Monday, December 31, 2007

Where am I From?

After looking through all of my photos in my computer, I realized I really don't have any landscapes of where I live. Weird, considering there are thousands of pics in there. But then, to answer Michelle's crusade: Where in The World?" - I'd have to have many, many pictures to represent all the places I have lived in my life. All in all, I am a Yankee. I was born and raised in upstate, NY - Buffalo, Owego, Binghamton, Endicott, Ithaca, Cortland...I went to college in Providence, RI. I lived in Ann Arbor, Mi for a while - a very nice place. I was married and divorced there, changed careers there, and more or less found myself there. After that I went to Maui, where I was for a whole decade. It was there that I sowed mt wild oats. Met the love of my life, started my family, developed myself artistically and spiritually. I miss it there. From Hawaii I went to Oregon City, OR. And then, 2 years ago, I found myself back in my home town of Owego, NY. Here we all are, all seven of us, making it work and basically happy. That's it in a nutshell. i am so happy to be home, here in New York. I love this place. I love the winter, and how beautiful the bare trees look against the sunset. The rolling hills and autumn leaves. The spring flowers and the family of deer in the back forty. That's what I missed most while i was in Hawaii - the change of seasons. I think Autumn in NY is spectacular. I love this place and I'm so proud to be from here.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

VIP Christmas Cards

These are my best cards this year, gone to my VIP's. I think almost all of my cards had my little glittered Prima flowers on them. I just love how they came out. I think it'll be next christmas before all the glitter is gone from throughout my house. I mean, it's everywhere!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


These are some of the tags I made for an Art-E-Zine swap:"What's Your Tag?" I sent them out a while back - thye were late, but they did get put in the mail...I've been waiting for my stuff to come in the mail...finally I go to the Art-E-Zine site, click to the page with the What's Your Tags, and mine aren't represented there. So I wrote the hostess, and she told me she never got them. NEVER GOT THEM??!! I am very distressed to say the least. I worked so hard on them. And they came out soooo good. And now, to think they have fallen into the wrong hands - well - I'm speechless. I think I may have some kind of jinx when it comes to Art-E-Zine. Of the 4 swaps I've entered, only one has come to fruition. One pkg, that went to Ireland, got there too late because I unknowingly insured it, thus making it so the reciever would have had to pay all this money just to pick it up. So it got sent back. Another, I signed up for and then forgot, so I backed out of it as graciously as I could. And then this! I love art-E-Zine, and I think Gillian Allen is amazing. The fabric tag swap I did there was spectacular. Now I'm almost afraid to join another swap there. But then again I want to just so I can save face. They must think I'm a total flake over there!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

My New Art Journal

Here's some pages from my new art journal. I'm doing a little spread using the scraps and leftovers from whatever project I'm working on. I started it after my Halloween art was all done - I had a ton of stuff left, but couldn't bring myself to throw any of it away, even though I knew I'd most likely never use it. I love the freedom of an art journal - there isn't the pressure to make it come out perfectly - I find that the collages come out with a totally different feeling as any of my other artwork.

Oh So Glitter-y

I've discovered the fun of glittering everything in sight in the name of Christmas. In previous years I've thought of glitter as being a bit tacky...but no it sure isn't!!I've been covered in glitter everywhere. My face, the baby's face, hands, feet, etc. My whole house is all sparkly. i've experimented with a zillion kinds of adhesive and a whole bunch of different glitters. One of the best things I've come up with are glittered prima flowers. I've got there cream colored flowers that look so great with fine glod glitter on them. I used a glue pad (like a stamp pad) - pressed the paper flowers into it, and then dusted with Marths Stweart Smoky Quartz glitter. They look all winter-whitey antique-ish. I glittered little fake ivy leaves, which are cute too. The Provo Craft glue pen works great for fine line glittering. (see the swirls and outlines) I'm making these ornaments for Xmas gifts this year - thanx to Art Chix Studio for such a nice selection of vintage children and angel imagery!