Thursday, April 11, 2013

Do Something With This...

This is the image for the April challenge at the Mind Wide Open blog. Gail, our lovely administrator, created the pretty image for the challenge and assigned the prompt word "freedom" to tickle our imaginations. 
It is amazing to see how many different projects are entered using the same image.  To see all the entries and to vote go here. You may pick only one.

Gail's image and word inspired me to create a prayer flag for my entry.
I digitally added an image of a baby butterfly fairy riding a blue bird and a Hans Christian Anderson poem to Gail's original image, the word freedom is in the poem. I printed the new altered image onto fabric and frayed the edges. 
I cut a piece of burlap fabric for backing and body and frayed the bottom edge. I stitched the two pieces of fabric together. I hand stitched and glued several flowers and a butterfly to the design. I machine stitched some lace, rick-rack, vintage trim, and the words "seek joy" printed on a transparency.  A little touch of fairy dust (Stickles glitter) was added. The finished flag is clipped fast to a mini metal hanger. 
The flowers, fairy/bird image, and hanger are from Gail's store at the Shabby Cottage Studio. I used my gift certificate award from last month's challenge to purchase some of these lovely items.  I must also give credit to Gail for her class on how to make prayer flags that she offered on the  Creative Workshop site. Click here to see the current classes offered.
 To see more of my prayer flags click here. For more information on prayer flags and some beautiful examples  visit Terri at Artful Affirmations. Click here.
My flag is mostly blue but there is enough pink included to link it to one of my favorite blog parties, Pink Saturday. Click here to visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound, say hello to her and sit back and visit some of the other pink posts at the party beginning on Friday.


  1. I may not be posting, but I am certainly visiting my friends and not missing any of THIS! WOW! WOW! and WOW! I saw the challenge earlier and never in a million years would I have imagined something so spectacular. I love it. Glad I stopped by right before dozing off tonight.

  2. I thought your creation for this challenge was beautiful ...ur newest follower!

  3. Hi Linda, well my friend you are amazing. You sure stepped up to this challenge and created something magnificent.
    I love it and all the details. You are over the moon talented.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I hated to read that your pretty parasol crumbled. Must have been really old. Hope you find another.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, CM

  4. Hi Linda--I love the background image, and I really love the collage you made from it! Love the colors, images and composition!! Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

  5. Very impressive! Your work is so imaginative and I love the collage effect; Perfect, XOXO

  6. Truly wonderful and so creative! Love it all!
    Have a lovely weekend,

  7. You made a beautiful work of art. I've never seen a prayer cloth but I love the one you've made. How talented and creative you are my friend!

  8. Beautiful art Linda! I am so glad I stopped by for a visit. I love how you interpreted Gail's prompt! I do enjoy creating prayer flags. Such a positive art to do!
    Your flag is just so lovely....hardly words to express!

  9. Linda, that is so lovely, and truly began to bring a tear or two when I read the fairy tale poem. It rang so true for me.

    The pastel lace you used is so lovely, and I love your composition of the flowers, butterflies, and such. The little butterfly fairy baby is darling, and all the details blend together so well. Such a delightful flag, full of all the promise of spring and summer...a cool-breezed summer that is...

    Marianne xo

  10. Hi Linda, Love seeing your challenge once again. You are amazing. Thank you for stopping by.
    Happy Thursday,

  11. Hi Linda, me again. LOL Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. You are such a sweet friend and always a light of encouagement.
    Have a nice rest of the weekend.
    hugs, CM
    p.s. love seeing your fabulous work again.


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