Back in February I started the Brave Girls Soul Restoration online class and I'm happy to say that while I haven't completed all the projects, I'm still plugging along.
Journaling is a big part of the class. We aren't art journaling per se, Melody Ross includes a plethora of art technique videos in the curriculum that you can use to enhance your projects. A plain black art journal was just not going to do.
Here's the scoop...
I cut and ripped pieces of assorted fabrics and used Mod Podge to attach them to the journal. Yep, rocket science right there ;-).
It is important to coat both side of the fabric with the Mod Podge ~ and a final coat over the top helps seal everything in.
The back cover
I did want to add a little something in addition to the fabric pieces so I freehand stitched the word 'restore' onto a piece of plain canvas cloth.
I like to challenge myself: I don't write the word on the fabric ahead of time and I don't know (yet) how to use my free motion embroidery foot on my sewing machine so I just kind of wing it with the regular foot.
I was relatively happy with how this turned out, I don't even mind the wonkiness of the uneven zigzag stitch when I went to attach the word to the backing fabric.
This was my second attempt at freehand sewing a word on the sewing machine. Here's my first attempt:
(I like this one even better...)
I put this word on a drawstring bag a made out of a vintage pillowcase. This bag is to hold my Truth cards from the class:
Back to the journal, I'm contemplating putting a flower on it...
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Last week I was lucky enough to visit Charleston, SC with my mom (along with a special guest appearance by My Cousin Laura). The plan was to escape the cold, gray days of early Spring in New England and enjoy the bursting colors and warm temperatures of early Spring in Charleston.
So, part of that plan worked out.
While the sun did shine for most of the the 3 days we were in town, it was accompanied by cool temperatures (low 50s) and often gusty breezes. However, Charleston's beauty did not disappoint.
One of my favorite things to photograph in Charleston is the wonderful window boxes in the historic downtown area. Here are some of my favorites...
Soon enough it will be time to plant my window boxes here in Massachusetts ~ and I'll have no shortage of inspiration! Now if only some of that elusive Southern warmth could make it here...
I had such good intentions of crafting Valentine gifts this year. Then I got a late start and then the Blizzard of 2013/Nemo hit and we didn't have power for 5 days. Before the lights (and heat) went out, I started making some paper mache hearts and a few other shapes. Eventually, my work turned into this:
Want to make one of your own? Read on...
I actually made a whole bunch before Christmas and gave them as gifts. I did however hold a few back for myself. They've been sitting in the garage, me too lazy to get a piece of ribbon to hang them with.
The meteorological arrival of Spring on March 1st seemed to coincide with the arrival of a whole bunch of hungry birds so I figured I'd better fill the birdfeeder and finally, hang the teacup suet feeder.
Perhaps the reason I kept putting off going to this garden bed was the fact that it looked like this:Thanks to Nemo, we have countless limbs and branches down around the yard. Apparently it is also time to take down my mini picket fence...
I stood the birdbath up, filled the bird feeder, and finally, hung the teacup.
By the time I got back in the house, at least 10 birds (mostly chickadees, a woodpecker or two) swooped in for some grub. At the birdfeeder.
All day yesterday, the birds ignored my teacup suet. I was bracing myself for another #PinterestFail. All was redeemed this morning when I saw several birds taking a turn in the teacup.
Maybe tomorrow I'll bust out my real camera with the zoom lens and try to get a picture...
One of my favorite pieces of art that I've made and is actually on display in my house is a collage hanging in our Hall of Woof:
The main image is a vintage flash card and the rest of the collage is comprised of various paper scraps, some old (like 1880s old), some new scrapbooking paper. Maybe part of the reason I like it so much is because I see it about 20 times a day ~ it's hanging opposite the bathroom door so every time you come out of the bathroom you see it...
As part of my efforts to create more art this year, I'm also trying to figure out which medium to work in. Making more of these collages seemed like a good start.
Wes Welker, Polar Bear
Inspired by a small (4x4) collage by Sarah Ahearn that I purchased a few years ago and have in my studio, I created this polar bear scrap collage.
The central image was cut out of a children's dictionary from the 1970s. Again, I used new and vintage paper scraps including bits of a nautical chart and the No. 83 (Wes Welker's number) from an 1880s ledger I bought years ago at the Metrolina Flea Market in Charlotte. I miss that place...
I cut out the text from the original illustration and used it in the collage. I painted the sides of the canvas and used a white pen to draw a few snowflakes.
My boys love animals and are currently into bears of all kinds so I hung this in their room.
Whilst in NYC, I of course made time for a visit to Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center. I mentioned previously that I saw a display there that warranted its own post. And here we are...
Yes, that's an entire (faux) wall made out of thrifted books. It was awesome. I didn't even realize there was a pattern until I stepped back. Seriously, how cool is that?? The piece that really puts it over the top for me is the fab chandelier.
Those visual display peeps at Anthropologie really know what they're doing, don't they...
I didn't take the time to count the books, but how many did they use? 1,000? 842? Suffice to say, a lot.
I must've stared at this installation for at least 5 minutes, moving around the store to view it from different angles.