Guess who turned 50?! First Installment

Oh, Happy Days!

For the month leading up to the Big Day, all of the incoming Birthday mail art was collected and saved. I began opening them when I needed a lift and boy, oh boy!

A BIG THANK YOU!!! to all who participated!

There were so many that I have decided to split it out into several posts, of which, this is the first installment.

Several of my Art Sisters sent lovely greetings… I was touched that Lynne even included me in the Feather Swap we held, in which I declined to participate. Isn’t it sweet?

left to right: Neha Luhar-Trice, Jill Adamy and Lynne Foerster

Local friends also sent some great wishes…

left to right: Karen Hart, Sharon Egolf and Jessica Manack

My cousin, Belinda Brown, got in on the action with this very personal collage piece. She used pics of me interspersed with all things originating the year I was born… Can you guess the common thread?

Some of the things surprised me… Did not know that my beloved Pens were 50 this year, which makes it even more awesome that they won the Stanley Cup,again! (for the 5th time, jus’ sayin’) Knew that Lite-Brite and I were the same age, but Kerplunk was a surprise.

Can you believe there’s more still on the way? I’ll have more to share tomorrow….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

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!

In the Mail: Hallowed Greetings and More!

The last few weeks have been tough for me. Pushing to meet deadlines on several fronts and the loss of our beloved pet, Little Lizzie Big Ears, coupled with time constraints to bump up my stress levels.

In the previous post, I showed you how I was coping, allowing myself to create backgrounds, in order to unwind.

Sitting down to open and read my mail art haul is one of my favorite ways to de-stress.

For Halloween, the following gems appeared in the mail box…

Priory Limericks I

From Thom Courcelle

Priory Limericks (back)

Priory Limericks (back)

I hadn’t heard from Thom in some time, as he had recently relocated from the West Coast to the East. Truth be told, I was quite surprised, albeit delighted to hear from him. Can you make out what the stamp above says? 😀

Halloween Swap 2014 from Terry Owenby

From Terry Owenby

A sense of belonging and acceptance is what I treasure most from my participation in the online group, The Studio. The mail is pretty sweet too! Terry Owenby sent this ghostly piece my way in fulfillment of the Halloween Swap we joined.

Edgar Allen Pooh by KDJ

Edgar Allen Pooh by KDJ

KDJ isn’t heard from often these days… too many other real-world responsibilities just now. So you can imagine my surprise at receiving this awesome piece! For someone who loves Edgar Allan Poe and Pooh, I was thrilled by it!

This THRILLING piece hails from Amy Irwen

From Amy Irwen

Speaking of being thrilled, This THRILLING piece hails from Amy Irwen. Her collages are always fun and often stitched. This one did not disappoint!

JillLeafPrint

From Jill Eudaly

Don’t you just love the wood block print from Jill Eudaly, Recycled Daze? The Oak leaves have an awesome texture that this scan didn’t quite capture… The stitching really helped to set it off. You can read more about her adventure in woodblock printing here: http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/2014/10/mail-art-out-going-mail-today.html#links

The following mail also arrived…

From Diane Keys

From Diane Keys

Diane Keys must’ve been in a fall mood, or else the squirrels were in her head again… Rusty orange colored label trashpo, a DKULT treasure, to be sure!

From David Stafford

From David Stafford

David Stafford finally got his very own circle punch! Can you tell? The simplicity of this piece stopped me dead in my tracks. It brought to mind a ghostly vision of a white bowling ball….

From Cinzia Farina, ITALY

From Cinzia Farina, ITALY

My first correspondence from Cinzia Farina of ITALY is quite the gem! Yes, that IS real thread weaving through the fingers of the collaged hand! Simply Stunning!

From Jill Adamy

From Jill Adamy

And last, but certainly not least, I present an offering from Jill Adamy of http://www.glimmerbug.com/. She also belongs to the online group, The Studio. When she learned that I was mourning the loss of our Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Little Lizzie Big Ears, she reached out to cheer me with a piece of her art. It measures approximately 81/2″ x 11″ and this scan does not do it justice. The colors are much brighter and the glass beads, added with gel medium, do not show up at all. Trust me, it is way more awesome in person!

Thank you, to all whose mail art helped to lighten some really dark days. It meant more than you could ever know.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. In my haste to publish this post, I realized that I neglected to include a very special mail art package. The images were on my camera card which was not in my possession at the time of this post. My sincerest apologies to Julia Jaques, whose package I savored, opening in stages, so as to derive full enjoyment from it. Check it out…

Julia 2014 Halloween I

The envelope was fun, but the contents, were over the top!

Julia 2014 Halloween II

The packet design was way cool!

Julia 2014 Halloween III

Inside the packet was an ATC and what else? Treats!

Thanks ever so much, Julia! It was like Christmas at Halloween! You truly outdid yourself!

 

In the Mail: More Awesomeness!

So certain I had published this blog post last week… but when I went to begin a new one, here it sat….

Before I get into the roll call of Awesomeness, I just want to say that I am dangerously close to publishing my 100th blog post here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits! It must be said that the blog is nearing 100 followers as well. I was thinking that we need to do something to celebrate… but what? PLEASE leave your ideas in the comments section!

Now, on to the Awesomeness!

The following pieces came my way via the Whimsical Garden exchange. From Jackie Davidson, ‘Where Faeries Dance’ arrived, along with a print from the hostess, Jill Adamy.

WhereFaeriesDanceJackieDavidson

WhimsicalGardenJillAdamy

Mail from Dean Marks (Paris, France) is always a joy to receive and this piece is no exception. Tour de France and so much more!

TourdeFranceDean Marks

From Finland, a collage on black from Carina Granlund.

CarinaGranlund2014

Corrine Gilman (Massachusetts) has been restoring an old farmstead this spring and summer. You can imagine my surprise at hearing from her, considering how much she’s had on her plate.

SummerInFullBloomCorrineGilman

Prior to leaving for Quebec City on vacation, Mim Scalin (Virginia) sent this piece, a print of one of her collages.

FromMim2014

From Susan McAllister (California) this collage on black was a textural delight!

SusanMcAllister2014

D.S. Kohlberg (Florida) surprised me with an encaustic piece entitled, ‘Words Escape Me.’

WordsEscapeMeDSKKohlberg

The collage stylings of Jane Smith (California) always makes me smile. 😀

JaneSmithSummer2014

And last, but not least, Amy Irwen from Minnesota sent this piece. The collage, acrylic and stitching atop the texture of the paper towel background was refreshing. The envelope was not too shabby either!

GenesisAmyIrwen

Thanks to everyone for all of the AWESOMENESS that graced my mail box recently!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Outbound Mail Art: Orange, Blue and Bubble Too!

This week, I mailed a few special pieces out to some special people.

Observations in Orange was created for Dan Landrum as thanks for the entertaining digital collages he’d been creating from my mail art scans. https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/dan-landrums-digi-distortions/

Orange Observations

He was inspired to get to work right away!

LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations

I loved the purple background and the addition of the tigers!

riffing_LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations01

Another mail art cohort had recently expressed some feelings of “sad(ness) with a backdrop of happy.” In an attempt to cheer her, I sent Happy Blues to Stephanie Blake in Huntsville, Alabama.

Happy Blues

Diane Keys, of Elgin Illinois was the recipient of my most recent trash bubble. You might recognize it from an earlier post… https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/the-folly-of-hoarding-art-supplies/

Arriving a bit worse for the wear,

Upon Arrival (front)

it was billed as a Cautionary Tale…

Upon Arrival (back)

For months, I’ve been meaning to get something in the mail to Jill Adamy of http://www.glimmerbug.com/. Patterns in Plum seemed like the perfect piece, bright and joyful, much like Jill, herself.

Patterns in Plum

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!