Saturday, July 30, 2011

Women In Hats

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Mail Love & Fantasy Fibers

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These are some more postcards that I will be sending to the members of a group I belong to called Mail love. I busted out my iron, 2 non-stick craft mats, Angelina Fibers and Fantasy Film and had a ball melting them together. Unfortunately the scans (and photos I tried to take) do not do all the metallic paints, fibers and inks any justice. I did the backgrounds with a Tim Holtz recipe for Glimmer mists along with all kinds of metallic paint, ink and wax paste. Once I ran the fibers through Xyron and attached them to the postcard I ran it through another Xyron with a mat lamination and sticky back combination. (The mat laminate also made photographing and scanning next to impossible.) I wanted to make sure they would make it through the PO machinery and all the handling they will get from being admired.

Designs A' La Art Deco

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So sorry that I wasn't able to post anything yesterday. We had a very bad thunderstorm and lost power for a few hours. When I went to restart my computer the surge had fried the connection to my screen. My hubby had to pull a screen off of one of his computers and install it on my computer until I can get a new one. (Yes .... he has 2 computers. What a GEEK!)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Play The Gypsy Mandolin

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prayer Flag For Elena

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I did this one a while ago but I couldn't post it because it was for a friend and I know that she follows my blog. This was a project that Teri Flemal thought of for Elena (The lady that does the retreat at her house in Key Largo) because it seems that life is handing her a lot of things to deal with lately. We all wanted to do something for her to let her know we are thinking of her. This idea is based on the prayer flags of Tibet that people leave on the mountain sides to bless their surroundings. Teri wanted us all to design a flag within a certain size and put a special thought or quote on it so that Elena could hang it in her house and know that she had friends sending her hope and prayers that things would get better. Below are the details as best as I can remember.

1. The flag was made of heavy watercolor paper and is about 8" x 10". I started by wetting down the paper and then spritzing on some faux glimmer spray in orange. I then laid a stencil frame over the top part from Prima and sprayed around it in a medium pink color. The rough cut "circles" part you see around her feet are some scraps of sequin waste glued down. The last part of the background I added was to take watered down white acrylic paint and spatter it all over.

2. The image is obviously from Mucha and I simply fussy cut it out and attached it to the background so it was centered over the stencil frame image.

3. The quote was printed out on my computer and then I sprayed it with a watered down version of the orange spray I used for the background.

4. I added some beaded trim to the bottom with a piece of ribbon glued over the top to hide the edge. To gussy up the Mucha image I added very small self adhesive rhinestones to the part that encircles her. Then I attached 2 brass corners to the upper part of the flag and called it done.

Hello Yellow

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Monday, July 25, 2011

A Visit With Frank

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My husband and I are HUGE fans of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and we are privileged to have a few of his houses in the Detroit area. Over the weekend we were lucky enough to visit the Turkel house that has been bought and worked on for the last 4 years. (Unfortunately I can only show you photos of the outside of the house since taking interior shots was forbidden by the owners.) It was an open house put on by the Detroit Art Deco Society and we got to go and have champagne with lots of yummy hors-d'oeuvres and wander around the house. We also spent a lot of time "grilling" one of the owners about their 4 years of torture/learning/renovation. It was wonderful to see it because my husband and I found the house when it was abandoned and actually up for sale. He had seriously considered buying it at the time but after hearing all that the owners did and went through I am glad we didn't purchase the house. (We would never have been able to put the kind of money into the house that they obviously did.) The roof had failed, the furnace was condemned, there were serious leaks all over that had destroyed the woodwork, floors and plumbing. It was sad to say on the "junk heap" and ready to be torn down if this couple had not bought it and fixed it up. And looking at all they had done it must have been at least a million dollars that they have spent on getting it back to Frank's original design.


 The house was built in 1955, it is 4200 sq. ft. and is called a Usonian Automatic house. It is all made from concrete blocks that are molded on site with a special machine that had to be purchased by the contractor. (We were told there is a total of 36 different types of block that make up the house.) What that is supposed to mean is that the house can be purchased and assembled by anyone but in actual fact it was quite a nightmare to build due to lining up and leveling all the blocks precisely.


 
It is one of the few 2 story houses built by Frank and is the only one in Michigan that is 2 stories. Originally it was just meant to be a long rectangle but when Mrs. Turkel contacted Frank she said she needed 4 bedrooms because she had 3 kids. To make space for the extra bedrooms the "L" shape was added to the end of the house.


When the original concrete patio was built it ended at the stairs. The new home owners had the patio extended and had a fountain added which was approved by the FLW Society. The old part of the patio had also seriously deteriorated and was re-finished with a new polymer coating in the famous Cherokee red that Frank used a lot. (It also continues into the interior of the house along the hallway and in the front music room.)


The garden are quite extensive and I really should have gotten more photos of it while I was there. When we originally found the house the side lot was seriously overgrown and we could not even walk through it.


The music room is the large room that faces you as you walk up to the house. From the inside it is 2 stories high and has a cantilevered balcony that hangs out into the upper part of the space and also has the door out on to the balcony you see in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th photos above. By the way... this was quite the artsy event and I wish I had taken more photos of how people were dressed. I did manage to catch a photo of this one lady that you see talking to her husband. Take a good look at her pants and see if you can figure out what they are made from. Her top was also very cool and was printed on the front with the Statue Of Liberty. Another lady was dressed in an authentic flapper dress complete with headpiece. Another women had on a knee length black lace cocktail dress from the fifties with a full crinoline and black lace gloves that went to her elbows. Another women had on a white pinstriped pant suit with a black bowler hat and a little pencil mustache drawn on her upper lip. We were also honored to meet and rub elbows with Cari Cucksey from the new show called Cash and Cari on HGTV. 

All in all it was a fabulous evening even though we were all dripping wet with perspiration. 

Japanese Katana Fabric

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Digital Download

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Marie Antoinette images sized for large square and circle charms.

My own digital art images sized for large oval charms.

Images sized for medium rectangle charms.

Images sized for x-large rectangle and oval charms.

Images sized for x-large square and circle charms. 

We Finally Arrived

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Well that is the last of the state postcards. Hope you had fun traveling the states with me.