Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I have, to date, hmmmm, 3(?) art journals with a couple pages done in each. Today I feel that the prompt journal I did a page in, will be the book I work in more often. Hold me to it, if I don't. The pages are larger than an ATC, but smaller than a postcard. Doesn't take much time to fill up a page that small, so there's no excuse for "no time" to do it.
I used gesso and acrylic paints with lots of water and the card did not buckle badly. Just kept layering and scrubbing the surface until the piece felt like it had had enough. Then I went at it with india ink and a dip pen. I pulled out my art college days paint box and found all kinds of forgotten treasures-- that hadn't completely dried out.
With a title like this, something from the Bronte Sisters came to mind, but I didn't feel like pouring over my meager clip art sources. I wanted something more immediate. Scary to draw and paint for the first time in YEARS. I am not proud of my amateurish results, but the art is honest. The really scary thing is, it looks like I painted a portrait of my sister who was killed by her ex-husband two years ago next month.
There IS a way to express yourself without saying a word.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I was impressed with the kids' attention span and dedication to this carving project. I fully expected to be finishing up after them, but I was happy to wrong in this case.
All worked at the kitchen island, standing, for almost 2 hours. Whew! I carved Rebecca's pumpkin but Victoria and Seth worked completely on their own.
I am so proud of them. These are kids that would just a soon watch TV or play video games all day. Now to come up with a few more "old fashioned", unplugged activities.
Halloween is a whole week away, but I couldn't resist candle testing the pumpkins when the carving was done. We may just put them out on the front porch, lit, tonight.
'Tis the season for early evenings,
crunchy dry leaves,
smoking chimneys venting cozy wood fires,
extra layers of clothing,
cheery grimaces from carved gourds.
Happy Fall, Y'all!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
toned thimble charms I found for cheap on ebay (where else?)
I packaged each of my boxes with a teaspoon of mica-like glittery flakes. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I will definitely post all the boxes I get back in the swap.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
They figure they have enough wood to stoke the shop's furnace for a couple months.
May need to cut more wood later!
October's temperatures are already unseasonabley cold for Missouri.
Winter will be early this year!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This is the cover and pages I did for my book. St. Hoardica is the Cover Girl, complete with glow-in-the-dark clock dial halo.
Then there's the Shabby Chick with mica-like flecks of chunky glitter.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Linda again with an attitude loaded model.
One of my favorites. Can you find the diva?
A diva caught in a photo booth by Patty.
Another by Patty sporting a butterfly chapeau!
Carole's "Free Radical Fighter" who just doesn't want to have to think about her undies! A New Zealand thing?
On the reverse... A public service announce-ment on excessive sunbathing. hee hee
Margaret's divas considered an oversized love seat purchase (or is is a skinny couch?) One diva wisely talked the other one out of it. How would they ship it home from Switzerland?
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Anna emailed me," You need to do a post explaining the name of your etsy shop".
Okay, Anna, this one's for you. Hope you're reading!
Ruby Floy was the sign in name I came up with when I bought and sold (mostly sold than bought) stuff on ebay. It's my husband's paternal grandmother's name and sounded nice and old fashioned like the name of someone who would own an antiques shop. Grandma Thompson, who has never been in the retail business, is 87 now, a strong Nazerene woman who never forgets to encourage us to "seek Jesus first" in her monthly letter she writes in wibbly wobbly cursive handwriting. I don't think she knows I use her name because she's not up on all the internet stuff. She has never been on a computer. She won't even use the electric typewriter given her so her letters could be typed and legible. She even hand writes each of her Christmas letters.
Anyway, Ruby Floy became my etsy name by default. I wanted to buy a journal from Cindy of Useful Books, and to quickly register on etsy, I just used my ebay name. I didn't know I couldn't change my sign in name later (on ebay you can) and besides, I wasn't thinking about opening a shop at the time I registered. Now I think it's worked out fine. It's still a good name for someone who runs an antiques business, or in my case, a Junque Shoppe. Ha!
Your place for a la carte rummaging and affordable original art pieces.
I live a block away from our town's post office and even occasionally work there (yes it's true, I am the substitute post mistress!) so your purchase is mailed within 24 hours of payment.
I live in a small town where no one throws anything out, so I have a large inventory of vintage and antique stuff (that I can't post fast enough for sale!) that I sell for less than Big City prices just because I can. I always wanted to have an antiques store and now I have a virtul one. But not just any antiques store. One that caters to creative types like myself. I stock what I enjoy, so am pleased when someone else enjoys my stuff enough to buy it.
Life is good.
(Pssst, Patty. Time to start stocking the shelves of your etsy!)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
After many ideas, I finally made her this and sent it off, hoping she would find it a good trade.
And now I've got my own Junk Gypsy Journal to complete with some of my own personal finds.
Anna knew just what phrases to include.
They describe me to a "t".
I just love the black tulle fringe!
That fine line, Dave Barry refers to, is a little blurry to me.
hee hee hee
Thank you, again, Anna.
My life is now complete!