Friday, October 14, 2011

Gothic Arches

Wow, I am here for the third day this week.  Usually I am lucky to do 1 a week. 

As you all have probably figured out I enjoy making art things.  Have loved it since I was a kid and I keep finding new ways to express myself.  I think making collages is my favorite form. 
        Some months ago I discovered the relatively new art form, making Gothic arch collages.  I like the fact that it is a limited space to work in and the shape of the arch sometimes determines what you can do.

I belong to another art group on line called  Roses on my Table.  Actually, it is a group of art groups.....
I am a member of a couple of them.  Each does different types of art and some have swaps as well.

The one I am enjoying right now is the one where everyone makes Gothic Arch collage examples.  There is no swapping involved but we post pictures of our monthly work.

The most recent one I did was with the theme of Orange and Black.  I used a graphic I got from The Graphics Fairy Blog.   Here is a picture of it.

In August the theme was "Animals"  Since we live in a houseful of cats that was an obvious choice for me. Here is the one I made. Some of the arches the group does are really elaborate.  I seem to tend to simplistic but seems to be my preference
 And here are two that I completed earlier in the year for a swap.  I don't remember the theme but I  like these.  I have an excess of scrapbooking papers and that is generally what I use for the backgrounds.
   If you click on them you can see them better.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing this new kind of art.  If you want to see more just google gothic arch and art and you should get a LOT of variety.
And check back with me on Tuesday when once again I show off some of the teacups I have recently added to my collection.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Speckled Egg Group Match Box Swap

One of my favorite activities is to participate in a group swap of art work.  This is the third time I have been
involved in a swap sponsored by the Speckled Egg Blog.  This time it was called Curiosities Inspiration Box Swap! 

We were in groups of three and the idea was to create a Curiosities Inspiration Box using a paper match box. We used the larger size.  Here is a picture of the type I used. You can click on to see it bigger and a better perspective.
Although it looks small, it is amazing how much stuff you can include in the box.  And of course you get the fun of decorating it too.
    Below I will show you the two boxes I received and then finally I will show what I sent.

This first box is from Leanne S.  It is loaded with goodies for me to use in some of my altered projects.
 Above is the box, just opened a bit and next one you see all the goodies that were included.

And this next one is from Teresa S,  

And finally,  here is the box that I sent off.  Actually I made two so each person received one.

As you can see each of us interpreted the swap theme differently.  That is why it is so much fun to participate.

Come by tomorrow and you will see my Gothic Arch attempts.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Off to the races at Dover.

Sorry, I have been away for a while.  We did some traveling and then my neck decided to go into spasms for a few days.   After a lot of rest and some muscle relaxers that is now behind me.

We were able to attend one more Nascar Race this year, our fourth!  Unfortunately it was very cold but at least the rain held off this time.  And while we had some free time one morning we went to FLEA MARKET!!! Yes, we found one.  It was in Dover Delaware.  What fun we had. 

I didn't buy any tea cups this time but managed to take a couple of pictures of some of the things I saw.  I will probably include them in my next Tea Cup Tuesday blog next week.  I should also have taken pictures of the great produce we found but alas I didn't.  We are still enjoying the fresh sweet potatoes and the Butternut Squash.

The really best thing we did while at the races was visit the Camping World store in the fan fest area and we bought a now we don't have to worry if a campground doesn't have electricity as many don't.  I will be able to use my computer more AND it should be a help making sure our sump pump keeps running if we run out of electricity during a HEAVY rain fall!

  I wanted to show a couple of pictures of the event and our campsite.
Here is our camper, ready to use!
When we attended the Dover Raceway Fan Fest we got to see many interesting things but this was our favorite!  If you look closely that is a biker "showing off."

And this is another picture of a different bike rider.

This is a view of some of the racetrack from where we sat.  The cars are getting ready to race!   If you click on the picture you can see the cars better.

Be sure to check back on Thursday as I will have pictures of a swap in which I participated.  And on Friday I will have some pictures of some gothic arches I created for another group I belong to on line.