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Friday, May 22, 2015

Flowers...Friends...Free...

Happy Pink Saturday Everyone!
Click on the words Pink Saturday and follow the link to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.
I'm celebrating the day by sharing some lovely flowers from my garden and a link to a new friend who is having a wonderful give-away.

I am happy to learn that our local deer do not like Weigela plants.  Mine is finally bursting with variegated, shades of pink and white, delicate blossoms.
It's beautiful.



If you would like to participate in a monthly give-away you might want to take a few minutes to visit Daryle and Katie at Woodstown Whimsies. Daryle is giving away one of his gorgeous dolls again. This time it's a Primitive Angel. She is adorable.
All of Daryle's dolls have a story to tell. Click here to enter the give-away. And if you have some extra time you might want to look at some of their previous posts where they share the beautiful flowers in their garden.
 
Have a great week and remember to take time to smell the roses.
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

At long last...

Spring took its time arriving here on our little mountain. Winter was long and harsh on us and on our perennial plants. I was so happy to see flowers and colors even the weeds were beautiful to see.





 

 
 
 
 
 
We have started to plant a few annuals and some herbs.
 

 
 

Welcome Spring - Looking forward to Summer
 

 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Shrine Angel Doll

I have decided to name my art doll, Journey.
I've created a few dolls over the years. Usually cloth dolls, like Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Holly Hobby dolls, sock dolls, and even button dolls. Making an art doll, a shrine angel, with a paper clay head, and a wood box body was an unexplored journey for me.
If you've been following my blog you know that I took a free class with Daryle Cook at Cloth and Clay Doll Makers. Making my doll was not a smooth journey at all. I wasn't able to find an old box when I began the class. On a trip to the craft store I saw the little row boat. I didn't buy it that day but I kept thinking about it for over a week. Those who know me know that I love beach things. I decided the little row boat would be my body box (shrine).  It took me quite a while to work out the details. What I did find is that I really enjoyed creating the doll head and playing with the paper clay.


 
 
I actually liked his face better before the crackling and antiquing.
 
 



 
He's wearing a black sock cap trimmed with a star fish and a sterling silver hoop earring.
 
 
There is a piece of sheet music on the back of the boat. Bridge Over Troubled Water, written by Paul Simon. Written on the oars (arms), and along the edges of the shelves, and reflected in the letter blocks are lyrics from the 1977 song by Styx, Come Sail Away With Me. Sea shell decorative paper lines the bottom inside of the boat. The treasure chest on the last shelf holds a collection of sea glass. A snippet of music with the lyrics "all your dreams are on their way" is on the lid of the chest. His wings are made with Grunge board and sheet music. The anchor tag has scripture from Isaiah 40:31.
 
Can you find the butterfly in the boat?
 
 
 
This angel was one of the dolls I made several years ago.
I suppose her name would be Miss Liberty.
 
I am on a new journey in my life.
 
Posting with Pink Saturday.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Art Doll Stories And Messages...

I love on-line art classes.
If you follow me you know that over the years I've taken many classes and have posted what I've learned. My friends also know that I dabble in many different creative genres. My favorite is mixed media art. 
Recently one of my friends, Pam from Cloth To Creation, told me about an amazing doll artist who has posted video classes on how to make " A Shrine Angel Doll." The other amazing thing about the class is that it is free. Those of us who have paid for classes know the more in-depth the class the higher the cost.
The doll artist, Daryle Cook, has created a new site called Cloth And Clay Doll Makers. He has step-by-step videos on how to create the Shrine Angel Doll mentioned above. He also is in the process of creating another free class on making a "Book Faerie." Click on the link to see the trailer about the class.
I'm watching his videos and in the process of making my first mixed media O.O.A.K. art doll. I'm enjoying it very much. Here are a few photos of my progress so far.










I have a long way to go...














Now, if all that giving isn't enough Daryle also has a fantastic monthly "Give-Away." I was so blessed to have won his March treasure. On Good Friday, I received Daryle's "Hope Angel." Click the link to visit Daryle and his wife, Katie, at Woodstown Whimsies to read about his Angel of Hope.  Click here to check out the free video classes and the new Cloth and Clay Doll Makers.

Daryle's Hope Angel in his new home.
Telling a powerful story and a message of hope.


By the way, my dear friend, Pam, has also made a Shrine Angel Doll. Click on her blog link above to see her O.O.A.K. doll story. Here's a clue, she loves birds.

Thank you so much Daryle for the Hope Angel and this wonderful new journey.

I'm linking this post to Pink Saturday. Beverly asked for anything pink or any Spring message. The Angel Doll carries a beautiful, powerful Spring message of hope.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Rescue And Revive

"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
 
This little chair was headed for the trash because the seat was broken. I had to rescue it. I brought it home with the intention of reviving it with decorative painting. That was ten years ago. It sat waiting for me to be inspired.
The inspiration finally came.
 The mended seat.

 
A base coat of white paint.
The image was my inspiration.
The cute little fairy image is from, Dawn, at The Feathered Nest
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

A Body Of Work...

This is my Woven Fat Book Collection to date. "A Body Of Work."

That is what Gaye Medbury (Woven Fat Book Instructor) calls it when she lines up about six of her beautiful little Fat Books to show how they look grouped together. If you scroll down to my previous post you can click on Gaye's name to connect with her on her Face Book Page. Or click on the link in that post to her class at Creative Workshops for making these really cute books.


I made three of these fun little books. Below is the last one I made and it's my favorite of the three. Index cards are used for the pages of the book. I used plain white for two of the books and colored cards for the last one. I thought the color-coded cards would be fun to use. They have lines on one side and they are blank on the opposite side. Each side of the color-coded cards is a different color. One side orange, the other green, one side pink, the other yellow. Here, I'll show you...


FUN! Right?

After I purchased the set I began to think about a theme. Here is what I thought would be perfect. I took sections of six photos taken on a trip to the sea shore last August. I digitally altered, filtered, and played with them to make book covers below. The colorful beach umbrellas go perfectly with the colored cards.

 
This image is composed of sections from five different photos and then posterized for the effect.
 
 
This is only one photo with a digital butterfly added then posterized.  
The photos are very special to me and the butterfly has meaning to me. Butterflies seem to show up in my art and life so I've decided they might as well be part of my signature.
 
My Beach Theme Woven Fat Book
 
 
The three little shells I glued on the cover were found on that beach in the photos.  Very special. This was a beach trip taken by myself, one of my daughters, and one of my granddaughters. The three gulls and the three shells were not intentionally planned. Sometimes things like this just fall in place.
 
 
The shell beads I used on the spine are from an old broken necklace I had. I thought they were perfect.  
 
 
I shuffled the index cards to mix up the colors.   I also placed the cards within the signatures so that the lines and the blank pages would alternate inside for journaling.
 
 
You might view this back cover as a sun setting but it is actually a rising sun.  The duel possibilities of this image is also significantly important to me.
 
 
I used seam binding on the woven spine and the closure on this book. There are two shells at the end of the ties. I also used Stickles glitter around the edges of the images. I do like a little glitter in my projects and I think it sort looks like sand.
 
If you would like to see my first two Woven Fat Books scroll down to the previous post or click here.  Thanks for visiting.
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Fat Book" Making

I really do enjoy making fat/chubby/mini, cute little books.
 
In the past I've made several accordion folded books that I filled with calligraphy quotations. I have also make a few domino books, filled with tiny images and messages.
 
My latest book making are these Woven Spine Fat Books. I am becoming so addicted to making them.
 
I'm grateful to Gaye Medbury for teaching the Woven Fat Book class through the Creative Workshop Website.
 
I can't stop now. My next fat book theme will be the beach.
 
 
 I used a silky multi-colored ribbon to weave the spine on this book and embellished the waxed threads with spring colored beads.
 
 
Images and quotes of springtime are on little slips of card stock tucked into the pockets inside the book.
 


 
There are pockets inside this book too but I haven't decided what I would like to put into them. Perhaps song titles and images of instruments. Humm...I'm not sure yet.
 
 
I used black and white fabric strips to weave the spine on this book and then added jingle bells and beads to the waxed threads.
 

 
I created the images on the cover of the Sing/Listen fat book by digitally altering several different images I had purchased years ago from June MacFarlane.