Sunday, March 29, 2009

Latest gleanings

*COOLNESS! A pile of old wooden alphabet blocks, circa 70's. Are these ever gonna get a lot of use!

*FABULOSO! An artist friend casually asked me if I could take a half stack of 12x12 scrapbook papers, all in zany blacks/reds/greens/abstract florals/wild stripes off her hands. Well, DUHHHH! Thank you, Tanja!

*REPURPOSE MADNESS! Hit the rummage sales this weekend! Little gift books from the 60's to alter/take apart and reuse...several odd sized picture frames with no glass...4 National Geographics from 1952-'53...a teeny, tiny deck of cards...20 die cut game cards, 2" square with rounded corners...a children's book in French...

Remember the Crafty Bag Lady motto: "Cheap is great; free is better!"

Next set of goals

The flowers? They're from me, for me, when I get this list accomplished.

In progress for Altered StART:
*April Fools ATC
*"By the Sea" altered mints tin

Get a grip, woman:

*Clean out papers! I really mean it this time!
*Come on, you're not really going to use all those stickers.
*File, file, file.
*All that glitters does not have to be hoarded (...does it?)

We'll see how far I get.

Stuff I did recently

First, my 2009 Valentine's mixed media collage:

This was way cool because I found the neatest LED chandelier embellishment--no kidding, it really lights up! Everything else was begged, borrowed, or scraped up off a floor; so I really didn't mind that I actually paid full price for the chandelier. Sometimes a girl just has to spoil herself, doncha think?

Next up, a mermaid theme ATC I did for the Altered StART Yahoo group:

I was very pleased with this one as well. I used junk mail, a freebie image I found online, packaging scraps, two old cards glued together, a random little rhinestone, and some microbeads bought at the last 90% off sale at Beverly's to form the "stars shot madly". The quote, of course is The Bard's, from A Midsummer Night's Dream. You can't see the back because I forgot to take the shot before mailing it off to its new owner, but I really liked it too. I had spackled sea colors of all kinds mingling together making a nice backdrop for my info card, and up in the corner there's a really cute fishy-swishy just watching over it all. Hope Kim likes it.

Final comment 'cuz the allergy meds are really making me woozy. The pics are way out of proportion, The real ATC measures 3.5" by 2.5" and the Valentine collage is much, much bigger at 12"x6", not counting the gold rope around it.

All right, I am officially in Woooozzville now so we'll have to pick up where we left off next time.,

Hey, remember me?

I'm still alive. The longer I let this thing lapse, the more difficult it is to get back into it. Not wasting time on explanations...those who know me, already know; those who don't, don't care. So without further ado...

...Crafty Bag Lady is back in town!