Friday, August 22, 2014

La cage de la tĂȘte

 My daughter Jenny manages a Michael's store ( I know!)
 in Santa Maria and got me a great buy
 on these shabby chic birdcages.

Now normal people would fill them with flowers 
or bird statues or things like that,

 But me, I scoff at normal and follow
 my own off-the-wall instincts.

 I realize these won't be everyone's cup of tea,

 But I'll bet there are a few interestingly 
quirky people out there who will like them.

And for those people, the cages will be for sale 
at our annual Art Girlz in Autumn Home Show 
here at Altered by the Sea Studio in Morro Bay 
on Sunday September 28 10-5.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time for a Little Rust

It's been awhile since I've featured some lovely rust on the blog, so...

There - didn't that feel good?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Something to Crow About

Different steps on the way to the completed paintings

 One of the most anticipated events in Cambria every year is the Scarecrow Festival when over 300 hand built scarecrows are found all over town.  Created by individuals, clubs, groups, service organizations and others they run the gamut from traditional to "Way-out-there!"

Time for Crows  10x20"

Cambria Center for the Arts, during September and October, 
to coincide with the Festival, will be featuring
 an exhibit of Crows, Scared or Not.

Crows Up a Tree  10x20"

Using gesso, old dress patterns,
cheesecloth, Golden Fluid Acrylics, 
black card stock cutouts, stencils and masks, leaf brads,
charms and rubber stamps I created my entries.
Definitely crows - whether scared or not I leave to you.

Details from the above two pieces

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It Was Only 50 Years Ago

 When Hard Day's Night was first released 50 years ago, 
I was 12 and very caught up in Beatle mania.

They had first landed in the US in February of that year on 
my birthday and of course I took that as a sign -
 of what I'm not sure, but a sign nevertheless!

Margot and I went to see it at our local indy theater
 (the first time I'd watched it since the summer of '64).
It was fab!
Here's the page from my journal recording the event.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Journal Pages

Old invoice and more snaps.

 I did this page while in the hospital for a few days - 
as it says "Not the best week so far."

A swatch of painted leather and journaling on a
 piece of old manila envelope.

These two are "centering thoughts"
from a health meditation I do daily.

It actually was quite meditative using rubber 
stamps to add them to my journal!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Daily Journal

This is my latest daily journal. It's one I made using the
 techniques from Mary Ann Moss's Full Tilt Boogie workshop.

Pen and watercolour wash of my favourite coffee shop.

Love using old snaps!

 A collage for my last day of chemo at USC 
(getting it locally in San Luis Obispo now).

Trying out new markers!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Costume College

Destiny and I after setting up the Sassy Feet booth.

Sassy Feet  went to Costume College this past weekend
 to teachand have a booth at the Vendor's Marketplace. 

 Sassy Feet's amazing Glitter It! paint.

Parasols and puppets and a view down the vendor hall. 

Stylish hats and bags.

Skeleton toile fabric by Alexander Henry.

Small bustles,

big bustles.

 A touch of the macabre.

 The biggest hat at the event.

 Now that I'm retired I got to go along and help  and  check out all the amazing costumes.  We had a great time. Margot and Destiny taught very successful classes, the booth sold lots of product and we're already looking forward to going back next year.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Great Score - Not Much Cash!

Spent a fun time a couple of weekends ago with my 
friend Susan going from thrift store to thrift store.

I found lots of inexpensive little things

 that will find their way into assemblages
and collages over the next few months.

Several items were only $.50 each and I think the most 
expensive was the vintage receipt book at $3.50.

We had so much fun, we will definitely
being doing this again soon!