I'm an artist and SAHM from the upper mid-west. In addition to my passion for paper art and mixed-media; I enjoy sewing, painting, photography, jewelry making and gardening. I love finding ways to reuse, re-purpose and recycle everyday items into art or other basic utilitarian objects.
I'm working at getting back to the basics: healthy food, reduced chemical load in our home, exercise and spending time with family.
Here's a spread for the latest book in my current round robin. The book's theme is MUSIC. I still need to come up with another spread before passing it along but this one just HAD to be done!
I scanned pictures from my teenage scrapbook for this page. What a hoot looking through that old scrapbook!!! I had mostly cut stuff out of magazines with just a few notes and photographs thrown in here and there.
Mother Nature is playing a little trick on us. The calendar says it's SPRING but it certainly LOOKS like winter.
With the day off for Good Friday, the kids had a blast! They helped me shovel for a bit but the 9+ inches of fresh fallen snow was just too tempting. "Mom, can we take a little break?" Have fun kiddos but quit eating the snow!!!!
This book has been a bit more difficult for me to come up with something that fit the theme of the book. The owner wanted a focus on Japan and Okinawa, specifically their crafts and textiles but thankfully.. gave us "an out" so to speak as long as we stuck to the Asian theme.
Haiku and Bonsai felt to me like a good fit without repeating the same Kimono's and Geisha's that would be expected with these theme. The attempt at haiku poetry is all my own...
This is a Mail Order Brides themed challenge in keeping with the "Women in History" month for The Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts Yahoo group. This digital piece was made in Paint Shop Pro with all of my own ephemera. The woman is my Grandma, the writing are my Grandpa's sermon notes, the kids on horses are my dad and a cousin. The newspaper is from my mom's side as well as the house picture which was a ad for sewing notions.
Just to be clear..Grandma WAS NOT a mailorder bride...don't want to upset any of the realtives. :)
After nearly a week of no arts or crafts I was starting to go through withdrawals.
There has been quite a bit of chatter on the Yahoo groups I belong to about charms lately. I made these since ones today from some MahJong tiles I had laying around. My only question is: Do I have these in the proper direction?
The next item I played around with was some more paper beads. I had used up almost all I had made before. They are so simple and very addictive to make. Now I really want to make some smaller ones. I'm thinking if I get some coffee stirring straws, they'll be thin enough to make some small beads on.
I have also started cutting fabric for a quilt. I've made an all flannel quilt using this pattern but this time I am planning on doing flannel on one side and denim on the other. Today in celebration of a 16lb weight loss...I cut up 3 pairs of jeans to put to good use in the quilt!