On Inspiration, Perspiration, and Paranoia

A few years ago I conned the manflesh (i.e., my husband) into making me some tables.  I wanted them to be SUPER sturdy (nothing annoys me like a wobbly table) and full of cubbyholes and compartments and other organizational wonders.  I have my moments where I am a stereotypical Virgo and can’t seem to concentrate when things are not in order.  He came through astoundingly well and made three tables, each one 4 feet long, 2 feet deep, and hip-high.  When he brought them in and they were all delicious and empty, I figured there was no way I would fill those bad boys up.  Yeah.  I was delusional.

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300 Paintings in 2013

Edit:  October 25, 2013 – This project was regretfully abandoned.  Boooooooo!  I know, it sucks.  Here’s the thing:  I started this project and then started applying for juried shows that required a specific category designation.  I juried for sculpture or mixed media for all of them, so I wasn’t allowed to bring paintings.  Spending painting time sculpting became a priority, so I only finished a handful of paintings.

I am satisfied though!  There are more paintings that never made it onto this post, so I think I made it to 30.  That is at least 3x the number of paintings I managed to finish in 2012!  Baby steps!

I will be back in 2014 with a new challenge that I am determined to finish.


I am a crazy person.  This has been previously established, but really, I’m a crazy person with evidence of my insanity (aside from that paperwork that I got back in 12th grade from the auditory studies department at the University of Northern Colorado that says my hearing is perfectly fine, so  the voices in my head are really just in my head).  I have decided to do 300 paintings in 2013.  The only thing that proves I haven’t lost it completely is that I nixed the idea of doing a painting every day seeing as it’s already the eighth and I’m finally doing the first one.  WHOOPS.

I’ll be updating this post as I go, mostly so I can keep a record of them after they sell or are stolen by gremlins.

    300 paintings 3  300 paintings 4 SOLD
3-D Oven Mitt: 5 SOLD  Novelty Bacon: 6  Dream Man: 7  
  300 paintings 15  300 paintings 16
300 paintings 17      


We Have Winners!

Many thanks to everyone who submitted suggestions for our list of 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored – 2013 Edition!   After much discussion, a game of Russian Roulette, and a game of Austro-Hungarian Death Scrabble, we settled on the following 10:

  • Bluebird of Unhappiness
  • The four [bunnies? monkeys? kittens?] of the Apocalypse
  • Unsexy vampires
  • Aunt Ethel’s secret
  • If electrons were sure, but not positive
  • Lady narwhal
  • Nerds on parade
  • Drunk clouds
  • Pretzel Mafia
  • Gladiator Mascara

Special congrats to Deb S, Lilli Lovefroud, Randy, and Joe Cope, who are all entitled to two free digital stamps or $5 off their next purchase!  (If you choose the latter, contact us before you buy for a special coupon code.)

Again, many thanks to everyone who helped us out!


Add to Our List of “100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored – 2013 Edition”

When we started WonderStrange, we had no idea that our annual list of “100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored” would be the most popular kid at the WonderProm.  Heck, the first year, we didn’t even get it a corsage.  In 2013, however, we’re springing for a limo and a four-pack of wine coolers, and YOU get to be part of the fun!


Here are the 100 things we hatched from our heads for 2013.  Read it over (you know, so that you don’t offer duplicates), and then give us your suggestion(s) in the comment field below.  We’ll choose up to 10 suggestions to add to the list.  If we choose yours, you can have your choice of two free digis from our digital stamp shop OR $5 off a purchase from the WonderStrange shop!  Zowie wowie!


  1. Lazy Robot
  2. Angry Animals
  3. The Worst Sandwich
  4. Embarrassing Grandmas
  5. Almost Humans
  6. Girl Ain’t Right
  7. Fez-Mania
  8. Major Douche Bag
  9. Disjoined Twins
  10. Dirty Pirates
  11. Bun Heads
  12. Pizza Pants
  13. Game Day
  14. Whine and Roses
  15. 50 Shades of Strange
  16. All the Better to see you with my dear
  17. Snow Not-So-White
  18. Cinderella’s new shoes
  19. Monsters on Stilts
  20. Carnies
  21. Sideshow Barb
  22. Attack of the Accountants
  23. Flea Circus
  24. Death’s New Job
  25. Elevator Flatulence
  26. Citrus Junkie
  27. Food Fight Club
  28. Caterpillar Girl
  29.  Martini Bath
  30. Cute Zombie
  31. Scary Teddy Bear
  32. Birthday disaster
  33. Flying Monkeys find love
  34. Parasites in party hats
  35. Vegetables play dress up
  36. Adorable demon
  37. Tuna surprise
  38. Romeo & Juliet go skydiving
  39. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  40. Coffee deprived
  41. Pulling a hat out of a rabbit
  42. BFFs
  43. They met on the internet
  44. Friends don’t let friends . . . (wear plaid pants, drive naked, drunk dial the President, etc.)
  45. Killer whale
  46. Knitting diva
  47. Caught on tape
  48. Bridesmaid of Frankenstein
  49. Better with bacon
  50. T-rex goes vegan
  51. Ginger vs. Mary Ann
  52. Trying to quit
  53. Dentist to the Damned
  54. Awkward proposal
  55. Batman & The Joker go to counseling
  56. You’re not leaving the house in that
  57. Forgotten presidents
  58. The next morning
  59. Disney-inspired Drag Princesses
  60. RedRum
  61. Runaway Bride
  62. Evil Unicorn
  63. We’re NOT twins
  64. Conjoined Clowns
  65. Bad to the Bone
  66. Second runner up
  67. Motherly Matador
  68. Cyber Stalker
  69. Annoying hipster
  70. Co-ed prison debate team
  71. Bowling with Food
  72. Allergic to everything
  73. Dancing with the Planets
  74. Baby New Year
  75. Christmas Crackers
  76. Pet Shop Boy
  77. Bar Fly
  78. Cupid vs Krampus
  79. Sushi gone bad
  80. Belly Dancing for beginners
  81. Seven Deadly Sins
  82. Your worst nightmare
  83. Pet Peeves
  84. Mad Scientist Beauty Shop
  85. Today’s Bizarre Holiday
  86. Pope in a poodle skirt
  87. Shakespeare doing rhythmic gymnastics
  88. Zombie head games
  89. Morning routine
  90. Get Well Soon, Dracula!
  91. Apples vs. Oranges
  92. My Favorite Darwin Award
  93. Recast Grease with a variety of oils
  94. A Portrait of ____ in a Rainbow Afro Wig
  95. A Pile of Dead Presidents
  96. Reasons to Avoid Children
  97. Space Invaders in Disguise
  98. Germ Warfare
  99. Hangover Barbie
  100. Professional Wrestler Gone to Seed



A Very Digi Christmas: A Contest from Wonderstrange

The women of Wonderstrange love a contest, and this one is pretty spectacular.  Ready?


In the coming weeks, use one of our digital stamps in one of your projects.  It could be a card.  It could be a craft.  It could be a gift of wine wrapped with an adorable label.  That part is up to you, and a holiday theme is not required.   When you finish, post a picture in our Flickr group or email it to ann@wonderstrange.com by midnight on Friday, December 21, and you could spend Christmas Eve in your most festive jammies, nibbling cookies while gleefully picking out 25 digis that you want from our store.  FOR FREE.


Exciting right?  Here’s all the fine print our nonexistent legal team has advised us to include.

  • The digi that you use in your project must be one that you have purchased from our store.
  • By posting the picture or emailing it to us, you are giving us permission to publish the picture on our web site. Don’t worry: We’ll give you lots of credit and would be happy to provide a link to your web site or blog.
  • You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry must contain a different digi.
  • The winner will be chosen via a random number generator over the weekend of December 22-23, and we’ll post the winner’s name in a blog entry on December 24.
  • If we get at least 10 entries, we’ll also award a “Judge’s Choice” prize, chosen by one of us.  The winner of this prize will receive 10  free digis.


Here’s wishing you some very happy stamping this holiday season!


Catching Up with the Women of Wonderstrange


Over the past several weeks, the women of Wonderstrange – also known as Sarah, Cindy, and Ann – have been striking out on such bold new adventures that we feel kind of like the crew of the USS Enterprise, except we don’t get nearly as much green alien action, and we are WAY too smart to drink the Romulan ale.  Here’s a little update.

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You Asked, We’re Answering: Wonderstrange Celebrates Stupid Question Day!

For the first three Fridays of every month, the women of WonderStrange Arts bring you projects to make, techniques to try, and feltie patterns that are so flipping cute they have already caused six deaths nationwide.  By the final Friday of the month, we’re tired, so we take turns writing blog posts, and this week falls to me, or as my friends sometimes call me, Ann.  Sure, I (the Ann me) could take this opportunity to review a new product or conduct a chemical comparison of glue sticks, but on this particular Fourth Friday, it’s National Stupid Question Day.  No, seriously.  It is.  To celebrate, I solicited stupid questions from friends and followers, and here are some of our favorites.

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WIP Friday

That’s right kids, we’re bringing the WIP back.  But not the same as it was before – we’re going to do actual step-by-step WIPs, videos, etc., so if you’d like to see something specific, let us know in the comments here!!

This week we’re all recovering from the visit last weekend and Cindy’s big birthday bash, I’m dealing with emotional trauma and a wedding where my family makes up most of the wedding party, and Ann’s in-laws are in town.

Suffice to say, we’re not getting much art done, but we have lots of awesome planned in the weeks/months to come!  In the meantime, check out a picture of  my husband doing his best Jack Nicholson impression as he busts through our kitchen wall from the future home of Wonderstrange Tattoo:

Until next week, you little weirdos!