Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Collage


Like the rest of the world, I have moved on to Christmas! Too late to post much about Thanksgiving except to wish everyone a happy one!

I took an ENCAUSTIC WAX class at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center on November 12. It was a wonderful all day class on working with melted wax in collage work. The Christmas collage on my header page was created that day and I really enjoyed working with wax, it gives everything a beautiful patina.

Fine Line is located in St Charles, IL and offers many wonderful classes. They also have many art exhibits throughout the year and have a wonderful "Christmastime at Fine Line" sale with the works of many artists for sale.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

EEEEKKKK!!!



Another fun picture of one of my Halloween decorations. Take a sweet little boy statue, add some wings, a spider and candy eyeballs and what a transformation!! EEEKKKK!!!!!

Spooky!


I had a girls day out lunch on October 30 to celebrate Halloween! Here is a photo of one of my table decorations. My favorite ceramic girl all decked out for Halloween. The theme of my party was "Haunted Couture". I collect mannequins and dress forms so they were all decked out in haunted couture wear! I have a party every year in the spring and at Halloween and love decorating with new themes every year!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A summer day at Rotary Gardens











I spent a beautiful summer day at Rotary Gardens in Janesville, WI last Sunday August 22, 2010. A hidden gem that many are not aware of that is just beautiful! It is very similar to Chicago Botanical gardens but on a much smaller scale so you can see it all in about 1 1/2 hours.
Many beautiful spots to sit and view the gardens and take it all in without big crowds. The picture on my blog header was taken of some of the beautiful flowers that are blooming now. All the gardens looks great in spite of the dry and hot weather we have had in Illinois this summer.

It includes an English cottage garden, Japanese, Scottish Gardens, sunken garden and they change the color schemes for some of the gardens every year. I try to go in the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons as it takes on a different beauty with each change of season.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summer Cookies



Has been a very busy Summer and I sure haven't been on my blog very much. Wanted to share with you some fun cookies I made for the family reunion on August 7th. I have cutters for just about every occasion and they are always a big hit.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cuneo Mansion

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Back At Last!

After a LONG absence from my blog I am finally back! Gardening has kept me away, as well as some beautiful summer weather here in IL. Hard to sit indoors on the computer when the weather is so nice.

New pictures here are from my tour of the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Vernon Hills, IL. on May 18th.
Beautiful home and grounds on 75 acres with many garden sculptures and interesting Venetian style architecture. Mr Cuneo was a prominent Chicago businessman and he purchased the mansion in 1937 and it remained the Cuneo family home until 1990.

I will add more photos later. No photography was allowed in the home but I took lots of pictures of the gardens.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring Inside





Here are some pictures of a table decoration I created for spring. I got some tree branches and painted them a robin's egg blue along with some paper mache eggs. I dyed some egg shells with Rit dye which I scattered around with some little flowers, egg shells and blue and green Christmas glass balls. The little birds are candles I got at Pottery Barn. The sweet little bird in the tree is from Jo-Anne's.

Spring Inside and Out!




Here are some photos of my beautiful daffodils! They have survived heavy rain, high winds, hail and frost here in Illinois! We are now having a really beautiful spring here with weather in the 80's!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Cookies


For the Easter Sunday get together with family I made Easter cookies! I made eggs, chicks and bunnies decorated with pastel colored frosting and sugars. I have cookie cutters for every holiday and they are so much fun to make. When I ask "what should I bring?" the answer is always - your cookies!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Tag Book






I made 5 tag books for Easter this year. 4 to give to family and friends and one to keep. Tag books are made from shipping tags purchased at the office supply store and are great creative fun to make!
Its a great way to use up little bits of ribbon, papers and embellishments and lots of your stamps.

I colored many of the tags with TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS INK which comes in wonderful colors. Front page is some paper and flowers I found at HOBBY LOBBY. I attached all with hemp twine and attached some beads and a plastic tag that you can glue your own images to (Tim Holtz). The back page is some paper I made.
Any questions about the stamps let me know.
I made 35 tags and each one is different which kept the creativity going!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Come on in - its SPRING!



Come on it to my house, its SPRING around here! I took pictures of some of my spring decorations. Sure cheering me up after a rough winter here in Illinois!
I have a little plaster frog in a basket with some vintage ribbon and crochet thread and the wooden painted Easter rabbit I got at a gift show in Chicago some years ago.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Another ATC!


Still busy creating ATC's since I joined a new group on SWAP-BOT called MONTHLY ATC SWAPPERS GROUP. It is a group you can apply to join and have to be approved based on a good rating.
This one I finished yesterday and it is called "Purple Angel". This ATC swap is for the colors purple and green.
Since the weather has been awful (snow) this week-end in IL I have been busy creating.

Friday, March 19, 2010

ATC "Parisian Seamstress"


I am back to doing ATC's again (Artist Trading Cards) as I have joined the trading group SWAP-BOT. I haven't done any in quite a long time so finding they are fun again. This one is for a ATC swap called pink and brown which are two of my favorite colors.

I used a new stamp I got from STAMP CAMP called "French Garden Plan" which I used for the background. The woman is a CATHRINE MOORE stamp, I really love her stamps. Ribbons are from Hobby Lobby. I know some parts of the country don't have this store, but if you do a great place to buy ribbon.

I also love to buy old patterns and the center circle is from the directions sheet on a pattern. Fun!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Swapping on Swap-bot


I have had many discouraging results swapping on various different swapping groups. I found out about SWAP-BOT from an artist while on the "Artful Voyage to Mexico" cruise with Tim Holtz.
It is a really great site and I have been swapping since October 2009 with good results. They track you and if you fail to send your swaps you will be removed from the site.

I recently made these two ATC's for a MUSIC ATC swap. I used a Tim Holtz stamp and they are both titled "Paris Song Bird" One went to Canada, the other to Brazil!

Check out the site, they do all sorts of swaps, not just ATC's.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy Spring!



Even tho its still rather cloudy and gloomy here in Illinois, it is SPRING in my house! I got out all my spring and Easter decorations last week and certainly made me feel like spring is here. Love my chalk ware rabbit that I bought at a flea market several years ago. There was a booth with all new handmade chalk ware made using old candy molds. Wish I had bought more because when I went back the next month I couldn't find them!
Also, another photo of some of my favorite Easter decorations! A great ceramic bunny from Marshall's, a paper mache box with copies of antique postcards and honeycomb eggs.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Mardi Gras!


Ahh..the memories! I never was in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras but I was there twice. Once for my honeymoon in 1973 and again in 1976. This photo was taken in the French Quarter in January 1976. Here I am in my very fashionable rabbit coat. I really love New Orleans and had planned another trip there when Katrina struck. We were supposed to go in October that year. I love the wrought iron, the architecture and Creole food, great antique shops and cemeteries. It is like no other place in the world.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! A little early but I have already decorated for the day in my house. Great to look at the bright red colors when it is so very dreary outside.
I think we have lost the sun forever, the day keeps getting more gloomy and foggy.
One of my favorite little angels even tho she has a repaired arm. She's very dramatic, wouldn't you say?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Carol!



This post is in honor of my sister Carol's 70th Birthday on January 7th! Happy Birthday Carol! Here are some great photos of her. Here she is with my mother in 1942 and the other in Chicago 1943 enjoying playing in the snow.
She's far away from snow now as she lives in California!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Let it SNOW!


We have had a very snowy winter here in Illinois! Reminded me of this photo I took several years ago after a snow storm. I have a little wrought iron table on my porch with this little concrete angel. After the snow fall she looked so pretty with her snow blanket covering her!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Sprite Boy 1997-2009