Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FLYING WITH GRATITUDE

Dreams Do Come True if you Believe!

I feel so blessed to be published in the Somerset Studio Gallery 2015 which will hit newstands June 1st.
When I received the letter from  Natalie Way at Stampington and Company that they wanted to feature my Altered Art Angel,
I was over the moon excited and thrilled with gratitude to be published in one of my very favorite art magazines along with so many of my favorite art sisters; Cat Kerr, Vickie Krammerer, Lynne Moncrieff, Kelli Jean May-krenz, Renee Zarate, e'Layne Koenigsberg, Sherri Welser,Dina Speed Wakley, Sherry Westfall Matthews,Lynne Simon Suprock, Carolyn Dube and so many more! 

It was huge heart pounding surprise for me to find out that I was also on the cover. Although Somerset Studio never disappoints in meeting inspiring artists, viewing amazing artwork, and gathering more than inspiration than one brain can possibly hold, this issue is just filled to the brim with pure Magic!


I have been a fan of cage dolls  forever and really became addicted when I purchased my first kit for a smaller one from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. After that I was hooked. I made several of the smaller ones before trying my hand at one of the larger ones. The one featured on the cover is one of the larger cage doll kits you can find at Retro Cafe Art Gallery along with a lot of other very cool supplies.

This month I also had the privilege of being published in the Spring Issue of Art Doll Quarterly at Stampington and Company (many hugs and thanks to Editor Jana Holstein) for featuring my Art Dolls. The issue is packed full of the most inspiring creative creatures and artwork. I am filled with gratitude to  be included with these amazing artists, whose artwork I will definitely be watching. My dolls came to life through an Art Doll Workshop I took at Artful Gathering with instructor Mary Jane Chadbourne last Summer. You could purchase the doll kits through her shop that  she and her husband constructed together. I am not good with power tools so this and Art Tea Life's art images from Etsy were a match made in heaven. 

I don't know when I've have so much excitement all in such a  short span of time, but I am grateful beyond words and I will keep believing and doing what I love, because that's what it's all about.
My friend Cat Kerr who is the newest member of the design team for Retro Cafe Art Gallery (So proud of her) and also on the front cover of the current issue of Somerset Studio below with her beautiful art, sent me this quote and fits my blog so well that I think I will add it somewhere:

"For those determined to fly, having no wings, is just a minor detail"  - Janet Lee Logan

Cat Kerr's Beautiful Cover Art

Thank you Cat Kerr, and Thank you Stampington and Company, Jana Holstein and Natalie Way for believing in me! If you haven't held one of these magazines in your hands, then you are in for a real treat!

Now, if you hurry, you may be able to catch one of these beauties in her Etsy shop, she just posted.



 
and this little birdie, sang, "La, la, la, all the way home"




Monday, April 27, 2015

HOLY MOLY SHE ARTED AGAIN...

 This is my second round of making these Jumbo Art Wooden Clothespins. The first round came about because I was participating in a swap that involved creating one jumbo clothespin for another person and receiving one back from that person. They looked like a lot of fun to make so in ordering mine, I ordered six of them simply because it was cheaper than ordering just one.

 I love handmade items to gift and I knew I could add them to my Etsy shop for something different so I didn't mind the extra's. I was however, very surprised after adding them that they sold within the first few hours and then came the request from friends and family who missed out on them... so that sent me back for another order. The images on these pins came from Art Tea Life on Etsy and from Paper Whimsey.
  I don't know how on earth I managed to find the time to make more of these, but when it comes right down to it, I think we can all find time for something we love. Life is so full of Sweet Pleasures.

My second round of clothespins arrived in the  mail and I have been working steadily to complete them. I have my gifted ones and requested ones set aside and these are the ones that will be offered in my shop. Upon ordering them again, I found to my surprise that they also have these GIANT clothespins, 3" taller than the 6" JUMBO ones. I wasn't sure how I would like them so I only ordered three of them. The quality was just as good and I have to say that I love them as much, if not more. They will definitely take on more papers or hold bigger items and they would make great little signs for your studio or any office that has a check in window! 
 
 Thinking that my wonderful vet's office and my local Carti center might need one of these at their window! Also a fun place to leave notes for your kids! Making my second round of them, all kinds of ideas came to mind.


This is the back side to the one above. I like to use a colors complimented by whimsey, humor and encouraging words. The back side is the perfect place to personalize the clothespin with quotes, words, or something special pertaining to the receiver.

 

 I sand and paint each piece first with a variety of colors and then depending on the collage I use, I add more paint to the clothespin that compliments the colors used in the collage.

 


 Art is a great tool to use your VOICE and to share something you believe in with others.

 "Love More" was one of my favorites and "I Art for Cake", I mean sometimes, all we need is Cake!






 This is a sample of some of the Art I put on the backsides. (From the ones above). I never make the same one twice, so it's always fun to see how each one turns out.
This one sits next to my coffee pot as if anyone needs a reminder at my house! :)
 I made this one for my desk because it speaks to ME. It took me a long time to "BE FEARLESS", to let go of those voices that hold you back. Now I create without a thought of what if's or who cares. I pour out my creativity with Joy and I fly without Wings! There is a great freedom in celebrating what comes from your Soul.
I added the word on front..
"UNSTOPPABLE".. and I love this quote: 
"She was unstoppable, Not because she did not have failures or doubts, But because she continued despite them." *Beau Taplin


 Thank you special whoever you are for stopping in to take a peek. I cherish your comments, so don't go away without saying "Hello". 

XO

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WHEN YOU ARE NOT MAKING PLANS

I am always on the search for old watercolor paint tins. Recently while strolling through shops on Etsy, I didn't find any watercolor tins that caught my eye but I did find these jewels from Melissa at SawDustGideon. Antique and rusty old items are in her blood. Her father owned an antique business in upstate New York. I wish I could meet the artist and see the works that came from these brushes.
 


Melissa offers a variety of old and unique treasures where I also found this:
I am not sure exactly what this lens was used for, but it is marked Bausch and Lomb Optical Co. and Patented Jan.6, 1891 (maybe 1897, hard to read), Rapid Rectilinear, Eastman Kodak Company. It looked really interesting for an art project or great steampunk piece. When I see a unique item that sparks my imagination and it's within my budget, I like to pick it up. I may not know what I am going to do with it at the time, but I know I will find a use for it on one of my vacation days.

By vacation days, I don't mean the days that I take off from work and actually go somewhere, I mean the days that I take a vacation from my  normal, from the world and just go to my studio without a plan. Those are the most refreshing days, the days that I am not committed to a commission, or a deadline. I love those "free" days like you had when you were a kid with nothing in mind, just exploring and going with  whatever comes to your mind at the time.

I sat down with this purchase from Melissa's shop,  and just starting playing with it and this is what happened. All of the pieces to make this came from bits and bobs from my stash piles. 




Do ever wish you had paid more attention to the recipe that Aunt Mary gave you when you where a child? Do you wish that you remembered why you pushed brother Billy down the hill? Do you wish you could re-visit your childhood memories or maybe just remember what you did last week or where you put something yesterday? 


 
Then by all means, you need my Memory Machine! You get 3 memories for 8 cents. Guaranteed to be the only one in the world and one of a kind. Whether it works or not is up to YOU. 



Its so important to have "Play" time, unscheduled time just for you to do whatever you enjoy, unplanned and maybe just seeking out something different , doing the un-normal and seeing what developes. It's good to be an explorer for your Soul, for your well being.
 As we get older, it;s good to have a Memory Machine, right? Who knows, maybe one day!
 

Play time must be over, I think I hear the whistle my dad used to blow,  awwwh, just five more minutes!!





Saturday, April 11, 2015

RE-PURPOSED VINTAGE TOYS

Discovering Artful Joy with re-purposed vintage toys. On one of my recent "seeking" ventures, a little block of wood caught my eye. You could see that it was old and it had wheels. "Old and wheels" always make me stop and take another look. As I was looking it over, I saw that the bottom of the piece had writing into the wood that says: Horse Shoe Toys Brand by American Wringer Company. I never heard of this company as it was way before my time, but I knew it was part of a vintage toy set, and it was only one part of the set, but it had character and wheels so I knew I had to buy it.

This piece had already sparked my imagination. I knew right away that it would be a fun one to re-purpose. After researching the company I found out that it was part of an antique pull toy from the 1800's made by the American Wringer Company that made wringer washing machines and salesman samples for them as well as Horse Shoe Toys, including this wooden train set.

 I took my new found treasure home, cleaned it up and sanded the rough edges. I just loved the vintage feel of this toy, the writing on the bottom, the wooden wheels and  the wonder of it's past.




 I decided to keep it a pull toy and gave it a whimsical "Zettiology" appearance using images acquired from one of Teesha Moore's Journals. I painted and created a collage on both sides, added a few vintage blocks that I also painted and applied collage work. Adding a vintage clock key embellishment and a vintage wood sewing spool topped with a ceramic doll head gave this piece just the look I was going for. Finishing it off with a red and white yarn tied with an original painted vintage key made it a new re-purposed pull toy and a fun mixed media art assemblage.






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Thursday, April 9, 2015

MERMAID DREAMS





It was time to make another Santos Cage Doll, this time I found this lovely Mermaid Cage Doll Kit at Retro Cafe. I mean who is not fascinated with mermaids? As I began to think about how I would construct and design my mermaid cage doll, I started to daydream about the life of a mermaid. I imagined that their world was full of Dreams and Visions and Hope much like my world. As I dream of mermaids and a whimsical life in the sea, I wondered did they dream of my world and living in a house like me?




Thank you for stopping by, wishing you the warmth of the sun, forever blessings and Mermaid Dreams!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HANDMADE PAPER ENVELOPES




  If a piece of paper has images, color, paint or print on it, it is not likely that I will throw it out, no matter what size it is. I love paper scraps. I love a good stash of paper supplies which will include images I have collected, pictures I have cut from magazines including words, scraps of paper I have saved when cleaning up, stamps from letters, anything paper item of interest that catches my eye, I cut it, I paint it, I always save it. I love to use these paper scraps for decorating the packages that I mail to customers who purchase from me. Decorating my packages is just as fun to me as  the art I make inside the package.
 


Today I was inspired to make these handmade envelopes from magazines. The inside center has a place to write your message or letter. They can be used like cards or addressed as an envelope and mailed like mail art. You would be surprised what you can do with small bits of paper and images.



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