She Lives!

Hello, Folks! Thanks to all who checked in periodically during my extended absence, following the death of my laptop last June! My sincerest apologies for having left you hanging so long! The last six months were somewhat lonely without you all, but I kept creating and hope you did too!

For about twenty years now, I have yearned for a Mac. This year, Santa took pity on me and delivered in a BIG way! Meet Candy, my new partner in crime and creativity….

Candy Apple

No excuses. (Scary thought, that.) Hoping to be posting two or three times weekly from here on out. Thanks again, to all of you who stuck with me!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

aka: Computer Killer

It is official. My new nick-name is Computer Killer. I not only killed my own laptop, but also killed the one I borrowed until I could get mine fixed.

Sadly, this means that those of you who look forward to my weekly ICAD update and other posts will be disappointed. For this, I offer my sincere apologies in the hopes that I will be able to remedy the situation quickly.

Be rest assured that during my hiatus, I am continuing to create 4 x 6 index cards daily, that mail art is still streaming in and life is moving on even though my presence in cyber space is temporarily suspended.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Create Your Own Fabric!

A friend and mail art cohort, Angie Cope, introduced me to a great website! At http://www.spoonflower.com/ you can turn your artwork into fabric, or gift wrap, or wallpaper, or decals! You can understand my immediate fascination with the idea, can’t you?

I uploaded a couple of the ICADs I’d created this week with fabulous results! Rainbow Zebra used a mirror image repeat: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2131942?view= and Textured Dots can be found here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2130982. You have to click over to see the results.

Those designs began with these ICADs:

RAINBOW ZEBRA

Textured Dots

The templates are easy to use. You can share your designs publicly so that others can order them. Swatches (8 x 8 inches) are a mere $5 and yardage is reasonably priced for custom designs. Shipping is low. (I paid $1 to have a swatch and a fat quarter shipped.) Why not give it a whirl? The worst that can happen is that you don’t like what you see and then it’s back to the drawing board. Literally.

Let us know what you think, or share your fabric designs in the comments!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

On My Desk: Eclectic Paperie’s Get Altered Clock Challenge!

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a passion for time pieces. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been drawn to all sorts of clocks and watches. To be honest, I think my grandmother’s cuckoo clock started it all.

In any case, our small house is home to more than a dozen clocks and even more watches. Many of my favorite quotes and sayings are based on that all elusive quality: TIME. Was it any wonder then, that the Altered Clock challenge from Eclectic Paperie immediately consumed my thoughts? http://eclecticpaperie.blogspot.com/2013/04/get-altered-challenge-clocks.html

At first, I toyed with the idea of altering an antique, but I couldn’t bring  myself to do it. I finally settled on a new clock that we’d relegated to the Goodwill pile. So excited was I, by the vision in my head, that I forgot to take a before picture. A few steps in, I finally remembered.

Altered Clock I

At this point, I had taken the clock apart, removed its hands and face and began applying paper tape (printed with gears) to the inside edge.

Delving into my stash of clock papers, I began layering a new face.

Altered Clock II

The base was cut from the reverse side of a piece of BoBunny 12″ Timepiece Dot and was tinted with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a paper dial I had saved from another project fit the edge perfectly. The center piece was cut from Recollections printed canvas and tinted with Tattered Angels Suede Glimmer Mist and Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink.. In this photo, the canvas is being hand-stitched in place using black crewel thread and the blanket stitch, in keeping with the printed edge.

When the stitching was complete, I glued a cut-out from BoBunny 12″ Timepiece Tick Tock in the lower left corner, positioning it carefully between nine and six o’clock. Once dry, I added Graphic 45 numerals 3,6,9, and 12 from a Staples alphabet sticker sheet. Numerals 1,2,4,5,7,8,10,and 11 are Tim Holtz idea-ology Game Pieces that have been lightly sanded and brushed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Altered Clock III

 

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

The R Word

If you’re like me, you are all too familiar with the word to which I am referring.

Scenario: You work for weeks on that one piece of art, that one piece of fiction… You take care to tweak it until it shines in its best possible light. You research your options and choose the best place to submit your work. You gather up the nerve to send it off into the world and then you wait… Time passes, as you work on other things and one day, seemingly out of the blue, you get word. Excitement builds. Did they like it? Do they want to excercise their option to take it? (Oh, please! Oh, please!) You open the email and begin reading… “Thank you for the opportunity to consider your work, but we find that it doesn’t suit our needs at this time.” Ugh!

REJECTION

This wasn’t what I set out to write about today. Finding a similar response in my inbox this morning threw me off and this is the result.

Blindsided by rejection (despite the fact that it is as familiar to me as my own self) I tend to lose sight of everything else on the table. The negativity and self-doubt sneek in and paralyze me in that moment when I am trying to process all of the hard work I’ve done and reconcile it with the news. The pattern which ensues is usually a period of wallowing, lasting anywhere from days to months depending on my personal outlook at the time, followed by a period of intense creativity to prove to myself that I can overcome and beat the odds.

Let’s face it, to depend on one’s personal creative expression to earn a living is a full-scale gamble. It’s all relative. Not everyone is going to like X. X isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. There are too many variables. There is no magic formula. For the most part, we create what we know and love. That is the way it should be. Sometimes, we get lucky and find an individual, a publication, a gallery that appreciates what we have created. When that happens, the reward is greater than we could ever have imagined. The reality is that it doesn’t happen often. That speaks to the uniqueness of individuals around the globe. We are all different and it takes all our differences to make the world go ’round.

Sadly, knowing this isn’t always enough to save us from disappointment.

This morning, I have a question to put to you all. In the past, I have merely asked the question in hopes that folks would respond in the comment section of the post. That hasn’t worked so well. Today, I offer up a poll.

Thankful to have a current deadline to carry me through the day’s disappointment, I’m heading back into the studio to work, instead of wallow.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

On My Desk: Right Now!

RIGHT NOW! Three

Originally, I had intended this piece to be a submission for the Epistolarium 2 mail art call for the theme Right Now. Theresa Williams is the woman behind the blog at http://theletterproject.wordpress.com/. I met her through IUOMA and was intrigued by her epistolary assemblages.

Creating a more literal translation of the theme went like this for me: First, I decided that a cut-out of my RIGHT hand would have to be central. I got hands-on with my paper stash and built my palette using the white printed transparency as my jumping off point. It looked really sharp over top the crisp black sketch paper. But what to do for the hand? Then I found red vellum! Voila!

RIGHT NOW! One

Once the pieces were preliminarily assembled, I made the decision to journal the foundation layer. I contemplated the theme, Right Now. What is important to me, right now? Who am I, right now? I chose silver and white inks that would stand out against the black and yet would blend seamlessly with the transparency layer. I ran the date down the righthand length of the page in white and began at the top with I AM statements, in silver, running them around and around the outer edges of the page, working slowly inward. (Notice the inward focus.) When a word would seem to shout at me, I wrote it BIG! White was used to highlight the large text and some other bits. I used rub-ons to letter the fingertips, outlining them in white to help them pop.

RIGHT NOW! Two

To attach the hand to the bottom layer, I pre-punched needle holes in a zig-zag pattern through both layers and stitched through them with black embroidery thread. The transparency layer was attached by punching two small holes through the top and bottom at the middle and tying a bit of coordinating ribbon through them. NOW! was added atop the transparency using chipboard stickers. It seemed to need a little something in the burst on the wrist, so I added a piece I removed from a thumb tack. The individual layers can be viewed by lifting the transparency from the bottom and gently bending the hand away from the black page of text.

The result made my heart happy! It was then, I realized that I was unable to part with it. I sent a digital image off to Theresa. And intend to send her a color copy of the image. The original has become a page in my art journal.

I suppose I might try to create another work inspired by the Right Now theme, I still have a week or so… but then I also have other deadlines looming, not to mention personal commitments. We’ll have to wait and see.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

THIRTEEN

THIRTEEN

If I were of a superstitious nature, I might be climbing the walls just now, having recently discovered that I have thirteen followers and thirteen blog posts here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits. Then again, we are living in the year 2013… It’s a good thing it’s not March 13, 2013. Or worse yet, a Friday the thirteenth! Not to mention, it’s a cardinal number and there is currently no date set for the Cardinals’ Conclave to determine the new Pope. I wonder if they’ll choose next Wednesday, the thirteenth?

Ah, but numbers don’t bother me much. I’ve never really gone in for numerology as a means to predict. I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kind of gal….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig!

My Trash Bubbles, published in the Winter Issue of GreenCraft magazine, arrived back at Piney Creek Acres over the weekend.From GreenCraft

As I unpacked them and photographed the pieces, I tried to think about what to do with them next.

The vinyl enclosed 45, You Are So Beautiful: Solar Disk Holism, was originally created for the 2012 Solar Disc Festival, only the festival was over by the time I got around to finishing it. (That’s what happens sometimes.) Subsequently, it has been promised to another Trashpo contemporary who loves vintage vinyl as much as I do, Neil Gordon of Connecticut.

Solar Disc Holism

This wasn’t my typical Trash Bubble. The cracked 45 was essentially trash, but I just couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. Encased in clear vinyl and punched with two sizes of holes at irregular intervals, it became another animal entirely. You Are So Beautiful… I can’t help but wonder what Joe Cocker would think.

Below are the other, more traditional Trash Bubbles which appeared in the four-page spread.

CREATIVE living for soulful CREATIVE MINDSTake Chances!WISH!

Inner Critic Silencer

You can read more about these pieces in the Winter 2013 Issue of GreenCraft magazine, on stands now.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Love Out Loud!

Love Out Loud!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

For many, Valentine’s Day is not openly celebrated in love, but loathed for its ability to build one’s hopes, often ending in grand disappointment. Folks tend to grump about this Greeting Card Holiday as though it were created merely for the purpose of their own personal torture. Some are attached, but in a difficult relationship. Others are unattached, that in itself creating a resentment toward the holiday and those of us who find ourselves head over heels in love. Still others are simply unhappy and cannot see the beauty and love in the world.

There IS an alternative to all that grumping!

CHOOSE to LOVE anyway!

LOVE YOURSELF!

LOVE YOUR FRIENDS!

LOVE YOUR CHILDREN!

Love is in the details. No money for grand gestures? That’s okay. Write your child a love note, telling him/her how proud you are of them, how much you love them! Give yourself permission to take time to do something you rarely have the opportunity for in this busy life: take a nap, read a book, take a bath. Phone a friend; just because.

Those ideas don’t strike a chord with you?

Why not focus on others, a stranger maybe? It is, after all, Random Acts of Kindness week! The Golden Rule tells us to treat others as we would like to be treated. Do something small and seemingly insignificant for someone and I promise you WILL be changed by it!

Now, go! Go forth and LOVE OUT LOUD!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!