Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hello, Goodbye

Today's the big day, the last day in this studio. Kind of a bittersweet feeling, I hate to see all my things boxed up but at the same time I can't wait to get my very own studio, one that I'm not just making do (like I did this small room).

Please sit back, enjoy my small studio and remember that next time you see studio photos it will be of one I've created from scratch! And I mean scratch, the current floors are coming out, a wall is being knocked down and we are still discussing what to do with the ceiling. Very exciting, but I know it will take some time.

Hope you enjoyed! Have a Great day and see you next time.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

And the Winners Are...

Drum roll please.....

I used true number generator (couldn't get the screen shots to work) and the two numbers selected were

#28 Susan of Pieces of Fate


Congratulations Ladies! And thank you all for following and helping me clean out the studio for the big move.

Please send me an e-mail with your mailing address' I would like to post the boxes tomorrow.

Just a quick FIY...with my follower # closely approaching 100 I'm planning on doing another giveaway once I get settled. Let me know what y'all would like. I've got a few idea's, item's collected as I drive cross country, a kit or two of my must haves and possibly some of my art (let me know what you would be most interested in receiving).

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Father's day and a great weekend.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bloggerette Garden Party

The Ladies over at Bloggerette Sorority are hosting a Garden Party today and even with my total lack of a garden, I'm taking part. Right now we are renting a house in sunny CA that has a very small backyard. We found out we are moving right when it was time to plant so I didn't plant any new flowers or do any yard work but I did keep all the potted plants nice so it's still nice to go out and sit with an ice cold tea (or Gin and Tonic).

So please, sit back, relax, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the pittance of a Garden I am pleased to share with you.

Pictures above is my brand new lawn furniture, I fell in love with these retro pieces last year and bought them this year. Once we've moved I have plans to make some matching/coordinating pillows. At the end of the photo are 6 small planters, in each of those I have my herbs. One of the projects that got put on hold because of the move were some shabby chic signs with the herb names on them. Guess I'll have to have my husband make another herb garden for me.

Below are some of my favorite (altered) photo's of the flowers in my plethora of pots.

This final image is new growth in the Rainbow Garden my daughter and I planted to help her learn her colors. Alas I deleted the original photo's and right now the Rainbow Garden is in transition (in other words it's not so full of color, there is no orange or blue flowers) but please hop over to the original post I did HERE, you won't be disappointed. It was a very fun, inexpensive and has been a very rewarding project to do with a 4 year old.

Thank you so much for stopping by my garden, I am thrilled that you spent some time on my blog today. Looking forward to your comments and stopping by your gardens.

Ends June 19th

Please help me de-stash before my big move.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Treasures of the Sea Matchbox

I recently took part in a Treasures of the Sea Mini Matchbox Swap hosted by Vintage Dragonfly. A few weeks prior to her announcing the Ocean theme she posted images from Things With Wings Swap, which was a matchbox swap also. I was so thrilled with the opportunity to take part in another matchbox swap, especially one with one of my favorite themes, that I neglected to read the instructions. Opps...

So I was supposed to create a mini matchbox and fill it with goodies or create a scene inside. But as you see I created a large matchbox. When I discovered my mistake I was so mad at myself but I got over it fairly quickly because I love what I created and knew my partner would also.

I used some of the fabulous mermaid themed collage sheets from Alpha Stamps for all my collage images, fibers, German scrap and a number of the extras, like the little clear balls that look like bubbles. The sea horse is a stamped image from Oxford Impressions that I covered with diamond glaze. The coral is cut from a sea themed post card and I covered it with crackle diamond glaze, it gives it a real life effect that doesn't show well in the photo's.

When I went to fill the matchbox I remembered that my MAMA group had put mini matchboxes inside the larger ones. I had a sea themed mini matchbox that I made a while ago so I pulled that down. The funny thing is that it would have worked for the swap all on it's own but I didn't think it would be fair to send something that I created a long time ago.

I altered it a little. Added a transparency film behind the opening I had cut to show off the inside, so that I could fill it with pearls.

When I uploaded pictures to the group I only showed this piece, didn't want to draw attention to the fact that I was incapable of following instructions.

For the side of the large matchbox, the portion that pulls out, I affixed a piece of coordinating paper (I used this on the sides of the matchbox also) added a bit of glitter and created some more of the coral bits that I used on the top of the box.

The mermaid I created by making a mold of a lovely brass charm I have, making the mold and then painting her with a fabulous shimmery paint that sometimes looks blue and sometimes green.

As a final touch on the sides I added a real shell (also got these from Alpha Stamps).

I absolutely love the sides of this box. I used the same decorative paper as I did on the short sides and added glitter along with the German Scrap fish (which I toned down the blue shine on by brushing them with alcohol ink) and adding some fibers.

The matchbox is glued to a piece of foam core that is slightly larger than the box. I painted it the same color as the mermaid and then distressed some crepe paper (which of course I added glitter to) and crinkled it. Attaching it where the seam is and hiding the wrinkle with stones.

Along the edge I affixed river pebbles, pearls, some real sea shells and filled it in with sand.

The entire thing sits on top of some flat marbles.

I had a great time creating this piece and can't wait to take part in more swaps hosted by Vintage Dragonfly.

Make sure you check out my Mega Moving Giveaway in the post below and tomorrow I will be joining the Bloggeret sisters for a tour or our gardens.

Hope you all have a Great Monday!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mega Move Giveaway

Well Gang, I'm moving, again, sigh. But that's a good thing for you because well, let's face it moving is an excellent time to clean out the stash and boy do I have some fun stuff for y'all.

I have 2, yep that's 2 (which means 2 winners) flat rate postal boxes filled to the brim with paper, ribbon, fabric, pearls, ink pads, charms, stickers etc etc etc. The pictures above are just a taste.

What do you have to do to enter? There are 3 ways/opportunities. Please use a new comment for each different entry.
1. Leave a comments
2. Become a follower (or if you already are please remind me)
3. Post on your blog, a full post or on the sidebar (with a link back here & please use the button)

On Sunday June 19th I'll randomly select 2 winners and you will have 24 hours to exchange information with me. Please leave a way for me to contact you, via your blog or e-mail. Entries without these will not be considered.

Hope you have a wonderful week and I can't wait to send these goodies off!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Art Share ~ Treasures of the Sea

Monday I was thrilled to find my Treasure of the Sea Mini Matchbox swap return. My partner was Lynn and she created a stunning piece that is perfect for me.

I love all things vintage and she mixed the Ocean theme with vintage in a wonderful way. The image looks like an old photograph, the frame around it is a thick cardboard covered with a marvelous sandy texture. It hangs over the edge of the matchbox giving it a fabulous 3D quality.

What I find most special about the top is the flower she made out of miniature sea shells. I've never seen anything so wonderful and I keep turning the box this way and that to get a better look at how she put it all together.

The matchbox came inside a lovely gold organza bag that I don't have shown here, she also included some wonderful bird stickers and a charm I have posted below, it too came in an organza baggie. I love those things!

Inside the mini matchbox she stuffed some wonderful bits and pieces. A cut out of a dress form in a lovely cream felt, some mini collage images, a real sea shell and a gorgeous crystal.

The little box/drawer she painted blue and added a blue button as a pull.

The charm she created is also ocean themed, with all sorts of different ocean creatures, shells and fabulous bling. The glittered shell is a real sea shell! I just love it.

I'm thrilled with this swap, what I created, what I received and how it all ran. I am looking forward to the next one! You should come join us.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Treasures of the Sea Matchbox swap goes postal

This is my shipping box for the Treasures of the Sea Mini Matchbox swap that I'm taking part in. Alas, it did not photograph well.

I used 4 different shades of acrylic paint on the box, some blues and some greens. When the paint was dry I decoupaged some decorative paper (that I also used on the matchbox that's inside, I know I'm a stinker hinting and not showing.)

Then I stamped the sea grass, Oxford Impressions, in a really shimmery paint, it can look green or blue depending on how the light hit it. As a finishing touch I adhered a few sea life stickers.

The box looks very plain compared to my normal shipping boxes but I promise it's not, it just wouldn't photograph. Sigh...

Stay tuned to find out what's inside! I went over the top with this one.