Saturday, April 4, 2015

FOR THE LOVE OF CLOTHESPINS & MORE

Time certainly flies when you are having fun. What have I been up to lately? The last I remember, I closed my eyes and wished real big that warmer weather would appear. I think I forgot to mention "without pollen". However, with the arrival of Spring, beauty unfolds everywhere and the air is filled with "pollen" and the sound of melodies.  The Magical Journal Journey's tour has begun again and each month I will be creating something special for each member in a theme of their choice and size of their choice. At the end of the journey, we all should have a nice wall college of our theme with something from each artist. 
 This is my 6 x 6 collage - for Lisa Wright for March.
 I have lots of exciting projects on my table to start and finish and re-purpose. I sometimes feel like a mad art-i-tist (similar to mad scientist)  creating like crazy. I think I prefer it that way. I like to see my table strewn with art bits and goodies that I am working on, and I love being surrounded by inspiration from my beautiful friends whose lovely works of art inspire me to walk to the edge and not be afraid of falling off.


Beautiful artwork by my super multi talented friend Deb Combs, who also  makes some awesome "SHE" Dolls. It's always a thrill to see what she is creating next.


 

 


















And then there is Nancy Baumiller, who created these wacky "still your heart" paper mache monsters for me, fashioned after vintage toys and on wheels no less. Her imagination is one that is hard to keep up with, I think she flies faster than me!

She also creates these whimsical cuties!

And Look at these, I received from Mel'odee Isaacs. She makes these clutches from her own artwork. I adore them and they are so versatile with many uses, so that means I will have to get MORE!

This stunning  heart piece is from my beautiful friend Kelli Jean May-Krenz. I am pretty sure this is her heart of gold on this canvas. She is getting ready for the May 2015 National Stationary Show in New York City! 

She will have a booth and I am sure she and Peal Buttons are about to bowl the world over with her crazy beautiful cards and prints and her lovely heart that she gives to everyone.



She will have a booth and I am sure she and Peal Buttons are about to bowl the world over with her crazy beautiful cards and prints and her lovely heart that she gives to everyone.

I could go on for days, I am so blessed in this art world of artists and friends and beautiful happenings everyday all about me, sometimes I find it hard to keep my feet on the floor.




  Last Summer I attended a workshop at Artful Gathering by Mary Jane Chadbourne, "The Imaginarium, Anthology of an Art Doll." She is offering another one this Summer 2015 called "TinyTopia and The Magic of Little Things".



Winnie Luthien Thye is also offering a workshop in Session One and Two. I would love to take either of these workshops. Her work is magical. Her jewelry and her books are nothing like you have ever seen. She will share her knowledge of jewelry and book making and you will walk away with much more. There are lots of great workshops offered and also DVD'S available for purchase.

At last there is a season for everything. And with summer comes clothespins. I grew up with a clothes line, not that we didn't have a dryer, my mom just liked sheets and linens hung on the line with the good smell of fresh air and sunshine. It's funny how a simple thing like a clothes line can bring back so many cherished  memories.


I was inspired by Julie Lee, a sweet face book friend and artist who made these adorable jumbo clothes pins. These large clothespins are just great for holding papers, photos, cards etc. I just fell in love with these after seeing what Julie did with hers.


They make the most unique and usable gifts.Her clothespins turned into a swap and below is the one that my talented partner Ann Tyler created for me and the one that I created for her. I just love her creation and the saying on the back!

 


                                        Made by Ann Tyler
 
 
The clothespins are 6" tall. I lightly sand mine before painting and doing any collage work on them. The possibilities are endless as to what you can create with these.


                                    Made by me, for Ann Tyler


"Oh for the Love of clothespins", I couldn't make just one, so I created a total of six. They were so much fun, that I have ordered more clothespins and already have ideas in the works!  More inspiration, more projects on my table ..but that's just how I roll and I wouldn't have it any other way!



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Thank you for stopping by ~ Lets do it again!
and next time you come, use the back door! 

XO




9 comments:

  1. Oh Kim, what a lovely blog post! I should have gone to bed, as it's very late here in England, but this was so full of beauty I couldn't stop looking and wondering! Your pins are fabulous - what an explosion of colour and ideas! Already I can see everybody's pins are going to be unique and very specially them! I have to go now, as I'm so tired, but thank you for joining in the swap and sharing all the lovely art of your friends too! What a wonderful world we live in! I'm so glad I got to know you! xxx

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    1. Thank You Julie, you are such an inspiration to me with your art and your beautiful kind soul, I am honored to be your friend! XO

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  2. I love the clothespins! They are adorable.

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    1. Thank you Janet, I had no idea they would be such a fun project. I am going to make one for my Vet's office and some for the Carti center here where folks go for chemo. They make great gifts too especially since you can personalize them.

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  3. That was fun, Kim. i"m friends with several of these ladies and some were new to me. Great to see all their work. Don't ya just love Mary Jane? I've been an admirer for a long time. I'd be curious to know where you ordered your clothes pins. I teach art in Ukraine and it would be so fun to do a project like this with my kids or my ladies. We return June 30th. I like all your fun images. You certainly have a sense of humor in your work. Such is always wonderful. The world needs more of that.

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    1. Hi Coleen! Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a sweet comment. I ordered mine from www.createforless.com . You may be able to find them at a craft store near you but I had no luck finding them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Good luck with yours and I would love to see the results.They are lots of fun to make. I have ordered more due to custom requests and I look forward to making more of them too!

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  4. Wonderful post Kim, and love everything you share....thanks so much for your kind words and shout out and look forward to seeing you in Tinytopia land this summer! xo

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Mary Jane and I wouldn't miss Tinytopia land for anything. I know it will be wonderful, looking forward to it. See you there! :)

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  5. Oh WOWZERS!! Thank you for the beautiful mention!! Your blog is just as fabulous as your creations dear!! What a blessing it is to call you my art sista!! Keep thrilling us with your awesomeness please!!

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