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No Time Like the Present- Mixed Media Monday challenge

No Time Like the Present

No Time Like the Present

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday challenge “Play”. I really didn’t have the “time” this week to create something, or “play” much at all…. but it was an inviting theme that I wanted to try. This is a digital image that I created with a clock face, and an embroidery montage.

I took an Antique French clock face by barefootliam-stock that I found while searching for ideas for another project. It is really quite beautiful in itself, but the numbers were not all there or faded so I thought to knock out the background then add in my own numbers.

shabby vest

shabby vest

Then I decided that I didn’t just want to add a background with a flat color so I added a background that I had created from images of a vest that I had recycled with tons of embroidery that I had stitched a few months ago. I took several close-up pictures, then cropped them and arranged them into a montage, and just saved it for the right time.

I took a portion of this montage and used it for the background here. I used the eraser tool to knock out the numbers and as the image underneath started to appear I wanted to knock out more! I knocked out (or drew) informal lines and then knocked out dots all around. This was quite fun when it doesn’t have to be perfect!

I didn’t add numbers in after all because this piece is a representation of what you can do with a little time and imagination. And so I did get to “Play”, and it was great fun! Thank you again for another great challenge Diane!

Enjoy the day, and play while you can! Christen

To Many Frogs!- Mixed Media Monday

too many frogs!

too many frogs!

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday. The challenge this week was to tell a story. Either by your entry itself or the story behind the entry, I chose the latter. I took a picture of a few of our frogs, played a bit in “Fireworks”, the frame is made from ribbon that I dyed and I added in pertinent text. In retrospect this would have been a good Father’s Day card, alas as usual I am a day or so late…

To Many Frogs! is a story about a gift gone awry. One year for Valentines Day I gave my husband a stuffed frog holding a heart that said “I love you”, he keeps it on the dash board in his car. My husband’s interests are playing tennis and watching sports, but other than that no hobbies or other quirks. He was so delighted with the frog that I decided to give him a hobby, “collecting frogs”. “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” is his favorite ride at Disneyland after all and besides I thought that it would be a funny hobby and make gift giving less of a challenge for my daughter and I.

Well….. our family on a larger scale got in on the act (his mother and my mother to name a few cullprits) and now we have over 200 frogs and a few toads!!!! We have a table shaped as a frog , a frog ocarina, several leaping frogs, a couple of frog boxes, quite a few small frog beads (he-he cause I could use them for something), a counter full of stuffed frogs, a rattan letter holder shaped as a frog, and of course no collection would be complete without a “prince charming ” or two.

We have frogs sitting sweetly on lily pads, swimming in leaf bowls, and leaping off the counters. We have lounging frogs, cooking frogs, serious frogs and happy frogs. But I have to say that the most annoying frog we have is the frog that “ribbits” Merry Christmas on command when you clap your hands. I promptly removed the batteries and hid it in the closet after the holiday was over!

The moral of the story is to choose hobbies wisely and don’t include your relatives in on the secret, or you too may receive a singing frog!

Enjoy, create, live, be happy…. ribbit. Christen