Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOYWW 285

What's On Your Work desk Wednesday?
 This is on my desk, my latest....Obsession  Project. So, It begins.
This is the newest 'Desk'...in the room abandon by one of my DD's. It is now officially the Sewing Room!!
I first saw the idea on Pinterest.... Visit Katwise
http://www.katwise.net/blog/
to find out more, prepare to be awed!! Imagine my delight when I could buy a pattern to guide me through this process. It has involved a couple of trips to the second hand store...
I think I am into the hundreds of sweaters at this point. Several snickering customers watching me LOAD, and I do mean LOAD the carts up.
 {In my defense, it will take 20 or more sweaters to make each project}  I am committed to at least 6, maybe more....Right now I am washing and sorting.
I made a 'specific trip' to the fabric store for 20 spools of brightly colored thread. {fabric stores, another danger zone for me....}
  
Okay, so this is just the teaser, I hope to have more on this by next week.

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a few hours, or you want to share 'What's on Your Desk' pop on by and do some hopping through the creative desks from around the world.
 
Thank You Julia for your continued Wednesday open house!

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Space in Between 'Samhain

Art Journal Page
Not my words, they are wonderfully and
oh so eloquently written by Diana Gabaldon.
PROLOGUE
'Samhain'
Copyright 2010 Diana Gabaldon
“In the chilly season, when the air grows cold
 and the spiders die, comes a thin time.
The days are short, so all the light of them is concentrated,
 squeezed between the dawn and dark.
  This is why the light is different,
and each thing has a Shadow.
 This is when the other worlds draw close,
 and the barriers between grow thin. 
 In a thin time, they say, you must be careful,
 because you might walk through a cobweb unthinking,
and find yourself Elsewhere.
There is more than one other world;
no one knows how many.
  Some beasts can see one;
 the dogs will sometimes stare at a blank
space on the wall of a cave,
and their hackles rise at what they see.
Sometimes, I think I see it, too.”
The words just fit the aura of this piece, and my mood of late perfectly. {I am living in the Samhain of my time line}  The piece is mixed media, started out using gelli plate. {I was less than impressed with my first try} A little paint, stamping, stain, photos and some drawing over and I am done.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Apothecary Altered Book


Outside Cover

 Inside cover page
Half page with pockets
Open Pocket page
Open to Apothecary shelf
 Close-up of inside
See detailed working photos on October 15 post


Thursday, October 23, 2014

'Fire Starters' or 'Nailed It'

I have long admired these little genius fire starters
No denying how pretty and handy they will be, Especially since the weather is turning and our furnace is NOT WORKING AGAIN...
I think you will agree that I NAILED THIS ONE TOO!!
Thank You Pinterest for all the inspiration and how to's
Disclaimer- I did NOT do the beautiful samples. Click on the photos to follow the link to the real entrepreneur's of fire starting with fashion.
First I gathered together all the dry coffee filters {they go up like roman candles} and various nut shells, bits of birch bark, wood chips coffee and tea grounds etc.
Melted the ugliest old candle in a pot...on a very dirty stove, by the looks of things. But, alas I am being real. I do not have a maid, and do fail at times to get the last mess cleaned up before making a new one.
Pour the hot wax onto the carefully arranged filter pile.

I figure one tablespoon should be enough. I let them sit for a minute before scrunching them up to hold a shape. I think we will all know what I mean when I shout 'NAILED IT'...
 
 




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Public Service? or Enabling?

And we all know at one time....
We have thought about hiring this guy!!!
I watch enough CSI type programing to go Deep...Really Deep....


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Apothecary Altered Book....Begins

This is what I have been working on

It takes day's drying time in between layers
 Lots of pre planning and details
 A selection of bottles
 A bit of imagination
Some necessary secret ingredients
 
A touch of magic
 A cabinet of mysterious collectibles
 
 The 'Dead Witch Scrolls'
And some 'Highlander Lure'....those who know will know...part of the special chant involves the word....'Seamus' Aye....
 Check back on October 27th to see the full project
 just in time for 'All Hallows Eve'

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Curiousity or Two

 Without actually admitting to the idea that I am adding to my ummm collection of unique things. {or telling you that I had to wrestle it from the hands of a very nice woman I know - You know who you are} Here is the warming bowl.
I  would love any information that anyone might have about this item. Like approximate age? where it might have been used?
The bottom has one word on it 'copper' and you can see the copper coming through. I think it has some sort of silver plate on it.
 The filling spigot doesn't have the cap. It is very heavy in hand. The bowl is permanently attached.
And then there is this interesting little frame. I looks very old to me. Appears to be all joint and groove put together.
The back looks like this, those clasps pivot so it can be opened. Then the canvas backed liner actually splits in half on a hinge?
 Again if anyone has any ideas or has seen these before? I would appreciate any and all feed back. Have a great day. It is these items that keeps me digging through other peoples abandon treasures. LOL Its a sickness.