A Productive Weekend!

I’m having a fairly productive weekend! In between cleaning out closets, I was able to finish and list this new work titled, ‘Be Set Free’. That’s what cleaning out clutter feels like to me~it sets me free! Sometimes I am just in the mood to purge and I go at it like gangbusters getting things cleaned out and organized. Now in the midst of this cleaning frenzy, my house looks like a hurricane came through (thoughts and prayers to those going through ‘real’ hurricanes:-). But, there is a method to my madness, and an upcoming neighborhood garage sale to spur me on.

Don’t forget about the Mind Wide Open voting that begins tomorrow. I have seen a couple of the other entries, and they are gorgeous! You can scroll down to see mine, I’ll keep my fingers crossedxxx.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, productive or not!

Listing a Published Work

Just a little note, I listed this piece, ‘Take Paris by Storm’, that is in the current issue of The Stampers Sampler in my etsy shop. It is part of my guest artist feature and I am including a signed copy of the magazine.
The painting and stamping wrap around the sides of the piece so that it may be hung as is. I am also offering free shipping in the US until Friday, the 5th of September, so it’s a good time to check out my etsy shop, The Bag Lady’s Art.

More Tales From The Dark Side…

I just finished up a few Edgar Allen Poe inspired ATC’s to list in my etsy shop. These were so much fun to make! I use this wonderful Italian Watercolor paper with a soft, torn edge for my Artist Trading Cards. It is a great base to start a mini collage on, and takes paint really well. I always use a coating of gesso, front and back, to ensure my card lays flat. Then layers of paint, water soluble crayon, papers, gel medium, graphite, and charcoal, mixed with some stamped images, complete these miniature sized collages. Rigid plastic holders, make sure the work can be held and viewed without fear of damage. If you haven’t yet discovered ATC/ACEO’s take a minute to look them up on Etsy. They are so much fun to collect and trade! The Metsy Team, (Mixed Media on Etsy) is having a Fall ATC challenge. These are two of my entries. They had to have something to do with Halloween or Fall.

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers creepers, is it fun venturing over to the dark side of things! I love fall, and Halloween is a favorite of the family. We have all sorts of creepy decorations, fog machines, scary music and things to spook the neighborhood kids with. They love coming to our house to see what we come up with each year. Last year we made the courtyard and fountain into a graveyard with huge headstones and skeletal remains in the fountain with dry ice making an eerie fog over the walkway up to the house. When I started these pieces, (plus two others) I wanted them to look like they would fit into your normal decor, and only closer examination would reveal their true slightly scary side. The poor sisters, bound together by their dark secret, would remain chained to the house in which they were raised, forever, and ever, and ever…The Sisterhood with their vows of loyalty to each other and their craft, reside in this mansion that no one dares go near…It is so fun to think of the tales these pieces might tell anyone willing to take a closer look. These shadowboxes and two more like them are my offerings for Halloween, available in my etsy shop.

Big News and Tidbits

Well, I am back from my family reunion in Washington State. It was a non-rev nightmare getting there (two days plus one night in the airport traveling standby) but we had a great time once we got there! My sister won a HUGE jackpot at the casino and treated the both of us to pedicures and a little trip to Michael’s where she told everyone in line that I was in The Stampers’ Sampler-LOL! Then we took our pretty little toes to my parents at Hoods Canal. I don’t think I got more than 4 hours of sleep a night. Due to my son’s hip injury (he has a stress fracture from Basic Training and got to come home for a couple of weeks) we nixed the sleeping bag races down the stairs and had a ping pong tournament. I did NOT do well at all, but thankfully redeemed myself by winning the pot in Texas Hold’em!
My BIG news from the weekend is that my soldier son asked his lovely girlfriend of 1 year and 3 years of friendship before that, to marry him! They are so in love it is hard not to be happy for them, though they are young. Their hurry is the fact that my son will probably be based in Germany. So after telling them no grandkids for a few years, we gave our blessing. She really is a lovely girl, very sweet, not spoiled and I think they compliment each other quite well. I finally will have a daughter! Life sure has a way of speeding up on you at times!
I should be doing laundry today, but my studio was calling to me when I got home. I finished off four of my Art Block Girls, and they are listed in my etsy shop. The Mind Wide Open Contest is still going until Friday, so be sure to stop by and vote, you won’t believe the eye candy! Hope you all had a great weekend, summer is nearing it’s end. I just got the latest Somerset Studio and it is full of lovely Halloween Treats. Be on the lookout for Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, I have an altered Halloween Cookbook in that one:-)