Sunday, January 31, 2016

Time to get organized...


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or create an item to assist in that chore.  I had picked up this vintage wood mail sorter at a resale shop and painted it red.  It sat on the work-space for a while as I decided just what would become of it.  And then...an adventure.  A trip to The Scrap
Exchange in Durham.  A magical wonderland for anyone who enjoys mixed media, re-purpose, creative art.  There are findings, wood, cloth {complete quilt section}, paper, plastic, etc.  Found an oval, beveled glass and knew that would be the topper on the organizer.  It measures approximately 21" tall by 6" wide.  The pocket tags are printed on handmade papers I picked up on some adventure...then laminated.
Don't think this will work for me, the bottom pocket is too small....

It is available for sale locally on the FB page The Original Made by Hands in the Triad for $30.00.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

One advantage of snow days.....

... opportunity to finish items that have been "in the works" for way too long.  I had created greeting cards using materials / papers adhered to corrugated cardboard for the base of the front design.  Materials used are wrapping paper, citra solv papers or napkins.  Embellished with findings and sayings.  Custom cards can be created with sentiments of your choice - - just email me or post comment here.
The cards are standard stock cards with matching envelopes {Note:  very tight fit for the envelope but they can be mailed}.  Green and maroon cards measure 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  The kraft cards measure 5" x 7" and have a colored piece of paper adhered between corrugated cardboard and the card.  I scanned the cards for display here. If you wish to see them in more detail, please let me know.






Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Another idea turned into an item....

... Purchased these little containers {approximately 1-1/4" - 1-1/2"} during the after Christmas sale.  Not sure how they were to be used as a Christmas decoration - perhaps with mini trees and snow.  But I knew they would be perfect to trap mermaids, fairies and even a castle.
The fairy was a button, the mermaid a metal embellishment with shells that are jewelry pieces, and the castle a game board piece {colored with copper leafing pen}.  The glass is quite thin and I managed to poke a round hole in the mermaid glass - but a shell covered it perfectly.
Working on assembling items for mini gardens and these will be used there.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

and this has been in the works ....

... for some time.  Came across these plant stakes that are designed to allow marking the name of the plant and then remove the wording and reuse.  Took some time for this idea to reach the top of the stack......And now they are permanent markers for a mini garden...The top measures 1" x 2" across with overall height of 4-3/4".


I did apply outdoor mod podge to seal them from moisture. Now need to go to work on the gardens.....photos soon.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

New year....new creations...

Have been working with photos in my collection to use for greeting cards.  I have created some as standard glossy prints and mounted on Strathmore stock cards.  But it was time to go beyond the norm and manipulate the photos into mandala.  This is a a photo of the bloom of a Passion Vine....

And this is the manipulated version of the same photo:

 I was pleasantly surprised with the results.  My intent now is to choose a few more photos to enhance and then utilize in greeting cards.

And the cards will be available for purchase soon.... 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

It is here.....

... 2016.  A new year full of new opportunities.  And adventures.  And experiments in creating art.

 It is all good.