Category Archives: Wood

Second on the 2nd for April …

I am joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover again this month to take a second look at a blogpost that I originally shared back in April of 2009…this was one of many wooden ATCs/blocks that I altered around that time…it is fun to see how my photography and format have changed since I began blogging in 2007…

Art Helps Me Breathe

“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “

Happy Birthday to my Mr Magpie…

Feb 2014 Ocean City MD

celebrating the wonderful man in my life especially today…

my inspiration my Love

Seize the day …

when I heard that Dawn’s Journal Journey’s May challenge was “Birds” I had a couple of images I knew I wanted to use (sorry I could not find who to give credit to for the images)…

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the girl with the basket on her head is from a 3×5 skinny that I created on cereal box cardboard some time ago…

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I increased the size which is unusual for me as I seem to most often reduce the size of images…

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adding a little texture with some sari threads for the nest and a wooden inchie frame that I glued text onto sanding and inking the edges…

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I began working in this 1958 encyclopedia back in 2009

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excitement is building for me as there are only two more sections to complete in my visual journal and I’ll be ready to put a cover on it and call it done…

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 I am also sharing this with Susi’s Art Journal Journey Challenge Yourself” for May as I did challenge myself in several ways (i.e. use of images and only using stamp inks along with limiting my color palette)…

♥Happy Weekend All♥

all you need is Love…

Patty Szymkowicz Fabric Love

assorted fabrics, lace  and velvet rickrack sewn onto watercolor paper, Paper Whimsy girl, scuffed up beads that Mr Magpie found in the road, Dutch postage stamp with silk ribbon for hanging…

“Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart.” ~Unknown

just because…

don’t ask me why but for a while now I have wanted to alter a mouse trap…

lots of talented artists have already done some wonderful ones…

when we were in Asheville recently strolling the aisles of a local supermarket we came upon these and I knew the time was right…

while I was working on the traps and being VERY careful to not get caught under the spring part I admired the artists even more and then Mr Magpie came home and showed me how I could disengage the ‘trap’ part of the metal…

I can use that trick when I alter the third one and not have to hold my breath the whole time worrying about getting snapped in the trap…

the larger rat trap spoke to me first…

after covering the trap with gel medium and pattern tissue I added some bat wings to the doll head, black cotton netting which made perfect hair and part of one of my favorite golden flimmerstern…

next I played with the smaller mouse trap adding a medieval lady and scraps of velvet and some of my favorite leaves as wings…

as I worked on these wooden traps it felt good to know that they will never be used to trap animals especially when there are alternative ways to invite rodents out of your home should you need to…

fun to add these to my list of unusual altered items which includes altered shoes, sardine cans, cutlery and cabinet cards to name a few…

have you altered any odd things?

tea and time…

everyone I talk to remarks on how quickly time seems to be passing 

and here we are the 240th day of 2012 and the last Tuesday in August already…

“My friend, let’s not think of tomorrow, but let’s enjoy this fleeting moment of life.”  ~Omar Khayyam

 

back then they called this color “jade” …

several weeks ago I came upon an old can of spray paint in our shed…

I am not all that fond of smelly spray paints…

long forgotten this can was still begging to be used…

a weathered chair we have had for some time was a ready victim

then it seemed like a good idea to spray a couple of book pages using paper and crochet doilies as stencils…

still a little paint left in the can…

“Your brilliance comes from your spirit.  To deny it is arrogance.  To accept it is humility.” ~ Alan Cohen


Thanksgiving tea…

we had our heads in the clouds for Thanksgiving this year…

lucky to live less than a couple hours drive from Shenandoah National Park and beautiful Skyline Drive here in Virginia…

when our boys were young we went up each year at Thanksgiving…

but for many years after that we crossed the Potomac River and headed to Omi’s house for what was usually a small but much anticipated gathering…

my Mutti was definitely the heart of every celebration…

with her passing this February we felt at odds and decided during the summer to make reservations to stay in a cabin and have our buffet style Thanksgiving meal at the lodge…

the rolling hills and valley vistas welcomed us…

the trees full of character worn and weathered with time…

it is the 75th anniversary of the Shenadoah National Park

the deer hardly flinch when you pass them on the drive (speed limit 35 mph) it is not uncommon to see cars pulled over snapping photos…

and if you’re really lucky you may spot a black bear or two…

Mother Nature set a perfect tea table for our traveling tea cup…

it just so happens that the cup and saucer are from the set my Mom always used at Thanksgiving…

blessed with lovely weather we took several Thanksgiving day hikes…

here’s wishing you a really lovely T Tuesday

“All walking is discovery.  On foot we take the time to see things whole.” ~Hal Borland

*footnote*

somehow I managed to post my T Tuesday post on Monday…no idea how that happened…I’ll blame it on my excitement to spend the day with my BFF Carol who was visiting from Florida…it’s been awhile since we’ve been face to face…thank you for a wonderful time sweet Carol OXO

“what do U see”: When I Grow Up

my first creation for our local “what do U see” swap was Linda Yeatman’s soft wood piece using ingredients from her packet below:

I got busy staining the wood front and back with watered down paints...

layering them again and again…stamping along the edges…

it is always a thrill when you stumble across the perfect piece for a project…I just happened to have the metal bit I attached at the bottom close at hand…

it had broken off an agate dish when we were packing up my Mom’s things…it was waiting for a new home…

I was happy to layer the rusty wide mouth cap I had with Linda’s bingo piece and thought the patina I added to the shiny copper worked out well for the look I was after on the back too…

as a last touch I colored the back of the metal you see sticking out left and right at the bottom with a Krylon pen…didn’t get to snap a photo of it after that…

 I was happy with the pieces I used from Linda’s supply…

that was for June and here it is July already…I am busy on the second round for our local “what do U see” swap which will be revealed soon…

“A grownup is a child with layers on.” ~ Woody Harrelson

what do you see…hoop la la

Carole sent lovely fabric bits and a wooden hoop for her Queen Bee “what do you see” challenge…

eventho I am very fond of playing with fabric…

these ingredients had me wondering where to begin…

bravely cutting into that lovely small crocheted round that Carole sent…I decided to stamp on the twill tape and added an embroidered hankie that I tea dyed along with some green buttons from my stash…

the green doily is from my Mom’s house…I stretched it in the hoop cutting around the edges…sealing the ravely bits with a clear fabric glue…

a golden key…Eiffel Tower charm and wooden Fleur-de-Lis from my stash were the finishing touches to Carole’s almost 7.5 inch (19.05 cm) finished hoop…really fun…

now I’ve shown you all of the swap pieces I’ve created for NathalieLinda and Margaret

the last two of my kipper tins are on their way home…I will share a look at them soon…

it’s Friday and Ana has another exciting Friday Archive Dive...stop by…you won’t be sorry…you are welcome to join in the fun too!



Winterling Tea…

Winterling is the name of the German China that my parents used every day for years and years and years…


the gold rubbed off the edges of some of the plates…even with them never having been in a dishwasher…

my Mom never owned a dishwasher…which here in the states might be considered unusual…

we had some of our best mother and daughter conversations washing up the dishes each evening…

the tea cups are still in fair condition because coffee mugs were most often used…

the blue step stool was made for me by Mr Magpie many years ago…

my Mutti was going to paint it for me…

she did paint it with my favorite daisies and her special flower touches …

she took a real shine to it … finding it came in handy…we told her to hang on to it…

it was in her pantry and used pretty much every day as my Mom was a short little lady…

my favorite Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme tastes especially good steeped with such sweet memories…

for more tea stories and sharing visit Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons…

“Flowers really do intoxicate me.” ~ Vita Sackville-West

Happy April…Happy Spring (or Fall)…Happy Happy Everything…

what do you see…this house is made of Love and Dreams…

here are the bits that Linda sent to make a house for her in our Queen Bee “what do you see” swap…

after covering the plain cardboard house with music and book pages…

the next thing I wanted to do was cut out some windows…

saving the pieces to use as shutters…

two cute Paper Whimsy kids are looking out…

a piece of one of my golden flimmers made smoke coming out of the chimney…

I changed the white leaf ribbon Linda sent to green with a stylus and some stamping ink…

and I never miss a chance to use one of my handmade wire bird nest charms…

the rusty bird hanging with the sari ribbon loop at the top is from my stash…I just couldn’t seem to make Linda’s cute rusty rabbit work with my design…

the word festoso in the left hand corner… a happy coincidence that it is showing… means:

festoso m. (f. festosa, m plural festosi, f plural festose)

  1. festive, merry, joyful, joyous
  2. playful

pretty nice for any house…

I colored the little wooden oval piece and wrote Peace on one side and Light on the other…it says LOVE on the back of the number four…

I tea dyed the hankie bit at the bottom … it was from my Mom’s house…

completing the house to measure about 9.5 inches (24.13 cm) tall…

this house is made of Love and Dreams” is what I wrote on the back of my house for Linda…

wooden ATCs…bien sûr

after soaking the papers off cigar boxes…

I was left with some nice pieces of wood…

Mr Magpie cut 2.5 x 3.5 inch pieces from cigar box wood…a great surface for collage…

a few more pattern tissue bags make perfect ATC holders…

decorated with pieces of my German tea dyed curtains…paper scraps and other lace…bien sûr…

certainly

…I was inspired recently by Lynn at Her Creative Spirit to play with wooden ATCs again…