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Dress-UP February

mixed mediaThis is Lizbeth’s dress for Dress Up February over at Alice and Camilla.

Lizbeth had longed to wear the pink chiffon and red taffeta dress that her mother had worn when she was young. Her mother talked about the elegant balls that she attended with many handsome admirers waiting to take her for a spin on the dance floor. She promised Lizabeth that this too would happen to her someday.

But alas dating and men are quite different today than they were when her mother was young, Still Lizabeth was a dreamer, and hoped that her dream boat or at least a man who liked to dance would come her way. Lizbeth had been pleasantly surprised when Roger, the man she met on-line asked her out to the annual Sweethearts Dance. Yeah she was going to get to wear her mother’s dress!

When Roger arrived to take her to the dance, three things were quite clear: the first thing was that he wasn’t altogether truthful about his height;  two he had clearly used the photo of someone else (she didn’t remember all of those stripes); and thirdly she was never going to fit on the bicycle that he had ridden over on!

Being a quick thinker and a modern gal, she hailed a cab, asked him to park his bike, and pulled off a few flowers from her gown for his hat. Then she promised herself that she was going to dance as many dances as she could, with or without Roger!

Enjoy what you do, Christen

Our House: TTM challenge

mixed media ginger bread house

Our house is a very very fine house, with two cats in the yard... from"Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

The prompt over at The Three Muses was architecture, and I thought of gingerbread houses and log cabins, and this song. I used a cardboard piece cut out in the shape of a house with cardboard flowers and gingerbread pieces that I bought at Michaels. I photo copied an old ruler, then glued this down to the cardboard in a log cabin pattern. I painted the flowers and gingerbread pieces with acrylic paints and ink pens.

This was a fun prompt, stop by and check out the other entries, there are so many creative people who participate!

Here is the rest of the song:

I’ll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase
That you bought today

Staring at the fire
For hours and hours
While I listen to you
Play your love songs
All night long for me
Only for me

Come to me now
And rest your head for just five minutes
Everything is good
Such a cosy room
The windows are illuminated
By the sunshine through them
Fiery gems for you
Only for you

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
‘Cause of you
And our la,la,la, la,la, la, la, la, la, la, la…..

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
‘Cause of you
And Our

I’ll light the fire
And you place the flowers in the jar
That you bought today….

Enjoy, Christen

Chinese Take-out?: Collage Obsession challenge

Chinese Take-out?Chinese take-out tonight dear? The prompt over at Collage Obsession was the word Chinese, with a lovely photo two young ladies. My printer needed ink so I couldn’t use them… hmm what to do? I didn’t want to cook tonight so I chose to go a different way with the prompt, and make a take-out box and some fortune cookies, hint hint.

The box is made from a machine stitched paper bag from Cost Plus World Market. I had a template for the take-out box that I bought at Quilter’s Resource.  I saw this article on making your own felt fortune cookies on CraftyStylish, and thought that it would be fun to make a few for my box. I re-covered the chopsticks with a box that our Chinese calendar from last year came in. I added in some old and reproduction Chinese coins, a couple of buttons and a few painted wooden beads. The figure is actually a Japanese immortal (sorry for mixing my countries), but he looked lonely in the stash box, so he came along for the ride.

I have kept our Chinese fortunes for so long, now I finally have a place to put them in! Happy Year of the Tiger to you from someone who was born in the year of the Monkey!

enjoy- Christen

Giggles: MMM challenge

mixed media, junk, found objectsWhat makes you giggle? is the prompt for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge this week. Please stop over there are always an amazing collection of art pieces to inspire and challenge you!

My piece started with a paper zipper wrapper; found tickets from forgotten events; a vintage alphabet; and a few jokes from our Christmas poppers this year. These are glued onto  cardboard which I  glued a corrugated cardboard frame to. I stamped the ladies bust onto newsprint, and this does make me giggle; the jokes are dumb and silly and they make me giggle; the found objects were mostly found on my walk, this makes me happy which can make me giggle; and I find safety pins in every corner of my work room, this makes me giggle because I wonder what I ever needed them all for!

I think the one thing that makes me giggle the most are the small wrapped package of nails (.15, at the top of the picture) that I found in my dad’s tool box; it just cracked me up that he saved them for just the right project, and he did, thanks dad!

Enjoy what you do! Christen

Summer Sweet Scents: TTM Nature Challenge

Summer Sweet Scents

Summer Sweet Scents

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week: Nature. I chose a sweet little girl holding her puppy, and placed her in a field of butterflies, paper roses, shell buttons, and other treasures.

Great prompt, thanks again ladies for all the work that you do to keep these challenges, challenging!

Enjoy- Christen

A Heart a Day: #12

mixed mediaA mother’s heart always has room for her child’s love….

The background was a card that my daughter gave to me one Mother’s day. I have added a crochet heart, vintage embroidered appliques, a few vintage buttons, some ribbon and a lady bug (her favorite). The image was digitally enhanced.

Love to you Gwen, now and always~ MOM

PS: Gwen is a “Pink Warrior”, participating in the Susan G. Komen, 3-day walk for the cure. If you would like to donate to the cause, click here.

Longing for Spring: Collage Obsession # 4

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Longing for Spring

This is my entry for Collage Obsession #4: Longing… the image is of Marceline Day. I have used art paper, colored pencils, ink pen, novelty yarns, vintage lace, paper leaves and flowers, vintage millinery flowers and of course Marceline.

Enjoy what you do, Christen

Romance: MMM challenge

mixed media heart

Romance

Maria had just left the fortune teller’s shop when a dashing young man stopped her on the street.
With the words of Madame Travina ringing in her ears”Romance and passion are waiting for you just outside the door!”, Maria boldly grabbed the stranger and kissed him. As he grabbed her waist, and kissed her back she thought Madame Travina was right, she was romantically swept off her feet with passion!
Originally Joseph (the dashing young stranger) had stopped Maria just to ask her for directions, oddly enough to Madame Travina’s shop. As he found himself kissing Maria, he thought he wasn’t in that much of a hurry, and kissing was always a good thing!

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s “Romance” challenge. This is a collage of greeting cards, art paper, painted paper, gold and black ink pen, vintage velvet flowers, vintage lace, vintage beaded strands and tin hearts.

What was she thinking? MMM

art doll

Rose Marie

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge, “What was he or she thinking?”

Frumpinstell’s Knick Knack and Curio Emporium specialized in unique and unusual hand-made gift items. One evening when Mrs. Frimpinstell was working on the text for the monthly catalog, she mixed herself a drink of coffee and Irish Whiskey. Instead of adding their motto “Well Stocked and Tightly Packaged” to Rose Marie’s description, she typed in “Well Stacked and Nicely Packed”! Mrs. Frimpenstell did not notice the mistake at first, but when she did find it she felt that Rose Marie was these things, and more, so she left the description as is. What was she thinking? Everyone knows that you don’t mix coffee and Irish Whiskey, the coffee could have impaired her judgement!

This is another art doll that I have made using a paint brush, this one was actually our basting brush in the kitchen. I soaked it too long in the dish pan and all the bristles came out, “What was I thinking?”

Enjoy what you do, with or without a little Irish Whiskey! Christen