has some great posts.
http://unclutteredlifestyle.blogspot.com/p/organizing.html  Who doesn't want to live uncluttered?
 
and If I haven't already mentioned before... here is a link to one of my favorite "organizational" products out there... I seriously have been blessed by having this on so many occasions.
It is a Life saver for everyone... and little ... and make great gifts... I keep one in my car!
http://inapikle.com/  The best thing is you can order the entire "starter kit" for under 30 bucks!!
Then, just replace the individual items you use more often... or add some empties and add your own stuff to it ;)
 
Changes are happening... can you feel it?
Be back soon for a regularly scheduled post.... something for everyone from Inside My Head
Peace,
Kim
 
 

Friday, June 21, 2013

A few cards

This time of the year is like a time of renewal. I purge supplies, take inventory and just generally get caught up... Ilove summer   and last weekend while camping I knocked out my supplies I had been hoarding and came up with these few cards..
Three very different type of cards with an eclectic mix of products... Kind of like me I suppose...
Enjoy

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month... but technically, everyday is Autism Awareness month in our house.
This year, I have decided to create positive posts during April mainly on Facebook that links and shares to active groups that support Autism.
Lighting blue lights is impressive and pretty but I ask for more for my son. Im just afraid its too easy for some to wear blue or change a light bulb and then forget about the thousands of families affected by Autism every day... including ours.

Above is the pic of Ryan and Erin on the walk last year for Autism Project RI . We had a wonderful time and were very tired!!  We spent the rest of the afternoon having a picnic and listening to music, painting faces, eating cotton candy... Its a great family day.
 
Our local groups are amazing. They are run by volunteers and mainly parents and grandparents of kids on the spectrum. They have  turned their day to day jobs into these consumer advocacy groups offering families support, fundraising and trainings. It amazes and humbles me that they do this for no or little money.

Autism Project RI
 This is the group founded by my friend Joann Quinn. Her son was obsessed with Blue's clues at a young age like Ryan. He is a grown teen now and so lovely.
She has taken this small organization and helped it grow and change to offer all the karate classes Ryan takes and the social groups.
They have an annual walk coming up this April... The link will take you to their homepage... amazing stuff and have many tools and supports for families and individuals on the spectrum with amazing staff...
Every year, they run a summer camp for the kids that is totally "normal" summer camp activities but with a one to one ratio and TONS of visuals, schedules and support for our kids... great sensory experience!!

Community Autism Resources
This is the Massachusetts group that is amazing. My supervisor (and good friend ) Jan Randall is the resource specialist there and I learn SO MUCH about what is going on in the community and how to function with my son etc from them...
They offer great programs like the ASD symposium which is a wonderful learning conference and opportunity to learn from great people in the "business" of Autism.
They area also the group that puts on the Parent Retreat that Jon and I attended back in Feb... It truly is an amazing overnight escape especially since so many of us just don't get the opportunity to get away.. this gives us parents a great excuse to take one night and focus on us as a couple, to strengthen our friendship and surround ourselves with other people who just "get it".
Jon and I would have friends if we could see these people all the time... Sadly, so many of us are so busy the retreat is our only reprieve... so I'll take it!

Two great organizations I like to promote and help. If you are ever looking for a way to help , find a group in your area like the two above to donate time, money etc to as the families directly benefit from their services...
Thanks to everyone who has reached out and made a difference by focusing on Autism this month in some way... from lighting it blue to donating time or services to a family in need or an organization... every bit helps...
Peace,
Kim Faucher

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sketching

Even when I am the most disconnected from the world, I make time to sketch and doodle. I have been out of school for a two month break and barely did any painting in large scale.. I am catching up on my crafts though and paint frequently and expressively through that.
Wanted to share some of my random sketchiness .
Sometimes I just get the ideas down in pen or pencil... Sometimes I use watercolor and at times my sketches are more like complete works of art... Random keeps it fun.... I shared some photos here to show you just how eclectic my style is but more importantly that there is no right way to sketch...
Getting the ideas down is all that matters and the style, how often, where you sketch or what supplies you use is completely up to you.... Dont let those things get in the way of doodling and sketching... It is the artists version of recess... Free play ... Dont critique or judge just do and not only will you be a better artist for it but also it has the ability to reduce stress, put you in tune with an inner spirit, capture lost mojos etc...
I would love if you shared some of your favorite sketching/doodling sites artists as I am always looking to share inspiration... And I would LOVE to have you link doodles sketches marks here for me to see, love and admire!
Peace,
Kimo












Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy heart day!!!!

I was packing Erins lunch when I saw this bitty heart shaped space in her bagel crisp.....
Guess it proves that love is everywhere when you pay attention . Happy Valentines Day!


Thursday, February 07, 2013

I wonder

If there are any blog awards for being the most neglectful blogger?
So sorry... I miss it actually... Jumping between Facebook , Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Polyvore makes a girl forget where I have last posted!!!
This is my special place though... The place that is all mine and where I feel the most myself, quiet, alone as I prefer...
I will share the obligatory latest art creation pictures for visual interest and promise I will return very shortly with se news, more art and music talk...
Peace,
Kimo





Saturday, December 01, 2012

Before

I begin posting more holiday themed posts, I thought I would share the mass amounts of Fall thanksgiving type cards I was able to create over the last few weeks.
Used a ton of stuff from the Oct and Nov My Creative Scrapbook kits













Saturday, November 24, 2012

So thankful

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I havent been around here much... Busy with school, life, community and art.
And then I remembered that I dont need to blog about everything. I rarely update my Facebook status, only take pictures I enjoy and ones that preserve a memory.
When life is so full, i am blessed that I no longer have the time.

Instead I enjoy sleeping in the afternnon sun with a white furry friend at my feet.
I sip the first cup of coffee slowly while everyone else still sleeps and I create art with a passion so strong I feel like I might burst!
As we celebrate this long weekend of traditions, turkey, football, shopping and most important families, I take time to live fully and wish you all full bellies, the warmth of togetherness and hope of the upcoming season of love and life.
Peace,
Kimo


Friday, September 28, 2012

Oops I Did It Again....

I say Im going to blog regularly and then I go and get sick for a week, tend to in laws surgeries and a few weeks of adjusting to a new routine and life is too busy to blog... But enough excuses...!
Going to share some new projects i created... Its so rare that I do art or crafts just for fun anymore but squeezing in that time really makes my soul happy...
Once I photograph something I can share it... Here is some recent homework...
Oil painting, for Rhode Island School of Design

Flower canvas collage... In progress for Brave Girl Art School

A few pages I added to my Living Canvas art journal

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Crafts Meow stamps

I had ordered a bunch of Crafts Meow stamps awhile ago. I finally sat down the other night to stamp the night away with my little munchkin before she headed back to school... the Middle School... yikes! How did that happen? ;)
We spent most of the night stamping and then the next day, I assembled and pasted these little creations.




I love the cute little images and they stamped so nice and smooth. I added a lot of fun little goodies to the card fronts as you know I love to layer...

Have a great Labor Day weekend. Celebrating all those who work so hard to make my life easier this weekend. No big plans but we will be hosting my high school girlfriend Suki... always alot of laughs to be had from that! Looking forward to staying up late, giggling and feeling like Im 16 again!!

Peace,
Kimo

Friday, August 24, 2012

Photographs

I decided to share some of my photography work. I am by NO means a professional photographer but I have always done really well capturing images with very little to no editing afterwards.
I almost always have my camera on a no flash setting and play around with ISO if at all ...
I don't have any fancy lenses but I like to take realistic, natural photos.

This is a photo I snapped of a pinecone. I had set it up as a still life for a drawing assignment and decided to photograph it as well. I converted it to black and white because I loved the contrast of the lights.

While camping, I was lucky enough to capture this beautiful butterfly. I didnt' have time to correct any settings and I don't own a macro lens so I just zoomed in and got as close as I could without disturbing it... butterflies are just so beautiful and I will probably paint this little baby one day.

One of my all time FAVORITE things to photograph are old barns, cabins and rustic wood... I don't know what it is.. the texture, the misshapen fences or the rickety barn doors but there is just such elegance for my eyes. Luckily, living in New England, there is no shortage of OLD places... many historical to photograph and enjoy...

I love sheep and cows. They are so still, yet make some funny noises and are super friendly. It makes me enjoy taking time to notice the differences in each one... I can actually notice personality differences in them as well. This guy was literally begging me to photograph him.. He came over twice and just did this... stand in the path like..." Here you go, lady.. snap away! "  Ha... love how he almost had a smile ;)

Next up, are my two other favorite subjects coastal items such as shells, beaches  and lighthouses...
sigh...

This Fall , RISD is having a series in the museum called from NATURE.  In turn, I am taking the course Nature Lab for my certificate program. We will visit the showing of artwork, get out in nature, photograph, draw, paint and write all about it. RIGHT UP MY ALLEY! So excited to begin!!!
These pictures will be ones I will use to inspire me and help create my assignments.
Hope you enjoyed my little selection of my favorite photos.
Peace,
Kim