Saturday, February 12, 2011

Greencraft Congrats & 1st Place winner [!]

Congrats to Lisa Mallette, Jennifer Carriere-Spock and myself for being the winners of Somerset Studio 

GreenCraft magazine's Repurpose, Reuse & Re-inpsire challenge. Readers were asked to demonstrate what we could make using 2010 Stampington & Co. calendars.

Artist's Lisa created usable 4X6 postcards and Jennifer, the "green entrepreneur" styled beautiful package wrapping & tags. 

I'd like to thank my grandson, Ryan for his complete adorable-ness, for I feel this feature [really] captured the first place prize in the challenge. The accordion book I created will be a treasure for  him one day, showcasing his four-year-old charming self, all using the beauty of Somerset's calendar art & repurposed materials. 

Thank you GreenCraft for the opportunity & challenge, and congrats to Lisa & Jennifer. Well done, all.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Got Generosity?

A holiday [[wish ripple]] -- if you are heart inspired -- please pass along this beautiful film about Generosity. 

I especially love their focus of desiring to "engage in a lifestyle rooted in generosity."

KarmaTube: Be Selfish, Be Generous

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

last summer wish ...

what shall make the final days of my summer wish list?
pondering. contemplating. considering. . .

i believe my top fave five wishes will be: 
#5. thirsting for those sweet slurrppy delicious  fresh strawberry malts all year long.

#4. wishing to freeze frame the joy & sheer silliness of a four year old t-ball game - where kids actually p*l*a*y  -not- just play to win.

#3. sighing for the image of the Queen Ann's Lace popping her beauty lofty and graceful. 

#2. hankering for the summer garden goodies that were grown from seed and proudly became food for my family. 

and for my last summer wish . . .

#1.  aspiring for the energy, glow, & growth of summer to shimmer onward throughout 2010. May the sunny season dance on!

Friday, July 16, 2010

read carefully - it's your story

I just completed a submission project for:
 in which I created an accordion book for my 4 year old grandson, Ryan.
It is undeniable that I am so smitten with him.
The 20 index cards contain 'lessons' of life.  Scripts of text taken from old school books rescued from a trash pile. A few examples of questions that require much care for Ryan:
1. What are three things that you use every day?
answers: Compassion. Peace. Respect.
2. What is an environment?
answers: Mind, body & spirit.
You get my meaning - he may not understand it NOW- but one day he'll totally 'get it'.

Everything in the book is a 3R item. . .  paper, fabric & art scraps, plastic from cards, and assorted miscellany. I didn't have to purchase anything - just hunt & gather for the goodies.Off to mail it [with postage to get it returned, of course!]

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

m e e t MARY

Meet Mary -my  contributing guardian art doll for the swap & e-book  for True North Arts. Mary is a Shero Doll an Ultimate Creator & Protector. 

She was inspired by the song "Mary" by Patty Griffin -to watch this beautiful video go here:

Mary by Patty Grffin & Natalie Maines

"Mary, she moves behind me
she leaves her fingerprints everywhere
Every time the snow drifts, everywhere the sand shifts
even when the night lifts, she's always there."

Mary needed 2B a paper doll - so I created her from a re-purposed paper envelope. Sewn & collaged with items such as vintage school flash cards, measuring tape, personal snapshots, & television components. My magpie self had a delightful time gathering all the stuff from my stash.  I didn't have to 'buy' a thing - she's created w/ out purchasing any new products. . .

 Mary has long strong arms for cherishment for the times when you feel vulnerable. Being an archetypal feminine divine doll, she has weathered the storms of life and is wise and steadfast. Most off all, Mary is a guardian doll to keep wishes, dreams & aspirations safe and sound in her envelope pouch. 

I just know the person who ends up with Mary will enjoy her as much I did creating her.   AND I can't wait to see what guardian doll arrives in my mail box one day!