Archive for October, 2009

New Jersey and New York

October 26, 2009

Other than the very first year of our marriage, we have always spent Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family–it’s almost my Nan’s Christmas. This year will new for us. We are spending our turkey day in New Jersey with my husband’s dad and his wife. We are excited to see them and recently we talked about taking a day to go into New York. I thought about how many things we could experience with our two daughters(Tanner can’t go because of school-bummed about that) There are so many:

The Statue of Liberty

Ground Zero

Ellis Island

just to name a few…

Thought I would share one of my chunky pages from this summer about the immigrants you came before us. Some of you might have seen it.




They’re baaaack…..

October 20, 2009

It’s that time of year again when my back porch becomes infested with autumn visitors…the Asian ladybug, or beetle. Millions of them can be found this time of year. Not really harmful, but a nuisance just the same. Lots of folks incorrectly call these Japanese beetles, which are the pests that will mow down a rose bush in nothing flat.003

The jury is out…

October 20, 2009

I made this collage on canvas.  The images are from vintage matchbooks (total eye candy). I am undecided about the greenish background that I used-which is a mixture of modge podge and pearl x powder, then hit with the heat gun. The images were loosely outlined in red, white and black. I love the images but I am afraid I tried to “over art” it. Any thoughts?005

Christmas Twinchies

October 20, 2009

These are for Chez-Lara’s swap on Splitcoaststampers. Christmas isn’t my forte, but I like these little creations.014013015

Playing Card Challenge

October 20, 2009

While doing a little flea market shopping (why DO they call it a “flea” market??) I found these great round playing cards that just begged to be altered.  Since I have plenty to share, I decided to make it a little challenge! If you contact me, I will send you one of the cards and in return you can alter it as you see fit.  Just post a pic on your blog with a link or email it to me and I will post it. My email address is  Make sure you give me your address so I can send it to you. Let’s see what creative art we can make!



October 20, 2009

For a little Halloween fun a group of friends and I did altered mousetraps…see what you think!

001003Both of these traps used images of one of my *favorite * artists, Gil Elvgren.  No one has done pin ups as well as him!

004This image is of the quite creepy outfit that physicians would wear to protect themselves during the black plague.

It’s finished!

October 16, 2009

046So happy to report the 80th birthday project is completed! Jennifer loved the gift and I was told her father did too!


I think this was my favorite of the pocket watches.

048The cigar box was popped up on dice…

These are the remaining atc’s that were put into the box.049This card was about all of the siblings finding each other and being reunited.

050Gotta say, not my favorite-this card was that artist voice that says, “Hey, you need to stop now.” I listened.

051These are his parents. I used a paper dollie, antique buttons and a few other embellies.

052Smoke ’em if ya got ’em!

053This is a favorite for me.  The black and white photo was painted with acrylic paint and embellished with an old boy scout compass and a butterfly wing I found in a parking lot. 🙂

055056057058And last but not least, the inside of the box. I know this was a long post, but I wanted to share this project with you!