Friday, January 28, 2011

Around the House

Here's another picture from my retro kitchen.  The pink casserole was a wedding gift to my parents, it's 54 years old this month.  Happy Birthday Pink beauty!!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Around the House

In the previous post I mentioned I collect retro items and place them around the house, well my kitchen has ended up with quite a few of these pieces.  Recently I came across this starburst clock on ebay, I just had to have it.  My husband cleaned it up and it looks great on the wall, a real eye catcher!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Found Treasure

My Mom always kept everything and I mean everything.  The basement is full of stuff, things from grandparents houses, things from my childhood, things from the 50's, 60's, 70's, etc.  And it's not just the basement, the upstairs is full too.  The room my sister and I shared growing up is full of stuff, treasures to be exact.  But my Dad doesn't see it that way, "too much junk" is what he says so he's been working on the basement, painting and cleaning it out.  Before everything's gone my sister and I decided we'd better get over there to help.  I took along one box, hahaha what was I thinking!!!  By the time we were done (not completely finished but a good start) I had 5 boxes and had to call my husband to bring the van to get everything home!!! 

It was a real treasure hunt!  We had no idea there were so many boxes piled in the corner, we started unwrapping and were surprised and excited by many of our finds.  Debbie and I seldom argue over things, we have different styles and collections so it works out pretty well.  She collects planters, shoes, perfume bottles, green things while I collect retro items that I add here and there throughout my house (just one of my collections anyway).  I also found tons of ephemera, maps, notebooks, calendars along with blocks and small bits and pieces of toys, perfect for my art. Here's a few pictures of the pieces I've cleaned up so far, I'll post more later.  The casserole was our favorite find, guess who got it!!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In The Studio

I love working with paneled blocks of wood, I can use paint, paper or both on them.  I just finished this 5x5 collage piece....ahhhhh Romance!!!

History In Review

Tonight I was reading a favorite blog (buckscountyfolkart) and her subject was ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) and how much fun they are to make and trade.  I have to admit I didn't make or trade many cards in 2010 but I certainly had fun and met some fantastic artist friends in 2008 & 2009.  ATC's in their miniature form (2.5" x 3.5") are easier to make then larger art pieces, there's not a lot of space to fill so your main image is most likely your focal point.  I want to get back to having fun with art.  I want to stop worrying about the pieces I finish, do they look complete, maybe I should have done that different, will it sell in my shop.  I think I'll get started on some cards and have fun while working on them!!!

My favorite place to participate in card trades and swaps is Flickr.  Flickr is a great site to meet fellow artists, join groups, and in general find motivation and support.  In 2008 I had fun participating in a 1950's Retro Valentine Swap........the following ATC's are a few of the cards I made to trade.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Around the House

 Sneak Peek.....I'm still working on the Grand Room, here's my latest project.  I love my parents cuckoo clock and the natural look it adds to the room.  With that in mind I forced myself to shop on ebay again and here's what I found....the front pieces of cuckoo clocks, guess what, they make perfect little frames.  With some tape, fairytale images from my art collection and special hooks that grandpa says we have to use (he thinks I move things around too much and hates filling nail holes all the time) we now have perfect little frames for the wall.  Of course they would be lost on a big wall all by themselves but luckily last summer I was forced to shop and found this beautiful mirror, it probably belonged to a dresser or vanity in it's previous life, it was PERFECT!  I gave grandpa the special task of hooking it to the wall securely (oh boy he would hate to fill those holes!).  I love the detail on the mirror, it's PERFECT for a princess, little munchkin or auntie can certainly fill that position. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

In The Studio

Here's my newest Mermaid Compact..."Sparkling Waters".  I rimmed the bottom of the compact with shells, I like how it came out, the shells fit together nicely.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy New Year!