Thursday, February 27, 2014
Friendship is such a wonderful thing, I have one and we send articles, cards, little treasures back and forth through out the year, it truly makes a connection that lasts forever. She recently sent me copies of 4 poems she received in a retreat and thought I might enjoy them. One of them was by Rumi, a mentor I go to often for solace and or wisdom. It is one I had not read and was very moved by the powerful message. It so says something I feel more and more is my truth. I wanted to do a card that would tell her immediately my favorite and thank her, I also had a few things to tuck in besides.
I was especially intrigued by the title of this piece. I am always enchanted with the symbolism of words and also how they differ in different parts of our earth. Here are some for "Spider", which definitely will give you an idea of the title meaning. Spirit of creation, power, protection, fate, rebirth, just a small snippet of many. The poem is below if you are interested.
So as you venture nearer and nearer to the weekend, keep this in mind and "go mad", lol, hugs
A Spider Playing in the House
Conventional knowledge is death
to our souls, and it is not really ours.
We must become ignorant
of what we have been taught,
and be, instead, bewildered.
Run from what is profitable and comfortable.
If you drink those liqueurs, you will spill
the springwater of your real life.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
I have tried prudent planning
long enough. From now
on, I will be mad.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Yesterday I had some errands to run, I also had a 25% off entire purchase coupon for Michael's. Since I was driving right by, I did that turn signal thing and pulled in. Wow, Michael's has exploded with burlap and cork, it's every where, lol, not sure how long it has been available, I need to get out more. I found these 4x4 canvases and thought they would make fun backgrounds and they do. But that is really not what I am sharing this morning.
"Create with everyday magic", what is everyday magic? Okay, here is an example, you are leaving work, you have to pick up kids at daycare and you have to go to the grocery store, hmm, which first? Grocery store first means more gas, a little longer jaunt, but kids in the grocery store make you crazy, as you are walking to the car you realize there is a glow in the air, pinks and oranges are bouncing off your car, NOW, this is the moment of everyday magic, do you stand there for a minute and really watch, can you determine where the orange begins and the pink stops? Are there clouds, is the sky alive with birds enjoying the magic, or do you get in your car and drive off unaware that all of this magic has surrounded you? Here is a little challenge, you don't have to post anything, you don't have to go out and purchase anything, just make the commitment to be aware of 1 thing each day that is everyday magic, then capture it, in a journal, on a card, in words, something that will stamp the moment in your consciousness, we all need more magic in our lives, hope your week is full of it, hugs
Sunday, February 23, 2014
So this was my inspiration, I started playing with some of my houses. Background is from a sweet packet by Prima. Houses were colored with Copic Markers, the skeleton key on the right is an old Quickutz die, some fun cloud photo corners. I need to get our power spray out and give my little cottage a spring shower, our yard did get a mow this week, after all the showers and fair weather, it was getting a bit deep. Hope you have a great rest of your Sunday, hugs
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I know it is still winter, but you could never tell by our weather here, today it will be in the 70s. Some of the trees are already flowering and my little Mulberry sapling has tiny buds all over it. My Camellia bush is in bloom and I have several bouquets inside.
Hope everyone traverses into the weekend with happy plans, stay safe, hugs
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Happy Monday, a little birthday card today. My life is still about juggling hats, managing with lists and it has helped so much that I have carved out my daily studio time. It gives me time to reflect, focus in on my goals and create. Appeasing my must definitely keeps my stress level down, lol.
I chose a craft paper card blank for today's card, then used a black back drop and a gelli pull. Chunky photo corners created with Cameo Silhouette and Copic markers. The shells and fish are also Copic colors, the fish image is a Silhouette Library image. I also have a new ID stamp done by my friend "Loopy Lou", yeah! I love it Lou. I am also loving these little string bows lately. Hope your Monday flows into a beautiful week. Hugs
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Alexander Woollcott, American Journalist and critic, New York City, 1887-1943, a member of the Algonquin Round Table ( I have a thing for early 1900 social clubs) another favorite is Studio "219", Alfred Stieglitz, husband to Georgia O'Keeffe and promoter of some of the greatest "Impressionists and Post Impressionists", he was an artist in his own right with some 2,500+ photographs to his credit.
The background for card is a piece of "ticking" scanned and printed. Chunky photo corners, a fun bow from hemming tape, and a heart. I had some play with the quote as I continue my word art obsession. All colors are Copic markers and some airbrushing. Have a grand weekend, one day at a time, hugs
Friday, February 14, 2014
Creating over-lays using clear acetate and frosting spray, FUN! then laid the overlay over a spray sheet and scanned in for the card background. Added some silver balls and a piece of string bow. I continue to go through and clear out some of my stash boxes and found the sticker the other day, it arched nicely over the carriage. The great thing is the over-lay can be used again and again with different colors and backgrounds.
As my friend Carole would say "A Slam Dunk" card. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone, hope your day is filled with hugs, chocolate and flowers.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
A new watering can for my stash. We are getting a wash of rain this week, so water is on my brain, lol. I found this chart in an old Sunset Garden Book (copyright 1947) and decided it was perfect for my old rusty watering can. Cats are all cloistered in bunches on top and under each other and the "W" word is not to be spoken, lol. This has been a fab week, with some studio time and even a book was devoured. Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday, hugs
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Oh my goodness, two days in a row in the studio, I am in heaven. I slept like a log last night too. This is my first attempt at "word art", it actually was easier and went much more smoothly than anticipated. I did the love squared in two steps, first I wrote it out and scanned it in, turned it into an element and cut it out, then I colored with Copics and did the same process over. This definitely has a vintage feel to it, I loved the old spinner cards, the inner spinner is a Tim Holtz piece. The hands are from an EKSuccess punch and were colored with FW "Old Copper Plate Gold" ink. The tiny tag is an old Quickutz die. We are getting a little relief in the drought this AM, much needed rain. Be happy, hugs
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Broken chevrons, a double string bow, a faux blackboard block and some gilded hearts, a simple valentine. Heart colors are Copic makers and Viva "Inka Gold" Metallic Rub.
It is Monday, I am full of inspiration and my calendar does not look like a road map for a marathon, hugs
Saturday, February 1, 2014
My time is still not my own, but getting better, I am pulling at least a couple of hours a day from my studio. I promised a friend I would do some "thank you" notes for her, she is a dog lover and will be sending them out to a few friends that have helped her through a crisis. I did not have time to sit and sketch out an element, so I used a Spellbinder's Die and an image from the Silhouette Library to create what I needed. I used a crate paper background on a craft paper card blank. I created the word block using a piece of chipboard and again a spellbinders die and then created my own photo corners. Hope everyone has a marvelous Super Bowl Weekend, hugs