Thursday, April 30, 2009

Procrastinator Party

I love The Inspired Room
She is having a Procrastinator Party. I love it!! This is one of those projects that I started, and I could just leave it and not finish it...because I don't have a "plan" so by joining in on the fun, I need to have it finished in 2 weeks. What do you have to finish...go join in on the fun

The uncertainty...can I make this into an altered art doll ? Check back in two weeks. (not that I'm going to wait a week before I blog again.lol)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Altered Bottle

I found the best thing!! See these teeny tiny toothbrushes! It works great on my upper front teeth, I dont want to stretch my lip...but I HADE to get them clean. These have a little pick on the other end...they already have tooth paste in them, they come in a pack of 4..Isn't it cute!
I was given a couple of these bed springs, the idea was to put in one of those pretty insulators...but I never could...so I've been "sitting" on these. So last night I took it to the thrift store to see if I could find something...I did...but you'll have to wait, I'm still working on it.
(sorry)lol
But I will show you my finished bottle, I forgot to take a picture of the back, I'll do that next time. It has wax, solder, shoe polish, rust, aged, vintage, rip, torn...you name it, it has it.lol.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Product

I've seen this advertised so I bought some to try. I used the matte today...it didn't bubble and it dried very quickly...so I'll be trying it again...and again.lol. gotta use it up, now that I have it.

I've been racking my brain (not sure what that saying means for sure.lol) trying to remember waaaay back 29-30 years ago....I took a oil painting class from a very strange lady, the classes were great, I had lost our first baby a few mo. before and my husband thought it would be good for me (little did he know what road it was going to lead me on. lol) Anyway, my memory just isn't there for me. We mixed some wax with "something" and with the oil paints and after painting the picture...we layered and layered colored wax....like encaustic, but not...so I have been trying to research what I could have mixed with the wax.
I even remember the coffee tin, I can remember stirring the wax as it melted...but not what I mixed it with. So today at the art store I found some "cold wax" that feels good, I'm going to give it a try...because...I am only down to 4 projects and I need to keep my numbers up.lol.

Went down to Bi Mart and asked the lady what she suggested for my lip...Vit. E Yeah!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Few items

I have a few things I'm working on...I thought I would show you the "before". How many things do you work on at one time? I think its about 5 things at one time, for me.lol I've will be pulling out my soldering iron tonight and work on that soldering foil. The paper and rose were to bright so I aged them with brown shoe polish, it worked great. I'm also trying to get some items finished to send in to a couple of mag.
My lip has quite a scar on it...do you have any suggestions as to what I should be putting on it?
I've noticed after I have had a big laugh...I have some pain shoot through, that feels like needles!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday

I've been working on pink and pink and more pink! Please scroll through and take a look. I have a few things on Ebay and a few things on Etsy. The banner shows the latest pink goodies.

Just a quick note

For two weeks I have had something that has bothered me and I have tried to figure it out...and then at 4:00 AM this morning I figured it out in my sleep!!! Remember how I said I had a horrible rash on my face after the stitches...I thought it might be the bandages, I thought it might be the antibiotic, I just couldn't figure it out..it was an odd shape...and covered a big area...so at 4 am it hit me! It was the antiseptic that they swabbed on me...I remember the Dr. putting in on and it dripped down my cheek and he dabbed at it with a piece of gauze...now I need to call the Hospital and find out what they used so I don't ever have it near my face!! Just thought I would share....lol

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Look what landed.

I decided it needed one of my birdies, so I added this pink one.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Birdie Pincushion

This is the finished one. I painted a little pink rose on the handle

Which flowers are real? lol. Looks like a flower out of the bouquet fell on the pincushion.
This birdie can be found on my Ebay
Don't you just love spring, all the birds out chirping that the sun is finally out, and its getting warm. We planted Wave Petunias and Strawberries this last weekend.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Idea: Trash to Treasure

I did the canvases, as I was cleaning out my studio room, I pulled out some watercolor paper, well there went my cleaning, out the window...I had to see if I could do the same technique as the canvas...Yep...it worked, then I had to set it on one of my bent spoons
Should I make them into pins?
I'm going to put some Diamond Glaze or heavy varnish on it too.
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I signed up for Trash to Treasure HERE
I was ready to throw out this scrap of watercolor paper, used a paper punch painted over the previous watercolor and used an old spoon to make an easel.
The ribbon was left over from another project.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Update

Thank you all for you caring and concern on my well being
Today was the first day that the swelling went way down. I never did get a bruise that showed on my face, but it is still very tender.
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I did it! I listed my canvas's!! I actually painted them for a sale that I am going to be in, in Sept. Martha from Vintage Trifles asked if I wanted to join the fun at the Deepwood Antique Faire. I haven't done anything like this in years...
But there has been so much interest in them, I thought, if they sell, I will just get busy and do more...if they don't, I'll put them away...no, thats not true, I have them hanging all over my office, I'll just keep them there.lol
So, if you are interested...check Ebay here and Etsy here

Hand Painted Teacup and Vintage Spoon

Spoonful of Sugar anyone?? I've been wanting to work on a chunky canvas...so this is what I did.
A vintage silver spoon bent to fit on top...
This canvas can sit or hang on the wall...how fun is this!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Finished !

This little one is 4x6 I added the top and the piece of jewelery.
Look at this great spoon I found, I added a bit of lace.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Wonderful day

We walked around the Portland Saturday Market...such wonderful crafts
Beautiful stained glass
Love this glass!!
Then we went to Portlands Largest Garage Sale, they held it in a huge building...I came away with a few goodies, nothing was over a $1.00. The green handle is Staceys favorite color, I'm going to make her something special with it.
Here is a basket full of FREE goodies
One more "flea market" tomorrow...like I need more things.lol

Friday, April 17, 2009

Flowers, Glorious Flowers..PNK SATURDAY

I was given this bouquet of flowers from my friends Bill and Janet here where we live. The flowers in the banner were sent to me from my bestest friends in San Jose Calif. Thank You!!!
I did this little painting today. I took the photo after dark, so it is a little dark looking.
I cut some lace into a scallop and attached some beautiful velvet ribbon.
Happy Pink Saturday
hosted my Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.
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Stacey came to spend the night tonight. It was so much fun! Well, fun for me...after I took my shower she cleaned and checked my wound...guess what she found...2 stitches that the Dr. missed, she got them out. The best part was when she brushed and blew it dry my hair..aaaaah. It was delightful!
We're planning a fun day Saturday!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shopping Spree

What does a girl do when she has been cooped up in the house after a few bad experiences??!! I'll tell you...Shopping!! like I don't have enough paints!! lol...but nothing like new ones to lift my spirits ...that along with a perfectly beautiful sunny day. I now feel SO MUCH BETTER!!!
Thanks again to all you well wishers!!! You are an amazing bunch!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Green Altered Canvas


Painting is good therapy!! I need to add embellishments but I couldn't wait to share this with you..I think its an 8 X 10.Blue is next!!...
I'm feeling like I got hit by a mac truck! I had to work on my office bookwork...took me twice as long as usual...I'm just a bit slower. lol.

Thank you!!



Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. Stacey took me home with her last night and was so sweet and pampered me. One more thing on the subject of the light falling...the light is on a metal arm...the whole thing fell out of the track, the "hot" electric wires where dangling, it was totally ripped out. Not good.
Ok, on to happier things...this is a canvas I made earlier yesterday. Its a 4 X 4" wrap around. These are soooo fun to make...any suggestions on what color I should try next. I'm thinking a soft moss green.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

You wont believe this!!!!

REALLY....you wont believe this...so my husband came home to take me up to the hospital to have my stitches remove. No problem right...WRONG! They had me lay back on the gurney. He pulled the light over to start working on me...the top four stitches...came out fine...the bottom four stitches were embedded in my lip...not good...it hurt so bad I had a tear squeeze out. Done, yea...BOOM...WHAT??!! The guy says, are you ok??!!! As he was pushing the light away, which is on a track in the ceiling...it fell on my face...(are you laughing or crying for me right now??) I had my eyes closed so I didn't see it coming...this 50# light fixture came crashing down on my cheek bone, my temple, my nose, my hand, thankfully it missed my lip.!!! So I sat up and wow, I was in a world of hurt!! I asked for an ice pack, which they were happy to give me...then it started...yep, the tears, I was hurt, I was in shock, I had been sick all day about getting the stitches out...I couldn't stop, then the hospital staff started coming in to see what happen...a stream of people. They took photos, everyone was quite horrified! Well, I'm home, I have my ice pack, I took a Vicadian and I'm going to go rest...really...can you believe this!!!! lol

Grungy Collage

I am having way to much fun!!! This was an old canvas that I had, the canvas isn't a wrap around, so to cover the staples on the sides, I glued down strips of old music and wrapped that around to the back. I think my next one will be cream colors!
Today is "stitches removal" day...I'll let you know how it goes!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

New Project

Since I'm a bit house-bound...I took an online class last night...check it out here. I watched the whole thing while watching the Apprentice...so I woke up this morning so excited to get started...and here is the result...its a 4 X 5 canvas...I don't know if I am finished yet...but look at the teeny tiny metal dragonfly...do you see it??

Sunday, April 12, 2009

And the winner is...


Judy from Just a little something for you! Thank you all for signing up.
Husband took me to Whole Foods today...I talked to the most delightful lady in the herbal section. I showed her my rash and lip, she was so sweet and helped me find all these goodies. I took the allergy pill immediately...she told me exactly how to take it (it didn't say anything on the bottle) The aloe always helps me..I think the older I get the more I am getting allergic to products on my skin. I am allergic to household ivy, if I cut it back and it touches me. We wont even talk about poison ivy!
Hope you all are having a fabulous day!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter

Happy Easter. Easter egg dyes are great for eggs...but its also great for wool felt! This is what I did yesterday...I get the felt wet before I put it in the dye bath and just leave it...it absorbs all the color...I did forget to put gloves on, my hands are multicolored, lol.
Here are a couple of new bloggers that would love for you to visit and welcome them to this wonderful land of blogging.
http://vintage-le.blogspot.com/
http://pupylov.blogspot.com/ Lisa
I'll pick a winner this evening for my giveaway...please scroll down and leave me a message on that post...tags. Have a wonderful day everyone...thank you for all your concern!!! The swelling wont go down, I have been icing it for 3 days! The stitches will come out on Tue...does anyone know if that hurts???

Friday, April 10, 2009

Needle Felted Tea Cups and Nest

Happy PINK Saturday to all. Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound where she has a list of Participants. A little pink nest
I've made these little tiny cup and saucers...the are light as a feather. They are made out of pink fibers that I colored and felted

Please check out my EBAY that is where I listed them. Also, check my previous post...if you like the tags, leave me a message on that blog to be entered in my giveaway.

Giveaway

I painted up these 3 three tags last night...I will pick a winner on Sunday. Please leave me a comment on this post.....
Summer is fast approaching, give me one word that sums up summer for you.
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I need to apologize, I am sorry that I grossed you out with my post on my kitty injury, I didn't think...I just wrote "in the moment" I think I was in shock just a bit.
I thought I was doing better, but I woke up this morning realizing that I, again, am allergic to the
ointment that they gave me...the only thing I'm not allergic to is A & D Ointment.
Tomorrow is Pink Saturday...I have some new goodies that I've been working on.
Again...Thank you all for your sweet comments!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Thank You!!


The worse thing....not being able to brush my teeth...Yuck!!! LOL , I put this little bunny on Ebay. Thank you for all your well wishes!! Have you ever taken a shower, washed your hair in the shower...and not get your face wet. LOL...I did it!!. I'm feeling better, the stitches have to stay in for a week...he left a long black thread about 1/4" on my lip...which tickles my bottom lip.
My life is normally rather quiet and non eventful...I guess it was about time to lump it all into one week. Jeeez, I've had enough now! Laurie

Trip to the ER

No joke!!! Oh my goodness...I was getting my blog changed yesterday afternoon and my kitty jumped up on my lap and I think he put his paw in my sewing kit that was open and maybe stuck himself...anyway...he freeked, and kicked and the next thing I know I have blood flowing everywhere from my face...so I ran into the bathroom and got a towel...still not knowing what happened...my husband walked in from work right then and he took one look and said....its not good. We have a tenant that is going to school to become a nurse, so we went over there and she said...get to the ER...now! There is an Urgent care just down the road, so I went in there, took off the towel...and she said...get to the ER...now!. So, Dean called Stacey to meet us at the ER in Silverton...they took me right in...asked if I got mauled by a lion...now, I still didn't have a clue what I looked like, but I was kinda getting the picture. The Dr. who was a plastic surgeon, said...now this is going to hurt....as he numbed me....over and over and over again. I squeeled like a little pig, squeezing Staceys hand so tight it turned white...Then he stitched and stitched and stitched....two layers...my lip was totally ripped open from one side of my nose at an angle to my lip. there was a puncture on my bottom lip. my entire chest is scratche up, a big rip on my arm. So they also gave me a tetnes shot....Stacey took me home to her place so she could nurse me...she did a darn good job!! So I'm back home....took my meds and I'm going back to sleep.
Oh, I forgot, when I was at Staceys last night we smelled smoke, we looked out her back window and there is a big fire blazing, where there shouldn't be a fire...so she called the fire dept. they said it was a good thing she called...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Camera!!


I had to make some decisions...I didn't want to pay to much for another camera..So on Craigslist there was an Olympus for $35...I checked it out, its a great camera...but it only had a 1.5" LCD screen. I went to Target, they were discontinuing some models, so I went ahead and bought a Polaroid that was on sale for $63...sells for A LOT more...It has a 3" LCD...but its not the "best"' but affordable. As I was checking out the gal was raving about it, shes had one for 1 1/2 years and just loved it. So I bought it...I procrastinated for awhile...then opened it and gave it try...its actually quite nice, easy to use...I need to be careful of the large screen, that I get a hard case for it...but I can see what I'm taking!!! I painted this little 4X4" square canvas last night!! It's going on Ebay.

another tid bit of news

Have you heard about those kids that wanted pull off another killing rampage at Cascade school here in Oregon...The plan was to kill the first adults they came across when they walked into to school...I just found out that it would have been my sister-in-law...she's a bit shaken!! Then my niece...has taught at that school and had one of the boys in her class. At least the authorities were able to stop it! This school is only about a half an hour from where I live.
Thank you all for your concern. It was the judge that wouldn't drop the charges the first time. He also told the young man that he was on probation the rest of his life with a "no tolerance". So guess what....he will be having the same judge, that said he would throw the book at him..meaning the max. of 10 years.. The sad thing is too, my daughter is afraid that after he is sentenced he will try to commit suicide rather then spending 10 years in prison.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Wish me luck...I found a camera on craigslist, I'm going to go take a look at it tomorrow...I'm having picture taking withdrawls. My daughter is so heart broken for her friend. She talked to his dad today and called me just bawling. He is in jail until June, sitting next to a murderer. There is a good chance he will go to prison for 10 years. To make this short...the father of a 17 year old girl accused him of raping his little girl (he was just out of high school) The judge gave him a felony and will be a "sex offender" for the rest of his life...well, he just did a realllllly dumb thing and shoplifted...so off he goes...to prison. He tried out for American Idol, makes you wonder how different his life could have been. And...the father of the girl...tried to stop the whole thing but it was already in the court system and it couldn't be stopped. See what happens when I don't have photos...I tell you stories.

Just popping in

I haven't blogged for a few days. My daughter got some bad news about a guy friend of hers and I needed to be there for support. This weekend the sun came out!! We have not seen the sun for a very long time. Dean and I went to a lake so he could go fishing and I could work on some birdies...then he pointed...a beautiful Bald Eagle had landed on a tree...I took my camera out and took a picture...oh, you're not seeing it...that could be because I cant find my camera now, I don't know if I left it there or it is hiding in some nook or cranny in the car, but I am just sick about it. Now I have to go look for the old back-up camera..I think it needs a new memory card...which means a trip to the store...hopefully I'll be back with pictures.
Oh Thank you Thank you for all the sweet comments on my latest birdie..I even missed Pink Saturday...thankfully I had put on some pinkness.lol I will be having a giveaway here in the near future, so stay in touch.....

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Latest birdie Creation


How do you like this one?? Had to use my newly dyed fibers on this pincushion..
I've listed it on EBAY

Excitment...

Another exciting evening ...I was woken by the a familiar sound of a fire truck coming into our complex. We are in the middle and all the townhouses are around us. I had to pinpoint which area the sound was coming from..so I peeked out my office door...oh dear...I see a fire truck with an ambulance...that is never good....so I grabbed a pair of jeans and a jacket and ran barefoot outside to see what was going on...Just hoping their wasn't a fire...or that someone was hurt....so, what do I see...3 fire trucks and 2 ambulances and 15 guys... so I told them who I was and why were they here....they didn't know....Is that a good sign????!!! I asked them what apartment was it and they pointed..... thankfully the young couple that live there walked out right then...they were soooo embarrassed. They took me inside...their furnice got hot and burnt a wire, which is a smoke smell...(there were 5 more firemen inside)they called to have someone come and check it...not the WHOLE Fire Department. All is well, but now its 3 AM and I'm awake!! It is reasuring to know how quickly the fire department can get here!