Sunday, December 31, 2006

Here are
a handful
of cards
for trade.
More to
**(click to enlarge)**
(all cards have been traded)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tell 'em Joyce sent you

A few more cards available for trade. Thanks for looking!
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All were traded.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Okay, this is a red-letter day! Today is the day that I make my last trek to the Post Office and send off my final packages of the season. Every year at this time I'm wrapping gifts, foraging for that just-right box, and fretting about whether I've forgotten anyone. You'd think I'd have wised up a bit by now and start earlier but no, not me!

To tell the truth, I actually adore wrapping presents. It's the mailing part that stresses me. Now I can really have some fun with the gifts that stay here or will be hand-delivered. No worries about keeping things flat!

Here's a pic of a birthday gift I'm mailing today. I think it's kinda purty in spite of its flatness. Hope the recipient thinks so, too!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I should have been studying for finals or preparing for Christmas but I snuck in some time to make these this week as well as one that was just too darn chunky to scan.
That pink butterfly is made from really thin, pliable metal (aluminum?) and I remember them from my childhood...just not sure in what context. Anyone? Bueller? I got a few at a yard sale a while back & would love more if I could find 'em. They hold whatever shape you like.
Card at top left made from a recycled envelope which was made from a recycled catalog page or something. favorite kind of art!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Ready or not...'s here. It's official. It's December. Don't know about you but I waded through Thanksgiving in a sort of surreal fog. It just didn't "feel" like Thanksgiving. Don't know if it was the warm weather or my biological clock or what. I admit, I was sorta dreading Christmas.

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

Whew...finally finished!

Okay, 1980 WAS a pretty good year overall. I graduated high school, hadn't yet gotten my Flock of Seagulls hairdo, and had my whole life in front of me:-) However, I just couldn't live with our old circa 1980 powder room with it's brushed stainless vanity, chrome bijou light bar, and grey fixtures (left) any more. Only problem is, our crumbling master bath and sagging foundation are a much higher priority, especially in terms of the budget. What's a creative-but-budget-challenged girl to do?

After a little thought and research, I decided to try making my own wallpaper. What looks nice with grey and silver? Hmmm. Something purplish...yeah, that's the ticket! Unrolled some nice craft paper, slathered and spattered on a few coats of plum, grey and white glazes, then hit it with a little black Spray Webbing. While this was drying, I used my favorite old cheap, hairy paintbrush and scrubbed on a mixture of half dusky plum-c0lored paint and half glaze (plus a squirt of silver to grey it down a bit). Then, I tore my painted paper into largish irregular pieces and covered one wall (left side in photo below).

When I started tearing and pasting the paper, I struggled to decide about the tear lines. Should I re-tear so that none of the brown craft paper would show? Ultimately DH helped me decide that it actually gave a rather interesting faux-marble effect...if there were such a thing as plummy marble, of course. Plays off the faux-marble floor tiles, too.

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

Happy-happy, joy-joy....I finished up yesterday afternoon and I am now on Thanksgiving break until classes resume on the 20th! While I'm (mostly) enjoying it, I do miss the freedom to do stuff I want. And to kick things off, DH is flying south for a long weekend so I have the next few days all to myself. After getting him packed and off to the office this morning I've enjoyed a second cup of coffee while blog-surfing and watching the golden leaves blow off the tree outside my window. Forecast for the weekend is chilly and drizzly, possibly changing over to snow. Perfect for my plans!

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

I'm now the mom of a sweet 16!

This weekend my DD celebrated another milestone. She has become such a lovely young lady...see for yourself!

At the top of her birthday wish-list? Getting her ears pierced for the second time. She was so anxious that the gals at the store offered to double-up and do both sides at once so she wouldn't back out while she was half-done.

Friday, November 10, 2006

I am SO excited!!!

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.

I made this!

Thought I'd put up a few things I've been squeezing in between school and family stuff recently.
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

Mid-November already!

Wow...over a month since my last post. (Kinda sounds like something you'd hear in a confessional, huh?) Where DOES the time go? I have been so busy with school and just trying to keep things afloat around here. Fall has been a rollercoaster weatherwise but I am so thankful to be living in a region with four full seasons. Growing up on the Gulf Coast we had only two---hot and muggy interrupted by a few fleeting days of either crisp and cool or else deep freeze (usually accompanied by ice). I miss many things about Texas but the weather ain't one of 'em!

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

More recent projects

In addition to the stuff I was making for my first show, I squeezed in time to make a couple of gifts for special birthdays. This necklace and earrings set was for my mom's birthday. It has a carved mother-of-pearl flower on the drop portion of the necklace that didn't photograph well. All the bead colors were taken from its beautiful shades . Hope it coordinates well with lots of stuff in your closet, Carla!

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.

I survived!

Art in the Garden, my very first show and sale, was last Saturday. Unfortunately, the day was exceedingly windy, wet and cold for this time of year so it could have been just awful. However, the cheerful attitudes of my Feisty Chick Art Studio sisters and the hardy souls who braved the rotten weather to view our work made for a fun day in spite of it all. I sold a number of pieces and enjoyed the experience very much. Sadly, I forgot to charge my camera battery so all I have to show you is this picture of my friend Rosie, displaying her usual enthusiasm and good humor. Hi Rosie!

More Buckets & Bottles

The Skinny Li'l Bucket would make a great receptacle for paint brushes or pens & pencils. With vintage silverplate teaspoons for handles and tiny wooden spools for feet, it's a perfectly unique idea for any lady's (teacher's?) desk. Sold.

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.
Small apothecary--sold.

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.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

You're invited...

This is a flyer for a show and sale I'm participating in later this month. If you're in SE Michigan I hope to see you there!