Friday, September 24, 2010

Starting Over- A Little About My Art World

I have had many friends suggest blogging to me over the last 3 years. I just need to make time "to just do it!" Please bear with me as I as I make an effort to make this work! I'm not always the best photographer or writer but hope to learn and grow. Life is always about learning and growing and that's the beauty of it all!

The first time I tried blogging I was really into making inchies and ATCs and have made greeting cards for as long as I've been rubber stamping. (about 18 years) I felt intimidated by blogging, art journals, altering objects and working with fabric in artsy projects. I've sewn since I was ten, but my work consisted of traditional sewing projects for clothing, the home, costumes for my kiddos when they were growing up and a few quilts. (which is something I've wanted to pursue again and finish some I've started) I even made my own garden wedding dress! ! After discovering ATCs and inchies just over 4 years ago I have learned and discovered so many things through lots of art buddies I wouldn't have otherwise tried on my own. I didn't know then what fun altering matchboxes would be, haven't tried moo cards and just made my first skinny a few months ago! This makes me smile and I love creating almost every day! There is still so much to try and learn. I've joined many, many swaps and love to it! I'll be sharing some of my previous swap pics with you to share some of my work and then try to keep it current.

My angel Mother was so creative and I owe her a great thanks for instilling in me a love of family, home and the beauty she brought all of us through her passion for creativity and sewing. She always loved trying something different and I think that's where I got my desire to try new techniques. I get bored pretty easily so I like trying new things to keep me inspired! My Mom loved Christmas and made it so special for all of us. One year our Christmas tree was a manzanita bush/branch that she sprayed with snow/flocking and it was really unique and beautiful! If I can find the photo, I will share it here.

I hope you all are enjoying a bit of autumn. The nights are cool, but this weekend is suppose to be like summer again. We can work outside so that's okay with me.

The photo is from a matchbox swap I sent to a partner in one of my art groups. Since my partner likes vintage, retro and the color blue, I used an image from a 1950s magazine and some vintage trim. She loved it!