Friday, August 31, 2007

Freebie Friday and New Studio Creation

I actually got to get into my studio this week and get my hands on some art! Such a relief it was to let my mind slip away from everything else and just concentrate on what was unfolding beneath my hands.

Recently, and I can not remember where, I heard the word 'nestling." That word kept replaying in my head at odd moments throughout the week so I knew I had to go somewhere with it. So, when I got into the studio, that word was my inspiration.

I usually have no idea where I'm going when I start something and only have a word or an image, or a color combination I want to work with. Most times I'm working blindly and trusting my intuition/creative muse to take me where I need to go. I used elements from my new Paper and Lace Packs and this time it took me to where I couldn't be more happy than the way it turned out.

I listed "Nestling" over at Etsy today.

It was hard to let her go.

Here's your free image for the week.
Create art and Enjoy!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pretty Paper and Lace

I just got the most amazing antique ledger book. It must have 700 pages in it! The dates run from 1847 to 1860. I think it is a family ledger as opposed to a business ledger. When I first opened the book my thoughts ran along these, I am placing my hands on a book that about 150 years ago was brand new. As my hands lovingly traced over the pages I thought of that faceless person sitting at a desk somewhere in Boston dipping their pen in an inkwell and creating the beautiful script at the top of the page.

And now I'm able to pass on some of this history to my fellow artists who I know will make beautiful creations with these pages that I'm now including in a new packet on Etsy. I call it Paper and Lace and it is filled with vintage papers and lace. Check it out in my Etsy shop along with some new Halloween collage sheets I've added.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Freebie Friday Image

Goodness, I got caught up in some work and forgot it's Friday! So I better get this image posted because like Alice's rabbit I'm late, I'm late! I hope you enjoy this dreamy beauty!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Collage Sheet for Microscope Slides

I'm really pleased with the way this collage sheet turned out. I think the colors are so pretty. They're all ready for you to start creating. In fact I'm thinking I may have to dig out my microscope slides and make some art with these! I listed it on Etsy tonight so please, stop by and visit. I like the little tags added at the bottom. They say Nest, Paris, Believe and are sized to fit the slide images.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I Love Blogging

When I started my blog I never realized how much I would come to love it and how addicting it could be. I live a very quiet and simple rural life. There is no close art community to join, and certainly I have found no one around me that even knows terms such as altered art, mixed media, collage, let alone love it as I do.

One day I was bemoaning the fact of having no "community" here in the mountains, with my best friend Liz over in Raleigh. It is the one thing I sorely miss since we have moved. But Liz, in her ever present wisdom, made the comment that I do have an arts community. She told me my community was now online. I realized that she was absolutely correct and that thought has stayed with me ever since.

Through my Ebay groups, ZNE, Etsy and my blog, I have started to find a community. It is one of the most warm, caring and giving communities I've ever experienced. And it blows me away that I feel this way and have never personally met any of my new found friends. How I would love to grab all you wonderful artists, put us all in a huge room and give every last one of you a hug. I thank every one of you who have visited my blog and those of you who have left such wonderful, and so very often, beautiful comments. As always from my heart to yours.

My blog has received a Rockin Girl Blogger blogger from Evie at Bread and Cicuses and I'm so honored and humbled. Thanks so much Evie! And then I found out I also got a nomination from Laurie and I'm blown away again. Who wouldn't love blogging when there are so many rockin' ladies here in blogland!

So now I get to nominate 5 Rocking Girl Bloggers... so here ya are ladies!

Beyond the Vintage Path
Altered Art by Amber
Dancing Girls Art Studio
Small Treasures
Loudlife Laurie BlauMarshall

Monday, August 20, 2007

Vampires, Witches, & Ghosts ~ Oh My!

I've been in Halloween mode and thought I'd share some digital collage art cards I made for Etsy. Right now I wouldn't mind if it were Halloween only because it would mean we were through this heat wave! I'm really not trying to wish my life away, it goes to fast as it is! :-)


Family Reunion

Witches on Vacation

Vampire Honeymoon

Friday, August 17, 2007

Freebie Friday ~ Artful Blogging

Have you seen the new Somerset magazine, Artful Blogging? I bought it several weeks ago and keep forgetting to mention it. But that doesn't mean it isn't a wonderful magazine, it just means as usual my brain isn't firing on all levels. :-)

The eye candy in this magazine is scrumptious and I loved reading all the articles about why and how other artists blog. I'm working my way around to visiting all the blogs in the magazine and so far it's been an absolutely delightful trip!

If you haven't purchased it yet grab the nearest copy you can find, settle in your favorite comfy spot with a cup of tea and enjoy!

Today's Freebie Friday image is in honor of all artists.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

~ Sweet Blessings ~

I added this adorable little shadowbox to my Etsy shop tonight. It's made from two tiny canvases that I hinged together and then used the back as the front. Huh? You'll get it as you look at the pictures. :-)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Wow, an award. Thank you!

To my surprise this morning I found I have actually been given an award! Thanks to one of my most wonderful customers Deena of Nestled in the Singing Woods . I feel honored to receive such an award because all my life I have truly believed that nice matters. I just didn't know there was an award for it!

I am enthralled with blogging these days exactly for this reason, you meet some of the nicest, and most wonderful people through blogs. I am constantly warmed and oft times brought to tears by the kindnesses I have seen and read since I started blogging. Thank you Deena!

Now it's my turn to pass this award along to some deserving folk.
Kim of Images by Kim

Another Kim Garden Painter Art - And I just want to say I know you're having a tough time of it now and my prayers are with you, your mom and your family. God Bless Kim, you've always had a sweet and kind word on my blog.

Sandy of Sam I Am
Teresa of
Cedar Junction Studio
And Amber of
Altered Art by Amber

Enjoy your award ladies you all are deserving of it!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

More Digital Fun - Halloween and Tags

Is it to early for Halloween? I've been working hard on some new collage sheets and thought I'd add some for those who love Halloween. I designed some ATC/ACEO backgrounds to give you a jump start and there is also a collage sheet of co-ordinated tags.

I also have started adding Tags Collage Sheets to the store. Today I added epehemera tag designs and also some fun bird tags!

You'll find them in my etsy shop. Please come by for visit!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Freebie Friday

"We're havin' a heat wave, a tropical heat wave..." I've got that song stuck in my head as the heat crashes in on us and I wonder if we're breaking any records, because I don't think it's been this hot in the six years I've lived here in the mountains of Tennessee.

A dear friend from Florida called last night and told me it was hotter up here than where she lives in Florida. Now that's hot!

We live in an old farmhouse that is 80 years old and has no air conditioning. And we've never really felt the need for it as we have 10 foot ceilings and impossibly high windows. Usually a box fan has taken care of any heat we have felt since our move here.

But after spending the first part of the week being miserable in the heat, I told my hubby Wednesday night that I thought even my eyeballs were sweating. I had gotten nothing done because the heat was so unbearable. Needless to say we bought and installed a window unit that night. Now my computer room and studio are blissfully comfortable once again.

When I got to Lowe's Wednesday night a couple was loading an AC unit into their car. When I arrived on the aisle where I knew the units to be, another couple was walking off with their new unit. The shelves were almost bare! I thought I was glad I hadn't put if off any longer.

The nice man that helped me told me he had been on that aisle all day selling AC units! By the look of the shelves I believed him. It reminded me of living in Florida when a hurricane warning was announced and you went to the store to stock up on supplies, only to find them almost gone because everyone else had gotten there ahead of you.

My cart loaded with a nice new unit, I headed toward the check out counter passing another couple discussing what size unit they needed, as they headed toward the AC aisle and the nice smiling man awaiting them. I think it was a good day for Lowe's!

So as I sit here at my computer, and cool air washes around and over me, I give you your image. And I'm smiling. :-)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Some Goodies I picked up on our Road Trip

I have to say that I bought in large part ephemera such as old books, sheet music, & old magazines. I was hoping to find more in the way of old cabinet cards, vintage photos, and more vintage laces and ribbon but those items were limited in the area we were in. The 25 miles we managed to cover in two days certainly wasn't much out of 450! So those goodies may have been out there.

I can't imagine how anyone can do the whole 450 miles in the four days this event runs. Unless they shop fast with feet of steel. Liz and I are not fast. We are great examiners of all that we see! ;-) And for me on the second day I admit my feet and the heat really got to me so I slowed down even further.

Below are pictures of some of my fun goodies and you'll never know where they may turn up. You might see bits and pieces in my Etsy shop and on my "Coming Soon" (hopefully!) new website. So keep an eye out.

circa 1925 and 1910

old ledger and composition book

OK, the eggs aren't old but I loved the colors
The postcard and wooden blocks are vintage

I fell in love with these old bird cards
Keep an eye out for a collage sheet with some of these beauties!

Shabby Chic vintage buttons...aren't the colors yummy!
vintage mother of pearl buttons, old laces, vintage baby rickrack
and ribbon...again more yummy colors!

A close up of some of above

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Road Trip Junk Warrior

The perfect Southern Road Trip Food!

Liz enjoying that Perfect Road Trip Food!

I thought I'd take time in some sweltering dog day summer heat and post my impressions of the "World's Longest Yard Sale". The two questions I've been asked since we got back are "was it worth it?" and "would you go back?"

For the record I'd like to say that Liz and I determined that we are nothing short of two old, ex-shop keepers, which means it takes a lot more to get us excited, than it did when we were younger and hadn't experienced the running of a retail business. It used to be the excitement ran high when we found the perfect piece to put in the shop, ready to be discovered by someone who would fall in love with the item as much as we had. New inventory is always exciting!

So that said, addressing the first question, "was it worth it". Yes. Because I have been envisioning this trip for seven years. Now I have experienced it first hand. "Would I go back"? No, I don't think I would. But, if I were in the market for cool old furniture that is still affordable I would most certainly take a trailer or a big truck and go again. If I were in the market for glass and china, I would go. I saw more glass and china items than I imagined existed! If I still had a shop or was decorating a home...Most Definitely.

We started our trip at exit 317 on I40 (about an hour west of Knoxville, TN) where it intersects 127. The crowds were heavy but nothing like we were expecting. The biggest slow down of traffic was right in the little town areas where groups of vendors congregated under their tents. Once through these areas traffic was minimal. In two days we only made it about 25 miles north of where we started.

We quickly determined that we didn't need to stop where only a one family yard sale was going on and to definitely avoid any sign that said "inside yard sale!". :-) And a spot where there was shade was preferable. I kept thinking, oh, wouldn't this be marvelous in the spring or fall!

A tub of old bobbins

Lovely bucolic scene

Because I loved the colors and little raggedy peeking over the table top.

An old general store

A piece I would have happily bought years ago for my shop!

Cool old building in a wonderful grove of trees
where we spent a good amount of time as there
were lots of vendors and shade! :-) I parted
with quite a few dinero in this spot!

Because I liked it

A few tips for anyone contemplating this trip. First, take a cooler and keep it full of ice and water at all times. The heat can be a killer. Make sure you pack sunscreen, sunglasses and an umbrella. We didn't get rained on but it was happening all around us the first day. Take good snacks. We seemed to eat a lot! Pack a couple pair of shoes so you can trade out when your feet get tired. And they will get tired believe me!

Don't be in a hurry. Always keep your eye out for the driver in front of you and people crossing the road in congested areas. When you have a chance to use a bathroom, use it! We lucked out and never had to use one of those port a potties. Take hand cleaner and hand wipes with you. Take a box or two to hold small items. If you're after furniture bring blankets to protect your investment. If you plan on buying glass of any kind bring some bubble wrap.

Don't carry a lot of big bills, the vendors will appreciate it. Everyone we met was friendly and courteous so return the favor.

Even if you don't find everything that was on your "list" enjoy just being with your friend or your family and take a small part of the south home with you.

Well I've rambled on long enough. Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of the goodies I managed to gladly carry home.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Freebie Friday on Wednesday! What's with that?

Yep, I'm early this week! Liz and I are on our way out the door in a few, headed for two days of hard core yard sale/flea market type shopping. (Read Sundays post). Wish we could take all you junkophiles with us!!! But since we can't we'll give it our all for those of us in the "sisterhood". :-)

So here's your image and I think she is wishing she were with us! ;-)