Friday, December 24, 2010

The Dogs Of Godiva :)

Watching TV this morning and suddenly there is this artistic eye catching commercial on. I usually skip thru them but this one made me go get my camera and try to get a still shot. It was for Godiva chocolate and every frame was of this stunning architecture but of course the one that made me get the camera was the dog shot. Love the emerald green windows too. Unusual doors and windows always stir up the creative pot for me so maybe there's a collage for Life Is A Verb coming on today yet !

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Miss You Sweet Girl......

A little post for Miss Mina...I can't believe you've been gone 1 year today. I was just waking up this morning and in that moment before being fully awake I thought I heard you making that little noise you made when you really wanted me to get up but were trying to be patient. I am surprised to find myself missing you so much every day but then you were my little shadow. I have loved all the dogs in my life but you are the one I miss the most. I do love this picture. I remember trying to work on my computer and you standing right there, looking so earnest, as if to say "ready for my closeup".
I am so so grateful to have had 12 wonderful years with such an amazing dog .

ACK! I can't have a cold for Christmas!!!!!

It doesn't say anything in the " Life Is A Verb" book about taking a break from the 37 day challenge if you have the worst head cold ever. ;0( Don't remember ever having a cold hit me so hard and fast!
I may take a brief hiatus from the studio until after Christmas or after this bug goes away, which ever comes first!
Anyway I took a break from being grumpy & snorty to make my day 11 collage. I am often inspired by packaging to not only buy things but create things. This was the package from Pepperidge Farm's Snowball cookies. Too pretty to just toss. And as pretty as the package was I didn't like them! Goes to show you that you really can't judge a book by it's cover... LOL!
Hope you all are having a good week and I wish all my blogging friends a very happy and healthy holiday. Be back soon I hope!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I'm sick and achy...what a nasty bug..hurt all over and a sore throat. I've tried being nice and telling cashiers, bank tellers and anyone near me that they may want to to disinfect their hands or be careful using the card readers at checkouts after me. This has lead to many different reactions. The main one being thanked heartily by most and several people who looked at me like I was crazy and one snotty snotty woman who glared and said "I don't have any hand sanitizer"...the cashier gave her some and I left before I could receive her sweet, I'm sure, thank you :) I wish I didn't have to go out but doctors, drugstores and groceries for Christmas just won't wait. I'm sure all the sick people who were out when I was Christmas shopping last week and caught this bug had the same dilemma but I wish THEY would've stayed home :) Oh well that's life.....

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tangled Up In Blue

Life Is a Verb day 5..... I love this song and when I saw this picture of Steve I noticed how truly blue his eyes are.... No wonder I fell head over heels :) Good thing he doesn't read my blog or he would have a swollen head !

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Life is a Verb...The Generosity Of Friends.....

Today I realized how good it is to have friends...the kind who don't mind dropping you at the front of the store if your knee hurts.....the kind of friend who stops and get you tea because they couldn't get a tea and not bring you one.... the kind who inspire you with their creativity...the kind who give you that perfect discontinued piece of red and teal polka dot paper from their stash.....the kind who listen when you have an off day and don't think less of you for it....I feel so lucky to have some of these wonderful women in my life.
I'm on day 4 of my mini collages......I have struggled with the "Life Is A Verb" lesson of quantity vs. quality in my little creations. It's hard to just do a quick piece and let it go! So I'm a little behind...still learning :) I used a piece of a master sheet that I did at Gail's shop....hated to cut that but they are meant to be used. The polka dots are my pencil eraser dipped in a chalk ink. Then took a piece of light weight brown paper and spritzed it with Shimmerz Red-y or Not Vibez to make the ruffle at the bottom. the glitter stamp is from River City Rubber Works and the flower stamp is from Penny Black. Love that stamp! That's all...hope everyone had some fun this weekend! :) Nan

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Glitter Everywhere...

And I mean everywhere! I spent a couple hours with a friend today, just playing with old/new supplies that are starting to become old as they sit on my shelf waiting for me to get around to using them. You know those things! What got my attention this afternoon was some gorgeous champagne glitter and a TH rosette die that I bought in the fall and just never got around to using. My friend had some beautiful vintage looking Christmas paper and gifted me with some great pieces to play with. So what I noticed today was just a simple thing. Using what what I have and love as well as using the occasional newest brightest shiny thing when I get it. So my theme today is recycle, reuse, make it or make do. Or take that 50% off coupon to Michaels and get that bright shiny new toy but use it! :) I did get a new Fiskars deluxe cutter Friday... Love my old one but need one that has the numbers printed on it instead of the debossed numbers that my eyes just don't see anymore! I used the new one today ( proud of me ) and it rocks! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I am going to relax and spend some time visiting my artsy friends blogs tomorrow!

Friends Are The Flowers....

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Life Is A Verb 5 ....Tangled Up In Blue

Just noticing how beautiful my husband's blue eyes are :) Nuf said lest I embarrass him. LOL! That's it for number 5...just a simple little photo collage.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

He Feels Sometimes...

It's been a long day! I decided to go into the "big" city and do some Christmas shopping today and just got home. Phew...I was ready to return to the forest where I live. No crazy drivers, no bright lights, just a very calm quiet place with lots of trees and animals. I almost ran over a little cottontail coming up our drive. My headlights must have confused it and it took a while for it to head into the woods. So even though I had some great photos of lights and people to inspire me, rabbits were the thing I thought about when I sat down to my drawing table tonight. Always loved this part of the book Secret Garden. Hope you all are enjoying the holidays and finding the things you enjoy about this crazy time of year. :)

Talk Talk.....

Well almost forgot to post Day 2 of my project. Trying to use scraps and also to use a tiny leftover bit from the previous days piece in the next days piece. Had this fabric scrap I confiscated :) from my friend Lucy's scrap pile and an old dictionary page sprayed with Tattered Angels in my still favorite color teal. The background paper with the tiny cute creatures is Olivia from BG. I used Tattered Angels "Santa Baby" red on the butterfly. ( my fingers are stained sooo red...)I was listening to an old song called Talk Talk from the 80's and it just seemed to fit my day in so many ways. Off to bed since I do the town thing tomorrow, red fingers and all. So glad to see you all in blogland!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside...

This is a the first of 37 small mixed media pieces I'm doing for a series I'm calling "Notice". As I mentioned earlier I'm reading Life Is A Verb by Patti Digh. She has a series of 37 day challenges to help your creativity and one of them is to pick an art form and create one item for 37 days, no exception. The thought being that quantity not quality is a good thing at times to get you going if you get in that perfectionist mode. Don't know if I'm explaining it well but can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book. So I'm off and running. Here's to 37 days of imperfect but heartfelt art. :)

I used a bit of netting and a Tim Holtz snow stamp I bought from Gail. Everything else is from my scrap pile. I used his mini stapler and now have a new favorite toy. I will be keeping it out on my desk and reaching for it often. The back of each piece will have a place to write something about the day and a pocket for a daily photo.

The cold weather has definitely caught my attention. It's going to be in the teens here which is very cold in December for North Florida. Hope everyone is keeping warm!

Over The Edge....WOYWW

I have been fighting to organize my studio for a long you know. :) I finally figured out that one of my main problems was a huge table that I loved because it's solid wood but it's 5' x 5' and the middle is just an unreachable black hole and the shelves above useless so I decided to look for a smaller table in the clearance section of a local furniture store. I was shocked to see that most everything was in the $300. range. I was in sticker shock because I like to buy my stuff gently used with a bit of an aged patina to it and a thrift store price to match. Then there it was, in the back of the store, an old kitchen display cabinet with all the bells and whistles. Drawers and little shelves everywhere. The only problem was how would I get it home? Usually I can figure something out but this thing was heavy! I almost pushed Mr. Wonderful (not so wonderful at the moment, after all it WAS Friday after a long hard work week..) over the edge when I called and asked him to come pick this thing up. All he's seeing is one more THING into this crazy chaotic house and an hour round trip drive. I however knew this was the piece, the holy grail of organization and was willing to endure a very grumpy Friday night. However Saturday was a new day. The cabinet was installed. I made favorite meals as a big thank you. I am thrilled and Mr. Wonderful is back in residence. Phew!
UPDATE: I wanted to put in my WOYWW photo of my actual desk top too. This is after this evenings bout with Glimmer Mist and glue......I am a happy mess! Go visit Julia's site to see some of the best dressed desk messes..LOL!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What Inspires Me...... long since my last post. Even longer since my last project! Just getting my imagination back full swing in the past couple weeks. Someone asked me recently how I get my inspiration and ideas and when I tried to explain this elusive thought process I actually felt a pretty big surge of creativity. I get inspired by words a lot, music in particular. I was also reminded of how much I like Bob Dylan and his lyrics. I think I may have worn out my CD the past few weeks but I now have a notebook full of sketches and thoughts so I just have to go from there to something I can actually show you!

I have also been doing more inchies since playing with the group. I put a few of my older ones up and will put some of the new ones up when I get them downloaded. They are so addictive!

I guess the grumpy fairy inchie is an pretty accurate picture of me this week. :) I have been sidetracked by a sprained knee from hiking about the mountains in November (it was worth it) and other STUFF! I am tired of the "stuff" I've let get in the way of being creativE and I'm tired of resting!!!!!! I can always think of how lucky I am and usually do but today I am being crabby...I'll be over it tomorrow! Anyway I am reading a wonderful book called "Life Is A Verb" and the author suggests, among other things, picking one artform to do in quanity as opposed to quality for 37 days. I think it would be fun to do "4x4" mini mixed media squares. Off to go see what all my creative blog friends have been doing and hope to have something to contribute to the creative flow very soon! Til then.....

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wow....Time Flies!

I've been away from my blog for almost a month now! Sometimes I think whenever I have anesthesia I struggle for a time afterwards with creativity. It just seems as though my my creative side is under water trying to swim towards the surface.

I am making a book from a Carol Wingert tutorial on ribbon binding. After playing on Cricut Day I felt a "need" to purchase a full size Cricut so I can do larger stencils and more. I made a large Effiel Tower stencil for the Paris ribbon book I'm working on so that makes it a worthy purchase, right? LOL!

I have been spending a lot of time with the ladies at my LSS Scrappy Papers. They have welcomed me with open arms and I have been able to create a few things. We are doing an inchie swap project that Glenda brought to the table and it is really helping me feel more creative. Inchies are very addictive! We will do one every month for a while and then put them together in a wall hanging.

Well...this is a long post but I've been AWOL for a long time and wanted to catch up. Hope to be back to blogging soon!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CC#14 The Man On The Stairs

This is my tag for the Compendium Of Curiosities challenge at Linda's StudioL3 blog. I got inspired a little late this week but just had one of those ah ha moments, you know, when your creative side wakes up and says that's it...that's what I want to make. I used a TH Mask and made a mask from an old Nosferatu movie poster image. It seems as though Halloween is inspiring a lot of us creative types early this year, doesn't it? Bwahahaha! I used Fired Brick, Barn Door and Black Soot. The stamp is from the TH Halloween set. The rest of course is top secret and you must have the book! The little verbiage around the tag is from a creepy little poem I heard one time. I had to look it up to find out it origin. It's called "The Little Man Who Wasn't There" by Hughes Mearns. He wrote it for an English class at Harvard University about 1899. I was surprised it was so old. A little creepy, huh? But come on now....don't we all love a a bit of a fright now and then?

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away...

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!)

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away

Hope you are all well and creatively happy! I'm off to see what everyone came up with :) Nan

Sunday, September 12, 2010

No Art But GOOD News! !!! WOO HOO !!!!

I usually do mostly art related posts on my blog with a sprinkling of my personal life tossed in occasionally but sometimes stuff is just too good not to share with all of the wonderful creative friends I have met thru my blog. And I have had such good news twice this week. Quick back story first....In 2007 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to have my thyroid removed then radiation treatment. Cancer seemed to be stalking me as I had an ovarian cancer scare last summer and a surgery that really took the wind out of my sails for many months. Then about 10 days ago I had a colon biopsy. I had been dreading this and have been more stressed than I would like to admit about this biopsy as my father had a tough time with this particular cancer. So.... on to the great stuff. I saw the thyroid doc Wednesday and got my 3 year all clear from her!!!! WOO HOO! Then I got the results in the mail Saturday evening from the biopsy saying there was no cancer! Double WOO HOO!

On a much smaller note (pun intended) I have been trying my hardest to lose weight since May 1rst and got 33 lbs off....while waiting for the biopsy results I gained back 8 lbs. I stress eat! Steve did made me my favorite raspberry cake to make me feel better while waiting for the last biopsy so I think I'll blame the 8 lbs on him :) However I don't think I will have any problems getting back on plan and continuing my healthier lifestyle. I hope you all are having a happy and having some fun this weekend. Life is too short to waste a minute! :) Nan

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Compendium Of Curiosities #13 Flowers

These are my flowers for this weeks Compendium Of Curiosities challenge at Linda's StudioL3......I usually have a few goes at whatever challenge but get it right finally however this time I really had a time with these dang flowers. And the thing was I thought this would be so simple.....HAH! Anyway I ended up with a #13 flower in honor of Week 13.....can you believe it? And another flower that will be a charm for my tag book when we finish up and I put these all together. I stamped an older TH numbers stamp on a glimmer misted inside out envelope and the other is a Shimmerz misted old book page. I attached these with Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium. I think it is ok to tell you that much because he doesn't mention it as his adhesive and that was the tricky part for me. I made a the little #13 pin following Wendy Vecchi's little trick of a TH memo pin, a tiny punched word and some Glossy Accents. It's on her blog...a lot of fun and I will be doing that again. Go get his book if you haven't and play along. we still have many fun things to do!

WOYWW Tim Time & Butterflies

Well here's a true look at my desk when it's being used. Working on my technique for the Compendium Of Curiosities and I'm stuck....which is why there are at least 3 different goes at this! The other photo is one of my organizing efforts...when I made my butterfly dress for Mixed Media Monday I realized I had so much butterfly stuff that it should have a drawer of it's own. :) Anyway go check out Julia's blog to see what WOYWW is all about.'s very addictive!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

MMM & Dress Up September & Lots To Do

First of all I am so happy to be back in my studio today after a chaotic week off ...missed lots of fun challenges! This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday which was warm colors and my dress for Alice and Camilla's Dress Up September AND for Lots To Do butterfly challenge. I have never combined 3 challenges before but it just all went together so well and I've wanted to do the Lots To Do challenge with Zoe for a long time so here my piece. I was going to do a pale yellow dress for Dress Up this month but when I saw the warm colors challenge at MMM my thoughts turned to fall and orange butterflies seemed like a good idea! We are not having fall here at all but when football started it was always fall in our house growing up. My petite ultra feminine mother LOVED football and even though she had been transplanted to Florida from Ohio she never missed a good game. So fall it is!
I wanted to use Margaret's original dress shape this month...can't remember where I found it now....and then I went to town with a couple of MS butterfly punches I had in my butterfly drawer...yep I have a butterfly drawer. Then I used a piece of Splatter Net that has been in my stash forever for the top. So with sticky fingers and a couple hundred butterflies later I have my dress. Thanks for looking and I look forward as always to seeing what everyone does!
:) Nan

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CC#12 Three Wishes

I haven't been able to do much art this week but had to keep up with my Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Linda's Studio L3. I love doing the chipped enamel technique. I had to rush a bit but still enjoyed it. I'll be away from my computer this week but promise to visit and comment on all your lovely things as soon as possible. :) Nan

Quick story about Yoshi if you are a cat husband denies this story to this day but I was there. We were going to have sushi and stopped at Earth Pets for dog food and there was this single tiny kitten with a stub for a tail in a cage and of course I had to hold it and whisper to it that it would have a good home soon. I knew that we had 2 dogs and 2 cats and Steve had said no more so I walked away and we went to dinner. We were sitting over tea and he said out of the blue "OK..tell me why we should go back for that cat" ....I was so surprised that I had nothing to say for once. We went back and got Yoshi who has been the devil cat in our home ever since. We lost our sweet old man kitty this year and she is our 3rd and last kitten in residence. We named her after our favorite sushi roll called the Yoshi roll. And that's the truth! This angel image is actually the opposite of her. She ADORES Steve but is my secret studio cat at night after Steve goes to bed. She will not let him see her being nice to me! I keep a stash of buttons on strings to keep her occupied but occasionally she is right in my face like this photo or petting my tummy from under the work desk...what's that about? I know I have a tummy...back off! LOL!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WOYWW 64 Crazy Chaos

Well seeing as I came in dead last the previous week I thought I'd better try harder this go around ! I am a real night owl and the WOYWW blog goes up about 5 or 6 am our time which means I am just getting to some ZZZZ' we'll see. This is my regular table and this week I was working on my first Tim Holtz tag for Compendium Of Curiosities challenge...which got scrapped! I found my travel iron that I bought on clearance and unearthed while organizing and my new Tattered Angel Glams got here and they are fun! I was brave enough to show you to the left which is where my shelves hold my Golden paints and my Tiki mug collection with all my brushes. Then...slowly turn to the right where all "he double hockey sticks" breaks loose. The epicenter of the chaos! I'm half mess...half organized today anyway. Anyway if you want to see what all the fun is about go visit Julia at The Stamping Ground .Can't wait to go snooping for real this week! Thanks !

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Three Muses Zetti When Life Permits

Well this is my contribution for the Three Muses Zetti challenge this week. I did not do a new piece for this challenge.....time was not on my side the past couple days! My motto so fits in here..When Life Permits I Have A Little Fun! But I do like this style and this was a piece I did when I was playing at Nancy B.'s CrowAbout CollagePlay. I used to see Bev's work there and Ann's too I think. Anyway thanks for looking and as always look forward to seeing what you all have created!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Compendium Of Curiosities #11 On An Island

Wow....we are on week 11 at Linda's Compendium Of Curiosities! This week we are working from page 36......great lesson on batik. I can tell you I used Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters inks but the rest is in the book :) The stamp is an older one from Wordsworth. I had to do this one twice because I stamped the verse upside down over the original batiked words...agh! But it's always a learning (pay attention, space cadet) experience doing these challenges!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

MMM Cheep Talk

This is my piece for Mixed Media Monday. The theme is "Seeing Red" which is great because I've been stashing cherry red stuff in a box for weeks waiting for inspiration to hit. It finally did at 3 in the morning last night...thanks MUse! This is a little 4"x4" mini canvas and an old Basic Grey chipboard book page. I ran the chipboard thru my SU Sizzix embossing plate and then painted it and my bird with a tester bottle of Glidden Candy Apple from our hardware store. They have some great 2 oz bottles of neat colors. I used some embossed metal duct tape around the edges which you can't see very well and I used the new Tattered Angels Glam in Be Positive red on my bird. Think that's it. Was a fun project. Hope you all had fun and can't wait to see what you've created!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

WOYWW Playtime

I'm late, I'm late for for Julia's WOYWW. I am blaming it entirely on my crummy internet service this week. On and off...on and off...Agh!'s the mess I've been cleaning and remaking all week. I did get work done on other parts of the can see the labels I made in an effort to make this place a bit prettier as well as organized. I've got a sketch for the Three Muses challenge and the stamp out. My new pencil dish that I found at the pretty! And I regressed to teal once again this week but I am determined to do the cherry red project this week as it is Seeing Red on the next Mixed Media Monday challenge. So thought I'd show you my teal drawer this has a label now...LOL!!! I was so happy to meet so many new artists as well as friends here last week. I really really tried to get to all the blogs but just ran out of time after about 50 something! I think there should be an award or prize for the person who makes it to all of them. :) I really wanted to see them all so I may try to space it out better over the week! Can't wait to see your space!

Compendium Of Curiosities 10 More

This is my tag for Linda's Compendium Of Curiosities challenge which is all about the bling. I know I'm pretty late, I've had sketchy internet service all week. I am typing fast while it seems to be working! This was the Distress Stickles challenge on page 46. I love shiny and played a lot with this but it is hard to see in the photo. You'll just have to trust me that it is good and blinged!
This was a photo of a rose heart that Mr. Wonderful gave me quite a while ago. I used a photo of it and the only other thing I can tell you are the colors I used. Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo inks, Rock Candy, Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Stickles and the stamp set is called Slight Alterations. It was the first time I used it but I really like it and will use it a Lot I think!

Oh oh ! I received my beautiful butterfly box from Linda. Here it is on my inspiration row shelf in my studio. It is holding all my special butterfly stamps ! Thanks Linda so much!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Three Muses Take The Wheel

This is for Three Muses....the challenge was wheels. I instantly thought of one of my favorite stamps from Acey Deucey that I never get a chance to use. I thought of her forging ahead at the ships wheel. I used a little 4"x4" canvas painted with some OLD MM paint that I was sure was a goner but it worked. Then I used my favorite Golden color Nickel Azo Gold. Love that color!!!! The wheels are an old Judikins cube stamp. That's it I think. Can't wait to see what you did and thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

MMM Embellish It

This is a Prima flower box that I did to submit for package recycling. I used my favorite vintage image from my altered plate. Tried to take a good photo althought the acetate can be tricky. Still cleaning my studio....making great progress . Back to my regular studio time soon!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WOYWW Time To Organize!

This is my first post here. This neat blog by Julia seems to have taken on a life of it's own recently. I see it everywhere and it is fascinating to see everyone's space. Forgive me Julia for being one of the many new faces adding to your list and probably making you crazy!
I love to do MMM, Three Muses and Linda's CC Tim Holtz challenge so my desk is always crazy! I've departed from teal for a bit and am obsessed with Cherry red...I just dyed some tags with KoolAid as you can see in the second photo. Taking photos of my space made me realize I need to take a break and get some organizing done! I was asking in an earlier post if anyone else has a hard time being in creative and organizing mode at the same time and the consensus seems to be that they are two separate areas of the brain and it IS hard to do both. So here is one small glimpse with a before and after post soon to follow as I work on getting some semblance of order in my workspace. :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Three Muses The Blue Door

Here's my doing doors. My blog topper is part of a door I did a while back so now I can see dresses AND doors in the future! Thanks for looking..can't wait to see what everyone does!

Monday, August 9, 2010

CC#9 And Now For Something Completely Different.....

I am embarrassed to admit how many things I have by Tim Holtz that I had either never opened yet or really didn't know how to use. Blushing.....BUT Linda's Compendium Challenge has helped me learn more about my art stash then I have in probably years so thank you Linda! This is a bit different for me. I didn't use stamps or strictly TH for this lesson. In my studio chaos I found a little tiny die cut ball jar die I had and just needed to use it. So I blew it up on my scanner....the rest is in the lessons in TH's book...really you must get it if you haven't yet. It has been fun to really do these lessons and sometimes redo them...LOL! The crackle has a bit of a learning curve!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

MMM Memories

This week at Mixed Media Monday the challenge was memories. That is a wide open field for sure! But I had found some pictures of my brother and me in front of the playhouse my father built me for my, 10th birthday, I think. I LOVED that little house. My mother had put a crystal tea set inside for me to find. Life was good! They had recently taken the trip of their lifetimes to Austria and these were the outfits they brought us as gifts. I laugh everytime I look at my brothers face. Doesn't he look like he's about to say "Bond, James Bond" LOL! Anyway I'm still on a dress kick...they are too fun! This little dress is my take on my Austrian outfit. It is also my early November dress for Alice and Camillas since my birthday is in November.
I stamped the leaves with clear embossing ink and powder then went over it with TH's Barndoor distress ink. Love that red! Thanks for looking if you are still with me......I know do go on sometimes !

Creative Spirit Monthly Challenge & Dezinaworld

Sweet Cindy is having a new monthly challenge called Creative Spirit . As she puts it "Whatever celebrates the creative spirit in each one of us! Please post something on your blog, whether it is artwork, photography, a recipe--whatever it is that exemplifies your creative spirit!"
For me the main thing that makes me feel the most creative would be finding old things and doing something artsy with them. (I think the latest term is upcycling) A close second would be color. I'm always inspired by color when I'm out and about. Shouting at Mr. S to pull over to take a picture NOW or pulling over myself and circling back to take a picture of that perfect color on a sign or house...whatever it may be. So that will be what I show you...mostly old stuff fluffled up a bit.
This time it is a plate I made for my old altered art was a rare flower in our rural community and I miss it horribly but thankfully I have all of you wonderful creative ladies in blogland to play with! Can't wait to see what you all put up for show!
I am also entering this in Dezinaworld's Spot Prize challenge for fairies because it is my favorite fairy piece i have done and I am having to combine a few challenges to be able to play. I have limited studio time until after the first week in September.