Today, I finally got around to hanging some of my rustic treasures on the barn in the backyard.
I had a few old tools, a rusty basket and hoe heads to hang on there. Eventually I want to add tractor seats, rakes and other sculptural elements to it. I've seen items like these displayed in magazines and always wanted to create a look like that. I love my primitive angel that I bought at Lara's yard sale today. I am christening her the guardian angel of squirrels, since there are plenty of those in my yard!
I love how her wings mimic the door hinges!
And lastly, a few birds and dolls that I recently completed. I am trying to come up with completely new designs for most of these.
You will see my love of lace, rhinestones and pearls coming through on them.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
A sad note:
Our family pet, Lucy, died last night in the arms of my son. She was 18 and her time had come. It didn't make it any easier. She was a gentle and good dog, unfairly bounced around through different households when my first marriage ended. We all took turns with her along the way, but she was a real trooper, never really minding as long as one of us was there for her.
My mom has been here visiting me this week while Bob is out of town. Today we headed down to the local hospice resale store and picked up some used bras. We spent most of the day huddled in my workshop, hard at work. We wanted to get a jump on the benefit mentioned in the previous post.
I started out by painting my bra and then embellishing it with buttons, jewelry and anything else I had on hand.
I still need to put some colorful straps on it, but I made real progress today.
My mom took a different approach and created a kitty cat design on hers. I think it came out really cute.
It's not too late to join in the fun. You still have plenty of time to get involved. Email me for more information!
It's that time of year to begin thinking about the "Creative Cups for Cancer" fund raiser. 2009 was the 1st year that we held this event at The Artist's Coop, and it was a great success, thanks to all of the wonderful artists that participated by donating bras that they had embellished and decorated. Here's a few photos from the inaugural event:
We are trying to get as many participants as possible this year. We want to make this year bigger and better than the last!
I would be so grateful to anyone that can join in. The best place to find a bra is from a goodwill or used clothing store. Have fun decorating and embellishing it to your heart's content!
This can be a wonderful way to honor the memory of someone close to you that suffered from this terrible disease. Tribute cards are attached to many of the pieces donated.
You can glue items on, paint it or sew on it. The only rule is that it needs to be covered completely inside and out. If you don't want to work with a bra, we also accept original artwork that can be auctioned off, like these pieces:
Or if you just don't have the time to submit anything, a donation would certainly be appreciated.
The auction will be held in September, please contact me for details about mailing and submission.
Today, I made something just for myself; a garland made out of old bias tape and rectangular photos.
I've seen other artists make these and always thought they were a good way to organize and display old photos. When I ran across a grouping of photos that were all the same size and shape, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.
It was easy; I found some cream colored bias tape, stained it with a little walnut ink and paint, ironed it flat and sewed a seam down the middle. I marked off every 8 inches with a pencil and stitched a photo on. They were thin enough that I could use a regular sewing machine needle. After I got all the photos attached, I used a needle and thread to sew a button to the bottom of each one. This added a little extra weight so they hang straight as well as being a small embellishment.
I think it's just what I needed to jazz up my vintage camera collection!
Happy 4th of July! I thought I would share with you a few 4th inspired photos.
Blueberries from our garden, coming in so fast now, I can hardly keep up!
Neighborhood homes, showing their patriotism.
My son, Alex, who proudly served his country. I feel so grateful to the brave service men and women risking their lives to defend our freedom. That includes my stepson, Michael, who just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. You are our heroes!