Long Time, No See!

Yes, I know…

I’ve been MIA since before Thanksgiving.

No warning.

No excuses.

Life just got in the way of everything else.

My sincere apologies and heartfelt gratitude goes out to those of you who faithfully returned week after week, day after day, in search of a new post, or something that would explain my absence. Your presence was felt here, I assure you.

December is lost to 2014 and January has almost come and gone! I am continually amazed at the warp speed passage of time as it literally flies by!

Many of you have filled my mail box to overflowing these past few months. THANK YOU! You can’t possibly know how touched I was to receive your mail art and your Christmas and New Year’s wishes!

Normally, I would fill a blog post, or two, or ten with your correspondence. This time, I’m going to resist. No long blog-jam to share and say thank you, in a lame attempt to catch up… Instead, if it’s all the same to you, I’ll let the New Year begin to work here and start fresh. If I owe you mail, watch the post….

Nor will there be a post to update my MailArt 365 progress. If you thought the last ones were lengthy, a catch-up now would take forever to write and read. Instead, you can browse pics of my progress and that of other participating artists here: http://mailart365.blogspot.com/

My only dip back into 2014 is this… A HUGE THANK YOU!!! to all of the ladies who created pages in my Zetti-Style Glue Book as it made its way through the Round Robin. (You know who you are!) It has come home in grand style and I am delighted to have shared that journey with all of you!

The pictures simply don’t do it justice, but take a peek for yourselves…

Arriving in Style

Julia sent the glue book home to The Studio at Piney Creek Acres in grand style! The gifties were sooo over-the-top!

"A Bird's Eye View" was wrapped prettily, inviting me to brew a cuppa and spend some much needed quiet time looking through it...

“A Bird’s Eye View” was wrapped prettily, inviting me to brew a cuppa and spend some much needed quiet time looking through it…

The front cover before it flew the coop and began its journey.

The front cover before it flew the coop and began its journey.

An artist sign in page was created just inside the front cover. I am happy to say that it filled quickly!

An artist sign in page was created just inside the front cover. I am happy to say that it filled quickly!

Love the sentiment expressed here! Melody Issacs of http://ateliermelodee.blogspot.com/ really took flight with my theme!

Love the sentiment expressed here! Melodee Isaacs really took flight with my theme!

You can find more of Melodee’s stuff here: http://ateliermelodee.blogspot.com/

Jackie Davidson had a different take, entirely... What a view! Bird got away!

Jackie Davidson had a different take, entirely… What a view! Bird got away!

See more about Jackie here: http://jldart.com/

Two uniquely individual pages were created by Susan Steward. The one on the right speaks to magical, moonlit winter nights!

Two uniquely individual pages were created by Susan Steward. The one on the right speaks to magical, moonlit winter nights! Dare I hang my hat on the quote? I shall! A thrilling time, indeed!

April Cole

April Cole shared a little Frida Love with me! The bottom of the starry ribbon is cut off in the photo, but Frida is stamped there.

Read April’s blog here: http://aprilmariecole.blogspot.com/

Capturing the spirit of the season on her two page spread, Nancy Baumiller, shared "a fond childhood memory" with me.

Capturing the spirit of the season on her two page spread, Nancy Baumiller, shared “a fond childhood memory” with me.

See more of Nancy’s work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CrowsFeetDesigns

Before the book went out, I created my own center spread. I had an idea that I didn't want to forget in the time my book was away. It did not disappoint.

Before the book went out, I created my own center spread. I had an idea that I didn’t want to forget in the time my book was away. It did not disappoint.

Jill Adamy turned the book on end and created an elongated spread! That owl's got some long legs! Love the boots!

Jill Adamy turned the book on end and created an elongated spread! That owl’s got some long legs! Love the boots! Strive for creativity, indeed!

More from Jill can be found here: http://www.glimmerbug.com/

The EYES have it! Veronica Fortune has a heartfelt message for us all....

The EYES have it! Veronica Fortune has a heartfelt message for us all….

And last, but certainly not least! Julia Jacques bright and cheery page imparts some humorous wisdom!

And last, but certainly not least! Julia Jacques bright and cheery page imparts some humorous wisdom!

Carpe Diem! Inside the back cover... complete with a pocket for the contributing artists to leave their cards, or notes.

Carpe Diem! Inside the back cover… complete with a pocket for the contributing artists to leave their cards, or notes.

The back cover... THE END

The back cover… THE END

Thank you, Everyone! The Zetti-Style Mini Glue Book Round Robin was a huge success!

The New Year has seen me dabbling in the studio, but not nearly as much as I might like. Here are a few of the things I’ve done…

This pair of earrings was created especially in support of my favorite Juke Joint, Wooley Bully's. Their drink chips are glow-in-the-dark guitar picks! I couldn't resist drilling them to create these!

This pair of earrings was created especially in support of my favorite Juke Joint, Wooley Bully’s. Their drink chips are glow-in-the-dark guitar picks! I couldn’t resist drilling them to create these! Thank you, Dremel!

Some of us are beginning a new journey this year, into a world of healing growth through art. This was my interpretation of our first project, Show of Hands.

Some of us are beginning a new journey this year, into a world of healing growth through art. This was my interpretation of our first project.

You might have noticed (in the blog’s side bar) that I am once again participating in Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Post Card Swap. If you’d like to join us for the 2015 Swap, pop on over to Kat Eye Studio and sign up! We’d love to have you! Use this link: http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap

That’s enough for one day, folks! Thanks again for sticking with me! It feels good to be back!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

The Folly of Hoarding Art Supplies!

Yesterday, I posted a bit concerning my participation in the Dreadful Project.

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/a-hodge-podge/

My intention was to add a bit of glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint to the white spaces of the piece, in hopes of creating an ethereal effect for the specters.

Specters in the Dark

Specters in the Dark

The paint was already in my arsenal. I just needed to break it out and use it! I was so excited to finally have a purpose for it!

This is what I found when I opened the package…

Palmer's Luminous Acrylic

All dried up and no place to go!

All dried up and no place to go!

Clearly purchased on clearance (either close to, or past its expiration) this paint was then stored in a drawer until which time I found a use for it.

Oh! The folly!

If I can impart just one morsel of wisdom to you from the desk of The Studio at Piney Creek Acres, let me impress the following upon you; USE YOUR SUPPLIES!

They are meant to be used, not collected! Use your paints, your pretty papers, your markers, your ribbons, trims, stickers, etc!

Be FEARLESS! So what if what you attempt to make with them doesn’t turn out the way you hoped it would? It is in the act of creating that we find satisfaction. It is in the creating that we learn and grow. Don’t be a collector. Be an artist!

Go now and use that treasured supply you’ve been saving for “just the right project!”

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

A Hodge Podge

As I write, it is Fat Tuesday. Gumbo is on the menu here in our household, as we humbly celebrate Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

This morning, I discovered that Kat Sloma of http://kateyestudio.com/ featured the doodled envelope I sent her for the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap in a blog post. You can read her post here: http://kateyestudio.com/2014/03/whats-in-the-mail.html Additionally, you can check out my original blog post about it here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/on-my-desk-doodling/

A week or so ago, I signed up to participate in The Dreadful Project. Sponsored by the good people at The Sketchbook Project, Showtime, and New Yorker Promotions, it endeavors to use artistic renderings of our deepest fears to promote the new Showtime ‘Penny Dreadful’ series. Read more about it here: http://www.newyorkeronthetown.com/experience/youre-invited-sketch-with-a-sense-of-dread/#c_0

Sign-ups are closed and those participating artists have already received their cards and have begun diligently setting their fears to paper. I have an abstract fear of ghostly apparitions and have begun to try to capture the essence of it here:

Specters in the Dark

Specters in the Dark

Do you see the man to the left of the fold? He freaks me out!

I’m popping back into the studio to work a while longer before heading to the kitchen to make the Gumbo….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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!