Monday, January 25, 2010

A couple of new things...

I am in a skinny book swap with some on-line art friends. Each person chose their theme and will ultimately receive a page for their book from each person who is participating. This is my first contribution! I chose white and neutral as the theme of my book....can't wait to see my first page in person. (I have seen a picture on-line and it looks awesome!)

These charms and tags are for a birthday swap on a Yahoo group for All Things Tim (Holtz).

I am also nearly finished with some valentine charms for yet another swap.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I just don't like January....

Everything seems so dismal after the holidays. The weather in Ohio is gloomy and cold......the hustle and bustle of another Christmas season is behind us....spring is a long way off. And this is the first winter in MANY MANY years that I wasn't working full time. That being said, I have been making mental notes of the things I want to accomplish before the flowers start blooming and the birds sing in the morning and spring calls us outside. One thing I am planning to do is clean and organize my studio. It's in a worse than usual state of disaray since I found myself rushing at the last minute (as usual) to finish some Christmas gifts for friends and family. Another thing I plan to do is to get this blog up and running so I can share it with my art buddies. I envy those who are so good at blogging and journaling.....I think this will be a bit of a chore for awhile. Well for now, I will stick to posting some of my art and getting some links put up

Friday, January 1, 2010

Well, like everyone else, I've been sidetracked by the holidays. But now it's a new year and I'm going to get back to this blogging thing and figure it out! I did manage to find time to make a few gifts this year now that I'm "retired". The vintage bottle snowmen were an inspiration from Nov/Dec 2008 Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I fell in love with them and started collecting things to make them right away. They are made from vintage bottles I found on ebay and embellished with vintage beads, measuring tape, jewelry, old cake decorating tips and lots of other little odds and ends I picked up over the year. The heads are clay, the eyes and mouths are tiny brads and the noses are small bits of folded copper tape. After embellishing, I spread glue on the heads and small areas of the scarves or tinsel collars and sprinkled them with course glitter that looks like snow. Then for good measure I sprayed them with silver glitter spray! They were tons of fun to make and I used them for little "extra" gifts for my sisters, friends, neices and my daughter-in-laws.
My next endeavor was a little art quiltie for each of our sons and their wives. At last a legitimate use for all the fabric and lace and pretty little odds and ends I've been collecting for so long! I framed each quiltie in a shadowbox frame. I haven't done a ton of sewing, but I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. I also made some soldered ornaments, but didn't get pictures. I'll have to find the extra one I made for me and get a picture of it. I had other things in various stages of completion, but this is what I managed to finish. Guess I will have a head start on next year's gifts! My daughter-in-laws are glad I got laid off!! (Isn't that sweet??!)