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