Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birdsong Tag Swap -- arrived!

Ok, it'll take me a wee while to process photos etc, so look for a post on them soon! But they is gorgeous! Thank you, Miss Karla!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wednesday's Where's God...

I played with decorating the page with Zentangles this week...


Tornadoes turned up again. Go figure. This time as a very good metaphor!

Where was God in your week?

Comment below with your own list, link to your blog post about it, perhaps a photograph you took that illustrates it (a picture is worth a thousand words), or art illustrating your gratitude! (If I get enough folks participating, I'll start using a link party tool.)

A couple of rules:
1. If you are linking, link to the specific post, not the main page of your blog.
2. Please, no links to online shops -- stay on topic!

Feel free to post the blog button!


(Incidentally, I can't figure out how you can create the "copy and paste" html code to link back. If anyone knows how, please let me know!)

I will share my favorites next Wednesday, in the meantime, check back to see who has posted and enjoy discovering God in each other's lives!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Birdsong Tag Swap...


So hopefully Karla should have my tags by now and is putting the tag books together. Here are pictures of what I created....


Because I used bird feathers and they stick out from the edge of the tag, I quickly spritzed a manila folder with two colors of Glimmer Mist and tied the tags onto it to help protect them while they are being shipped.


I took the cardboard outside to dry and when I came back to bring it in. It was gone. I searched all over the yard and then went into complain to my  hubby how the wind had blown my folder who knows where.

"Oh," says he, "I thought it blew in from somebody else's yard and so I threw it into the recycling."

*sigh*

There are three unique tags (like the one above), and four the same (below).



The images come from The Graphics Fairy or The Feathered Nest.

I can't wait to see the tags I receive! (Although, of course, I'll have to.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday's Where's God...

A little late, but here we are!  If you have come by for Where Bloggers Create, scroll down!

Here's the quote from last week. I put it on the back of the subpage, so you can see the raw edge of the lace. There's was just enough space.... I am thinking the quote needs a little color though.


And here's last week's list. I was inspired by the bit of holy card (that came from Green Paper, I think for one of Mary's monthly challenges, but it may have been from one of her classes) to try some gold leaf, but my leafing pen was not cooperating so it's a bit gunky. Ah well....


Where was God in your week?

Comment below with your own list, link to your blog post about it, perhaps a photograph you took that illustrates it (a picture is worth a thousand words), or art illustrating your gratitude! (If I get enough folks participating, I'll start using a link party tool.)

A couple of rules:
1. If you are linking, link to the specific post, not the main page of your blog.
2. Please, no links to online shops -- stay on topic!

Feel free to post the blog button!


(Incidentally, I can't figure out how you can create the "copy and paste" html code to link back. If anyone knows how, please let me know!)

I will share my favorites next Wednesday, in the meantime, check back to see who has posted and enjoy discovering God in each other's lives!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where Bloggers Create Party!


My Desert Cottage


Not much has changed in my art room since last year.

I had a substantial to-do list this year and I didn't quite get to all of them. Here's what was on my "to-do" that got t'done:

1) I made pretty labels for my binders:



2) I cleaned out my closet. (There is no before picture: just imagine stacks of boxes, giant plastic containers and the like.)

The closet now holds some stamp storage (off to the side behind the purple velvet dress that's hanging; a chest of drawers packed with fabric (now consolidated into one space except for another drawer in last year's pink chest of drawers); and a sacred space.


The wall has book pages taped onto it. I got the idea and the technique from Aunt Peaches.

Eventually, the small stained glass cross will move and be above the ombry that I have on permanent loan (currently holding my prayer books and a bible), which is a bit of a long story, but basically when I no longer have a use for the ombry, I have to give it back. It smells of rosewood inside, and I think really was an ombry (place where the sacrament is kept).

Anywho, the cross will probably be replaced by the icon I'll be making in August. It's a proper icon writing workshop using ancient techniques and lots of prayer. I'm really looking forward to it.


I made labels out of pretty paper for the boxes so they'd be more pleasing to the eye. (And I'd know what was in them without having to fetch them down.)


The quote is a calligraphy piece by an Order of the Holy Cross monk and is from Micah, and the small image second from the right is this really old saint card -- made of glass and celluloid, I think, that I found at an antique shop in Omaha two years ago. Now I have the right space for it.



The closet also holds my small collection of crosses and rosaries.



The broken closet door is still broken and currently residing on its side in the guest bedroom. I suspect it'll eventually make its way out to the garage, because really, I don't need to hide what's in the closet any more.

I didn't paint the chest of drawers, nor the tall jewelry cabinet that actually holds pens and other bits, nor did I get around to making a table skirt for my desk, but at least I cleaned it up.


I did do a small purge of magazines ... and took care of the stacks of recipes and cooking magazines that were on the floor of this room!

Here's what else is new about the space since last year.

Already blogged about: my "inspiration board" bird cage that I set up for Suzi Blu's La Sirena course. (And I finally have a place to put my iHome with iPod!) To the right, salt and pepper shakers holding various kinds of glitter surround a Mary statue.


The hurricane lamp I was having issues with now lives here:

I was really nervous about putting it in a closet that had loose paper on its walls. Can you blame me?

The other new addition (which was not on my to do list) is this jewelry box: picked up as plain wood at Michaels, which I painted, sponged and stamped French words onto. It now holds the bling where I can see it!

Oh and this is where the moss wreath I made for the High Tea ended up:


Oh hey, remember the curtains I made out of hankies last year? I was having difficulty taking pictures of them because they are rather sheer and the sun comes through them. I finally figured it out. Photograph 'em at night! (Then there's only the flash flare to deal with. Ahem.)



You can also see the shutters on either side: on the left hand is an extension of the La Sirena inspiration, and the right hand side is just cute stuff I've found or received....




I have a whole stack of hankies recently unearthed and so I'm thinking of making an "all white" curtain with embroidery on it. However, I've been thinking this for a while, so don't hold your breath for next year's blog party... ;)

Here are more pics, much the same from last year:






(The blue case is a lot more stuffed than it was last year. I'm trying to use my good stuff, really!)


Finally, some of what I do art-wise has changed, is changing. I am pretty sure that it is all part of finding my artistic voice. But since the class I took from Suzi Blu, I am more confident about drawing and really enjoyed making mixed media paintings. You can see the two paintings I've done so far, in the photos below.



I was part way through Suzi's course when I realized two things. First, this kind of art really gets at what's going on in your subconscious/soul; and second: that I can incorporate my faith into my art (even when they are mermaids. I started a "Wednesday's Where's God" to explore this in art journal format (which has been fairly basic thus far but is creating a good habit).


Thanks for coming to see where this blogger creates! I'll be checking in regularly, so if there are any questions, just holler!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Where's Wednesday's Where's God?

Hey all,

There's no Wednesday's Where's God this week. I didn't make the time to work on my journal this week, so I'm skipping it and refusing to feel bad about it.

However, if your week wasn't as busy -- feel free to let me know Where God was in your week!

Comment below with your own list, link to your blog post about it, perhaps a photograph you took that illustrates it (a picture is worth a thousand words), or art illustrating your gratitude! (If I get enough folks participating, I'll start using a link party tool.)

A couple of rules:
1. If you are linking, link to the specific post, not the main page of your blog.
2. Please, no links to online shops -- stay on topic!

Feel free to post the blog button!


(Incidentally, I can't figure out how you can create the copy and save the html code to link back. If anyone knows how, please let me know!)

I will share my favorites next Wednesday, in the meantime, check back to see who has posted and enjoy discovering God in each other's lives!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Green Paper July Challenge

So here is my entry for the Green Paper July Challenge. It's called "Longing for Home" given that I placed her on a tissue paper map (reused from a shoe box!)


I didn't think I'd get it done in time! Been a busy week!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wednesday's Where's God...

This week was one of the smaller pages in my journal. I think I'm going to write a quote on the back of it from something I read this past week.

There are several hints on this page of the Birdsong Tag Swap too!

So where was God in your week?

Comment below with your own list, link to your blog post about it, perhaps a photograph you took that illustrates it (a picture is worth a thousand words), or art illustrating your gratitude! (If I get enough folks participating, I'll start using a link party tool.)

A couple of rules:
1. If you are linking, link to the specific post, not the main page of your blog.
2. Please, no links to online shops -- stay on topic!

Feel free to post the blog button!


(Incidentally, I can't figure out how you can create the copy and save the html code to link back. If anyone knows how, please let me know!)

I will share my favorites next Wednesday, in the meantime, check back to see who has posted and enjoy discovering God in each other's lives!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Birdsong Swap -- Tags Done!

I finished my tags yesterday for the birdsong swap.


I'd give you a sneak peek, but ...

well, you might see something I used on the tags on Wednesday, when I post "Where's God?" but that's all I'm showing until after the deadline of July 15th... :)