Monday, April 23, 2018

T Stands For bEARTHday gifts from afar


 Today I'll be sharing the bEARTHday gifts I received from art friends around the globe.  Next week, I'll share where I ate during bEARTHday week and gifts I gave my foodie friend Sally, whose birthday I spaced off and didn't even remember until we were shopping about two weeks later.

But today is all about the wonderful gifts I received from my artist friends.  Note my traditional birthday muffin, and my empty cup, which I will fill with tea once all these goodies have been removed from harm's way.  They don't call me klutz for nothing!

Each of these ladies outdid herself.  They created beautiful art and sent amazing gifts.  All are T Tuesday participants, and I couldn't be happier and more proud, although they should NOT have been so generous.  Be sure to check out the envelope Dianne made in which she sent her card.

I told Krisha she truly made me feel like a star when I opened the card the first thing.  Beautiful napkins, die cuts, and awesome tissue papers, along with those owl keys truly made my day.  Krisha knows I have a "thing" for keys.

I'm sure many of you knew this came from Cindy because of her signature bingo cards.  However, this is a fabulous postcard and I can't quit running my hand over it.  The texture, which doesn't show in the photo, is phenomenal.   Cindy is always surprising me with something and this was truly out of the blue (pun not intended, but accurate)!

Everything here is recycled, including the Kandinsky calendar page Dianne used to make the envelope.

I have to admit that Susi's gift was over the top.  I opened this while we were at a restaurant and I kept squealing with delight as I opened more and more beautiful gifts she sent.

I took so many photos of items in that box, I had to create a mosaic, or you would have been here all day long.  There were oil pastels, fabric, feathers, leaves, napkins, more napkins, wonderful tea, teabags, embellishments, stamps, stamps, and more stamps, a beautiful hand painted birthday card, a handmade and beautifully painted book from recycled materials, and I bet you all caught the ROCKING HORSE, too!!!!

Also tucked in among the other gifts were these beauties, a tag and a painting, both created using recycled materials.

Doesn't this look beautiful on my library table?  I may find a different place for it, though, since it should have its own space and not have to share space with other rocking horses.  It's very unique and I've never seen another one like it.

Now it's your turn to share a drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, teapots, mugs, a drink cup, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, scrapbooking, or any other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink. Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time.



365 Day Art Challenge: Week 16


Here are my collages for Week 16.  This 365 something project was created in part and hosted by Hanna at i Hanna.  This entire month I am using nothing but scraps from one of my scrap piles I have collected.  I segregated them by color, and this month you will probably get tired of seeing so many of the same bits and pieces I have cut to make these collages.


In case you missed them, here are Week 15's cards.  As I'm sure you know by now, I post every Monday morning for the previous week.  All my collages are 4" X 4" (10,16 cm X 10,16 cm).



Confused and confusing


I love algebra


Mother and child reunited


You are the star of your show


The London Eye of the horse


Ring the bell




The perfect ending
Thank you so much for joining me today.  If you are playing in Hanna's 365 Something project, please let me know and I will be by to see what you are making.  Please let me know if you like any of these.  As always, I am very grateful for your continued support of my art.  I also want to thank everyone for your great bEARTHday wishes yesterday.  You are all wonderful and thoughtful.   


Sunday, April 22, 2018

It's my party and I'll celebrate if I want to


As my friend Jeanie would say, "cue the music."  It's my party and I'll laugh, share, weep with joy, honor the day, and celebrate if I want to."

I'm celebrating because it is not only my bEARTHday, it's also EARTH DAY.

Below are a few detail shots.









 
Thanks go to Nancy for offering her bobbin suggestion on how to correct my tension problem.  You can see it worked, too!

I started by opening a security envelope and sewing part of a page from a shorthand book behind the security opening.  Because the envelope wasn't long enough, I sewed part of a page from a book of German text to the bottom.  The next layer was corrugated cardboard and an ad I received through the mail about sheet and party cakes.  In fact, I received two of them, so I will use one in July for our T anniversary party.   Then I was so proud of myself.  I stamped all those butterflies with only marginal error, and sewed them together, staggering the paint chip samples.  They were then added to the rest of the assembly.

For Day 22 of 22 leading up to today, which is bEARTHday, I recycled a security envelope, a piece of corrugated cardboard, and a card I received through the mail.  I repurposed German text and a portion of shorthand text.  I also repurposed two paint chip samples that were free from the paint store.  All stamps (clear, UMs) were from my friend Chris, except the bottom one, which was from Valerie.

I'm once again joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is recycle and collage.  And because this journal page is nature inspired, I am also linking to Try it on Tuesday, whose theme is nature's beauty.   You have no idea how grateful I am that you have followed along on this 22 day journey of recycle, reuse, repurpose. 

Of course, it wouldn't be Earth Day without a bit of history of the day.

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970.  Founded by Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator, he got the idea after he witnessed anti-Vietnam War demonstrations on college campuses.  These demonstrations or teach-ins were organized to educate college students about the war.  Nelson decided to use the same principles to educate the public about the environment.

Over 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day with various activities, many of which took place in elementary schools and universities.  Even Congress adjourned for the day to allow congressional representatives to attend the Earth Day activities in their districts.  Nelson's desire to get the attention of politicians not only worked, it went viral.  Within a few years the entire world was celebrating an entire week of activities leading up to Earth Day.

According to various internet sites:
  • Earth Day is the largest celebrated secular holiday in the world.
  • The first formal announcement of Earth Day was made by the mayor of San Francisco in 1970.
  • One of the activities for Earth Day is the annual ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations (UN). The Peace Bell was given to the UN by Japan and is made from coins donated by Japanese school children to promote peace on the planet.
  • The first international conference on the environment was held in Sweden in 1972 and was sponsored by the United Nations.
Here are a few projects showcasing recycling around the world.  Please remember all links open in a new window.

I found this project here.

I found this project here.    I might make one or two of these for the hungry birds, especially if our spring doesn't materialize pretty soon. 

Geared for teachers and parents of young children, I found this project here.

I often plant seeds this way, and appreciate that this author/mother involved her child in the process.  You can find the project here.

Speaking of egg shells leads to egg cartons.  Even though this is an Easter wreath, you can still make it for Earth Day.  You will find the project instructions here.

Although this uses items found in nature, I'm not sure how "recycled" it is, since the instructions are to use polymer clay.  If you have lots of leftover poly clay, by all means, create some of these.  Instructions for making these nature sculptures can be found here.

I've seen so many elaborate bug and bee houses, and I think I can actually build this.  After all, I have a ton of bamboo growing in my garden.  Instructions for this project are here.

If you have old tee shirts and you crochet, here is how to cut the TARN (tee shirt yarn) and links to a few projects, too.
This is a project some of you who own a loom kit might appreciate.  The hot drink sleeve was also made using an old tee shirt cut into strips.  For full instructions, go here.         

Now I know what to do with all those half and half cartons I keep.   BTW, I learned from my friend Jan that in Europe people call "half and half" by the term "Single Cream."  This project had no instructions, but I bet you can figure it out on your own.

Last night I saw on the news that it takes 450 years for one of these plastic water bottles to break down.  Therefore, they make an ideal drip irrigation system.  According to the site, which has lots of information about irrigation systems, this "system" is easy to build.  Also according to the site:
It is in fact no more and no less than a recycled right-side up 2-ltr. plastic drinks bottle with 2 holes punched in the sides and 2 in the bottom. Plant it deep next to your plants you wish to water.
There are lots of ways we can celebrate Earth Day.  I hope yours is the best ever and you have a chance to recycle something today, too.

Again, thanks for joining me for bEARTHday.  I am so glad you stopped by.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A little birdie told me


I'm joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey again today.  Her theme is recycle and collage.  And because my journal page is nature inspired, I am also linking to my friends at Try it on Tuesday, whose theme is nature's beauty.


I call this one "A little birdie told me."

It's obvious my tension still isn't fixed, but I've done everything I can do to correct it and after awhile, I think I've made it even worse.

Straight stitches around the doily were better than zig zag.

A postage stamp butterfly was used to compliment the butterfly I stamped at the top of the page.

I added a piece of leftover lavender printer paper to the right side.

For Day 21 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, I started this page, which will go into my large art journal, with shaving cream paper.  I stamped a butterfly, then sewed the focal image, doily, and lavender paper to the page.   On top of that, I added a postage stamp of a bird and a butterfly postage stamp.  All items were recycled with the exception of the shaving cream paper and the variegated thread.

Thank you again for joining me today, and I hope to see you at Art Journal Journey and Try it on Tuesday, too. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

The key to this project might be the key


I'm once again joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme recycle and collage.

Like with many of my projects, I pull out more embellishments 

than I can possibly use.  However, I knew I wanted to have the choice of color and recyclable materials.

Although this is rather static, I was quite happy with how it turned out.  I leave you with a few close up photos.




You can really see in this photo how the back of this pink background has been pulled from my recycle bin.



In the end, I was quite happy with how it turned out.  It's definitely very dimensional.

I started with a sheet of used pink computer paper.   I wanted to show it really WAS used and something I pulled out of my recycle bin.  I colored the corrugated cardboard with red bingo dauber ink, then affixed it to the page I had already glued into my large art journal.  I only had two buttons that were alike, no matter which two I chose, so the key had to be between the buttons for symmetry.  The beautiful typewriter/postcard 6" X 6" collage was a gift from my friend Chris.  The white crystal flowers were laid out along the bottom of the assembly, and to counter that, I added the feather at the top.

Thank you beyond belief for your visit today.  This is Day 20 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, and I recycled a sheet of computer paper, corrugated cardboard, and a feather.  I also repurposed two buttons and a skeleton key.  Today, you will find me at Art Journal Journey.  I hope to see you there, too.