My Enchanted World in Pictures

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Glow pond strikes again!!

Y'all remember that strange blue glow up at the pond and that weird skeleton? Well we saw the glow again last night and this morning, when I went to meditate, this is what I found.
What the heck? In looking closely this one appears to be more mermaid like then the first one. Certainly prettier. Her skull is almost human and the bones of her flipper fins seem almost hand like, which is what I would imagine they would look like. Poor little thing. I'm wondering, is my pond a place were strange things come to die? Creepy you say? Not at all. I'm sort of amazed by the entire experience. Actually I've seen strange movement in the pond, but they are just so fast ..<sigh>
So back to the swaps. I finished another one. AFTCM is also doing a cuff bracelet. In Mixedmediastudio we had some strict rules and I am happy to say ALL the cuffs were gorgeous and well made. In this swap we were told to make a cuff and to embellish. My idea of a cuff is one that is sewn from fabric or leather. However I have also seen some beautiful braided ones and one's made from metal. I was going to make one a bit different, but decided to stick with what comes to mind when I think cuff.
I've since added more beads and there is a great deal of sparkle that doesn't show in the picture. I like it, I'd wear it and when I tried it on it was comfortable. Every bit is sewn on so I have no problem with it being knocked around.
I made it adjustable so no matter what size the wrist, it will work. At first I was worried that it was too over the top, but folks that have seen it, love the focus element and agree that it looks WAY better in person.
Today I have to make some skulls and a Banner...but I really want to make a video for my Mystery Challenge....Seems there are never enough hours in a day for me...Thanks for stopping .....

Friday, September 5, 2014

Three Swaps Ready To Travel

Oh I love it when things get finished on time. Hopefully tomorrow they will be out the door.
For my ATC group we had Tea Bag folds.
I love the silver  tape and the bling. I think it gives them some life.
In my Art For the Creative Mind we had a stained glass 4X4. Unfortunately  I am a stained glass artist and every technique I saw, didn't excite me. Stained glass has a certain look. Just couldn't climb out of the box on this one. So I finished the one you saw with some copper trim and I like it. Hopefully my partner will.
Then for my own group. One of the swaps is a Fairy Door. As you saw, I painted it red and then washed it in black. I secured the hinge and lock I found. For the trim around the door I used thin slices of slate (native to here) and thing sliced Paua shell native to NZ and very "fairy"...Gave it a crystal vine on each side and I think I will change the ribbon from purple to iridescent white. I wanted it to open like a  card so it could be displayed that way. When you open the door, you walk over the bridge to the castle in the sky. Of course it will help if you are a fairy.


Wouldn't you just love to be a fairy? I sure would.
So now it is one to completing the Mystery Challenge. This months I Dare You item is a zipper.
I also have to finish my cuff bracelet for AFTCM I'm not fond of hand sewing, but I refuse to glue anything someone will wear...Just too much stress on a bracelet for glue. So check back for more finished projects. Hope you like these.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The wheels of progress

Turn ever so slowly. Especially when you are packing and trying to do a million things at once. My art projects always help to distract me a bit. This week is sad enough and now I have to go to Long Island to see what my tenants left behind and get  my house sold. <sigh> I really love that old house. She has lots of personality and charm, but I will never move back there so why put up with the kind of people I have been getting for tenants.
I did manage to find some little hinges I'm sizing up for the fairy door and a lock. It will have to wait until I get back for it's very fairy frame and some flowers and trim. IN my mind it's lovely, hope it looks the same when done LOL
The hinges aren't  on yet, but you get the idea. I'm thinking paua shells instead of stone for the frame...Only because they are so colorful and fairy  like. I think if I were a fairy I would use them to highlight my door and make it special. I'll lay them out and see how they look. I always have stones for option 2.
The mystery challenge came to a stand still, but will continue when I get home. Some times life just goes that way. meanwhile I've gotten a lot of nice things said about my Frida  challenge. I've changed my profile so if you have had a problem posting, please try now.
See you soon.....

Monday, September 1, 2014

Another swap

I think my friends are correct. If I spent as much time making stuff to sell as I do making stuff to swap, I'd be rich.
But swapping brings a different kind of richness. Granted when you swap as much as I do your bound to get a rotten apple now and then, but even they have some merit. Poor made swaps remind me to try my very best...always. The fact that we all find beauty in different thing and in different forms of art is a wonderful thing. I'm sure there are those who would find my rotten apples worthy, while my swaps fall short. It's true when they say, you can please some of the people some of the time but you can't please all of the people all of the time. So I will continue to do the very best I can and hope "some of the people" are pleased.
If you are looking for my Frida challenge, keep scrolling.
The swap I just finished was a 4x4 , theme "Stained Glass". I make real stained glass so this theme was difficult. I researched it, only to find a bunch of different techniques, none of which I felt comfortable with.I could see them used on a bigger piece, but not on a 4x4. I decided to just do my thing..I love Iris flowers, so I drew one the way I would if I was making a pattern for stained glass. I colored it with Copic markers, trying to give each piece the look of stained glass (which is not always consistent color. Gave it 4 layers of Utee and the leaded it with Gun metal  Stickles..I'm thinking about some copper trim to finish it off, not sure.
I wasn't happy with my first piece (a fish). When I asked myself my swap question " If you received this, would you like it?", my answer was  "Maybe", it just didn't say what I wanted it to say. It didn't make me feel good. When I finished this one and asked the same question. I was able to say yes, I'd love it and I'd display it..of course I think it needs trim LOL but I'm still not sure.

Now onto the Fairy Door adventure. Mine started out as the top of a cigar box. I sketched out what I hoped for and then cut it out on the band saw. The wood was flat so I used my dremel to put some score lines in (wood planks)
You'll have to wait to see  how it ends up, but I'm liking it so far...Haven't decided if I should put a Fairy behind the door, a scene or just leave it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sad Day on Misty MOuntain

We knew the day was coming and we knew it was close, but you are never prepared to say good-bye to a friend. Especially a friend as gentle, caring and loving as this one.
I'll miss you Rosie. I'll miss everything about you, mostly your companionship. Gone much too soon, but I am thankful for the 12 wonderful years you shared your life with us. I know you'll be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge, until then, sleep with the Angels and Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frida Kahlo Captured

It's not like I didn't have enough to do this month, but I was inspired by Gauche Alchemy and the August Challenge. Frida Kahlo draws me into her darkness and so many of her quotes inspire me and how I view life.  I needed this challenge. It came at just the right time. I first found two pictures of Frida that I felt showed her "spirit" .I got them in the bottle using skewers as chop sticks. Then I tissue papered the outside of the bottle for texture and tore away to allow her "spirit" to look out. One of Frida's paintings is a skull with her eyebrows and flowers, so I decided it would be a perfect top for my bottle. In another painting she has an open chest with a fiery heart, thus the locket. The spirit is held in the bottle by chains. What would a tribute to Frida be without her turquoise color and her red roses? I tore some of her quotes that inspire me and inked the edges.Everything was sealed with matte gesso.
I call it "The Captured Spirit of Frida Kahlo", let me know what you think.
She is captured within the bottle, which is adorned with her favorite red roses and fabulous quotes.
I had to add a butterfly because I love her painting with butterflies.
and yet another spirit peeking out from inside the bottle.
A picture never seems to do something like this justice. The vivid colors do not show as well, glitter doesn't sparkle and elements do not pop..but I think Frida would like it and that's all that matters.
I love her saying "I paint flowers so they will not die" what a beautiful thought.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ever have an argument with an egg?

AS you know one of the challenges for the month of August at  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mixedmediastudio/  is to do something with an egg.
I decided to use a 6 year old dried out Peahen egg (don't worry I do it all the time, they are fine).
So I'm thinking egg head, using plaster cloth.. Got the thing almost done, it needed a wash and it starts to talk to me. Egg says' what am I' ?I tell it 'your a boy'. Why? It ask. I say I don't know, I guess because I named you Eggbert and you look like a boy. It's now getting a bit huffy and says 'why ? Because I'm ugly? Not pretty enough to be a girl?". 'No' I reply, there isn't anything ugly in my world. You're different and your beauty lies within'... "so" it says "then why can't I be a girl? I really want to be a girl...and if you think I'm pretty, then let me be a girl".....Not that I am in the habit of giving into my projects demands, but the last thing I need in my collection is a bad, unhappy egg...so meet  Eggclaire...
She was delighted to know her picture would be published.
I've wanted to post pictures of the things I get in my return swaps. Unfortunately my camera is not always handy or my swaps have been put  on display somewhere else. My most recent swap was the Birdhouse and the one I received just happen to be next to Eggclaire.

I also received my first TP roll page for a mini album. I will be publishing that tomorrow. I'm hoping for another and I'd like to take a picture of the start of my album, so stay tuned.







Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon.