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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dollhouse MInis

So today I was bored and decided this is the day that I start on my mini display for the April Show and Sale in Westside. I have been collecting items for years for a South West House and though I have not found the perfect house yet I am going to at least put the treasures out so I can enjoy them. This is an altered Adams Cottage that I bought at a Peddlar's market a couple of years ago. It is pretty small but will work for this display. I am using paint(actually a warm white not Yellow) and TP to give the outside an adobe look. The inside I will paint and for the floor I will make paper clay tiles. It will turn into a wine tasting room and hope to eventually make a patio and ........ I will post my progress as I go along this personal challenge. I have so many things I would like to do felting and making collages but for the next few weeks I am going to work on this. I am taking a course in Kelowna in Feb doing vintage embellishing and have an envelope swap to do too but I think that is Feb now too? Always projects to do!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Felted Ornaments

This year for Christmas I felted some animal ornaments for some of my family. My Niece got me the cookie cutters from Ikea this year and she got this set for her tree and others only the Bear. I wish that I had taken a better photo of them as this is very blurry but I will post it any ways . My next project will be a table runner for myself so hope to get a good photo of that. Very cool set of cookie cutters . Thanks for looking and Happy New year to everyone. I almost am at my First Year Anniversary of my blog. Hope to be more active in 2011.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Best Wishes for a very Merry Christmas from my home to yours!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sick Day

Sheesh I have too much to do to be sick, just look at my desk (actually the dining room table) . But off to bed I go and hope tomorrow I will feel like turning this room into what it was meant for. If you look carefully you can see three pressies I opened and they deserve to be hung up and enjoyed. 1130 AM and I am going back to bed.
Poor Me ; )

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

collage and paper clay and Christmas

Wow two posts in two days!!!! I am doing a 12 days of Christmas exchange with the Byhand Artist groups on Yahoo and I was day two which was yesterday December 14 . I am in Group One and there are two more groups!!! What a great swap hosted by Mary-Beth. Linda C happily let me copy her pictures and so ta da here are photos of my gift. I used Paperclay and a mini cookie cutter to make the buttons and a very lovely napkin that I found this summer on a a Bird house shape (from Micheals) and on the buttons and used Quietfire stamps from the 12 days of Christmas stamp set that Suzanne has. I decoupaged the napkin on the house and the buttons with Matte Medium in several layers. Fun project and wonderful swap again this year.
Judy (thanks Linda C for the photos!!!!)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I have been busy felting some gifts again this year. The one with the bear button (I made the button using Paper Clay and a bear cookie cutter) is a holder for a gift card so is 4 1/4 inch X 3 inches and the other holds a package of beading needles for a friend who is into beading. I am very happy with them. I hope the girls like them too. I also have several bears that I am working on for family gifts this Christmas and a very wonderful Moose. I will post when I get them done.
Also in the midst of a 12 days of Christmas swap that is fun. I of course forgot to get photos before mine went off but hope to get some soon and will post them.
Just a few more sleeps till Christmas and so many things yet to do.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Vernon Art Gallery ATC exhibition

Wow this is a great exhibition of ATCs from all over the world in Vernon, B.C,'s wonderful art gallery. And it was great to see my own humble little ATCs hanging in such a lovely little room. Very inspiring! Joanne, Anne's , Judy M and mine are shown here in close ups. There were metal , watercolours, fabric and beads, rubber stamped , photographs and other great works of art done on a very small Size. For those who do not know what an ATC is it is 2+1/2 inches by 3+1/2 inches in size. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and cannot wait till I can sign up for another swap in a venue like Vernon's. Hope you enjoy the photos! And if you are in the area stop in and see the ATCs in person in the next month. And when the exibit is finished the ATCs will be swapped out. I will post then which works of art I got in my swap.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween
I am late getting my October Rolodex done but it will go out tomorrow. I decided to try fabric and embroidery so used muslin and when I was finished my trees I used matte gel to glue the fabric to a rolodex card. Then I used acrylic paint mixed with Matte Medium to paint in the orange sky. I also used my water colour crayons to add more colours to the sky , reds and blues and then used browns for the ground. The photo doesn't show the shading at all unfortunately. I then distressed the card with walnut stain distress ink. The bats are traced from Tim Holtz grungeboard onto flocked black paper. I am happy with them. Hope that the ladies do too. Next project is the 12 days of Christmas swap.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

ATCs for Vernon Art Gallery

So finally photos of the ATCs I am sending to Vernon for their exhibition/ swap in October. It took me several days to remember to buy batteries for the camera?? I have altered a photo of the S.S. Sicamous that is on Okanagan lake here. I then distressed the photos with sandpaper and used distress ink pads to colour the photos using four different colours. I used tiny brown brads in the four corners of each atc then used word Rub ons by Kaiser Scrapbook. I am quite pleased with the results but the resulting photo makes them appear lighter than they are in person. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Added photo of journal

I added some rub ons to the journal page. Made it more "grown up" art I thought. J

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

new photos at last

Wow last post was April ! I am way too busy it seems but I have been working on a couple of projects so will post photos today. Lovely summer here and busy !! So here are a couple of photos of a Rolodex swap with a theme of Market Day as the hostess always posts her market day buys on her blog, hi Beth, and another of a food journal I am doing for the never ending diet that is finally showing some results. Yeah Vitamin D!! Now just need to make a commitment and journal! And I have added some rub ons to the Journal Page too so will take a photo of it soon and post it. Made it look less like grade one work for me at least!! ; )

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April art projects and minis

It has been a long time since I sat down and loaded some photos. I am not sure where the time goes sometimes! Anyways I took a stained glass class, and tried to make some Christmas ornaments from Microscope slides. They are not perfect but I did learn a little bit about foiling and soldering and the likes.
And the second photo is some of the cakes I have made using bottle caps and fake snow and paper cuts outs. They are in 1"=1foot scale . They will be on the group display at the Mini Show and Sale in Wesbank on the 24 of April.

And then there is a Nuno Felting project that I am working on with some beading and embroidery embellishments. I also did alittle bit of needle felting on this piece as it was just not quite what I was shooting for. When I finish it I will post another photo

Anyways as you can see I have been busy and staying out of mischief ( I think I need some mischief).
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

nuno felting

This morning while waiting for the laundry to do it's thing, I decided to TRY some Nuno Felting. Now this is very new to me and I have tried Needle felting (love that). Gathered up the supplies and made some soapy water and here we go
Layer one : bath towel,
two: bubble wrap
three: roving
four: fine cheese cloth
five: more roving,
six: layer of some thin organza material.

Sprinkle the organza with soapy water till wet then rub the soapy water into the organza for several minutes to start the felting. when you think you have done enough, remove the organza fabric and cover this now with good old plastic wrap.

Since I do not own a rolling pin I used a fancy vinegar bottle and rolled the bubble wrap on to the bottle and tied it on to the bottle and rolled it on the bath towel. Now some instructions say 150 rolls but hey ...... who really counts that, I mean really!!!!! So I did it for 5 or 6 minutes (hoping the whole time that it will make my arms more shapely) the opened it up and wrapped it on the bottle from the other end and tied it and rolled it once again.

THEN take it off the bottle and because this is a very small item I spent another few minutes rolling it in my hands and squishing and playing with it till I liked the look of the felting. Then just did some rinsing in H2O (not really sure if I was supposed to do that) and then blocked it .

Now for this little piece it took maybe an hour tops, including looking at instructions online and having no idea what to really do for a couple of supplies needed. But I am really happy with my little piece of felting and I can see beading and embellishing and maybe even a frame???

For more information try this link :

I found this spot very good but there are more spots to see out there and numerous books at the library in my little town too.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Yellow Rolodex swap

The Byhandartist Yahoo group is doing another Rolodex swap for March . We have done several of these swaps over the past couple of years. The theme is yellow with a quote. Mine is a daffodil napkin for a base and some bird pictures collaged over them with a stamp from Crafty Individuals stamped with Stazon Ink. The quote is one of Keat's . This card was collaged in layers using Matte Medium . Thanks to Beth for hosting this swap and yellow will be a wonderful addition to my ever expanding Rolodex!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Encaustic collage class

On Friday I took a wonderful class doing collage with magazines and bees wax with Thea Haubrich of !! It was a wonderful day and learned alot from Thea and plan to to take more classes from her in the future ! These are photos of my two attempts and I really like them myself. I hope to try more of these very soon. Excellent class and if you look at Thea's website you will find out where she will be teaching in the future and also buy any supplies you need from her. Thanks for dropping by .

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Queen of Hearts Blog Challenge

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!!
Here is my Queen of Hearts page, it is an 8"X8" piece that I have stamped and aged and cut and glued and finally finished. I love it and hope you do too.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Minis 2

Here are a couple more photos of minis that I have made in the past few months. My mini club has been trying out some green projects and recycling . The Tea pots are made out of lids from dish soap and toothpaste lids and buttons (and I forgot to put the penny in the photo). The bird feeder is aquarium tubing and an ear ring back and grommets with ground pepper as the bird seed. We do have the most interesting meeting!!. We are working on cakes now made from bottle tops. I will post those photos when I get mine done.
Opening ceremonies were good but sheesh CTV try to get your feeds better!!!!! Watching NBC now and really the quality is so much better!! Not nearly as many glitches!!


So at long last I have my camera once again hooked up to my laptop!!!! Yeah! So I thought I would post a few of the minis that I have made this year. I work in 1 inch equal a foot (dollhouse scale) and have many UFOs happening but eventually I will get them done! I will most likely be showing these and maybe a couple of other things at the Kelowna Mini Show and Sale on April the 24. If You need any info e-mail me and I will let you know the particulars of this show. Olympics Opening Ceremony starts tonight so off to watch and enjoy for the next two weeks!!
Go Canada Go!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Queen of Hearts Blog Challenge

I have challenged My Byhand yahoo group to a Valentine Challenge with the theme being The Queen of Hearts! So on Feb. 14 2010 I will be posting my piece here and hope that lots will appear on other blogs too. My first try with a blog challenge so if you come back to see mine please leave a comment with a link to your artblog too so we can all check out your art. Stay posted for more info here or check with Suzanne's blog.
Hope you will play with me ! The rules are simple make an atc or a card or a tip in for your altered book or journal page . Just use the theme which every way you would like and post it to your blog on Feb 14th. No mailing what so ever but be sure to share your site so we can all see.
Have fun!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
Today I finished up a couple of felting projects I had been working on before and after Christmas. Lillian gave me this great cookie cutter she knew I would love , she got the moose in Banff. And the little snow darling is something I was playing with, She is actually felted on a piece of white felt using an acrylic Roving from Bernat and it actually worked very well. Both these projects are Needle Felted with roving . I am thinking that the Moose will end up the center of a hot pad for the table. That may take awhile for me to do but will post pictures when that is done.
Thanks for looking !