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Monday, March 28, 2011

my favorite gypsy

One more challenge...then I am goin' ta bed. If I don't go, the challenge will be getting up early for work tomorrow! Anywho, the Crazy Amigo challenge,this week- Fave stamp. Well, I had to go back to my lovely lady stamp for this one.With this stamp I created a whole set of gypsy tags for a shop down in Texas, gained entry onto the MPTS design team, and well, just have had lots of fun. So here she is once again. Never wearin' the same tattered ribbon skirt twice though ;) God bless ya'all and good-night!

ps..please don't say goodbye w/ out checking out the rest of my blog :) Thanks!

my winged inchie

ooooh, found yet another challenge...a very tiny challenge at that. Every inchie Monday- this week: a winged inchie. Well, I decided to use the vintage 1" x1" quilt squares as my background for inchies. A little odd, but well, that is me ;) This little inchie is one of my handmade faces, and wings I scanned form a real butterfly wing I found on a window sill last summer...yes, I do save everything.And I have glazed the piece with a generous brushing of beeswax.

Thanks for looking, please visit my previous posts...and follow me if you would never know what I am going to glaze in beeswax tomorrow ;)

Baby bLooM

I love the theme for this week's "Take a Word" challenge...BLOOM. Since I use millinery flowers, dried flowers, floral print A LOT in my was an easy challenge for me!

I just began creating a series of pieces- spring samplers I am calling them. Bought a vintage quilt for a song and a dance at a sweet antique market down in Scarborough, Maine and yes...I was finally brave (or stupid) enough the other day to start cutting it up! And yes, I HAD to incorporate beeswax in this piece. The texture is sooo fun -and the scent is wonderful!

This piece is available on my etsy sight too, along w/ a few others.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Angel sampler

Having fun creating altered art samplers, small pieces of art featuring treasured finds is an all white postcard for the Sunday Postcard art challenge.Love Love Love creating with all white! And a piece is not complete w/ a brushing of creamy beeswax.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Abide with me

This piece was inspired by the song Abide with me, and the theme Thursday's weekly challenge...this week Orange. Smiling, my Darby's favorite color. please take a moment to listen to the words of this song and my they bless your soul today.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

farm front porch art

Ha ha... gotta love this week's theme for Crazy Amigo challenge...chickens. Here is the piece I created..calling this style farm front porch art...if you haven't seen pics of my farm front porch "studio" click and visit! Thanks for stopping by :)

Oh, then I came across this wonderful art challenge Inspiration Avenue. Their theme this week is here is my spring chicken offering :)!!

There ya go, 2 birds...chickens...challenges w/ one stone.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blue challenge

Think Monday Think ATC. This weeks challenge was a blue ATC. Having too much fun with my new brown bag faces!! And thinking spring of course!! Did I mention... we are having a snow storm here in Turner Maine on the first day of spring...too funny. Oh well. Cup of coffee, warm wood stove fire, and art supplies at the kitchen table...loving it ! I am not blue ;) but my ATC is ...haha...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Full Moon

2 posts in one day...what is this world coming to??
4x4 Friday's art challenge for the week: Full moon. Funny, before I had seen this challenge I had already made a moon themed piece for Theme Thursday's Black and white challenge. Wasn't 4" x 4" back to the drawing board... ;) too bad, so sad, I was forced to create another art piece tee hee. And THEN I came across the crazy amigo challenge and found that the challenge was your favorite fairytale...which TA DA (is that how you spell ta-da??)...
I used to read this fairytale poem to my son Kevin way back in the early days of motherhood, I have always wanted to do an art piece based on it, didn't think it would be such a tiny one though. Quite happy with my project, and the sweet memories it evoked.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (a Dutch lullaby)

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe---
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,
And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea---
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish---
Never afeard are we";
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam---
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
'T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 't was a dream they 'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea---
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
And Nod.

My Fair Maiden

Another day... another challenge! The Sunday Postcard Art theme this week is Fair Maidens. I had been practicing these little doll faces yesterday at the breakfast table...doodling on a paper bag. My fair maiden's lovely dress is from Moss Hill Studio and she is holding a beautiful bouquet of vintage millinery flowers. She has a tattered bow from a thrift shop dress, and her hands and feet are hand doodled in pencil.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Theme Thursday: Black and White!

Well, I have found an art challenge for each day of the week! This altered bingo card is for the Theme Thursday challenge Black and White. At some point I will sync my project creating w/ the day of the theme; right now however, I will probably try to do as many challenges as I can...all on Saturday. Decided to take a slightly different turn in my art projects...little quirkier and fun and a bit childish. I love how kids create with no fear and with such random beautifulness (new word- another heatherism). So, is my humble offering, one of my little paper clay heads, vintage papers, trim and of course brushed with a layer of beeswax to finish.

A boy, A bird, and the bright white moon.
"My the moon is bright tonight. Lovely. and quiet."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

pretty bottle, pretty birdie...

altered bottle sPriNg

From SunDappledNest

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Now for sale in my etsy store!!

This piece in particular...
Using a bottle as an art randomly wonderfully fun :)
Sooo many little things to see, please take the time to look closer... tiny hand dipped pink candles, pretty painted key, antique buttons, a nest of moss, millinery flowers, vintage fabrics and trim, collected from only the best of rummage sales ;) in my sweet little new England town! Sweet soft and bright colors, a sweet little robin.. vintage bird sticker...remember from kindergarten or Sunday School- I mean vintage bird stickers..not tequila bottles ;)

The soft texture of the bottle is a layer of sweet smelling beeswax, sealing, protecting, and beautifying all my altered bottles.

********************WeLComE SPriNg!!***********************

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

last minute masterpiece ;)

Well, this month's MPTS theme definitely challenged me!! Theme:Tropical w/ pearls and satin, Technique: embossing!! I honestly couldn't for the life of me figure out how to combine all these things into an altered art piece......kudos to MPTS for making me think hard on this one!!

but then...things started coming together little by little (of course on the night the project is due...oye!) and I have creating a little wall hanging piece that I decided I love ;)

Started searching for vintage pics on the internet...and finally found this beach Victorian chickie, and a little while later, this 1906 tropical pic. The satin trim is off of a fabric remnant I found at my fave antique mall last week...and had the little "pearls" in w/ my vintage buttons.

Embossing was tricky, as I don't have the tools for this sort of thing, embossed the edges of the pics using a vintage frame...didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but if ya look close you may be able to make out the tiny embossed flowers...

If ya ask me art challenges are the neatest thing since sliced bread and the funnest thing since the hula hoop ;) Click Creative Paper Artists (the MPTS blog)...Check out what the other creative gals have done w/ this same theme and JOIN IN THE FUN!!