Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a Couture Christmas!

Haven't made one of these in awhile, I call them "Couture Collages". I search the high fashion and bridal magazines for images to use and they are relaxing and fun to make. Diamonds, beautiful clothes, Rubies, Emeralds and shoes, what more could a girl wish for?! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Forever Marilyn" Statue

Here are some photos of the "Forever Marilyn" statue on display right now in Chicago, IL. It is based on the scene from "Seven Year Itch" and it is HUGE! I went on a bus trip to Chicago on 12-1-11 and this statue was the first thing on my list to see that day. It is located on Michigan Avenue in Pioneer Court next to the Tribune Tower. It is only on display until May 2012 and then another art sculpture will take its place.

Forever Marilyn Statue

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Beautiful Sunflowers



Well, with the very gloomy weather here in IL the only sun around my house are these beautiful sunflowers! My friend Joan brought me three beautiful sunflowers on the day of my Halloween lunch. I took several photos of them and they brighten up my latest November post!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Lunch Party 10-29-11








Today was my annual Halloween lunch party with some of my very favorite girlfriends I used to work with from Batavia, IL. I provide the beverages and cookies and they bring the appetizers of their choice. Lots of fun, lots of eating and a great time! I love decorating for Halloween and these girls really appreciate the decorating and the cookies!
My theme this year was "Masquerade" so here are photos of some of my decorations and the cookies I made. Thanks to Sue, Jane, Kathie, Carol,  Joan and JoAnne for another fun time!

Collage Sisthars Group Sat 10-22-11






The Collage Sisthars group met on Saturday 10-22-11 and we worked on altered pumpkins. Lots of original and neat ideas, all of us using the foam pumpkins to alter. Here are some photos of the pumpkins and the artists working on them. A wonderful group and we all have a lot of fun learning and inspiring each other. We meet once a month on Saturday at The Fine Line in St Charles, IL  with a different collage idea each month.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Party Invitation

Here is the invitation I made for this year's Halloween Lunch. I have two lunch parties every year with the girls I used to work with. A Halloween lunch and a Spring lunch. Every year I do a theme, and this year's is "Masquerade".

I saved a lot of time by making the ruffle out of Martha Stewart cupcake liners. I just cut the edges off the liners and glued around the edges of the mask.
Happy Halloween! One of my favorites times of the year! My house is all decorated with the Halloween items I have collected over the years. Here is my latest collage "Haunted Couture" created from images from Vogue, Bazaar and various bits of this and that from my collage stash.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Still addicted to these collages!


Just changed my page image and added a new collage I have created using magazine photos. This one titled "Couture" They are so fun and addicting, you never know what you will end up with!
One on left is called "Hong Kong" main image is from an OPI nail polish ad, then added some great papers and image of shoes and jewelry.

Road Trip 8-16-11 Rotary Gardens


On a beautiful August day I took a trip to Rotary Gardens in Janesville, WI. Partly to enjoy the beautiful gardens and weather, but mostly to keep my sanity since my older sister Carol was having Kidney cancer surgery that day. Her surgery turned out fine thankfully and it kept my mind off of it for minutes at a time. I took this great picture of these colorful andirondack chairs which at that moment were empty.
As I was taking this picture I was thinking how fleeting the summer is and what this same spot will look like in the harsh cold winter!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Teesha Moore

I mentioned Teesha Moore as my inspiration for my "Couture Collages". Realized you may not know about her. I have added her to my blog list so see Teesha's Circus.

Thursday, March 24, 2011



More Couture Collages!




Here are seven more "Couture Collages" I have created recently! So fun to do and great to create with some of my favorite things: shoes, diamonds, clothes and lots of colors.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

More Couture Collages!!



Couture Collage


I belong to a wonderful group called "The Collage Sisthars". We meet once a month and learn a new technique. In January we had the workshop on Teesha Moore's journals. I just loved it and haven't been able to stop since. I gave it my own creative slant and create what I call "Couture Collage". A wonderfully relaxing and fun way to create.

I love high fashion, shoes, jewelry and with this type of collage I can use all of these images from Vogue, Elle and other fashion magazines. What fun!!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
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