4.22.2014

Happy Earth Day

Nature always gets it right...I recently read that in a design book...how true...

Let's take today to remember that thought...

and my other favorite nature quote...

"In wildness is the preservation of the world."   Henry David Thoreau


Linking up to Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday...where the theme is "simple"
perfect for today...

I used kk texture simple for the nest photos and kk texture return for the lavender 




4.21.2014

Pay It Forward

Art is all about sharing as far as I'm concerned...sharing thoughts, ideas, viewpoints...and in this case, the actual art...check out this idea...
Pay It Forward Art-making Project for 2014
I'm participating in this art share project - I promise to make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in".  A 'like' alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking this is a great idea...you need to sign on completely to participate...and in the end, increase your stash of original art five-fold!

You must in turn post the rules and make something for the first five who comment on your post...


The rules are simple:
– It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends.
РIt can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration or a conceptual work of art, a photograph, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper mach̩ Рor anything in-between.

I'm paying this forward thanks to John Arbuckle
.  I've admired John's collage work and now I'm excited that I'll be getting a piece of original art from him...

PS. It doesn't matter if you aren't an artist, just want to try something out, google/ YouTube how to make stuff, step out of those boundaries...the sky's the limit...

Step 1  
Copy & Paste this as your latest entry on your favorite social website (in my case, it’s this blog).
 
Step 2   
For the first five people who comment on this blog post saying they want to participate, you will do an art trade with them that must be completed by December 31, 2014.  I would count as the first person so technically you only need another four. If you find your friends are keen you can do as many as you want.

Step 3   All forms of art count including creative writing, photography, digital -- anything goes!

so the First Five...GO!


4.18.2014

Eureka strikes again!



A couple of months ago I wrote about the anticipation of spring...and shared my "eureka moment" of putting a rusty mattress spring on top of a jar to give support for blooming tulips...

Anticipation waned as the bulbs shot up their green sprouts...and then withered to brown.  For those of you who know me...I don't have a green thumb...try as I might, I have a hard time getting green stuff to grow...except moss...easy since I live in the Pacific NW...

I finally had to give it up...threw the tulip bulbs in the back of the garden and washed out the jar...and then...eureka again!









































The rusty spring is the perfect flower support...with just a few stems, it holds the bouquet upright...







































Stems can be any length since the winding of the spring offers support from high to low...which was ideal since I have just the beginnings of blooms in the garden, many of them with short stems...














Joining the group over at Kim Klassen's Friday Finds...

and Funky Junk Interiors Salvaged Junk Party...

and wishing all of you a happy easter weekend!

4.15.2014

perfectly imperfect

While cleaning up the garden over the weekend...and trimming back the climbing hydrangea...I took a moment to look at the dried stems remaining from last summer...left to wither on the vine over the winter...there was a delicateness to them...as well as a sturdiness...

One of the blogs I follow, JillRuth, started a discussion last week about love of decay...decaying plants, decaying buildings, decaying whatever...there is something intrinsically interesting about the process of breaking down...rather than the process of growing up...and so...I plucked a few of the decaying flowers...and added them to my collection of amber bottles (one with a decaying label!) and was inspired...







































My Saw Palmetto bottle is one of my favorites...there is a huge chip on the lip...
that's probably why it was the last remaining bottle at an estate sale...
with a discounted price...
I snatched it up...







































Someone else who honors the process of decay...Mary Jo Hoffman...her blog, STILL features the most amazing photographs...focusing on detritus, that for the most part, she finds on her daily walks...

I am content with what I find in my yard...combined with my imperfect treasures...


Today's theme over at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday is "perfectly imperfect"...I am sure there will be many wonderful images...all perfect to admire...
all photos edited with kk texture warm whisper plus dear dreamer & sonnet 2

4.11.2014

Spring Cleaning

I know it is spring now because the tulips are coming up...and though I wish it was a little warmer, I have bid adieu to winter...and have begun to lighten up with a little spring cleaning...

In the process, I decided that my Etsy shop needed a little spring cleaning...and a bit of lightening up...so starting today, I am having a SALE at my shop on my mixed-media medley boxes and my vintage tin collages...all of them are one of a kind...so when they are gone, they're gone!

In addition...I have added 6 new card designs...and one new variety set...4 flat notecards with a different design on each card...I feel that my photographic collages on these cards reflect the lighter mood of the season...







































And I have permanently reduced the price of my 4 card sets to $6!  That's a 20% savings to you!

So hop on over - click here
see what you like...place your order...
and if you let me know that you read my blog, I'll include a bonus gift for you...

4.09.2014

Art Party - Recycled Book Journals

I have a thing about books...old books in particular...and its not necessarily about the content of the book...
but rather the composite parts...







































That's why my Recycled Book Journal Art Party promises to be one of my favorites...taking the composite pieces and re-configuring them into a new creation...

Using the covers from a well-loved book, I take you through the steps of creating a journal, comprised of both new and recycled pages, and bound with a steel paper fastener...




And then you'll have time and a wealth of resources to embellish your book however you desire...













Since its an Art Party, you have no worry of what supplies to bring nor any concern about clean-up...just join up with other like-minded souls for an afternoon of creativity...







































the details - Saturday, April 26 from 1-4 pm, at my workshop studio in Everett
$40 registration fee
there's only 3 spaces left in the workshop so don't delay if you want to join the party...

Registration info is HERE...

worth a look...

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