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Friday, May 30, 2008

Altoid Tin Swap.........

Altoid Tin Swap!

I'm hosting a decorated Altoid Tin Swap. So far I have 6 very crafty people signed up to participate. If you would like to join in please leave a comment so I can reach you and give you your partner information. You can use any medium to decorate your tins.....decorative papers, stamps, vintage bit of this and that.....whatever you want! The theme is up to you also! Get a jumpstart on a fall/Halloween creation or maybe a nice summer theme would be nice? Cut off to sign up is June 6th and finished tins should be sent out the first week in July.

Here are just a few tins I've done to jump start some ideas.....

Just a few tips from my trials and errors.....
Base your tin with Gesso, let dry then base with any color of acrylic paint (sometimes you need 2-3 coats). Gel medium works the best to adhere decorative papers to the painted tin. E-600 glue works very well when glueing on heavier items to the tin.
Hope to have you join in on the fun!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Flowers and Garlic and Being

A few flowers from one of my flower gardens......

Ah, funny story on this picture, I was sitting on the back porch snapping pics of my flowers b/c I can't move very gracefully with these darn crutches when I dropped the camera a "ta-da" the camera clicked and the photo below was created! I couldn't have snapped a better picture if I tried!

Large German Bearded Iris


Oriental Poppy

Just look at all of these buds on this poppy......

So a few things I've discovered about crutches while regrouping from the hip surgery.....
1. You can carry a lot of different things in your teeth, however a coffee cup is not one of them!
2. It is possible to fold your pajamas and balance them on your head like the African Tribes women in order to get them from the bathroom to the bedroom or bedroom to the bathroom.
3. A crutches can be used like giant chopsticks to pick up things.
4. A crutch layed across the arms of a chair makes a great little table to balance your laptop on.
5. You can really stick a lot of stuff in the top of your elastic windpants to carry from point A to point one point I had a book, a magazine, a bottle of water, a cell phone, a regular phone and 2 pens.

These last 2 pictures show how quickly time passes. Gary and I prepared the garlic bed and planted them in on a beautiful sunny day in late October......

And here are the "garlics" of our labors a mere 7 months later. They will be ready to harvest the around the 4th of July! This was the first time I grew garlic and I must tell you it was so rewarding to look out the window in February and see something growing in the garden!

I'm leaving this post with this saying that I came across a few weeks ago....
"Be with those who help your being". No words could be truer.

Friday, May 23, 2008

House ATCs.....

I would like to thank all the friends in blogland who have emailed well wishes about my hip surgery and recovery! I've become quite the master with the crutches but can't put any weight on the left leg, it will be awhile before I can do that which means I can't do steps therefore I can't make it to my studio! It's driving me crazy. I get tired out pretty easy though! Luckly I created ATCs ahead of time. I've started a mini series of "houses" in my ATC a day for a year project.

Cat House - I bet this little girl got this kitten for her birthday!

Dog House - How about this little beagle puppy? Isn't she cute?

Green House - These two boy grew the most amazing flowers and herbs, although the one on the left always had the "deer in the headlight look"! The one on the right grew up to own a flourist shop called "Mr. P's Posey Shop".

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

How to remain calm.........feel the need to bead....

I had hip surgery this morning and all went well, in a meer 6 to 8 weeks I'll be cruising the neighborhood on my mountian bike hybrid like a flash but right now it hurts (pain pill time)! Anywho........Sunday night I was on the internet reading about the surgery I was having (busaectomy and tendon lengthening) and was starting to get a little weirded-out (I would not recommend doing this) so I went to my studio and did a little beading which had a calming effect. Art has a way of doing that, doesn't it?

My stash of goodies....... Blue Moon beads has a great new line of beads, findings and metal accents called "Lost and Found". I got them at Michaels.

The finished product..........
Bracelet made with beads from my stash and memory wire and black tubing. I just discovered this black tubing and love it!

Necklace with black tubing, glass and ceramic beads.......

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The House of ?????

I'm starting a series of "house" artist trading cards (they measure 2.5 by 3.5). I'll be posting them in a few days but I just finished them and I really liked how this one turned out. It's the House of Blues! I love all kinds of music, jazz is my favorite but I also enjoy good old rock and roll. I was listening to The Ramones while I was making this card, specifically the song "I Wanna Be Sedated" hence the reference in the card to 24 hours to go, it's in the lyrics of the song. I liked the vintage picture of this little guy but he needed something........hmmmmmmmmmm...yes! A flaming pink guitar!!! So I drew one and it fit perfectly under his arm.

So in my "house" series of cards, so far I have a: dog house, cat house (no it's not what you think!), green house, House of Blues, beach house, bird house, the big house, boat house, haunted house. Can anybody give me any other "house" ideas? Hey, thanks in advance for you comments!

Highwire Act..........

Mildred's uncanny ability to balance on a hair thin wire was partially overshadowed by her bright yellow bloomer in her circus act. She loved to teeter high above the crowd where the butterflies would flutter around her, their wings clapping in a silent applause. She never felt more in control!

Sometimes life is like a highwire act, trying to balance home, work, hobbies, have to dos and need to dos with obligated to dos, don't you agree?

When I saw the vintage photo of the highwire woman I just knew I had to use it in an ATC. If you would like to win her, make a comment. I'll draw the winner tomorrow night!

Friday, May 16, 2008


I've always loved sunflowers and I planted a few in one of my flower gardens. Sunflowers were my inspiration of this ATC. I got the wing stamp at Pat Cantans. It's one of those little dollar stamps but I just love it. How about the mullet on this little guy? It's a copy of a vintage photo, circa 1909.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Poppies and Beagles.....

I was inspired to do this card from the orange and red poppies in my back yard which are just about ready to bloom! I once had a beagle named Scout who loved to steal cucumbers out of the garden to eat and fetch tennis balls. He was a trip! The most good natured dog I ever had. This card is a tribute to all of the beagles and beagle lovers out there! My friend Sue has an adorable beagled named Elvis that I could very easily tuck under my arm and walk out of her house with it! I'm sending her this card so that she can use it as a book mark for summer reading.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Cat is Out of the Bag!

Sometimes I like to get silly with the ATCs!

Monday, May 12, 2008


Good evening! or Bonsoir! I took 3 years of French in high school and can only count from one to ten and tell you that the train for Paris arrives at a quarter past 12! Ah, nothing like a girl and her doggie! Old yeller doesn't look too happy being mauled over by the baby! When I was little we had a collie that I'd torment with ear pulling, ear chewing (it's a wonder I didn't get a hair ball!), hair pulling and he would just sit there and let me maul all over him. Dogs are truely man's best friend.
Ever have days when you feel like this?..............

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hosta Inspiration.....

Inspiration to create art is all around us. I find a lot of inspiration in nature and especially in my flower gardens. I have a shade garden with all kinds of hostas. Below is a picture of one beginning to poke throught the ground and its leaves unrolling. I think they look pretty cool at this stage, like green fruit roll ups!

This is a close up of an Elephant Ear Hosta leaf. I love the color! It was the inspiration for the "Pear Bros." card below.
The vintage pear label in front of the boys is from Dover Publications of a book of vintage produce labels.

The first flower of the summer.....a Bachelor Button. This flower is super sturdy. When the flower dies I just cut back the whole plant, it grows again and blooms in about 3 weeks! The purple color inspired me to do a trading card with purples. I love Allium, I don't have any in my garden because they are expensive (about $15 a bulb for the giant ones) and I just can't see spending $15 on one bulb!


Monday, May 5, 2008


I was experimenting with alcohol inks for the background on this one. I was done on glossy white photo paper. I got it to crackle here and there but not all over. Kind of like the effect.Experimenting with Lumiere paints on this card. This is the pearl white paint. It has slight shimmer to it. The moon face stamp is from Artful Illusions.

The figure in the middle is on of the Lost Coast Designs stamps I got at the stamping convention.