Monday, January 31, 2011

WELCOME TO THE OWOH 5TH YEAR EVENT



Welcome to the 5th OWOH event. Please come in and see my world. I hope you enjoy the
journey of meeting bloggers from all over the world. The creativity and generosity
of the participating bloggers in this event is all inspiring. To be eligible to win a door prize here just leave a comment before moving on and information on how to reach you. Easy Peasy.

A little bit about me: My name is Kim and I am better known here and on Etsy as
ImGirl. I am a mixed media artist with a heart for altered art.I love all things handmade, natural, vintage, retro, authentic and imperfect. Living green is very important to me and doing all we can as individuals to save our environment. I love animals, nature and everything about the beach. I will try everything at least twice and I get a thrill out of bringing life to something that was once deemed as useless and lifeless. I love meeting new bloggers and getting a glimpse of their world and the inspiration they bring to it.
Creativity makes me tick and what inspires me is endless....

I will be giving away the 7 Door prizes below. I have chosen Heart Coffee Cozies to represent the One World One Heart event. Each door prize will have two Coffee Cozies, one to keep for yourself and one to give away to a friend or someone you love. The Coffee Cozies are made from felted re-claimed wool sweaters, they are eco-friendly and slide over your cup to keep your coffee warm and are soft and cozy to your hands. In each heart there is a red heart or a Swarovski crystal.

Door Prize 1. Who Who Loves You?


Door Prize 2.


Door Prize 3.


Door Prize 4.


Door Prize 5.


Door Prize 6


Door Prize 7. Who Who Loves You?


The drawing for door prizes will be held at the end of the event on February 17th and mailed out within 3 days after.

Thank you for stopping by, I am Kim/ImGirl from the USA
Be sure to leave me a comment and how to reach you to be entered for my door prizes. I look forward to meeting you and visiting your world. Roll over the title of this post to visit more OWOH participants!
XOXO

Saturday, January 29, 2011

BROKEN PIECES

The Challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is "BROKEN PIECES". I was especially
excited about this challenge because I am always collecting broken pieces of things that were once cherished and loved. I started looking through my stash to see what I could start with and build upon. I already knew what it was before I opened the box. The one piece I saved that I knew one day I would do something with it. The broken music box. Here are the pictures of what came together and things I used to make it.

Meet Essie
and her Box of Broken Pieces



Essie is 5 1/2" tall. Her body is a vintage music box that winds and still plays,
"Silent Night". Her head is made from a rubber stamp block that I ruined and kept the wood piece..(just in case). On top of her head is a handstamped copper tag that I used for some of my skeleton keys that didn't turn out quite like I wanted so it was discarded. It is attached with a vintage snap.



On the body of the music box, I added a brass disc that says "Cherish" and attached it with a broken brad. I also added a silver wing attached with broken brads. One of my favorite things on the the body of the music box is a very old antique brass button clasp that was once on a coat. It has a crown on the front of the clasp and I attached it with broken brads that fit into each one of the holes in the clasp where it would have been sewn on the coat. Hanging from this button clasp is vintage brass pocket watch key wind on the original chain. These are extremely hard to find and I thought it fit with this project very well.






Essie stands on two vintage wooden thread spools that have been painted. I have added to her body old book pages and photos from a broken vintage child's doll book.
I used 7 Gypsies number tape on the sides of the music box and broken butterfly wings that went to a hanging mobile.




The box that Essie stands on is her pride and joy. It is her vault of "Broken Pieces". This was a broken box that I fixed and covered with vintage pages from a doll book and paper images from pieces I saved of unused art work. I then added the wording to complete the box that reads: Broken Jewelry Cherished Here" on the front and "The Vault of Broken Pieces" on the back. Some pieces of broken jewelry hang from the knob that opens the box in the front.

Front of box:


Back of box:


Top of box:


Inside of box:


Bottom of the box (under part) had collaged letters that say: "NEW LIFE"




That completes my Essie made from BROKEN PIECES for this week's challenge over at Inspiration Avenue. I really enjoyed this challenge and I am tickled pink that you stopped by to see it. To view more submissions for "Broken Pieces" just roll over the title of this post and it will take you there ~*

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Look What I Found Out

...when I visited my friends. I would have never known about this project if I had not taken the time to visit one of the places I like to put my feet up..twodressesstudio.blogspot.com

This is an amazing project. Here is some information about it and if you click the side bar and go to twodressesstudio then you will find out exactly how to get involved and what to do. It is easy peasy.



The Butterfly Project mandate is to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the Holocaust by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.

In Spring 2013, these butterflies will then become a break-taking exhibition to serve as a memory of this event.

Can you imagine? 1.5 million children translated into 1.5 million butterflies....? If you wondering why a butterfly, the project is based on this poem -

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure
because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

Written by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942

Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.

This is a quote from Two Dresses Studio:

"After a brief moment, I decided, I have to send a butterfly. Then I thought of how I'd love to send a lot of butterflies. Then I thought of the great group of artist friends here ! Who doesn't love a butterfly? And who wouldn't be touched by this poem and this tragedy and want to contribute to this meaningful and lasting exhibit and tribute? And wouldn't it be rewarding to encourage as many people as I could to play along with me???"

Be the change you want to see in the world. Like the delicate beautiful butterfly, spread your wings and fly to make a difference. See the how to at www.twodressesstudio.com and get your butterfly to her so she can photograph your artwork and send all the butterflies on to the museum in February. The next photos will be taken February 11th.

Check it out, Pass it on, Spread your wings and FLY~*



Here is my Butterfly submission and I am sending it on.



Roll over the title of this post and it will take you there to find out what you need to do. I hope to see your there!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ONE WORLD ONE HEART EVENT COMING SOON



AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED ~ SO MARK YOUR CALENDERS!
JANUARY 30th to FEBRUARY 17th

One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way. Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home, how cool is that? Getting to see and meet bloggers from all over the world seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world.

I hope you will come back and visit me between JANUARY 30th and February 17th and see the DOOR PRIZES
I will be giving away ~* All you have to do is leave a comment that you were here.

If you would like more information about it, roll over the title of this post and it will take you there.

Are you ready for the JOURNEY?
Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MONTH?

This week’s challenge over at Inspiration Avenue is sharing your “Favorite Month”
Can you guess mine?

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- Aristotle
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires; To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. (I especially LOVE this one)
- Zora Neale Hurston

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.
- Leo Tolstoy

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
- Alice Walker

….And This ONE….
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
- Pablo Neruda, "Love Sonnet XVII"

If you haven’t already guessed, what could be more inspiring than
FEBRUARY…THE LOVE MONTH


To see more inspiration, spread your wings and fly over to Inspiration Avenue by rolling over the title of this post ~* Thanks for visiting me, I truly LOVE it when you do!!