Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What to do with all those Gelli prints?

If you are anything like me you love your Gelli plate and you are too ...addicted to it! Hey...anyone gives you a hard time about that you remind them that there are far worse things you could be addicted to! My drug of choice is the art supply store...and well...my Gelli Arts plate! Here are some ideas for things I've used those prints for...gives you a reason to pull it out and use it if you make good use of the prints right?!




Scanned print and turned into digital art..
Scanned print and turned into digital art..
Scanned print and turned into digital art..
Cut up scraps glued into a collage abstract work of art....what do YOU see?
Mini books..all of the covers were made from prints
Scanned print and turned into digital art..
Scanned print and turned into digital art..



 TADA...not bad for strips of prints that were not my favorites to begin with...looks really cool hanging..





Monday, April 14, 2014

Interesting Week

A bit of a mad crazy busy week for me...interviews for jobs, dad in the hospital running back and forth an hour away every single day..Don's birthday...yikes! Felt good to just relax today!  Been working on some sewing and doll making and loving the process..that is when time permits ..will post photos soon but wanted to come by and say hello! Hope life is treating you well!

 If you are a mixed media artist and have a Facebook page, love swapping and doing challenges come over to The Enchanted Imaginarium and request to join my art group there...we have an incredible group of girls there who love to share their artful journey! We have swaps, we talk about life and share ideas, products, tutorials, websites and so much more. Some of the best kinds of friendships are made there! Only a few spots open so get on over there..here is the link...this is a private group..if you are not interested in participating, if you are not an artist of some sort, please don't send a request. The group is only for members who want to be there and actively participate! https://www.facebook.com/groups/enchantedimaginarium/

Other links where you can find some of my work include: 



And so..until we meet again folks...tata for now! 

Monday, April 07, 2014


“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” 

Maya Angelou


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sometimes

It's the little things that make us so happy. Reflecting on them today.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's been awhile....

Hello there friends...

Hope this blog post finds you doing well and the world treating you fair. It has been some time since I have posted anything of substance. Life has been a bit upside down since the turn of the year. Had surgery and then a herniated disc in my neck...most recently the loss of my job coupled with a terrible tooth infection...yikes! Whoever cursed me should be careful...it always comes back three fold lol It has certainly felt like a curse but with all the bad...i take time to recognize all the good in life and realize that some things that seem horrible may just be blessings in disguise...doors closing for others to open.
Looking forward to Spring if it ever reaches Michigan. Been one heck of a winter here and really cant tell you how sick I am of the cold and winter. Itching to play with my camera and get outdoors! Plant some flowers and start a garden!
Been playing a big in my studio with making some hand made journals and loving my Gelli plate. So many endless possibilities with this fun printing tool! Aside from that just looking for a new job and trying to keep my head above water. My birthday is right around the corner and it sure would be nice to land a great job...
Going to be vamping up this here blog in the next week or so...have some ideas and tricks up my sleeve...been doing a great deal of writing and reading as well. And so for now this is it...its getting late...but stay tuned and forgive my long absences...its just been a matter of keeping myself healthy and trying to figure out life. All anyone can do is take it one day at a time right? Right!
Peace & Love friends...until next time!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Notice



"Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams"

 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Therapy?

This is how my weekend started...how about yours?
Now..i'm in the studio today working with my Gelli Plate...hoping that I win their giveaway! 
Check out their blog!! 

This is where you will find me for the rest of the day!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Birds & Books

Hi there...

Well as for an update from the last post, I have a herniated disc in my neck...hence the pains down my arms and constant needles in my finger tips...not sure what this will mean to be physical therapy, injections or surgery...but that is where we are at as of now. Return to work on the 27th so I'm trying to relax, rest up and nurse back to well..trying to get out walking a bit it seems to help the muscles not get stiff..
Here are a few things I've worked on over the past couple of days..
Idea compliments to: Roxanne Padgett's book  titled "Acrylic Techniques"




The start of a mini journal made from Gilli Plate printing and chipboard
 Return to work on the 27th and looking forward to getting back that's for sure! But in the meantime I'm going to rest, do what the Dr. told me and make some cute artful things and stuffs! Hope you are having a great Sunday! xo

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year New Goals New News

Hello chums! Hope 2014 finds the planet turning in the right direction in your worlds! It has not been turning properly in mine but we will get to that. So many apologies for the length of time it has been since I last updated. Hope my few loyal followers are still out there...
 
I had surgery, the holidays were a bit rough due to some complications from that surgery, a new year is upon us...I've been off work for close to five weeks at this time and while you may think that should have put me in a prefect place to blog...I  have spent most of that time in a great deal of pain. I had a laproscopic hysterectomy on December 13th. The hysterectomy itself went glorious however, when they do robotic type surgeries they put the body in a very un-natural position and it is like that for close to two hours or at least mine was. When I came out...I had just what felt like some shoulder pain an pain in my neck but nothing too noteworthy...three days later and home...I could not lift my arms above my chest or turn my head one way or the other. I ended up back in the hospital was not released until Christmas Eve and since then, my entire life has been spent with having tests done, filling new prescriptions and seeing specialist. It has honestly been a nightmare. If you can imagine, without the use of your arms there are many things one cannot possibly do...this includes things like dressing, brushing hair, showering, bending to pick things up...specially with 5 incisions in your stomach and excuse how real I am...I could not even wipe my bottom and am just now starting to feel a bit better...though pain spikes to an easy 10 at any time...it just seems to be less frequent in the last two days and I'm really thankful...hence ...I am here...saying sorry for the long break between blog posts.

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and spent your Christmas with the people you love...cause that IS what it is all about. I was forced to realize this. not that I didnt already know..but I like to really throw a nice event for the holiday and cool for the kids and have a big festive event...and my body did not allow that. In fact most of Christmas Eve I spent in the hospital crying cause it was Christmas and I wanted to go home and be with my kids and then once I got here...it was impossible to really enjoy anything cause no matter how I sat, laid or moved it was horrific pain. But...with that being said...I got to be with my family..and that made it all okay...okay well not okay but better...lol

I am now looking forward to returning to work next Monday providing my two tests go well tomorrow and the Dr. will release me to return. I am keeping my fingers crossed I miss work and feeling productive in a day I miss my work family and just would really like my life to get back to some sort of normal. I wont lie...the adaption to not staying up late again will be hell on me but its okay, it will all come back to me when that alarm sounds at 4:30am. lol

HAPPY New year to you all...I am happy to see 2013 be gone ...long gone. It was a terrible year and while I believe in finding the positive and there certainly were some positives it was an overall difficult and tragic year for me. I lost a brother I never got to meet to suicide, my parents health was declining my father was injuries rather bad twice, broke my ankle, left a job I was at for ten years and changed careers to an entirely new career which has been challenging but rewarding in many different ways..we moved...it was just a very busy and difficult year. I look forward ot this new year though it has started out a bit nutty I do feel as though good things are coming. I dont believe in making resolutions because I think if you are truly dedicated to making changes in your life you will do it be it New Year's Eve or just some Tuesday. Right? However...I do have a bucket list and I have been able in the past year to scratch off 6 things!! YES can you believe it....one was beyond my control and I never got to do and will never get to do it....and that was to meet my brother Robert. It ached ..very deep in my heart to see those words on my bucket list...and know I had to scratch it off..but one day..beyond this life we will meet and I choose to believe that.

And so...Debbie downer here  lol Welcome to what is real life. This blog isn't all about sunshine and rainbows ..its about real life..where sometimes it rains and sometimes....huge, dangerous storms blow in...but you will find me....still standing at the end of the day..after each storm.

xx More to come friends...



Word of the year...2014