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Green Gardens: Mixed Monday Monday

Green Gardens

Green Gardens

This is my entry “Green Gardens” for Mixed Monday Monday’s challenge “Blues and Greens“. This piece was created for a series of short stories and poems that I am writing. This was a great challenge, lots of choices and there are always lots of wonderful and diverse entries, take a look!

Green Gardens- center

Green Gardens- center

The image that I started with was this sweet little girl dressed in green (from a mother’s day gift a few years back).

She is standing in a garden of lily of the valley, and blue cornflowers. I didn’t have far to go from there to create a larger garden for her.

I used a few art papers, the rest of the greeting card, acrylic paints, lace, mushroom birds, buttons and metal charms.

The tatted flowers my mom had made many years ago; the ribbon worked flowers I made from 1/4″ and 3/8″ ribbons; I also included vintage glass and celluloid flowers. The lace I used for the spider webs was given to me by my sister-in-law’s mother; the embroidered applique was from my daughter’s baby blanket.

There is a large green vine with pointed leaves, this I painted with acrylic paints; there is also a metal vine from Retro Cafe Art, that I cut, curved and painted with metallic and acrylic paints.

Green Gardens

Little girl in the garden green
tell us of the wonders you have seen.

Did you see the robin’s egg blue,
and the flowers colored every hue?

Did you find the ladybug nook,
and see the leap the grasshopper took?

Did the soft breeze kiss your cheek,
and miss spider’s web you did peek?

Did the pretty little butterflies glide by
and the blown petals of the dandelion fly?

May youthful delights and child’s play
leave lasting memories of the day.

Happy day to you, enjoy your youth and the youth around you. Christen

Narcissus Noire: The Three Muses Challenge

Narcisus Noire

Narcissus Noire

This is my entry for The Three Muses weekly challenge. This week which is “Art in the Round“. I chose to work on a bracelet and a pin. I chose the name Narcissus Noire, because the coloring of the paper, the buttons and the ribbon reminded me of an old black and white movie. I also chose the name because it was my grandmother’s favorite perfume, (Black Narcissus) which I wore for many years also.

The bracelet is made from cardboard tube left over from a spool of ribbon. I covered the cardboard base with an ornately decorated vintage piece of sheet music. I then added strips cut from an old Valentine’s Day card, and strips from a piece of art paper left over from my last project.

I painted in splashes of color with gray and black acrylic paints and added swirls with silver Lumiere paints. When this was dry I glued on vintage celluloid buttons and hand blown glass beads. These I decorated with more silver paint.

braceletThe inside of the bracelet is covered in the same sheet of music, and circles cut from the art paper.

The pin base is a piece of cardboard cut from the top of the spool of ribbon. I painted a piece of sheet music with mod podge tinted with black dye. I used this to cover the cardboard base.

I stitched this ribbon rosette from a French wire ribbon with the same coloring as the buttons. I touched up the ribbon and the glass button center with silver paint. The stem of the flower is made from vintage glass leaves which are also sprinkled amongst the silk ribbon cord.

The old silk tie I liberated from the box that my husband puts the ties in that he no longer wears and I will probably make a neck- piece to go with the rest of the set.

Happy creating, pasting, gluing, and getting sticky! Christen

Blue Showers: Mixed Media Monday

Blue Showers

Blue Showers

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge: Natures Blues and Browns. There are many interesting and beautiful entries, take a look when you get a moment.

I interpreted the challenge into thoughts and emotions, turning blue thoughts into muddy brown waters. The images that I chose I think would appeal to a child so I thought of adding a nursery rhyme that I wrote to accompany my piece.

Blue Showers

If a storm should unleash dark blue showers
May you have an umbrella made from flowers.

If your eyes are damp from tears of sadness
May butterflies kiss you with their gladness.

If the water ahead is murky and brown
May you rest upon a bed of lace and down.

So go to sleep and dream my honey
May tomorrow bring skies bright and sunny. (added 8-6)

This is from a collection of poems and  short stories, that I have written.

Happy days to you, and may the blues not bring you down! Christen

Junky Funky Flowers: Mixed Media Monday

Junky Funky Flowers

Junky Funky Flowers by Kevin and Christen Brown

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

I have been collecting pieces of this and that on “our walks” for years, and my husband dutifully will put these treasures in the pockets of his shorts until we get home, no matter how dirty or messy they may be. What a good guy!

He even carried the wood and metal umbrella that we now use in the garden, adorned with ribbons, to ward off the birds. He did draw the line with the crumpled rumpled bumper that I found, we had to come back with the truck for that.

It will take a trip around the neighborhood to collect enough bottle caps for one flower. My husband crimped the edges of each bottle cap, then poked a hole in the center with a nail and a hammer. I attached them with artistic wire and size 6 seed beads. Each one is backed with cardboard.

bottle cap flowers

bottle cap flowers

I stuck three vines of vintage glass leaves into the pot, that had belonged to Kevin’s grandmother. A few fuzzy bees also were included to fly around the flowers because they were kinda cute.

The tall vine is made from vintage stamen painted yellow and red. These are attached to a florist wire with millinery leaves along with vintage mercury beads left over from a Christmas garland. The shorter curved vines also have gold mercury glass beads, vintage nubby flowers and millinery leaves.

paper covered pot

paper covered pot

The flower pot was an old tin can that held stewed tomato’s. I bent it at the edges to form the sides, and for the first few days I left it this way. I had originally glued the hanger, which is a top from a soda pop can (also found on a walk), to the back of the tin can.

Kevin the Holder of Precious Junk

Kevin the Holder of Precious Junk

But alas, disaster struck when the glue didn’t stick and the whole thing fell off the nail on the wall!

So…. I decided to finish the pot with an old paper wrapper leftover from a raw sugar package. This I folded, trimmed and glued to form the correct shape. The hanger is now securely glued to the back of the pot with additional bits of paper and cardboard for stability.

Whew, all is right with the world, it is now much more secure and it looks better with the brown paper!

Happy treasure hunting, enjoy what you do and the time that you have to do it! Christen

PS: This challenge was postponed a week, due to Diane’s illness, (she is on the mend thankfully!), so I had a little extra time… I put together some of the more eclectic “finds” and created this pin of my “Junk man”!

Natural Redhead- Mixed Media Monday

Bea- the natural Red-head

Bea- the natural Redhead

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday, the theme for this week was Playful Dolls

Bea was a natural Redhead, with the help of Clairol’s Nice and Easy #16- Spiced Tea, naturally. She had been dyeing her own hair for years, and never thought to read the directions or the warning label, until yesterday. Apparently you really can only leave the dye on for the recommended amount of time if you wish to avoid embarrassing questions from your family, friends and the drugstore clerk who sold her additional products to counteract her slight miscalculation.

Enjoy, play all the time, even if it is just inside your head! Christen

PS: I thought that it would be fun to know the ingredients for my entry (15″ tall):

  • Body: cardboard jewelry box, fabric, ribbon, machine embroidered net, celluloid buttons, glass flowers from France
  • Neck: hand painted face, dyed cotton fringe for hair, round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, ribbon worked flowers, glass baubles from old millinery flowers, plastic leaves, costume jewel
  • Arms: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, hors de oeuvres sticks, glass flowers from France, plastic leaves, metal charms shaped like a gloved hand
  • Legs: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, rattail cord, glass flowers from France, glass shoes, found objects (I think that the one on the right was a screw driver made by my dad)
  • ATTITUDE

Techniques used, fabric painting and dyeing, a little hand sewing, with the bulk of the assembly being done with glue: Tacky glue and hot glue. Hours spent enjoying the playful fun, 5:30 am- 1:30 pm.

Happy Creating! ~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

Measuring Up- Mixed Media Monday “Numbers” Challege

Measuring Up

Measuring Up

This is my entry for the “Numbers” challenge sponsored by Mixed Media Monday. A challenge is presented once a week on Monday. There are quite a few entries already, and worth the time to take a mouse click over for a browse.

Hmmmmm…. Measuring Up can mean quite a few things. At 52 (which coincidentally seemed to be the theme for the numbers that happened to appear here), it still means gauging my accomplishments, successes and triumphs by the standards set by my parents and grandparents so long ago.

Earrings

Earrings

Numbers can also be viewed differently by the way you present them, such as “I HAVE 5 weeds!”, or “I only have five weeds…”; vice versa: “I only have five roses…” or “I HAVE 5 roses!”… you get the point.

Here is a close-up of the earrings that I made for the ensemble. The dog tags belonged to my mom’s dog when she was growing up (notice the first two #’s: 52). My dad won the medal in a model airplane contest (notice the last two #’s of the year: 52) for one of his own designs.

Bracelet

Bracelet

Here is the bracelet of the ensemble. I started with a very well loved, and quite grungy tape measure that I got at the thrift store along with the brown grosgrain ribbons and a few of the buttons. Notice the end of the bracelet, there is #52 again. The small button at the left in the middle has my mom’s initials on it. When I found it I thought must save this for just the right project, I think that I did!

Typewriter Keys

Typewriter Keys

The necklace was actually made a few months ago, but I had nothing else to wear with it until I made the bracelet yesterday and the earrings today!

The typewriter keys are actually beads that have been strung on rayon cord and knotted in between each bead. Again, notice the end of the necklace you guessed it 52!

Other images are my dad’s actual dog tags from WWII, coins (from my grandpa) that add up to 52, a wooden nickel I got a Knot’s Berry Farm as a kid and more buttons.

So the number 52 can be how much money you have by the numbers on your coins, how wide you are by the inches on the tape measure, or the accumulation of years that equal your life, for me it is the latter.

Glad to be here, looking forward to making something that celebrates my 152 year…. Enjoy the time that you have! Be happy creating or be happy creatively! enjoy- Christen