Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy 50th Anniversary to my Parents

  January 27, 1962 they said "I Do." 
He was on leave from the Navy, she was in last semester of college.  He went back to Hawaii and she finished school-then they got to live "Happily Ever After."

50 years 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 bonus grandkids later, they still do~
We love you mom and dad!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jeanne Art

These were done by my friend jeanne-she doesn't have a blog so i "blog" stuff to pin for her :)  check out my pinterest board "friends art" to see more.
(under donna joy)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Anatomy of an Art Piece

Thought i would chronicle a piece of fabric art this week.  I was given a wonderful stash of rusty metal pieces
some years ago-chicken wire, old bed springs, barbed wire, misc large pieces of metal-you get the picture.  I knew i wanted to use some of the chicken wire on a fabric piece-so I got the base of the piece ready and attached the wire to it.  There it sat.  

 Last week i went through some fabrics to start in on this piece.  I knew i wanted a western theme to go with the chicken wire.  Reds of course.  This is what i gathered to use on the piece. 
I then picked my "base" fabrics that the rest of my "collage" and images would be built on.
I then layed out the images to decide on their placement.
 Here you see i've removed the middle image-decided it was too much.  I'm trying out my belt piece but not really liking it.
 I decide to go with a large rusted nail-what has it got to do with cowgirls?  Don't know but i liked the look along with everything else.  Originally i was going to make this piece with the short side top and bottom.   After playing around, decided to turn it in this configuration.

After allot of playing around, this is how the piece turned out.
 Images layered with burned papers, a suede piece to finish off the top and bottom along with the fringe-because a cowgirl needs a bit of fringe.

 Closer looks at some areas of the piece.
And there you have many hours chronicled in these photo's. 
I think i'm happy with how it turned out~

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Word for the Year

I've never been one of those to pick a word for the year.  I've never been one to sit and ponder deep thoughts about the world and my life-that's just not me.  (i'm not saying i'm stupid, just don't do the really deep thinking like some that i know)  there is nothing wrong with it~my brain just doesn't think that way :)
  So this year I decided it was time to put on my "big girl pants" and get over it.  (life, not the word thing)
My word is...

I have heard on Oprah that people have to "accept the new normal" to get past the "stuff" that has happened~only then can they move on.  After all that has happened in my life in the last 2 1/2 years, I am going to try really hard to let it go so to speak~all I have done is dwell on "what was" instead of "what is."
Over~thinking too many things. (at least according to one person)  The past is what it is, nothing can change it so with the new year, it's time to move on best I can and live.

Friday, January 06, 2012

My Latest Scores (for the grand sum of $1.00)

I've been lucky the past few weeks with "trash finds" and one goodwill find that cost me 1.00.
I happened to be in the store the week of Christmas-saw a lady holding a wooden box that she picked up from the shopping cart of "new" stuff.  I thought "you really don't need that-I do"  :)   It worked because she put it back.  I casually walked over to pick it up, inspected it for show and took it.  It's not in great shape, but love the patina/words.  It's sitting on top of some suitcases in my bedroom now.

My next finds were trash finds.  The lampshade is wire based-like you see now w/"stuff" hanging off of and decorated cool.  This one still has the fabric on it so i'll leave it like that until i decide to deconstruct it.

Second, my french doors-intact, no broken glass-must have remodeled.  2 houses down so they were carried home in the night~   Gary didn't seem too happy since i have other "future projects" sitting in the house and garage.  That is one of my goals for the year: to finish some of these things-or in some cases to start!   I've tackled one of those this week.  Found an old chair some time ago that I cut up for "parts" to use in mixed media.  The legs were still intact.  I had some leftover wood from a repair in the house so i cut it down a bit and screwed it onto the legs.  I made a cushion of foam and will cover it w/fabric for a stool/leg rest.  Just need some nails as my staple gun won't penetrate the dense wood. It's a start!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wooden Tree

Made this in dec-used carpet tack strips (recycled)
 attached to a board and added glitter glue~simple project