Sunday, January 30, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

Welcome to my blog!  It's once again time for the One World One Heart event!  I'm Dianne Adams and I enjoy making a wide variety of mixed media items.  Please take a few minutes to visit my blog and I hope you'll come back often.  If you'd like to know more about OWOH, please click on the badge or go to this link.

The painted heart ornament is made of painted/stenciled paper.  It features vintage clip art, magazine clippings and embroidery stitches.

This event is open to all bloggers worldwide.  It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and visit blogs that we might not otherwise have visited.  What a great way to form lasting connections with other bloggers. A special thank you to Lisa Swifka who has made this event a reality for five years. Please leave a comment to this post and make sure there is a way for me to contact you.  I'd love to visit your blog and if you win I'll need a way to contact you!  The winner will be announced February 17 here on my blog and the winner will be emailed.  Good luck and let the fun begin!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Watching The World From The Inside

If you've read my blog for very long you know about our sweet Mac.  Mac used to rush out the door every chance he got and I had to learn to grab him quickly or be prepared to chase him down.  There's some woods behind our house as well as a huge tree in the front yard and I have no desire to run through the woods or climb a tree in the winter weather we've been having.  That's all changed...(not the tree-climbing part)...  Mac has 'met' two strays through the glass of our front door and now he shows no interest in going outside.   The first cat looks like she is a full-time outdoor kitty and is not approachable.

This cat is beautiful but also seems wild.  He looks like he's been an indoor cat and I'm afraid he was someone's pet.  We put food out for both cats and admire them through the glass.

After a busy morning of 'cat-watching', Mac's having a nap.  The sun is shining and the promise of spring is present.  Later...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fairy Memory Box

Working with wood and acrylic paint is one of my favorite things to do. The Fairy Memory Box features products from Altered Pages.
This is a view from the top.  This particular image is so delicate and light.  A butterfly hair clasp from my stash was used as an embellishment.

This box is the perfect place for tucking away special treasures.  The scalloped edges were inspired by Anna Corba's work.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

From My Window

I have a window in my art room and it might be fun to share my view once in a while.  So today I'll share Mac as he enjoys the sunshine that is streaming in.  The snow is melting, I'm arting, and all is well. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Eyeglass Holder

I wanted to share my first attempt at an eyeglass holder.  The design is simple and I think I'll do something a bit more elaborate next time.  I'll also add some type of closure too.  The body is felted wool and the shapes are from craft felt.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Felt Flower

Today is a holiday and it is a slow, quiet morning at my house.  I've been knocking around in my room this morning and playing with different ideas using felt.  This is a little flower cut using a die and using these folding instructions for the construction.

This was a quick and easy project.  I've got a couple of other ideas using felt and will share those soon.  Later...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Felted-Sweater Journal

The weather we're having here in southern Tennessee has given me some much needed time to catch up on a few projects.  This felted-sweater journal was presented at art club recently by Alice Arterburn.  (Credit: Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials)  Alice prepared felt for the books by felting wool sweaters purchased from Goodwill.  The material turned out smooth and flat - perfect for this book.

Embellishments for decorating the journal were cut from wool felt using a die cutter.  While preparing our kits, Alice found that synthetic felt doesn't cut well using dies.  The higher the wool content, the better the felt works in a die cutting machine.  I used this Sizzix die and it cut like butter using my Wizard.  Smaller dies didn't do as well and I ended up using scissors to trim them. 

Edges of the wool were blanket-stitched and the binding is long-stitched. 

Text weight signatures were stitched into the book.  For my book I used sandstone writing paper.  The lining is cut from a fat quarter and is attached using fusible web. 

This is another view that shows the inside.  I used a sprinkling of seed beads as well as the die cuts for adornment. 

This is a view from my art room window this morning.  We'll have another day inside tomorrow so I'm hoping to get some more art time before the snow goes away.   Stay warm!  Later...