My Enchanted World in Pictures

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Finally!!!

What a task LOL Actually if I had nothing else to do , I don;'t think 25 ATC's is a big deal. Unfortunately I view task one at a time and see nothing as a big deal, until I start ALL of them LOL

I did manage to finish and wrap all 25
Of course my favorite is "Do you know what this is? Frosty the Snowman's baby picture" that's would be the card to the far left. The little antique Christmas card in the center is cute and sends the message, then I made 3 odd ones, just because that's the way I am. Then they were wrapped, with a snowflake added to each and a number 3 on the back, because that's the day everyone will open mine.
There ya go!! Done!! I have to admit, I had fun finding pictures I wanted to use. Had I had more time of course they would have gotten way out of hand with embellishments. But the task is complete < sigh of relief>
Then I had the 3 Asian cards for my old group. Again I kept it simple. I was wishing for Asian coins which I didn't have or 3 D  symbols which I didn't have. So this is the result and I hope my partner likes them.
My finally task for yesterday was to complete a Challenge on my Mixed Media Studio group. Each month I challenge the girls to make something from a common household item. This month was a Light bulb...any size
but it had to be altered. I used two tiny twinkle light bulbs and this is what I made.
I think he is kind of cute. I just happen to like dragon flies. So that be that...my accomplishments for yesterday. While I didn't get everything done that I would have liked to complete. I did get 3 things out of the way . I will continue to move forward today and hopefully complete the rest of my obligations.
Hope you enjoy what you see and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Busy Days

What kind of silly woman signs up to make 25 ATC's and wraps them? LOL I keep asking myself that question. Obviously 24 other silly women besides me .
I have them all almost done and will be taking pictures, hopefully by this afternoon. Right behind those are 3 with an Asian theme and then another 10, 5 each with different theme , plus charm. Don't even ask.
Those are only the things on my work table, now follow me over to my OTHER work table and you  see a book sculpture, some little books that need "stuff" and another little mini album...Oh but wait!! ( now I sound like a TV commercial huh?) off on another small table in my studio is a tunnel book LOL OMG!! what have I done? I ask myself why I am busy playing in this "Storybook Blog" when I should be finishing stuff up.
I did manage to finish my Banner. I think it was called winter night, or something that had to do with evening.
When I think winter evenings, the color blue comes to mind, so this is what I did.
The fabric is actually called "snowy evening" then I cut out some glittery snow flakes and frame, then found an antique pic of a darling little girl with a furry hat and muff. Added a hanging jewel and some bling and called it done.
I never know with these things if I've done too much or not enough, so I ask myself "would I like getting this as my banner ?" My answer was yes, I'd be delighted. I love sparkle and bling. I try and do that with what ever I mail to someone else. Considering some of the swaps I have gotten (we've all had the experience) I don't think everyone feels the same way. Sometimes it looks like a matter of "Git 'er done". I finally dropped out of those groups and stayed with the ones I feel have "standards" and feel an obligation to do their very best. I'd sooner write to my partner and tell them I will be a little late, then rush something. That being said, I've only had to do that once. I'm usually early with swaps.
So instead of talking about these 25 cards, I guess I should bite the bullet and get them done. They seem to need a little something, so I will ponder that while I vacuum.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Another day

With no pictures LOL Oh what a surprise!! But I have been working on things. I just haven't taken pic's yet.
I also have that ATC Christmas in July swap...That's 25 ATC's that are slowly coming together.
I must say, regardless of health issues, I am busy. Perhaps more busy then I should be, but it keeps me happy and my mind off other things.

Deb I know you read this and I want you to know I love that you want to  "Steal" my closure idea LOL That's why I showed it. I also want to post that "water color paper" makes a nice sturdy ATC. It is thicker then card stock and when you layer it with "stuff" embellishments, pictures etc. It really does hold up well. I like it better then the "cereal box" and I do believe it is thicker.

I'm still working on my coaster tutorial. I want my group to make a memory book for their partner, but I want it made a certain way, so stay tuned.
That's pretty much all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by. Oh and Ellen, if you should be checking now and then, please let me know when your annual visit may be. I always look forward to seeing you and John.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Silly Me

Are there really people who Blog every day? No. I'm not kidding. Are there really people who find the time to BLOG every day? I mean I have a friend with OCD which of course means she is pretty good with time management and even she doesn't have THAT much free time. I think maybe I should give up something...hmm Housework perhaps. Well you don't expect me to give up my animals do you?
Speaking of which; you've all heard about my goats. If not, I have two at the moment Jake, I got as a 2 month old and his brother I got at 4 months old (same Dad different mom).His name is Harley.
Look what I got from my friend Deb at Paxton Valley Folk Art.
The dark one is Jake and the white one is Harley. Are they adorable or what? I live in a " Woodsy environment" so "prims" fit right in. I'm very eclectic in my decor, always have been. I find one style (Modern, contemporary etc.) very boring.Eclectic works for me. Steam punk, shabby chic, prim.. it doesn't matter. It's all blendable.(is that a word?) Don't forget to check Deb out at her etsy shop (same name) Paxton Valley Folk Art.
Meanwhile I have been working on some mini books. None are finished yet but I did find a cool way of keeping them closed so they can be used as pendants.
I have these little mini brads that were perfect. Back string is tied around one and then slipped around the front one. Tada!! I neat closed book you can wear.
I had a Baby Shower to attend. Mommy likes Dinosaur's so that's her theme for this kid. We already know his name , Jaxon...so I got busy making a gift and then picked up some baby clothes and a tough little toy LOL
This is what I came up with




Hey it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.
So that's pretty much what I have been doing. That and getting ready to knock out my "Christmas in July" ATC's and the swaps I have going in my own group. Which is a mini book pendant and a mini album that is just adorable and perfect as a password book. There is also a Tunnel Book challenge (meaning you get to keep it) and an interesting ATC  swap. You have to make 2 ATC's with hints of you favorite childhood book. Then we will all be guessing the title of the book from the hints. So if you aren't busy, stop by, join the group and join us in our fun. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mixedmediastudio/
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

So maybe it wasn't a banner day....

My days always seem to run amuck when least expected. I should stop planning and just do...
So remember that challenge box I got in my Charm group? March Challenge was to make something from a shell casing..she gave us two but we didn't have to use two. I thought about cutting it into a flower and bending the petals back, but my cutters wouldn't cut the brass fine enough..scrap that idea...While several things ran through my head, I was a bit pressed for time so this is what I did...
There is a black faceted bean you really can't see, followed by a crystal bead which is followed by a millefiori bead. Included in the "use any time " packet was some white fabric daisies, so I coppered them up to make them part of the brass casing. I met the challenge that's all I was worried about.Of course if I could use my own stuff, I would have went wild with Steampunk.
The I DARE YOU challenge in my group was Dare to make something from a pop top. Lots of idea's there but no time, so again I went with a pendant with a seashore theme.
All pendants swing freely. I used copper wire to accent the piece and small black faceted beads. Then hung a pearl on one hole, a turquoise tear drop in the next space and from the bottom I hung a seahorse accented with turquoise, hung from a green glass beaded chain. LOts of movement.
One of the charm swaps was game pieces. I used plastic scrabble tiles and filled the backs with playing card faces, topped with ice resin. Considering I couldn't see what I was doing (another story) I like the way they look.
The last swap also with the charm group was a theme for an altered key. Key to the Garden gate..it has to include things you find in a garden. I drilled a hole in the key and hung a turtle and a leaf (found in a garden) and topped the key with a butterfly, my favorite thing to find in my garden.
I had to fore go the working alarm clock, although it is something I will still do. It took more time then I had. I have a book that is so much fun, almost ready for display so that will probably be the next thing you see. I also want to make a tutorial for the type hinge I want used for a coaster book we will be making in my group. So stay tuned....
Oh I also signed up for a Christmas in July swap, we have to make 25 ATC's, then package them with our number, then each day in July we will open a different card..I'm thinking about making a special holder for them so I can bring them out comes Christmas....I have an idea for them, so stay tuned.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Just another day

Yup, nothing to share, lots on the drawing board so tomorrow should be a banner day. ATC's will be ready to mail. Key pendants (Keys to the Garden) should be good to go and the color swap charms of the month as well as the Challenge of the month from the charm group and from my own group I Dare You.
So instead of sitting here boring you to death, I will return to my work table and complete something.
Wishing you a wonderful day...Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Art should be fun

Don't you agree? It has been a rough go for a few months now and I can't even tell you how happy it makes me feel to hide in my studio and play.

I never really considered myself much of an artist. Not compared to what I see "out there". But I make what I feel and once done, I'm happy, yet my mind is onto how to make it better. I've come to find out, I'm not alone LOL So I make it, I share it, I give it away, but it's the greatest therapy in the world.
This is what I've been up to over the past few days.
We had a swap in my charm group. You had to take a gift card (you know those cards you get at Christmas to all your fun stores?) What do you do with them after you spend the money they are worth? Throw them out? Are you NUTS???At best they could be used for spreading glue, or creating texture or melted into....anyway the deal was to make them into charms. This is what I did...I could have and would have done more, but we are limited in size.
The heart has gold edges and I added a golden heart. That card was from Michael's. Peppermint Twist was a card from A.C.Moore. I heated it and twisted it around a dowel then filled the center with wired tinsel.Freedom Star was a card from Tractor Supply (one of my favorite stores LOL) I added a little silver star to go with the patriotic theme of the card.It was cut with scalloped scissors in an odd shape, just to be different. 3 sets of 5
You know about my banner swap each month. The banner is supposed to be Vintage White Winter. But each month also has a theme-
For March the theme was French Royal. I am totally out of my element with these banners because I want to go all steampunky. But I made a frame using a mold I made and filling it with gold hot glue. I found a wonderful old pic of a french Queen as well as a "baby" royal. I framed the queen and put the baby in a small frame (added some swavorski crystals) Hung a crown from the point (also added crystals), a touch of gold here and there and called it done.
The biggest thing I worked on in between was my View from Within. That was a swap in my own group (the one Cherie and I own) mixedmediastudio.yahoo.com  The deal was...you take apart an old alarm clock and use the empty part to create a scene. I went back and forth with subject matter, but a friend of mine has a salt water aquarium that I just love watching. I thought an old travel alarm lent itself to a tank, so that's what I did.
The outside was easy. Just give it a water look find some cool fish charms, add some Pauashell from New Zealand and color it DONE.
I didn't have much room to build a 3D look, but  finding a pic of an aquarium with a 3D look helped, then I just added some cut out fish, some greens for the seahorse to attach to and the tank looked pretty cool. Also added some black sand from a NZ beach.
I  found some star fish on the ocean floor pic's that I used on the "Floor" of the clock, and some coral and rocks, I used on the back part of the case. Lighting it up became a mission.
I found a little light with an on and off switch and glued it to the back with the light peeking through the hole left by the clock face. Actually with the decorated case it serves as a nice back light, night light. I was quiet pleased and intend to make another. Correcting all the mistakes I made with this one LOL
So that's pretty much what has kept me busy, in between cleaning, volunteer stuff and doctors. Happy to say the doctors are slowing up. It's all just connected to that hospital stay and my eye. I expect to get a lot more time to play now and who knows, maybe actually make some sense of my studio. Oh stop laughing.
One of these days I may surprise you (not to mention myself)
Thanks for stopping by......