The Crest Theater

When I lived in Los Angeles I would often pass this theater in the Westwood neighborhood. I loved the Art Deco architecture and it is one of the many historical theaters in the area that must have been spectacular in their hey day. Every time I passed the theater I would take a photo wanting to do a painting of it. I am not sure if it was still showing movies at the time I took the photo for this painting, but the last time I passed by it was boarded up making me a little sad to see such treasures go.

I painted this painting on paper with gauche paints. It was the first time I had used that medium and I found I really liked it. The color is bolder than watercolor, but the paint is thinner than acrylic and looks great on paper. I hope to do more gauche paintings in the future.

Currently I have the original painting as well as prints available on Etsy at wendybsstudio90264. It is available unframed or a choice of black or rustic frames in 2 different sizes and I hope to add a third..

Fighting the Covid 15

I don’t know about you, but quarantine has not been good for my waistline. I have gained more wight than I would like to mention. I decided that it is time to do something about it. I am tired of feeling tired, tired of seeing my chins double on Zoom and getting my mail being the only exercise I get in a day. I joined Weight Watchers and the weight is starting to come off.

I am about 3 weeks into the program and I can honestly say that my energy level has increased and I am getting more exercise than I have in a long time. At the start of Covid I was running 5 miles a day. I miss the endorphin rush after a run. I miss my clothes actually fitting and I want my self esteem back.

So far I am hopeful that Weight Watchers will get me to the wieight I desire. I have taken the first step and I am on my way. I am eating a well balanced diet and feeling better. Take that Covid 15!

First Signs of Spring

I recently moved to the desert and planted an apricot tree in my front yard. It has now been about a month and the tree has not done a thing, until this morning. It is a little hard to see in the photo, but the tree now has a little bud of green, which looks like it may be a leaf! I was getting worried that I had somehow killed it off.

This is why I love spring! Everything comes to life again. The weather gets nicer, we spend more time outside and less time in front of the computer. I now go for walks every morning and I am more active in general.l. It is something to look forward to during the strange time that is Covid.

Cozy Up with the Chunky Crochet Blanket from Wendy B’s Studio

NEW ITEM

Yesterday I posted this chunky crochet blanket at Wendybsstudio90264 on Etsy. Our new blanket is made from a chunky 100% cotton yarn in an Almond color way. This, as is all of our crocheted items, are made from 100% natural fiber. The blanket is 44 inches long and 36 inches wide.

STAY WARM

Although the blanket is made from cotton and not wool, the advantages are that cotton is not scratchy as some forms of wool are. And because it is made from chunky yarn, this blanket will keep you warm in the cold weather much of our nation has been having lately. I live in the desert and I would stay warm with this blanket in our chilly evenings.

ROOM ACCENT

Besides keeping you warm, the chunky crochet blanket can add to the overall look and vibe of your home. The almond color makes it an asset to any decor. It is the accent you didn’t know you needed until it snowed! I listed the blanket yesterday on Etsy and already it is one of the most viewed items.

ONE OF A KIND

This blanket is handmade and one of a kind. When it sells on Etsy it will be gone. If you are looking for ways to stay warm, check out the Chunky Crochet Blanket on Etsy.

For the Love of Chess

NEW ITEM AT WENDYBSSTUDIO90264 ON ETSY

After watching the Queen’s Gambit I remembered how much I love to play chess. While the main character is not a role model for everyone, I did like that a woman became a world class chess player, a game that is usually dominated by men.

I decided to design a bag that would promote chess to young women. Our new bag makes playing chess both fun and fashionable.

WHY A BAG?

Serious chess players usually bring their game with them along with a chess clock. Our bag contains a smaller bag for the game pieces and fits nicely into the larger bag. There larger bag is large enough for a board that rolls up, the game piece bag and a chess clock.

Visit our store on Etsy for your favorite chess player!

Granny Square Crochet Bag

NEW ITEM AT WENDYBSSTUDIO90264 ON ETSY

We just added this boho chic bag on our Etsy site and we are excited to list our first bag! We are planning on adding more bags soon, so stay tuned.

The crochet bag is made using natural cotton yarn in lavender, papaya, Bordeaux and beige. It has been lined with a cream colored fabric.

Be sure to visit us on Etsy at Wendybsstudio90264 to find this and other great gifts for yourself or a special someone!

I Love My Singer Sewing Machine

WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS MACHINE?

I chose the Singer MX60 sewing machine because of its simplicity and ease of use. I have used much fancier sewing machines, but found that you need to take a class just to be able to use them. Also, I seldom need all of the fancy things those sewing machines do. Today many of the machines are basically computers. But I wanted a machine that I could sit down and use to sew!

SETTING UP THE MACHINE

Setting up the machine was easy. The handle on top makes it portable and all you have to do is plug it in and you are good to go. To thread the needle I glanced at the online manual, but the machine has a threading guide printed right on the machine, so if you do not have access to the manual all you have to do is to look at the top of the machine. I was able to get it threaded with little difficulty.

THE NEEDLE IS THREADED, NOW WHAT?

Once I had the needle threaded I took a scrap piece of fabric and tested the stitches and needle tensions. I recommend doing this before starting a project. It would also be useful to write down what settings you use with different fabric.

TIME TO GET CREATIVE

Whether you are looking to start sewing or are an experienced seamstress, the Singer MX60 sewing machine will get the job done, and you don’t have to be a computer expert to do it! If you are in the market for a sewing machine, consider buying this Singer no frills machine and get sewing!

Holiday Gifts Under $50

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Holiday Gifts Under $50


HOLIDAY 2020

This Holiday is unlike any other we have experienced in our lifetime. Wendy B’s Studio offers several unique gifts under $50 and we can ship directly to your loved one, we can even include a card.

Some

Eco Friendly Cotton Dish Cloths

Holiday Cards

photographic prints

Mind Your Bees Wax

ECO FRIENDLY GIFT

Are you looking for a gift that is elegant yet environmentally friendly? Wendy B’s Studio has the perfect gift for those who care about the environment. We offer 100% natural beeswax candles that have a mild sweet honey aroma.

Beautiful Home Decor

Our candles can turn a plain table into an elegant one as beautiful centerpieces. We have a variety of styles and sizes.

Easy Shopping

Our candles are easy to order at wendybsstudio90264.com . We offer free shipping on orders over $35 and items ship in 3 to 5 business days.

The holidays are around the corner and we want to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

Desert Landscape Cotton Dishrags

SIMPLICITY IS KEY

I just moved to my new home in the desert and I am adjusting to the new climate.  It is wonderful to have weather warm enough to sit and work at my table outside at the end of October.  I have been spending my time unpacking and decorating my new living space.  I want it to be a space that is warm, inviting and eco friendly.

My kitchen is the first room to be put together.  It is the center of any home and it is where we spend a lot of time.  I like to make my meals from scratch so I end up having a lot of dishes to wash.  I don’t like using sponges because we use them over and over but don’t have a way to wash and disinfect them.  With Covid being germ free is of the utmost importance.  I also do not like a lot of clutter and prefer my counters to have lots of usable space.

The solution I had was to make my own dish cloths out of 100% cotton yarn.  I used yarn in colors of my new surroundings to brighten my kitchen.  They are plain and simple but brighten up the kitchen and I can throw them in the washer and dryer and reuse them for quite some time.

EASY TO SHOP FOR

I have made more sets available on my Etsy shop at www.wendybsstudio90264.com .Each set contains 4 dishcloths in bright desert colors and are made from 100% cotton yarn.  I hope to offer other sets in different color variations in the future.  If you are concerned with being germ free during the pandemic, consider changing from sponges to our eco friendly dishcloths from Wendy B’s Studio.

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