Saturday, February 19, 2011

I have a rotten cold!!

Yes, I have a rotten, crummy cold. Head cold, chest, cough. Have been taking OTC meds, and it is getting better. It is my first cold all winter so I guess I cannot complain, but I hate it. Did a little work on ATC's this week, also made a Steampunk/found object bracelet.

No, there are no bits of Kleenex stuck to those charms.

The Charms--I made about half the charms above, with "Stuff" I have collected over the years.
The vintage Bingo game counter, altered Scrabble tile, the broken Brownie Scout pin, the vintage Streetcar token, silver monopoly shoe, some parts of a broken necklace, etc. The rest I bought at the local Michaels Store, a brand call Industrial Chic( each card had at least 3 charms that I either used as is or altered in someway).
I am now excited to go Antiquing to see what I can find to use. Also I bid on a couple of Ebay auctions for vintage gumball can't wait to start the next one.

ATC's--Yes, I even managed to work on some ATC's.

Grrrr--I can't get these cards side by side.

Oh well. Both contain images from TumbleFish Studios collage sheets. I also worked on some cards from an Alphabet series I am doing using copies of vintage images that I am watercoloring, etc.

READING-I have been doing a lot of reading lately. Ususally late at night before bed. Right now I am on my 4th or 5th attempt at reading "The Autobiography of Henry VII with notes from His Fool, Will Sommers" by Margaret George. I have vowed to finish it and I think I will this time. It is huge and the type face is small, but the book has been on my bedside table for at least 2 years and I am tired of dusting it -:-).

Prior to Henry, I read a couple of Bill Brysons travel books and they were so funny and insightful, though I did get irritated with his USA book, as he disparaged Americans and small town America so much, it was no longer funny.

Well, Go Make ART!!!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Baby, I'm Back

Gosh, what a long dark and dry spell. I have had my ups and downs, and while reading blogs online this past year or so, I realize that many of my fellow artists suffer the same blue meanies that I sometimes get. Not a fun or creative place to be. Thank heaven for Celexa !

I spent 2010 reading up a storm, While I didn't keep count, I think I averaged a book a week, sometimes 2. I LOVE BOOKS, no Kindle for me!!
I also spent many hours with my Blythe dolls, on forums, sewing and trading, etc. And I love each and every little one, by the end of the year I felt an increasing urge to tidy my art table and look through my "stuff". A good sign that I was on the road back to ART.
On to a more Creative year-2011
I have spent the last two months making and trading ATC and I have in heaven. I also tried my hand at making some charms for necklaces and bracelets. It has been so much fun!!
Below are some of the cards I have made and Traded on ATC's for ALL (my main outlet for trading)

I also made a couple of 4x6 Postcard size collage using Tumble Fish Studio's collage sheet

I have a number of Cards in the works so check back again to see what I am up to.
and remember