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Karla, whose blog I follow and her Etsy shop I cruise, recently went to a sale of an assemblage artist and bought some interesting goodies.  I immediately spied the treble clef and since I love music I HAD to have it. 

I was sitting around on Sunday since we were having a wintry mix for most of the day found myself with a lot of time indoors.  All of a sudden inspiration hit me and I knew what I was going to do with my treble clef. 



DSC01623 I present to you Miss Kitty, the Queen of the Pussycat Cabaret.  Did any of you watch Gunsmoke?  Remember Miss Kitty the saloon owner and (I believe, but they never said) Madam?  Well, she was not modeled after that Miss Kitty, but that is the name I decided to give her. 

Her torso is the treble clef that I backed with some scrapbook paper, her face is stamped onto a piece of pink paper, the arms, legs and ears are all scrapbook paper.  Since there was not much area to affix the arms and hers were a bit low I added the lace collar to help a bit.  She was quite freakish looking without it. 

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So now you know what rolls through my mind…altered doll ideas and old west show madams, but not necessarily in that order.  Now let me introduce Miss Kitty to the other dolls, button fairies, and Dotees in my collection.  She will be hanging out with me and the girls for much longer than an hour and I won’t have to pay her!

I belong to a Flickr group of altered domino and other game pieces creators.  It is a lot of fun and Jo always seems to come up with great swaps from time to time.  I join the swaps as the project interests me.  I joined the swap recently for an ATC using a game piece.  I had a hard time thinking of my idea with this one and brought it almost down to the wire.  Last day to mail was 2-28, mine was mailed on 2-26.  Made it with two days to spare. 

I have participated in other swaps including a domino doll.  I have also been intrigued lately with ATC dolls where people place jointed dolls onto ATCs that when they fold they are ATC size.  Mine is not that intricate, but it is a doll and is on an ATC.

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I painted a mini domino light blue using acrylic paints and then covered it with polycrylic to seal it.  I added a stamped face glued with dimensional dots to raise it a bit, used a little crown charm, added stamping to the background and the arms and legs along with a bit of ink.  The arms and legs both move, but the body, head and crown stay put. 

I really like this one and almost made one for myself.  My partner is in Israel and it is on its way.  I hope Yafit likes it. 

I have been reorganizing my apartment a lot since I have so much free time.  It is maddening the length of days and weeks when you don’t have a job to go to.  There are sometimes 2-3 days I am not sure what day it is.  I have to sit and think what TV show I watched the previous night to recall the day of the week. 

Part of the reorg involved clearing off my sewing machine table.  The table and my sewing chair seem to be the catch all for the stuff I bring into that room.  It piles up quickly and prevents me from using it as I hate to move it all to move it all back.  Sad, huh?

Since the sewing machine and the chair are now all clear I have been using it a bit more and creating fabric ATCs for the latest MAMMA challenges.  This week’s challenge was to use a Mona Lisa image for your creation.  I decided to use an image via gel medium transfer.  Since I never know how it will work and I don’t put all of my eggs in a single image basket I normally start with 3.  Usually, I end up with one that I can use.  This time, perhaps because I am getting better at the technique or I just lucked out I ended up with 3. 





This card is entitled Mona’s Heart.

The Mona image is transferred onto white muslin material.  That is sewn onto another piece of fabric.  The heart image is from a dictionary page that is sewn onto the card.  A bit of yarn and some beading complete the card.




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I made two other cards with the extra images, but didn’t enter them in the swap.  These will be used for Kate’s Birthday ATC swap for some upcoming birthdays.  I added polka dot bias tape , vintage lace, a vintage flower image, and some vintage buttons to complete the cards. 

DSC01622 I received a couple of great cards in trade this week.  The first is from Fidgetrainbowtree and is for the bird swap. 

The second is from Nancy for the India swap.  She drew the lovely image by hand. 



What have you been up to? 

DSC01590This week’s MAMMA challenge was to create a Zetti ATC.  I  have seen them, I liked them, I have received them, but never have I created one.  I had no idea where to start.

I knew they were a bit out there, they were usually black and white or had those colors in them and that they normally had a black and white border.  They could be scary, they could be weird, they were definitely a work of artistic fancy.  You can see more examples in this Yahoo group

This was my attempt and my very first Zetti.  I used a black and white image of a child holding their breath.  For that image I drew a fish body with black and white stripes.  I also drew the polka dots and borders all using my gel pens.  I added the text also to the card.

I think I did pretty good for my first attempt. 


I also received my swap for last week’s triptych swap.  This is from Hattie Heart.  I remember watching Red on The Tonight Show and Merv Griffin.  I also watched the reruns of his show often.  I thought he was great. 

Thanks, Hattie, for bringing back such nice memories.

Have you tried a new technique lately?

I participated in Cyber Fyber’s World ATC day which was held on January 17th.  I sent 3 ATCs for the swap and received 3 in return. 


There is this lovely water color Sleeper by David Yaghjian.  







Nordic Runes I by Shirley Whitlock.  The description indicates it is acrylic and mixed medium.









And this lovely and vibrant piggy card by Ingrid Dijkers. 









The second week of 2009 challenge for MAMMA was birds.  This is the card I created for that swap.  The quotation on the card is from Sadako Sasaki.  You can read more about her and her story here

The background is scrapbook paper with a thick layer of gesso to give it texture.  The bird image is from a thrifted birding book, the text is printed on vellum paper.  I added a few soft pink blossoms as a nod to Sadako and the Japanese gift of Cherry trees to the US. 

If you have never been to the tidal basin in DC when the Cherry trees are blooming in the spring you have missed out on quite a sight. 






I also created a second ATC using the same quote that is available for trade if you are interested. 



Have you been in any great swaps lately?

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