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CluckleHeads: TTM Challenge-Foul Play

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CluckleHeads

The challenge over at The Three Muses is all about Fowl Play. Well how funny is that going to be? Take a look cause everyone creates something different!

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Cluckle doodle doooo!

Here I have created two sizes of chickens, CluckleHeads are what I call them. They are resting in dried rice and corn, and a few pumpkins here and there.

The standing chickens have legs made from 18 gauge florist wire covered in brown paper. The feet are made from felt covered cardboard with pine cone pieces glued to the feet.

The beaks and head feathers are made from felt, with plastic google eyes that are just tooo funny.

This was a fun project, as always when the Muses are involved.  Thank you ladies!

Enjoy- Christen

Hank and the Moontones: MMM challenge

Hank and the Moontones

Hank and the Moontones

Over at Mixed Media Monday this week it is all about the moustache. The bigger the better I believe. My entry includes art dolls and their instruments….

Hank was on the run, he was in hiding in fact. His wife had left him, skipped town after draining their joint bank account and running away with the teller. Before she left though, she turned states’ evidence against him and his sordid past. As a disguise, he joined a mariachi band that was looking for a lead singer, he found the ad in the PennySaver. Tijuana turned out to be a pretty good place to hole up; lots of people who had pasts themselves, a less than enthusiastic police force that could be talked into looking the other way, and a seemingly never-ending string of restaurants, birthdays, and Quinceneras to play………they’d never find him here.

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Hank in the Spotlight

Hank, in the middle, is a paper mache head that I found at the thrift store. I used to hang him in my store, as he looked remarkably like a store owner in the same building. This man would on occasion lurk around the corner and come spy in my window when I wasn’t there. The reason that I know this is because I caught him one day doing just this. So I hung the puppet head as a joke, and all of the girls that worked for me and around the building knew that it was Hank. I don’t get MAD, I get EVEN!

Hank’s body is a wooden handled melon baller; his arms are wrapped in an old tie, and his hands (not shown) are made from bone. Both of the faces of the “Moontones” are made from clay. The faces are glued to a smashed soda can, and both were painted with bronze paint. The faces are glued to a painted wooden clothes pin; their arms are wrapped in old ties and both are wearing thimbles for shoes.

The stage is a cardboard ribbon spool that I painted and adorned with trims and sequin stars. The instruments are fun too: there are two old walnut-shell and abalone pieces, one a guitar and the other a mandolin; vintage castanets; a plastic harmonica and maracas.

I say it is all about creating with fun, how about you? Christen

Blue Pockets: MMM Challenge

Blue Pockets

Blue Pockets

This is my entry for the Mixed Media Monday challenge this week which is Mothers and Daughters. I included bits and pieces from four generations of mothers and daughters here.

This pocket was removed from a well loved, and worn-out pair of jeans that belonged to my daughter. The tatted butterfly and the crochet flowers in the top corners and the bottom edge were stitched by my mom. The ribbon flowers and leaves were made by me with various types of ribbon. The blue buttons came from a garment that my grandmother wore.

The roses, which are my daughter’s favorite flower, are made from a vintage French ombre ribbon; the sweet peas are made from 1/4″ variegated ribbon, these and the daffodils (made from a 1/4″ satin ribbon) were my grandmother’s favorite flowers; the blue posies and the buttons were added because blue is one of my mom’s favorite colors; the morning glories are made from 5/8″ silk bias ribbon and are one of my favorite flowers.

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Gwen, Me, Nanny

Here is a picture of us taken this summer at Gwen’s 27 birthday party. We love her so much, and if I do say so myself she is so pretty, and even was when she first arrived at 2 lbs. 13 oz.!

My mom will be turning 29 again this year in November, a bit of a magical numerical conundrum…. but she doesn’t like to talk about numbers relative to her age. She is though a math wiz in her own rights studying calculus for fun in her free time! Well I feel however she wants to referto her age is her prerogative and certainly she can do whatever she wishes!

Me, I’m in the middle and will celebrating #53 this year in December. I don’t think that a number defines me, and am quite glad to own up to all of the years spent on this journey called life.

This picture was taken on a great day, with great food and good company. A good time was had by all indeed. And I am sure that great-grandma was celebrating with us too, in her own special way.

Happy day to you, give your mom, great grandma, nanny, granny, grammy, or kid a hug. Perhaps the order of the day should be hugs all around! Enjoy- Christen

You Go Girl: MMM Pink Challenge

YOU GO GIRL

YOU GO GIRL

The challenge over at Mixed Media Monday is to use pink in your work, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I am sure that all of us in one way or another has been affected by this disease, I in fact have had three people in my family that have been diagnosed with this cancer. I myselft am celebrating my eight year alive this month. My mother-in-law was diagnosed and treated several years ago, and is now healthy and happy. My aunt Ellen was not as fortunate as the two of us, and she died at the age of 63 a few weeks after her surgery.

Who lives and who dies is not something that I have answers for. I do however have a few insights…

I know that anyone and everyone who has been touched by this disease will tell you how important it is to check monthly, to have regular DR. exams and mammograms and NOT TO IGNORE something that is unusual.

I know that the most important thing that you can do for someone going through the surgery and following treatments is to LOVE unconditionally, be strong, be there, and give them that YOU GO GIRL attitude that my husband and daughter gave me everyday even though this was as hard for them to go through as it was for me.

I know how important your attitude is in getting healthy again and how it will affect your future outlook.

I have love and encouragement for those of you who are affected by a loved one’s struggle.  I have  love and encouragement for those of you that are currently going through treatment.

And I say to all of you that are wearing a wig, feeling sick to your tummy, have lost all of your hair, or just are feeling crummy: YOU GO GIRL you are alive and we are all the better for it!

We Love to Laugh: TTM

We Love to Laugh

We Love to Laugh

The challenge over at The Three Muses was to use the Zetti Art form. Funky hats, color, stripes, and good stuff.

I used the song from Mary Poppins, “I love to Laugh” that her Uncle Albert sang as he rose up to the ceiling like a balloon. So I thought this would be a great way to introduce a Zetti-ish entry. The faces are stamped onto newsprint and copied onto paper. I drew the hats, legs and border images with an ink pen and used color pencil to add in the color.

Enjoy, Christen

California Dreamin’: MMM challenge

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray...

The challenge this week at Mixed Media Monday was to chose a favorite song. Please stop by and check out the talented entries, you will always be happy that you did.

Chose a song, tough assignment, one song. I spent most of the week listening to the soundtrack of my life. I thought of favorite songs, “Night and Day”- Cole Porter, “After the Gold Rush”- Neil Young, “Scarborough Fair”- Paul Simon, “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”- Crosby, Stills and Nash, the list goes on……

Then I thought of songs that I could actually illustrate and bring meaning to with images that I had, and create what the meaning of the song meant to me. “California Dreamin’” came to mind from the Mama’s and the Papa’s. It was a song that was sung to me by someone special, someone I never told was special to me, someone that will never know how special he was.

This is for you Mark.

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I’ve been for a walk
On a winter’s day

I’d be safe and warm
If I was in L.A.
California dreamin’
On such a winter’s day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Oh, I got down on my knees
And I pretend to pray

You know the preacher likes the cold
He knows I’m gonna stay
California dreamin’
On such a winter’s day

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I’ve been for a walk
On a winter’s day

If I didnt tell her
I could leave today
California dreamin’
On such a winter’s day

(California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
(California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

Don’t wait to tell those who have touched your lives that they are special. You may have lost the opportunity.  Christen

Painter’s Lady: MMM challenge

The Painter's Lady

The Painter's Lady

This week’s challenge for Mixed Media Monday was to alter something metallic, use metallic paint or threads or??? I chose to use a combination of metallic paints, metal gee-gahs (wordpress and I are not sure how to spell that word) and metallic trims.

I had rescued this old paintbrush from the trash a few years ago when we had painted the inside of the house. I thought that I would be able to use it someday, somehow. Well here it is as a body for a doll, the brush and her arms (made from wooden spoons) are painted with acrylic and metallic paints. Her body is wrapped in metallic trims and adorned with metal parts and flowers.

This challenge was a great deal of fun, stop by and check out all of the talented people who participate.

Enjoy, Christen

Gothic Gardens: MMM challenge

Gothic Gardens

Gothic Gardens

This week’s challenge for Mixed Media Monday was to Make Something Round. There are always wonderful entries, take a look when you get a chance.

I started with an old embroidery hoop and painted it black. I then took leftover scraps from an embroidered metallic scarf, and stitched these onto crinoline to stabilize the fabric. I stitched vintage bits of lace down in the center of this, and this was glued to the bottom edge of the hoop.

The outer edges are covered with ruched velvet ribbon. This was glued down to the top edge of the hoop. I glued vintage and new millinery leaves to the edge, then the flowers, trim and the vintage buttons. I added additional buttons to the center along with butterflies and dragonfly charms.

Happy day, round and round it goes, where it will stop no one knows! Christen

Sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains: MMMonday

Sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

The challenge this week for Mixed Media Monday was to chose a favorite time of day using the color or an image and go from there. My favorite time of day is the morning, so fresh, so full of possibilities.

My husband’s father and his wife lived in Corrales New Mexico for a several years, with this magnificent Mountain range to the east of their home. I am usually up very early, and I would sit with my morning coffee at the round oak table, in front of the huge glass window with the view of these mountains in front of me.

We visited during the summer and the fall, but I would have to say that my favorite time of year was winter. The view between the bare branches of the tree in their backyard, the open field with mist rising off the chaparral and behind these the view of sunrise over the snow capped mountain in all of it’s glory.

Lovely.

The background of this wall-hanging is machine strip pieced, the rays machine appliqued, and the bottom strip machine crazy pieced. The entire piece was machine quilted. The rays have hand embroidered details and the vintage shisha mirrors are hand embroidered. The rays are adorned with vintage apple juice celluloid buttons. Dimensions 20″ W X 10″ L.

Enjoy whatever time of day is your favorite- Christen

Mold on a Blueberry: Mixed Media Monday

mold on a blueberry

mold on a blueberry

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge  Stitches.

This pillow is comprised of two pieces of felt using a reverse applique technique. the top blue piece has holes cut out through out so that the green piece behind will show through. I then embroidered six different stitches using 10 colors of stranded floss.

This has been a fun project to work on over the summer evenings while spending time with my hubby in front of the fans and the TV.

Have fun, stay cool, create out loud! Christen