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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.
Just playing a little with another macro shot of the tiny little bee I captured with my little Coolpix camera. I'm so impressed with it's macro ability. I sat real still and slowly moved the camera within a few inches of the little bee while he was sipping nectar.
The second image I used some of my custom brushes to create subtle impressions in the background. I absolutely love playing in Photoshop.
This year we are doing a skinny chunky book. Sounds weird, huh?! I'm nearly finished with the whole swap. I cut out 28 of these 3x6 inch recycled cereal boxes. Only 25 are required for the swap but I wanted to make sure I had room for mistakes.
I sprayed them with black, brown and gold paint on the printed side of the cardboard. The back is sprayed with white, brown and gold.
I decided to mix a custom color of embossing powder since plain white seemed way to stark against the dark background. I mixed mostly white with a little gold, copper, black and jasper. I really like the slightly speckled effect.
I have 7 more to complete but I ran out of the beaded trim. Either my math skills failed me at the store or I was severely cheated.
It was such an overcast, cold crumby day that I needed to find something to do in the house and I certainly didn't feel like cleaning today.
I made this bag to carry my "park-play" items. Water bottles, mini first aid kit with instant cold pack, my cell phone, sunscreen and sometimes a snack. I do still need to put a closure on the bag but haven't decided if I'll have the flap go inside or outside. I'll likely just use Velcro since it's quick and easy.
The denim is from another chair slipcover and the patchwork came in a bag of scraps I got in a free box at a sale. Total cost of project: virtually nothing...just my time and a little electricity.