Saturday, February 23, 2013

Old fashioned wooden spools.... Used to be all over the place. The problem was not finding them, but what to do with them when the thread was used up. All that wood was too good to throw away. My Grandmother and my Mama had bags of them. I don't remember all the things they did with them, but I do remember spool dolls, 'legs' on tin cans made into pencil holders, Pin cushions on the tops of the really big spools.... all kinds of camp tools and things we did in Campfire Girls..
But recently those ubiquitous spools seem to have disappeared. So, when my online Altered Arts group announded an 'altered spool' swap, I thought... I HAVE IT MADE...
But then I went looking for my spools of thread and ALL of them except the antique ones in the sewing chest I inherited from my Mama were that nasty foam stuff. Sorry friends but those mementos are staying in the antique sewing chest with all the memories of my Mama and the dresses she made for me.

Finally, I located some in the wooden things in Hobby Lobby. So here is what I did with mine
I just love the little nest and the tiny redbird. It was great fun finding tiny embellishments and bits of things to add to the spool to decorate it. . I hope you like it and that it brings a smile 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Chocolate, glorious CHOCOLATE

This was supposed to post just after the meeting of our Second Saturday Altered Books group. As mentioned previosly, we create postcards for assigned members each month.The Second Saturday Altered Book Group post card for the month of January went  to Mitzi D. She chose CHOCOLATE! Now, how yummy is that? Here is the card I designed for her

I am a hopeless medium addict. Bring out a new one and I am just itching to try it. I missed Dylusions last year (don't know how) but had already heard about it when Mary, from our Altered Books group brought home some samples and her own excitement.
Anyway, I managed to get some of the dyes and other supplies at the Columbia Stamp and Scrap Art tour show last weekend. Now that I've had a chance to play with them, I'm hooked. I have to tell you that I think that Dyan Reavely has  followed in Tim Holtz' considerable foot steps and created a line with limitless possibilities. Between the two of them, I think they have Ranger at the absolute top of the mixed media and altered arts heaps.
Here is a journal page that I'm working on. I need to find the right focal pieces to finish it, but I love what I have so far.

I started with Dylusions Chocolate Brown, Cut Grass and Pure Sunshine. I also added a very tiny wisp of Postbox Red. Then I sprayed with some water and blotted it all with a 'kitchen roll'.
Following that, I used various stencils to 'ghost' some images onto the page. The leaves are from the Stamper's Anonymous "Dyan Reavely" line, "Farther Around the Edge." I bleached the leaves with a water brush and tipped in some Cut Grass green on the leaves.  The little stitched looking border is from the same set. The edges were touched up with Ranger Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs. Now to find the right images to dress it up a little more. But I am happy that I've gotten the ground work in place.
The other thing I did was try the Dylusions on a Manila Tag This is one of those BIIIIIGGGG ones. #12 to be specfic.
What I learned there is that the 'ghosting' technique gives a more subtle result. Next I'm goint to try it on Watercolour paper. As the quote says, "I'm currently unsupervised......"