Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spring Is Coming

For the past week we have had about 600 Robins in our yard. They are making so much noise you can't hear yourself think out there. It's wonderful because it means spring is coming.
This is a heated dish we use for the dogs water. Note the Robin poop all over the ground. We added another dish for them because they were fighting over the dogs dish. There are so many in the yard it looks like the ground is moving.
I took these pics thru the screen because I didn't want to scare them.
Today when we woke up we found 2 inches of snow. But I still think spring is coming.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


This is a rant post.
I LOVE going around visiting everyones blogs. Seeing all the beautiful work and gathering inspiration from all.
There are a couple of blogs that are so full of ads and playlists and clocks and all the other interactive stuff available that it takes forever to get in. If you can get in at all. Sometimes the screen just freezes after a couple of minutes of loading.
I have stopped visiting a few because it just aggravates me so.
Sometimes I wash a sink of dishes while waiting! No lie!!
Has this happened to anyone else?
Am I the only one?
I would love to know.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

A winner, some charms and a wall

Here are some charms I made for the swap in Cloth Paper Scissors. They couldn't be any bigger than an inch and a half. So I thought what better when dealing with measurements than a measuring stick? I enjoyed doing these 'cause I only had to do 5! I spent a lot of time this past week making my inspiration wall. I keep my old calendars. So I cut them apart and used pics from other places and collaged my wall.

I LOVE the color and movement. I can sit and zone out looking at it waiting for inspiration to strike. I took an old ugly bulletin board and painted the frame matallic black and thumb tacked some sale fabric I got on over the cork. I wound some ribbon on the wire hanger. I am filling it with pics of things that inspire me including work from some blogs.
Here is another view that sort of shows the branch I have hanging from my ceiling. It has fairies and witches and things friends have given me and fairy lights hanging from it. It is VERY cool at night when it's lit.

So now for the winner! DH picked number 9. That is Mar from Working Projects blog. Congratulations Mar. If you E me your street addy, I will mail your prize on thursday when I go into town.
Thank you to all who entered. I am thrilled that so many of you wanted to own a piece of my work. Please check back from time to time, I will be having more give-aways.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Goddess give-away clarification

I'm so excited that so many of you want to own her! but I wanted to clarify her size. She isn't a pin, like so many think. She is about 6 inches tall. She can be hung in a window, or from an ornament stand or maybe stood on a little easel. I hope this doesn't disappoint those who thought she is wearable art.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Imaginary Friends

There is a commercial on TV where you see someone head-on and then you see the back of their head and it is a stage. I couldn't tell you what it was a commercial for, because I was so fascinated by the stage. So I got a wig stand and carved a cave in the back. Then I gessoed it all inside and out. Then I used modeling paste to swirl around where hair would be.Then I painted it Bamboo color and the inside of the cave antique white. Then I used pastels and Q-tips to give light make-up to her. I didn't want it to be stand-out because it's not the focal point. I gave her false eyelashes too. Then off to the doll house section of Hobby Lobby. I wanted a chandelier, but they didn't have any. This ceiling fan is what they had. The blade turns!! The chair, table and candlesticks are from there too.

I cut a floor from foam board. Then I instant coffee'd a dictionary page and stamped it and covered the floor with it.

Then with the floor in place I printed a pic of a bookcase and gel mediumed it to the back wall.

I had a dried Puffer Fish and a Frozen Charlotte doll and they just seemed like they needed to live in the cave. I trimmed the edge with cord.
So I hope you like my Imaginary Friends.

A Giveaway

I thought that I would give this beaded Goddess as a hurry up Spring prize. Just leave a comment, and I will draw a name on Valentines Day. Actually I will have DH picka number and that person will win. This Lady has a leaf for a necklace and the word GROW in her beads.
Good Luck All

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Tutorial and Award

This is the piece that Val did the background for and I did the tree and Fairy. I am so flattered that so many of you like it and want to know how I did it. So here is how...
I got a sheet of waxed paper and some brown tissue paper. I scrunched the tissue and ripped and stretched and shaped until I had a basic tree. then I smeared Gel Medium on it with my fingers and just shaped it till it made me happy. I let it dry overnight on the waxed paper. Then I GENTLY peeled it off and glued it to the background. I touched it here and there with a metallic paint, just to give it more depth.

The Fairy is a copy I touched lightly with some chalks. I didn't want too much color because I didn't want to distract from the beautiful background. I glued some Cicada wings on her and glittered them. I have a small box of them I pulled off dead Cicadas. I save everything!! I cut a couple of small squares of foam board and glued them to her back and then glued her so she's sitting on the branch. Oh, I mounted her on cardstock before I cut her out. That's all there is to it.

This is an award Val gave me and I pass to some wonderful women. Their Blogs are in my Links list.
Dawn who is always so sweet-Gold Betty Boop
Pat who is always so encouraging-Artrix
Kelsey who is sooo inspiring-KO..OK
Christie who amazes me with her blog content-Serenity Now
Inka who is so generous with her Blog Candy-Inkaland
Thank you ladies for being you.
And thank you Val-Altered Heart Journey- for thinking of me.