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!

 

Update: Mini Glue Book Round Robin 2014

While the wheels of the world have been turning, I have been busy creating on several different fronts and documenting has taken a back seat.

The Mini Glue Book Round Robin is about to wrap up and it occurs to me that several of the page spreads I created have been sitting in my photo folder, waiting to see the light of day. The wait is over. It is time to let them fly.

Susan Accuosti’s (Steward) Mini Glue Book theme was Tea Time. I went with an Alice in Wonderland style page spread… A Little More Tea?

A Little More Tea?

Red Riding Hood was created for Jackie Davidson’s book whose theme was Story Land.

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Finally, Birds of a Feather (my favorite of the bunch) was created for Jill Adamy’s book, whose theme was A Little Birdie Told Me…

Birds of a Feather

I have two more glue books currently in my possession, in various stages of completion. I’m not certain if there are any others left to make their way to me, but I do know that my book, A Bird’s Eye View, is about to find it’s way home.

This collaborative effort has been so much fun, it’s sad to see it come to an end. I wish that we could continue sending them ’round until they were full, but alas, it seems everyone has other commitments and with the holidays fast approaching… well, it just isn’t possible.

That said, my next update will be my last. I will reveal my final two page spreads and showcase all the pages completed in my book by the collaborating artists involved.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

UPDATE:

These are the final two page spreads I completed in the Mini Glue Book Round Robin…

A Minnie Pearl Moment was created for

A Minnie Pearl Moment was created for Nancy Baumiller’s book whose theme was Odd Moments.

Rule 8: Be the Queen You Were Meant to Be! was created for Melodee Isaacs book, whose theme was Rules of the Odd Girls Club.

Rule 8: Be the Queen You Were Meant to Be! was created for Melodee Isaacs book, whose theme was Rules of the Odd Girls Club.

Thanks for following our progress through the Zetti-Style Mini Glue Book Round Robin!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Update: Mini Glue Book Round Robin 2014 and a Word of Thanks

It must be said, I am in love with ZETTI!

So much so, that I made the leap and ordered one of Teesha Moore’s rubber stamp sets!

Previously, I’ve only played with the Zetti style of collage art in fits and starts. Mostly, I tried some elements out on art journal pages.

This Mini Glue Book Round Robin has changed me. I seem to be THINKING in a Zetti-frame-of-mind!

These are the last two, two-page spreads I’ve completed:

Hold on to Dreams

The themes have been challenging to interpret. The theme for the book above seemed to be dreams, pursuing them and achieving them.

The theme for the book below was Tea Time.

Tea Time

Finally, I just wanted to thank everyone who commented on my 100th blog post, helping me to celebrate! THANK YOU! I have just finished the piece I’ll be sending to you all. You know who you are! 😀

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Mini Glue Book Round Robin 2014

If you’ve visited my studio page (https://www.facebook.com/TheStudioatPineyCreekAcres) on facebook, you might have seen that I am participating in a round robin collaborative affair, sponsored by Melodee Isaacs over at The Studio- a thriving artist community (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheStudioAprilCole/)

All participants created “glue books” from tiny composition books. The books are being kept in the Zetti-style of collage, originally created by Teesha Moore (http://www.teeshamoore.com/)

This is the front cover shot of the book I created for this event.

A Bird's Eye View

The title of the book is meant to be the theme as well. Each artist who receives the book will create two pages or a two-page spread in the Zetti-style, based on the theme. I am very excited to see what they come up with.

Meanwhile, I have received the first book to head my way. It was created by Julia Jae. I am using her photos of the book, as I felt they were better than any I could offer.

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Circle of Life (contributor page) Julia Jae

Circus of Life (inside back cover)  Julia Jae

Circle of Life (back cover) Julia Jae

Julia’s Circus of Life theme appealed to me in so many ways. Having seen photos before the book arrived, I’d already begun creating in my mind’s eye. I knew, right away, that I would use my circus tent design from ICAD 2013 in some way.

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

This is where I find that scans of my artwork come in handy. All I had to do was print and cut.

Scan, Print, Cut

My vision of what I would create had changed several times by the time the book arrived. I realized that the size of the tent was much larger than I would require and it was back to the printer to reformat so that I could get four smaller prints from one 4×6 index card.

I cut them out and began stacking them, creating a gown of sorts and this is what transpired.

Circus Tent Gown

Many of my preconceived ideas tend to fall apart as I try to bring them to life. Fortunately, this one actually cooperated and I am pleased with the end result.

Make the Most of What You've Got!

It’s just about time to send Circus of Life on its way….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!