Tuesday Trash Bubbles:

Last week, I offered out the E6000 & Duct Tape Trash Bubble as a give-away. It didn’t go over as I had hoped, so I am back to my tried and true method of finding homes for my bubbles… intuitively making and sending.

Today, I offer up a different kind of Trash Bubble. This one is smallish in size and requires no mailing. It is meant as a gift tag, or package topper.

Back in 2013, when GreenCraft magazine published my article on Trash Bubbles! in its winter issue, I showcased several kinds, the gift tag/package topper being one of them. This was the example given in the magazine spread:


FLY is my current example of a Trash Bubble for use as a gift tag/package topper.

FLY (front)

Made from a Tim Holtz idealogy blister pack, I utilized the design on the insert as my background.

FLY (close-up brown bird 2) FLY (close-up orange bird) FLY (close-up blue bird)

The dome-like sections provided the perfect space for nesting birdies and the theme was born. Bits of string, thread and other fibers not useful for any other projects and normally considered trash, were used to construct the “nests.” The birds went into the domes first, followed by the bits. It was tricky to strike the correct balance of bits to support the tiny birds without burying them, or knocking them off-kilter within the domes.

FLY (washi close-up)

Needing to cover up the printed information on the package insert while leaving the design exposed, I used washi tapes that supported my theme. Rubber stamp letters were then used to stamp the title on the piece before I sealed it up.

FLY (back)

The back was painted with black gesso and finished with black washi tape. I am unsatisfied with the insecure closure, so I will eventually go back and strengthen it before using it.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ll consider creating this type of bubble for your next wrapping job. Please share if you do.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!



Liberate Your Art 2015 Postcard Swap – Blog Hop!

Once again, The Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap has been an enormous success! Today, we are celebrating our success with a blog hop… A little trip around the globe to share the fruits of our labor with each other and with all of you.

My piece for the swap began as a humble two page spread in a glue book. And it was transformed into a postcard that I was happy to distribute. Here are the before and after scans…


Before: the original two-page spread

Postcard of Image

After: Printed at VistaPrint, lost the bright colors, but otherwise, it came out okay.

These are the pieces I received in the official swap, throughout the month of March…


From: The Contemplative Gardener, this piece sustained some damage, having been torn in the postal machines, but it is still very beautiful.


From: Paint A Masterpiece, this sampler arrived. Very nice! Would make a great marketing tool!

From: Melissa Parks, this blonde angel tells us to " let your light shine."

From: Melissa Parks, this blonde angel tells us to ” let your light shine.”

From: Meena Schaldenbrand, a quilt entitled "Savor Every Second, Value Every Day." I'm sure the photographic postcard fails to do the quilt justice.

From: Meena Schaldenbrand, a quilt entitled “Savor Every Second, Value Every Day.” I’m sure the photographic postcard fails to do the quilt justice.

From: Ungala, "A Tribute to Women." The black border frames the piece nicely.

From: Ungala, “A Tribute to Women.” The black border frames the piece nicely.

I was saddened to receive the final postcard. It is always a “Thank You” from Kat, signalling that the swap has officially come to an end.

From Kat Sloma, "Imminent Downfall."

From Kat Sloma, “Imminent Downfall.”

Before the swap officially started, we were clamoring to trade with fellow artists. As I had only created one postcard design for this year’s swap, I elected to wait until after the swap to see if the folks received mine officially. That way, if they did, I could send another design. If you are one of the folks to whom I owe a postcard and you did not receive the one pictured above in the official swap, let me know and I will send it on to you. If you received the one pictured above and I still owe you a side swap, let me know and I’ll send out something different. I apologize for not keeping closer track of these side-swaps and want to honor my commitment.

These are the postcards I received in the side-swaps. Spoiler Alert! They are pretty AMAZING!


From: Janice Darby

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From: Jill Eudaly


From: Kat van Rooyen


From: Amy Irwen


From: Sherry Harmes (Both of them!)

It was another enjoyable, successful and inspiring swap season, thanks to Kat Sloma’s organization and hard work, and thanks to all the participating artists!

If you haven’t seen it, you can check out the swap video here:


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.


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!


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!

ICAD 2014 Has Begun!

Life’s a Circus!

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

There’s been so much happening these days that I ALMOST (only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right?) missed the start of ICAD 2014!

Worthy ICAD June 6, 2013

Worthy ICAD June 6, 2013

When the hits started coming in for my previous ICAD posts, I could hardly believe my eyes. At first, I was slightly confused. Then I panicked! Where did the time go? In March, I couldn’t believe June 1st was so far off and willed it to hurry up and get here!

Well! Now that I’ve got that all out of my system…

Mellow Yellow ICAD July 19, 2013

Mellow Yellow ICAD July 19, 2013

Tammy Garcia over at http://daisyyellowart.com/ is inviting everyone to participate her Index-Card-A-Day (ICAD) Challenge 2014.

Children's Insurance ICAD June 14, 2013

Children’s Insurance ICAD June 14, 2013

Once again, I’ve taken the plunge. I strongly encourage you to do the same, if the idea appeals to you even the tiniest bit!

Blue Flow ICAD July 17, 2013

Blue Flow ICAD July 17, 2013

The challenge is simple. Working on index cards (either 3×5 or 4×6) you create a small piece of art each day, for 61 days. You can jump in at any time! The point isn’t to stress, it’s to create daily. You liked one card and hated the other? Fine. Everything you make won’t be a masterpiece. In fact, the point is the creative expression and trial and error which are often messy and experimental. Be open to whatever comes and  I promise you will walk away with something amazing at the end of the challenge.

Treasure Map ICAD June 9, 2013

Treasure Map ICAD June 9, 2013

Last year, I started out strong, intending to post my ICAD progress weekly. Two weeks in, my laptop died, but I kept creating. By July 31st, I was so used to to the ICAD rhythm, that I didn’t want to stop. I kept on making them daily… until life got in the way.

Vibrant Woodsong ICAD July 20, 2013

Vibrant Woodsong ICAD July 20, 2013

Weekly posts of this year’s ICADs will begin on Monday. Sprinkled throughout this post are scans of my ICADs from 2013.

One Heart's Flight ICAD July 22, 2013

One Heart’s Flight ICAD July 22, 2013

Although I kept all of my ICADs, I am now ready to let go of most of them. I will be using them as mail art since I worked in the 4×6 size. There are so many options for these miniature works of art. Some of the images herein were used to create professionally printed postcards and note cards over the winter. I am sure you’ll have no shortage of ideas for yours!

Sunshine on My Shoulder ICAD June 10, 2013

Sunshine on My Shoulder ICAD June 10, 2013

Jump in and get started! Use what you have. Simply let go and have fun creating!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!





Brave Girls Birdies

Several years ago, I took a leap of faith and invested in myself. By this, I mean that I got up the courage and the funds to participate in Soul Restoration as taught by Melody Ross and the Brave Girls Club. http://bravegirlsclub.com/soul-restoration It was one of the best things I have ever done.

BGC Soul Restoration

Try as I might, I don’t remember how I stumbled on Brave Girls, or how I heard about Soul Restoration. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I said, “YES!” I stepped out in faith and was rewarded with a new view of myself and the world at large.

BGC What Matters Most

To this day, I carry with me the lessons I learned and the joy that I found on that journey.

BGC Live A Brave Life

My series of birdies grew out of that period of self-discovery. As near and dear to me as the wings of my own heart, these birdies exemplify the Truth, the Freedom, the Diversity and the Courage that Brave Girls instilled in me.

A Little Bird Told Me...Worthy

It is no wonder then, that I continue to share my fine feathered creations with the Brave Girls Club. Each new birdie I create is submitted faithfully for inclusion in the Brave Girls Daily Truth emails. These uplifting and encouraging emails are delivered daily to subscribers. They support and uphold the Brave Girls teachings, providing little bits of inspiration and reminders of the fundamental truths we tend to forget.

Tall Bird-Curly TailDSC_0508

My birdies have become, by extension, a symbol of those truths. I am extremely grateful to Kathy Wilkins and the rest of the Brave Girls team for their support and encouragement. Just yesterday, I received an email letting me know that another of my birdies was to appear in that evening’s Daily Truth. Within, Kathy extended a compliment to me and it touched me deeply. It reminded me that we all crave validation and approval. Sometimes we actually get it.

DSC_0955Follow Your Bliss

Gratitude is a beautiful thing. It grows wings of its own and spreads like the fire of a phoenix, sharing messages of renewal and rebirth.

Woodland Jewel

In that spirit, I encourage you to check out the Brave Girls Club. http://bravegirlsclub.com/ Sign up for their Daily Truth emails. http://bravegirlsclub.com/subscribe-receive-daily-truth-little-bird-told-emails (Little Butterfly is a similar email subscription for girls and teens.)  Take a peek into their classes and all the wonderful things they are up to these days. You won’t be disappointed and you might just be inspired!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tall Bird-Curly Tail Flies Away!

Although I had been eager to participate in the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap, it had gotten pushed to the back burner with so much else on my plate.

Only yesterday was I able to plan out and execute my postcard.

Tall Bird-Curly Tail

Tall Bird-Curly Tail

Tall Bird-Curly Tail posted to the UK this morning with a whole two days to spare!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!