Sunday, February 25, 2007

Beauty in the Garden

The second group I share blog topics with have chosen the word beauty to post about this week. Unfortunately I have just run out of time this week. Since our post is to be an interpretation of the word I decided to kill two birds with one stone. My blog post is going to be visual this week.

I adore flowers and my yard is filled with their beauty, not only visually but also fragrantly! I, like so many others, am anxiously awaiting spring. I have an altered children's board book that I'm putting up for auction tonight on Ebay. In honor of Spring, the theme is flowers and gardens. Below is a preview of some of the pages in my "Garden" book.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Posting and Blogs

I love looking at other artist blogs. So many talented people, not only at creating art, but writing wonderful posts too. I love blogging...I think I may even be coming addicted. But I would like to say one thing about blogs that I don't like. All this having to sign in and have an account just to leave someone a post. And if I didnt' have to sign in, yet again somewhere, I would leave so many more comments...and face it, we all love comments, even if we won't admit it. ;-)

But I am put off by having yet ANOTHER account to keep track of. Now I only know about blogger, but I have mine set up so that anyone can leave a comment without having to sign into an account. I have it set so that I moderate all comments before they are ever posted, so I am always in control of spam and nasty trolls showing up on my blog. And so far neither of these have been a problem(fingers crossed here).

So, I ask, if you have the ability to set your blog up without making me sign into another account I would love to leave you a glowing comment about your most recent post and will happily do so.

OK, that's my blog complaint. :-)

Thursday, February 22, 2007


O.K. this week my first group has chosen the word warmth as our posting topic. We can interpret this word in anyway we choose. For me the word conjures up other home, heart, friends, family. Many, many years ago, I lived in Florida, in a little house near the beach. It was a very tiny house, maybe 1000 square feet if that. I decorated the best I could on a strained budget...which meant a lot of found objects and repurposeing. Of course in those days we didn't call it that...I think it was referred to as decorating on the cheap.

One evening I had a group of ladies from work over for one of those home parties, which I normally avoided like THE PLAGUE, but...I was doing a favor for a friend. Anyway, before I get to long winded, the nicest compliment that came out of that night was from a young woman I much admired. She told me the next day at work how warm and comfy my home was and that when she walked through my front door she instantly knew that was where love lived.

I was so floored and so thrilled with her words. To this day I consider it one of the best compliments I've gotten in my life. Because I've discovered that is what life is all about. A home that is a warm haven, a place you like to come back to after a hectic day, and miss when you go way for any extended time. A place where a good night might consist of a lovely rainstorm outside, fresh sheets on the bed and a good book waiting on the bed side table. A warm and cozy home that is the keeper of those you love and a place where love lives. That is what brings me warmth, even on a cold day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New Mini Card Set ~Fairy Collection~

I like to keep my promises! :-) Here is the next set of mini cards/gift tags, Fairy Collection, added to my Etsy shop today. Hope you like them as well as the last two sets. And I am working on more sets, so I'll keep adding as long as I come up with ideas.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

~Bird Collection~ New on Etsy

As promised, here is my Bird Collection, just recently added to my Etsy shop.

Monday, February 19, 2007

New Collection for Etsy ~ Paris

I'm now selling sets of four (4) hand made mini gift cards with co-ordinating envelopes and beribboned cardstock gift tags on Etsy. The first set I call the Paris Collection. These are one of a kind digitally reproduced mini collage designs. They are printed on acid free paper and cardstock. The envelopes are sealable. These are my own paper designs and I'll be introducing a Bird and Fairy Collection also this week, so stay tuned! ;-)

These cards can be used for more than gift enclosures. Tuck them in unexpected places with a secret little message for the recipient, surprise a friend and tuck one in her purse. Did you borrow something from someone? When you return it add a little hand written thank you with it. Great for scrapbookers and altered art addicts. Use them in your projects in many different ways!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Top Hat Fairy

I love words. People who know me will probably agree but more likely in terms of "she talks to much". ;-) For many years now I've been having a love affair with the word juxtaposition. Which loosely translated means to place side by side in unexpected combinations. It is a good word to express my style.....if I actually have one. I think it's the old leather and lace syndrome.

And so, in the creating of this assemblage fairy, I loved the idea of not giving her a crown but a top hat to go with her pink tulle skirt. Mixing the casualness of vintage brown pom poms with pearls. Hand painted roses mixed with stripes. A proper young fairy on her way to a ball, with just a touch of the unexpected.

I'm putting her up for auction tonight on Ebay. I'm having a hard time letting this one go so I'm debating with myself on whether to put a reserve on her. Hmmm....I guess I won't know until I actually list her. :-) Check her out on Ebay for more pictures.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Upcoming Spring Workshop

I've been invited to teach two workshops at Artful Endeavors, in Raleigh, NC April 27 & 28 2007. How fun! On Friday the 27th I'll be teaching a 6" square Assemblage project. I will teach this project twice, once in the morning and once in the evening, these will each be a 2 1/2 hour class. Saturday the 28th will be an all day class and we will be making an 8 page wooden tag book. I love teaching so I'm really looking forward to this! If anyone is in the Raleigh area and interested please get in touch with Liz at Artful Endeavors, .

These pictures below are just to give you an idea of what I'll teach, not the actual projects. I will post the actual projects as soon as I have them done.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Truth and Fairy Friends

It seems it was my week to suggest topics this week in both the groups I choose to share posts with. So I took the easy way out. Actually I just thought that since the idea was such a good one it could only get better to do times two. ;-) The topic was chosen and then we are supposed to create an art project to go with it. I have one done and am working on the other.

The first topic is the word Truth and our interpretation of that word. This creation was a little backwards from the way I usually find inspiration. I went looking for a quote that I felt expressed some (certainly not all) my feelings about truth.

"When one has one's hand full of truth, it is not always wise to open it." French Proverb

This has been a hard lesson in life for me to learn and one only learned in the past half dozen years. I always believed that if the truth sat in one's mouth, then one must speak it. But I was young, and foolish and often times ignorant in my dealings with people.

I am, I hope, in most part, truthful with myself. I am truthful in my dealings with other people. It is the only way I know how to be, and anyway I have one of those faces that would never survive in a poker game. So my face has never left me much choice in the honesty and truthful arena. ;-)

But I learned through one of the most painful separations from someone near and dear to me, that not everyone wants to hear the truth. And it doesn't matter that time proved me right and that she is now back in my life and has acknowledged that I spoke the truth. What matters is that I should have censored that truth, that it was not "wise to open it" because the truth caused pain all around me...and it was my fault.

So I've learned just because one might know a truth, one does not necessarily have to speak it. Now I'm careful with the truth and I hope that if there comes a time again when I do have to speak a serious truth to someone... that first, I've had time to make sure I really have to speak it and that if I do, I do so with as much compassion as I possibly have.

Fairy Friends
Now on to something a bit lighter...;-)

This is an altered childrens book. If you want to see all the delightful inside pages check out the auction after 7:30 tonight on Ebay.

Front Cover

Back Cover

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Post A Rant

Our topic this week is to post a rant. Now, on first thought, I said to myself, oh, that'll be easy. There's so many things to rant about these days. Ask my husband. He'll tell you I have no problem getting myself worked up into a rant. But I've spent all week trying to get up a head of steam to rant and to my amazement...nothing. Nothing!!!

How could this be? There is no end to some of the things that can annoy me and send me into the "rant zone". Sometimes I have spent days in that zone. I don't know what's happening to me. Here is the perfect opportunity, I've actually been given an "assignment" to do this

I guess nothing has really teed me off this week! :-) Not the crumbs my loving husband has been leaving on the kitchen counter for years now, assuming the maid will come along and wipe up...or the sink full of dirty dishes he leaves for that maid to wash.

I can usually work up a head of steam about rude and mannerless people...I mean it takes more energy to be rude and mannerless than it does to just be nice. But nope. Not this week.

Then there are the customer service people online who have the inability to read an email and respond to the actual content of said email, instead launching into some explanation that has absolutely nothing to do with the question or problem stated in the email. I can't believe I can't get worked up over their total ineffectualness and the hair pulling frustration they have caused me at times.

Gosh, I can't believe I'm so blase this week...I mean there have been times when I've prided myself on my rants...they've been intelligent and well articulated and filled with pearls of hard earned wisdom.

I think...I think, I remember this, I think it's called a good mood. That must be it!!! I've been in a good mood all week.

Hmmmm... I wonder what caused this............