I started this book in Seth Apter's For Your Eyes Only class (hence the name) in July 2014. It took me about a month to finish it completely. Of course I had to put my own spin on it with lots of vintage images, antique trims and German Dresden. Thanks so much Seth for such an awesome class! I like how it came out - hope you do too!
I am being very brave posting pics of the old studio and sharing my remodel/move to the larger space as it continues (right now, very slowly). Believe it or not the old studio was pretty organized. I liked to call it an organized mess - LOL! It just became so cramped with so much CRAP it wasn't conducive to creating anymore. Please be kind if you comment! :0)
Update: The studio is finished! Woohoo!
Located at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme CT this is a yearly event. 38 structures are hidden throughout the FloGris property. The level of detail in each and every structure is just extraordinary! So much fun whether you have kids or not. A magical day!
For my birthday this year we traveled to Madison CT's Barberry Hill Farm to attend 'Dinners At The Farm' an annual summer event started by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern in Chester CT. For two weekends in July and two weekends in August he picks two host farms to host this fabulous charity event to benefit City Seed plus two other land/farm related charities. All the food we ate was locally sourced and absolutely spectacular!
I finally finished my pages for Kara's journal. I find a tremendous amount of inspiration from nature. I love texture and color & lately I have LOVED playing with metal. I find beautiful details that tend to leave my friends shaking their head saying OMG! How did you SEE that?!
I embossed pieces of metal using brass stencils, Cuttlebug embossing dies and my handy, dandy Wizard die-cut machine. Then mixing GAC 200 (a Golden Acrylic Medium) with various acrylic paints I painted each piece of metal. The GAC 200 turns any acrylic paint into a metal paint - fabulous stuff and one less paint type to buy! After they dried I sponged each piece with Gesso, then more GAC 200 paints and finally some gold leaf Rub-on. The background is a printed fabric. Added a few stitches, stamped words and metal tags that spell Nature and I was done.
Oh, and I aged the tags with a Gun Blueing Solution. Came out pretty cool and I am happy with the effect. My husband drags me to sporting goods stores whenever he needs stuff and rolls his eyes when I always seem to manage to find 'Art Supplies'. LOL!
I bought these two GORGEOUS lampwork Bird Egg Focal Beads from Starcatcher on Etsy. Ellen also happens to be Nina Bagleys sister - Artistic talent just runs in the family I guess! Even though I SHOULD be working on replenishing my inventory for my 2009 art show schedule I just had to make these 2 necklaces. All the metal products (chain, jumprings, wire, headpins, beadcaps) are all from my new Bronzed Brass collection on Etsy. I also made earrings to go with each necklace. I had to fashion my own earwires since I couldn't find bronze colored ones. Not bad for my first attempt really! LOL!
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