Monday, August 24, 2009

The Three-Legged Dog

Sigh...don't you hate it when this happens?  I was soooo disappointed that one of two new additions to my gingham dog and calico cat collection had suffered damage in mailing.

Of course, nothing broken ever goes back together the way it was, and there are always parts that can't be mended, or can't be found. (Hmmm, there's an allegory in there).

Allegories aside, my lame little gingham dog has already made a new friend (also a new addition, gotta love eBay). Later, I'll perform some cosmetic surgery by filling in the cracks on his leg with spackle, painting them to match with acrylic paint, and applying gloss finish to blend in with the glaze.

Puppy Love!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Digital is the New Pink (My First Digital Collage)

My Great Grandmother, Katherine
 My Great Grandmother, circa 1912

The Victorian and Edwardian eras embody all that is dear today in cottage style, and the current renaissance of those eras in our pixel and physical arts and crafts reflect the elegant fuss, diminutive and layered details, rich colors (whether sepia, jewel or pastel), and  romantic overtones of a past age  reimagined.

Color and Radiance
Photoshopped  using a tutorial provided by Itkupilli

This is my first digital collage, combining elements from "T" altered art, Shabby Chic Papir Skatter, and Karen's Whimsy. The digital imagery I selected has great personal meaning for me when combined with that of my beloved great grandmother. She was a school teacher, and a great inspiration in my early childhood when I was fortunate enough to have known her for a few all-too-brief years.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

I've Been Floored Before But Not Like This

Just a quick post to show off one of my sandblasted tiles (the image is a stylized batik reindeer stolen patterned from an antique textile) set into the ceramic floor at Hanon's Floors on Main St. in Yreka, CA. The owner, Steve, is a terrific and friendly guy - he always had just what we needed for our home renovation, and I gave him the tile as a gift.  I had no idea that Steve had put it on display, so to speak, until my husband came home from shopping at Hanon's one day and told me that Steve had showed it to him. I had to go see for myself, of course!
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