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Sunday, January 30, 2011

One World One Heart Giveaway!

Hey Kids! It's here....the One World One Heart Blogging event! My name is Melissa and I'm a speech-language pathologist by day and a mixed media artist by nights and weekends. I've been creating things as long as I can remember. My mom is pretty crafty so I guess that's where I got my need to sew, glue, cut and tear apart things! My husband is great because he understands this need to sew, glue, cut and tear apart stuff! Life is good when I'm sewing, glueing, cutting and tearing apart stuff!

This is my give away for the event. It measures about 7 inches high and is truly a mixed media piece with a little bit of everything incorporated into it.....stamping, Photoshopping, collage, stitching. So to have a chance to win it (the drawing is on Feb 15th). Just leave a comment!

I don't know why but in January and Feb., every year, I like to do some handsewing and stitiching. It seems like I'm forever hunting for a needle. I use to stick them in the hem of my curtains (my mom told me that my gram did the same thing!) but after seeing so many cute needle books on different blogs (here's a stunning one that Shelly O made), I was inspired. Mine are pretty simple compared to others. They are about 5 inches tall and 7 inches wide when opened out with 3 felt pages to keep the needles in.

I really like this dark charcoal grey with the red and aqua.....really pops!
The inside.....
Ok, now this little bugger I'm quite smitten with! It's .......wait for it.......................................
an owlPad!!!! LOL!!!! It's a sleeve I made out of felt for my iPad. If you have one you know how slippery those little devils can be to old. I actually have a hard case for it but I also needed a sleeve for it too.

I put a big pocket on the front to keep the charging cord in. I also lined the top flap. I have to tell you, I love my iPad. If you have one, you know what I'm talking about. I've become one of those Apple converts!
Alrighty then....saved the best for last. Yesterday afternoon I was Skyping with Tracy and her daughter was making eclairs so she gave me the recipe and this was the result. Pure puffy, sweet heaven!
Thanks for stopping by and stay warm!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Frigid January Crafting

Since January has been extremely frigid, I've been staying inside and crafting. Too cold to snowshoe or even walk outside for a short distance. Today is was 11 degrees with a windchill of zero! Yes, I said zero. This cold is really starting to give me "SD"....snow depression!

This piece is entitle "Serendipitiy". I've always liked the sound of that word. It's defined as "the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. Sometimes when I'm making art I stumble upon a bit of serendipity also known as happy little accidents in my case!

This piece is truly a mixed-media pieces as I created the fairy with Photoshop, hand sewed and embroidered the heart, and stamped and glued the heart background. It's going to be my giveaway for the One World One Heart blog hop in February.
I did some green crafting on this baby. This was the box that my Flip camera came in. It was such a well made and sturdy box that I saved it to use later. The recess made a perfect little recess to collage in. I created the girl in Photoshop. The elements used were from Tangie Baxter's collection at Scrapbook Graphics.
Ahhhh, she looks so sad. She probably didn't get a Valentine from the one person she really wanted one from!

Ok, so the last thing I'm showing today is a new spin on the traditional snowman. I got old German book text in a swap last year I participated in and tucked it away using pieces here and there. I came across it the other day and glued it onto a round piece of 1/8 inch bass wood. Painted on the face with acrylic paint and glued decorative paper for the hat. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
I'd like to make more snowmen with different languages. If anybody has French, Italian, German or any other languages of old book text I'd like to trade you some decorative papers for it!
Hey if you're looking for some interesting music, try Pink Martini. It's sort of a 1030s Gypsy Jazz meets old school Cuban dance club.
Stay warm!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mr. Chocolate

Still "Frittering", extreme "Twittering".
Four words per sentence.
Just for January.
It's driving me crazy!

Mr. Chocolate.
Ready for the close-up!
Say "cheese".
He's going to Jacque.
Life is like a.......
You know the rest.

Kindness matters, right?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow Angel

The finished Snow Angel!
Carries a magic bag......
Flaps her vintage wings.....
Flies through frosty air......
Sculpted with paperclay.
Painted fabric body.
Tulle skirt.
Fiber scarf.
Velvet band.
Vintage rhinestone snowflake.
Chipboard wings.
Opps! Forgot the halo!
Needs a name?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Studio Happenings.....

Work In Progress........ HeartGuy
He'll live with Jacque!

Look Ma! No eyes!

Crushed by wings! ARRRGGGHHHH!
Snow Angel teaser.....
Stop back tomorrow.
She'll be completed then.
:-) M

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pastel Glittermen

Making pastel glittermen ornies.....
quirky men of snow.........
with glittery funky hats......

1940s inspired eyeballs.....

Pink/blue wintery dreams......
Goodnight, sleep tight glittermen!