Friday, January 30, 2009

A Marriage That Has Lasted 44 Years (So Far)

This is a photograph taken at our wedding. I used muslin, stamps into gel medium, feathers, bits of lace, and trinkets. The butterflies in the upper left corner represent our children, of whom I am increasingly proud. The fork is significant because I only got one piece of this, my chosen silver, probably because it was so expensive. I never got any more for the same reason. Now that I might be able to afford to collect it, it isn't available. This day was almost 44 years ago. It wouldn't have been so easy without my friend, Judy. I am forever greatful.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Denim Apron

My cherished daughter loves denim and loves to cook. Her sweet hubby, Louie is Dutch. I wrote "Kiss the cook" and "And they lived happily ever after" in Dutch, and gave it to her for Christmas.
I used an old pair of overall shorts and cut hearts from various red materials from my "stash" and put them on. One of the hearts is from a patterned material that I used to make her a toy when she was a child. When she saw it she said, "I know this material!"
I put the buckles on the pockets and used buttons and bows to finish it.
I got the idea from one of my favorite magazines, Cloth, Paper, Scissors (Feb, 2008). I get many of my ideas from CPS and the Somerset collections. They are wonderful publications!

Friday, January 23, 2009

"Big Bracelets Are in Style!" --The Today Show

Almost three years ago, we moved from the OC to a township of less than 800. We used a lot of packing tape. Being the recycler that I am, I saved the middle core of the tape. I made these bracelets! One has pictures of my female ancestors. Another has left over foreign money from my travels. One has pictures I cut out of Somerset Magazines. (I don't sell any of my creations.) One has pictures of countries I have visited cut out and reduced. Another has tiny crossword puzzles on it. Yes, I like crosswords.
I just found another tape core so another bracelet is to come. Wonder what I should make...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Roaring Twenties

Here is a collage I made in my little studio behind my house, shown here. (Gigi's Place)

This is my grandmother, Mimi, (far left) and my mom, Patty, (far right.) Mimi is standing with her sister and nephew. I love their dresses!
At the top is a copy of the 1920 census showing where Mimi was living then. The baby in the upper right hand corner is my mama. The picture in the middle right is the both of them.

I take my collages to Michael's and they frame them beautifully.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's A July Thing

This is my first attempt to become an artful blogger. I can't believe that "It's a July Thing" wasn't taken! I chose this title because of my July birthday. Plus my abundance of Moon Children friends and I always find ourselves saying it to others to explain our odd behavior. What I will be doing on this blog is showing some of my creations, both physical art and written words, which are my passion.