Thursday, December 30, 2010

History In Review

I didn't realize how many shadow boxes I'd created until I went back to look for favorites to post, 2008 was a good, creative year!  Here's one I made for a friend.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

In The Studio

Just finished this piece.  I love the retro look (you should see my kitchen).  I had to glam her up a little with small rhinestones, hard to tell in the photo.

In The Studio

This piece "You Make My World Bright" is for YOU, my blog friends, thank you for being there!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy a healthy, safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year!!!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

History In Review

I created "Best Friends" in 2008, has it really been that long ago!!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Found Treasure

I can't believe how lucky I was to find these beauties.  I used the owl pin in one of my Halloween art pieces, perfect!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I'm so honored to be in Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Winter issue.  If you pick up this great magazine check out page 134 & 135, you'll see me working on a special piece of art.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

History In Review

Hope everyone had a great Halloween!!!!!  

Friday, October 29, 2010

History In Review

Here are two of my fairy boxes I made for my great nieces.  I used vintage jewelry and old knobs to dress them up.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

History In Review

Here's another one of my babies in a nest shadow box.  I incorporated two vintage leaf pins with pearls into the design.

History In Review

This was one of my first shadow boxes, I love how it turned out, simple and sweet.  I used 2 vintage circle pins to highlight the words. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Around the House

Sneak Peek.....My parents received this cuckoo clock as a wedding present in 1957, I remember it hanging on our living room wall growing up.  This special clock hasn't worked for awhile, in fact it was collecting dust in their basement when I rescued it.  It now has a special spot on the Grand Room wall (guest/grandkid room), I love looking at it and remember playing with it's long chain and weights (it probably never kept correct time with three kids playing with it!).

The second picture shows the clock on my parents living room wall, it's Christmas 1958.  Captured on Film......there's my stylish Grandma playing with me.  I'm in red and white striped pj's and my eyes are shut. I think this is an early indication of things to come, I always close my eyes in pictures!  Mom and Dad put the Christmas tree in the playpen so I wouldn't break any of the decorations (was this common in the 50's?).  Check out the rocking horse and top, the top is probably still in mom and dad's basement, there's so many boxes I still need to explore....treasures!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

History In Review

Since I showed you the first altered compacts I'd made I decided to look back at my first altered tin, here it is.  Coming first altered tin swap and my first shadow box.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In The Studio

I finished one of the mermaids I've been working on.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

History In Review

Here's an example of the first two altered compacts I created. This was 2008, a year I was very active on Flickr, don't you just love that site!!!  I enjoy the groups (so many to choose from), viewing the art of so many talented people (always inspiring) but most of all I love the friends I've made (both these compacts went to one of those special friends).

Monday, October 4, 2010

History In Review

The top mermaid was a birthday gift for my daughter, she's one of my biggest fans. :)  I use mosaics so I can look back at the designs I've already made, I want each one to be unique.  The bottom two mosaics were in a previous post but the top one is new.  I'm working on 2 mermaids now and hope to have them in my shop soon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Around the House

Sneak peek....There were only 2 pieces of furniture left in the room when auntie moved to college, one was this wicker desk. While cruising ebay one day I came across some vintage Old Maid cards with a nursery rhyme/fairytale theme. Love at first sight but the one set was not going to cover the whole top so I forced myself to shop until I found two more sets. Since the cards had an aged beauty to them I had "grandpa" paint the desk a soft tan then placed a piece of glass on top for protection. The little munchkin will enjoy many years of coloring and writing at this special desk.

Monday, September 27, 2010

In the Studio

4x4 Mixed Media Collage. I'm having so much fun with these square panel boards, I'll have birds and Christmas pieces in my shop soon. I haven't forgotten about my mermaid compacts or altered tins, I'm working on 2 mermaids right now and have a couple of ideas for tins that I can't wait to get started on.....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

In the Studio

A 5x5 piece I've been working on for awhile. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep it or add it to my shop....what to do???

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Around the House

Sneak peek....Check out this cool TV lamp I found on ebay. It was listed without the cord which was OK with me, I just wanted it for it's natural look. As you can tell the guest/grandkid room is evolving, it's beginning to feel warm and cozy.

Digging into my container of treasures I found this little boy and girl, perfect for another shelf on the wall.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Found Treasure

I found these beauties at a new antique store I found while visiting auntie (my beautiful daughter) at college. I've finally convinced her it's fun to shop antique stores and flea markets although she says I take way to long looking. But honestly I don't want to miss out on that special hidden treasure!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In the Studio

I've been having a lot of fun working on Halloween pieces! I used images from collage sheets I purchased at a couple of my favorite Etsy shops: MoonlightJourney and Rebelsher, check them out.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Around the House

Sneak peek.....Check out this pretty fabric I found, perfect for the guest/grandkid room. I can't sew, well I guess I can sew buttons on shirts but nothing fancy and drape panels aren't fancy (at least mine aren't). So I took an afternoon and with some straight stitching look what I made, but the color was lost on the tan wall so now we have 3 tan walls and a red wall! The little munchkin says "ahhhhhh, perfect grandma"!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In the Studio

4x4 Mixed Media Collage. I really like the color combination of this piece.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Around the House

Since the little munchkin needs a room to take naps in and eventually play in I decided to decorate aunties room, she has an apartment and most of her stuff with her so it was a blank canvas to work with. We (meaning grandpa) changed the pink walls to tan then I had to think...what do I want this room to feel like??? Because this room is also a guest room (mostly for auntie when she visits from college) I didn't want a cutesy baby look, (been there, done that) so what treasures did I want to pull from my containers??? One piece of art I'm proud of (it has the most views of all my art on Flickr) but haven't found the right home for is my Little Red Riding Hood Shadow box.....let's begin with it! So here's a sneak peek at the first thing on the wall.......more to come!!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Grandma Says

Baby Munchkin was born in April, I can't believe she's almost 5 months old. When she was born momma & daddy had both us first time grandma's over for grandma time, they were tired and usually got to enjoy a little nap while grandma sat and snuggled with the sweetest little girl. This lucky grandma also gets to enjoy little munchkin two days a week, it seems like I notice more details with her but I have to remember my son and daughter are both grown so it's been a few years since I've had a baby around the house.

Monday, August 23, 2010

In the Studio

5x5 Mixed Media Collage........I love this baby image!!!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

In the Studio

It's hard.....sooooo many ideas and soooooo little time in the studio!!!! I managed to finish a couple of pieces before Halloween, that's progress anyway!!!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Found Treasure

The shopping was soooooo much fun, check out these treasures!!! I have to give my husband credit, he didn't complain about the afternoon of shopping and he even carried my packages!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Found Treasure

A successful trip to Stillwater, MN antique stores!!!