Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thrift Store Thursday ICAD 29 and 30

Today was busy but I did stop at the little thrift on my way to the big city. I found this cute box of thread and this beautiful tiny teacup. I think it will make a beautiful pin cushion, don't you? I think it's funny that I really don't sew very much at all but I keep finding these great old sewing treasures. But I do re purpose them into my creations so I'm always glad to find them.

I also wanted to post my Index Cards Of The day for 29 and 30. We had to go out of town and stopped on our way home for dinner at an amazing Thai restaurant. You know how every once in a while you have that perfect meal? We both had the best curry we've ever had so that inspired card 29. I also found out I have some tough new dietary restrictions to follow that will make me feel better's a new way of life. ( probably why the one last curry was so incredible!) That inspired card 30.

ICAD 27 and 28

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Of Color - Pretty In Pink

Loved loved doing this fluffy frilly pretty pink piece for the Summer Of Color challenge. I used to listen to a band called the Psychedelic Furs and my favorite song was called Pretty In Pink. I got to use some of my thrift store finds like the crepe paper and cellophane twist. I also got to use Shimmerz Ruby Spritz which I love!!! I sprayed the crepe paper with it. Thank you for sending me this Stacey! Can't wait to see what you all do!

On a side note we watched Second Hand Lions for about the 5th time. If it's on we both seem unable to turn it off. A real tug at heart strings movie. They have a dog in this movie that I love. It's a french bulldog and I took a picture of the TV to show you. Sooo ugly it's cute. I keep telling Steve that that is what I want for my birthday. Really really want for my birthday! I added the little bulldog that can't get up video. It just makes me laugh every time I've seen it!
:) Nan

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thrift Store Thursday and ICAD 23

Well, I had about 45 minutes to kill before my weekly appointment today and went in search of a different thrift store than my usual haunts. No luck...lots of broken bits and pieces which is the norm here in our neck of the woods. Why do people give away completely broken beyond repair plastic things??? Just throw it away! So with 15 minutes left I went off to my regular stop, the Hospice thrift, and found some more sewing goodies, a wonderful old typing book and the one huge roll of pink crepe I guess I missed last week. And just in time for my Summer Of Color pink challenge on Monday. My good friend Lynn will appreciate the jingle bells. We looked everywhere for some a few weeks ago and went crazy when we found three in a dusty little corner of a shop in Lake City. Today it rained jingle bells! I would like to figure out how to age them a bit. Vinegar maybe? And I did drop off three bags of UNBROKEN things and clean clothes. Out with the old and in with the "new" old !

My Index Card Of The Day was inspired I guess by the bags of buttons I got. Pen and Inktense watercolor pencils. I think they are going to last a long time. I have used them quite a bit and still haven't had to sharpen them. They are a bit on the pricey side so that is a very good thing! I added a few sparkly bits to them too. Hope your Thursday was good and you had some fun. Sometimes you have to try hard but it's worth it! :)Nan

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oh crickets...Blogger is at it again.

WOYWW 107 My Messy Workspace

Oh my, I was awake and around for WOYWW over at Julia's blog! Things are looking slightly disastrous in my studio this week but at least I have my faithful furry night time muse Yoshi here to supervise! I have been working on several projects and have a thrift store haul on the desk too. I got lovely vintage crepe paper to work with and have been in a green mood all week thanks to the Summer Of Color challenge I've also been working on the Index Card A Day challenge. Starting on a new pink Paris piece for the pink challenge next week. Everything else is just not put away. Off to visit other desks now! Thanks for visiting. :) Nan

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ICAD Dottie Summer Dress

Just playing with my InkTense pencils.... A little something for Index Card A Day...... hope everyone had a good day. :) Nan

Monday, June 20, 2011

ICAD Perhaps Collage Tonight?

I am still just making an instant decision about my index cards. I sit down and do the first thing that comes to mind. Tonight it was collage with scraps left from the weeks work on my table. The birdhouse was inspired by a scrap piece shaped like a roof. I have been singing Blackird by the Beatles all day long so there you have it.... Imperfect Index Card # 20. I am enjoying this. The link is is on my sidebar too:) Nan

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Index Card A Day 19 Me And Tea

I'm just doing what ever comes to my mind when I pick up my index card for the Index Card A Day challenge...hopefully I won't over think it that way. Today I've been in slow mo, maybe my brain was thinking of a tea pick me up! Used my Derwent InkTense pencils. They are so pretty when you use them as watercolor pencils.

Summer Of Color...He Lives Behind The Green Door

In A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) Christopher Robin lives
"behind a green door in another part of the Forest" (the 100 Acre Wood).

This week's color on The Summer Of Color challenge is green and the above verse was my inspiration for this green fairy door.

Boy did I have a mental block today!!! I woke up thinking about green things but just couldn't see the end creation. Finally just sat down with some green stash and started cutting up dictionary paper and finally got moving toward a finished project. I used some of my favorite supplies like Lily Pond glimmer mist, non smear pastels (the absolute best), tissue paper,and my new favorite spray paint for chipboard and paper. It's called Design Master from Michaels. I think it was intended for silk flowers but it is wonderful on chipboard. The chipboard really looks like it came from the factory in whatever color you use. The doorknob is an old old screw back earring. It is hard to see but it is iridescent & pearly. All the things a fairy doorknob should be. I used a butterfly barrette for my pop of citron. Had to look that color up! "Citron is lemon coloured ~yellow with a slight tint of green"
I also included a picture of some of the supplies I used on this project just in case you wanted to see. Hope everyone had a great weekend and I can't wait to see all your green creations! :) Nan

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Index Card A Day Hangin Out

I just saw a new daily quick art challenge that runs thru August called Index Card A Day at Daisy Yellow I know it's a good thing for me to be creative a little bit every day so I'm gonna give it a try. My attention span can be short if I feel I have to work in the same format every day but on ICAD you can do any medium on any day and NOT BE, what a concept. So here's to little sketches of life for the summer.
Today I was thinking about a little fused glass mushroom I bought when I was a teenager from a store called The Human Touch in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It hung from my rear view mirror for several years. My parents hated anything hanging in a car so the perfect tiny rebellion as a teen I guess. It got lost in a move and now I am all grown up. NOT! So I still have a little something pretty hanging on my mirror. :) Hope you all are having a great weekend. :) Nan

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thrift Store Thursday

Well, the truth is I have become a crafting pack rat...big shocker to those who know me and have seen my stash! :) Anyway I am just going to accept this and share my great finds here in the hopes I find fellow thrift store devotees. I love to see what goodies everyone else finds as well! We live pretty far away from town so when I have an errand or weekly doctor visit I try to go to Michaels or a thrift shop. It seems to make the long drive feel less dreary, worth it, so to speak. Anyway this week I got a wonderful french dictionary, a beautiful 1936 Websters dictionary with the gold leaf trim and 4 other french books. Quite the find for this area. I paid $4.50 for all my books...big smile!
I also got a Moleskine journal for 50 cents. It has musical instruments embossed on the cover. Love it. Then..pause for effect...a whole bag of vintage crepe paper (one of my favs)! I so love using that stuff and a bit of aging makes it even better. I like to spray it with Glimmer Mist or Shimmerz. last but not least a bag full of great old sewing bits and pieces. Anyway I'm $17.96 poorer but can you tell I'm happy tonight? I'm sure some of this will turn up in my next project. maybe the green theme at Summer Of Color! :) Nan

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Summer Of Color- Sweet Friends In Blue

I made this little blue piece for the Summer Of Color challenge. Sharon at Wildflowerhouse inspired my hue of blue :) with her beautiful delphinium painting. I had a bottle of Tattered Angels delphinium mist and used it on my dictionary page and the vintage crepe paper. Yum! I used an old vintage photo that I have had forever and I'm sorry but I don't have any idea where I got it. Lot's of favorite stash around here. But I have been saving it for a special project and when I found the little enamel bird I knew that this was the project. Thanks Kristin...looking forward to next week! :) Nan

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Summer Of Color

I'm looking forward to participating in a new challenge called The Summer Of Color hosted by the very creative Kristin at Twinkle Twinkle. Every week she will give us a new color theme and we will interpret it in the artform of our choice. I plan on continuing with the series of 4" to 6" mini mixed media collages that I've started recently. I've really enjoyed thinking of ideas for these and I think doing a color challenge piece every week will be lots of fun. We will start posting our art on Mondays beginning next week. Go check it out! :) Nan