Saturday, January 31, 2009

An Award For ME :)

I was just handed this thoughtful award by my friend Kathy, of vintagesnapsandscrap. I have not worked on my blog for long, but when I realize that people are reading and and even enjoying it, it gives me the incentive to continue with this blog work. Thank you Kathy. As part of the award, I am to tell 5 things I am "into" right now. Here goes.

~ I am into antiques as much if not more than I ever was
~ I am into thinking SPRING, as this winter doesn't seem to want to end!
~ I am into juggling time, and always trying to find ways to spend more time creating.
~ I am into owls and crows. I always have loved animals but right now those are my 2 animals of obsession.
~ I am into planning 2 different workshops I have agreed to teach at a nearby favorite shop of mine this Spring.

With that said, I now pass this award on to 5 other wonderful blog owners:
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Monday, January 26, 2009

New Etsy Team.... Etsy Trolls

Only a couple of weeks ago, several Michiganders and I decided to start a new Etsy team, of Michigan artists. It hss had great success and I am amazed at how many people want to be a part of this group! We are now, officially the Etsy Trolls, or Etsy Michigan Trolls. For anyone not from Michigan, a troll is someone who lives below the Mackinaw Bridge. It is a team of talented artists of many styles. We hope to do an occasional craft show, and try and get this Michigan economy rolling again! Please comment and check comments below to see who is part of the team. Yay Trolls!

Friday, January 23, 2009

HEAVENLY SCENTS Workshop Project

I was asked to teach an altered journal workshop at the wonderful Heavenly Scents Herb Farm, in Fenton, Michigan. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to be asked, and I am really looking forward to seeing what the participants come up with! The theme will be a garden/nature theme, and of course will revolve around vintage items that can be used to embellish them. I have already been preparing; getting images copied, items purchased, plans made. First thing I did was to make two actual samples of what an altered journal in the garden/nature theme might look like. This is my interpretation. Of course, each person will have their own personality show up in their work of art. Please contact me for any details!

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Creations

A Little Gypsy In All Of Us

One of my favorite items I have made was using a free image at site. They are generous enough to give wonderful images to use. This is a shadow box made from an old frame. They were also kind enough to post this, along with a few other pieces of mine at their site. I might have a hard time parting with this one...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stone Tile Image transfer

I experimented with Golden Gel Medium ( light, matte) and transferring an image directly onto a stone tile. I love the outcome, especially for a first attempt. Getting rid of every single speck of paper can be a challenge, though.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I acquired this "shadow box" with a lot of old yardsticks I purchased on Ebay. I didn't even purchase the lot knowing this would be in it, but when I saw it, I knew it was destined to be a wonderful thing! It is made with 3 distressed "Flying Goose" yardsticks, glued/nailed together, then 12 compartments made up of more Flying Goose yardstick pieces. I have 12 various sized compartments to do something with and I am looking for ideas, because I just can't seem to make up my mind on what route to take. Any help? Please zoom in the photos so you can get a close look :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

New year, new item

Well the kids are finally back to their own routine and so am I. I created this shadow box last night and this morning and had so much fun creating it, I can't wait to make more! I also listed some things I made 2 weeks before Christmas that I never got the chance to list. Hope the sales are going well for everyone so far this year.