Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The White River Girls

Found: lots of treasures I didn't know were lost.  I've gone bonkers during my off treatment week, aiming to be as productive as possible.  
I rush because of the knowledge that the next week I'll be out of commission (like if you were forewarned that the flu was coming on Monday and recovery would take all week… every other week.)  So, I cleaned and reorganized my studio. : )
These transfers I made from some of my vintage family photos somehow became lost in the shuffle.  I couldn't wait to bring this one to life.  (Yes, I have used this one before.  Gifted it to my grandmother, who is pictured in the middle.)
I've discovered many graces in the midst of Colon Cancer and having more time 
to make art is a gift.  
More vintage photo mixed medias coming soon!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Card Exchange - Sneak Peak

Remember this post from last week?  Turns out it's a good thing I carved a stamp.  These things are taking me forever!  I hope it gets faster... Anyway, I'm having a ball making them.  And- each card going out means I'll be receiving one in exchange. Deciding to participate was a good thing.   Just a little intimidated though.  These people are talented artists!!

happy day!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wing-ed Words

Another (serendipitous) collaboration between dad and I.  He wanted to make the most of all the scrap wood from his Hark angels (below). These little happies and more will be at 

(Mantel Messengers)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday WIP

For me, stamp carving is therapeutic.  Makes a mess, but what doesn't make a mess that's fun?  This angel stamp will be going on to a few cards for a swap I am participating in.  She'll be traveling as far as Germany, which also means I will be receiving cards from Fa Fa Away too.  I'll be posting the final cards before they are neatly packed and sent away in the mail. 
Thanks @April Cole, for creating such a fun community!

Monday, November 11, 2013

God With Us

This little family has waited a long time to be (almost) finished.  All I needed was Christmas to be near. Just need a couple of finishing touches before adding them to the shop. Stay tuned....

Friday, May 31, 2013

Day to Remember

Commemorating 1 year  
A landmark event for this dating couple.  A little birdy told me she was tickled pink.  (my words, not the birdy) 
Customize one for your sweetheart here.

happy friday!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Right Words

A few years ago I posted this little collage I made for my friend and co-worker Amber who I love dearly.  It was her birthday and she never seems to mind when I gift her with some experimental crafty thing. 
 Amber absolutely loves her work and it shows.  
She is truly a "Grand Coiffeur"
Happy Birthday Amber!! XO

adding one to the shop

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Always Trust Your Cape

How am I this old and have never heard this precious song?
 (until now. thank you Mary...)  
Have you heard it?  Always Trust Your Cape, Guy Clark 
Does it not make your heart happy? 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fickle Pickle

My life is a constant cycle of ever-evolving organized chaos. I'm forever rearranging the furniture,changing my mind like the wind blows. Some days I paint.  Some days I prefer the therapeutic hammering of the spoon and lighting up the torch.  So, I'm finding it difficult to be content with a good logo for Gus and Pantine and the Etsy shop.  Through trial and error,countless interrupted photoshop fails, and changing my fickle mind back and forth, I think I'm gonna call it.  This will have to do.  I'm actually pretty happy with it.  (Remind me to NEVER get a tattoo.)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Triple Crown

Gotta love it when an idea hits you in the face. Not really in the face.  FaceBOOK.  Here's yer Triple Crown miss Sara. (love your design idea!) 

Can't wait to show you another cute one, where (someone...can't reveal yet) helped their son design a first year dating anniversary pendant.  It turned out quite fancy; made me smile. Pretty sure his little Miss will smile too.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Craft Possessed

Howdy Do!

It appears as though I'm never going to quit.  Since way back in my earliest memories I've tried, or seems like i've tried it all.  Thank the craft fairies in my hallucinatory brain, it appears as though the end is not in site.  The supply of inventive artistic notions is everlasting.  This realization makes me happy and crazy all at the same time.  I'm pretty sure there is some kind of name for whatever disease I have.  Whatever it is, I was born this way, so I guess we can blame my parents.  ANYWHO... this is just a teeny example of what I've been up to up till now:

(annie sloan chalk paint, vintage book page flower/wire sculpture)

( a "little" painting with a quote from one of my favorite authors)

(burlap boo bunting embellished with crepe paper flowers, AND vintage orange pom pom trim which, btw, was an oh so happy flea market find)

AND last but not least:
(hand carved stamps just because I was bored.  The sound of sports on the tele makes me restless.)

What to do next week?

Happy Day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Junk Huntin', Angel makin' Daddy

My dad has always been a sweet source of inspiration for me. I grew up fascinated with his talent, making art from beautiful hunks of wood.  He made me an angel similar to this one about 20 years ago.  :) It was made from the barnwood of an old family homestead. She now spends her days tooting her horn over my fireplace.  (It measures close to 5' in length.)  Now that he and mom are retired, they enjoy treasure hunting as often as they possibly can.  Mom finds the goods and dad makes something of them.  I am pleased as punch to report that he is back to creating his angels again.  He's actually made several and I plan to hijack one or two to display for sale at the studio

In honor of dad, and his angels... today, once again I find myself doodling my own silly version of them.  
and then putting her down in paint.

Think I'll have him make me a sweet frame outta some of that great reclaimed wood.... :)
happy day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Satellite" Studio Space

I've been a little frustrated about time management lately.  If I'm not at work, I'm running Miss Priss' taxi service or (trying) to stay on top of all the many other required home exec. duties. There is no time left to make any art.  Sometimes, it's as if I'm going to explode if I don't get some things out... know what I mean?  
So... with my sweet eldest "baby" boy all grown and off to Youth Challenge for 6 months and feeling a bit lonely for him, I've decided NOT obsess over staying on top of things at the house.  I signed up for a class (Pages and Paint w/ Sarah Bellamare Ahearn)
I grabbed a few basics from the studio and set up a little painting spot in the house.  The painting above was not actually part of the class BUT it was part of an "AHA" moment unknowingly given to me by Sarah.  I'm loving the class and already sad to see it on its way out the door.  Like a fried who has traveled from afar to visit with me and I'm sitting here watching her pack her bags to leave.  I'll sure miss our visits.  

These are a couple of the assignments from Pages and Paint:

happy day!