Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Lot of Art Has Been Liberated

The wonderful yearly swap of postcards from around the world has come to an end though the enjoyment of all that art will continue.

I have done this swap for a couple of years now and it just gets better and better.

Called LIBERATE YOUR ART, the swap is run by Kat Sloma from Kat's Eye Studio.

 The first postcard is the one I sent.  With this really long winter we are having it seems appropriate.  It is a collage I did awhile back.

The next one came from Chris Lally.  She added the quote...
"The unexpected connection is more powerful than one that is obvious"  Heraclitus

Next up is this cute kitty from Sharon Lane with the quote...
"The Smallest feline is a masterpiece."    Da Vinci
As someone with a houseful of cats (3) I can appreciate this.

 Jane Ross sent this next card featuring LILIES!!  Offering me hope that Spring and Summer are on their way...  As she said on the card....   "Making art brings sunshine to any gloomy day."

Lisa Compary sent this almost dreamlike photo with the words.... Follow Your Heart.

Heidrun Siebeneicker sent the next card to me from Germany.  The card features copies of her very own Childhood Drawings. How fortunate for her to still have them.

And last but most certainly not least is the card I received from our wonderful hostess...  Kat Sloma.
   She wrote  "Creativity Takes Courage"  by Henri Matisse.

And so another year of swaps is over.  Already looking forward to the next one.

 If you visit Kat's Blog   over the next few days, you will find links to many of the blogs written by the artists involved in the LYA swap. You will also find a video of around 70 of the cards that were sent out.  And if you weren't involved I hope you will wish to join in next year. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring time in the teacups

Spring is HERE    Using my Cricut machine I made this little banner to celebrate Spring. It may not be too easy to read but each of the little flags have a letter and it spells out spring.  I hang my seasonal banners on my Hoosier cabinet that holds my tea things.   In the past I made a banner for fall.... acorns and one for Christmas..... Christmas trees.  I love making the banners.  I will have to think about what to make next................

So far we have been lucky here.  The snow storms haven't been too bad.  BUT the cold is getting old.  It is most assuredly time for some more humane weather. 

Since it is Spring I decided I needed to find my prettiest spring like teacup and saucer to share with you today. I have shared it in the past and I still love it. It definitely reminds me of spring.


I am joining with the following Tea Parties and blog parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

some recycling and a quilt

While at the flea market recently  I visited a table that always has all sorts of  interesting items.  Here are the things I picked up.   I quickly sold the candle sticks and the compote in my shop.   HOWEVER.  The post style lamp and the wire basket have been made into something NEW. 

Here is what I did with it.  I removed all the wires and the socket from the old lamp.  Put the wire basket on top, upside down and "voila," a necklace holder.  I glued the basket to the top of the lamp so it wouldn't fall off with all my necklaces hanging.  I have way too many necklaces so definitely needed a place for them that would allow me to see what I have.  I used some tiny s-hooks I found at the hardware store to hang on the rungs and allow the necklaces to hang freely.  Short necklaces are on the lower rung.  The longer ones are on the top rung. 

I wish I had taken a better picture of the process of putting the two items together.  But I hope you can figure out what I did.
 Last week I told you I was in the process of finishing the binding on this quilt.  AND I did!  I laid it on my bed so you could see it.    It is too small to use there... maybe in the guest room or just to have on a cold winter night.  The basis for this quilt was a "quilt as you go" I did  thanks to Mary Etherington from the blog Country Threads Chicken Scratch  She supplied the pattern and inspiration.  I added some other quilt pieces I had started for another quilt that I never got as enthused about.  They helped to make this bigger and fit right in.  It was great way to use up a lot of my quilt scraps.   Even though Mary no longer runs a quilt shop her blog is a wonderful read.  I look forward to every post she makes.

So that is it for this week.  No telling what I will have to show next week. 

I do know that the  post card swap I participate in yearly.... from the 2018 Liberate Your Art Post Card Swap.  is coming to a close.  I received my first swapped postcard yesterday in the mail.  I hope most of the rest will show up by the time I write my next post next weekend.  No matter what,
I will be posting them all here.  If you do photography, art journals, collages or what ever type of artwork this is a fun way to share your work and see what others are doing.  Check back next week to see what arrives as well as the card I sent out.  And I will tell you how to get on the list for next year.

Until then..............  think Spring.... at least in the northern hemisphere!  My friends in the Mid West may be wondering when it is coming with their last storm.   But I know those of us  in the North East hope it is SOON.  My daffodils will be blooming soon.    Check back on Tuesday or Wednesday for another post on Teacup Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Is it Really SPRING??

 The calendar says today is the first day of Spring.... however we are forecast to get snow so will have to be patient a bit longer.  We have been lucky here this year, up to now most of the big nor'easters have missed us.  But last year at this time we had a HUGE snowstorm which dropped more than two feet of snow in one day.................  hope that was just a one time thing.  we shall just have to wait and see I suppose...........    So on to happier things and some tea!

One of my collecting "weaknesses" has always been cottages......  I love them and have quite a few.  Maybe I will feature them all here someday.  BUT for today's Tea Cup Tuesday post I am just going to feature a Cottage theme.

I made my usual favorite, Earl Gray, and  got some pretty little cupcakes from the bakery.

This teacup and saucer are from Royal Albert.... always a favorite of mine.
I love the details of the cottages on this set.

And here is the mark.  There is no name included.

     The teapot is from Arthur Wood and Son and features a pretty little thatched roof cottage.

 And here is the  little plate I chose to hold the cupcakes.  It is also Royal Albert and is called Minuet.   So delicate looking.

Thanks for joining me  today and I hope you will visit the other Tea Time blogs as well.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

  Hope you will visit them too.

Bernideen's Tea-time Blog *
Ruth's Antiques  Teacups *

I will be back in a few days
to show you the quilt I finally finished.  And maybe another project or two.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This is a rerun of a blog post I did back in 2015..    It seemed appropriate to run it again today rather than to write a new post that would have been pretty much the same thing.

(I found the border of the above logo at Karla's Cottage blog and the Happy Saint Patrick's Day wording was from the Graphic's Fairy I think.  Fun to put them together.)

My husband is VERY Irish (his dad was from Northern Ireland and although his mom was Canadian she had lots of Irish ancestors.  So we Celebrate St. Patrick's Day here.  I am still deciding what dinner to serve for St. Patrick's Day dinner.  Probably something involving Cabbage.......
Pennsylvania is big on this day too.  There are parades everywhere and fun runs too.   In the city of Wilkes-Barre they even paint a green line down the center of the street where the parade goes.

I actually only have one cup and saucer set that is really suitable for St. Patrick's Day.  It is of course Royal Albert and called, appropriately enough, Shamrock.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out all of the other tea parties going on around blogland.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

30 Days of Lists

Three times last year I participated in an event online called 30 DAYS OF LISTS.   If this feels interesting to you after read this you can learn more and even sign up at the following link.

To begin here is the link to the 30 Days of Lists so you can learn more about it.............. Just click on the graphic......... 

While you are on the page you can click on various links to see examples or to learn about past events.  The nice things about this is that you can participate any way you like.  You can join a facebook group to learn more and to share... or NOT.  You can post your pages on Instagram or NOT..... It just depends on how you want to participate.  AND it doesn't matter where you live in the world IF you can get internet.  No mailing in anything....

This year I was able to sign up for the the whole year   (all three events) and I found a book in my stash that I can use........  I can't remember exactly where it came from but I know it was a swap I did where everyone contributed pages and they were all made into a book.  As I was perusing the book I think I may have learned that the swap was from a group I once belonged to called Belle Papier.  Don't really know... however ... finally I am using it.......  I made some lettering using my Cricut machine to put on the front cover as I did with last years listings.

Here is the cover of the book I am using this year........before and after adding the title..
I will talk more about what I will do with it later.

Last year I did all three Listings and here are the covers of the mini albums I created.
Each one is a book I already had that I converted to my listing book.  I used my Cricut Machine to make the letters on the front of each book.  Over the next couple of weeks I will show you the inside.  But mostly I wanted you to learn about this form of  journaling that can be done by the artistic and those who don't feel so artistic. And pretty much anywhere in the world.


I would think that you could use this format for all sorts of other types of lists not just the ones that are included in this particular event.  Some folks even do it digitally. As I was writing this I was thinking about finding a book to perhaps use to list the crafting projects and or quilting projects I am currently doing.  But who knows.  One projects seems to lead me to another.

If this sounds interesting visit the above link to learn more.   And perhaps you will join us.  The current "listing" begins March 1st.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Camo the cat and some quilting

 Meet the latest kitty that has joined us....  well outdoors anyway.  He is still  feral and not sure about us at all.  (at least we "think" he might be a boy.)  But he knows we will put out some pretty good food for him every day.  We have named him Camo.  Short for camouflage.  He really blends in once he gets up into our woods.  Especially where we "think" he may reside.  Under the "roof" of a tree house that came down in the really bad wind storm a few years ago.

I have been trying to get caught up on projects, and currently am working on a couple of quilts.  The  one I am showing this week is one that I recently got back from the long arm quilter lady.  I am  still working on the  the binding. I am hopeful I will get it doe this coming week if life doesn't get out of hand.

 This quilt is actually a combination of a couple of quilt projects combined into one.  The majority of the squares were from a Block of the Month quilt project I followed on the blog...  Country Threads Chicken Scratch.....  To show how far behind  in some things I am I am pretty sure I started this one about 4 years ago.

 In addition I added several blocks from a local class project  that I never finished.  I hate to waste any of the squares I have made.............

I have another quilt I am waiting for from the long arm lady.....  I hope this one is completed before that one arrives.  I will show that one once it is here.

And join me next week.   I have a couple of projects to share.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Does Absence Make The Heart Grow Fonder???????

 I have been absent from my blog for too long.  Did you miss me???   I probably won't be doing the Tea Cup Tuesday every week as my life has taken me in other directions.  But I do hope to at least do a blog post every week.

I am on a HUGE mission to finish up some sewing, quilting, crafting and more projects over this year.  I completed a quilt and it is now waiting for binding.  I have another quilt at the long arm lady's shop and it should be returned to me in a couple of weeks.

When they are done pictures will be posted.

I have been working on the Altered Books I have created over the past 20 years.... YEP... 20 years. Most are fully done but I discovered a few that I never really put finishing touches on to make them complete.

The reason I am inspired to do that is that a good friend and I recently attended the most amazing art show at a nearby college....  It was held at Penn College in Williamsport, PA.   It was actually a double art show.  The formal show in the main gallery was called  BOOKS UNDONE.   The art of the altered book.
Click on the links below for the brochure and the catalog of the show.



In addition there was another show in the main part of the library called Old Books, New Lives featuring altered book art created by students and faculty members using books that were ready to be discarded from the library.  To me this part was the best and here are some  pictures of work I REALLY liked.    I am showing some of the items since their pictures were not included in the catalog and I think these are really terrific.

What a fun way to use books that are scheduled to go to the shredder!!!  Good recycling.

I hope you will come back again next week to see what I am up to.... perhaps I will have the quilt bound and ready to show off.