On the backside of the composition book, I used the same style as the front, but instead of using the white gel pen, I used white rub-ons as a border along the top of the red flower paper. I'm not thrilled with it, but that could be because it is so small. I actually just missed using the pen held in fingers tight with tension over making a mistake. Without all that, it seems like it is missing something.
Back from the airline wars, this piece had been MIA for over a month until they finally figured out that it, indeed, did not have a bomb in it's paper construction. I didn't get back any of the supplies I lost, but that's OK because at this point, I just wanted the art pieces anyway. Welcome home, HOME! Glazed and stamped antique ledger papers, vintage fabric, stamping on tea stained manilla folders and vintage ribbon are what my home is made of...
The back features father coming home without his sunscreen, thus the umbrella. Proper with his definitions, he rides to the front of the house to receive his mail from his trusted manservant. The tea awaiting him inside on is on the violin stand next to his chippendale chair. If mother is not finishing the final details for the Garden Club luncheon, she will bring his slippers and all will be right at HOME. And of course, I am never invited, too messy with all that glue and paper you know.
Here she is none worse for the wear, my lovely doll house. She had been the additional project I had done for Art and Soul's silent auction to raise money for the local women's shelter there in Hampton, Virginia. So not only was I distraught over TSA having her instead of me, but I also missed out on helping a cause that I think all of us women should share. After all, the Art Sister Network, is not just about women artists, it is about women artist sharing and caring for all women in need or not. Share the love through creativity and any helping hand we can extend.
Don't you just love the symbolism of the cathedral designed right on her head. Worship with passion whatever deems itself worthy of your attention and the rest will take care of itself. This is a resonating image to me on all levels and with just one little stamp. Don't you just love the whole idea of it!!!
Love the contemplative look of this stamp also. Catherine knows how to get so much expression in such small spaces in her designs. Guess that's why I like using them so much because as a rule, I don't generally stamp 'people' preferring background stamps that I can work over, but Catherine's stamps are the exception to that rule. Don't you just love using snippets of vintage wallpaper. The piece on the Back Door roof is from Connie Govea-Stuart, so I just had to use it. So many other things, such as the trim, are from Lisa Guerin from one of our exchanges. I just love having them in my work. It's art community at its best.
This memory jar just came together when I received this beautiful photo of my third granddaughter, Trynnity. Now you know that hat is the shell she just hasn't shed yet as she sits in her little nest. Other than printing the photo out in sepia, I didn't do anything to it as I wanted this jar to show her beauty as it is; as all babies exude. What a truly innocent and untainted specimen is that thought and a child. My daughter did good!!! Of course I will now have to do one for the other two, as well. I'll have to put it on my list.
I thought it would be kind of cool to do the other side of the jar with a curtain effect so it could be displayed this way, but when turned around, the real treasure would be revealed. As usual, all of the elements are antique or vintage, except for the jar of course. I just love the little vintage nosegay in the ribbon. Sweet old stuff.
I just went back to look at all these crazy photos that uploaded at the same time and saw that I must have not saved the note I put on this one. I don't feel like doing that whole thing over so suffice it to say, I loved putting this together with cardstock cut-out and decorative rice papers. I really do use this book at work to keep track of days and tasks. I had used the Franklin Covey system, but then there was this terrible negative thing connected with it and I decided that I needed to use something else to be more positive and what can be more positive than creating something artfully useful!