Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Had to make a trek to the Post Office late yesterday afternoon. I decided to hit the one in the little village of Clarkston rather than my usual one, which is in a strip center next door to a huge mall. The traffic around there is bad all times of the year. Anyway, I really lucked out as the village was all decked out in its old-fashioned holiday duds and lots of the little mom & pop shops were conducting a holiday open house. I had a great time strolling about in the drizzle, gazing at all the unique lovelies while listening to diverse seasonal music & enjoying sample bites of this & that. Kicked my December off just right! A major cold front blew in last night, coating everything in a sparkly, glassy tunic. I savored my morning coffee with my first slice of Panettone of the year and started a pot of stock (turkey, of course) in preparation for tonight's soup. It's beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas! Hope you stumble onto some Christmas cheer, too.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
After allowing the paint to cure and sleeping on it, I decided the painted walls were a bit too dark and flat so I mixed up a little Interference Blue in a lot of glaze and scrubbed this on over the painted walls. Now they have a slight silvery-blue sheen when the light hits them a certain way. Boy, my arm and shoulder muscles got a serious workout with all this glaze-scrubbing!
The cherry on top is the slight touch of silver foil that I heat-transferred to tiny areas of the spray webbing. A couple of chunky canvas collages and a few accessories and we're like, wow...2000-something. Hopefully this won't have to tide us over for too many more decades. Now if you have any cheap ideas for making over that light bar, send 'em my way!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tonight I get to go to a workshop with friends in the nearby hamlet of Lapeer and make a "holiday dangle", which I may post later. Tomorrow I'm off to deliver goods to my buddy Rosie for the upcoming show at the Mt. Clemens art center and, since she's over halfway-there, I simply must make a stop in the charming village of Romeo. Hoping to snag some German glass glitter if they have any left. And Saturday I get to collect DD on the way to my dear friend Patrice's trunk show at The Stamping Grounds. Since that's my birthday, I hope DD will indulge my desire to dine at one of the great-but-unusual restuarants in Royal Oak before a shoe-shopping jaunt. I know she'll be happy about the shopping part since she has a ton of her own birthday bucks to spend!
In between all these little treks I have two books I'm dying to read and of course plan to spend a goodly amount of time in the studio. I owe a ton of returns and thank-you's, have a swap due on Tuesday, and need to get started on some goodies for my Secret Sister parcel.
Okay, I've reached the bottom of my coffee cup so it's time to get dressed and get started. Yippee!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
This is a flyer for an event that I am just thrilled to be a part of. (I have removed the color in the hopes it might be easier for you to read. ) It's printable...just click on it.
A lovely lady called Linnet Walla presents a juried showcase of art items quarterly. It's called VOILA (a clever play on her name) and she's accepted some of my pieces for her holiday show this month! She opens her gorgeous home and displays all the work in a really wonderful way. I was just dazzled by the quality and diversity of the items she selected for her last show so I couldn't be more flattered to be included this time. Thanks, Linnet!
If you live in my area, this is a faboo opportunity for some out-of-the-ordinary Christmas shopping.
These ATCs are made from flattened aluminum cans dyed with alcohol inks. The dolls have heads of smashed bottle caps, Rummikube torsos, dyed safety pins for arms and framer's turns for feet. This is about as "dolly" as I could get for a paper doll-themed swap. Wish I'd scanned one individually so you could see it in focus...dimensional stuff just won't scan sharply. Sigh...I'm so techno-impaired.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
My daughter is turning 16 today! Hard to believe but she's almost as tall as I am and is really becoming a young woman. We will have our official celebration tomorrow but she's very much on my mind today. Off to look for a special cake recipe...
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Here's a pennant banner I made for my sweet sis's 4oth birthday. Not as dark as it appears here. The letters are glittered for a little festive sparkle.
The turquoise and bright pink Diva Pail is medium-sized and is edged with fru-fru tulle trim in pink, blue, purple and yellow with a vintage rhinestone brooch in the same colors and a pretty bow. Sold.
On the left is my Autumn Fire Funky Bucket. The leaf is embossed metal that's been dyed and mounted on hand-marbled paper. Sold.
The vintage Black Cat shoe polish bottle is embellished with a small round "scaredy cat" tag as well as a manila shipping tag with a cool image of three old hags dressed as witches, apparently having a tea party. Suitably odd for Hallowe'en. Sold.
This bucket is perfect for any Young Miss. It is quite large and is done in soft shades of pale pink, minty green and ivory. The bow-topped locket holds a vintage portrait of a pretty young girl. Subtle French flavor plus vintage bits and bobs. Lovely gift for a diva-in-training or a sentimental sweetie! For sale in my Etsy store.
Friday, September 22, 2006
These are Funky Buckets and they're just a joy to create!
The one on the left is called Suburban Artifacts for its mix of old and new everyday items. It's in shades of aqua, lime, pale yellow and copper. There is a circle cut from a vintage document behind the retro "bling" on the medallion that doesn't show up in this picture. Sold.
Winged Heart is actually done in shades of salmon, coral and rose so it's a little darker and less pink than it appears in the photo. It has accents of mossy green and incorporates some vintage texts, an antique key and embossed velvet leaves. Pam, thanks for the cool old wire I used for the handle! Sold.
I call these Bella Bottles. Some of them are true antiques, others are just interesting shapes that I've recycled/repurposed into something that looks vintage. Small antique ink bottle with German scrap birds, vintage ledger fragment and pink trims For sale in my Etsy store.
Taller textured bottle with fragment of vintage French envelope, postage, silk ribbons and millinery trims Sold.
Here are a few of the things I'll be offering for sale at Art in the Garden next week. Sorry some of the pictures have a bit of glare or an amber tinge. I'm experimenting with photographing my work with the digital camera because it's so much easier to upload but I'd rather be using my good old Canon still camera!
Lidded apothecary jar--sold.
Vintage blue Ball jar--for sale in my Etsy store.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
I recently got a sewing machine so I've been having a great time finding ways to incorporate stitching into many of my projects. These were my first ATCs with (machine) sewing. Boy, do I need to work on my scanning! But you get the picture, right? (Ohhh, that was lame. )
These cards are no longer available for trade. If you have an opportunity to see the House of Cards II gallery exhibit you might see a couple, though.