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DSC01856 (516x1024) Ballerina girl, you are so lovely
with you standing there, I’m so aware
of how much I care for you
you are more than now
you are for always
I can see in you
my dreams come true

from Ballerina Girl sung by Lionel Ritchie.

I created the ballerina ATC for the Yahoo Fantastic Flat Paper Doll group.   The background is sheet music to which I added a jointed ballerina paper doll. Her arms and legs are rubber stamped, the torso and skirt are scrapbook paper, and a bit of lace was added. A crepe paper rosette is embellished with stickles and a clear gem. The face is an image from a magazine.  I love the quotation.

DSC01869 (1024x893)On Saturday I had a meeting with this lady.  Vicki asked me to keep an eye out for 100% cotton and linen napkins for her to dye.   Since I am the Queen of thrifting I told her I would.  I ended up at an Estate sale late on a Sunday afternoon and hit the napkin motherload.  All of them were meticulously clean and some starched so well they stood on their own.  I got a very large lot of them for $4. 

Vicki and I chose to meet up at Quilting Adventures, our local quilting store and the place where I first met Vicki at a class to learn to make fabric postcards.  I have never been the same since!  You can read more about our adventures in this post on Vicki’s blog.  I told her on Saturday that she would blame me for her latest fabric purchase on her blog. 

She recently opened an Etsy shop selling her hand dyed fabrics.  She also makes DSC01858 (739x1024)the bestest tie dyed creations.  So check out her shop!  She told me that she would give me an incentive for picking up the napkins for her.  She gifted me with some pieces of her painted fabric.  I am soooo lucky and cannot wait to cut into  some of it.  I want to make more of the lady brooches, but also have some earring ideas that popped into my head today as I was driving home.  More on that later.

I also put the finishing touches on my charm for the Flickr Altered Dominos & Other Game Pieces altered heart domino swap.  It needs something else added to it and I have until Wednesday to figure out what. 

The background is some leftover bits of the background of this ATC.  The heart, wings and text are all hand collaged. 

I had a really, really ugly cry over this story!


NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday, I was offered and accepted a new job!  I start on July 6th!  I cannot wait!

No more morning coffee breaks with Regis and Kelly.

No more water cooler conversations with the View ladies.

No more lunch meetings with George Lopez.

No more hanging out in shorts and sweats all day.

No more avoiding the morning commute.

In a week it will all be over and I will start working! 


I am so excited!  Let the party begin!!!!!!!!!!!


I am already dancing! 

I love swapping art with others.  I like opening my box to things that others have made for me.  I love learning new techniques, being inspired, and learning new techniques.  Mostly, I love getting the stuff!

This is what arrived last week!

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There was my flapper ATC from the Fantastic Flat Paper Doll Yahoo group from Norma in Canada. 






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An altered domino created by Artchicapoo.  She drilled different sized holes in the domino are part of the piece.  So cool!






I also received my final set of handmade charms from the Mixed Media Art Friends Yahoo group. 

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This found object charm was created by JoAnne Reichert from Pennsylvania. 






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This sweet bird charm was created by Debbie Metti.



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The last two, Mona in Paris and the Paris Charm were created by Linda Earley from Oklahoma.  I believe they are made from shrink plastic.

And last, but certainly not least, I won a giveaway on Flickr from Sillesix.  She was giving away her 100th ATC.  You can see the ATC I received here.  

Now if I could make them put artsy gifts inside the bill envelopes I would be a really, really happy girl! 

This month’s theme for the Fantastic Flat Paper Doll group on Yahoo is ballet.  I had originally planned to make a paper doll bunny ballet dancer, but changed my mind at the last minute when I recalled the most famous ballet is Swan Lake.  So then the doll took a whole other turn.

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The head is a picture of a swan that I colored with an opaque white marker and gel pens.  Her crown is a bit of a Coca-cola can, her bodice for her tutu is made from some pink handmade paper that I colored with an even pinker marker and edged with silver.  Her tutu is made from 2 layers of gathered lace, and her wings were thrifted.  The rest of her body are made from cardstock on which I drew her toe shoes. 

I like the bits and pieces that make this one unique.  That she is parts of a couple species.  Makes her a bit special. 


I had so much fun making the other bird for the MAD MAMMA challenge and I had leftover can scraps so I made a second birdie.  This one is a bit sassier than its brother birdie.  She is a little minx of a birdie.  The inspiration came to me as I hummed the song that Uncle Remus sang in Song of the South. 

Mr. Bluebird’s on my shoulder…

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The body, wings and tail were cut from aluminum soda cans.  I used acrylic paints to make it a bluebird.  I also embossed the body a bit using an embossing tool and freehanded it.  I added inks to the wing and tail to make them stand out a bit.  Her legs are from a collage sheet on the Flickr collage image group.  Her hat is made from Tim  Holtz’ grungeboard which I colored with silver ink.  I added some grosgrain ribbon and a flower and bead to finish her off.  Her eye is from a magazine. 

I love how she ended up with a bit of a nod to the Zetti influence.  She is one sassy little bluebird!


Last week, I had a lunch date with a former co-worker who loves interesting brooches.  I wanted to bring her a little gift so I started checking out this book which was sent to me by this lady

I didn’t have some parts for all of the projects in the book so I decided to improvise.  I did use one of the templates for the body, embellish it with beads, and used brass hands and feet charms.  The face is a rubber stamped onto a piece of balsam wood (woodsies) which I cut around the outline.  A bit of yarn makes her hair. 

I had so much fun making this one that I decided to make some others, too.  That turned into making 8 more!

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They were super easy to make and are so cute, too!  I love the wild yarn hair and their expressions. 

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon hanging out with some artsy ladies and being creative!  The best part of all they didn’t complain as I poked them repeatedly with the needle! 

Aren’t they cute?  If I do say so myself!  Thanks Mary Ann for the book and the inspiration!


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"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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