“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl





Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Flowery Frida

Hello
Hope everyone has been doing great!
I've been busy
painting, gardening, trying to get healthy:)
(that's a whole other post)
I'm sorry I've been away so long.

I have a little project to share.
Let's turn Lulu into Frida Kahlo!


 paint a Lulu doll beige
 black for the hair
add  facial features (don't forget the uni-brow)
I painted her with an off the shoulder blouse
using plum & pink acrylic.
create the skirt part by hot gluing four flower petals folded over.
paint white glue over petals then add clear/snow glitter.
add any type of artificial flower to her arm for her to hold.
Her crown is created from the center of the flower
 which was painted pink and glittered.

The 6x6 canvas is one of my favorites,
it's so thick and compact.
cover the the canvas with a pretty scrapbook or tissue paper
using regular white glue.
attach the lace border last.
finish with a coat of clear acrylic spray.


Supplies
Lulu doll
Acrylic paint in
beige, black, red, purple, pink, white
pink, clear/snow glitter
white glue
hot glue gun & glue sticks
6x6 canvas
artificial flowers
scrapbook paper or tissue

you can find the Lulu doll
and more amazing things to work with 
at Lisa's art fire shop.
visit her lovely blog and Rit dye studio for
a ton of inspiration!

Thank you for visiting, 
Ill be by to catch up with you this week!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wings


The butterfly is a flying flower...  
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun



'Wings' is the theme on
The image I used is from Fairytale follies collage CD from Lisa Kettell
The rest are elements from Deviant Scrap.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hello!

Hello!!
is everyone ready for tomorrow?
I don't really do a big thing here..
We'll dye eggs tonight and hide them for Helena in the morning.
but that's about it.

The weather has been nice lately, not too warm, yet.
Some Easter Sundays are so hot.
And one time it snowed!
Weird huh?

I have a few little spring-y pics to show you in the spirit of Easter.


 

busy bee.


I don't have a forest of roses to show you but I do have some that have bloomed
(I'm pretty excited about it)




Here's a fun thing to do...
Any yellow flowers work well..


 This is the bentwood bed I made..
This is an old iron cot that had been in our back yard hidden away in a corner, covered in spiderwebs.
The head and foot board are made out of old mulberry branches.
I painted it all brass colored and added tin stars.
the jasmine I planted should wind itself all over the bed eventually.
I'll take pictures once that happens.

 
Petunias...









 The pomegranate is blooming too:)



I also have a winner (finally) for my four year anniversary give away.
It's Maggie from the Mag Rag
congrats Maggie!

okay, I have a couple dozen eggs to boil right now
so I better get going.

I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend!
(Don't eat too much chocolate!I did that once and I'll never forget it!!!)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Peter Pan Book/Puppet theatre

Do you believe in fairies?

I think you all know that I do!

Here's a Lisa Kettell Designs project
that has everything you need to help you believe!

Supplies
Cigar box or book shaped box (available at craft and hobby stores)
2 Baby Bailey unpainted dolls
Fairy silhouette
wooden scrolls/trim
alphabet stickers
England stickers*
gold glitter washi tape
purple ribbon
treasure map
hot glue gun, glue sticks
white glue
glitter in gold & pink
craft wire
green scrapbook paper
acrylic pant: white, peach, orange, gold, pink, red, light green,
 dark green, dark blue, brown, black
 
 Directions
paint baby bailey dolls to look like Wendy and Peter 
hot glue purple ribbon to top of her head, add pink glitter to top of her ankles
fold a small amount of green paper to resemble a hat for peter, hot glue to his head
poke craft wire into back of dolls, set aside
paint the wooden trim gold and add glitter
paint inside of box dark blue
add white to create clouds
position Big Ben sticker in front of the clouds, or, paint him on:)
glue green paper to lid of box
paint outside of box gold
open box add wahsi tape across the top 
hot glue wooden trim to frame inside of box
add stickers and silhouette to box lid to create the cover
put a small amount of hot glue on tips of the wire attached to the dolls
and position them to look like they're flying 
add treasure map to inside lid
dry brush gold paint on corners of cover and the map

Hope this was fun...I've been outside most of this week adding arches and making a bed out of
bent wood and an iron cot!
when it's ready it'll be covered in vines and flowers.
(that's my next post)
ok, stay tuned for the winner of the blog anniversary gift!!

Thanks for visiting!












 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stars and anniversaries

The challenge this week on Take a word is
'Stars'


The image of the lady is from a collage CD called 'Fairytale Follies'
from Lisa Kettell's Art Fire shop
The rest of the images
 are from Deviant Scrap.

It just so happens that I'm having my FOUR year blog anniversary give-away
starting today:)

I've probably written about this before...
The whole reason I started blogging is because I bought an awesome book 
by 
Lisa Kettell
called
'Altered Art Circus'
The photos and the stories were so very inspiring to me....
I took that book (and a sketch diary) everywhere.
It was like an escape into a sweet colorful fantasy land, 
where everything is happy.
I found the artist's blog and I was hooked. 

My give away is star themed and it happens to have a 
few Lisa Kettell products in it too.
leave a comment on this post
to get a chance to win!

Can't believe it's been four years!!!



Friday, March 28, 2014

More Spring stuff

Hi
Oh my gosh!
It's been a little bit since I was here 
and I quickly wanted to check in with you all.

Ive been trying to keep up with the yard work, 
wow did my dad do a lot!!!
I'm really enjoying myself though...
I can feel both my parents
right there with me though.
I recall advice they gave me 
and their voices are so clear.

I've also been creating more outdoor goodies.
I have a couple to share with you:)

this was an old bird house that had faded and fallen apart
 I painted it and covered it in glass stones and moss.



 & this was a plain wooden birdhouse
 that just needed to be turned into a fairy house. 
Again more moss usage..I love this stuff!


Ok!
Monday I'm having my blog anniversary give away thing-a-ma-bob
that I should have had in January...
So hopefully you'll come back to visit for a chance to win some
silly fun stuff!

Have a great week-end.

m

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring birds


How are you today??
I'm doing well...other than a little back pain, I've been working
outside, outside, outside!!
Spring is definitely here! 
It's breezy in the low 80's
& I have to be out there.
That's the main reason I've been away..
You see not long from now 
the temperatures will be holding steady at
105+
so....taking advantage of this cooler temperature is a must.

Yesterday I sat out in the tiny "backyard"of my gypsy wagon and
created a little project using some of
my awesome Lisa Kettell products.
It's simple and it's a little tribute
 to this beautiful season.




Supplies
6x6 canvas
paper mache bird box
hot glue gun/glue sticks
acrylic paints: black, navy blue, medium blue, dark pink, light pink, orange, peach
oil pastels:dark brown, green, light pink, fuchsia, peach
red lace trim

Directions
paint canvas dark blue
add a bit of light blue for interest.
using the oil pastels, draw branches and flowers

paint china doll head peach, add facial details and hair color
cut the top part of the bird off
paint dark pink, orange and light pink.

Hot glue china doll head to bird body
add lace trim
hot glue to the canvas
paint feet on with light pink paint.

There's a lot of different things that can be done
with this one...
she could be a raven for Halloween, or a dove for Easter
her body can be covered over in sheet music
or she can placed in a little cage...
there's endless possibilities1

I hope you try this out & have loads of fun.
Visit Lisa's blog and artfire shop 
for a happy inspired day:)

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Blackbird

 this week is 
BLACKBIRD



"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. 
Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. 
So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. 
And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” 
-Stephen King

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rain, moss, stars and blossoms



It's a windy overcast day..
 At 63 degrees, it's not cold but the intermittent rain that falls
 makes the temperature seem colder. 
I sit here, in my little wagon with the door wide open, 
to better feel the breeze, 
to breathe in the incredible energy that this magic day brings. 
I love to sit in here and let my mind wander.
The colorful sheets and curtains I have hanging right outside
fly around and
 snap sharply..
 
 

Music from the many wind chimes 
masks the whistling the winds makes as it dances 
over the trees.
 (As a child I was terrified of that whistling/ howling sound. In my mind it was a 
giant invisible monster that would whirl you up and gobble you down.)

It was warm last week... Hot even, high 80s.
Since my dad has gone, I've found myself outdoors more often.
Raking, watering, talking to the plants and trees, 
letting the smell of wet soil 
and warm sun push the sadness away. 
 
 
 I've been creating some garden art lately... 
 
 Metal mushrooms,
made from an old bowl and a dollar store waste basket... 
 
 
 
 Spoon and fork wind chimes
from yard sale utensils .. 
 
 
 
and a tin fairy house covered in moss
(also a yard sale find) 
 are the products of my 
imagination right now...
 
 
 
 
Oh! As I write this, I hear the drops tapping away at the roof.. 
sounds so 
incredible!
:) 
 For years the garden was dormant 
I thought a lot of the trees would have to come down, dry as they were,
 no amount of watering seemed to help.
They all seemed to be in a weird period of waiting... Wondering .
Now everywhere I look new life is springing up.. 

 
 
 An orange tree covered in blossoms and bright green leaves 
Pomegranate. 
mulberry,
 grapefruit
 and lime trees
 all pushing forth 
beautiful delicate growth. 

 
And look at this tree...it's just gorgeous!!
 

Last week as I pulled weeds and dodged bees I realized
that I'm grateful
for
everything
I have
and for the promise of what's to come. 
(I think the universe heard
my word of the year...)
Blossom!

Now as the day begins to melt away
the chill really starts to build..
how was is so hot last week!?
This weather is so bizarre.
It's getting cold in this gypsy wagon...time to go inside I think..
 gonna make a cup of cinnamon tea
to warm up.
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my ramblings.
drop by soon
I'm going to have a 4 year blog anniversary giveaway!!!

 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blue

The theme is BLUE this week at


(all elements are from Deviant Scrap)

"I wanna sleep on the hard ground
In the comfort of your arms
On a pillow of bluebonnets
In a blanket made of stars"


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