|1″ miniature book|
This 1.25″x 1″ mini-book was made with:
– scraps of chip board
– rubber stamp
– metal corners
– metal eyelets
– deckle edged ruler
– vintage envelope and letter
|1″ miniature book|
This 1.25″x 1″ mini-book was made with:
– scraps of chip board
Another one of my gifts (to myself 😉 was a weekend art class…
A serendipitous search of the Internet led me to a weekend class being taught by Sandy Webster (www.sandywebster.com) only 1 1/2 hrs away from my home at The Creative Arts Center in Dalton, GA. “Building Boxes: Creative Spaces for Small Collections”
Two important items to note; 1. OMG! The Creative Arts Center in Dalton is a hidden gem – would take another class there in a heart beat. 2. Sandy Webster – my kind of teacher. I was concerned about the size of the class – 12 – and needn’t have been. Sandy didn’t sit down for two days! She was ALWAYS roaming the class and teaching to EVERY student; she got as excited about a student’s project (all of them different) and their process as they did (sometimes more) and stayed with a student until he/she “got it”; she received as well as she gave. I like teaching and hope to publish a book on foam core one day 😉 – she was an inspiration.
Most of the students were from the Chattanooga, TN Book Arts Group. I didn’t get permission to post pictures of any other student’s project (if I do I’ll post them later). Their projects were all different and were incredible.
“The Past Is My Present” – I can’t help it – while I get excited about new and modern – I’m most comfortable with what I can identify with (even a little bit) and what has a “story”.
This is my project: Outer Box (green) 17″h x 11.5″w x 1.75″d – Inner Box (Magenta) 11″h x 8.5w x 2″d (before the walls were put up the back was covered with a newspaper ad from 1956). All made out of book board (thick chip board) covered in Lotka Paper (a nice handmade, mailable paper).
Contents: String of crystals from the Treasure Bay Hotel chandelier that fell during Katrina; old copper number 3(I’m the middle child of 5 girls); loose tumbled Apache Tears behind Mica (my grandma brought them back for us after a trip panning for gold in California); My Aunt Ginger was rooting thru some things and found my Grandmother’s false teeth in a little change purse – of course I got them. Her teeth are here surrounding her picture with a vintage metal yellow flower earring in the corner. (my Grandmother was a piece of work); false set of miniature books made from the spines of vintage books (behind the books is a box containing a scroll describing the box’s contents); small sea urchin; vintage watch (the metal bar rolls away and the watch comes out to reveal loose old watch parts behind it); miniature Miss Worth perfume bottle and old necklace; old rusty wheel (I love wheels) and sea glass; vintage watch parts box (pull the rhinestone string at the bottom and the box comes out to reveal a hidden alcove); vintage contact lens bottle (I know because it was mine) filled with Peridot melee; Old composition doll; key guts and hanging key (I love keys) over Herkimer diamonds (double-terminated quartz crystals).
I have a week left of my Birthday Month – Ya Hooo!
A lot has happened this month…
My long list of “firsts” without Mom is at an end (first Birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc). She passed away December 3rd, 2010. I could hear her talking to me as I was lamenting my need to make this year’s Christmas cards. First she would tell me how pretty the cards were, then she would sigh over how busy I was and how much extra work making cards was adding to my load and then she would suggest I just go buy a box of cards. Boy I miss her.
|Chick & Janet 1982|
Our 30th Wedding Anniversary was December 5th (I still get the date confused with the 6th – Chick just rolls his eyes ;). He wanted to do something special that weekend. I reminded him that we went all the way to Italy and that most people would consider that special. Never the less we drove the back roads from Atlanta, GA for two hours to Columbus, GA – destination an antique mall. We walked the mall (it was HUGE), went to the Columbus Museum (it was not only free but it was beautiful – would definitely go back) went to a movie (OMG – two tickets, popcorn and a soda – $12 TTL) and decided to stay the night. The next day we came home via Alabama (Chick saw a City on the map he wanted to go see) and then came back thru Newnan, GA stopping along the way. It was a great weekend. To be honest – it doesn’t take much for the two of us to be entertained 😉 PS: I bought a working 1950’s portable sewing machine for $5 at a roadside yard sale.
I’ve been gathering Princess and Dora The Explorer supplies to make a dress-up trunk for my 3 year old Granddaughter for Christmas. To include tu tu’s, ballet slippers, wands, crowns, re-purposed ballerina music box, etc. I’m having a blast! I’ll post what I get accomplished. But know this…there’s no reason a princess (at any age) should not have at least 1 tu tu in their closet. They are they so simple to make and can be made in any size and color. In case you don’t have one I’ll post the instructions after I’ve made Gabi’s. Picture this – it’s morning and time for you to get out of bed. You know the day doesn’t have anything exciting in store and you dread getting up. What if you got up, reached in your closet for a tu tu (smiling already – right?), put it on with a little tank top (colors and patterns don’t have to match) fetched your cup of tea or coffee and toast and sat on your front porch to relax and watch the world go by. If you weren’t smiling and feeling a lot better by the time you sat down – trust me your neighbors would love you for making their day a little lighter. I’m just sayin…
Now if I can just stay off Pinterest long enough to get my stuff in gear (and not get side tracked by leather tooling or beaded beads) – I’ll make it by Christmas.
I’ve been sooooo busy (Ha). Thought I’d share a past project with you while I get pictures together to post about my work with leather and my jewelry made with repurposed floppy disk parts.
I make my grandchildren a christmas ornament every year. This was last year’s ornament for my grandson Martin who LOVES sharks.
Rubber shark (4″ long) bought at Michael’s
Santa hat taken from another treasure
Miniature lights, bell & fish hook (point filed down) from my “things to go with other things” box
This is cuter than it looks – I promise.
My son’s 40th Birthday is today, October 29th. Geeze – can he be that old? CAN I be that old?
Yep and yep.
At 40 he’s a successful business man, husband and father of three. We’re very proud of the man Michael has become.
I made Michael this sculpture to celebrate his 40th year. The shape resembles the body; Mike is comfortable in who he is – yet is aware of the need to grow. He is an outdoors water and earth guy – so the sculpture was painted a mixture of blue and green. Hemp (earth) is intertwined with plumbing copper mesh wire (a working mans tool) to make a braid that sits in the groove around the top of the sculpture. The copper tags signify milestones in his life; Birth – Small Metal Shamrock, 1971 penny, and tag imprinted with his Name; Military – Tag imprinted with “Seal Team 4” and year he entered the Navy; Marriage and Children – Tag imprinted with the year of his marriage and the year each of his children were born; 40th birthday – 2011 penny.
Approximately 7″h x 7″l x 3.5″w – It’s amazing how much can be hidden in a small token of a Mother’s pride and joy.
At the beginning of August our vacation started in Savannah, GA. From there we went to Asheville, NC to visit some awesome galleries and art studios and then on to Tennessee where we picked up the yard sale trail.
The first couple of sales we went to were side by side. We didn’t find anything. The weather looked like it wasn’t going to cooperate so we by passed a couple sales and stopped at what looked like a very interesting mix of items. Within 30 minutes the sky opened up. Holy Cow!!! I haven’t been in that much steady rain in long time. Luckily for me Susi, the woman holding the yard sale, was very interesting and forthcoming with information about all kinds of things. She and I struck up a conversation that kept me there for over an hour. She not only had things under tents but she also had many, many, wonderful things in a building (what better way to pass away time in the rain than in a building full of the STUFF). After we left Susie’s we passed only blue tarped sales – very sad for the folks that put so much time and effort into preparing for the sale. We were in a remote location so we were thrilled to find a FABULOUS restaurant- Moonlight Bistro in Mentone, Alabama – we had a fried catfish sandwiches. After that there was nothing for us to do but drive on home. I have Susie’s address logged in my car’s GPS for next year 😉
These are my treasures:
An old wooden drawer with old erector set parts. Love, love the wheels. I insisted Susie NOT clean them up. I spent more than I usually would – $20.
This is an old winder thing. It attaches to a bench and spins the spool. Originally it probably wound wire – $10. I just needed it.
Way cool old clock that could become a head. The face is bright gold is in perfect condition and could be used elsewhere – $1. Old collander – a hat – $1. Cigarette cards – FREE and two more old fishing lures. EUREKA!
This was a cool decanter that I could use the head for something else and a hand made, from a tree, wooden box with drawers – looks like an owl that needs a body. The old scraper, well that’s yet to be dertermined
Metal Medley challenge #5 has created a firestorm of possibilities – I thought I had the basics pulled from my stash . . .
We’re thinking of adding green beads, ice resin, tree bark, copic markers – aw geeze! this is going to take a day or two – pardon me while I get my straight jacket ready 😉
I know what you’re thinking, been there, seen that. Come back you may be surprised (I’m sure we will).
OK – At a yard sale last year I found some old metal fuse boxes (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) with clear plastic covers that slid out to access the small fuses. I also found a tiny person with a ball in her raised hands – in pretty bad shape. The definition for “fairy” was cut out of a dictionary and glued to the back of the inside of the box. The fairie’s ball was replaced with a flower and she was given wings (after all what’s a fairy without wings?). Holes were drilled in the sides of the metal box and wire inserted to hold the cord necklace. Holes were drilled in the bottom of the box so leaves and flowers could be added to dangle. The back was sanded and stamped. One thing got glued to another and this pendant was born.
Have you ever had a fabulous idea that, in the end, turned out to be above your capabilities. This was one for me. It’s been about 8 years since I pulled this together and have since learned when to cry “uncle”;)
Inspiration: Computer hard drive destined for the garbage. Ohhhhh what fabulous, colorful, circuit boards it contained! AND I had just discovered heart shaped mold/plaster kits for making impressions of children’s hands.
Somehow (it’s a thin, thin, thread with me) – the mother board from the gutted hard drive turned out to be the backdrop for a water fountain (yep-complete with water).
My daughter Laura is an artist too. She agreed (can’t remember how we got here) to put cotton in her nose and breathe thru a straw for two minutes while her face was partially submersed in molding material. Gotta love this girl! This is a scanned page from my scrapbook – before I owned a digital camera.
After the mold was made I created a plaster face cast, cut out the eyes, inserted a plastic tube in the mouth, painted it with black waterproof paint and adhered it to the mother board of the hard drive. It was glued to a rectangle vessel that would hold the water while it circulated thru the tubing and out of the mouth. Scary – huh.
Thank you to the men and women of our armed forces and the men and women trying to keep the peace and keep us safe here at home
Salute: My father was in the Navy, awarded two purple hearts in WWII, My Step Father retired Navy, my husband retired Navy Seabee reserve (29 yrs), my son served 10 years as a Navy Seal, my brother was wounded in Vietnam, I served 6 years in the Navy.
Finished size: From top of helmet to bottom of paper 1 3/4″ x 1 1/16″.
Supplies: Copper sheet, toy Soldier, 30 g wire, paper, color pencils, metal alphabet punches, iron metalic surface liquid, old book pages.
Process: I stamped “hero” on the copper sheet after cutting and before bending it. Liver of sulpher was used to highlight the word. Random holes were drilled in the top of the metal to thread the very thin wire in and around for the soldier to sit behind. The upper torso of a toy soldier was cut off and painted with Iron Metalic Surface solution – he’s adhered to the metal by E6000 glue and a pin coming from underneath and thru the top metal and into the torso. The soldier was a little wider than the depth of the pendant so a heating tool was used to conform the back of the soldier to the pendant. I tore the definition of a hero from an old dictionary. Lightly colored red and white stripes and a blue square on it with color pencil before combining it with other torn pages and burning the edges.
1. I didn’t push the development of this butterfly I posted a couple of days ago and it was bugging me …
2. The curved, simple, metal corners are a favorite of mine. My friend mentioned the other day she didn’t like them very much and gave me hers. I got to thinking that there must be another use for them besides being attached to paper. There is! They make awesome dangles, scales, etc.
I couldn’t get the rivet out of the butterfly without a lot of work so I improvised. To bend the heart for more depth – I used two dowels; one on top in the middle and two underneath down both sides and pushed. I aged the wings by brushing on liver of sulfur. Rhinestones replaced the pearls. Body “tags” were made by cutting the metal corners in half, flattening one end and making holes using an awl at the narrow end and a hole punch at the large end. The “tags” were secured first by 30 gauge metal wire and again when the size 14 iridescent seed beads were added and strung in and around the tags. Now it’s officially a pin.
Well folks – I spent the better part of today visiting with the boys. Michael, Dick and HL (Michaels Art/ Craft Store, Dick Blick Arts and Hobby Lobby). It’s been awhile since I’ve walked every isle to see what’s new and what could be used for something other than it’s original intention. It was a good day.
I want to share with you what I made last year. The SE Guild of Bookworkers had a spot at last year’s Decatur Book Fair – Ann Frellsen demonstrated sewing book signatures using a sewing frame. Well, I knew if I was going to start making books, I needed one. Hers was hand made, prompting me to investigate via the internet on how to make a sewing frame.
My sewing frame: My intention was to use materials I had on hand. I already had the box that had been purchased at a flea market. It’s hinged, hand made to hold chess pieces (I made a pendant out of the queen but that’s another blog). The wood pieces were from a child’s building set I purchased at a garage sale. The stip of wood glued to the underside, front, was an oak threshold remnant put in place prior to cutting the slot. The inside is collaged with a 1918 newspaper I found at a yard sale. The wood slats, also from my stash of “things to go with other things” were inserted to compartmentalize the inside so the pieces don’t fall out of the slot when the box is closed. The snap on the outside of the box is from a cigar box. The best part – the “book club participants” – were part of my stash and is a delight every time I open the box.
It’s compact, sturdy and works like a charm.