Monday, November 10, 2008

Life leads me by the hand...

and all I can do is go...

My life has taken a few new turns in the last few months...I have had to take a hiatus from blog land to catch up on things around the home...
I have created, but have not posted and have truly missed all of you!

I will post more very soon...
all is well...counAdd Imageting my blessings!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

To have and to hold...

Most of my summer has been spent refining my floral designing skills...I have been working full time managing a floral shop... (ie. completely running the shop...)
These are photos from a recent wedding that I did. I hope to get more photos from the photographer when they are finished.
For now I hope you enjoy these, and I will share more when I receive them...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Whispers Of Inspiration...something new

Don't you just love this little photo of this darling girl and her doll...I couldn't resist and just had to use it as the photo for this ongoing if she is sharing her innermost secrets...
At times I have had little whispers of inspiration from things I have either seen or heard...maybe a movie, something in nature, an ad in a magazine, a song get the idea...don't ya???
Well I have decided to finally do something more than just use the old noodle file system which more than not seems to fail me when I really need it... so I am starting this on-going chapter of sorts on my blog called Whispers Of Inspiration.
I will be adding to it whenever and whatever strikes my fancy at the moment...please feel free to comment or add to it as you wish, the more the merrier!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

another digital quickie..."Ode to Spring...

digital collage done with learning, still playing :0)

...hoping your spring is glorious!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Countdown to Mother's Day...

Just a few more days left to Mother's Day!!! with Mother's Day on the horizon I digi-layered several photos together for you to enjoy!!!I have never had very good luck with Photo Shop even though I kind of occasionally hobbled along...I just never found it very user-friendly for me...but amazingly I downloaded a program called and Surprise Surprise! I can actually pull something together and use some of the beautiful vintage photos that I have stored on my computer.

Hope you like it! This is my first attempt, and I am sure I will be playing with it more in the future!

I visited my Mother who is in failing health and deep cleaned her house...that was my Mother's Day gift to her...I would love to hear what you did for your Mother this year or what special gifts you received...please feel free to share :0)

Blessings to all and hope YOUR Mother's Day brings you great Joy!!!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Susan and her Garden...New Art on my ETSY site

Here is a peek at my new altered art piece done on deep edge gallery wrap canvas...

I have been wanting to do more personal inspired original art and well frankly, I just sat down and picked out a few art supplies and with the Muse of the beautiful Central Oregon sunshine this is what came about! It turned out quite playful with the use of several mediums...

You can see the listing at my new ETSY shop here
I would love to know what you think!!!

MAY SPECIAL : If you mention that you saw the link on my blog you will receive the shipping on your purchase for free!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Far too long...

I have really missed creating and posting...Since the first of the year I have been working a part time job at a floral shop and after not working for about 13 yrs. ( staying home and raising my kids) it took all my energy just to rearrange our schedules and responsibilities...but we are doing better than ever now!!!

I have the next few days off and I couldn't wait to jump in here and try to catch up...

First of all, I hope everyone is doing well...There were a couple of new blogger friends visiting in my absence and I would like to welcome them...

Bill is having a challenge called... I never got to thank you..

(taken from his blog)..."I want to tell you about a writing project I’m working on that I think will interest you. I’m gathering a collection of Thank You Stories. A Thank You Story is a thank you letter written to someone who’s had a life-changing impact on you. The letter tells the story of how your life has developed because of that impact.I plan to publish the Thank You Stories in a book, titled I Never Got to Thank You. And I would love to include your letters."

I am submitting a Thank you letter about my childhood Dog Tip...

Be sure to check out her site as it is packed full of great stuff to play with!

Also, I couldn't stand not creating art and put everything aside yesterday and created a fun new piece, I will show you please check back...

bye 'til then...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Freebie image for St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patricks Day! Boy Easter is just around the corner and will be here before you know it!

I have been in the throws of change and will have some fun news to share soon...stay tuned!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Vintage postcards

I am selling some of my beautiful 1900's original vintage postcards at my Creative Call Studios shop.
Click here to see them and while you are there don't forget to click on some of the other wonderful artists shops and take a look at what they are offering as well.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Gothic arch challenge- Gypsy

This is my first attempt at a Gothic Arch :0) I know you are saying "Where has she been?"...but up until now I have resisted the urge because I knew I would really like to work with this shape...Yep, I was right---what fun!

The challenge group GOTHIC ARCHES had the theme Gypsy and I thought it was the perfect time to jump right in and get my feet wet!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

PW banner project...Work in progress

Before the end of the year I wanted to create some vintage banners with inspirational words and suggested it to the Paper Whimsy mods...they agreed that it would be a fun swap and set it up...I signed up for the "y" in JOY with a pastel color theme!
I have two other swap partners and we were asked to make a third for charity...( I will post a link when I have it for the auction)

Here are some W.I.P. photos...I have been working on the last of the details and should have these finished by this evening!
These are the basic banners: Home Decor/upholstery banner shapes in light green...satin swags and pom-pom trim...hand-made paper background...Paper Whimsy images that have been embellished with chalks...hand-drawn "Y" letter, covered in tissue...and pencil embellishments... Starting to assemble: added lace and flower trim at bottom paint dots around frame...embossed the letter Y in gold and clear...added a few other details and will show you the finished product soon...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Creative Call Studios:
A gathering of Christian Artisans
Creative Call Studios has brought together a diverse group of independent artisans whose work reflects their Christian beliefs and offered that work for sale to the public in a unique virtual market setting.
At Creative Call Studios, you will find the best work of juried artists in a variety of genres, including mixed media, collage, altered art, dolls, bears, primitives, folk art, contemporary art, wearable art, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and pottery. The artisans at Creative Call can’t wait to share their goodies with you!

Stop in and see some of my art at An Altered Life

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

two-4-one challenges...hand made paper background

This background paper was made for a yahoo group challenge
called Designer Paper Challenge and this is how mine turned out :0) (photo at right)
I stumbled across a new challenge blog
They had such a fun template to work with I just couldn't resist!
the photos below are a result of that challenge...
I guess I should have moved them to a different area to snap these photos but my camera batteries were dying and I was lucky to get these...The photo below (left) is a work in progress using my hand made paper (above) for the larger tag and the smaller tag some hand made paper that I recently made for a PW group project...
...and finally the finished product all put together in the center photo!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The weather outside is frightful...

My daughter got back to college just in the nick of time before this new snow storm hit...
Jack frost has deposited more snow since I took this photo this morning.

I hope you are all nice and cozy and creating art this afternoon!!!

...the rule of thumb at our house is if we get more than an inch of snow, the boys get hot cocoa! I have some happy little boys at my house today!) cocoa hugs to all!!
I just got back in from a wonderful snowball fight with my two boys and the two neighbor boys...we built up snow forts for protection and got busy forming snowballs, then the countdown and KAPOW! Let them fly!!!
Way too much fun had by a 40 something yr. old LOL!
I felt like a kid again, catching snowflakes on my tongue and tasting fresh snow...hearing the scrunch-squeak-whoosh of my footsteps and throwing snowballs!!!! Ahhh what a fun day!