Introducing Tuesday Trash Bubbles!

Much thought has been given to the state of this blog as of late. Some of you have wondered why Trash Bubbles are central in the blog’s title, but are rarely seen or talked about. Still others wondered why I don’t post regularly. As for me, I felt that things had gotten stale and that was being reflected in all of the above.

The Trash Bubbles that started it all

The Trash Bubbles that started it all

A recent visit with an artist friend, Jill Eudaly, helped me to put things in perspective and allowed for some thinking out loud and feedback. When we parted, I began mulling things over.

Rather than shut down this blog, or change its name, I have decided to renew my commitment to my original idea of blending the Trash Bubbles and other mail art I create with the happenings of everyday life. That’s where the blog title Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits originated.

Trash Bubblet from Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio

Trash Bubblet from Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio

Taking this blog back to its roots has been my goal this past week. I have determined that in order to provide regular, unique content I need a framework of sorts. Each day of the work week will ultimately hold it’s own special brand of posts. Monday’s are now reserved for the Monday Morning Mail Art Call. Fairly self-explanatory, you can count on hearing about a different call for mail art every Monday morning. Tuesday Trash Bubbles will feature a different bubble weekly. Fridays for the remainder of the year are reserved for Dada history and current Dada art as it is on loan to me to share with you. As time goes on, I hope to add Anything Can Happen Wednesdays and Think About It! Thursdays.

Trash Bubblet from Mim Scalin

Trash Bubblet from Mim Scalin of mim4art

As always, I welcome your input. My goal is to share things of interest with you. As we don’t know one another personally, that can be difficult. I can only go on the fact that something I did, or wrote previously keeps you coming back for more. If you have a suggestion, I’d like to hear it. In the meantime, I’m going to get back to doing that thing I do on a more regular basis.

The Road Side Basics trash bubble was part of the Trash Bubbles <3 the Earth mobile. Its contents were collected along the roadside.

Road Side Basics was part of the T.B. mobile

The Trash Bubbles pictured in this post have been taken from past posts. You can expect a brand new Trash Bubble feature here next Tuesday. Feel free to send your own version of a Trash Bubble to me at The Studio at Piney Creek Acres. I will be featuring a mix of my Trash Bubble creations and those I receive from other mail artists.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

In the Mail: A Wealth of Goodies!

My mailbox has been bustling these days. On average, I seem to be getting a piece of mail art every other day. That makes this girl very happy, indeed!

Feast your eyes on this piece from Larry Marotta. He recently got into mail art and has seemingly jumped in with both feet! No toe dipping for Larry!

Larry Marotta I

He is very insistent that I get rid of the RATS! (I love that he re-purposed a local mailer.)

Larry Marotta II

His fun doodles are very encouraging!

Larry Marotta III

They help to ease the harshness of the message. 😀

Larry Marotta V

The reverse side of this super-sized postcard was a delight! It made me feel as if I were floating in the ocean, RATS, or no. So much fun here! Thanks Larry!

Fleur Helsingor sent this tiny gem to brighten my day. It is only slightly larger than an ATC.

Fleur Helsingor, CA, USA

The photo doesn’t do justice to the sparkly nature of the “Fantasy Sculpture” she created. In her own words, “Fantasy Sculpture: ‘The Tower on the Opposite Coast’ is an altered photograph of Eastshore State Park, Emeryville, California, with a view of San Fransisco in the background.” It’s lovely, Fleur!

The organic feel of Mim Scalin’s collages is addictive!

Mim Scalin, VA, USA

The juxtaposition of young and old couples with the color and texture of the other elements to bring sheer joy! Thank you, Mim!

When this piece arrived from Dean Marks, I was reminded of lanterns floating in the sky….

Dean Marks, France

He made this piece in Crete. As he resides in France, I can only guess that he was on holiday at the time. His message tells me, “I got a lot of good mail art ideas in Zurich. This isn’t one of them!” I didn’t think it was so bad, Dean. 😀

Carina Granlund is from Finland. She departed from her usual whimsical style of collage to play with her new alphabet stamp in this piece…

Carina Granlund, Finland

Is that Mr. Magoo I see? FUN! Thanks, Carina!

That concludes the mail art tour for this week.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: Catching Up!

Whilst out of touch with cyber world, I received a bunch of cool mail.

Below are a few stragglers from World Banana Day. The first piece was highly entertaining on so many levels… Arriving from Albuquerque, NM, I can only think that this is the work of the wildly successful and amazing David Stafford.

Henri Matisse and the Very Large Banana

You must read the inscription!

Henri Matisse and the Very Large Banana II

Anna Banana, herself, returned a piece to me in celebration of World Banana Day and as a thank you for her birthday greetings.

The Infamous Charms of A. Banana

More Banana Mail arrived from Fake Fine Art/Indiana Rogers, in the form of Trash Pop! It is ever so Warhol-ish in its presentation.

Trash Pop Fake FIne Art

Were you wondering what an empty soup can has to do with bananas?

Trash Pop Fake Fine Art II

An envelope arrived last fall and got lost among the detritus of life, only to be rediscovered in the current phase of spring cleaning and purging. My sincerest apologies to Art Like Art (http://artlikeart.com/) for not having responded to this trove of treasures in a more timely manner!

Goodies from Art Like Art

Much to my delight, she also sent an Add ‘n Pass!

Add 'n Pass from Art Like Art

Secret Garden was a collage print I received from Jane Smith. Her collages are always fun and whimsical.

Secret Garden Jane Smith

In an extension of the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap, Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze (http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) sent me one of her extra printables. It is a page from her e-book, ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’

Fly Me to the Moon Jill EudalyGuido Vermeulen (http://mailartinternationale.blogspot.com/) lives in Brussels, Belgium. His mail art is always a welcome find.

At Crescent Creek Cane - Sugar Comments on a  Sunset Guido Vermeulen

The contents of the envelope included a poem and an art print, ‘Night of the Hunter.’

Contents Guido Vermeulen

Mim Scalin (http://mim4art.blogspot.com/) wanted to thank me for the 100th birthday card I created and sent to her mother. Mim’s compositions are always a feast for the eyes.

Mim Scalin

Last, but not least, is the mailing I received from a new friend, Eunice Whitaker of the UK. We were paired up for the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

CREATE Eunice Whitaker UK

Thanks ever so much to everyone for the mailings! If you’re looking for a return from me, you’ll get it soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: A Smattering

My mailbox, like most of the others in these United States, is consistently full of junk mail and bills. Is it any wonder that these little gems glowed among their less glamorous counterparts?

A Smattering

Dean Marks sent this interactive piece from France. Notice the little windows opening on the people inside? Sadly, some of them were torn off in transit, but the effect remains.

DeanMarksI

I love the shots of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night! So much food for the arm-chair traveler in me! 😀

DeanMarksII

It was an acknowledgement that I had indeed been found out in my attempt at an anonymous mail art mystery. “We Sea it was U,” he said. More about the mystery can be seen here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/the-eyes-have-it/

Angie Cope was the gal who set out to solve the mystery I proposed. This piece celebrates the Year of the Horse. Her style is so unique that I am able to recognize it from across the room, a mere corner peeking from a stack of mail brought in by my husband.

Angie Cope: Year of the Horse

Angie’s post, asking for assistance to help solve the mystery can be found here: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2496677%3ABlogPost%3A1357952&page

Mim Scalin has been working on a series of altered postcards. I was lucky to receive one recently.

"Chimney Sweep Kitty was so happy with completing the big job at Biltmore." Mim Scalin

“Chimney Sweep Kitty was so happy with completing the big job at Biltmore.” Mim Scalin

If you know anything about Biltmore, you know that was a huge undertaking for Chimney Sweep Kitty! Mim had no clue as to my personal attachment to Biltmore, or how much the piece would mean to me. This illustrates more of the serendipity mail artists often experience.

Many thanks to all for brightening my mailbox! I’m off to the studio to create some replies to some of this great mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: An Assortment

I've got mail!

An assortment of mail art made its way to me this week. My mail box and I were very happy to receive such delightful goodies!

Battery operated clock parts and Fox Trot steps arrived from Mim in Virginia…

From Mim Scalin

Book cover mail art from Dean in Paris, France…

From Dean Marks, Paris, France

It was a very interesting read, to be sure!

Dean Marks Book Cover Back

The collage post card from Angie in Wisconsin has seen better days. I am certain that a deer or gazelle of some sort had been glued atop it, but only a hoof, a leg and the head remained when I got it. Could it have been a reindeer on vacation?

Angie Cope PC collage

And… last but not least, the latest Trash Bubble from Corrine of http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/. It is quite large this time, adhered to cardboard for more substance and contains some great bits!

Trash Bubble from Corrine Gilman, Sparkle Days Studio

Thanks to all for the great mail! Hope to be putting returns in the box soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!