Sunday, March 30, 2008

"My Favorite Things" experience

Hi to you,
I finally have the photos to show you of my collage showing at the "My Favorite Things" shop.
This little cozy store in my local town is without a doubt my favorite shop. So their name is the
perfect fit for them. I was in the store one day perusing all the lovely things and got to talking with the store owner, Tina,(that's her and I in the photo, I'm the one with the curly hair) and in the course of the conversation my collages came into the
discussion. Before I knew it, Tina was asking me if I'd like to be her featured artist at her open
house in March and of course I jumped at the offer! The stores focus is on all things Paris and France and of course lot's of glitter, so I created 5 new collages to go along with a few of my already created collages and had quite a repitoire to show.
I didn't sell any collages that evening but I received tons of positive comments and gave out my business cards so my work and name is getting "out there".
Tina is going to do another open house on Memorial day weekend and asked me if I would like to
come and be a part of it again, so I am thrilled.
For me the hardest part of being an artist is the self promotion part which I know many of you artists out there can relate too. But it is a part of the business that has to be done, unless of course you have your own agent. lol. Someday I hope to be successful enough to have one but for now it is just me and myself doing the promoting.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my art adventure, stay tuned because there will be many more!
talk to you soon,
P.S. check out Tinas website at: or go to her etsy site at: to see her wonderful creations.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Life just flys by

Hello all,

My goodness, how time flys! I have been so into creating my collages for the open house last week that my blogging and other sites just sat in cyber space all alone. lol

I wanted to show a few photos of the open house but my dear hubby has the memory card for the camera, so the photos of the collage showing will have to wait til tomorrow. But here is my latest mini collage, which I just had so much fun creating. There's something about the colors black and cream that just make me think of romance. So I added the image of an embracing couple to the back of a piece of vintage sheet music using a rubber stamp and added a bunch of embellishments.
I wonder what colors bring a feeling of romance to your artsy creations? Maybe, Victorian Red or Tiffany blue?
I'll leave you with that question to ponder and will talk to you all soon,

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hi all,

Just wanted to show you a photo of my estate treasures that I had talked about the other day.

I'm not trying to make anyone jealous, lol. No, really I'm not, I'm just excited about it and want you to share it too. I have already started using some of the lace in my newest collages. I'm in the midst of creating a few frenchy style collages for the open house I am a part of for the shop "My favorite things". Next thursday is approaching quickly, so I'm trying not to procrastinate, which is a really hard habit for me to break. Especially when I log on to the Cottage Style Street Team forum! The ladies in this group are so super sweet and funny and even though we have never met in person, I feel like we all are friends. And they find the best crafts to look at, and buy!! But that's a whole other topic we could get into. Shopping on Etsy!

Hope you like the photo, now back to collaging,

talk to you soon,


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Guest artist

Hi, I got some great news today, I am going to be the guest artist at a local shop in my town.

A few months back I had gone into this little shop to browse the wonderful treasures on their shelves and the owner was in there and somehow we got onto the subject of my making collages. So next time I was in town I brought a few by for the shop owner to look at and she asked me if I would like to be her featured artist at her spring open house. Of course I said yes and now it's almost here. I have two weeks to create a new line of french inspired vintage collages. So I started today in preparing the canvases with my background colors and now on to the really creative part, the design.

Just yesterday someone told me of an estate sale going on down the street in an old victorian house so of course I hurried right on over there and it was wonderful.I got there at the end of the day but the kind of stuff that I look for doesn't usually sell that fast, so I got the best deals!! All kinds of old vintage lace and crocheted potholders(sold for 25cents each!) a few old photos, and a pile of vintage crocheted doilies. So now I have plenty of inspiration for my new collages.
The old victorian house was/is an inspiration all by it self. Tin paneled ceilings and detailed dental molding, I was just so awed by this lovely old house, it even made me a little emotional to be walking through it with all it's memories. The couple who had owned it were a husband and wife and the husband had been a stuntman for hollywood movies and in between that they had traveled the world together. So romantic!
I felt privileged to have walked through their doors and now to have a few of their treasures and to be able to use them in a new way is just a wonderful feeling.
The people giving the sale said there would be another sale soon of the downstairs rooms as soon as they could organize and price everything. So I will be back.
Let me tell you I was so tempted to buy one of the many victorian mirrors that were on display. There was one particular mirror with carving on the top and a mini painting of a victorian couple dancing that just made me swoon when I saw it. But they were asking 350$ for it so I passed it by.
As you can see from my collage photo of my victorian lady, that I truly love the victorian style. I really think I was born in the wrong era. Oh, but then I wouldn't be here talking with you all and I would miss that.
I'll talk to you soon,

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring is coming!!

Hello to you all,
Just thought I'd write up a current post here, and tell you all that I am feeling the spring fever that I've been hearing a rumor about. I know it's coming because when I was out shopping the other day I couldn't resist getting a few of the beautiful potted flowers that were out on the stores patio. These are two of my most fav flowers and they only are around pretty much in the cool weather, ranoculus and stock! When that wonderful aroma of the stock floats by on the breeze it is just heaven.
Oops, I don't have a photo of the stock yet, but here's the ranoc and sweet little pansies. I'm already daydreaming about how I am going to arrange my garden this year. Flowers and veggies, it seems like the flowers always win out over the veggies. I must confess I am a flower addict, I guess that is because as an artist I am truly drawn to color. But it is also so satisfying to be able to pick green beans or squash fresh from the garden for your dinner guests or even just for yourself as you wander around the garden. There's nothing like opening up a sweet pea and popping one into your mouth, yummmm. Even my little doggie sits beside me waiting for his garden treat. Who knew that a dog would love green beans? But he does.
So for all of those of you out there with so many feet of snow, I'm just giving you a little head's up, that spring really is on it's way and it's going to be lovely.
talk to you later,